Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Toastmasters - Never Shy to Embrace Dreams






While we worry and be concerned about the global financial slowdown, the news of job cuts and the current rainy season, remember that many people in this world are worse off than we’ll ever be.

But unless we take a moment to see things in perspective, we will be doing ourselves, and those around us, an enormous wrong - namely, to develop a distorted view of reality.

Whenever life throws you a curve ball, just remember all those times when it went easy on you, too.
Without the curves, you wouldn’t appreciate the pitches that enabled you to hit one out of the park.
Without the rain, we might not know to pack our bags hurriedly and head for the beach on a sunny day.
Without sickness, what would good health really mean to us?

The bad things in life really do help us to appreciate better of the good things. So we should not merely count our blessings.

We should be thankful for the falls we’ve experienced on life’s dance floor.
Without them, we could never have learned how to dance.
And in those most difficult of times when the dance music actually stops and the silence is out of your control, brace yourself and hold on to the floor.
Life’s band members are just taking a break to see if you are truly appreciative of their music. Just stay out there on the dance floor for the next song.

A toastmaster, never shy to embrace Dream, tells us that just holding on is a virtue. That next song will be played for you. It will come. Continue your Journey, participate and practice your presentation skills in your coming club meeting, achieve that dreams of completing your Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator and beyond.
You have an another half of the term as we usher into the New Year 2009!

May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future.
I take this opportunity wishing you and all at home and loved ones,
a v
ery Blessed and Wonderful Christmas and a Great New Year 2009.

Ritchie
D51 LGET 2008/2009

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Non availability of New Members, renewals & educational awards facilities

As part of TI`s annual inventory process, adding new members, paying renewals or
submitting education awards will not be available until January 06th 2009 -Saturday Brunei/Indonesia/Malaysia time.

Submit application and dues/fees for my club’s new Member(s)Reinstated, transfer and dual members cannot be submitted online. Please fax or mail them with payment to World Headquarters. NOT AVAILABLE

Pay Dues for my club’s membersSubmit payment for renewing member(s) and new members added online but not yet paid. NOT AVAILABLE

Apply for educational award(s) for my club membersSubmit award applications here. NOT AVAILABLE

Please refer to my earlier posting on the same topic. :-
http://ritchierc.blogspot.com/2008/11/world-headquarters-inventory-time.html

Division Performance as of Dec 19th 2008

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Division A, E, M, I, B, P & C have all achieved more than 50% of membership renewal goals while the District achieved 49.95%.

Division D met its' CC's Goal with Division H, E & I surpassed 50% of their Division CC's Goal above the district achievement of 39.47% at the moment.

Division I met its' AC's Goal with Division J, E & K surpassed 50% and higher than District achievement of 51.06%.

Division I & E surpassed 50% of their Division Leadership awards goals such as Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader (ALB,ALS) and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). District achieved a low 31% on the leadership awards.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Toastmasters Website down / inactive December 20th 2008

The Toastmasters International Web site Will be Down! December 20, 2008

The entire Toastmasters Web site will be inactive Saturday, December 20, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), for upgrades and maintenance.
Sunday, December 21st from 12am to 8am (Malaysian time)
Toastmasters International world headquarters appreciate your patience during this process and they sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may cause you.

On behalf of Toastmasters International and District 51, We wish you a joyful holiday season and a very happy new year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Area & Division Contest 2009

Greetings and salutations fellow Toastmasters!

Its' coming to the year end and with your club final meeting for the year, TLI training for club officers and interested members, Christmas and New Year's celebration including school opening in less than 03 weeks, surely you will be very occupied among other things in your calendar.

Contest for 2009! Plan on competing in, volunteering for, or attending District 51's upcoming Area & Division International Speech and Table Topics Contests this 2009.
See Toastmasters International 2009 Speech Contest Rule Book.

Toastmasters speech contests have three main purposes:
1) to provide an opportunity for proficient speakers and those Toastmasters who are interested in competitive speaking to gain contest experience;
2) to provide an interesting educational program for Toastmasters and the general public (contests can create a community awareness of the opportunities in the Toastmasters program); and
3) to provide an opportunity to those Toastmasters who are not participating in the the contest to learn by observing proficient speakers. They are also a great way to meet other Toastmasters outside of your club, to see the "bigger" picture and scope of Toastmasters, and above all - have fun!

Each of these contests begins with competitions at the club level.

Club winners compete at the local Area Contest.

Area Contest winners compete at the local Division Contests.

Division Contest winners will compete at the District April 2009 Annual convention in Kuching, Sarawak.

District International Speech contest winner compete at the Interdistrict contest in August 2009 in Foxwoods, Connecticut,USA.

Winner of the Interdistrict International Speech Contest will go on to represent the District not assigned to Region (DNAR) at the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS) Finals on August 15th 2009.

Contestant EligibilityIn general, to be eligible for any contest, a contestant must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing (dues current). If a member belongs to more than one club, the member may enter the club contest for each club where he/she maintains good standing. However, a contestant may not represent more than one club at the Area level, even if the clubs are in different Areas or Divisions. District officers may not compete in any contest.For the International Speech Contest, the contestant must have completed six speech projects from the basic Communication and Leadership Program manual.

For Areas with 4 assigned clubs or less, District 51 will allow the 2 highest placed contestants from each Club to compete in the Area Contest.
For Divisions with 4 assigned areas or less, District 51 will allow 2 highest placed contestants from each Area to compete in the Division Contest.

An updated copy of the 2009 Speech Contest Rulebook was recently sent to the club President. If you are unable to locate your club's, new copies may be purchased from Toastmasters International.

See the link below:Speech Contest Manual - Item #1173

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Division performance as of December 12th 2008

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  • Division D has surpassed the CC's Goal.
  • Div I has surpassed the AC's Goal.
  • Division A achieved 61.94% of the Membership renewals goal for the term~highest so far.

Please feel free to comment and seek clarification if needed. Keep well everyone!


Radio Interview on Toastmasters 16th Dec 11AM

Click to listen live ~ http://www.bfm.com.my/assets/media/bfmfeed.html

Our District Governor Joseph Gomez, DTM will be live on air in one of the local radio station here in Kuala Lumpur on 16th December 2008 Tuesday 11am to present information about Toastmasters and to discuss on some of the common mistakes that we make in regards to Public speaking and presentation and what can we do to correct them.

It will be at BFM 89.9, Malaysia's First Business Radio Station.
BFM is a 24 hour radio station focused on business news and topics. Think of CNBC or The Edge but on radio. Core programmes include latest business news and stock market reports from Malaysia and other financial centres as well as interviews with business personalities, financial analysts, entrepreneurs, technologists and marketers. BFM also offers business education programmes spanning areas like marketing, finance, technology and business productivity to raise the business proficiency of the Malaysian public.BFM targets business executives, finance professionals and the investing public. There is no specific age target as the business audience spans all adult age groups. It is their interest in business that defines the listenership, not their age.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Am back!

Dear Friends in Toastmasters,

My apologies for not updating the site for the last 8 days as I was back in hometown KK to be with my wife and family as my mother in-law was called home to be with the Lord on the 8th December. It's been a week of Rosary prayers.

I am now back and shall update the performances hopefully by the next two days latest.

God Bless......

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Educational Goal achievements by Division

District 51 Educational achievement by division ~ 14 division in total.....as of November 27th 2008 report.
COMPETENT COMMUNICATOR ~
Division D is leading after achieving its division CC's goal...... Division I is leading in the ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR goal by surpassing their division target.....