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Muscat: Public Speaking Skills on Display at ABC Toastmasters Charter Ceremony


Daijiworld Media Network—Muscat (CN)

Muscat, Nov 15: ‘Toastmaster’ is synonymous with confidence and for par excellence communication skills among its speakers. What started as a workshop last year for those who were eager to polish their public speaking skills mushroomed into the ABC Toastmasters Club this year with 30 members.

The members of ABC Toastmasters Club conducted their charter ceremony on Friday November 13 at Celebration Hall, Rex Road, here, along with their families. The venue was an ideal place for Toastmasters to display their talent for public speaking.

The evening was set ablaze by the speeches of vibrant speakers who not only brought out the facts of society but also presented humour bringing a smile on everyone’s face. 

The programme began at 7 pm with a welcome by president Louis Pereira. The ‘Toastmaster of the Day’ was energetic and talented Adrian Saldanha.  

The chief guests for the evening were Geevarghese Yohannan, managing director, Nandan Trading LLC, Oman, and Jainamma Geevarghese Yohannan. 

The role players for this event were—(Ser.AT Arms) Alexander Sequeira, (time-keeper) Kamal Pasha, (Wordmaster/Grammarian) Mohammed Jaweed, (Ah Counter) Alex Aranha, (general evaluator) ACB Donald Pinto (member of Morrison Muscat Toastmasters Club), (evaluation criteria CC) Thomas George. 





































The project speeches (Intl) were presented by Celine D’ Souza and Shankaran. The humorous speeches were presented by Daryl Saldanha and Mary Sunil. The Table Topicsmaster was Jose Chacko. 

Table topics were presented by Dilip Correa, Arun Lobo, Raymond Rodrigues, and Sanal Varghese.  Heartfelt experiences about Toastmasters Club were presented by Thomas George and Karishma Gonsalves. The business session was conducted by Sanil Varghese 

The chartering ceremony and awards was conducted by Louis Pereira and Sanil Varghese.  

Talented speakers were awarded at the end of the ceremony.  The winner for ‘International Project Speech’ was Celine D’Souza.  Daryl Chris Saldanha bagged the winners’ prize for his humorous talk.  

Best evaluators for the evening were Sanil Varghese and Cyprian Misquith.

The panel of judges was made up of Donald Pinto, Alex Crasta, and Clita Crasta.

Induction of the club officers was done by Rajesh Daga, divisional governor. Awarding of the charter certificates to members was conducted by George Thomas.

The highlight of the day was the release of newsletter ‘ACB Tidings’ and the inauguration of the webpage www.abctoastmasters.webs.com by Jainamma Yohannan.

Children of members entertained the audience. The programme was co-ordinated by Clita Crasta and was choreographed by Sonia D’Souza. Vote of thanks was proposed by Alexander Sequeira.

The sponsors of this event were Nadan Trading LLC, Health & Glow LLC, Elite Coffee Shop, Ruwi, Advanced Business Consultants, Star Technologies, Coastal Green Agriculture, Ghoubra Power & Desalination Co. SAOG, Desert Fox LLC. Al Hasher Group, Edmark International Oman LLC, Celine D’Souza and  family, Adrian Saldanha and family, Sankaran and family, and Vincent Machado and family.

From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience.

The non-profit organization now has nearly 252,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries, offering a proven and enjoyable way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

The mission of Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills which in turn foster self–confidence and personal growth.  

ABC Toast Masters – Club Officers

Members of ABC Toastmasters Club 

The weekly meeting schedule and venue: 

ABC Toastmasters club meets every Monday between 8.15 to 10 pm in Divine Restaurant. The club has already completed 34 successful sessions and the charter ceremony is the 35th session of the club.

Achievements and  Vision of the Club: 

The club already has 3 Advance Communicator Bronze award winners and one  Competent Communicator. The vision of the club is to achieve atleast four CC’s,         Two advance leaders and much more. The club is also aiming to start a   youngsters toastmasters club for encouraging youngsters to achieve their goals in future.

