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A. Double celebrations at Miami
B. New additions to our family
C. Like an Olympic Gold Medalist
D. Communications
E. District Calendar

Fellow toastmasters,

A. Double celebrations at Miami

More than 20 toastmasters from our District attended the Toastmasters International Convention at Miami from 22-26 August 2000. Other than the special edition T-shirts for our delegates, our District came prepared with a beautiful banner. IPDG Maimunah Natasha, DTM received on behalf of our District the No.1 award from International President Tim Keck, DTM.

Well done, District 51, all of you deserves the accolades.

We also celebrated the success of PDG Augustine Lee, DTM who was elected as the International Director.

B. New additions to our family

Welcome aboard our latest new clubs in our District (for month of July).

1. HK Achievers Toastmasters Club 9567-51, Area H2

Previously a non-districted club, HK Achievers elected to be part of District 51 in July 2000. We warmly welcome Club President Leslie Toong and his club members to our family.

2. PPB Oil Palm Sabah Toastmasters Club 4302-51, Area K2

Chartered: 26 July, 2000.
Sponsors: Judy Goh & Chia Meng Kin, Sandakan TMC
Mentors: Eleanor Wong & Jason Cheong, Sandakan TMC
Sponsoring Club: Sandakan Toastmasters Club

3. CPA Australia (Kuching) Toastmasters Club 9837-51, Area E4

Chartered: 27 July, 2000.
Sponsors: Wah Mui Kin, Jamesherd Wee, Kuching Mandarin TMC
Mentor: Mohd Ariff Irwani, Kenyalang EMAS Adv TMC
Mentor: Poh Kim Siong, Chua Chu Kang TMC
Sponsoring Club: Kuching Mandarin & Kenyalang EMAS Adv Toastmasters Clubs

Congratulations to all sponsors and mentors, and to all toastmasters friends who have helped to build the above clubs.

C. Like an Olympic Gold Medalist

In a few more days, the long awaited Olympics Games will begin at Sydney. US Olympic Basketball Coach, Bob Knight believed "the most important single ingredient to success in athletics or life is DISCIPLINE." Gold medalists are consistent in their workouts. They practice and work hard, rain or shine.

Two months have passed now. Has your initial excitements of experiencing the breakthrough in toastmasters worn off? Are we beginning to postpone scheduled project speeches or to cancel the next Club Executive Committee Meeting?

Stay focused on the Gold Medal at the end of our race on 30 June 2001. Our "workout schedule" must be followed every month, every week and every day to be effective. Our schedules need to be organised to include time for our family, career and friends, as well as toastmasters. Have a winning game plan!

Be like the Olympic Gold Medalist. Stay disciplined and we will experience the breakthrough in our personal lives. When we focus on Distinguished, our members will benefit from the communication training, and experience the breakthrough in their lives.

D. Communications

Our very first issue of the District Newsletter titled "Break Through 51" is out from the press during mid-August. Each Club receives 7 copies for Club Officers. Make copies or circulate (reading-list) the newsletters to your club members where necessary. A big thank you to DPRO Tham Chee Wah and his team members for making this breakthrough in the editorial efforts as well as the mammoth distribution of the newsletter to our wide-spanning district.

This newsletter belongs to all of us. Write about the happenings at your community, about success stories, about mentors who made a difference in your lives...and send your contributions to our DPRO at cwtham@pc.jaring.my.

E. District Calendar

** TIP: Announce these events/programs at the end of each Club Chapter Meeting

September 2000

1. Smedley Awards

Final month to earn your awards... Clubs submitting 5 new members during Aug/Sep to WHQ will be awarded the Smedley Award ribbon. Members recruiting 3 new members will earn the Governor's ribbon.

2. Breakthrough with Speechcraft

- start a Speechcraft workshop at your club today!
** Free participant's handbooks and certificates from the District. Contact LGM Dr John Lau at johnlau@jlasc.com for more details.

3. Start collections for Oct semi-annual dues, NOW!!!

October 2000

1. Semi-annual dues must be sent to WHQ by 1 October

2. Toastmasters International Day (Founder's Day)
Celebrate and publicise TI Day on 22 October

3. Division-level Speech Contests for:
- Evaluation & Humorous (must be completed by 22 October 2000)

4. Earlybird Educational awards by 31 October 2000
*** Be a earlybird CTM/ATM and earn a miniature TM pin
*** Club achieving DCP's first 4 goals (4 CTMs, 2 ATMs) can choose:
"How To Conduct Productive Meetings (worth US$30) or OR "Better Speaker Series" (worth US$29.95)

5. District Semi-annual Convention 17-19 Nov 2000
Closing Date for earlybird full package
RM488/US$132 up till 31 October
More details, contact: jb2000convention@yahoo.com


With best regards
DTM Christopher Teo
District 51 Governor, 2000-2001

01 September 2000
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