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DIVISION H, DISTRICT 20 TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL

NEWSLETTER Division H News and Events

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AREAS AND CLUBS IN DIVISION H - MEMBERSHIP AND DCP GOALS STATUS

Region 11 Total 14 Regions

District 20 Total 91 Districts

Division H Total 15 Divisions in D20

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As of 30th September, 2013

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CONTENTS MESSAGES

4 ….. DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE 5 ….. FROM THE DESK OF DIVISION GOVERNOR 7 ….. EDITORIAL 11 .. AREA GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE 15 .. ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNORS 21 .. TEAM LEADERS EVENTS

23 .. DIVISON COUNCIL MEETING 24 .. CLUB OFFICERS TRAINING 26 .. YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 32 .. A DAY WITH THE WORLD CHAMPION

DIVISION H DISTRICT 20 ABU DHABI, AL AIN

NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2013

ARTICLES

34 .. A CHANGE OF SCENE – HUMOROIDS 38 .. BALANCE YOUR LIFE KNOWLEDGE

2 ….. CLUBS IN DIVISION H 6 ….. TOASTMASTERS – MISSION AND VALUES 8 ….. DIVISION H ORGANISATION CHART 10 .. PAST DIVISION GOVERNORS 28 .. AWARENESS - QUIZ 29 .. ACHIEVEMENTS – SMEDLEY AWARD 30 .. DIVISION H CALENDAR FOR 2013-14 YEAR 37 .. REVITALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM OCTOBER 2013

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From the desk of DISTRICT GOVERNOR

October 2, 2013

My warmest greetings go to the leaders and members of Division H under the astute leadership of Division Governor Bharat Mehta, DTM! The launch of the Division H Newsletter will coincide with the 89th anniversary of the founding of Toastmasters on October 22, 2013. The first meeting of the “Number One Toastmasters Club” in Santa Ana, California was held in a humble basement and the rest as they say, is history. Let us not forget to pay rich tributes to Doctor Ralph Smedley, who introduced and implemented the wonderful concept of Toastmasters. Today, the toastmasters clubs are spread over122 countries world-wide. Isn’t that truly amazing? In District 20 we boast of 15 Divisions and 64 Areas with, at the latest count, a whopping 294 clubs! Yes, the Toastmasters Movement has indeed made its mark in the Middle East. We, as leaders and members of this great organization have the obligation to reach out to non-Toastmasters and introduce them to the organization that helped us in our personal lives and in our careers. I am proud to say that Division H boasts of numerous awards and citations in fulfilling the mission of Toastmasters.

DISTRICT 20 GOVERNOR Victoria Ferrer Mustafa, DTM

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Let us utilize the Division H Newsletter as a vehicle to not only encourage our leaders and members to further develop their own communication and leadership skills but to be part of the larger Toastmasters vision in helping spread the countless benefits of Toastmasters. I congratulate Division H leaders and members who have worked hard and put a lot of time and effort for launching this Newsletter. I am sure it will be a truly outstanding newsletter!


From the desk of DIVISION GOVERNOR Dear Division H Toastmasters, I am delighted to present you our Division's first Newsletter for the year 2013-2014. First, I am proud to have your continued trust and faith in me to serve our Division H for the year 2013-2014. You are witnessing that my team and I are doing our best to give you eventful and successful year ahead. I am confident that you will continue to enjoy and excel in your TM journey for the coming year. Second, we have done many innovations this year. This is the first time that Division H structure for the year 2013-2014 has been expanded to provide more opportunities to Division TMs to lead and contribute at Division level. I thank these committed TMs for taking up the roles and responsibilities at Division Level and each one of them is putting in their best efforts to serve you club members. Division H has conducted its first ever YLP as part of community service program at Division Level. First Time, Division H has brought a World Champion Speaker (MTM Shurook Albanna) to Abu Dhabi for an exciting educational session. We will continue to provide you many more such exciting events. Our targets for this year are to meet your needs and to achieve distinguished status for all the Division H Clubs and President Distinguished Status for Division H. In addition, the focus areas will be to work on weak clubs to make them stronger and create new clubs on sustainable basis to create more leadership opportunities. Off course, we have organized and will continue to organize educational and training events and many fun-filled events throughout the year to provide you some of the best TM moments and experience. I wish to thank all the Division H leaders and members for their hard work and commitment made last year under the excellent leadership of our immediate Past Division Governor DTM Marwan Al Shayea. The Division has performed well last year and all the credit goes to DTM Marwan Shayea. We, the Division Team, are indeed lucky that we will continue to have his support and guidance this year in addition to support from other senior Toastmasters. So Division H Toastmasters, with your kind support, I promise to make this year memorable and successful and to take our Division H to greater heights and to its deserving glory. A lot of hard work has been put in by Assistant Division Governor (PR) DTM Sunil Kottarathil in producing this newsletter. Due to his extraordinary diligent efforts, this newsletter has taken shape and makes so informative and interesting reading. Please read and enjoy the rest of the newsletter.

DIVISION H GOVERNOR Bharat H Mehta, DTM

OCTOBER 2013

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TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL MISSION AND VALUES

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL MISSION

DISTRICT MISSION

CLUB MISSION

We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL VALUES “Purpose determines the good, marks the path, and furnishes the motion power.”

INTEGRITY . RESPECT . SERVICE . EXCELLENCE

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL ENVISIONED FUTURE To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.

