Fairly early one Saturday morning I found myself sitting in stunned disbelief staring at the announcement that I had been awarded a Presidential Citation by Toastmasters International. Even now, a few weeks since I received the notification, I still find it hard to express exactly how I feel – honoured, overwhelmed, valued, appreciated and, perhaps above all I have a profound sense of gratitude knowing that the work that I’ve done has helped to make a difference in the lives of those around me.
Perhaps I ought to explain a little more about the award. The Presidential Citation is an annual award that recognizes work done by one or two individuals in each of the 14 Toastmasters regions. Here’s how the award was described In the letter I received notifying me that I was one of this year’s recipients:
“ This award is presented in recognition of your outstanding achievements in representing the goals and ideals of Toastmasters International and is one of Toastmasters’ highest honors.”
I was recognized as a member of Region 11, which comprises Southern Africa, West Africa, East Africa, England, Ireland, Europe and the Middle East.
It’s just a sad reality that I won’t be able to attend the Toastmasters International Convention taking place in Vancouver, Canada in august to receive my citation in person, but I have no doubt that the Southern African Toastmasters leadership will arrange a suitable time to present me with my citation on behalf of International President, Mike Storkey.
I’ll be sure to let you know when that event will take place – it would be wonderful to see you there!