Congratulations to Narmada Guruswamy, from Aberdeen Toastmasters, who has achieved her DTM award (Distinguished Toastmaster). A celebration dinner was held in Aberdeen on Friday 23rd November and was attended by Toastmasters and guests from Aberdeen and beyond.

Narmada DTM

Narmada being presented with her DTM award by Angela Aberdein, President of Aberdeen TM

This being a Toastmaster celebration, we were not going to miss a speaking opportunity! We heard from members who delivered their own tribute or who read tributes from past Presidents and Area/Division Governors; we heard a message from Joe Gibbs, Past D71 District Governor, who awarded Narmada the prestigious Area Governor of The Year award in 2009/10:  “you demonstrate a willingness to listen and analyse before acting, also diplomacy and a readiness  to understand the concerns of other; through your leadership roles you continue to lead by example and contribute much to Toastmasters and to D71”.  Narmada gave an inspiring acceptance speech chartering her journey in Toastmasters with reference to Alice in Wonderland!

DTM is awarded to members who have achieved both the Advanced Communication Gold and Advanced Leader Silver awards, comprising service and leadership at the club and area (or higher) levels and the delivery of at least 40 speeches. Narmada has been instrumental in the development of Area 43 and led Division E to achieve Presidents Distinguished Division in 2011/1

Congratulations to Narmada for her well-deserved DTM