Dr. Ralph C. Smedley 1878–1965

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATES 89th BIRTHDAY ON 22nd OCTOBER 2013

PATRONS – DIVISION H TOASTMASTERS

Dr. B R Shetty

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Sultan Al Hajji


From the desk of

EDITOR

Rome, as the old adage goes, was certainly not built in a day. But this newsletter was indeed made in a day! Well, almost! Communicate your intention or plan to do something and you will get unlimited advice from hundreds on how to do it. Ask for contributing towards the execution of the plan and you will be truly amazed. Amazed at how suddenly people realize just how busy they are with other work! It was no surprise therefore, that when the preparations for the Division newsletter were initiated during early September, there was a lot enthusiasm and encouragement. As weeks passed by, with hardly a couple of responses, the newsletter seemed to be a distant dream. The old (by few days) saying appeared to be true - Where there is a ‘will’, there is a death!! Strike while the iron is hot, they say. What with the summer fading away, it has finally taken the long holidays to make things hot again!!! A final reminder to the energetic division team and setting aside a day free from other obligations to fulfill this commitment towards the Newsletter, finally started yielding results. Sending ‘Eid Mubarak’ wishes to friends was a refreshing break in between long sessions with the word processor all through the day. At this juncture, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to Bill Gates and his team for providing convenient newsletter-friendly features and tool bars within MS Word!! All that is written well remains well – well, i.e. until someone reads it! While you enjoy reading this newsletter (or while pretending to), don’t forget to throw both bouquets and brickbats at the editorial team. Happy reading!!

Sunil D Kottarathil, DTM

EDITORIAL MANMOHAN SREEDHAR DERICK D’SOUZA SUPPORT RENCY PATCHECO

OCTOBER 2013

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DIVISION ORGANIZATION CHART Division Governor Immediate Past Division Governor

Advisors

BHARAT H MEHTA

NASEF DHAFARI FARRUKH ALI SUDHA DATTA ASMA AL AMRI

MARWAN SHAYEA

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BHOJRAJ MANE

ANOOP OK

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ABEER EL MAHI

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9 Area Governors

23 MANMOHAN SREEDHAR 55

Education SANTOSH SHETTY

Marketing ANIL AKKINENI

Assistant Division Governors

Membership PRAVEEN KUMAR RAO

Public Relations SUNIL KOTTARATHIL

Gavel Clubs SHUCHITA UDAS

Technology SALWA AL MARZOUKI

Education SHIVPRASAD GOWDA

Training PRATIMA MISHRA

Team Leaders

Marketing ASHIT KORGAOKAR

Public Relations DERICK D’SOUZA

Innovation RENCY PATCHECO

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THOMAS PANDARI

Training ANA MARIA PALER

Education & Training (Arabic) ABDULHADI ABDULLA

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MEREZBAN KATRAK


PROUD AREA GOVERNORS OF DIVISION H Area 2 Governor

Area 11 Governor

BHOJRAJ MANE

ANOOP OK

Area 26 Governor ABEER EL MAHI

Area 9 Governor MEREZBAN KATRAK

Area 23 Governor

Area 55 Governor THOMAS PANDARI

MANMOHAN SREEDHAR

OCTOBER 2013

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PAST DIVISION H GOVERNORS

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MARWAN SHAYEA, DTM Imm. Past Div. Governor

Dr. NASEF DHAFARI, DTM (2011-2012)

SUDHA DATTA, DTM (2010-2011)

FARRUKH ALI, CTM CL (2009-2010)

RAJAN JOHN, DTM (2008-2009)

RAVEENDRA RAI, DTM (2007-2008)

ABRAHAM RAJU, ACS ALS (2006-2007)

LOYOLA PINTO, ACS ALB (2005-2006)

NAGABHUSHAN BALAJI, DTM (2004-2005)

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MESSAGE - AREA GOVERNOR

I feel really privileged to be a part of the Toastmasters fraternity for the last 6 years and more so to get the opportunity to serve them. As the Area 2 Governor, I understand my responsibilities, but I am also aware that it is an uphill task, especially while filling in the shoes so to speak, of my predecessor TM Sujatha Parthasarathy, a prolific leader the great legacy she left behind. Having seen and experienced the commitment of our club leaders, I know that all clubs in Area 2 will meet their goal of becoming Distinguished Clubs. However, in my opinion, helping club members achieve their aspirations should be a higher priority. Retaining new members and keeping them motivated is also another challenge club leaders need to confront. What makes Area 2 different is the passion of its club leaders. Passion to excel makes them stand out. Passion and dedication are the hallmarks of great personalities and we have only just seen the tribute given to the iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar by the media last week when he decided to hang his boots after a successful sporting career that spanned over 24 years. What make Sachin Tendulkar great are not his records but rather his passion and dedication to the game which brought about the records. Having a passionate, dedicated and supportive team of club leaders and the guidance of Division Governor DTM Bharat Mehta, I have no doubt in my mind about making Area 2 a President’s Distinguished Area this year.

Bhojraj Mane CC CL Area 2 Governor – (2013-2014)

Wishing all the clubs of Area 2 a great Year ahead!!!

