Thursday, November 3, 2011

Malaysia Airlines 1st Airbus 380

Malaysia Airlines 1st A380 aircraft touched dn in Hamburg, Germany 2 undergo interior finishing & body painting!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Toastmasters District Leader Mid-Year Training 2012

District Leader Mid-Year Training 2012

(excerpts taken from www.Toastmasters.Org)
World Headquarters will provide two in-person training opportunities, which include training at International Convention and Mid-year Training. In addition, e-learning sessions have been designed with district leaders in mind.
For the 2011–2012 Mid-year Training, there will be seven meetings held for the 14 regions and they are scheduled as follows:
Dates Regions Locations 
January 6–73 & 10Santa Ana, California
January 6–7 11 & 13Bangalore, India  
January 13–14 4 & 5 Chicago, Illinois 
January 13–14 12 & 14 Sydney, Australia  
January 20–21 7 & 8 Atlanta, Georgia  
January 27–28 1 & 2 Seattle, Washington  
January 27–28 6 & 9 Boston, Mass.  

World Headquarters is excited to host these informative and educational training sessions.
There are a variety of e-learning modules available that supplement in-person training. To view the e-learning topics, simply visit the Toastmasters Learning Connection at

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy 87th Birthday Toastmasters International

Toastmasters Turns 87 Oct 22nd 2011!

The first Toastmasters meeting had a modest but noble goal: To help people improve their speaking skills in a supportive, informal atmosphere. As word spread about Ralph Smedley’s experiment in Santa Ana, California, people in nearby communities, and even other states, began requesting permission to start their own Toastmasters clubs.

As Toastmasters International celebrates its 87th anniversary this week, the organization continues to thrive, helping more people than ever develop the communication skills and confidence they need to become leaders in their fields. Membership is at an all-time high, with more than 270,000 members in over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. 

Toastmasters International continues to meet members’ needs through club meetings, district conferences, the Toastmasters website and other events.  

From a small gathering in a YMCA basement in 1924 to a global organization, the Toastmasters story is one of dramatic growth and success. To learn more about Toastmasters’ history, visit the Virtual Museum and the Toastmasters International Timeline

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Toastmasters District 51 semi annual convention October 21st~23rd 2011

Gary Schmidt is a member of two clubs in Oregon, USA. 

Gary Schmidt, a resident of Clackamas, Oregon, is the public affairs manager for Clackamas County government.

He previously worked in the political arena, serving two United States senators: Gordon Smith and Mark Hatfield. Gary was a field representative for Senator Smith, and a field office manager for Senator Hatfield. He was also a speechwriter and associate with Mark Hatfield & Associates. 
Let's listen to Gary's Keynote Speech on 
Toastmasters: Where Leaders Are Made

Our organization’s vision statement reads that Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. That results in people working together to achieve greatness! In this keynote speech, Past International President Gary Schmidt shares his thoughts on the international theme Toastmasters: Where Leaders Are Made.  How does the Toastmasters program instill greatness in people which then allows those individuals to lead and serve our world?   

Gary will also present an educational session on 
The Secrets of Successful Leaders!
What makes a leader successful? Gary will share the insights he gained observing and working with leaders in business, politics and Toastmasters. Learn how to maximize your personal and professional leadership experiences and make them the best they can be.  

NEWS-FLASH :SAVE RM45 on full convention package!!
BUY 10 PAY for 9!!! 

RM450 X 9 Full Package =RM4050 

RM319nett per night Deluxe Room- Single/Double with Breakfast
(limited rooms available , reserved for Toastmasters convention delegates, please contact OC Azizah at mobile 019-358 2477)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Motivational Talk in SMK USJ 8 Subang Jaya

I was asked to present a motivational talk to a group of students from SMK USJ 8 in Subang Jaya in preparation for their coming PMR and SPM examinations.
School Entrance

Students of SMK USJ 8 waiting patiently for the session

It was as always a great feeling to be able to do a community service such as this especially so for our children of today. Towards a better tomorrow.

Viva SMK USJ 8 of Subang Jaya!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Toastmasters' Digital Content

Toastmasters' Digital Content

In an effort to reduce expense yet speed members’ access to Toastmasters’ printed materials, the Board of Directors approved a plan to begin digital distribution of select materials through the Toastmasters online store.

Over the coming months, more materials will be available, some for free and others for purchase. Please check this page regularly for updates!

Coming Soon: The Better Speaker Series
Now Available: Speech Contest Materials
From Tall Tales to Table Topics, speech contests allow members to showcase the communication and leadership skills they have acquired through their club participation. To ensure success, speech contests should always be planned and conducted with the proper materials and in accordance with the rules. The following speech contest materials are now available as free, downloadable .pdf files:

International Speech Contest (Digital) Kit (Item 1169DCD)

Evaluation Speech Contest (Digital) Kit (Item 1169EDCD)

Humorous Speech Contest (Digital) Kit (Item 1169HDCD)

Tall Tales Speech Contest (Digital) Kit (Item 1169TTDCD)

Table Topics™ Speech Contest (Digital) Kit (Item 1169TBLDCD)

Speech Contest Rulebook (Digital) (Item 1171DCD)

Speaker's Certification of Eligibility and Originality (Digital) (Item 1183DCD)

Speech Contest Time Record Sheet and Instruction for Timers (Digital) (Item 1175DCD)

Tall Tales Contest Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1181DCD)

Tall Tales Contest Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1181ADCD)

Counters’ Tally Sheet (Digital) (Item 1176DCD)

Speech Contest Biographical Information Sheet (Digital) (Item 1189DCD)

