Dear District 80 Toastmasters,


This week, with sadness, we had lost a stalwart and a pillar of our District. Past District Governor (2010-2011), Distinguished Toastmaster Aziz Mustajab, had left us on 28 August 2017.



DTM Aziz, affectionately known as the “Rocker” in District 80, joined the organization in May 1992. And, as with most who signed up to become a member, two of the main reasons he cited are: to further develop his public speaking skills; and hone his effective listening and quick thinking abilities. Over time, aside from having achieved his goals, he observed that his membership has given him not only greater self-confidence but a much heightened stage presence as well. He reached the zenith of the leadership ladder at District 80 when he became the District Governor in 2010-2011. After his stint, he continued to be visible at District events and still held positions at various levels too. He said that he will definitely recommend membership to Toastmasters to anyone who aspires to be an effective public speaker because he or she can never find a better training ground to develop those skills than with this well-established, non-profit organization called Toastmasters International. He further asserts that the real awards and benefits he received from the group are worth their weight in gold and they are: be a life-long Toastmaster, be a life-long benefactor.


DTM Aziz will be sadly missed by us all in District 80.


Appointments Held:

Term 2011/2012 – Immediate Past District Governor

Term 2010/2011 – District Governor (DG)

Term 2009/2010 – Lieutenant Governor Education & Training (LGET)

Term 2008/2009 – Lieutenant Governor Marketing (LGM)

Term 2007/2008 – Division Z Governor



Toastmasters International Excellence in Marketing Award (2008-2009)

Toastmasters International Excellence in Education and Training Award (2009-2010)


Fondly remembered by friends in District 80…….


You always hear that in death, the Dearly Departed, has gone to a better place.  My Friend and Brother Abdul Aziz Bin Mustajab DTM, District 80 PDG, made life a better place for himself and all those who were acquainted with him.

Abang Aziz never had a harsh word for anyone and he would laugh away any trouble or problems that came his way.  He was devoted to bring joy and fun wherever he went, even in time of sickness, and that was how he established himself as a District 80 Senior District Officer from 2008 to 2012.  His service to the District was all about having a wonderful time and spreading the fun around.

Aziz is sadly missed by all, Friends, Toastmasters and acquaintances.  I miss him greatly because he taught me that life is about enjoying the time we have, nothing is more important than making it fruitful and spreading the joy. I always said that my Friend would have a long and stressful life and how much I envied him.  But now he is gone, he has left behind a void in my life which is going to be very trying to refill.

My Friend and Brother, I don’t know if you are in a better place but I know that you have left me with a wish to find out and see you when it is time for me to join you.  Is it a Better Place Abang?

Adios, Abang Aziz, berjumpa-lagi, until we meet again.

Mike Rodrigues

District 80 Past District Governor (2010-2011)


Shortly after I joined Toastmasters in 1994, DTM Aziz became the first Division B Governor when Singapore split from 1 Division to 3 Divisions.

We were involved in organizing many activities. He has no airs in him.

DTM Aziz was a soft spoken guy with a lot of friendly naughty zest in him. Always enjoyed his jokes.

A nice leader who I will miss. Take care Aziz.

Patrick Oei

Past International Director, Region 14 (2014-2016)


DTM Aziz was the pivotal influence behind the setting up of Jauhari Bilingual Toastmasters. He initiated the project in 2013. We finally found the club in June 2014, with him being one of its charter members. He was made the club patron in 2015.

Mohamad Hijazi

District 80 Public Relations Manager (2016-2017)


Aziz was a nice and jovial person. Whenever he was around, you wouldn’t feel bored.

Edward Ma

District 80 Past District Governor (2009-2010)


“If you are an experienced member, Speechcraft is a great opportunity for you to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. It can be offered as an integral part of your club meeting or as a seminar style program presented outside your club. The content can be delivered in four, six or eight sessions.”

Speechcraft is also beneficial to club growth:

  • When you present speechcraft inside the club setting, its easier for particpants to become members.
  • If you present it outside the club setting, the sessions can lead to the formation of new Toastmasters club”

Toastmasters International

Speechcraft can also be deemed as an extended workshop on both Communication and Leadership. All participants will be supported by a team of very able presentors, mentors and a coordinator. Speechcraft allows our seasoned members who have sharpened their saws many times over to not only present the fundamentals but also share their vast experience with new members and most importantly potential new members. Its a show case of what Toastmasters is all about and all the good it can do if you join as a member.

Speechcraft is essentially designed for non-Toastmasters in mind. It has the following added benefits:-

  • It will help the butterflies fly in formation
  • It will assist you to organize your thoughts in a structured manner
  • It will teach you how to write a speech
  • It will help you communicate better with your audience

By conducting a speechcraft session, there are real benefits to be gained if done correctly:-

  • Membership Growth
  • New and prospective members will learn about the meeting roles
  • Share the benefits of Toastmasters with the Community.

