Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2009 DNAR Interdistrict Speech Contest

We are delighted to share with you the information received from our International Director Kim Siong for DNAR Inter-Districts Speech qualifying contests in August 11th 2009 Foxwoods, Mashantucket,USA :-

Contest A
Under ID Mohd.Murad
District 80
District 72
District 74
District 76
District 79
District 85
District 70
District 75
District 71
Contest B
Under ID Poh Kim Siong
District 81-Carribean
District 73-Australia
District 82-India & Sri Lanka
District 51
District 59-Continental Europe
District 69-Australia ,Papua New Guinea
District 34-Mexico
District 67-Taiwan

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Toastmasters' Board of Directors meeting 9th-14th February 2009

Toastmasters’ Board of Directors met during the week of February 9-14, 2009, and announced the results of its deliberations at an open briefing held at Toastmasters World Headquarters on Saturday, February 14. Here are some highlights of the Board’s announcements, especially regarding the status of the current governance reshaping project:
Strategic Planning Committee - The Board re-examined the guiding principles of the governance reshaping project, and presented a refined vision of the structural changes under consideration. These changes can be summarized as follows:
  • A new regional map, with 14 regions/14 directors/14 region advisors
  • International Leadership Committee (ILC) replaces International Nominating Committee
  • 14 region advisors
  • No regional conferences
  • District officer training face-to-face at Convention and midyear (TI pays travel for both)
  • E-learning year-round for district officers
  • Semifinal speech contests at the Convention District Administration Committee (DAC)

The District Administration Committee focused on district reformation, district boundaries and the continuing development of the Region Advisor Marketing concept.
The Board approved the reformation of District 51. The district split will be effective July 1, 2010. The district will elect two lt. governors education and training, two lt. governors marketing and one district governor for the 2009-2010 program year in order to support the transition year.
The Board approved the boundary change between Districts 62 and 86. There are four clubs impacted by the U.S./Canada border that will be aligned with District 86, effective July 1, 2009.
Finalized a Region Advisor Marketing (RA) guide which includes:
Job description for the RA
Process, criteria and selection to become an RA
How RAs will directly support the districts
The RAs will work closely with WHQ to ensure each district receives the support they need.
The Board defined the support relationship between WHQ and the Region Advisor Marketing (RA), as well as ways to maximize the RA support to districts, which includes district visits.
The Board identified new policies to support the RA structure.
Governance and Policy Committee (GAP)
The Board finalized the proposed changes to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International pertaining to governance reshaping. Proposal A, Global Representation and Support, will be presented to the delegates at the 2009 Annual Business Meeting in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Complete information on the proposal will be included in the proxy mailing that will be mailed on March 31, 2009, to all clubs. Information will also be available on the Toastmasters Web site, at The Board of Directors recommends a “Yes” vote.
The Board drafted policy and guidelines related to the International Leadership Committee. Topics addressed include the following:
Treating all candidates equitably during the selection process
Training and orienting new ILC members
Identifying attributes of effective leadership
Providing for ongoing discussions between ILC members via an electronic forum and other methods
Developing a transition and implementation plan
Before finalizing the policy and guidelines in August 2009, World Headquarters will conduct a survey of past Nominating Committee chairmen and members to learn about their experiences and identify best practices.

More detailed information can be found at Board Directors meeting (click on it)

while the governance reshaping project can be found at

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's to Toastmasters of District 51

Give the gift of a Toastmasters membership this Valentine’s Day.
If you have a friend or loved one who is interested in Toastmasters, but hasn't yet
joined, give him or her a gift membership to the club of his or her choice.

Make a difference in someone’s life.
Give the gift of a Toastmasters membership. Leave details in the comment column and we shall be contacting you/them for more information.

Friday, February 13, 2009

District 51 Educational awards achievement

For the term 2008-2009, Toastmasters International has set the Educational Goals for District 51 based on the end of 2007-2008 memberships submitted. To date, we have achieved highest educational awards in Advanced Communicator (Bronze, Silver,Gold) 65% followed by Competent Communicator which has achieved over 54% while for LEadership awards of Competent Leader, Advanced Leader & Distinguished Toastmasters we achieved below the half way mark of 43%.
District continually monitoring your club/s effort in striving to achieved those educational Goals not only for your club progress but also contribute to your area, division and the district success.
Most importantly your club, area, division achievements contribute significantly to Toastmasters International goals set for the entire organisations for the term 2008-2009 led by International President Jana Barnhill, DTM, AS.

