Divisions F & H of Toastmasters International District 41 of India, celebrated its State level Annual Conference, ORAFEST-2013 on Sunday. For the first time ever all top 3 officers of Toastmasters International District 41 - District Governor Mr. Vinay Jain, Lt. Gov Education DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster), Prasad Sovani and Lt. Gov. Marketing DTM, Ritu Arora, graced the occasion. The keynote speaker Mr. Indraneel Ganguli, Global Media Relations Head, Marketing and Communication, Tech Mahindra, mesmerized one and all with the philosophy of RISE followed at his organization.
Mr. Venkata Ramana, a senior Toastmaster, told that such conferences happen every year. It provides a common platform for members across A.P. to get acquainted with one another. Also they get to meet and interact with their District Leaders. They get to watch and listen to the top notch speakers from across the State, for that year. Orafest 2013 saw 2 champions each, emerging for the International Speech Contest and the Table Topics Contest for the twin Divisions. The Chief Judges of the contest Mr Shashank and Mr Mukesh declared the results as follows:
International Speech - Manasa Inampudi (Division F, Oracle TM Club); Sarvanan A (Division H, MS Club)
Table Topics - Subramanyam KV (Division F, CSC Hyd TM Club); Ansuman A (Division H, MS Club)
The conference saw a stupendous 220+ in attendance, who had a gala time at the flawlessly organized Conference by Chairperson Mr. Ravikumar Nandigam. Mr Ravi added that this event helped 53 Toastmasters in evolving as leaders for the first time for organizing a State Level Toastmasters' Conference. He added further, 'the four winners would be representing the twin divisions next month at the National Conference'.
The vivaciousness of the Toastmasters program has helped add new cities like Vizag and Tirupati, onto the Toastmasters map. In fact, 1 of the finalists on Sunday was from Vizag club. Harsh Singhal, DTM, Division F Governor said - "What you learn at Toastmasters you'll never learn at an MBA school, but only if, you're willing to learn".
Currently Toastmasters International has presence in 41 clubs across the state, with the majority clubs being from corporates in Hyderabad. Adding to this Padmakumar, Division H Governor, expressed his excitement about the quality of speeches presented at the State level, and what could one expect at the District 41 Annual Conference, Oration-2013 which would be taking place at Novotel HICC, 17th, 18th,19th May. Upcoming event details available on www.oration2013.com
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Toastmasters International™ is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization has more than 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries. To locate a Toastmasters club near you, visitwww.toastmasters.org