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ABC Toastmasters Club will have mock Club-Contest on 07 Nov and 14 Nov 2016. 

3rd Annual Day celebrated on 27 Sept '12

The ABC Toastmasters Club, Muscat, Oman celebrated it’s third anniversary on Thursday September 27 at The Grill House Restaurant, Party Hall in MBD Area, Ruwi, Sultanate of Oman.

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The programme began at 6:45 pm and continued until 10:30 pm.

The cultural programme started at 6.50 pm with a mindboggling dance for the song ‘Jumbalika Jumbalika Jumbala Jumbale’ by Lisa D’sa, Chelsia D’sa, Stacy Vaz, Muriel, Melina Goveas dressed in colourful costumes.

TM Jyothi Vas, Sergeant at Arms, called the meeting to order at 7 pm followed by a welcome address from the outgoing President TM Sankaran Nambissan who invited the dignitaries and spoke of the achievements accomplished during his term, 2011-12.

The chief guest of the day was Jose Chacko, a Chartered Accountant by profession and the Chief Executive Officer, Al Osool Al Arabia LLC who is also a chartered member of ABC Toastmaster Club. Toastmaster Adrian Saldanha honored the Chief Guest and the Area Governor, Area 67 and also the sponsor and mentor of ABC Toastmasters club, ACG ALB Cyprian Misquith for his contributions to ABC Toastmasters Club.

As Area Governor, TM Cyprian Misquith did the installation ceremony of the new club officers and administered the oath of office to the officers headed by President ACS CL Alexander Vincent Sequeira. Officers Pins were allotted to respective officers according to their posts held as per guidelines of Toastmasters International. President-Alexander V Sequeira during his presidential address, invited the dignitaries and welcomed all the guests officially.

Toastmaster of the day CC Dilip Correa took the mantle and continued the proceeding of the meeting with his regular wit and humor. He introduced the role players to the audience and invited each role player to explain the criteria of the role they are playing. The role players for the day were: Time keeper: TM Samuel D'Silva, Word Master: TM Thomas George, Grammarian: TM Srinivasan, Ah Counter: TM Sanjeev Kumar and General Evaluator: TM Louis Pereira.

The Competent Communication manual was used by the project speakers, Gavellier Sharon D'souza spoke on her 4th Project: "Unleash your Secret Genie" and TM Harwin Gabriel on his 6th Project: "Paradise" They were evaluated by Gavellier Vikas Manjunath and TM Ashwyn Kumar, respectively.

Another interesting event was the Table Topics conducted by TM Suranga Ranasinghe. Six table topic speakers spoke for 2 minutes each instantly without any preparation on the topics given by the table topic master. The speakers were: Binoy Paul, Patcy Lasrado from ABC Toastmasters Club, Gavelier Edison George, Gavelier Sherwin D’Silva from Ana Gavel Club, Ahsan Jalal and Gupta Das from among the guests for the day.

Official news letter of the club, "ABC Tidings" 10th issue was released by Gladys Misquith, an active leader in personality development programmes and a teacher at Indian School Muscat, along with the president of the club, TM Alexander Sequeira.

Quiz Master, TM Kaviya Suresh conducted a smart quiz for the audience where the entire audience participated.

The evaluation session was taken over by the General Evaluator ACS CL Louis Pereira. Who conducted the session and called for the reports by respective role players.

The business session was conducted by VP-Education Celine D'Souza.

The Chief Guest, Jose Chacko spoke on the importance of public speaking skills and the benefits of joining toastmasters clubs. He advised the audience to make use of the opportunity to join clubs at their leisure times. He assured the club his full support and cooperation from his side. He awarded the winners of the project speeches, evaluators and table topic speakers with colorful ribbons and certificates.

The President concluded the formal part of the evening with his closing remarks.

There was another dance and the song was 'Dil mera muft ka' by Lisa D’sa and Stacy Vaz who entertained the audience by their breathtaking performance. The dances were coordinated by Madam Celine D'Souza and choreographed by and Sylvester and Nancy Vaz.

Sumptuous Dinner supplied by Grill House Restaurant was served at 10-30 pm as per schedule. The entire programme concluded by 10.45 pm

The sponsors for the programme were: M/s. Ghubra Power and Desalination Co., M/s. Nadan Trading LLC and Divine Restaurant, Sankaran Nambissan, Dilip Correa, Vinay Nazareth, Binoy Paul, Karthikeyan, Thomas George, Al Osool Al Arabia LLC, Nanthakumar and Ronald D'Souza

This year ABC Toastmasters Club has 3 major achievements :

1. ACG ALB Cyprian Misquith, the sponsor and mentor of our club, being elected the Area 67 Governor.

2. "ANA Gavel Club of Muscat" specially meant for the children of the age group of 10-18 years, currently has 44 Gaveliers out of which 22 of them have been registered during 2012. It is due to the great efforts put in by TM Samuel D’Silva.

