Yurii Opanasenko, DTM

Yurii was President from 2019-2020. His contribution and guidance helped the club transition to an online club in the face of Covid19! And in the first time in 20-years club's history all 4 club's achievements were collected: "President Distinguishes" status, Smedley Award, Talk Up Toastmasters Award, Beat the Clock Award.

"Being a President is an interesting and a tough journey. On top of your own educational goals you are also responsible for Club's well-being (number of onboarded newcomers, convenient venue, etc). I enjoyed the fact I was helping other people to grow. And as a takeaway I got people-management experience: motivating Officers and members without a monetary bonus (or punishment) is absolutely non-trivial activity! Also I was happy to be a President because I was able to implement almost all my ideas aimed to improve club's life". - Yurii Opanasenko

Thank you Yurii for all of your hard work!

Elina Paliy, ACB, CL

Elina has been a vital member of the Chamber community since 2015. Read about her journey in her own words below:

"Initially I joined Toastmaster to develop basic public speaking skills. Whilst my performance on stage improved a lot I had no time to celebrate my success - the leadership path of Toastmasters took me by storm. I started with officer roles like VP PR, VP of education.

Thanks to my writing experience, I successfully got admitted to London school of journalism, and in two years got my diploma.

While serving as a president I understood how to work within a team and how to manage this group of volunteers without paying salary to them.

Those developed soft skills helped me to get promotion at my work as a legal specialist in pharmaceutical company.

Yet I was hungry for more opportunities within Toastmasters and applied for area director position to manage six Ukrainian clubs. This was quite challenging, but a rewarding year, which taught me to build my team, trust people and to delegate". --Elina Paliy

Elina has been instrumental in influencing the strength of Toastmasters in Ukraine. Thank you, Elina!

Ivan Atamanenko, CC, CL

Ivan Atamenenko was Chamber Toastmaster President from 2016-17. His efforts are much valued and appreciated! Read what he gained from being an officer in his own words:

"Being the president taught me a lot. Most importantly, that a president is nothing without a team. The ability to trust the team, abstain from micromanaging and delegating tasks while making sure the responsible person has received enough support before they are assigned a task - these are my takeaways from my incumbency, to name a few. Being a president is not a bowl of cherries, they have to take difficult decisions and the choices are not always between good and best, so the presidency at CHAMBER Toastmasters club has taught me to think twice and take responsibility for my decisions." -Ivan Atamanenko

Thank you Ivan!