Block the Date! Double Fun on December 5.

Keep your December 5 free for a Double Event. Be there!

Back to back fun and more fun at the
San Carlo Room of the Makati Stock Exchange Bldg.

Start the afternoon, from
1 to 5 PM, by watching rookie toastmasters vie for the Achievers' Rookie Invitational Cup. On its 4th year, this tradition of challenging newbies* to deliver speeches and compete, has been entertaining and educating Toastmasters. Support Achievers Toastmasters and have fun in the process.

After all that, you're allowed a few minutes for a
breather, and then you're off to another round of fun, this time to celebrate the holidays and Division B's halfway mark milestone. Yes, it's been 6 months of having a BLAST for the division. It's going to be a big, bold, brave celebration from 5 to 7 PM.

Check out the postcards below for details.

SEE YOU ON DECEMBER 5! Be with Division B.

*Toastmasters who have been with the organization for less than two years, who have at least delivered an icebreaker but have not yet completed their 10 basic speech projects, nor have competed in District Sponsored contests.


Newsflash: Deadline of membership renewal payment has been extended to November 15! Don’t miss this opportunity to earn 0.5 DCP point.

Learn about Evaluation and Harnessing the Internet

Please mark your calendars for the Division B Educational Session on November 14 (Saturday), 1:30PM to 5:00PM at MSE Building , Ayala Avenue , Makati City. Only 50 slots are available! To register, please contact Asst. Gov. for Education and Training Jazz Encarnacion (Email: jiencarnacion@yahoo, Phone: 09175345299). Please refer to the postcard below for more information.

Division B Explored the Extremes in the Midcon

My heartfelt thanks to the following people who represented Division B in the recently concluded Mid-Year Conference:

•Table Topics with a Twist:
Mahdi Khadematolrasoul (UP Manila TMC)

•Singing Bee Idol (who sang “Eternal Flame”):
Jazz Encarnacion (Silver & White TMC & ButterNToast TMC)

•Talentadong TMs (who danced to the tune of “Nobody” and shared the stage with me):
- Mely Fernandez (Maharlika TMC)
- Cathy Bachoco (Area 16 Governor, Executive TMC)
- Syril Tolentino (Area 15 Governor, Blue Swoosh TMC)
with special appearance of: Elaine Aviola (Achievers TMC)

and the other TMs who were with us through the wee hours of the morning for the love of Division B:
- Khris Albano (Executive TMC)
- Aida Valles (Maharlika TMC)
- Chen Villacorta (PhilamLife TMC)

Congratulations to the TM Year 2008-2009 awardees:
  • DTM Philip Iledan – Leadership Awardee for Club Building
  • ACS Ed Fabonan – Area Governor of the Year Awardee

Toastmasters International Celebrates Year 85

October 22, 2009
Fellow Toastmasters,

Happy Anniversary!

October 22 is an auspicious date for Toastmasters around the world. It marks the day that a small group of people, led by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, held the first official Toastmasters meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, California, USA.

While the original intent of the group was to teach after-dinner speeches to young men, as we all know, Toastmasters has evolved to become a worldwide leader in communication and leadership development. This evolution was no accident; Dr. Smedley firmly believed that the improvement of a person's ability to communicate his or her ideas was a means of improving life in all its phases, personal as well as professional. It's a philosophy that resonates as clearly today as it did back in 1924.

Since its founding, Toastmasters International has empowered more than 4 million people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Our organization' s long-term success and growth is a tribute to Dr. Smedley's vision. He understood that communication isn't optional and leadership isn't always natural, but both can be learned through doing.

As we celebrate our 85th anniversary, the organization stands at a historic high point. Our membership is at an all-time high of 252,000 and growing, our programs are more expansive and our leaders have developed innovative strategies to keep up with advances and shifting cultural dynamics of the global age.

The next 85 years hold even greater promise as we continue to adapt and evolve in an ever-changing world. Let us work together to build our organization by building our members -- with confidence, leadership and service.

Thank you for all you do to support and serve Toastmasters.

Gary Schmidt
International President
Toastmasters International

Midyear Conference Postponed to October 30-31

That Ondoy wreaked havoc in the metropolis is no longer news. What is news is that our midyear convention has been postponed to October 30-31.

All other details, including venue, remain the same.

B is for a Blast of Activities

Block your calendars. Prepare for a blast. Division B is gearing up for activities that will intensify your Toastmasters experience.

The biggest, funnest activity coming up is District 75's Mid-year Conference & Contests on:
October 10-11, 2009 at the MMLDC in Antipolo.

Read previous post for details on the Mideyear Conference.

Too many speakers, too little time during your regular meetings? Join the Speakathons. Division B has calendared a series of speakathon sessions on the following dates:
February 27, 2010 - organized by Areas 11 & 12
March 6 2010 - organized by Areas 13 & 14
March 13, 2010 - organized by Areas 15 & 16

January and February will be busy bee months as we hold our second round of officers' training. Block January 19 on your calendars, and be ready to field your officers. Remember, attendance by at least 4 officers will complete 1 DCP point.

Speechcraft sessions and demo meetings spice up this line up of activities. Watch out for more news about these events. Check out this blog for updates.