3. The club is going to sponsor a new club, Ray Toastmasters Club, the officers have already been chosen and the official registration is in progress. The two sponsors for the new club are Ahsan Jalal, Ray International Group - Training Manager and Cyprian Misquith. The two Mentors are Jyothivas and Harwin Gabriel.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to the following Toastmasters during the programme:

1. For Evaluation skills – Patcy Lasrado
2. For Table Topic speaking skills – Adrian Saldanha
3. The All Rounder of the year – Celine D’souza
4. For Project speaking skills – Jyothi Vas
5. Counselor of ANA Gavel Club of Muscat – Samuel D’Silva
6. Mentor of Ray Toastmasters Club – Harwin Gabriel
7. Photography Support – Dilip Correa

Outstanding Toastmaster Certificates were presented to the below mentioned Toastmasters.

1. Achiever of DTM – Clita Crasta
2. Venue Coordination – Louis Pereira
3. Membership Motivation and New Club creation – Cyprian Misquith

ABC Toastmasters Club has the following Officers for the current year:

1. Alexander Sequeira - President
2. Celine DSouza - Vice President-Education
3. Dilip Correa - Vice President-Membership.
4. Suranga Ranasinghe - Vice President-Public Relations.
5. Harwin Gabriel - Club Secretary.
6. Louis Pereira - Treasurer.
7. Jyothi Vas - Sergeant at Arms

The President for the current year – Alexander Sequeira has been born and brought up in the beautiful village of Taccode, 34km from the coastal city and the western ghat of Mangalore, India. It is a place surrounded with rich greenery,  natural,  dense forest & clean environmental living. He has done his graduation from Canara School, Kodialbail, Mangalore. He has obtained his Industrial Engineering diploma from Thane Institute of Engineering, Mumbai. His first job was at Hindustan Petroleum Refinery as a trainee Engineer. He has worked at various Management capacities and is a resident of Oman for the last 13 years. He is employed at M/s. Al Ghubra Power & Desalination Company LLC.  He has been a very active Toastmaster and has been an executive committee member for a very long time. He has also served as the former sports secretary of MCCP for the year 2010-2011.

TM Alexander is a pleasing personality always wearing a rich smile on his face. He is an enthusiastic and never tiring personality who is capable of leading his team successfully to greater heights. The club is hoping to reach its helm during his leadership. He says marriage is like a workshop where husband works and wife shops!

Report by: Louis Pereira.  

ABC Toastmasters co-sponsors new Corporate Club

ABC Toastmasters Club and Al Hassan Toastmasters Club have co-sponsored a new Corporate Club,
Ray Toastmasters Club
, the first club in Division D in 2012. The Demonstration session for setting up the Ray Toastmasters Club was conducted on Tuesday,  11th of September 2012 at the Ray Skills Training Centre, Ghala.

The session began with the Sergeant at Arms TM Harwin Gabriel calling the meeting to order. He informed the audience that Toastmasters do not speak on religion, politics and sex. The mission of a Toastmasters Club was read out and the audience was told to put off the GSM’s are keep them in silent mode, so that the role players are not disturbed during the performance.

Mr. Ahsan Jalal, Ray International Group’s Training Manager welcomed the audience and expressed his happiness on conducting the demonstration session for the benefit of the employees. He found it was helpful in improving upon the employees self confidence and presentation skills. He then went on to introduce the Toastmaster of the day, TM Cyprian Misquith, the present Area 67 Governor, Division D. The session began with the video presentation on ‘WHAT IS TOASTMASTERS?”. It displayed, how a normal Toastmasters meeting is conducted.

It was practically demonstrated by various role players, like the Time Keeper – TM G. Karthikeyan, Word master – TM Sanjeev Kumar, Grammarian – TM Binoy Paul, Ah Counter – TM Alexander Sequeira, General Evaluator – TM Srikumar Pai.

The main part of the session was the project speeches of 5 to 7 minutes given by TM Ashwyn Kumar and TM Harwin Gabriel. These speakers really motivated and entertained the audience. TM Ashwyn Kumar persuaded the audience with his project 9 speech titled ‘TALKERS ROAR, DOERS SOAR’. TM Harwin Gabriel delivered a hilarious speech titled ‘PARENTING’.

There was a short break for refreshments and after wards came the exciting session of Table topics conducted by TM Thomas George. It is great to hear the Ray employees Mr. Ajay Upadhye, Mr. Moinuddin Falke, Mr. Ashraf Al Mamari, Mr. Nitin Arvind and Mr. Mohammed Haseeb take part and spoke on the topics given to them with ease and confidence. This session is usually conducted for the benefit of the non role players.

