Kimmo has been a Toastmaster since February 2008 when he joined The Oxford Speakers Club, one of the oldest clubs in the UK. In Oxford, he served as the Vice President of Education and completed in CC manual in one year. He also helped the club grow to its absolute membership limit, necessitating capping the membership for some time. He was also on the organizing committee for the 2009 District 71 conference held in the UK. He moved to Switzerland in mid 2009 and joined Lausanne International Toastmasters. He then started a new club, NRC Toastmasters, at his work place the Nestlé Research Centre, and served as the club president during 2010- 2011. He helped the club achieve a distinguished club status during its very first year of existence.
VISION AS AREA GOVERNOR 2011 – 2012
My vision as the Area Governor is to help the clubs to ensure that their members progress rapidly through the speech and leadership projects and achieve their potential as public speakers and leaders. I will also promote interactions between the different clubs, helping members to diversify their toastmasters experience and creating opportunities to speak in front different audiences.
WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY AREA
Area E5 is a brand new area that split off from Area E3, the fastest growing Toastmasters area in Switzerland and continental Europe in 2011. It currently comprises 4 clubs from the Lausanne area, two of which are community clubs and two of which are corporate clubs. Each club has many enthusiastic members keen to push our new Area to speaking excellence.