District Director’s Message : No Man Is An Island


My Dear Toastmasters

3 months into our term and you have done so much. We wish to thank you for submitting your club officers’ lists diligently, attending the Club Officers Training and working on your educational and leadership program. We thank our dedicated Area Directors for visiting your clubs and overseeing the area contests and we thank the ever high-spirited Division Directors for organizing the Club Officer Training, and the Division Contests which has begun.


Lately, the district has received some feedback on mistakes made by some inexperienced contests officers resulting in some unhappy experiences for some contestants. The district views these feedback seriously and has taken steps to educate these officers. The District will also take steps to mitigate these mistakes by providing more training on how to conduct  successful contests.


The 2nd District Executive Council Meeting (DEC) / 1st District Council Meeting (DCM) will be on 21st October. DEC meetings will involve the District Officers, Division and Area Directors. DCM involves the above mentioned and the Club Presidents and Vice-Presidents Education. An official notice has been sent to these members on 21st September. Please alert the district if you have not received it.

World Championship of Public Speaking


History has been made; Darren Tay has done us proud by bringing home the cup. He is now officially the “Golden Boy” of D80. In two subsequent years we have 2 Champions. Manoj Vasudevan was placed third in 2015 and Darren brought back the Championship this year. Will we be third time lucky and have 3 winners in a row? It’s possible!

Toastmasters programs are magical, but you need to work at it to realize the magic. It didn’t work overnight for Darren. He has put in years of hard work. It was 8 years ago when he walked into Punggol TMC and like most of us, puzzled about what Toastmasters can do for us. Today, he found the answer.  Hard work paid off for Manoj and Darren. Hard work will work for you too. Follow your dreams and  you may be our next success story!

Washington, D.C, World Convention 2016

It was an exciting 6 days, as Immediate  Past District Director, Program Quality Director and yours truly walked the stage for achieving Select Distinguished District status.  Thank you all the members who have put in so much effort in this collective achievement. You have achieved close to 1000 educational and leadership awards and brought in over 700 new members. Keep up the momentum and aim for more this term.

District Training


Together with Program Quality Director, Tay Tiam Teang, Club Growth Director, Harikrishnan, the District Trio attended 2 days of intensive training and took home valuable tips on tackling the 3 Critical Success Factors. We intend to share them with our members at the next District Leadership Training in January.

Fun and Relax

ca. 1915-1922, Washington, DC, USA --- Daniel Chester French sculpture (ca. 1915-1922) of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC.  --- Image by © Bernard Annebicque/CORBIS SYGMA


It was not all work for us as we had fun and fellowship too. The 3 of us joined the “Moonlight Monuments” tours and visited many places of interests. One of my most inspiring statues was Abraham Lincoln, the President who abolished slavery in America.  Here are 2 of his inspiring quotes that have been widely used.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”.

My other favorite was Martin Luther King;  “I had a Dream”. He was obviously a great believer in chasing one’s dreams. Let us be inspired by his big dreams and make ours a reality too. For our dreams to be realized we need to aim, plan and take massive actions. Washington, D.C was indeed a great place to be inspired.

District Contests 22nd October


Our special event, the District Contests will be on 22nd October. The ticket is priced at an extremely reasonable rate to allow many more members to enjoy and learn from the better speakers.

Take your dreams to the next level. Whether you are a contestant or are there to learn from the better speakers, bring your members and guests. Let them know the benefit of Toastmasters and invite them to join this wonderful movement.

Program Quality Challenges

PQD has created some of the best challenges for you to deliver your personal best. Take these challenges to help you create a distinguished personal goal or help another member become distinguished.

Club Growth Challenges

Similarly, CGD has designed incentives to help you push your boundary to meet membership growth and club growth. Explore and discover for yourself what you can achieve when you work towards adding 5, 10, 15 new or dual members or help to form a new club.

Town Hall Meetings

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The district has included a 30-minute talk into these meetings. As district leaders stretch themselves to the limit by going about their daily lives, climbing the career ladder and at the same time volunteering to manage the district, we hope these talks will add value to their personal and professional lives.