After all the role players doing their acts, comes the General Evaluator’s report. It gives the feedback to the role players on how well they did their roles and tips for improvement are given in a very supportive way, so that the performers are able to improve upon their acts in the future. These tips are taken very sportingly by the Toastmasters and are inculcated in the future performances. This most important role was performed by an experienced TM Srikumar Pai.
The meeting concluded at 8.30 pm. The meeting had 48 attendees, which included the Chairman, Dr. Tahir Al Kindi, Managing Director, Mr. Tameem Al Mahrouqi, CEO, Mr. Vinit Agarwal, Group General Manager (Business Development) Mr. Hamad Zahran & other management team members and was a complete success. The Ray Toastmasters Club was officially registered with Toastmasters International, USA on the 30th of September 2012 with 20 members, including the 7 officers. This is the first Toastmasters club registered during this year in Oman – Division D and the club registration number is 2782716.

The names of the 7 club officers are:

Ray Toastmasters Club will be holding their 6th session on Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 6.30 pm and the venue will be Ray Energy Office, Al Khuwair. The sponsors for the Club are TM Ahsan Jalal – President of the Club & TM Cyprian Misquith Area 67 Governor. The Mentors for the Club are TM Harwin Gabriel and TM Jyothivas. They have already conducted their first officers meeting on the 7th of October 2012 and have set a target of achieving 5 points for the club by the end of June 2013.

Great show Ray Toastmasters. We are confident; you will surely achieve the desired goals.

2012 Area Contest results

ABC Toastmasters Club has done it again! The Club has bagged winners in two of the four categories at the annual Area 67 contest held on 17 Feb 2012. Congratulations to all contest winner and participants !

It is due to their sheer hard work that the participants have reached their level of success and ABC Toastmasters club is proud to have them as members. This is only the beginning and the winners have many more rungs in the ladder to climb.

International speech Winner..............CYPRIAN MISQUITH

Evaluation contest Winner.................PATCY LASRADO and Runner up..............CYPRIAN MISQUITH 

Table Topics 2nd Runner up...............ADRIAN SALDANHA
Humorous speech 2nd Runner up........LOUIS PEREIRA.

We wish the winner all the very best for the upcoming Divisional Contest. More updates on that soon!

See the Photo Galleries here for some of the photos of the event.

Club Contest 2012 Winners

After a close contest between the speakers for the International and Table Topics contests held on 23 January 2012 as well as the Humorous and Evaluation contests held on 30 January 2012, we finally have the winners as given below, who will go on to the Area contests in February.

   International speech contest
1. TM Louis Pereira - WINNER
2. TM Cyprian Misquith - 1ST RUNNER UP
3. TM Ashwin Kumar - 2ND RUNNER UP

   Table Topics contest
1. TM Adrain Saldahna - WINNER
2. TM Samuel D'Silva - 1ST RUNNER UP
3. TM Sankaran Nambissan - 2ND RUNNER UP

   Humorous speech contest
1. TM Louis Pereira - WINNER
2. TM Alexander Sequira - 1ST RUNNER UP

   Evaluation contest
1. TM Cyprian Misquith - WINNER
2. TM Patcy Lasrado - 1ST RUNNER UP
3. TM Louis Pereira  - 2ND RUNNER UP

See the Photo Galleries here for some of the photos.

Annual Interclub Gavelliers Contest 2012

 Gavel Inter Club Contest, Muscat
Parkway Restaurant, Friday, 03rd February 2012


09.30 AM                                -           Registration
09.45 AM                                -           Contest briefing by Chief Judge 
10.00 AM                                -           Meeting starts: SAA - Gav.Shreya Shreeraman

           Welcome & Introduction By TM Srikumar Pai

10.10 AM                                -           Master of ceremony TM Cyprian Misquith
10.15 AM                                -           Contest: International speech
                                                         Contest Chair - TM Nanthakumar.N

11.15 AM                                 -           Coffee break
11.40 AM                                 -           Contest: Table Topics
                                                           Contest Chair - TM Samuel D’Silva

12.15 PM                                 -           Contest: Evaluation
                                                          Contest Chair - TM Srikumar Pai

1.00 PM                                  -           Award Distribution
1.30 PM                                  -           Close


Contestants from KTI Gavel club

Contestants: International speech 

·        Shreya Shreeraman
·        Malavika Venugopal
·        Haritha Menon 

·        Anthea Abreo
·        Sneha Tomy
·        Rhea Jose

Contestants: Table topics 

·        Arun Philips
·        Aadithiya Ajaykummar
·        Shreya Shreeraman 

·        Sharon D’souza
·        Ernst Schwan
·        Joanne Coelho

Contestants: Evaluation 

·        Keerthana Jinachandran
·        Aadithiya Ajaykummar
·        Gopika Pillai 

·        Christy Joseph
·        Sherwin D’silva
·        Ernst Schwan



Launch of Divisional Blog

Good News!

