Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Toastmasters Leadership Institute 2 ~ TLI 2

These are the dates for the T L I 2 training for club officers and interested members in our district..Some information not available for the meantime and will be updated soonest.
Div Date Venue T ime
A 11/01 Cheshire Home,Tampoi
B 20/12 Sunway University College 2pm
C 10/01 6th floor, SEGI College, USJ 2pm
E 06/12 Bintulu
H 31/01 Medan Club
I 13/12 Chevron, Sentra Senayan I 10th Floor 10am
J 13/12 Chevron, Sentra Senayan I 10th Floor 10am
K 08/02
M 15/02 Selangor Hokkien Asso. 12pm
N 18/01
P 10/01 UPM Serdang 1.30pm
S 18/01 Intel Penang TBA
W 13/12 WIM Bldg,Taman Tun 2pm

District 51 Annual convention 2009

April 17th ~ 19th 2009
Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel Kuching
REGISTER NOW for only RM 450 (Valid until 31st December 2008)
Normal Convention fee RM500
**Convention package includes convention kit, welcome dinner, 2 lunches, workshops, tea breaks, banquet dinner and speech contests.**
Payment by cheque must be made to Elenawati Yeap binti Abdullah
Enquiries: Email to or
contact Albert George 0138021717

Monday, November 24, 2008

World Headquarters Inventory Time~ Submit Education awards earlier

Advise from Toastmasters International that submission for new member kit, educational award etc will have to be by December 17th latest to get credit for the month of December 2008.
Important Inventory Notice

World Headquarter's Inventory Time is Coming!
It’s almost inventory time! Act early to avoid disappointing your members.

If you wait too long in December to place your orders, you may experience delays in getting your transaction processed.

In order to avoid problems, be sure to complete your transactions early in December. That way, you’ll have your materials and your members will be happy!

As part of TI’s inventory process, which is required by law, they will be unable to process the following transactions between December 18, 2008 through January 5, 2009.

This includes all submissions online and/or by mail:

  • Supply orders

  • New member kits

  • Charter kits

  • Education award certificates (including free advanced manuals)

Submissions received by Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, will be processed and shipped.

Order received after that date will be held and processed after January 5 2009.
We suggest that if you can’t submit your transactions prior to December 18 that you hold your submissions until January 5 and then enter the information online. Submitting everything online will be the fastest way to get your materials.

Please be informed....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Palm Desert~New Convention Site for 2010 Toastmasters International Convention

Attached below excerpts from Toastmasters International announcement on the venue change for the 2010 annual convention.
New Convention Site for 2010! November 13, 2008

Nearly two years ago, in February 2007, Toastmasters International's Board of Directors selected Sydney, Australia, as the site of the 2010 International Convention. At that time, this was the right decision for the organization.
However, the recent global financial crisis and economic downturn have caused the organization to re-evaluate that decision.

After extensive financial analysis, taking into consideration the negative impact those economic influences have on the meetings, convention and travel industries, Toastmasters International has determined that conducting an International Convention in Sydney, Australia, would not be financially responsible at this time.

As a result, the venue of the 2010 International Convention has been changed to the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California - a property that has previously hosted two very successful Conventions in 1989 and 1998.

What does this mean for future Conventions held outside North America? World Headquarters staff will continue to assess that possibility and will provide the Board of Directors information allowing them to make a decision that is right for the organization and right for its members.

International President Jana Barnhill says, "While we fully acknowledge that many of our members will be disappointed, we could not ignore our primary responsibility to be prudent with your funds." In addition she points out: "We appreciate all the efforts of Elizabeth Wilson, the Host District 70 Chair, and the work her team has already done to prepare for a Convention in Australia. I hope they, and all of our members, understand that this was not an easy decision."

"Toastmasters International's Board of Directors and World Headquarters staff care deeply about the needs of the organization's 235,000 members around the world and they take their responsibility toward them very seriously," says Toastmasters Executive Director Daniel Rex.
"This was not an easy decision to make, but it is one that ultimately will benefit the interests of all members."

The Convention is an opportunity for men and women of all walks of life, career paths and educational interests to gather for an extraordinary experience. Meeting other Toastmasters from around the world, making new friends, reconnecting with existing friends and taking part in a superior educational program are hallmarks of a successful Convention.

With your understanding and support, we hope you will continue to make plans to join your fellow Toastmasters at the 79th Annual International Convention at Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California - August 11-14, 2010.

