Monday, September 29, 2008

"Rome Was Not Built In One Day"

First, my heartiest congratulations to K. Loghandran of Speakers Dream Toastmasters Club (Kuala Lumpur) for winning the 2nd place in the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in Calgary, Canada on August 16, 2008.

There is a saying that "Rome was not built in one day".

I remember 15 years ago, both "Lucky Luke" (then Penang Toastmasters) and I (National Semiconductor Penang Toastmasters) were both representing Division N in Singapore at the Pansea District International Speech Contest at Shangri-La Hotel in 1993. How time flies....

Pic 1: Sin Chew Jit Pow Newspaper: Division N International Speech Contest @Penang in 1993

Pic 2: 1993 Pansea International Speech Contest @ Singapore

Then 10 years ago, when I was District Governor, you won the District 51 International Speech Contest at Kuching, Sarawak in May 1998. And you became the 2nd Toastmaster from District 51 to take part in the Inter- District Speech Contest at Palm Desert, California, USA in August, 1998.

Rene de Jesus (Jakarta Toastmasters) was the first from District 51 to take part and won 2nd place at the Inter-District level behind a fellow Filippino in New Orleans, Missouri in August, 1997.

This year 2008, you have made your mark at the world's stage of Toastmasters International.

Bravo! You have made history and broken the "glass ceiling" for all Toastmasters of District 51.

You have spoken and spoken well.

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