Area 9 is one of the largest Areas in the entire District from a geographic perspective with clubs located across a span of over 200kms – from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi through Mussafah and Umm Al Nar. Though Area 9 was initially comprised of Al Ain based clubs, as all clubs except one closed down, the Area was re-aligned to include clubs in Abu Dhabi and Mussafah also. Though geographically challenged, our main goal this year will be to provide guidance and support to all clubs and to ensure they are following the toastmasters guidelines effectively so as the members to gain maximum benefit from the program. Merezban Katrak ACS ALB Area 9 Governor – (2013-2014)

Lot of growth potential has been identified in Mussafah area, which can be materialized through a proper plan.

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MESSAGE - AREA GOVERNOR

Area 11 is one of the youngest Areas in Division H. It consists of five clubs - Al Jazeera, Spectrum, ISC, ETA and Fluor Toastmasters. We have the privilege of having some great leaders and great speakers from Division-H. Al Jazeera, Spectrum and ISC have speakers who made it to Division and District level Speech Contests. ISC Toastmasters has the reputation of consistently retaining highest membership base in the Division. Even though young in Toastmasters family, ETA and Fluor Toastmasters have some very promising members who are ready to take up any challenge. Fluor Toastmasters has achieved SMEDLEY Award in the first year itself in their toastmaster’s journey. In the last two years Area 11 has developed to a mature area under the leadership of past Area Governors TM Ramnath Annavi and TM Derick D’Souza. Our goal for the year is to utilize the expertise within Area 11 to strengthen the clubs which in turn will truly benefit the members with the real objectives of being in Toastmasters. I am confident of the complete support of Division in this journey towards excellence. Anoop OK, ACB ALB Area 11 Governor – (2013-2014)

Clubs and members of Area 26 are on top of the world this year!!! It is a matter of great pride to achieve many goals in this short span of time. Out of many, here are the most outstanding ones:• • • • • • • •

Three clubs in Area 26 got the SMEDLEY award this September. All Clubs are improving in terms of membership and meeting quality. Two clubs are soon going to release their newsletters Leaders of Basharia Chapter contributed effectively and took part in the recently concluded YLP. Clubs database is being updated regularly Basharia and Intilaaqah achieved 5 DCP points, and by December we are planning to achieve 5-6 points for other clubs as well. All Club Calendars and Annual plans are ready and were being followed up closely. Official Area Governor’s visits are completed for three clubs and the fourth will be done soon. Abeer El Mahi, ACS ALB Area 26 Governor – (2013-2014)

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MESSAGE - AREA GOVERNOR

Today, Area 23 remains one of the most vibrant in not just Division H, but in the whole of District 20. I am lucky to inherit such a dynamic Area from my illustrious predecessors. The four clubs in our Area cover the entire spectrum in terms of experience from a fledgling OUR Toastmasters club at one end to a mature, seasoned and proven club in Millennium Toastmasters at the other. We also have the Abu Dhabi ICAI Toastmasters club which has matured into a force to reckon with in a short period of time. But what is most unique about Area 23 is that it is also home to HUMOROIDS, the one and only advanced toastmasters club devoted to humor. Millennium Toastmasters Club has remained the brightest star on our firmament. Thanks to President MTM Rency Patcheco and her team, Millennium leads the DCP points tally in the whole of District 20 with an impressive six points not to mention the Smedley they just won. Humoroids, under the able leadership of President TM Derick D’Souza and ICAI under President MTM Gayathri Vijay have also fared well with 3 DCP points each. In addition, ICAI has also qualified for a Smedley. Both of these clubs are not far behind Millennium and are well on course to reaching the distinguished club status by December. OUR Toastmasters Club is the youngest club in Area 23 and is yet to fully stabilize. It has its unique set of challenges owing to the fact that its membership base of just eight toastmasters consists of young youthful MBA students, only few of whom are employed. A combination of factors, including excessive demands on their time from educational and work pressures, youthful exuberance understandably going awry have caused this club to be currently in limbo; this, despite the fact that the club is led by an exceptionally mature and devoted President MTM Deepa Lobo and has had the support of several senior toastmasters. The Division Management is now assisting us in the process of turning this club around which we expect to do very shortly. I would like to take a moment to emphasis here that the ‘numbers’ that keep Area 23 and most of its clubs at the very top has never been our true goal. These numbers, the DCP points and the awards that come our way are only a by-product of our quest for the true goal; the goal to imbibe and inculcate the values enshrined by toastmasters – Integrity, Service, Respect and Excellence. Ending on a positive note, I would like to share that the groundwork for establishing a new corporate club for the Burjeel hospital was begun by our Immediate Past Area Governor Shiv Prasad Gowda and has been carried forward by our current Asst. Division Governor- Marketing Anil Akkineni. The Burjeel Toastmasters Club is expected to be chartered in November and will surely be a harbinger of an even more successful period for Area 23.

