Month: October 2017

October 30, 2017 icefire906 No comments exist

AT LAST, we witnessed the birth of the Humorous Speech and Evaluations Champions at our illustrious District 80 2017 HSE Contest at the Rock of Ages Auditorium on 28 October 2017! Here are the results:


Humorous Speech Contest
Champion: Ng Cher Khim
1st Runner Up: Glenn Lim
2nd Runner Up: Lim Yen Wei

D80 Humorous Speech Contest Winners
From Left to Right:
District Director Tay Tiam Teang, 1st Runner Up Glenn Lim, Champion Ng Cher Khim, 2nd Runner Up Lim Yen Wei, Program Quality Director Harikrishnan Muthusamy


Evaluations Contest
Champion: Benjamin Leow
1st Runner Up: Tan Kwan Hong
2nd Runner Up: Aaron Ong

D80 Evaluations Contest Winners
From Left to Right:
District Director Tay Tiam Teang, 2nd Runner Up Aaron Ong, Champion Benjamin Leow, 1st Runner Up Tan Kwan Hong, Program Quality Director Harikrishnan Muthusamy


District Director Tay Tiam Tiang and Program Quality Director Harikrishnan Muthusamy presided over the Evaluations Contest and Humorous Speech Contest respectively. Both contests were judged by a panel of 15 judges led by Chief Judge Edward Ma, while veteran Toastmaster Richard Sng was the Test Speaker at the Evaluations Contest.

Beside the annual Hall of Fame to celebrate the achievements of Toastmasters in District 80, World Champion of Public Speaking 2016 Darren Tay and HSE Dual Champion for Humorous Speech and Evaluations 2016 Clement Chio graced the occasion with their special appearances and gems of wisdom.

With support from a contingent of 25 volunteers, Hall of Fame Organiser, Immediate Past District Director Patricia Lum, along with HSE Contest’s Organising Chairs Bhanu Prakash and Suzanne Loh, conducted the District 80 HSE Contest 2017 and Hall of Fame 2016-2017 to resounding success.

Our organising team: The driving force behind the District 80 HSE Contest 2017 and Hall of Fame 2016/2017


Warmest Regards,
District 80 Humorous Speech & Evaluations Contest 2017 and Hall of Fame 2016/2017
Organising Committee
Program Quality Director’s Office

October 23, 2017 icefire906 No comments exist

Three things happened on the evening of 07 October 2017. First, it was raining. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system broke down, right at Newton Station; where it’s the nearest station to Cairnhill Community Club (CC), was the second. It was later known there’s flooding in the tunnel between Bishan and Braddell station that resulted in 20 hours inoperable, longest in the system’s history.

Toastmasters International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, presenting the Distinguished District and Excellence In Leadership awards to Immediate Past District Director, Patricia Lum, DTM, at Cairnhill Community Club


These two did not deter about 70 enthusiastic District 80 Toastmasters from attending the event held at Cairnhill CC, the third thing, where District 80 hosted Toastmasters International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, to a meeting and a question and answer session.


DTM Balraj Arunasalam complimented Cairnhill CC for supporting and housing 9 Toastmasters Clubs. This, in his opinion, is worthy of a write-up in a Toastmaster Magazine. In his opening speech, he cited examples from events such as the 2007/8 Financial Crisis and the United States fire department during and after the 9/11 attack to highlight the importance of leadership – by keeping “people-first”.

Group photo at Cairnhill Community Club


Learning it the hard way (change everyone except himself), he came to realize changing for the better can only come from within oneself. This is the reason “people-first” is the philosophy he abides by. He described two examples of adopting this philosophy in his personal life and the result that follow; how he influenced his daughter to become a youth delegate in the United Nations representing Sri Lanka, and no loss of staff at his workplace for 10 years. He encouraged all Toastmasters present at the event to start adopting “people-first” philosophy at their own home Clubs, believing charity begins at home, realize Club mission and begin to change lives everyday.


