Sunday, December 19, 2010

Toastmasters New Year Resolutions for 2011 Year of the Rabbit

Above are New Year postcards from China and Taiwan. The Year 2011 of the Metal Rabbit is just around the corner and time for new year resolutions to be made. Here is a possible list for Toastmasters at 3 different levels.

I make a resolution to

1.1 Attend club meetings more regularly.
1.2 Try to speak at Table Topics session instead of declining with excuses
1.3 Remember to turn off my mobile and pay attention to the speaker instead of chit chatting with my neighbor.
1.4 Willing to play different roles assigned by Vice President of Education
1.5 Do at least 1 project speech every six months

2.1 Bring a guest to the meeting
2.2 Take part in a speech contest
2.3 Achieve 1 educational award for the term
2.4 Visit another Toastmasters Club
2.5 Attend a District Convention

3.1 Sponsor a new Toastmasters Club
3.2 Campaign to be the next Club President
3.3 Win at the Division level speech contest
3.4 Achieve my Distinguished Toastmaster
3.5 Conduct a Youth Leadership Program

Monday, November 1, 2010

Visiting Shanghai People's Square Toastmasters Club, China on October 26, 2010

This is my third visit to Shanghai People's Square Toastmaster Club. Their current venue is at Finance Square on Jiujiang Road. In my last visit, their club meeting venue was at YMCA at People's Square.

It was October 26, 2010 #347 Club meeting with theme "Online Shopping". The Club meets every Tuesday and Club President is Jolie Hu. Toastmaster of the Evening was Emily Zhu. There were 3 project speakers and an educational session on "Evaluation Tips". The Ah counter also watch out for "gender confusion" as in the Chinese language, "he" or "her" sounds the same and often native Chinese speakers used the wrong gender when speaking in English. There were many walk-in guests including myself. I sat next to a Toastmaster from California who brought his son from Venezuala to attend the meeting. Overall, it was a fantastic meeting, friendly and high educational value. Keep it up PSTMC.

Information: Shanghai People's Square Toastmasters Club
Mobile: 1592 1440 816

Time: 19:10-21:10 Every Tuesday (except public holiday)
Venue: Conference room, 4/F Finance Square, 333 Jiujiang Road
Metro No.2, East Nanjing Road Station, Exit No.4, turn left side, on the
opposite of the road

Sunday, October 31, 2010

District 51 Humorous Speech Contest Winners and Evaluation Contest Winners 2010

In the recent District 51 (Toastmasters Clubs in Peninsular Malaysia) Semi-Annual Convention held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the District 51 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests were held. Here are the winners and their photos. Source: District 51 Official Website.

District 51 Humorous Speech Contest 2010
Champion: Ooi Ing Chyuan (Seberang Jaya Toastmasters Club - Division S)
1st Runner Up: Zarina Mustafa (USM Toastmasters Club - Division N)
2nd Runner Up: Lee Xi Wen (TTDI Toastmasters Club - Division W)

District 51 Evaluation Contest 2010
Champion: Muthukumaran Kodiappen (Renesas Semiconductor Toastmasters Club - Division S)
1st Runner Up: Bernard Louis (D'Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club - Division B)
2nd Runner Up: Seetho Whye Kit (TTDI Toastmasters Club - Division W)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

District 51 - 18th Semi Annual Convention, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(This message is to all Toastmasters who have yet to register for the 18th Semi Annual Convention. To register, please download your form from:

12th October, 2010

Dear Toastmaster,
Happy Day! Greetings and Good Cheer to you.

Arising from our message to all Toastmasters on Sunday last, there were numerous persons who inquired about Individual as well as Sub Package Rates for the Convention.

It was encouraging to receive responses from numerous TMs, who, although not able to participate fully in the entire Convention, were nevertheless keen to attend some of the more important events to their liking, or those that fitted better with their own circumstances.

Also, many students, particularly those from colleges and college clubs, showed keen interest in wanting student tickets.

Here then – attached to this message (Download here)– are 10 different Packages that we have made available for you. It is almost like going to your favorite store, and being allowed to pick n choose, mix n match, and even to fit according to your own time and tide.

For this Convention, we are pleased and proud to have comfortably conformed to our DG’s request that the Convention rates should be shaved to bare bone prices, and that breaking-even should be the guiding philosophy in pricing.

