Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Pictures of District 51 Genting Convention - Indonesia Toastmasters

I requested some photos from Division H Governor Indriani Asfa of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia. Just received them - enjoy the photos.

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Photo 4

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pictures of District 51 Semi Annual Convention @ Genting Highlands, Malaysia - October 23-25. 2009

Convention photos received from DPRO Rosalind Chan. Thanks.

Hope someone has more photos to share especially of welcoming night. Would be fun for those of us not there to see who was dressed as wise wizard, wicked witch, innocent looking fairy or pixie or mischevious goblin or bloody thirsty Dracula. Anyway enjoy these more drab and serious photos except for some tongue-in-cheek expression of glee of contest winners.

Like they say, a picture paints a thousand words - so no name naming nor comments included.... on second thought, I can't resist. For clarification, DPRO Rosalind only emailed the photos, all photo comments are made by me alone and I was not even at Genting. Hope this posting will cheer your day and bouy your Toastmasters spirit.

Photo 1 - My guess is this is a group photo of organzing committee and/or hosting divisions of Klang Valley. I wonder anyone had any time to play the jackpot and made a quick buck. Note: Genting Highlands is a 7/24 Casino resort.

Photo 2: All the 3 top contest winners of D51 Humorous Speech and D51 Evaluation Speech Contest. "I won, I won" .

Photo 3 - Division N delegates. I recognize the faces. My own Division covering Penang and Kedah. I recognize Bayan Baru members - DPRO Rosalind Chan and Division N Governor Koay Kah Hin with District 51 Governor Ritchie Chong and others....

Photo 4 - Congrats Rozana of Brunei Speakers. D51 covers Toastmasters Clubs in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia - at least for this year. Next year, we split again.

Photo 5 - Ah ha... My good friends - DPRO Rosalind with Low PDG Yat Seow. Comrades in Toastmasters.

Photo 6 - DPRO Rosalind in the Gang of 12, mainly from Division N.

Photo 7 - I recognize familiar faces... the Mandarin Toastmasters. Ni men hao. Ban nian da hui hen pang ma? (in Pinyin Mandarin)

Photo 8 - Got to be serious now. The District 51 Governor Richard Chong presenting a souvenir of appreciation to the Key Note Speaker Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Breaking News: District 51 2009 Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest Results

Thanks to Division N Govenor Koay Kah Hin for this photo of all the winners! All women! Congratulations!

Received this email from our District Public Relations Officer Rosalind Chan. Heatiest congratulations to all the winners!

Dear Fellow toastmasters,
The District Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contests were held today, Sunday 25 October 2009 at the 17th Semi-Annual Convention at Genting International Convention Centre, Genting Highlands.

We are pleased to announce the results.


Marianna Pascal - Champion
(Division A - Sacred Heart)
Speech Title : Local English or Standard English?

Ruby Ahmad - 1st runner up
(Division S - Langkap)
Speech Title : The Return of Holy Matrimony

Karina Razali - 2nd runner up
(Division E - Miri)
Speech Title : The Adventurer's Wife


Asha Suresh Chand - Champion
(Division N - Oracle Advanced)

Rozana Yunos - 1st runner up
(Division K - Brunei Speakers)

Mary Barton - 2nd runner up
(Division W - WIM)

Congratulations and Well Done!!

Rosalind Chan, DTM
District Public Relations Officer 2009-2010
District 51 Theme: Toastmasters: Speaking Your Way to Magical Transformation

The Next District 51 Convention - 2010 Miri D51 Convention

From the official convention blog:

21-23 May 2009

Convention Venue:
Jalan Pos, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel : +60 85 431133 Fax : +60 85 431122

May be changed from time to time
DAY 1 FRIDAY 21st MAY 2010
8.00 am Registration
11.00 am - 1.00 pm District Exco Meeting
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm District Exco Lunch
2.00 pm - 4.30 pm District Council Meeting
4.30 pm - 5.00 pm Refreshment *
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
• Mandarin Meeting
• Pidato Meeting
6.00 pm - 6.30 pm
• Contestant Briefing and Balloting (Run Offs)
• Judges & Role Players Briefing (Run Offs)
7.30 pm - 11.30 pm Welcome Night *

DAY 2 SATURDAY 22nd MAY 2010
8.00 am Opening Ceremony
10.00 am - 10.30 am Refreshment *
10.30 am - 11.30 am Plenary Session
11.30 am - 1.00 pm
• Table Topics Contest Run Off A
• Table Topics Contest Run Off B
• Mandarin Table Topics Contest
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm Lunch *
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
• International Speech Contest Run Off A
• International Speech Contest Run Off B
Mandarin International Speech Contest
3.30 pm - 4.00 pm Refreshment *
4.00 pm - 4.45 pm Concurrent Workshops 1, 2 & 3 (2 English & 1 Mandarin)
4.45 pm - 5.30 pm Concurrent Workshops 4, 5 & 6 (2 English & 1 Mandarin)
5.30 pm - 6.00 pm
• Contestant Briefing and Balloting (Finals)
• Judges & Role Players Briefing (Finals)
7.30 pm - 11.30 pm Installation Banquet and Awards Presentation *

