The Toastmasters Clubs Featuring Learning, Happiness and Fun

People in Taiwan's Keelung City participate in a Toastmasters  outing featuring Earth Day on June 10, 2017. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)
People in Taiwan's Keelung City participate in a Toastmasters outing featuring Earth Day on June 10, 2017. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Nicknamed the Rainy Port, Keelung is a major port city with ethnic and cultural diversity in northern Taiwan. Many people living in this port city believe that if they can prepare themselves with better communication skills in Mandarin, English, Taiwanese  (Fukienese, 閩南語), and even Hakka (客家話), they are likely to have a happier and more successful life.

It is for this reason that many people in Keelung have joined Toastmasters Clubs to sharpen their communication skills  in Mandarin, English, and Taiwanese in a happy and fun learning environment.

A joint Toastmasters Club meeting was held in Keelung City earlier this year. (Image: Courtesy of Happy Life Toastmaster Club)

A joint Toastmasters meeting was held in Keelung City earlier this year. (Image: Courtesy of Happy Life Toastmaster Club)

In this small city with a population of about 390,000, there are three Toastmasters clubs, namely, Keelung Happy Life Toastmasters Club, Hai-Lan-Lan Mandarin Toastmasters Club, and Keelung Taiwanese Toastmasters Club.

The Hai-Lan-Lan Mandarin Toastmasters Club in Keelung City (Image: Courtesy of Hai-Lan-Lan Mandarin Toastmasters Club)

The Hai-Lan-Lan Mandarin Toastmasters Club in Keelung City. (Image: Courtesy of Hai-Lan-Lan Mandarin Toastmasters Club)

Members of these Toastmasters clubs are from all walk of life, including business operators, managers, government employees, teachers, students, housewives, etc. As most of them have to go to work or go to school during the daytime, they usually conduct their regular meetings at night twice a month.

The Keelung Taiwanese Toastmasters Club (Image: Courtesy of Keelung Taiwanese Toastmasters Club)

The Keelung Taiwanese Toastmasters Club. (Image: Courtesy of Keelung Taiwanese Toastmasters Club)

At meetings, they take turns playing different roles to learn from each other, including presiding over meetings, giving speeches, telling jokes, evaluating others’ speeches, etc. They also attend District Toastmasters Conventions, various speech contests, training workshops, etc. to better their skills.

Some members also participate in the District Toastmasters Conventions held at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Some members of Keelung Happy Life Toastmasters Club and Formosa Toastmasters Club posed for a group photo at a District Convention held at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. (Image: Courtesy of Formosa Toastmasters Club)

 

Additionally, they also organize a variety of other activities to share, learn, and have fun together. A joint outing featuring Earth Day was held on June 10, 2017 to promote environmental awareness and foster a sense of togetherness among fellow Toastmasters.

New Taipei City’s Jinshan District in northern Taiwan is famous for tasty sweet potato. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

New Taipei City’s Jinshan District in northern Taiwan is famous for tasty sweet potatoes. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Participated in by 44 people, this informative and fun event was held at a sweet potato farm owned by a Toastmaster member living in New Taipei City’s Jinshan District. Among the participants are these Toastmasters clubs’ members and their families.

Participants are very happy throughout the Toastmasters outing at a field of sweet potatoes. (Image: Billy Shyu)

Participants are very happy to participate in the Toastmasters outing at a field of sweet potatoes. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Walking in the greenery farm, not only did they enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, but they also observed farmers’ hardships removing weeds with a sharp-edged hoe in the fields.

The immense fields of sweet potatoes in the Jinshan District. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The immense fields of sweet potatoes in the Jinshan District. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Moreover, some even got a chance to experience transplanting sweet potato plants in the ridges of dirt rows in the fields as well. After visiting the sweet potato farm, they also went to a stunning scenic spot nearby, called Shitoushan Park, or Lion’s Head Mountain Park (獅頭山公園).

At a joint outing in 2017 Toastmasters and their family also visited the beautiful Shitoushan Park in New Taipei City. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

At a joint outing in 2017, Toastmasters and their families also visited the beautiful Shitoushan Park in New Taipei City. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

All of the participants have gained further insights into environmental protection and how sweet potatoes grow, while enjoying the beautiful scenery in the country. Many of them expressed that this event was so meaningful and enjoyable that they looked forward to another outing scheduled to be held when the sweet potatoes are harvested in the next 100 days.

Undoubtedly, joining a Toastmasters Club is definitely a good way to learn, to share, and to have a happier and more successful life.

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