Students will therefore be extremely pleased, that the entire Convention Package is offered to them at Super Early Bird prices… prices that were offered about 5 months ago at the Miri Convention… PRICES MARKED-UP BY A MERE TEN RINGGIT FROM THE HOTEL’S RATE QUOTED TO THE COMMITTEE.

Those purchasing Individual Event or Sub Package Tickets will also be pleased – pleased and relieved – to know that the mark-up for them is closely comparable to the door fee one pays for certain Area and Division events.

You may therefore rush for your tickets… but please take care not to stampede and trample.

N J Singam
Organising Chair
18th Semi Annual Convention
Toastmasters International, District 51

+ 6 016 – 396 3242; ;

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oct 10 - Division N Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest 2010

UPDATE - Division N Contests Results emailed by President Goh Hock Hai:

For our Bayan Baru Contestants representing Area N2 in the Division N Contests,
1) Uthaya Kumar competed in the Humorous Speech Contest but was not placed.

2) Ong Swee Keat was 2nd place in the Evaluation Contest.

And also Terence Lee, dual member of Bayan Baru and Oracle Advanced, represented N-1 Area and Oracle Advanced and won 3rd place in the Evaluation Contest.

It is never easy to advance up to the Division level contests and so our hats off to both our club members for their wonderful achievements.

Division N Humorous Speech Contest 2010
1st place - Zarina Mustafa (USM Toastmasters - N3)
2nd place - Jimmy Tan (?)
3rd place - Jagdeep Sigh (Penang - N1)

Division N Evaluation Contest 2010
1st place - Chee Keng Kok (Butterworth - N1)
2nd place - Ong Swee Keat (Bayan Baru - N2)
3rd place - Terence Lee (Oracle Advanced - N1)

Venue: Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Sungai Dua Campus, Penang Island.
Time: 1:30pm - 6pm, Sunday October 10, 2010
Admission: RM10

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

First Toastmasters Club in Kelantan

I just viewed the Toastmasters International official website and was delighted to see that there is now a Toastmasters Club in Kelantan - the first!

So now, Perlis is the only state in District 51 that does not have a Toastmasters Club yet.

Here is the meeting information of the first Toastmasters Club in Kelantan:

Name of Club: Magical Tanah Merah

Club No: 1520929
District 51
Charter date: June 30, 30/2010

Pusat Tuisyen Nur Ilm
PT462-2 Jalan Tasik, Tanah Merah, KEL, 17500, Malaysia

Meeting Time: 8.15pm to 10.15pm, 4th Saturday
Club Status: Open to all

Email contact:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

N2 Area Speech Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest Results 2010

Email announcement from N2 Area Governor 2010-2011 Seah Yeow Ngee.

Congratulations to our Bayan Baru Toastmasters Ong Swee Keat and Uthaya Kumar. Since there are only 4 Areas in Division N, the top two winners will proceed to the Division level. Good luck to both of you at the Division N level contests and bring back more trophies! Well done to club members Au Wai Ying and Kartigeyan for entering the Area level contests for the first time.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bayan Baru Toastmasters 15th Anniversary - Installation Dinner - Humorous Speech Contest - Berjaya Georgetown Hotel, Burmah Rd, 7pm Sat Aug 28, 2010

The Ticket

The Guests

The Emcees

The Exco 2010-2011

The Installation

The Newly Installed President

The Dance

The Humorous Speech Contest Winners and Contestants

The President and spouse and daughter

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bayan Baru August 19, 2010 Meeting - 1 new CL and 1 new ACB

Tonight, Bayan Baru Toastmasters achieved 2nd and 3rd Distinguished Club Program goal with 1 new CL and 1 more ACB.

Congratualations to John Ung for achieving the Competent Leader award.

Congratulations to Lim Kheng Yew for acieving the Advanced Communicator Bronze award.

World Champion of Public Speaking 2010

Online news:
Texan Becomes Newest Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking

Attorney David Henderson wins title during annual Convention, earning cheers from an international audience of more than 1,600.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "We all fall down. That's the bad news. No matter how far you fall, love will lift you up." With these words, attorney David Henderson, a Toastmaster from San Antonio, Texas, rose above a field of nine contestants to win the final round of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 14. Henderson presented his winning speech, titled "The Aviators" to a crowd of more than 1,600 fellow Toastmasters from 113 countries.

