My Toastmasters Journey

My wife Shashi a scholar in Sanskrit language and Indian Philosophy was in search of a Toastmasters club because the Dean of religious studies in Latrobe University had told her about the Toastmasters. She had the clear idea about what is Toastmasters, but I thought it was misspelt for Postmaster. When Shashi attended the Toastmaster’s meeting in Werribee, I went in with her, instead of waiting in the car. In the second half of the meeting, we witnessed Wendy Powel speaking on “Responsibilities”.

We were highly impressed by the activities and the friendly environment in the meeting. As I had to drive every time, for Shashi to attend the meeting, I also joined as a member of Werribee Toastmasters club (in the year 1999). Ever since, I have been learning, Public Speaking and Leadership skills, all the way along my journey in Toastmasters.

I had a chance to conduct speech craft in Westbourne Grammar School with the help of Wendy Powel and May Wilson. I took “Area Governor” role during 2012- 13. It was a great experience in this role because it involved arranging speech contests between 4 clubs within our area.
Having completed all the speech assignments up to the level of the ACG (Advanced Communicator Gold) and the AL (Advanced Leader), I am now aiming to achieve the DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster)

Shridhar Padaki, ACG, AL
Werribee Toastmasters Club
Date: 10th Aug 2017