DAY 3 SUNDAY 23rd MAY 2010
8.30 am - 9.30 am Table Topics Contest
9.30 am - 10.00 am Refreshment *
10.00 am - 11.30 am International Speech Contests
11.30 am - 12.00 pm Certificate Presentation and Results Announcement
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm Closing Ceremony
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm Farewell Lunch *
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Incoming District Officers Training
4.00 pm - 4.30 pm Refreshment * Good Bye!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

第一天 星期五
八点正 - 报到与注册
一点至两点 - 享用午餐 - 限于五十一区域执委
四点半至五点 - 茶点
五点至六点 - 华文组会议
七点半至十一点半 - 欢迎晚宴

第二天 星期六
八点正 - 五十一区域全年会员大会-开幕仪式
十点至十点半 - 茶点
一点至两点 - 享用午餐
三点半至四点 - 茶点

第三天 星期日
八点半至九点半 - 即席演讲比赛(英文组)
九点半至十点 - 茶点
十点至十一点半 - 国际备稿演讲比赛(英文组)
十一点半至十二点 - 公布演讲比赛成绩与分发奖杯与奖状
十二点至一点 - 五十一区域全年会员大会-闭幕仪式
一点至两点 - 享用告别的午餐
二点至四点 - 五十一区域新执委培训会议
四点至四点半 - 茶点 - 再见!

District 51 Conventions... Past, Present, Future (Updated Oct 25, 2009)

Here is the list of Past District 51 Conventions that I have compiled. Looking back, I have attended all the first 13 consecutive District 51 Conventions. Why?

If you are Toastmaster, do attend your first Convention and you will find out why. Be warned, you may get hooked for more.... and that is a great thing to be addicted to.

1st District 51P Semi-Annual Convention @Bangkok
Rose Garden, Nov 26, 1993
DG: Kelvin Ong, OC: Steve Chalitaporn
(Missing Photo - Anyone can send me one)

1st D51P Annual Convention @Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort May 27-29, 1994
DG: Kelvin Ong, OC: Adeline Leong

2nd D51P Semi-Annual Convention @Singapore
Novotel Hotel Nov 26-27 1994
DG: Li Yo Wei, OC: ?
(Missing Photo - Anyone can send me one)

2nd DP51P Annual Convention @Jakarta
Horizon Hotel, May 26-28, 1995
"Better Communication Better Understanding"
DG: Li Yo Wei, OC: Prijohandojo Kristanto

3rd D51P Semi-Annual Convention @Kuala Lumpur
Swiss Garden Hotel Nov 11-12, 1995
DG: Augustine Lee, OC: ?

3rd D51P Annual Convention @Penang
Hotel Equatorial May 24-26, 1996
"A Better Communication... A Better You"
DG: Augustine Lee, OC: Ricky Ch'ng

4th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Malacca
Straits Meridian Hotel, Nov 16-17, 1996
DG: Dunstan Chan, OC: Sandra Shunmugam

4th D51 Annual Convention @Johor Bahru
Hyatt Regency Johor Bahru, May 20-Jun 1, 1997
"Towards Closer Toastmasters Fraternity in ASEAN"
DG: Dunstan Chan, OC: ET Lee

5th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Kuala Lumpur
Parkroyal Hotel, November 22-23, 1997
"Converging Towards Dynamic Leadership"
DG: SL Liew, OC: Yong Phie Loong & Yow Shon

5th D51 Annual Convention @Kuching
Holiday Inn Resort, Damai Lagoon May 22-24, 1998
"We Can Make It Better"
DG: SL Liew, OC: Dunstan Chan

6th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Penang
Shangri-La Hotel Nov 21-22, 1998
"Make A Difference"
DG: Adeline Leong, OC: Agnes Oon

6th D51 Annual Convention @Singapore
Pan Pacific Hotel May 21-23, 1999
"A Convention with Difference"
DG: Adeline Leong, OC: Leslie Yong & Christopher Teo

7th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel Nov 19-21, 1999
"Fellowship in the Amazing Land"
DG: Maimunah Natasha, OC: Paisal Sae Lor

7th D51 Annual Convention @Kota Kinabalu
Magellan Sutera May 26-28, 2000
"Moving Beyond"
DG: Mainumah Natasha, OC:Francis Tham

8th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Johor Bahru
Eden Garden Hotel, Nov 17-19, 2000
DG: Christopher Teo, OC: Irene Lau

8th D51 Annual Convention @Hong Kong
Regal Airport Hotel, May 18-20, 2001
"Experience the Breakthrough"
DG: Christopher Teo, OC: Andy See

9th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Kuching
Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, Nov 16-19, 2001
"Create Your Destiny"
DG: Lilian Lau, OC: Tan Cho Huat

9th D51 Annual Convention @Kuala Lumpur
Palace of the Golden Horses, May 24-26, 2002
"Let's Get Connected"
DG: Lilian Lau, OC: Tham Chee Wah

10th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford Nov 22-24, 2002
"Dare to Excel"
DG: John Lau, OC: Simon Koh