Location:- Desert Springs Marriott Resort is conveniently located 13 miles southeast of Palm Springs and is a short two-hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. The resort 11 miles from the Palm Springs Airport and connects with limousine service, taxis and rental cars.

Directions:- From Palm Springs Airport: Travel east on Ramon Road to Bob Hope Drive. South on Bob Hope Drive to Country Club Drive. Take Country Club east to resort.From L.A. Airport: Take I-405 north to I-10 east. Follow I-10 east to Cook Street exit (2 hours). South on Cook Street to Country Club Drive. West on Country Club to resort.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

District 51 Toastmaster of the Year 2007~2008

Mandy Ong Shiow Yee from Satu Hati Toastmasters Club......helped chartered, Mentored, Sponsored not one, not two but many clubs in Division P surrounding Kuala Lumpur and beyond. Congratulations Mandy!!!
Toastmaster of the Year winner for the term 2007~2008 goes to MANDY ONG.

Area Governor of the Year 2007~2008

The winner is Area Governor S6 Christopher Choong.
Congratulations, Chris! For such a fine performance throughout the term 2007~2008.

Division Governor of The Year 2007~2008

At the recently concluded Bali District 51 semi annual convention Hall of Fame night, District 51 2007~2008 Governor K K Chee, DTM presented the award to YOON PENG YEW of Division S.

Congratulations to PENG YEW on behalf of District 51!

K.Loghandran and District 51 Governor Joseph Gomez Live on Malaysian TV channel NTV7

Monday, November 17, 2008

District 51 Annual convention 2009

District 51 16th annual convention will be held in Kuching , Sarawak, Malaysia at the Crowne Plaza Riverside hotel on April 17th~19th 2009.

REGISTER NOW for onlyRM 450 (Valid until 31st December 2008) Normal price RM500.
Log on to for registration.

District 51 2008 Evaluation Contest

Winners of the District Evaluation Contest 2008 ~

Test Speaker : Aarti Mulani of The British Jakarta Toastmasters Club

Champion ~ Michael Xavier ~ Division N
2nd place ~ John Lee ~ Division W
3rd place ~ Ahmad Fakri ~ Division P

District 51 2008 Humorous Speech Winner


Winner : Stephen Fernando ~ Division C
2nd place : Roger Charles McGowan ~ Division W
3rd place : May Cheah ~ Division S

Memoirs of Bali with Love

Apologies for not able to update the information on Bali District semi annual District Council meeting and happenings for the opening, run-off's and educational session including the Hall of fame night as well as the welcome night beach party performances......
For your viewing pleasures!


District Governor Joseph Gomez discussing the closing ceremony with OC Veronica

Official Opening ceremony by Bali Tourism head representatives Drs.Gede Nurjaya
witnessed by International Director Poh Kim Siong (L) and OC Vika, District 51 Governor Joseph Gomez, Ibu Elly and Ibu Samoati.

International Director 2008~2010 Poh Kim Siong, DTM during the opening address

Ibu Mien D51 secretary along with Bapak Joseph before the District council meeting

Division Governors preparing for the District council meeting on Friday morning....
Mandarin Toastmasters clubs dinner on Thursday night. Seeing here is participation
from the delegates during one of the event lined up.
Div M members in action! The Courage to Conquer!
Registration desk at the lobby of Inna Grand Beach hotel Bali.
Pesawat merpati dengan Garuda di Lapangan terbang antarabangsa Ngurah-Rai

The hotel provides no internet connection in the room.....
Safely home now , arriving KLIA at 1005pm after flying out from Bali Ngurah Rai International airport, Denpasar at 715pm...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bali Semi Annual Convention

Waiting to board aircraft bound for Denpasar (DPS also known as Bali) for District 51 semi annual convention beginning tomorrow.
Mandarin sessions begins today with a dinner plan for the evening......
Should be able to make it on time barring any delay.....Flight scheduled to depart at 1515hrs and arriving at 1815hrs (615pm).

I will be updating this blog for tomorrow District council meeting and the executive council meeting including the welcome night beach party.

For more information, log in to

International Director for District not assigned to region (DNAR) Poh Kim Siong will be coming in tomorrow morning and will grace the afternoon council meeting plus the welcome night..