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." "The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it." "Do not wait for leaders, do it alone, person to person."
--Mother Teresa

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

District 51 Educational awards achievement & Goals

As of February 09th 2009,
District 51 achieved
54.25% of the CC Goals,
63.82% of the AC Goals and
43.23% of the Leadership goals.

Division Goals and Performances as of February 07th 2009

District 51 Reformation plan and status

Area I4 Surabaya & Jakarta

One particular area in D51 - Surabaya & Jakarta is thriving. Under the able leadership of Division Governor Arlan Setiawan & Area I4 Governor Wardiman, they have churned out clubs in Surabaya which is nowhere to be seen within D51.

Area I4 under Area Governor Wardiman Djojonegoro started the term with 05 clubs as base. 02 clubs in Jakarta, 02 in Surabaya and 01 club in Sorowako, Sulawesi.
Excellence & Masterpiece TMC in Jakarta, Surabaya & Dynamic in Surabaya and Sorowako TMC in Sorowako, Sulawesi.
City distance from Jakarta to Surabaya, Indonesia: 413 miles or 665 kilometers.
Surabaya is Indonesia's 2nd largest city, and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura strait.
Soroako, also spelled Sorowako, is a small mining town in the north-east of South Sulawesi province, in the centre of Sulawesi island in Indonesia.

Earlier this month February 1st, Area I4 added 03 more new clubs in Surabaya, making it a total of 8 clubs in Area I4.
1280492 New Club - 02/01/2009 UC Toastmasters Club
1280543 New Club - 02/01/2009 UC2 Toastmasters Club
1280601 New Club - 02/01/2009 I.E.U Toastmasters Club

Today, I was informed that 02 more new clubs - UPH SURABAYA & ITS Surabaya will be submitted next week. This will make a total of 10 clubs in Area I4. What a great achievement for Surabaya...
Please send Arlan & Wardiman your personal congratulatory messages to
ARLAN SETIAWAN & for their outstanding service and contributions to their area, division and the district and obviously to the organisation.......

Monday, February 9, 2009

Toastmasters web site will be down Feb 10th 1030pm Malaysian Time

February 10, 2009
The entire Toastmasters Web site will be inactive Tuesday, February 10, 2009, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time), for upgrades and maintenance.
Malaysian Time FEBRUARY 10th 10:30p.m. to 12p.m.

We appreciate your patience during this process and on behald of TI WHQ, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your club.

Calling for 2009/2010 Nominations

District 51 Calling for 2009/2010 nominations
District 51 will soon call for NominationsNominate yourself or others for leadership roles in District 51!All District 51 Toastmasters in good standing, from clubs in good standing, are entitled to nominate themselves and others to positions that serve Toastmasters across District 51.
Gain leadership experience.· Make new Toastmaster friends outside your home club.· Satisfy requirements for the Advanced Leader Silver award (see below).
Do not be shy about nominating yourself; stepping forward to fill a role indicates personal interest and is an admirable offer of service to the district. You may also nominate one or more other Toastmasters for particular roles.