10th D51 Annual Convention @Kuching
Damai Lagoon, Kuching, Jun 27-29, 2003
DG: John Lau, OC: James Phe & Allan Ee

11th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu Nov 14-16, 2003
DG: Ho Fong Ming, OC: Christopher Liew

11th D51 Annual Convention @Penang
Hotel Equatorial, May 27-30, 2004
"Creating Waves of Communication Excellence"
DG: Ho Fong Ming, OC: Roger Green

12th D51 & 1st D80 Joint Semi-Annual Conventions @Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur Nov 25-28, 2004
"Ignite your Passion & Fuel the Power of Toastmasters!"
DG51: A. Arulnathan, DG80: Gea Ban Peng
OC: Kiang Faang Pyng

12th D51 & 1st D80 Joint Annual Convention @Jakarta
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta May 20-22, 2005
DG51: A. Arulnathan, DG80: Gea Ban Peng
OC: Netty Djohan Kalalo

13th D51 Semi-Annual Convention @Kuching
Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Nov 24-27, 2005
DG: Low Yat Seow, OC: Law Lee Poh

13th D51 Annual Convention @Penang
The City Bayview Hotel Apr 27-30, 2006
"Harvesting the Pearls of Toastmasters"
DG: Low Yat Seow, OC: Chee Keng Kok

14th Semi-Annual Convention @Kuala Lumpur
Legend Hotel Nov 18-20, 2006
"The Magic of Toastmasters"
DG: Sivanganam Rajaretnam, OC: Ramdas Nayar

14th Annual Convention @Johor Bahru
Hyatt Regency Johor Bahru, April 27-29, 2007
"Realise Your Potential"
DG: Sivanganam OC: Karen Lee

15th Semi-Annual Convention @Medan
Tiara Medan Hotel & Convention Nov 15-18, 2007
"Amazing, Awesome and Abundant"
DG: Chee Keng Kok, OC: Sylvia Wong

15th Annual Convention @Penang
Gurney Hotel Apr 18-20, 2008
"Sharing the GIFTS"
DG: Chee Keng Kok, OC: Shankar Kailainathan

16th Semi-Annual Convention @Bali
Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Nov 14-16, 2008
"Challenging, Motivating, Inspiring"
DG: Joseph Gomez, OC: Veronika Trianto

16th Annual Convention @Kuching
Riverside Majestic Hotel, April 17-19, 2009
"Act to Inspire and Motivate"
DG: Joseph Gomez, OC: Zabariah Matali

17th Semi-Annual Convention @ Genting Highlands, Malaysia
First World Hotel, Genting Highlands, October 23-25, 2009
"Absolutely Magical"
DG: Richard Chong, OC: Gerald Quinten

17th Annual Convention @ Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Imperial Hotel, Miri, May 21-23, 2010
"HOME - Harnessing Our Moment in Excellence"
DG: Richard Chong, OC: William Kueh

Coming Soon: 18th Semi-Annual Convention @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"Communication Connects - Achieving Greatness Together"

Coming Soon: 18th Annual Convention @ Penang, Malaysia
Bayview Beach Resort, Penang Island, April 29 - May 1, 2011
"Experience The Chrysalis Transformation"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Single Event Tickets for District 51 Convention in Genting Highlands, October 24-25, 2009

Happy Deepavali to all. Received this email from the District Governor Ritchie Chong via Bayan Baru Club President Jessica Teo.

Good morning Club President's,

A very Good Sunday afternoon to you all. To those celebrating the
'Festival of Lights', I wish each one of you and family ," Happy

I'm please to inform you that the District KL Genting semi annual
convention Organising Committee is offering a special rates for single
events this coming week. If you have not register for the whole
convention package which is lower, you may also choose to attend from
below list : -

OCT 24TH Opening Ceremony 8am - Keynote Speaker
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye,
Saturday 03 Educational Sessions
until Noon - RM150.00 with lunch

OCT 24TH Saturday Gala Night 7pm - District Hall
of Fame presenting awards
to Toastmasters of the year, Area
Governor and Division Governor of the year
2008/2009 - RM200.00

OCT 25TH Sunday Morning Final Contests 8am
Closing Ceremony RM100.00 with

Please forward this infomation to your club VPE, VPPR, VPM and
SECRETARY to disseminate the information to all members. If you are
interested in any of those listed above, please get in touch with:

1. Lim Kah Hong (Finance Director), email:,
mobile number: 019-388-9888.
2. NJ Singam (Registration Director), email:,
mobile number: 016-396-3242

Looking forward welcoming you at the convention! Thank you.

Best Wishes,
District 51 Governor 2009/2010

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Results of Oct 3, 2009 Division N Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contests

Breaking news email from Bayan Baru Club President Jessica Teo:

Dear members,

Here are the results for our Division N contest

Humorous Speech Contest
Champion: Tan Teik Poh
First Runner Up: Michael Rajesh
Second Runner Up: Devigaamani Sigamani

Evaluation Speech Contest
Champion: Dr. Asha
First Runner Up:Colin Lamb
Second Runner Up: Chong Shih Jun

Jessica Teo
President 2009/2010
Bayan Baru Toastmasters (7764-51)
Imparting Knowledge, Realizing Dreams