Henderson claimed the title of 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking during the Toastmasters International Convention, held in Palm Desert, Aug. 11-14.

In his acceptance speech, Henderson shared with the audience his winning strategy. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, "Don't tell people, just show them."

Presenting his speech dressed in an aviator helmet, goggles, bomber jacket and long "Snoopy" scarf, Henderson brought to life his heartfelt story of loving and then losing a cherished childhood friend.

He demonstrated his emotional story about coping with loss by literally falling on the stage.

Speakers delivered five to seven minute presentations on wide-ranging topics, and were judged on content, organization and delivery. The nine final contestants reached the Convention after several eliminating rounds that began with 30,000 participants.

Second and third-place winners in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking were Robert Mackenzie of Los Angeles, Calif., with his speech, "My Alter Ego," and Linus Chang of Canterbury, Victoria, Australia, with his speech titled "Being Jane."

Source: Toastmasters International Official Website
Here is the list of Toastmasters International Past World Champions of Public Speaking.

Note that only Toastmasters are allowed to compete and so the winner is a world champion amongst Toastmasters only worldwide.

Toastmasters Clubs from Malaysia were allowed to participate starting from 1997 when District 51 became a full district.

In 2008, a Malaysian, K Logandran, won the 2nd place in Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. What an achievement!

Now, who will be the first Malaysian born Toastmaster to become the World Champion of Public Speaking? and when? Soon I hope.

2010 David Henderson - San Antonio, Texas
2009 Mark Hunter - Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
2008 Lashunda Rundles - Dallas, Texas
2007 Vikas Jhingran - Cambridge, Massachusetts
2006 Edward Hearn - Chicago, Illinois
2005 Lance Miller - Glendale, California
2004 Randy Harvey - Sherwood, Oregon
2003 Jim Key - Rowlett, Texas
2002 Dwayne Smith - Decatur, Georgia
2001 Darren LaCroix - Auburn, Massachusetts
2000 Ed Tate - Aurora, Colorado
1999 Craig Valentine - Ellicott City, Maryland
1998 Brett Rutledge - Auckland, New Zealand
1997 Willie Jones - Honolulu, Hawaii
1996 David Nottage - Auckland, New Zealand
1995 Mark Brown - Mount Vernon, New York
1994 Morgan McArthur - Idaho Falls, Idaho
1993 Otis Williams Jr. - Cincinnati, Ohio
1992 Dana LaMon - Lancaster, California
1991 David Ross - Norman, Oklahoma
1990 David Brooks - Austin, Texas
1989 Don Johnson - Torrance, California
1988 Jerry Starke - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1987 Harold Patterson - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1986 M. Arabella Bengson - Islington, Ontario, Canada
1985 Marie C. Pyne - Ireland
1984 Joe Boyd - Bellingham, Washington
1983 Roy Fenstermaker - Downey, California
1982 Kenneth Bernard - Australia
1981 Jim Joelson - Reno, Nevada
1980 Jeff Young - Los Angeles, California
1979 Dick Caldwell - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1978 Michael Aun II - Lexington, South Carolina
1977 Evelyn Jane Burgay - Springfield, Virginia
1976 William Johnson - Aberdeen, Maryland
1975 Andy McKay - Rochester, New York
1974 Bennie Powell - Los Angeles, California
1973 Charles W. "Doc" Stewart - San Antonio, Texas
1972 Rudy Valle - Canoga Park, California
1971 Bert Angus - Transcona, Manitoba, Canada
1970 Stephen D. Boyd
1969 Dennis Nangers - Delano, California
1968 Grant R. Sheehan - Washington, D.C.
1967 Dale Smith - Goshen, Indiana
1966 Michael Yaconelli - San Diego, California
1965 John L. Nydegger - Lewiston, Idaho
1964 Anthony C.L. Bishop - Northridge, California
1963 Larry D. Beitel - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1962 Robert Garton - Columbus, Indiana
1961 John J. Carver - Seattle, Washington
1960 Glenn E. Carroll - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
1959 Dean F. Berkeley - Bloomington, Indiana
1958 Edmund Shire
1957 Charles Jones - Fort Smith, Arkansas
1956 David Holmes Jr. - Toledo, Ohio
1955 Charles W. Bryant - Tacoma, Washington
1954 Herbert Thompson - Wood River, Illinois
1953 Theodore B. Furlow - Long Beach, California
1952 George W. Armstrong - Omaha, Nebraska
1951 Albert Green Jr - Seattle, Washington
1950 Charles Hilton - Mason City, Iowa
1949 Dalton McAllister - Fort Wayne, Indiana
1948 Robert Dellwo - Spokane, Washington
1947 Douglas Sherwin - Clearlake, Iowa
1946 Thor Myhre - Spokane, Washington
1943 Llyod Prante
1942 Cavett Robert - Phoenix, Arizona
1941 John McInnis
1940 David MacFarlane - Santa Monica, California
1939 William Roberts - Huntington Park, California
1938 Henry Wiens - Reedley, California