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om.......which means Peace 3X

Annual Convention Sydney Cancelled, Moved to California

Dear fellow Toastmasters,

We received news from Toastmasters International Executive Director Dan Rex on the venue change this morning. Sydney 2010 is now cancelled and will be moved to Palm Desert, California.

Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 11 miles (18 km) east of Palm Springs. The population was 41,155 at the 2000 census.Other cites in the Coachella Valley are Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage.

Please be informed! Ritchie D51 LGET

Dear District Governors and Lt. Governors,

I write to you today to announce a change in location for the 2010 International Convention. World Headquarters recently conducted an extensive Convention analysis, taking into account the global financial crisis and economic downturn, as well as the overall increased costs associated with holding the Convention in Sydney.

This led to a realization and decision that it would not be fiscally responsible to hold the 2010 Convention in Sydney, Australia. The new site for the 2010 Convention is Palm Desert, California. We hope you will join us and many of your fellow Toastmasters there!

We realize this will be a disappointment to many of our members, especially those in Host District 70, led by Elizabeth Wilson, whom we thank for the planning and work they have already done.Many Toastmasters saw the 2010 Convention in Sydney as a landmark in our history, a demonstration of the truly global nature of our organization.

As we continue to stretch into more than 92 countries around the world, I can assure you that our global roots are deep.We will continue to evaluate sites worldwide as potential locations for a future International Convention and look forward to holding an “international” Convention as soon as the time is right.

This was not an easy decision to make, but it is one that will ultimately benefit the interests of all members. Our primary responsibility at this time is to be prudent guardians of the organization’s funds.

We appreciate your understanding and support.

Best regards,Dan

Daniel Rex
Executive Director
Toastmasters International

Saturday, November 8, 2008

NTV 7 Featuring District 51 Champion K.Loghandran

District 51 2008 World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS) 1st runner-up,

Loghandran Krishnasamy better known as Logi

will be appearing in the Malaysian Television

NTV7 Breakfast Show

on 10th Nov 2008~ MONDAY around 8:40am talking about public speaking

and of course Toastmasters and his winning!

Promote this amongst your office colleagues, friends at work,

and relatives, yes your relatives that have been hearing

about your Toastmasters Journey...

Savour the significant!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bali Semi Annual Convention

We will be having the Limited edition of
the BALI Convention Pin during the
coming semi annual convention.
If you would like to have them ,
please ensure to get them at the convention
or if you are not going, get someone to book those for you....... 14th~16th November 2008
08 more days!

World Champion fights for her life

I have just received news from our DNAR International Director Poh Kim Siong about Toastmasters WCPS 2008 LaShunda Rundles. I have personally met, talked, laughed and congratulated on her winning moments in Calgary alongwith our District champion Loghandran. She is now in a fight for her life.
Let us offer our prayers to her in your own ways.

Heavenly Father, Please help us in our time of need for a friend.
If it is Your will, please restore LaShunda to health and strength. Amen.

To quote Kim Siong ," We support one another, not only in our Toastmaster activities but beyond. At some point in our lives each one of us needs support, someone to offer a prayer for us. I write tonight to let you know that LaShunda Rundles, 2008 World Champion of Public Speaking is gravely ill and could use your prayers."

Kim Siong received the sad news from Jim Key-WCPS 2003 ( appended below)

One of my colleagues is in a fight for her life. LaShunda Rundles, the 2008 World Champion of Public Speaking, is in Baylor's Intensive Care Unit.
Angie detailed what's going on with her on her blog.
To read that account, click here.
Simply put, LaShunda needs a miracle. If you are the praying type, please pray for her as soon as you can. If not, please send all of the happy thoughts, well-wishes, and "good vibes" that you can her way.
By Jim Key ~ 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking

Monday, November 3, 2008

New Clubs Chartered in District 51 since July 01st 2008

I5 1252767 10/26/2008 Ipeka International Jakarta

M1 1251612 10/23/2008 Fo Guang Shan Mandarin Johor Bahru

N5 1252031 10/21/2008 Venture Bayan Lepas

B2 1244221 10/01/2008 Handal Group Puchong

C4 1244249 10/01/2008 Redtone Puchong

W3 1222775 08/18/2008 AFC Kuala Lumpur

A1 1222700 08/13/2008 Alam Melaka

C2 1211904 07/01/2008 HICT Klang

P3 1211889 07/01/2008 MELIA KL Kuala Lumpur