Akwesasne Mohawk Territory – Wednesday night there was a charter party for another group of Toast Masters. It was a bit different than most because it occurred in Akwesasne. Toast Masters and Native Culture are a good mix. Aural traditions are heavy in the history and way of life of the Mohawk people, and watching this mix of history with skills from recent history were interesting to watch and participate in.
Jason MacDonald is the first president of the group which contains many leaders including one Chief. The group is also open to members from all over the area, and I can tell you first hand that they are a warm and very friendly group of people. There were people from as far away as Ottawa attending.
Brendan White, pictured right, won the first award ribbon for his Oratory on the evening.
From the Toastmasters website:
Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through our member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.
Toastmasters International’s core values are integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member, and respect for the individual. These are values worthy of a great organization, and we believe we should incorporate them as anchor points in every decision we make. Our core values provide us with a means of not only guiding but also evaluating our operations, our planning, and our vision for the future.