District Officer Mission, Purpose and Qualifications
The mission of the district is to enhance the performance andextend the network of clubs, thereby offering greater numbersof people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasterseducational program by:□ Focusing on the critical success factors as specified bythe district educational and membership goals.□ Ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilitiesto its members.□ Providing effective training and leadership developmentopportunities for club and district officers.
Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve theirfull potential and realize their dreams. Through our memberclubs, people throughout the world can improve theircommunication and leadership skills, giving them the courageto change.
The mission/purpose and qualifications of each elected officer as follows:
Mission/PurposeAs the district's chief executive officer, directs the district in away which fosters strong clubs; produces maximum growth ineducation completions, club and membership; and isconsistent with the interests of members of ToastmastersInternational. Responsible for motivating the district toachieve Distinguished District. Achieves the mission of thedistrict in a manner which motivates volunteer leaders andpromotes a standard of excellence in all district activities.
At the time of taking office, the district governor shall haveserved at least six (6) consecutive months as a club presidentand at least twelve (12) consecutive months as a lt. governoror division governor or a combination thereof and must be amember in good standing of a Toastmasters club in goodstanding..
Mission/Purpose Under the guidance of the district governor, strives to haveevery club and each member reap the benefits of theToastmasters educational program and to have every clubbecome a Distinguished Club. Responsible for achievingDistinguished District goals for CCS, ACS and DistinguishedClubs. Provides direction and counsel todivision governors, area governors, and club officers on theeducational opportunities in Toastmasters. Responsible forthe design and conduct of successful district trainingprograms, conferences, and other district educational events.
Qualifications (at the time of taking office)
The lt. governor education and training shall have served atleast six (6) consecutive months as a club president and atleast twelve (12) consecutive months as a lt. governor,division governor, or an area governor, or a combinationthereof and must be a member in good standing of aToastmasters club in good standing..
Mission/Purpose Under guidance of the district governor, makes the benefits ofToastmasters membership available to greater numbers ofpeople. Plans, develops, implements, and directs short-termand long-term district marketing objectives. Develops anddirects programs for new club development, club rescueefforts, club membership promotion, and membershipretention. Responsible for achieving Distinguished Districtgoals for membership and club growth. Promotes standards ofservice to the member and to the club.
Qualifications (at the time of taking office)
The lt. governor marketing shall have served for at least six(6) consecutive months as a club president and at least twelve(12) consecutive months as a lt. governor, a division governor,or as an area governor, or a combination thereof and must be amember in good standing of a Toastmasters club in goodstanding..
Mission/Purpose Achieves the mission of the district within the division,accomplishing district goals in membership building andretention, club extension, and educational accomplishments.Ensures that each club realizes its mission and fulfills itsresponsibilities to its members. Responsible for achievingDistinguished Division Program goals and for ensuring thatareas and clubs within the division achieve Distinguishedstatus. Serves the division clubs by providing district supportand resources through the area governors.
Qualifications (at the time of taking office)
A division governor shall have served at least six (6)consecutive months as a member of a district council (e.g.,club president, vice president education, area governor, districtsecretary, district treasurer) and must be a member in goodstanding of a Toastmasters club in good standing.
Mission/Purpose Provides district contact, support, and assistance to the club sothat it may achieve the club mission and fulfill itsresponsibilities to its members. Helps clubs by keeping inregular contact with club presidents in the area and by visitingeach club at least twice during the year. Is responsible forachieving Distinguished Area Program goals and for ensuringthat each area club is a Distinguished Club.
Qualifications (at the time of taking office) Insofar as practicable, an area governor should have served asa member of a district council (e.g., club president, vicepresident education, or district officer) and must be a memberin good standing of a Toastmasters club in good standing.

*Note that offices satisfying a requirement for the Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) award are District Governor, Lt.Governor Marketing, Lt. Governor Education and Training, Public Relations Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, Division Governor, and Area Governor.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Toastmasters April 2009 Dues Renewals

Club Officers:
Please Look For Your Renewal Invoice in Your E-Mail Inbox!

Toastmasters International in their effort to focus on environmental concerns, will send the upcoming April 2009 member dues renewal invoice via email rather than through the postal service, an effort to provide first-rate service to members with environmental stewardship.

  • Club officers and members will benefit from this change in several ways:
  • Renewal invoices will be delivered faster and more efficiently.
  • E-mail delivery is cost-effective, saving the organization (and its members) from unnecessary spending.
  • Delivery by e-mail is more convenient for many members.

Club officers, please look for the April 2009 dues renewal invoice in your e-mail inbox the first week of March. Remember, member renewals are due by April 1, 2009.

Club officers will be able to submit renewals online through the Club Business login: starting the first week of March.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Speech Contest Rulebook 2009

It's Contest season and once again I wished you all a great learning opportunity as well as exercising the clubs right in having equal representation for the division and eventually district final...

I am attaching here with the SPEECH CONTEST RULEBOOK 2009 in soft copy format for your perusal.