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bayan Baru Toastmasters - Early History

With our 15th Anniversary dinner celebration just around the corner, I thought I share our club family tree and a bit of history. Happy reading.

The first Toastmasters Club in Malaysia is "Toastmasters International Kuala Lumpur". It was chartered in July 1978 by expatriates working in Klang Valley. Many year later, I met the Club sponsor at a Division Speech Contest in KL where he was invited as a judge - he is Mr. Sheppard from New Zealand.

In 1979-80, Ismail and members of TIKL drove north to help form Taiping Toastmasters Club and Butterworth Toastmasters (meets in Penang island) which were both chartered in 1980.

In 1985, Butterworth Toastmasters helped to charter YMCA Penang Toastmasters.

Then, YMCA Penang helped to charter National Semiconductor Toastmasters (later renamed Fairchild Toastmasters) in 1988 and Penang Development Corporation (PDC) Toastmasters in 1989.

In 1996, both Margaret Chan (PDC) and SL Liew (dual member National Semiconductor, Butterworth) sponsored and helped to charter Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club.

So the family tree:
TI KL - Butterworth - YMCA Penang - PDC/National Semiconductor - Bayan Baru

In 1995, I was busy as the District 51 Lieutenant Governor of Marketing. After almost six months of demonstration meetings to attract banking officers and staff, I finally helped to charter IBBM Penang (Institute Bank Bank Malaysia) Toastmasters. Interestingly, Jessica Teo's father was a charter member, current District Governor Thannimalai became a member and Past President Joachim Xavier was always a guest because he could not join as he did not work in the bank.

In 1995, there were few Toastmasters Clubs in Penang island - Penang @Light Street, Butterworth @Tanjung Bungah, YMCA Penang @YMCA which were open to the public. The inhouse clubs were MIM (Malaysian Institute of Management) @Anson Road, Intel Penang, PDC and National Semiconductor.

Bayan Baru Toastmastesr was the brainchild of Past President Dr. Janet Lim who wanted to start a club in Bayan Baru and FIZ area that was open to the public. Janet approached Margaret Chan to form a club in the Bayan Baru area. Margaret then roped me in as co-sponsor as I had the experience of chartering IBBM Penang.

I remembered going to then newly open Sunshine Square to get permission to put a poster inviting members of public to join this new club. Margaret contacted Star to put an announcement in the newspaper. We decided to arrange for the first demo meeting in the beginning of the year of 1996.

The Bayan Baru Residents Association agreed to our proposal for Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club to be one of the RA new activities and provide the RA hall at the field at 1 Jalan Nibong as the meeting venue. Our club members also paid membership fee to be RA members until later we became "independent" as a society registered with the Registrar of Society (ROS).

Life was interesting at the RA hall. We frequently had to "chase out" the women aerobic group so that our meeting could start on time. Club members all helped to carry tables, chairs and benches from the store room to set up the meeting. There was no air conditiong at first, just ceiling fans and members had to speak louder than the sounds of barking dogs, passing motorcycles and overhead aeroplane.

We had more than 40 people attending the first demo meeting. Learning from my past experience of IBBM, we decided that we will charter the club on the first meeting, rather than six months later - strike when the iron is hot.

During the demo meeting, we announced that all those interested to join to stay back and sign up and we would conduct an election. We had more than 20 members signing up and held a protem EGM to elect the Protem Committee. The protem President was Adrian Ang and protem VPE was Nailul Murad who worked in USM and we held the first Protem Exco meeting to plan the 2nd meeting. As a new club needed a sponsoring club and two club mentors, PDC was selected as the sponsoring club and PDC members Lee So Cheran and Rizal Fauzi became Club mentors.

