Saturday, May 19, 2007

D'Utama Toastmasters Club History

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is currently a Club in Area B4, Division B, and District 51. It began in July 1984 with 24 members from its sponsoring club, Petaling Jaya Toastmasters Club. Its pro-tem President was Catherine Lee.

The Club received its charter as Club Number 5912 on 1st June 1985 with 26 charter members. The membership increased over the years with highest record of 85.
The leadership of the club is invested in an annually elected Executive Committee led by a President.

Since its inception, the Club Presidents have been:
1984: Catherine Lee
1985: Vincent Wong
1986: M.Manimohan
1987: Steven Si
1988: Koh Moh Tang
1989: Peter Wong
1990: Quah Jin Chew
1991: Lim Eng Hwa
1992: G Subramaniam
1993: Tammy Tham
1994/95: Sharon Ng
1995/96: Michael Cheah
1996/97: Danny Soh
1997/98: Wu Tze Sing
1998/99: Toh Cheng See
1999/00: Vijay Kumar
2000/01: Yip Wah Pung
2001/02: G. Sivalingam
2002/03: Michele Ng
2003/04: Lee Wei Seong
2004/05: Gan Teong Hock
2005/06: Allen Kam
2006/07: Nancy Liew
2007/08: Jack Leong

In 1986, the Club moved to what is now its permanent venue, Kolej Damansara Utama. Since then, the Club has been involved in active educational programme including organizing five speech contests per year namely Annual Speech Contest, Humorous Speech Contest, Tall Tale Speech Contest, Evaluation Contest and Impromptu Speech Contest; Battle of Wits; workshops and joint meetings with other Toastmasters Clubs. The Club also publishes a monthly bulletin known as TARGET that gives the pulse of the Club.

In addition to club activities, D'Utama Toastmasters Clubs also conducts workshops and seminars for members of the public and students. These include Youth Leadership Programme and Speechcraft Programme.

In 1988, the Club sponsored three new clubs: Sunway Toastmasters Club, Kuantan Toastmasters Club and Telekom Toastmasters Club. In 1997 and 1998, the Club sponsored another two new clubs: IBBM Kuala Lumpur Toastmasters Club and D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club respectively, the latter being a club for advanced speakers who have achieved the Competent Toastmaster award. The CIMA Toastmasters Club was co-sponsored and mentored by DUTC and CPA TM Club of Kuala Lumpur. In 2005, the Club sponsored the 1st dual- language club in Malaysia, the Klang Bilingual Toastmasters Club.

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