Notification of Contest Winner (Digital) (Item 1182DCD)

International Speech Contest Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1172DCD)

Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1188DCD)

Evaluation Contest Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1179DCD)

Evaluation Contest Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1179ADCD)

Humorous Contest Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1191DCD)

Humorous Contest Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1191ADCD)

Table Topics™ Contest Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1180DCD)

Table Topics™ Contest Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot (Digital) (Item 1180ADCD)

Speech Contest Certificate (1st Place) (Digital) (Item 510ADCD)

Speech Contest Certificate (2nd Place( (Digital) (Item 510BDCD)

Speech Contest Certificate (3rd Place) (Digital) (Item 510CDCD)

Speech Contest Participation Certificate (Digital) (Item 510DDCD)

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Monday, August 22, 2011

A Step by Step Guide to Setting Up Your New Toastmasters Club Website

A Step by Step Guide to Setting Up Your New Toastmasters Club Website

Welcome to the getting started guide for FreeToastHost 2.0 -- 
the new hosting platform for Toastmasters Clubs all over the world

The document will show you how to setup your new club website, whether you are starting a club website for the first time, or moving from your FreeToastHost 1.0 website.
The whole process should take less than an hour.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Toastmasters - Where Leaders Are Made

About TI
Toastmasters new logo

Welcome to Where Leaders are Made: 

The New Look of Toastmasters International

Confidence. The ability to communicate, persuade and lead. The skill to tell one’s story, shape better tomorrows and point others in the same direction. These are the attributes of leaders, and not all leaders are born with talent. They learn it, one experience at a time, and so can you.
For nearly a century, Toastmasters International has been helping women and men of every background, education level and economic standing develop the competency they need to become effective communicators and, ultimately, inspired leaders. That proud tradition continues to this day, bolstered by a reaffirmation of purpose and a new aesthetic vibrancy that includes our logo, colors, fonts and educational materials. Our organization is growing like never before; Toastmasters International now comprises more than 13,000 clubs in 116 countries around the world, from Myanmar to Mexico, China to the Netherlands. Our new look and feel represents a realization of this truth and a tireless commitment to it going forward.
This is an exciting time in Toastmasters history; more than ever we are prepared to equip a new generation of success-oriented people with the practical communication and leadership skills necessary to improve their confidence and achieve their goals. Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home mom, small business owner or CEO, we invite you to join Toastmasters International—where leaders are made.
To view the multimedia new release, visit  

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in 70 years, Toastmasters International, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to teaching communication and leadership skills, is updating its brand. The organization unveiled its new brand identity at its International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, today. As part of the rebranding effort, the organization has updated its logo, colors, fonts, imagery and messaging to make Toastmasters’ identity clearer, increase awareness of its impact around the world and focus more on leadership.
“Despite the fact that Toastmasters International is a global organization, we have suffered from an inconsistent understanding of what we do and how members benefit,” says Pat Johnson, Toastmasters International President. “For many people, Toastmasters is synonymous with public speaking, but we are much more than that. We are not your grandfather’s Toastmasters.”
The Toastmasters members of today are culturally and ethnically diverse, representing all ages and professions, meeting in communities and corporations in 116 countries.
While more than a quarter of a million members attend approximately 13,000 club meetings each week, how they experience those meetings and describe their experiences vary widely from member to member and club to club. It’s important to note that the brand refresh does not affect or alter the organization’s core programs of communication and leadership skill-building; rather, it provides potential members with a clearer picture of what to expect when visiting any club in the world.
“The refreshed brand reflects the organization’s evolution while honoring its heritage,” says Johnson. “It allows us to unite and grow in exciting new ways."
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

Woot! Am really having a crack and
 in the running for DiGi internet FAVOURITE 
person above 40 years 
 Vote everyday until June 20th 2011...TQVM 4 support..

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Moments of Truth

The prestigious DISTINGUISHED DISTRICT award plaque

Capturing the moment with Toastmasters ED Dan Rex & wife, Bev & Hubby!

Golden Gavel recipient Carolyn Kepcher, former Exec VP, COO , GM of Trump organization -The Apprentice

International President 2010/2011 Pat Johnson of Vancouver, BC

Jana Barnhill, DTM, AS International President 2008/2009
Gary Schmidt, DTM International President 2009/2010
Presenting District Communication & Leadership Award to Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye
Witnessing the highlight of Barcelona MU final 
Excellence in Marketing award and President Distinguished District 
Visiting and played General Evaluator role for  an Australian Toastmasters club
Presenting before Malaysia Airlines Managing Director YM Tengku Dato' Azmil on District Corporate award
Communication & Leadership Award to Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye
The man responsible to bring the Toastmasters program into Malaysia, Papa Gerald Green, DTM, AS from Penang

Deputy Chief Minister Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu

With Leaders of District 87 along with Sarawak DCM GOH

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam (Simplified Chinese: 陈康南), was the former Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, state Industrial Development Minister and state Tourism and Heritage Minister.

Presenting to Malaysia Airlines Managing Director YM Tengku Dato' Azmil on  Toastmasters Corporate award

Witnessing the presentation with Region 14 Advisor marketing Joseph Gomez, DTM

Distinguished and Select Club awards presentation in  Kuala Lumpur

Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon was the Chief Minister of Penang from 1990 to 2008 and is currently a member of the Dewan Negara, the upper house of the Malaysian Parliament. In April 2009, Koh was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Proud moment for Malaysia Airlines Toastmasters Club - home club

Deputy Minister of Higher Education Malaysia YB Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah

Marching in for District annual convention opening ceremony

District annual convention Opening ceremony Miri, Sarawak
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