When: October 10 – 11, Saturday and Sunday (postponed to October 30-31)
Where: MMLDC, Antipolo

Convention Rates

P3,000 August 16 to September 15

P3,500 September 16 to On-Site

MMLDC Hotel Rates:

Quadruple share P3,2000 (P800 per person)
Dormitory P800 per person

To register:

1. Deposit applicable convention rate (and hotel rate, if you decide to stay overnight) to:

Metrobank SA 084-3084254330
Acct Name: Eliza Paylago

FRIENDLY ADVISE: use a check to pay, no bank charges

2. Fax deposit slip and registration form TOGETHER to (2) 281-3787 or email scanned copy to email addresses below

Liza Paylago, 920-9580824

Ida Sih, 917-8143143

3. You will receive an email or text confirmation with your DELEGATE NUMBER. Text the above to follow up.

4. DELEGATE NUMBER will serve as your registration locator and raffle entry.

Transportation: P400 per person
1. Pick-up point is the McDonalds in front of Meralco on Ortigas Avenue. It is within the Shell station. Pick-up time starts at 10:30AM
2. Drop-off point is the same. Transport leaves MMLDC after lunch October 11.

Day One – October 10
- Registration
2:00pm - Opening Ceremonies
2:30pm - Keynote Address
3:00pm - Educational session
4:00pm - District Council Meeting
5:00pm - free time
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Singing Contest & Talent Contest
8:00pm - Party Time

Day Two – October 11
- Catholic Mass
8:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - Impromptu Contest
10:00am - Closing Ceremonies
Discon 2010 presentation
11:00am - Adjournment
12:00nn - Lunch

Check out this site for details and photos of the accommodations :

Officers Go for First Round of Training

More than one hundred and twenty diligent toastmasters trooped to the Makati Stock Exchange Building last Saturday, July 18, to attend the first round of Officers’ Training. Clubs who fielded at least 4 officers earned half a point for their DCP Goal #9. So, if you’re one of those diligent clubs, you’re off to a good start.

District Governor (DG) ACG Nolie Espina delivered the inspirational address and shared his thoughts on Quality Service Leadership. Lt. Governor for Education and Training (LGET) DTM Wilson Lee gave the first educational presentation on the topic of Club Foresight. He also led the special planning session in the morning, specifically for area governors from both Div B and H. Wilson also helped the area governors plot their success roadmaps for the year. ATMG Khris Albano declared that “Membership is Key” in the second educational segment.

Division B Governor DTM Katrina Letargo and Division H Governor ACG Malou Ranario presided over the event. Toastmasters from Divisions K and A also attended the training session.

The officers joined their counterparts from the other clubs to strategize for this term. All in all, the officers had a blast!

Division B Officers Sworn In

Immediate Past Division Governor Philip Iledan chaired the Division B District Officers Turn-over Ceremonies held last July 11 at the Makati Stock Exhange Bldg. Hosts Past Division Governor ATMS Butch Syyap and Past District Governor DTM Gina Mapua regaled the crowd of Toastmasters.

Newly installed Division B Governor, DTM Katrina Letargo, welcomed guests and enjoined Toastmasters to " Build Leaders and Speakers Together (BLaST). She challenged the officers and members to Be Big. Be Bold. Be Brave. This challenge calls for the officers and members to:

  • Be BIG in numbers --think club members, goals, and speeches.
  • Be BOLD in the arena of speech contests.
  • Be BRAVE in taking on leadership roles and making a difference.
The newly installed area governors in Division B are:
  • ACB Diana Calderon, Area 11
  • ACS Rudy Reyes, Area 12
  • ACS Ully Jerus, Area 13
  • CC Mark Jay Claravall, Area 14
  • CC Syril Tolention, Area 15
  • ACS Cathy Bachoco, Area 16
Supporting Division B Governor Katrina Letargo in her term are:
  • ACG Jasmine Encarnacion, Assistant Governor for Education and Training
  • ACB Gege Sugue, Assistant Governor for Marketing
  • CC Sheila dela Cruz, Division Treasurer
  • ATMS Lisa Romarate, Division Secretary.
Club members and guests celeberated a banner term for the division and now look forward to another year of achievements.

Be Big, Be Bold. Be Brave. Have a BLaST at Division B!

Division B Governor and Distinguished Toastmaster Katrina (better known as JJ) Letargo has been having a blast the last 14 years as a Toastmaster.

She invites you to get the most out of your Toastmasters experience and have a BLaST.

The word BLaST takes on a new meaning this term as Division B's theme:
Building Leaders and Speakers Together

More than just being a theme, it's a program that will enable our fellow Toastmasters to:

Be Big.Be Bold. Be Brave.
* Be Big in building club membership and achieve DCP goals
* Be Bold in joining speech contests and gain confidence in speaking
* Be Brave in taking on leadership roles and increase leadership potential

The BLAST program is really geared to build leaders and speakers in Division B. It's a task we must do Together because the district officers and club presidents can't do it alone; individual members can't do it alone. Together, we can meet our personal, club, area, and division goals; and contribute to the district's goals as well.