Truly this evening was an eye opener for many gathered there and a motivation to be good speakers.

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  • Simon Francis Lasrado, Sullia/Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Well done Darryl Saldanha for winning the winners’ prize for your humorous talk.You were so famous for all these activities when you were here in St.Joseph's commerce college,Bangalore until August 2009.We wish you all the best in future

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  • Celine, Mumbai, Muscat

    Wed, Nov 18 2009

    Thank you Helen. Love & regards

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  • Helen, Mangalore /Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 17 2009

    Vow, congratulations, keep it up my sister is really in limelight anyway enjoy and take care

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  • Louis Pereira, Mangalore/Muscat

    Tue, Nov 17 2009

    Dear Ophelia, Thanks for your message. ABC Toastmasters is already planning to start a Gaval Club (A Club for the Younsters). If we get sufficient members, this dream of ours will certainly come true. You may visit our website www.abctoastmasters.webs.com time to time for more info. Louis Pereira, President of ABC TM

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  • Celine, Mumbai, Muscat

    Mon, Nov 16 2009

    Hi Ophi, Thank you very much for your wishes.

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  • Tony Lobo (DTM)..Ex Mct, Bangalore, (Evansville, Indiana)

    Sun, Nov 15 2009

    Congratulations on this beautiful occasion. My heart is enlivened by the re-starting of Toastmassters in Oman after a brief pause. Keep up the good work. It is a great learning experience. My special appreciation to Gov. Rajesh Daga and George Thomas who are my personal friends and colleagues in Oman. All the best and God bless.....TONY LOBO. (DTM) (Ex-Ghala Toastmasters)

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  • Celine, Mumbai, Muscat

    Sun, Nov 15 2009

    Hi Steve Thanks very much for your wishes. Your association has definitely assisted me. If you were in Muscat, would have reached much greater heights!! Regards to Annie and kids.

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  • Ophelia Lazarus, Pune / Oman

    Sun, Nov 15 2009

    Good to know that the Toastmasters Club is very much existing in Oman. Glad to see alot of familar faces as members of the club. Celine great to see you as a member n Congratulations! on winning the 'Talented Speaker'award. Great! going girl wishing you all the very best. It will be wonderful if the club starts a Youngsters Toastmasters Club as it will the youngsters an opportunity to improve the talents that they already have and for many to inculcate the latent talent that is in them. WISHING THE TOASTERMASTERS CLUB ALL THE VERY BEST.

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  • Stephen , Kinnigoly

    Sun, Nov 15 2009

    We are truly happy that, finally we are blessed with an opportunity to congratulate our best friend, Celine D'Souza, who is being awarded 'Talented speaker' in ABC Toastmasters Charter Ceremony. For such an introvert and shy person she had been, the news has come as a sheer surprise. We could not trust our eyes when we saw her on the screen. It shows, given the self initiative, right platform and support, one can go beyond all limitations. We wish Celine all the possible laurels and many more such occasions to prove her abilities. We just can’t resist reiterating the statement of Max Rasquinha, the doyen of public speaking campaign in our coastal town – “Toastmasters is a mission of caring and sharing, its a mission of listening and learning”. Celine, we are sure our association with you over the years has something to do with this great turnaround in your personality. With utmost love and regards, Steven, Anna, Ian and Ina

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  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston,Tx

    Sun, Nov 15 2009

    Congratulations to ABC Toastmasters and best wishes to all your continued dedication to the world of leadership. Toastmasters is a mission far and beyond the realm of public speaking. Its a mission of caring and sharing its a mission of listening and learning. I feel so proud to see so many Indians all over the world shining so well in their dedication towards more in giving than taking.

    Our spirit of democracy and our spirit of secularism is displayed thru our skills of communication. We are role models wherever we go, and therefore let our friendship and comeradarie prevail so that we all make this world a better place to live and prosper. God bless

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