Club Executive Changeover Dinner on 18th June 2019

Tonight, we celebrated the current year and inducted the new executive for 2019-20.

Shirley Childs conducted the induction of the new executive, and asked each club officer to commit to fulfilling their responsibilities to the best of their ability.

2018-19 Year in Review

Christopher Tso was the outgoing President and delivered a speech to review the 2018-19 year. He thanked all the members for creating such a friendly, fun and engaging environment that has continually attracted visitors to come back for more. He also thanked the outgoing executive for their hard work and members who stepped up into the new executive for 2019-20.

2019-20 Club Plan

Clare Fraga was the incoming President and delivered her 2019-20 club plan. It was an uplifting and comprehensive plan. She detailed why we come to Toastmasters – because it’s a place where we can find our voice and grow as a leader and as a person, and also a place where we have fun and make friends. She plans to build on the great work of the existing leadership and maintain our status as a Distinguished Toastmasters Club where members reach their goals and enjoy the supportive and fun culture of the club.

Prepared Speeches

It was not all about business though. We had three speeches delivered by experienced members.

“Prepare for a Job Interview” – Christopher Tso performed a role play where he was a candidate being interviewed by an employer. The exact questions were not known in advance, but the interviewer had a list of questions to choose from to and come up with her own. Christopher answered all the questions without hesitation.

“Wedding Speech” – William Leong also did a role play with the audience where he delivered a speech at his sister-in-law’s wedding. He shared his childhood memories of her sister, and used lots of humour especially on how the husband of his sister-in-law can deal with her loving personality.

“How to become a Distinguished Club” – Johnny Manololis delivered a presentation to educate the members on what is a Distinguished Club and how to become one. It was very timely especially with the new executive now planning for another successful year for our club.

Discord – Online Group Chat for Toastmasters


WPH Toastmasters has a private Facebook Group where members, ex-members and visitors can share ideas, guidance, tips and strategies, ask for help, and keep updated on events available to Toastmasters members. However, we soon came across on limitations with the Facebook group. While it served us well for announcements and one-off discussions, it was not effective for collaborative and ongoing discussions.

We’ve reviewed a number of apps, such as WhatsApp and Slack, and eventually decided that Discord was the best platform to use for facilitating discussions outside of club meetings. Discord was originally designed for the gaming community, but it has rapidly become popular with other communities as well.

It’s very easy to get started on Discord. It’s only a 3-step process.

You simply click on the invite link (emailed to you separately). If you’re on Android, you’ll see the Google Play Store. If you’re on iOS, Web or Desktop, the steps should be similar.

Click on “Install”.

After the install, you should see a “Welcome to Discord” screen.

Enter your username, email address and password that you want to use, then click Register.

Congratulations for making this far! You should now have access to the WPHTM Discord Chat Server. The rooms you have access to depends on whether you’re a visitor, a member or an executive. If you’re an executive, you will have access to all rooms.

So please, jump right into the conversation. This group will only be as great as our members, ex-members and future members make it.

President’s Distinguished – 10/10 Goals

WPH Toastmasters once again achieved the highest recognition for success. We achieved 10 of 10 DCP goals, earning us President’s Distinguished status.

We thank the current executive for making 2017/18 year a success.

President – Mark Paton
VP of Education – Christopher Tso
VP of Membership & VP of Public Relations – Mel Colgar
Secretary – Jussine Tan
Treasurer – Hannah Le
Sergeant at Arms – Rowlanda Orchiston
Immediate Past President – Rowan Kunz
Club Mentor – Shirley Childs

Also, we thank all our members for creating such an enjoyable learning environment, and inspiring others with their rapid personal growth during the year.

We’re positive that the new executive will build on this year’s foundation and 2018/19 will be a truly transformational year for our club.