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Toastmasters Dumaguete formed

November 3rd, 2011 · 12 Comments

A group of at least 20 professionals representing various sectors have formed Toastmasters Dumaguete (TMD) and formalized today its charter application with Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters is a non-profit organization with chapters across the globe that aims for the development of public speaking and leadership skills.

The idea behind the creation of TMD was sparked from a need to provide a formal venue where speech enthusiasts can share ideas through a series of communication exercises and techniques, and allow for them to enhance their interpersonal skills. Its creation was initiated by Einstein Laviña, former professor at Silliman University and now headmaster of BASE School in Amlan, who was active in Toastmasters while in Korea.

TMD, which falls under District 75 of Toastmasters International, pools together individuals from different sectors, including students, who share a common interest in learning how the marriage of words and gestures can make for an effective tool for understanding and linkages. Its initial membership includes representations from the education, business, government and media sectors.

Officers elected 

Elected as its first set of officers are: Einstein Laviña (president), Cecile Genove (vice president for education), Elve Nasvik (vice president for membership), Mark Garcia (vice president for public relations), Myleen Sedillo (secretary), Rhoody Brust (treasurer) and Dondon Tingas (sergeant-at-arms).

Present during the election was DTM Melinda Sisles, Division D. governor, whose jurisdiction covers clubs in Bacolod and Iloilo, among others. TMD is the 13th club under Division D.

Toastmasters Dumaguete meets twice a month at the second floor of Casablanca Restaurant along Rizal Boulevard. Those interested are encouraged to observe and join the meeting on November 12 at 6PM

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 irving // Nov 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    any idea on how to join? i’m interested

  • 2 Rhoody // Nov 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Hi Irving,

    The Dumaguete Toastmasters have their meeting twice a month always on Saturdays.

    The next meeting is this coming Saturday at 4:00pm at the function facilities in the second Floor of Casablanca Restaurant at the Boulevard in Dumaguete City.
    You are welcome to join the meeting as a guest and see if you like and want to join.

    The meeting will last about 2 hours. DTM are at the beginning, so there might be some administrative and organizational discussions at the end and it might take a bit longer.

    See you on Saturday

  • 3 irving // Nov 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    is there an age restriction? still 23 here. wondering if there might be a minimal age requirement. :-)

  • 4 Rhoody // Nov 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

    No problem, minimum age is 18. We are a totally mixed group from 21 to 60. A very interesting mix where I learned at the first few meetings already a lot :-)

  • 5 irving // Nov 24, 2011 at 7:27 am

    might be bringing some few friends. anything we should bring for the said meeting?

  • 6 Rhoody // Nov 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Sure, bring some friends. Good attitude, some pen and paper to take notes, that’s basically it

  • 7 Franklin Vios // Jan 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Congrats fellow toastmasters from Dumaguete… I never thought Dumaguete being a developing city didn’t have a TM club before.

    So happy to hear this news. I am from Siquijor but I work in Isabel Leyte. I am proud to say that I am part of the founding members of Pillars Toastmasters Club, based in Isabel. Our club is 3 years old now.

    I hope to attend one of your meetings someday…

    Best regards,

    Franklin E. Vios, CC/CL
    IP President
    Area 83 Officer
    (sorry I forgot the specific title of my curent position, :D)

  • 8 jun // Jan 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

    may i ask what are the topics involved, i might join on day

  • 9 Rhoody // Jan 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hello Renz,

    thanks for your interest in Dumaguete Toastmasters. Toastmaster are open to all topics, the only restrictions are religion and politics.

    Dumaguete Toastmasters meet each 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at Casablanca Restaurant at the boulevard in Dumaguete. Each meeting lasts around 2 hours. We just launched their new website Feel free to drop a line if you have ant further questions.

  • 10 Richard // Mar 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Wow.. I am glad a new group is being organized.
    I used to attend Toastmaster Dumaguete meeting @ OK Pension Hotel way back in 1995. Hope to attend your meeting if I am in Dumaguete. I was once an officer of PICPA Riyadh Toastmaster Club and now a member of Royal Commission Toastmaster Club.

  • 11 Lonestar // Apr 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    When is the next meeting and what are the dues?

  • 12 Rhoody // May 1, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Toastmaster meetings are each 2nd and 4th Saturday at 4pm at the 2nd floor at Casablanca Restaurant – Rizal Boulevard – Dumaguete Cuty

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