Of all the charter members at the first demo meeting, I remembered Mah Ting Keong who came after reading the announcement in the Star. He said that by joining he had met two of his new year resolutions - to learn something new and to meet more people.

For our charter night, I was the "director" of the sketch about joining and the purpose of Toastmasters. Members wore different traditional costumes. with Mah Swee Chin in cheongsam with a fan. Our guest of honor was the Honorable Chief Minister Koh Tsu Khoon and our Charter President Adrian Ung drove all the way from KL to make it to the dinner but alas, Tsu Khoon did not show up and sent a last minute representative.

In 1997, Dr. Janet Lim was the second Club President and the VPE was Joachim Xavier. We moved to Panther's Club, opposite PISA. It was like moving from economy class to business class. There were iced water jugs and sweets on the prearranged table with table cloth and skirting. Noodles or fried rice, cakes and drinks were catered and served at the refreshment hall outside meeting room where we dined on tables and chairs. That year, our club always attracted many regular guests and visiting Toastmasters.

Click here for the pictorial history of Bayan Baru Toastmasters

Hope you have enjoy reading something about our family tree and early history. Let us celebrate our 15th Anniversary and many happy returns.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Improved Competent Leadership Manual

Did you find navigating and using the Competent Leadership manual a little bit cumbersome? Good news! Per Toastmasters International official site, an improvement version is now available. Click on the project completion record, to view a pdf file of the new easier tracking system at

"New Improved Competent Leadership Manual
June 28, 2010

You told us how to improve it, and we listened. The latest version of the Competent Leadership manual includes a few member-suggested enhancements that make it easier to track progress and complete evaluations.

With the new project completion record, you can view your current progress in all 10 projects at a glance.

The streamlined evaluations for each project make it easier for members to provide constructive feedback at a busy club meeting.
Members who are working in the previous version of Competent Leadership needn’t worry – the project requirements are the same, so completion of a project in either manual will give equal credit toward the CL award."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010 - First Bayan Baru Toastmasters Meeting for term 2010-2011

On July 1, 2010 Thursday night at 8pm, Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club held the first meeting with the appropriate theme of "A New Beginning" with new Club President Goh Hock Hai and the Toastmaster of the Meeting was Vice President Education Eileyn Chua. I was the Grammarian with the word of the day "vuvuzela" - the long plastic trumpet horn which make a loud noise at the South Africa FIFA World Cup.

In attendance, there were 24 in total - 15 members, 2 guests who signed up as members and another 7 guests.

There were 2 basic manual project speakers Katigeyan and Lau Choon Mei and 2 advanced manual project speakers, Jack Ch'ng and Mah Swee Chin. The meeting order was changed to project speeches first, then Table Topics and followed by Evaluation.

Mah Swee Chin struck gold or more appropriately silver when she achieved the first Distinguished Club Program goal for the term on the first meeting with her completion of Advanced Communicator Silver. There was a yam seng toast of sparkling juice to celebrate the occasion.

Next meeting on July 15, 2010, the Club will be holding the Club Evaluation Speech Contest. The Club Installation and Humorous Speech Contest will be held on a Saturday night on August 28, 2010.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bayan Baru Toastmasters Speechcraft Graduation

On Sunday June 20, when most of us were having dinner celebrating "Happy Father's Day" or watching FIFA World Cup Paraguay vs Slovakia, Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club held a successful Speechcraft Graduation Day. These breaking news photographs, emailed out by Club President Jessica Teo, speak a thousand words. Congratulations to all.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bayan Baru New Club Officers 2010-2011

Congratulations to the newly elected Club Officers, Committe Members and Auditors of Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club for 2010-2011 from the election held on June 3, 2010.

Club President: Goh Hock Hai
Vice President Education: Eileyn Chua
Vice President Membership: Teh Ghim Hong
Vice President Public Relations: Katigeyan Kalidass
Secretary: Lee Sze Kuang
Treasurer: Lau Choon Mei
Sergeant-At-Arm: Jack Ch'ng
Immediate Past President: Jessica Teo

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Mah Swee Chin, Chew Yoon Seng, Lim Kar Ying, Terence Lee, Valyn Chong
AUDITORS: John Yeoh, Rosalind Chan

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bayan Baru Toastmasters - May 6, 2010 Club Meeting

Heartiest congratulations to Vice President Membership Eileyn Chua (left in the pic) for achieving her Competent Communicator from the Club President at this momentous meeting.

