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DG's Message - July 2000

A. A new beginning
B. Breakthrough with Speechcraft
C. Communication initiatives
D. District Calendar

A New Beginning

My dear fellow toastmasters,

Today marks the beginning of our new term in the new millennium. We have been blessed with many past leaders who toiled selflessly to bring District 51 to great heights. We thank you, past District Governors, from the bottom of our hearts, and especially to our Immediate Past District Governor DTM Maimunah who has been an inspiration to all for the past 12 months.

We are proud to belong to a premier District: we are the only District in the world that has achieved the President's Distinguished District for the past 3 terms. Being a premier District ensures that we are continually providing the best customer service to our members. We will be closer to realise the toastmaster's vision: to empower people to achieve their full potential and realise their dreams.

Our theme for this year is "Experience the Breakthrough".

Together, with our new district team, comprising 12 Division Governors, 60 Area Governors, and 10 other District Officers, we are ready to serve you. Visit www.district51.org to meet them on the web.

The District Officers are committed to help you succeed and to realise your dreams. Let us strive to achieve :
- President's Distinguished Clubs
- President's Distinguished Areas
- President's Distinguished Division
- President's Distinguished District

We look forward to a great working year ahead. And together we will begin our journey of breakthroughs.

Breakthrough with Speechcraft

Over the years, I am convinced that Speechcraft is one of the best programs from Toastmasters. Through Speechcraft program, most participants ultimately become toastmaster members and even new clubs were formed.

Make a breakthrough this year for your Club by organising a Speechcraft session. Now is the time to plan, order materials from world-headquarters (WHQ), get coordinators, confirm venue, publicise and sign up new participants. Speak with your Area or Division Governors if you need help.

Look out for District awards and incentives to be announced soon.

Communication Initiatives

Communication will continue to play a key role in our District success. Our first initiative was to ensure that all Clubs submit their Club Officers List to WHQ on time. Our first breakthrough this year...as at 25 Jun, we have more than 150 clubs (61%) who have submitted their Officers List to WHQ on time, and more to be confirmed. Congratulations to all for achieving this success.

Our District Directory has been scheduled for release in August, and this will definitely be a great communication tool for everyone. Please give your fullest support to District Secretary CTM Josephine Lee (jojo202@singnet.com.sg).

Club Officers will be receiving the first issue of the District Newsletter in August. Our editor ATMG Tham Chee Wah (cwtham@pc.jaring.my) has been diligently planning for this launch, and expect yet another breakthrough! We are also working to ensure that your club receives the newsletter timely.

For even speedier news, we have just launched our new District Website today. Bookmarked it now at www.district51.org and view the latest happenings in our District. Thanks to webmaster ATMS Edmund Chua (edmund@monsterhub.com) for making this breakthrough.

District Calendar

July 2000

1. 1st round of Club Officer Training
- Go for 100% officers trained.
- Part 1 requirement of DCP Goal #9.

2. Breakthrough with Speechcraft

August 2000

1. Club-level Speech Contests for:
- Evaluation
- Humorous (Tip: hold both contests on same day)

2. Toastmasters International Convention
- Miami, Florida, USA
- If interested, please contact coordinator Shirin (shirin@pacific.net.sg)

3. Membership Campaign:
- Aug - Sep 2000 (Smedley Awards)


With best regards

DTM Christopher Teo
District Governor

01 July 2000
Other News:
New World Record - 57 Clubs!
Membership Growth and Club Retention Award
Be An Early CTM or ATM
Web Site Welcome Message - Experience the Breakthrough!
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