Manmohan Sreedhar CC ALB Area 23 Governor – (2013-2014)

Persevere for excellence with integrity. Good Luck! OCTOBER 2013

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MESSAGE - AREA GOVERNOR

It is a privilege and honour to serve as Area 55 Governor in Division H under the able & visionary leadership of Division Governor DTM Bharat Mehta. Area 55 is comprised of a group of 2 corporate clubs: VELOSIAN & NBAD-One. I am also lucky to have 3 other pro-active clubs, Inner-Universe, NMC community and KERA. It was my dream to serve as Area Governor of Area 55 since I joined as the ISC Toastmaster Club as Charter Secretary. Past Area 55 Governors, MTM Omana Kallarakkal, TM Praveen Kumar Rao, TM Anil Akkineni, TM Santosh Shetty & Immediate Past Area Governor Ashit Korgaokar have set high standards for clubs in our area with their rich and envious contributions. From the day of inception, Area 55 always stood tall among other areas in Division H / District 20. After re-alignment in 2013, ISC TM Club was joined with Area 11 and newly formed NBAD-One joined Area 55. I am happy to share the good news that I could encourage both corporate clubs to obtain their TM pins, badges and club banner for the first time. I have visited most of the Clubs in Area 55 to find their interests & also to address their concern and will soon visit the other clubs. I am proud that all the clubs are on the path to achieving greater horizons under the highly motivated, charged leadership of the presidents and club officers backed up with timely feed-backs and suggestions. After the membership renewal all clubs are progressing in line with their DCP Goal. NMC Community club qualified for SMEDLEY award. Congratulations and bravo for your achievement. During Area council meeting, it was decided to have a combined meeting of all clubs in 2nd / 3rd week of December 2013. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to division & area leaders who always extended their hand of encouragement and support whenever needed. All clubs are doing a great job, keep up the good work, and look forward to closely working with you all in the upcoming months as we hope to make Area 55 as one of the best. Pandari V. Thomas ACG ALB Area 55 Governor – (2013-2014) (IPP, ISC Toastmasters Club)

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ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR - EDUCATION Key Responsibilities:• Monitoring the Overall Club Success Plans of each Club through respective Area Governor • Monitoring the DCP status on Monthly basis and ensuring that each club achieves distinguished status • Conducting Educational sessions in liaison with ADG Training at Division Level. • Ensure that each Club conducts Moments of Truth module in their club • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report on DCP status to Division Governor

Looking back is always easier than looking forward. When I penned my first message as the Assistant Division Governor Training for the Division H Bulletin released at the Division Conference this year, I realized that we still had a few months to make a meaningful impact with the Toastmasters programs in Division H. Looking back, now I realize how time actually flew away. It is indeed a great experience to serve at the Division level. Nevertheless, it is not my personal experience that counts but more importantly it is the experience of every toastmaster in this Division that really matters. Being a Division with quality members and clubs in District20 the challenges could be far stronger. With 30 clubs located all over Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, at the start of the term, especially with the Area realignment proposal being approved, we really had to put all our efforts and resources together. We needed both physical and mental strength to tackle a Division of this size. As such, we have taken a new approach during this term to serve the Division better; hence I propose the theme Dedication to Excellence. In order to reach out to all clubs and members more effectively, we chose to move away from the traditional centers of activity in Abu Dhabi to other clubs of the Division H located in Mussafah and Al Ain. Instead of waiting for members to come, we move closer to the members. We want more members to experience the Toastmasters programs and its various activities. Besides giving opportunity to smaller clubs to take up the challenge of organizing meetings effectively and which includes speech contests, workshops, award presentations, it will be a great learning experience for all to foster better understanding and closer relationships.

Santosh Shetty ACS ALS ADG Education– (2013-2014)

CONTD… OCTOBER 2013

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CONTD…

Despite inheriting many weak clubs, Division H has achieved all the educational and leadership goals. Our contestants for all the four speech contests during the term also performed well in the District level contests. As your ADG Education, along with my team member and past AG TM Shiv Prasad Gowda and with the support of all of you we shall together help the clubs improve their educational program, encourage completion of project speeches, improved evaluations, and quality speech contests. We shall assist clubs in running a Youth Leadership or Speech craft program, improving contest participation, or how best to use meeting themes to increase excitement and attendance. We will liaise with the Area Governors at the area level; we shall strive to improve service to the clubs as well as assure quality service, enabling them to confidently answer YES to the question “Did you leave things better than you found them?” Organizing Education events on various topics including contests, running for that CC, ACs, DTMs etc to help District-20 to hold the 1 position in the world thereby taking our Division to be the Presidents Distinguish Division once again this year. I would like to record my sincere appreciation to all for their kind efforts and support which has made our Toastmasters journey for this term both enjoyable and memorable.

ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR - TRAINING TM Ana Maria Paler

Key Responsibilities:• Monitoring the Training needs of all the clubs (either directly approaching club leaders or through respective Area Governors) • Organizing the training for Club officers, Area Governors, Judges, Chief Judges and others as per TLI guidelines. • Compiling the list of Judges and Chief Judges and arrange for its availability during club and Area contest judging. • Liaise with ADG Education to conduct the trainings and education session from expert speakers • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report on DCP status to Division Governor

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ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR – EDUCATION AND TRAINING (ARABIC CLUBS) Key Responsibilities:• Monitoring the Overall Club Success Plans of Clubs through respective Area Governor • Monitoring the DCP status on Monthly basis and ensuring that each club achieves distinguished status • Conducting Educational sessions in liaison with ADG Training at Division Level. • Monitoring the Training needs of the clubs (either directly approaching club leaders or through respective Area Governors • Organizing the training for Club officers and others as per TLI guidelines. • Liaise with ADG Training in compiling the list of Judges and Chief Judges for Arabic Clubs and arrange for its availability during club contest judging • Involve Team Leader in all the activities • Submitting brief bi-monthly report on DCP status to Division Governor