We finally have a blog for our Division D (District 20) in Oman where all upcoming news of our division such as trainings, contests etc are updated on a regular basis. For the record, Division D comprises of areas 6, 64, 65 and 67 (our own).

The blog is available here http://tmdivisionoman.blogspot.com/

You can also visit it from under the Links menu on this website.

Many thanks to Mr. L. Srikumar Pai of Khimji Toastmasters club, for taking the initiative to create and maintain the blog.

Club Contests 2012

Its that time of the year... Contest time ofcourse!

The annual contests for our area (#67) for the four categories of International, Humorous, Table Topics and Evaluation are scheduled in February 2012. In preparation for this, ABC Toastmasters are having our internal contest on the 23rd (International and Table Topics) and 30th (Humorous and Evaluation) of January. It promises to be a tough fight this year as some of our vibrant new members are already in league with our seasoned ones. :)

So good luck to all the contestants!

For more inspiration, here’s a truly mind blowing speech from the 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0a_EcZyQts

ABC Toastmasters celebrates it's 2nd Anniversary

Muscat, October 7, 2011: The ABC Toastmasters Club, Muscat, Oman celebrated it’s second anniversary on Friday, 7th October, 2011 at  Al Ghubra Power & Desalination Club Recreation Hall, Al Azaiba.  The program began at 6:30 pm and continued until 10:30 pm.  

Our second annual day of ABC toastmasters commenced with a cultural program from a young bunch of talented performers. They put up a group dance from the Song: Zoobi Doobi Pum para ; Movie: 3 Idiots
The participants were Liza D’Sa, Stacy Vaz and Chelsia D’Sa. The dance was choreographed by our very own Mr. Sylvester Vaz.  

Little children really put up an awesome show and danced so gracefully to the rhythm of music.

The second dance performance of the day was from an upcoming “Mangalorean Star”.  He had choreographed a solo dance for himself and he was none other than our very own Alston Moras.

At 6.45 pm,  TM Omer Sadiq, Sergent at Arms, called the meeting to order at 6.45 pm followed by a welcome address from the President CC Sankaran Nambissan and handed over the podium to the Toastmaster of the day, ACS ALB Cyprian Misquith  who welcomed the audience and introduced the role players for the evening.   The role players were: Time Keeper – TM Kirti Bhatia,  Word Master - TM Prakasam, Grammarian – TM Vipul Kotecha,  Ah/Umm counter - TM Sundaravadi Velu and General Evaluator – ACG  ALB Alex Crasta. Each of the role players explained the criteria for the project speakers & evaluators. The word of the day was “AFFABLE” which had to be used by the role players.  The panel of Evaluators comprised of CC Celine D’Souza, CC Donald Fernandes and ACS Thomas George.
Project Speeches were given by Gavelier Riya Jose who spoke on the subject “Are you drinking enough water” followed by ACB CL Louis Pereira who spoke on the topic “Face Book Venture”  Gavelier Christy Joseph gave the evaluation criteria under International category speech for Gavelier Riya Jose and ACS Thomas George gave the evaluation criteria under the humorous section for speaker ACB CL Louis Pereira.  The entire program was conducted by the Toastmaster of the day ACS ALB Cyprian Misquith, who entertained the audience with his smiling face and lively commentory. He was also applauded for timing the program and concluding it within the specified time.

Another interesting contest was the Table Topics. CC Patcy Lasrado took over the mantle of Table Topic Master and conducted this session.  There were six table topic speakers, four from ABC Toastmasters Club and two from the guests.  The Table Topic Speakers were asked to select a topic and speak on the topic for two minutes.  From ABC Toastmasters Club, TM Mohammed Jawed, TM Ashwyn Kumar, TM Vinod Sadhwani, CC Dilip David Correa and were the Table Topic Speakers. From the Guests, Madam Monica Dantis and Mr. Samuel D’silva spoke as Table Topic Speakers.

The evaluation session was conducted after the break for refreshments by the General Evaluator ACG CL Alex Crasta, he called for the reports of the role players. The business session was conducted by VP-Education, ACB CL Alexander Sequeira.

Installation of new club officers for the year 2011-2012 was done by the Area Governor, Area 67, ACG ALB Madam Clita Crasta , who administered the oath as per Toastmasters International guidelines and honored the club officers with their respective pins.  Outgoing Officers of the previous year were thanked for their excellent work done for the Club.

