Toastmasters' club searches for past members to speak up for 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 April, 2008, 12:00am

No, they don't make toast, but the Victoria Toastmasters Club has been around Hong Kong for 50 years now.

The group is affiliated with Toastmasters International, which was started in a California YMCA in 1924 to help people become more confident and competent public speakers, as well as improving other communication and leadership skills.

The local chapter will celebrate its half-century mark on May 2-3, and the club wants to invite along past members. Brian Hodgson, of Hong Kong Auctions, is among its current participants and he's looking to bring back some of the group's original associates to their celebration dinner at Zetland Hall (1 Kennedy Road) - only he isn't sure how to contact them. So, he's asking interested past members of the public speaking organisation to come forward and, um, speak up.

'In those days we used to have many government officials, lawyers and judges, plus a few members of the police force,' Hodgson recalled.

'We first used to meet at the Mandarin Hotel, then the Officers' Mess of the Royal Hong Kong Defence Force, then Beaconsfield House, the Hilton hotel and now L'hotel at Tin Hau.

'If any past member is still in Hong Kong we would love to be in touch for this special event to mark 50 years of speech making.'

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