TM Abdulhadi Abdulla

Arabic Clubs in Division H • Abjad Toastmasters Club (Area 26) • Al Ain Municipality (Area 9) • Al Riyadah Toastmasters (Area 2)

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ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR - MARKETING DTM Anil Akkineni Key Responsibilities:Identify opportunities for chartering new clubs Arrange for Speech Craft / Demo Meetings for forming new clubs To ensure that each Area is able to add one new club this year Liaise with ADG Education to obtain support for conducting Speech Crafts / Demo Meetings • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report to Division Governor • • • •

ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR TM Praveen Kumar Rao MEMBERSHIP

Key Responsibilities:• Ensure that all the clubs are having at least adequate membership to successfully run the clubs • Identify the gaps and arrange for membership drive for such clubs • Identify and work on weak clubs to make it strong from the membership point of view • Liaise with ADG Education and ADG Training to obtain support to make the weak clubs become stronger and sustainable • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report to Division Governor

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ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR – PUBLIC RELATIONS

DTM Sunil Kottarathil

Key Responsibilities:• Publish quarterly news magazine for Division H • Arrange for Promotion of Division H Toastmasters • Arrange for News Media to cover Division Events and Publish Division H events in social network sites • Liaise with all the ADGs to arrange for publicity of Division-H events • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report to Division Governor https://www.facebook.com/groups/divhtoastmasters/ https://twitter.com/UAE_Toastmaster

ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR – TECHNOLOGY TM Salwa Al Marzouki

Key Responsibilities:• Develop the Division H Website • Uploading and keeping the information updated in the website • Liaise with all the ADGs to arrange for information required for website • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report to Division Governor

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ASSISTANT DIVISION GOVERNOR – GAVEL CLUBS TM Shuchita Udas

Gavel Clubs of Division H • • • • • • • • •

Abu Dhabi Gavel Club Gulf Gavelliers Inner Universe Gavel Club Galaxy Gavel Club Al Jazira Gavelliers Millennium Gavel Club ISC Gavel Club Mussafah Gavel Club NMC Gavel Club

Key Responsibilities:• Develop the plan for forming new Gavel Clubs in Division H • Ensure adequate number of YLPs are conducted during each education break session • Support the existing gavel clubs to ensure their effectiveness • Support and ensure successful gavel club and gavel division contests • Involve Team Leader in all the activities as a succession plan • Submitting brief bi-monthly report to Division Governor

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INNOVATION TEAM LEADER TM Rency Patcheco Division H has been more than just toastmasters to me. In fact, it’s my second family. And from experience, it’s always a challenge to please your family! But the good part is you always get the best support, love and understanding from your family. With that in mind, this year, and with the support of our very dynamic Division H Governor Bharat, I have been assigned to produce the maximum fun events to get you all to unwind and display your artistic and creative talents – those talents that are lying dormant in the shadow of your wonderful public speaking skills. In the first week of November, we are having a oneof-a-kind show to bring out latent talent… A dazzling Fashion Extravaganza, a spectacular array of musical styling and the best in stand-up comedy…all of which are open to Toastmaster’s and their family members. Details of entries will be circulated by email and via Facebook. So do keep a close look out to participate and win prizes in each segment. Cheers!!

Key Responsibilities:• Identify and develop the plan for providing interesting and fun filled events for Division H Toastmasters • Organize the Division H Family Get-together • Arrange for Toastmaster Road show, Toastmaster Bazaar, Charity Show, Fashion Show or any other such interesting events • Organize the Division H Inter-Division Quiz Contest • Submitting brief bi-monthly report to Division Governor

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DIVISION DATABASE CO-ORDINTOR TM Pratima Mishra Key Responsibilities:• To develop and maintain the updated data base of all the members (club wise) in the Division H • To maintain the updated list of trained judges and chief judges for Division H • To develop and maintain the updated list of Division H Council Members • To develop and maintain the gavel clubs database

TEAM LEADERS TM Shivprasad Gowda

TM Ashit Korgaokar

TM Derick D’Souza

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EVENTS

Division H Governor DTM Bharat Mehta kick-started the activities for the current year on 24th July by convening the first Division Council meeting, where all leaders including Area Governors and Club Presidents reviewed and approved the Division calendar as well as the plan for success jointly.

First Division H Council Meeting was held on 24th July at Al Rimal Club

DIVISION H COUNCIL MEMBERS

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EVENTS

The first round of Club Officers’ Training (2013-14) was conducted on 28th June at Al Rimal Club. As all chapters had already completed their club officer elections and finalized their new line of leaders, enthusiasm to learn and grow was visible on everyone’s face during the session. With the accumulated experience the officers gained over the years, the trainers had plenty to share and explore with the new leaders. By ensuring attendance of at least four club officers for the training session, the clubs can grabbed their first half DCP point right at the beginning of the term.

First round of Club Officers Training was conducted on 28th June at Al Rimal Club

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To help toastmasters across the Division who had missed out the earlier Club Officers Training session, Area 23 Governor TM Manmohan Sreedhar took the initiative of conducting an additional session on the 22nd July at OUR International Toastmasters Club.All attendees were kept totally engaged all through this well-attended session. DTM Sunil Kottarathil conducted the session with in his unique style with a special emphasis to Conducting Club Business online through Club Central. Despite having overshot time by almost a half hour, members were keen to carry on and the questions never really ceased. It was a proud day for the young and vibrant OUR Toastmasters who organized such a big event successfully for the first time! All officers found the tips shared during the training very useful and promised to share the knowledge further and put it all into practice for the collective good of the Division.