In most instances, participants who sign up for speechcraft will be your prospective new members provided they are impressed and can see the benefits of the program throughout the speechcraft session.

Finally, why not combine speechcraft graduation with new members induction ceremony.

If you have already started preparing for speechcraft or seriously contemplating of doing so immediately, please contact your Area Director or Division Director for further details.

Each club which has planned and will execute a speechcraft program will be given 8 original Participants Workbooks free of cost to kick start the session. As stocks are limited and due to the overwhelming demand this term, the books will be distributed on a first come first served basis and subject to certain teams and conditions.

Hurry! Contact your Area Director or Division Director for further details. They will assist you with the request process for the workbooks whilst stocks last.


Best Wishes Speechcrafters!


Dear District 80 Toastmasters,


Ever wondered what are the incentives for chalking up Club Goals and for Newly Chartered Clubs? At a glance……


The district is inviting all clubs to join the challenge. Please refer to the below for more details.



Plus, District 80 Pathways launch was a big bang! Our members are so well prepared for the launch, that many have presented their Level 1 Ice Breaker projects on the very first day of the launch. Some clubs even have their whole chapter meetings dedicated only to members presenting their Level 1 Ice Breaker. Well done!


The District would encourage more members to embark on Pathways with the District 80 Special Pathways Awards shown below.



Senior District Officers 2017-2018
District 80


Dear District 80 Toastmasters,


5 things for $5. Come and join us for 5 hours and hear Celebrated Speakers talk about Power of Networking.


➕ How well do those in your network know you?
➕ How much do they trust you?
➕ How much they gain by having you in their network?
➕ How frequent do you communicate with them?
➕ How many other powerful people are there in your network?


They will also cover topics on Networking pathways, Achnowledge the interest of others to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships, understanding the benefits of collaboration and many more.


Don’t miss this one-off opportunity to improve your networking skills. Hurry buy your tickets online before end August 2017 to get the early bird price of $5. From September 2017 onward prices will increase to $10.


Please make payment FIRST (bank transfer) only to UOB 207-306-734-2 with Ref “TM” BEFORE registering.


Registration can be done via the following link
For more information, please visit our website


Date : 16 September 2017
Time : 9am -1.30pm
Venue : Singapore Ceylon Tamils’ Association Level 2 (Wedding Hall)
Address : 19, Ceylon Road, Singapore 429613


Pradeep Kumar, DTM
Club Growth Director 2017-2018
Past District Governor (2012-2013)
District 80


Dear District 80 Toastmasters,


Want to help a community, organisation, institution and / or special interest group to the next level of competency? Why not assist them to form a Toastmasters Club where they will be introduced to a world of constant and never-ending improvement in communication and leadership skills? District 80 serves to support the formation of new Clubs with attractive incentives. Contact your District Officers or me to find out more!


We are here to serve and enrich the members of our community.


Pradeep Kumar, DTM

Club Growth Director 2017-2018

Past District Governor (2012-2013)

District 80


A Step-by-step Guide on How To Build A Toastmasters Club:



It is a new term. A new beginning.

Perhaps it is also a good time for us to ponder over some questions that we should be asking ourselves.

“Where Leaders Are Made”. What kind of leaders are we talking about?

“We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence”. Do we “create” (instead of build) new clubs just to make up the numbers to be Distinguished? Do we “support” clubs by paying their membership dues so that the clubs do not fold up in the current term?

We want to be a President’s Distinguished District that is built on a solid foundation. We need leaders who will do the right things and will do them right. We need leaders who uphold our core values of Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence. We need leaders who put the benefits to our members as their top priority, instead of blindly chasing the numbers.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and our main thing is Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence.







Under Protocol 9.0 – 5C

“To run from the floor for any district officer position, candidates must:

I) Sign the Toastmasters International Officer Agreement and Release Statement.

II) Submit a completed Candidate Biography form and photography.

Please email the above mentioned forms to District Director Patricia Lum, DTM

Should you need any clarification, feel free to contact us.

Best regards

Poh Kim Siong, DTM, PID
District Leadership Committee
District Campaign and Election adviser 2017.


Dear Fellow Toastmasters,

Election on 27th May 2017, Saturday. 10.15am

The District Leadership Committee Chair, Michael Rodrigues DTM has completed and finalized the Nominations of District Officers for elections (2017 – 2018). His report is stated below. The election will be held at the District Council Meeting on 27th May 2017, Saturday at 10.15am at the Multi-Purpose Room #02-01, Senja-Cashew Community Club, 101 Bukit Panjang Road, Singapore 679910

Members who meets the eligibility requirement for a role may run from the floor as “floor candidates”.
All candidates, including floor candidates, shall read and follow the procedure as per Protocol 9.0 District Campaigns and Elections, in the Articles of Incorporation of Toastmasters International.