Democracy, 1,2,3 check – Club Meeting Blog Post by Jeeven

Democracy, 1,2,3 check

I had the opportunity to see democracy in its true form, on Thursday night at Parramatta Toastmasters club. To the naysayers who don’t believe democracy works,  would have benefited by attending this meeting.

The basic definition of democracy in its purest form comes from the Greek language that means “rule by the people”, which means democracy gives the people a sense of participation because they get the opportunity to voice their opinions. And on this particular Thursday’s meeting, I had the opportunity to witness democracy perform its magic not once, not twice but three times.

My first encounter with democracy at the meeting came in the form of elections. Following the financial year cycle of the country, new club leadership were elected to represent the club for the next year. In a true democratic way, members were given the freedom to vote for their representatives or express their disapproval.

My second encounter with democracy at the meeting came in the form of member inductions.  An induction ceremony is a symbolic beginning for a new member to pledge their commitment and its current members willingness accept the new member into the club. With full of grace, the induction ceremony was conducted with dignity and was meaningful for the participants.

My third encounter with democracy was presented in a more relax form, through the meeting frivolous motion.  As per the name of the assignment, my initial thought was there wouldn’t be anything voiced that had a serious purpose or value – however that was far from the truth. At this meeting members were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposed motion. There were some strong arguments on both sides of the fence on the topic , but after strong presentations to include some biscuits during the coffee and tea break, members united and the motion was passed.

There are obvious clear benefits for democracy; for this club, it was giving its members and participants a forum to learn and for its members, the opportunity to develop their communication skills and drive personal growth.

Attending this meeting and absorbing the benefits from it, it is obvious that this Toastmaster club provides its members and participants an opportunity to experience democracy at its best and is a symbol of the Toastmasters club mission, “to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.”

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