OUR Toastmasters Club President TM Deepa Lobo

Area 23 with the help of OUR Toastmasters Club conducted Club Officers Training on 22nd July at OUR Institute

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EVENTS

Division H successfully conducted their first ever Youth Leadership Program during the period from 20th August to 06th September 2013. This was the first YLP ever conducted at Division level whereas earlier, such sessions were always conducted by individual Clubs or Areas. This program was a part of the Division H initiative towards community service and with a view to impart communication and leadership skills to young children and possibly future Toastmasters. The encouraging feedback received as well as the excellent performance showcased on the concluding day by everyone of the twenty-nine potential youth leaders of six different nationalities, was proof enough that all participants richly benefitted from this program.

First ever Division level YLP was conducted during Aug 20th - Sept 6th at GASCO

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Hard work, time and commitment from the YLP coordinators TM Shuchita Udas, TM Derick D’Souza and TM Pratima Mishra ensured the total success of the program. This being his first time experience as a YPL coordinator, TM Derick believes it was not for their experience, but for their talents and good looks that they were selected for the role. Division Governor DTM Bharat Mehta and Immediate Past Division Governor DTM Marwan Shayea guided and supported the YLP all through providing constant encouragement and unstinting support where it mattered most i.e. by ensuring the availability of infrastructural and logistical strength. The venue, facilities and financial support were arranged through the benevolence of GASCO, which ensured that the event progressed in a smooth and professional manner.


Memories of Division H Youth Leadership Program

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KNOWLEDGE

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Having joined the Toastmasters International movement to improve our Communication and Leadership skills, it is equally pertinent to know some of the historical and watershed events that took place in Toastmasters. In order to help the Division H Toastmasters family, I thought it is appropriate to collect some facts of Toastmasters and share it with you all. I hope that you would enjoy reading this. Wish you all the best in testing your knowledge on Toastmaster’s history. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

Praveen Kumar Rao, ACB ALS

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23. 24. 25.

Who was the founder of Toastmasters? When was Ralph C. Smedley born? When did Ralph C. Smedley die? Where and when was the first Toastmasters meeting held? Where is the Toastmasters Head Quarters located? When was the “Federation of Toastmasters Club” formed? Name the first Toastmaster’s Newsletter and in which year was it released? When was Toastmasters International incorporated? By what name was “Speech Evaluation” originally known? When was the “Advanced Speech Training” with 16 projects introduced? What was the old name for the Competent Communicator (CC) award? When was the Communication & Leadership manual introduced? When was the first Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award issued? When was the Toastmaster’s membership opened to women? Who the first female world champion public speaker? When was mission statement for Toastmasters International adopted? When did membership reach 100,000? When was ATM-B and ATM-S introduced? Who was the first female President of Toastmasters International? When was Distinguished Club Program (DCP) introduced? When was www.toastmasters.org website launched? When was 10 goal Distinguished Club Program (DCP) introduced? When did Toastmasters membership reach 200,000? When did ALB and ALS award get introduced? When was the Toastmasters digital flipbook magazine launched?

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ACHIEVEMENTS - SMEDLEY AWARD Program Dates: August 1 – September 30 In honor of Ralph Smedley, can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30? By doing so you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.) Applications and payments for members who join between August 1 and September 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than September 30. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for August or September. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward “Smedley Award” credit. The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the contest ending. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their award if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States.

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Congratulations to following clubs of Division H for achieving SMEDLEY AWARD

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PLANNING DIVISION H CALENDAR FOR 2013-’14 YEAR JULY - AUGUST DATE 1-Jul-2013 24-Jul-2013 24-Jul-2013 31-Jul-2013 1-Aug-2013 01-Aug-2013 to 30-Sep-2013 20-Aug-2013 to 06-Sep-2013 31-Aug-2013

ACTION PLAN Nominate the Division Team and Structure Division Council Meeting No.1 Area Governors Training Finalisation of Division Data Base and List of Division Awards Nominate Club Coaches and Club Rescue Team for Weak Clubs Promoting Smedley Award- add 5 or more members- August/ Sept. Division First YLP First Round Club Officer Training-2

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER DATE 15-Sep-2013 20-Sep-2013 30-Sep-2013 4-Oct-2013 15-Oct-2013 18-Oct-2013 25-Oct-2013 31-Oct-2013

ACTION PLAN Division Website Launch Education Session-1 Dead Line to submit Club Renewal Toastmaster Fun Event (TM Road Show) Division Newsletter -1 First Round Judges Training First Round Chief Judges Training Deadline to submit Area Governor Visit report (1 month early target)

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER DATE 1-Nov-2013 8-Nov-2013 22-Nov-2013 29-Nov-2013 6-Dec-2013 13-Dec-2013 to 27-Dec-2013 20-Dec-2013 27-Dec-2013

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ACTION PLAN Education Session-2 Inter Division Quiz Competition Division Council meeting No.2 Division Family Get-Together Second Round Club Officer Training-1 Division YLP-2 Review & Update Status of Weak Clubs and New Clubs Formation Status Toastmasters Fun Event (Fashion Show)