A brief introduction on the website “ABCTOASTMASTERS.WEBS.COM” was given by the President CC Sankaran Nambissan gave an update of the website ‘ABCTOASTMASTERS.WEBS.COM’ and the release of Newsletter- ABC Tidings was done by DTM George Thomas, a prominent toastmaster and a well known personality among the Toastmasters community in Oman. He also spoke about the inception of Toastmasters International in 1924, about 87 years ago and gave brief introduction of the Toastmasters Clubs.

The Governor of Division D, District 20, ALB ACG Salam Mohammed Salar spoke about the ABC Toastmasters Club, its achievements and appreciated the members of the Club for encouraging members to enhance their public speaking skills. He along with the President, CC Sankaran Nambissan awarded the participation certificates to the project speakers and table topic speakers. The President concluded the formal part of the evening with his closing remarks.
The second part of the cultural program continued after honoring of sponsors and awards ceremony.

We had yet another group dance on the song: Khawabon Se Nikal Ke Tu Aaja  ; Movie: Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama
The participants were: Shaina D’Souza, Lenita Lobo, Melissa Rodrigues, Michelle Rodrigues, Liza D’Sa, Stacy Vaz, Seia Furtado

Choreographer: Sylvester Vaz

The last dance performed was on mixed Bollywood numbers.

Choreographers were Adriana Noronha & Alston Moras

Participants Names :
Alston Moras, Dale Dantis, Adriana Noronha, Andrea Noronha, Sneha Sequeira, Bertyle Noronha, Dimitra Lobo

The chief guest for the programme was Mr. Clifford Sanctis, Director of Hydrotec LLC. The President, TM Sankaran gave a brief introduction of the chief guest. He was escorted to the stage by the Past President ACS ALB Cyprian Misquith.  The Chief Guest spoke about Toastmasters and appreciated the time schedule and efforts put in by ABC Executive committee and all the members to conduct this program so meticulously. He invited the audience to join toastmasters club and assured of his help to the club, whenever required.  He also honored the sponsors of the program with flower bouquets.
A beautiful power point presentation on the happenings of the past one year were on display before the program, at the interval and at the end of the program. This power point display was designed and presented by TM Kirti Bhatia. Spot prizes were won by the children, Lisa D’Sa and Riya Jose.
Finally, sumptuous Dinner was supplied by Divine Restaurant was served at 10-30 as per schedule. The entire programme concluded at 11.00 pm

The sponsors for the programme were:

