Haitei Etsuransha (Dear Reader),
Senri no michi mo ippo kara hajimaru
Means to say
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
On the 11th of January, 2015 we were all set to witness one of the biggest chartering ceremonies, the first step to success, of the first ever Japanese and the first bilingual toastmasters club in India – “Jinsei Dojo”. And to double the delirium we had among us a lady of few words – Region 13 Adviser, DTM Kazuko Kawauchi.
Presenting sovereigns to each member of the Japanese toastmasters club, DTM Kazuko conveyed her heart felt love and gratitude to each one of them. She was extremely proud to be a part of the club charter ceremony and wished the club and it’s members all the luck!
Mecon Toastmasters Club:
Language is never a barrier to communicate
Toastmasters is a place where we learn to communicate and we use public speaking as a medium to learn this art. DTM Kazuko proved this over and again. In her 20 minute address to the members of Beechi and Mecon Toastmasters Club, though she was speaking in a language foreign to her; a language she probably does not use in her every day life, she showed that she was a Toastmaster.
Beechi Toastmasters Club:
Have you ever muddled in perturbation? Have you ever thought twice before taking up a responsibility? Have you ever wondered how to handle pressure during tough times?
A gripping tale on a piece of advice she received from her friend kept us agglutinated to her. Sink Or Swim (SOS) were the two options thrown at her during her tough times and how she decided to swim rather sink was an aspect that left us inspired.
Fun Day Out:
Temples, gardens, art galleries, lakes, food hubs and what not! Bangalore has it all that one needs to be proud of.
To flaunt the beauty of the “City of Guards” – namma Bangalore, we had TM Kavya Gowda and TM Appu Byju show DTM Kazuko the city of gardens and much more!
DTM Kazuko Kawauchi requesting Lord Ganesha to make District 92 a Presidents Distinguished District. DTM Kazuko learning to drape a saree and TM Kavya helping her out
Hear it straight from the horses mouth! Here in our chit chat adda, we have experiences and thoughts shared from our very own members who spent some time with the RA, DTM Kazuko Kawauchi, and here is what they think about her:
I had a lot of perceptions about Kazuko before I met her. A woman proving herself in a man’s world. A soft spoken leader. A silent observer. A dedicated person. And then, I met HER.
In one of our conversations she said my name Kazuko in Japanese means calm and peaceful, my parents gave me the name to limit me to being that but I’m so much more. And I agree. She’s soft but resilient. Good observer and a great speaker. Articulate and elaborate. Focused and sincere. More than anything honest, extremely honest with a great sense if humour. And I loved that about her.
She reinforces something I truly believe in – Do not limit leadership to a box, a crown. Remember, the most intelligent or the most qualified people do not become leaders.
When you watch her you realize, leaders are who know that sometimes the power comes from knowing when to sit back and let someone else take the reigns. The power comes from creative collaboration that you could have never done alone. The power comes from learning to be a follower in a society that teaches you only how to be a leader. The power comes from really learning how to listen and really listening to learn.
-TM Kavya Gowda, District PRO
“A smart person knows what to say and when. A wise man knows whether to speak or not.” In Toastmasters we learn how to communicate. The major area of focus though is in speaking. During our visits with Sony, Toshiba and Yokogawa, I saw what it truly means to be a good communicator. Kazuko Kawauchi waited patiently for them to finish speaking and only then replied. At no point did I find her cutting anyone off. Her answers were filled with humility and to the point.
-Appu Byju, Division B Governor