Thursday, June 28, 2012

D87 2nd Annual Convention 18-20 May 2012

This was it! After 1 year of preparation, finally, the day has come! 350 delegates all over Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and US came to Kota Kinabalu for the District 87 Toast-masters Annual Convention to grow and flourish together at Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.
Welcome Night
The 3 days 2 nights convention started with a bang! Yes.. It’s the Grease 60s-70s Welcome Night! Everyone dressed in their poker-dots skirts and their thunder bird leather jackets! It was indeed a fun night with lots of Rock & Roll decorations. On this very night, KKTMC also performed our very own 25min Grease Toastmasters Musical that WOWed the crowd. We also invited the dele-gates to be part of us by teaching them the famous HAND JIVE moves! (“Clap, clap, Cut, cut, Punch, punch, hand to the back, hand to the back!”)!

19th May 2012 (Saturday)
The Opening Ceremony the next day started with class with the Grand March-In by all the Past & Current District Officers! Our Guest-of-Honour is none other than Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Resources Development & Information Tech-nology, Sabah. After his inspiring message, our keynote speaker, Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, Toast-masters International Past President and twice 1st Runner-Up at World Championship of Public Speaking took the stage and presented his keynote speeches. Then, the day followed by a series of educational and interesting workshops by Datuk Adeline Leong DTM, Dunstan Chan DTM and Li Yo Wei DTM.

Gala Night
The Gala Night is normally known as the Toastmasters Oscar Night for the fellow Toastmasters where Appreciation Awards, Educational Awards and other notable achievement awards were given out. This year, all delegates glam up the Gala Awards Night with a shade of BLUE! The night started with our very own Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest on TM Network interviewing the delegates while walking on the Red Carpet!
This year, once again, KKTMC achieved the President’s Distinguished Club Awards and congrat-ulations to ALL members. On this night, we also witnessed our very own Richard A. Gontusan DTM being installed as the 3rd District Governor of District 87! Congratulations Richard… We will “Go-To-The-Sun” with you!! Of course, what is a good function without entertainment? Again, KKTMC brought to the delegates our very own musical medley! And believe me, everyone went GAGA!!

International Speech & Table Topic Contests
What an inspiring and mind-blowing District level International Speech and Table Topic Contests we had this year! This year’s International Speech & Table Topic Contests was really of high standard! Our Division’s representatives, who “happened” to be our club members as well, Mohd Kamal Surin ACG and Shahar Banon CTM have made us proud by getting the 1st runner up for the contests.

The results are as follows:

International Speech Contest
Champion: Dinesh Vaswani
1st runner up: Mohd Kamal Surin
2nd runner up: David Pranata

Table Topic Contests
Champion: Kelly Tiong
1st runner up: Shahar Banon
2nd runner up: Neeraj Khiani


This Convention was definitely a huge success! Thank you to the Organizing Chairperson, Jasmine Leong ACS and her team for organizing it with a song in their hearts, and a dance to their steps!

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