Main Sponsors: M/s. Hydrotec LLC.(MR. CLIFFORD SANCTIS – CHIEF GUEST)
Co-Sponsors: Dohat Al Khaleej Co. LLC - Mr. Bhudev Singh – General Manager, Al Ghubrah Power & Desalination Co. SAOG – Mr. Vipul Kotecha – Finance Manager, Nadan Trading LLC & Divine Restaurant – Mr. Louis Pereira – Finance Manager, Star Technologies LLC – Mr. Thomas George – General Manager, Al Osool Al Arabia LLC – Mr. Jose Chacko – Chief Executive Officer,  Prudent Loss Adjusters - Mr. Vinay Nazareth, Mr. Vincent Monis & Family, Smart Vision Technical Services LLC – Mr. Saju, Mr. Samuel D’Silva & Family, Muscat Pharmacy & Stores LLC, National Biscuits Co. SAOG & Omantel.
More about the ABC Toastmasters Club, Oman
ABC Toastmasters Club made its humble beginning which was primarily initiated by a group of people who are accomplished speakers themselves, the ABC Toastmasters Club in Oman, held its first meeting on March 06, 2009.  Having only six members at its inception, the ABC Toastmasters were steered by ACS ALB Cyprian Misquith, DTM George Thomas and CTM Clarence Pinto.  A total of seven members were present at the first official session that took place on March 16th 2009.  The official registration into the International Toastmasters Club came three months later on June 24, 2009 with twenty two members.  Incidentally, a minimum membership of twenty members is a stipulated requirement for registering with Toastmasters International, USA.
The toastmasters club is not a new concept to Oman.  There are about fourteen clubs in Oman sponsored by individual companies with over 400 members practicing their public speaking skills. These clubs have been running successfully in the past, and have given rise to many groups of successful speakers.  These speakers have honed their leadership skills in clubs such as these, thus enhancing their career opportunities and prospects.  Worldwide the Toastmasters organization is known for its non profit agendas and has 252,000 members in 12,500 clubs spread across a span of 106 countries.
Closer home in Oman, the ABC Toastmasters club owes its beginning to CTM Clarence Pinto, Sponsor & Mentor ACS ALB Cyprian Misquith, TTT participants Louis Pereira, Dilip Correa, Alex Aranha, Alexander V Sequeira and others.  This group of enterprising individuals decided to start this club after witnessing the success of ‘Taste the Toast’ – a six weeks workshop for aspiring toastmasters that was conducted during October/November 2008 by the Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish.  
Every meeting is professionally eked out with a fixed agenda, a timer, colour cards and evaluation papers.  Extemporized table topics still remain the most popular of these meetings.  Undoubtedly, every meeting serves to build up the confidence of many a hesitant speaker.  Taking a cue from its mother club - the Toastmasters International, the ABC Toastmasters Club in Oman also strives to aid its members in overcoming their fear of public speaking and to become better speakers.
The club under the leadership of the then president, CC CL Louis Pereira, reached the helm of its glory during the year 2009-2010. Membership rose from 20 to 32 and the club’s performance was applauded in Toastmasters circles. Some members of club participated in area and division speech contest too.
For the year 2010-2011, the new executive committee under the leadership of ACS ALB Cyprian Misquith as President took over the mantle of ABC Toastmasters Club. As on date, the club has nearly 34 dedicated members.
For the last two years, ending 30th June 2011, the club has received the “Presidents Distinguished Club” award for getting 10 out of 10 points from Toastmasters International, USA.  This club has created a name in toastmasters circle for its ever growing membership drive, various programs, achieving maximum certifications and boasts of sponsoring the first of its kind in Oman “ANA GAVEL CLUB OF MUSCAT” to help the youngsters to gain confidence and public speaking skills. The club has already sponsored a Distinguished Speakers Toastmasters Club, currently headed by the President, ACG ALB Alex Crasta.
ABC Toastmasters Club meets every Monday at 8.15 pm on the mezannine floor at Divine Restaurant. The Ana Gavel Club of Muscat meets every alternative Friday at Al Osool Al Arabia office at 11.00 am/
For the year ending 30th June 2011, the following members of the club have achieved  certifications as below:
1.    Clita Crasta -Advance Communicator-Gold & Advance Leader Bronze
2.    Alex Crasta-Advance Communicator-Gold & Advance Leader Bronze.
3.    Cyprian Misquith-Advance Communicator-Silver & Advance Leader Bronze.
4.    Thomas George-Advance Communicator-Silver
5.    Louis Pereira- Advance Communicator-Bronze & Competent Leader.
6.    Alexander Sequeira- Advance Communicator-Bronze & Competent Leader.
7.    Sankaran Nambissan – Competent Communicator
8.    Dilip Correa – Competent Communicator
9.    Celine D’souza – Competent Communicator
10.    Patcy Lasrado – Competent Communicator

Office bearers of ABC Toastmasters Club for the year 2011 – 2012 are:
1. CC Sankaran Nambissas-President
2. ACB CL Alexander Sequeira -Vice President-Education
3. TM Vipul Kotecha - Vice President-Membership.
4. TM Mohammed Jawed -Vice President-Public Relations.
5. TM Kirti Bhatia -Club Secretary.
6. TM Joy Antony -Hon. Treasurer.
7.TM Omar Sadiq -Sergeant at Arms.
Office bearers of ANA Gavel Club has the following Officers for the current year:
1. President: Master Rana Jose.
2. Vice President-Education: Miss Amanda Pinto.
3. Vice President-Membership: Master Ashley D'Souza.
4. Vice President-Public Relations: Master Edward George.
5. Club Secretary: Master Dean Chris D'Souza.
6. Treasurer: Master Vivian Monis.
7. Sergent at Arms: Miss Natasha Showkath Assadi.

Counselor-TM Vipul Kotecha  
Main Coordinator for this Gavel Club: ACS Thomas George
Assistant Coordinator Madam Patcy Lasrado.
The President for the current year – CC Sankaran Nambissan from Kerala, India and has been a resident of Oman for the last 13 years.  Employed as Technical Manager in M/s. M.B. Petroleum LLC
Cyprian is also known for his diplomatic approach and leadership qualities. He is polite, soft spoken and has the ability to convince anyone with his soft and dignified approach.

Report by: Louis Pereira.


First Time 3 Competent Communication Awards in one meeting! 


First time in the history of ABC Toastmasters Club, we have the achievement of three Competent Communicator Awards. This honor was achieved at the 89th session on 6th December 2010 and goes to the following Toastmasters:


1.       CC Celine D’Souza

2.       CC Sankaran Nambissan

3.       CC Dilip Correa


ABC Toastmasters picnic  - December 2010

We were all waiting for the Toastmasters picnic from last month onwards, expecting the National day holidays to be announced, however, we could not resist it any more and decided to have the picnic during the Mohurram holidays. It was on the 7th of December 2010 and the place chosen was Al Goubra Power and Desalination Co. LLC campus.

The day began with the meeting of people at around 9.30 am, morning breakfast was served until 10.30 am. The attendance for the picnic was more than double of the first picnic organized last year, 71 of them were present at the beginning and the crowd increased during the later part of the day. The attendance was more basically because of the Gavel club members and their families.