Eileyn is the 4th Competent Communicator of the Club this term. As a result, Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club has achieved 10 out of 10 DCP goals as of May 6, 2010. Wa-lah!

There were 5 project speakers - an icebreaker, a final CC project 10 and 3 advanced speeches from Technical Presentation, Persuasive Speaking and Story Telling.

For this meeting, I was the General Evaluator. Following changes were made to the standard meeting program.

1) Project speeches came first before Table Topics session. This allowed adjusting the number of Table Topics speeches according to time left and so this meeting actually ended timely.

2) General Evaluator led the entire evaluation session of the second half of the meeting instead of being led by the Toastmaster. Two heads are better than one. While the Toastmaster focused on getting the entire meeting going, the General Evaluator helped to ensure all the evaluators and coevaluators were on their toes to give their best positive helpful feedback.

3) The Time keeper, Grammarian and Ah Counter evaluated all who spoke during the meeting instead of just the Project Speakers and Table Topics Speakers. Again, everyone received their fair share of feedback on their time taken, language and any non Toastmaster-like utterances of ah, so and OK.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Division N first to achieve President's Distinguished Division Award - Heartiest Congratulations to Division N Governor Koay Kah Hin

Courtesy of DG Ritchie Chong

Breaking news! As announced in the blog of District 51 Governor Ritchie Chong, as of April 30, 2010, Division N (Penang-Kedah, Malaysia) is the first Division out of 15 Divisions in the district (Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia) to achieve the President's Distinguished Division for the year 2009-2010.

(pics: Division N Governor Koay; Division N Pin)

Heartiest congratulations to Division N Governor Koay Kah Hin. You make us in Division N and Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club proud.

Toastmasters International awards for Division level are Distinguished Division, Select Distinguished Division and the highest being the President's Distinguished Division.

Last year for the term 2008-2009, Division N did not even achieve the Distinguished Division Award. So this year for the term 2009-2010, this is a major, mega, quantum jump!

As of April 30, 2010, the total paid up clubs in Division N is 28 which is a net growth of 1 club and 5 out of 7 Areas have achieved Distinguished Area or better. The criteria for President's Distinguished Division award is a net growth of 1 club and 75% of Area achieving Distinguished Area by June 30, 2010. And Division N has done it two months ahead of time. Well done!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hall of Fame - Division N Speech Champions - Update April 24, 2010

Division N International Speech Champion
1997 A D Ram Kumar (Area N1 - Penang, Penang)
1998 Peter Ng (Area N3 - YMCA Ipoh, Perak)
1999 Saw Chin Bin (Area N2 - MIM Penang)
2000 SL Liew (Area N1 - Butterworth, Penang)
2001 Chee Keng Kok (Area N1 - Butterworth, Penang)
2002 Saw Chin Bin (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2003 Devaraj T Mohd Deva (Area N3 - Teluk Intan)
2004 Saw Chin Bin (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2005 Chee Keng Kok (Area N1 - Butterworth, Penang)
2006 Shankar Kalianathan (Area N6 - Kulim, Kedah)
2007 Bhupinderjeet Singh (Area N5- ACM, Kedah)
2008 Asha Theva (Area N1 - Penang, Penang)
2009 Ong Swee Keat (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2010 Asha Suresh Chand (Area N6 - Oracle Advanced, Penang)

Division N Table Topics Champion
2000 Usha Devi (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2001 Suzerian Francis (Area N4 - Kulim, Kedah)
2002 Ahmed Bazari (Area N1 - Pidato Penang, Penang)
2003 Selvaraj K S Maniam (Area N3 - Batu Gajah)
2004 Audrey Cheah (Area N2 - Penang Seagate, Penang)
2005 Lee Min On (Area N1- MIA Northern Branch, Penang)
2006 Audrey Cheah (Area N1 - Penang Seagate, Penang)
2007 Edwin Hoh (Area N4 - Intel Kulim, Kedah)
2008 Foong Wai Yi (Area N4 - Silterra, Kedah)
2009 Palaniappa Subramaniam (Area N4 - Silterra, Kedah)
2010 Asha Suresh Chand (Area N6 - Oracle Advanced, Penang)