Toastmasters Speech Contest Rulebook 2009 (Click on it)

Area Report of Club Visit

Conducting an effective club visit
Part of the district’s mission is to ensure every club fulfills its responsibilities to its members. To achieve this, the district must establish and maintain positive, supportive relationships with each club.
To this the Area Governors play a critical role in preserving this relationship through club visits, which are required twice a year and should take place between July 1 – October 31 and again from January 1 – April 30.
Submit the Area Report of Club Visit form online by following the link below.
A copy of the form will automatically be sent to your district leaders and the club president. Reports are due twice a year. Deadlines are November 30 and May 31.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

David Brooks Magic Moment 1990 WCPS

Magic Moments 1 & 2
By David Brooks - WCPS 1990 Champion

Want a better speech? Start with better parts.
Learn what all great speakers know: the greatest speeches are built on a foundation of magic moments. Watch and learn from Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking finalists who demonstrate dozens of specialized speaking skills.
This two-volume set of DVDs features Magic Moments 1, the best-selling educational program ever recorded at a Toastmasters International convention, as it was recorded live at the 2001 convention in Anaheim, California. It also features the equally popular follow-up program, Magic Moments 2, which was recorded live at the 2004 convention in Reno, Nevada.

In these two video disks, you can learn by watching superlative examples of such critical skills as gestures and body language, rhythm and momentum, repetition and restatement, theme development and reinforcement, and movement and staging. In addition, you will see how the masters use natural humor, crisp writing, and personal stories to make their messages memorable.

Click on name to order ~ DavidBrooks

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

District annual convention promotional rate of RM400

Promotional Rate for
District 51 2009 Kuching April Annual Convention Fee
RM400 for 10 pax / RM 450 for single pax

Promotion valid until 28 February 2009

**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
CIMB Account Jalan Satok Kuching 110 500 150 64 052
Contact No.:+6 012 8865470 Fax No.: +6 082 459816

Agenda - DAY 1: FRIDAY 17th, APRIL 2009
8.00am Registration Starts
11.00am - 1.00pm District ExCo Meeting
1.00pm - 2.00pm District ExCo Lunch
2.00pm - 4.30pm District Council Meeting
4.30pm - 5.00pm Refreshments
5.00pm - 6.00pm • Mandarin Meetings• Pidato Meetings
6.00pm - 6.30pm • Contestant Briefing and Balloting (Run Offs)
• Judges & Role Players Briefing (Run Offs)
7.30pm - 11.30pm Welcome Night

DAY 2: SATURDAY 18th, APRIL 2009
7.00am District Governor’s Breakfast
8.00am Opening Ceremony - Chief Minister of Sarawak
10.00am - 10.30am Refreshments
10.30am - 11.30am Plenary Session
11.30am - 1.00pm • Table Topics Contest Run Off A• Table Topics Contest Run Off B• Mandarin Table Topics Contest
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm - 3.30pm • International Speech Contest Run Off A• International Speech Contest Run Off B• Mandarin International Speech Contest
3.30pm - 4.00pm Refreshments
4.00pm - 4.45pm Concurrent Workshops 1, 2 & 3 (2 English & 1 Mandarin)
4.45pm - 5.30pm Concurrent Workshops 4, 5 & 6 (2 English & 1 Mandarin)
5.30pm - 6.00pm • Contestant Briefing and Balloting (Finals)• Judges & Role Players Briefing (Finals)
7.30pm - 11.30pm Installation Banquet and Awards Presentation

DAY 3: SUNDAY 19th, APRIL 2009
8.30am - 9.30am Table Topics Contest
9.30am - 10.00am Refreshments
10.00am - 11.30am International Speech Contests
11.30am - 12.00pm Certificate Presentation and Results Announcement
12.00pm - 1.00pm Closing Ceremony
1.00pm - 2.00pm Farewell Lunch
2.00pm - 4.00pm Incoming District Officers Training
4.00pm - 4.30pm Refreshments

Venue - Riverside Majestic Hotel -Formerly known as Riverside Crowne Plaza
Strategically located in the heart of Kuching's entertainment, dining, shopping and business district, Riverside Majestic Hotel is 20 minutes from the Kuching International Airport and minutes away from the city's major tourist attractions. Overlooking the historical Fort Margherita across the Sarawak River, it commands a panoramic view of the city and the Kuching Waterfront; and is adjacent to a 5-storey shopping podium with a Cineplex and bowling alleys.
From Kuching International Airport (KIA)
Distance: 10 KM / 6.21 MI South West to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): MYR18.00 (MYR) Time by taxi: 15-20 minutes

For hotel rates and adjacent hotels : Click on this link