Cricket was the first event of the day, 6 teams were in the fray and were named as angels, bells, wreath, stockings, candles and ……. Everyone got a chance to play, out the 5 overs per team, 2 were bowled by the men, 2 by the ladies and 1 by a child. While batting a lady had to come in at the fall of the first wicket, while a child had to come in to bat at the fall of the second wicket. It was a very sporting affair and it ended up with a wreath team as the winners while the runners up was the candles team.

In the meantime, the chicken and vegetarian barbeque was set and TM Shankaran, Mr. Samuel D’silva and Mr. Alfred D’souza were courteous enough to help. After a round of spot prizes and music, we relished the sumptuous meal prepared and presented by our own CC Alex Aranha. Mind you, we did not miss out on wishing TM Adrian Saldhana on his birthday.

The afternoon began with a burst of group games, like ………..
it was fun and laughter for the elders as well as the children. Everyone was actively involved and worked towards bringing their team glory.

The evening started with tug of war for all the teams, great excitement could be seen among the members, finally, …….. emerged as the winners, while the runners up honour went to ………. To end the day, we had the spot prizes and the awards ceremony. The overall winners on points were…….. while the overall runners up for the day were…….

Everyone enjoyed the picnic, some of them mentioned to me that they had completely forgotten about their work and leisure took prime importance. This marvelous picnic would not have been possible without the participation of all and for the hard work put in by the organizers.

A special team was set up and a preparatory meeting was conducted on Friday 3rd December 2010 by TM Cyprian Misquith, TM Louis Pereira, TM Adrian Saldhana and TM Vipul Kotecha to discuss the logistics and the budget for the picnic. The organization and the execution was very well done on that day by TM Donald Fernandes, TM Adrian Saldhana, TM Cyprian Misquith, TM Vipul Kotecha, TM Raymond Rodrigues and TM Mdm Clita Crasta.

The scenic beauty and the lovely photographs which are on this website is due to great talent of TM Dilip Correa and we appreciate his services.

We specially express our gratitude to TM Vipul Kotecha for being so enthusiastic, loving and caring to accommodate such a large gathering at the Company campus. We cannot forget people who have worked behind the scene and in case we have missed out anyone, we express our sincere thanks on behalf of the Executive Committee.

We also would like to praise our First lady Mrs. Gladys Misquith for conducting the spot questions and the lovely group games. For all my toastmasters, who have seen me always wearing a formal attire, a change could be seen, although I had to finally give out the mission of the club at the fag end of the day.  The picnic, for me, did not end there, the fireworks were the finale of the evening, as I could not escape it due to the traffic jam,  they were absolutely fantabulous, and we managed to reach home at 10.00 pm.


Compiled by :
Cyprian Misquith ACS, CL,
President, ABC Toastmasters Club

'Gavel Club' for youth started by ABC Toastmasters Club(courtesy mangalorean.com)
The dream of ABC Toastmasters Club of starting a Gavel Club for the youngsters and enthusiastic "Gaveliers" finally came true. Gavelier  Rana Jose, an enthusiastic and dynamic youngster, designer of ABC Toastmasters website (www.abctoastmasters.webs.com), a student of 12th standard at Indian School, Al Wadi Al Kabir, was elected as the first President of the newly formed "GAVEL CLUB" Sponsored by ABC Toastmasters Club, Oman.  

The Gavel Club meeting began at 4.30 pm on Friday, 22nd October 2010 in Al Osool Al Arabia LLC Training Hall, Ruwi, with Sergeant at Arms TM Raymond Rodrigues calling the meeting to order.

In the absence of the dynamic and ever enthusiastic President of ABC Toastmasters Club, ACS CL Cyprian Misquith, who was mainly responsible to start this club, the immediate past President of the Club, CC CL Louis Pereira took over as the Toastmaster of the day.  In his welcome address, Toastmaster Louis Pereira highlighted this Gavel Club as the “First officially registered Gavel Club” in the Sultanate of Oman and is a wonderful gift for the young children who wish to become successful public speakers and future leaders.  The President's message was read out by Madam Celine D'Souza for the Gaveliers, wishing them good luck.



















DTM George Thomas, Division Governor of Division D, District 79, was the chief guest of the day who in his address gave a brief introduction of the Toastmasters movement and its beginning way back in 1924 on the 22nd of October by Dr. Ralph Smedley.  The other guest of the day was ACB CL Srikumar Pai, Area Governor of Area 67, Division D, who in his brief address advised the children to make use of this golden opportunity for their betterment and to gain self-confidence and leadership skills.