Division N Humorous Speech Champion
1997 N Ramakrishnan (Area N3 - YMCA Ipoh, Perak)
1998 N Ramakrishnan (Area N3 - YMCA Ipoh, Perak)
1999 Peter Ng (Area N3 - YMCA Ipoh, Perak)
2000 Rubiah Ahmad (Area N3 - Teluk Intan, Perak)
2001 Ong Swee Keat (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2002 Ong Swee Keat (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2003 Ahmad Bazari (Area N1 - Butterworth, Penang)
2004 Rubiah Ahmad (Area N3 - Teluk Intan, Perak)
2005 Shankar Kalainathan (Area N6 - Kulim, Kedah)
2006 Ahmad Yusry (Area N4- Siltera, Kedah)
2007 Michael Rajesh (Area N4 - Intel Kulim, Kedah)
2008 Michael Xavier (Area N2- Bayan Baru, Penang)
2009 Tan Teik Poh (Area N3 - YMCA, Penang)

Division N Evaluation Champion
1999 Varpal Singh (Area N3 - Taiping)
2000 ?
2001 ?
2002 ?
2003 Chee Keng Kok (Area N2 - Butterworth, Penang)
2004 Sue Chan (Area N6 - Seberang Jaya, Penang)
2005 S Palaniappa (Area N6 - Siltera, Kedah)
2006 Bhupinderjeet Singh (Area N5 - ACM)
2007 SL Liew (Area N2 - Bayan Baru, Penang)
2008 Audrey Cheah (N6 - Penang Seagate)
2009 Asha Suresh Chand (N6 - Oracle Advanced)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Best Division Newsletter and Best Club Website

Heartiest congratulations to Division N, Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club and all the other winners. Announced Results from District 51 Official Website:

Division S
Chief Editor: Johnson Tang, CC, ALS
Editors: Yoon Peng Yew, ACG, CL & Charles Tan, DTM, Celine Choy, CC & Justin Manikam & Lim Khee Seong, CC, CL
Division Governor: Lim Seow Hoe, ACS, CL

Division N
Editor: John Yeoh, ACS, CL
Division Governor: Koay Kah Hin, ACB, ALS

Tawau Toastmasters Club (Area K2)
Webmaster: Lee Chye Ewe, DTM
Club President: Rosslin Peter Rosen, ACB, CL

Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club (Area N2)
Webmaster: John Ung Soon Hock, CC
Club President: Jessica Teo Siew Foon, ACB, CL

MEF Toastmasters Club (Area S8)
Webmaster: Kenny Lee, CC, ALB & Celine Choy, CC
Club President: Kenny Lee, CC, ALB

Toastmasters CC, ACB Pins and Ribbons

Wonderful photos of pins and ribbons of Competent Toastmaster and Advanced Communicator Bronze taken by Bayan Baru Club President Jessica Teo. The club bought these original items from Toastmasters International World Headquarters in California and dished them out to club members who have achieved these educational awards. One more reason to be a member of Bayan Baru Toastmasters, Penang Island, Malaysia.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

District 51 to spin off a new District 87 and belong to Region 14

A bit history. Back in 1993, District 51 started with Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Later, Hong Kong, Brunei and Macao joined. Then in 2004, a new District 80 was created for Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macao.

And as of July 1, 2010, another new District 87 will be created for Indonesia, Brunei, Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan.

Also Hong Kong and Macau will be moved from District 80 (Singapore, Thailand) to District 85 (China, Hong Kong, Macau).

District 51 will then cover just Toastmasters Clubs in Peninsular Malaysia.

All 83 Districts worlwide will be divided into 14 Regions. District 51 will be in Region 14.

Region 14 (effective July 1, 2010)
- District 51 - Peninsular Malaysia
- District 75 - Philippines
- District 80 - Singapore, Thailand
- District 87 - Indonesia, Brunei, Sarawak-Sabah-Labuan

Congratulations Bayan Baru Achieving President's Distinguished Club 2009-2010

I attended tonight's meeting on April 15 Thursday night at PSDC, Penang island where Jack Ch'ng and Lim Kar Ying completed their project 10 to achieve Competent Communicator and Club President Jessica Teo and Division N Governor Koay Kah Hin completed their 10th Advanced Project speech to achieve their Advanced Communicator Bronze. As a result, Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club has achieved 9 DCP goals to become a President's Distinguished Club again for year 2009-2010. Congratulations to all members of Bayan Baru Toastmasters.