Hall of Fame

This will be held in conjunction with the district contests on 22nd October. Recognition will be given to the members and teams who have achieved excellence in their duties to serve the district and who have helped District 80 to become Select Distinguished District. Be there to share their achievements.


“No man is an island”-  John Donne.

“No man is an island” dated back to 1624 but it still stands true today. Let us work together for individuals to form units, for units to form groups and for  groups to  form strength. Put our strengths together and work towards our common goals to bring excellence to our district.


Look forward to hear from you.


District Director

Patricia Lum, DTM

Empowering Members’ Journey








第二届的区域执行理事会会议(DEC)/第一届区域会议(DCM)将在十月二十一日举行。 区域执行理事会会议(DEC)邀请区域执委们、区及分区总监们出席。区域会议除了上述人员外,也邀请分会会长及分会文教副会长出席。以上被邀的会友若尚未接获在九月二十一日发出的邀请函,请通知我们。





这是创造历史的一刻; 郑文杰为我们捧回来世界冠军杯!

他是80区域的“金童子”!两年来我们培育了两位冠军人物。Manoj Vasudevan 在2015年获得了世界季军, 今年郑文杰坐上了冠军的宝座。 我们能否接二连三的地培育出第三位世界冠军呢?这是极有可能的

讲演会的课程是神奇的,但你必须努力才能释放出它的魔力。文杰也是努力不懈,一步一脚印的走来的。八年前他走进了 Punggol TMC 。 也像我们一样不知到讲演会会带给我们的是什么。今天, 他找到答案了。不懈的努力给于 Manoj 及文杰荣誉。不懈的努力也会给于我和你成功。追随你的梦想,编写你的成功故事吧!

 2016 年华盛顿世界大会


在参与2016 年华盛顿世界大会时,卸任区域总监,培训与教育助理总监及我踏上了舞台,接受特选卓越区域奖牌的那一刻,我们是兴奋的。感谢会友们努力不懈,同心同力争取到这团体的荣誉。你们取下了不少于1000个在领袖及教育上的奖牌,争取到超过700位新会员。请保持这冲劲,继续朝更高的目标前进。




我与培训与教育助理总监郑添登、市场助理总监Harikrishnan,三人在2016 年华盛顿世界大会参与2天的密集培训。对于“三个关键性的成功因素”有些心得。我们将在一月份的区域领导培训上,与大家一同分享学习。








我们不只在学习,同时也参加了旅游项目:“Moonlight Monuments” 参观华盛顿的一些名胜古迹。最能激励我的是参观林肯总统的塑像。他在任时废除了美国的黑奴制度,令世人景仰。他的两句至理名言, 是我念念不忘的:



我也喜欢马丁路德金的名言:我有一个梦想!他对追随梦想会导致成功,深信不疑。 在他的鼓励下,我们也要将梦想化为事实。想要实现梦想,需要有目标、有计划及全面的行动。

2016 年华盛顿世界大会真是一个激励人心的好地方。





我呼吁会友前来把梦想提升到另一层次。 无论你是参赛者, 或是来学习的,都请携带朋友/亲戚/家人同来观赏。希望他们 能体会到讲演会能带给他们的益处,加入我们的大家庭。









区域在活动中添增了 一个30分钟的演讲。作为区域领袖我们在处理日常生活上、在职场上拼搏上、又义务地处理区域事务,真是卯足全力,尽量取得平衡。这个演说希望能为他们在个人或专业价值上有所提升。


这璀璨之夜, 将在十月二十二日区域比赛同日进行。为本区域出力与为我们服务,促使80区域成为特选卓越区域的会友们,将会被颁各种的荣誉奖。 请大家前来支持他们。

“没有谁是一座孤岛。” Author john Donne.



“没有谁是一座孤岛。” 这句话从1624 至今依然令人深信不疑。让我们从个人做起,成为个别 单位,继续进升为团体, 由此而日益壮大。






林慧明  卓越讲员



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