JANUARY - FEBRUARY DATE 1-Jan-2014 1-Jan-2014 10-Jan-2014 15-Jan-2014 17-Jan-2014 20-Jan-2014 to 28-Feb-2014 01-Feb-2014 to 31-Mar-2014 14-Feb-2014 21-Feb-2014 28-Feb-2014

ACTION PLAN Planning Division H Conference Promoting DTAC 2014 in Oman Education Session-3 for Speech, Evaluation and Table Topics Contests Division Newsletter -2 Second Round Judges & Chief Judges Training Chapters` Contests Promoting Talk-up Toastmasters Area Contest Area Contest Area Contest

MARCH – APRIL DATE 7-Mar-2014 14-Mar-2014 21-Mar-2014 31-Mar-2014 11-Apr-2014 11-Apr-2014 18-Apr-2014 30-Apr-2014

ACTION PLAN Area Contest Area Contest Area Contest Dead Line to submit Club Renewal Division H Conference Division News letter -3 Education Session-4 / Mentoring for DTAC Participants Deadline to submit Area Governor Visit report ( 1 month early target)

MAY – JUNE DATE 01-May-2014 to 30-Jun-2014 2-May-2014 22-May-2014 to 24-May-2014 30-May-2014 13-Jun-2014 13-Jun-2014 27-Jun-2014 30-Jun-2014

ACTION PLAN Promoting Beat the Clock Division Council meeting-3 DTAC 2014 in OMAN Division H Governor Q& A Handover Ceremony Division News Letter-4 First Round Officer Training (2014-2015) Over to Division H Governor (2014-2015)

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EVENTS A DAY WITH THE WORLD CHAMPION

The title of 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking was awarded to Presiyan Vasilev of Chicago, Illinois, District 30, for his speech “Changed by a Tire.” Second- and third-place winners were, respectively, Kingi Biddle of Rotorua, New Zealand, District 72, for his speech “The Sitting Place” and Shurooq AlBanna of Dubai, UAE, District 20, for her speech “Finding the Pearl.” This is the first time that an Emirati and for that matter a toastmaster from anywhere in the entire District 20 has reached the finals and come tantalizingly close to the coveted title. She has been a fantastic speaker all through as those of us who witnessed her performance during DTAC 2013 will testify. It is a testimony to her perseverance as much as to her natural talents that she took her speech to winning at the highest level. Division H arranged an educational session with TM Shurooq AlBanna on 04th October 2013 at the GASCO Auditorium, Abu Dhabi. The audience grabbed valuable lessons from the session and thoroughly enjoyed her impromptu rendition of her award winning speech and her tips and tricks to get to the top. Her presentation of the humorous speech “Mamma Mia – part 2” which won her the second place in Division J contest 2013 was a bonus for all attendees. This educational session was preceded with sessions from two seasoned toastmasters, Sudhir Kumar Shetty (COO - Global Operations, UAE Exchange) and Dr. Nasef Dhafari, DTM (Past Division Governor and Immediate Past District PRO). The Keynote Speech by Sudhir Shetty titled “What it takes to build an Organization” was awe inspiring inside look at the UAE Exchange and how it was build-up as a global brand so successfully. He shared his experience in taking UAE Exchange to top and there were excellent learning tips as so many of the factors had a clear analogy to the world of toastmasters. DTM Nasef Dhafari presented a very refreshing session for all toastmasters, emphasizing on the values of toastmasters.

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EDUCATION SESSION PRESENTERS

SHUROOQ ALBANNA

SUDHIR KUMAR SHETTY

Dr. NASEF DHAFARI

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INNOVATION Right when I first heard of ‘Humoroids’ Toastmasters Club, I realized that a focus on humor was obviously one specific purpose that TM Devlal Sahadevan and others had in mind while chartering this Advanced Toastmasters Club under

Division

H.

I

joined

Humoroids

Advanced

Toastmasters Club mid 2013 and I enjoyed every single meeting with its insanely exciting themes that never failed to create a non-stop laughter riot from start to finish and often until the day after. But something seemed amiss. I could feel it, but never could put a finger on it, until just a few months ago. It all began during a casual chat with the Humoroids President, TM Derick, about the concept behind creating this club to give rise to something unique, something creative and to bring out the best of the latent humorous talent amongst Division H Toastmasters, while simultaneously

retaining

that

the

core

elements

of

Toastmasters. It seemed like a tall order at the start – so many ‘ingredients’ which we knew existed in Division H, but were scattered all over. Given that, creating something that would be the sole signature of Humoroids, was definitely challenging but not impossible. So, how then could we create a new Jim Carey or Rowan Atkinson just on our own, we wondered? It was TM Derick who proposed we create something on the lines of impromptu “Acting”. And this could be done in so many different ways. One, would be to give two or three role players diverse, unconnected

characters

and

scenarios

on

the

spot,

ensuring that each role player was told only his or her role and scenario and not that of the others. The players Rency Patcheco CC CL

would then have to initiate a conversation, completely fabricated based on the scenario and their own roles, counter ACTING the other person’s seemingly response to match their perspective.

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CONTD… Two, would be in the form of a game. 3 or 4 role players act out on-the-spot characters given to them in accordance to a scenario, while one role player has to identify the character in a conversation linked to the situation. Three, 2 or 3 role players are aware of their characters as well as that of each other. But as per the scenario, they are required to act out their roles and build the conversation taking abstracts of text from a story book or

fiction

novel

given

to

them.