During the question and answer, this people oriented philosophy by the International President (IP) is reverberated throughout the entire session. Beside assurances of Toastmasters International’s (TI) continued support to the old program after the introduction of Pathways, Toastmasters’ new education program (can consider doing both if Toastmasters had already received the old program’s new member kit, which ceased for Toastmasters who joined after 25 July 2017), members are encouraged to go thru the Navigation where you will learn everything about Pathways. Speaking from experience, IP has spent 4 hours on it. Pathways will continue to evolve, exploring areas unexplored, including translation to more languages whilst placing importance on the value that can be brought to the members.

Visiting SIM Mandarin Toastmasters


Impressed with IP’s Clubs creation records, Toastmasters on the floor asked for IP’s advises and thoughts on topics ranging from membership growth and retention, starting new Clubs, optimal size of Clubs and resolving conflicts. IP went on to relate how he did not lose a single Club for 9 years – that is by concentrating on strengthening the existing Clubs instead of starting Clubs for the sake of. Giving an example, if a Club is too large, it would be wise to split the Club – speaking demand is the litmus test to decide this.

A wonderful lunch session with District 80 Division Directors


Taking care of the old, young as well as the physically challenged, IP remarked Toastmasters activities keep mental activeness, a point to consider when thinking about how to keep aged Toastmasters. Works are also in progress by TI on growth of Gavel Clubs – focusing on youth leadership, a personal passion of IP too. As for the difficulties faced by the physically challenged on taking up projects in the Competent Leadership manual, IP will take this to the TI board to address. On selling Toastmasters to non-Toastmasters, IP encouraged Clubs in CCs to sit down with the CC authority to find out how to give back. Hence it will promote the organization as – not just about public speaking, but more on effective communication. In fact, some Toastmasters leave because there is no opportunity to give back. It is the giving that keeps them. Therefore it is part of effort to retain members too. And finally, to resolve conflicts, agree to disagree. 80% of problems are resolved by listening. Listening is important.


After the Division Z Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests





October 15, 2017 icefire906 No comments exist

Gerald Green, Toastmasters International’s first and only accredited speaker outside the United States and Canada since 1994, has passed on to the afterlife on 17th September, 2017 at the age of 78.



Distinguished Toastmaster Gerald Green, Accredited Speaker, Past Territorial Council Chairman, was the man who brought Toastmasters to, and initiated the first Toastmasters Club in Malaysia in 1978. During the early days, he travelled to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore to form the Pan-Southeast Asia Territorial Council that merged the Toastmasters Clubs from these three countries together with Malaysia to form District 51 (Southeast Asia District). He was then its first chairman. He was not only the pillar of District 51, furthering on to District 80, 87, 97P and 102.


He was affectionately known as Papa (Daddy) Gerald Green in the Toastmasters fraternity in this region.


A loving husband, and father of three, he authored three books, titled The Magic of Public Speaking, My Pocket Speaker’s Brief, and Speak Like A True Leader. His life revolved around writing and speaking.


Being an outstanding Toastmaster, his passion lies in the never-ending journey to help other people improve themselves. This is resonated in his own words, “I don’t have to be first anymore, I just have to be available.” At the District 80 Annual Convention in year 2012, Papa Gerald Green reiterated the need to take good care of members’ growth whilst going after membership growth in his speech delivery. “Please think of the Toastmaster individual who needs proper development” he said. Papa Gerald Green then went on to remind members, while he can tell, all of us have to do it ourselves, by sharing his favorite poem.


You can love me, but I must make me happy.

You can teach me, but I must do the learning.

You can guide me, but I will have to walk that path.

You can coach me, but I must win that game.

You can promote me, but I must be successful.

You can even pity me, but I will have to bear the sorrow.


For the gift of love is not the food that feeds me;

Its the sunshine that nourishes for I must finally harvest for myself.

So if you love me, don’t just sing me a song;

Teach me to sing, for when I am alone, I will need the melody.


RIP our friend, we here in District 80 will miss you dearly. Your words and sage advice will remain in our hearts.


Achievements (source from

  • Presidential Citation in 1993 (Toronto) for merging Toastmasters from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, eventually becoming District 51 – largest & No.1 District for five consecutive years.
  • Featured Speaker – 1997 Convention New Orleans.
  • Delivered Inspiration at Opening Ceremony and was chief judge for the Accredited Speaker Program at 2014 Convention in Kuala Lumpur.