Again,

this

will

undoubtedly carry the conversation from ground level to sky high. How the role players counter act one text abstract to another, all depends on the creative and humorous talent of the players. The audience is always aware of the role players and the scenario. Having discussed the game plan, it was decided to bring all the ‘ingredients’ together and let the dynamics spark off. Potential

names

for this

idea

flew

back

and

forth

between President Derick and I much like a long ping-pong rally - until I came up with the name “Counter ACT”. An ‘Act’ by every role player, that would instinctively trigger a ‘counter-act’ from the other role players’ resulting in unintended but wildly hilarious chaos. I was given the privilege to launch this new segment in the Humoroids

Advanced

Toastmasters

Club

meeting

on

18thSeptember, with an introduction to the concept and a live ‘Counter-Act’ session to give the audience a feel of the concept. Here are a few of the main ideas that went into the making of Counter ACT: •

A humorous spinoff to Toastmaster Table Topics or thinking on your feet

Taking Public Speaking to a whole new and sometimes embarrassing level

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CONTD… •

Living up to being an advanced Club: If you’re not creating

something

new,

you’re

not

learning

anything! •

You know you got talent… do it, show it, get better at it!

Bringing

out

your

best

and

boosting

your

confidence levels…… It is always a treat to be in any toastmasters club that conducts its meetings in unique and innovative ways. But why stop there, when you can do so much more. There is a popular saying… “There are No Limitations, because you have NONE”. We only limit ourselves by our own thinking. The launch of the Counter ACT got such a phenomenal response, which was truly overwhelming; Something I would never have known if I had thought for a second that it could not be done. I am very grateful to TM Derick D’souza,

TM

Devlal

Sahadevan

and

DTM

Sunil

Kottarathil, whose stellar performances were the real reason

for

Counter ACT

to

become

a

signature

label!!!! On that note and on behalf of the Humoroids Advanced Toastmasters Club President, I would like to invite all with a funny bone and those who have completed the CC manual, to join this Club and challenge your humor and impromptu speaking skills. Counter ACT will give you that platform to reach higher in your abilities to entertain – again and again!

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KNOWLEDGE TOASTMASTERS REVITALIZED EDUCATION PRIOGRAM As the world changes, Toastmasters International is changing with it. In order to offer more and better opportunities to grow and learn, Toastmasters is revitalizing its education program. Though the traditional core of our education system will stay firmly in place, a greater emphasis will be placed on developing relevant, realworld communication and leadership skills in a globally evolving marketplace.

Learning Masters from District 20:- Rajagopalan K Nambiar (UAE) - Ramesh Anantharaman (UAE) - Zishan Beg (Bahrain)

The member volunteers who will work with the developers of the revitalized program to ensure that it meets the goals and objectives of all members and remains true to the foundation of the organization, will be divided into two groups: Learning Masters and Ambassadors.

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ARTICLE

BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE When I was at school, I remember my parents asking me to be serious, so that I could get into a good college. When I reached college, I was again told to be serious so that I could get good grades and get a good job. When I started working, parents as well as my boss told me to be serious all over again so that I could get a promotion. School was done, college was done, promotion was also done but advice on being SERIOUS was not done. Yet again, when I got settled with work I was told to be serious (and this time it was from my loved ones): serious in my relationship, so that I can win a partner for life. I felt like the word SERIOUS was my pet name that I could never shake off. Dear Toastmasters, today, after more than fourteen odd years of work experience and now in my late 30’s, I realize that to be successful in life whether both professional or personal, I need not be serious at all. What I really need to be and which I think is very vital for all is to be SINCERE; sincere at work, to my employees, to the stake holders and sincere in my relationships with family, friends etc. My parents, the most experienced the most mature people back then were right but not completely right. The need to be serious for success is a forgone conclusion, but in today’s world if you ask if to be happy, being successful is enough, the answer is an emphatic NO. I will be happy only if I have a balanced successful life. This balance will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for “BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE".

Santosh Shetty ACS ALS

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Work-Life Balance does not mean an equal balance. Trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Life is and should be more fluid than that.

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CONTD…

BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE Your best individual work-life balance will vary over time, often on a daily basis. The right balance for you today will probably be different for you tomorrow. The right balances for you when you are single will be different when you get married, and when you have children; when you start a new career versus when you are nearing retirement. Toastmasters, stop looking outside. It’s up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of life we want to lead. If we don’t design our life, someone else will design it for you and you may not like their idea of balance. Go back home, look at your family and ask yourself if you have given them and yourself the best of your time. If yes, then sleep peacefully; if no, then it’s time to wake up and start afresh. It’s never too late to make a new beginning.

Answers to the questions (Page 26) are given below:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Dr. Ralph C. Smedley February 22, 1878 September 11, 1965 In the YMCA basement, in Santa Ana, California on 22nd October 1924 In Santa Ana, California in 1962 In August 1927 “The Gavel” in October 1930 In December 1930 Constructive Criticism In 1950 Competent Toastmaster (CTM) In August 1969 In March 1970 In August 1973 Evelyn Jane Burgay, DTM in August 1977 In February 1982 In October 1982 In July 1984 Helen Blanchard, DTM in August 1985 In July 1989 In 1995 In July 1999 In June 2004 In July 2006 In July 2011

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DIVISION H, DISTRICT 20

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