CC CL Louis Pereira then explained the activities of Toastmasters Club, difference between Toastmasters and Gavel Club and explained the duties and responsibilities of the club officers.  He shared his own experience of joining the toastmasters club and how one can benefit from it. Seven officers were elected from among the Gaveliers who will be leading the Gavel Club for the next six months.

The Coordinator for the Gavel Club Madam Patcy Lasrado invited all the club officers for their self-introduction and to explain how they are going to shoulder the responsibilities as club officers.

The main coordinator for the Gavel Club ACB Thomas George conducted the table topic session with some interesting topics. Masters Ashley D'Souza, Rana Jose, Denzil Saldanha, Sarin, Jeremy, Gautam Varmani, Arjun, Elester and Miss Christine spoke spontanously as table topic speakers on the topics given by the table topic master. He also conducted the Business session of selecting the role players for the next session.

The Time Keeper of the day was Toastmaster Leyasuddin who gave the time criteria and also maintained perfect time record of the entire meeting's proceeding.

The Past President and toastmaster of the day, CC CL Louis Pereira in his closing remarks explained about various projects to be completed to achieve the respective titles and also advised the children about their next moves, maintaining timings for this club activities and wished the children success in this Gavel Club.   He thanked the sponsor and owner of Al Osool Al Arabia Training hall, Toastmaster Jose Chacko and his family for their continuous help and support by providing the venue for the Gavel Club Meetings.

The Club Officers elected for the first six months term are:
1. President: Master Rana Jose.
2. Vice President-Education: Miss Amanda Pinto.
3. Vice President-Membership: Master Ashley D'Souza.
4. Vice President-Public Relations: Master Edward George.
5. Club Secretary: Master Dean Chris D'Souza.
6. Treasurer: Master Vivian Monis.
7. Sergent at Arms: Miss Natasha Showkath Assadi.

Main Coordinator for this Gavel Club: ACB Thomas George and Asst. 
Coordinator Madam Patcy Lasrado.


ABC Toastmasters news appeared in the recent issue of  Daiji world newsletter .  Thank you  Daiji world.



Recently TM Alexander Sequeira  received the “all round sports person”award from  Mr.Allen Conroy,CEO ,Al-Ghubra Power & Desalination Company.

ABC Toastmasters Picnic on 30th November,2009

Report by TM Louis Pereira, President

Come November 18th, it’s the celebration day for the residents of Sultanate of Oman. It’s the National Day of the Sultanate. This year, The Sultanate celebrated its 39th National Day. As usual, National Day holidays will be declared during the end of November. This year’s specialty was the added attraction of the famous “Bakri Eid” which was celebrated on Friday, the 27th November 2009. The holidays were declared from 27th of November 2009 till 4th December 2009, a full week to celebrate and enjoy.


Long ago a young man in search of knowledge and enlightenment went to the remote mountains. There he met a monk in the monastery and the young man met the chief monk and begged him for the original book of knowledge. After lot of reluctance, the chief monk showed him the place where the book was stored. The young man finally located the original book of knowledge from a dusty shelf. He carefully opened the book and in astonishment said, it reads “CELEBRATE”!


At ABC Toastmasters, we wait for opportunities to celebrate. Our weekly meetings are always a celebration. How can we miss this golden opportunity of the week long holidays available to CELEBRATE and the gallant idea of a picnic strike our mind. Well, it won’t take long time for Mentor ACB Cyprian Misquith and President TM Louis Pereira for an idea to materialize. After a long search, a picnic spot was located near Barka, adjacent to the Bait Al Barka Palace on the beach side, a place about 75 kms away from Ruwi. All the members along with their families & invited guests were requested to assemble near ABC Toastmasters Club Office at CBD by 9.00 am on the 30th November 2009. Some members residing around Azaiba side were instructed to assemble near Zubair Corporation in Azaiba. Finally the bandwagon of cars along with members left for Barka and reached the picnic spot by 10 am.


The picnic spot is just adjacent to the Bait Al Barka Palace. From Naseem Gardens towards the right side is the beach. Not a busy place but all the facilities like shades, calm sea water, beautiful sand, plenty of parking, seating arrangements under the shades and a very safe haven for entire group to have a great picnic, thanks to this lovely country, Sultanate of Oman.


ACB Mdm Clita Crasta, ACB Alex Crasta, TM Adrian Saldanha and TM Daryl Saldanha took charge of the entire day. Games were arranged in such way so that all should participate.  Mdm Clita, known for her witty styles, had all plans to keep the members occupied for the full day. The hilarious moment of the picnic was the men doing the cat walk in saree and on the beach.


She made all the members to pick a name tag of another group member and to make friends with that person. Each person holding a name tag of another person, made a group and each group were asked to have a name of their choice, play games, fancy dress competition, enacting a play and lot more.

Barbeque Chicken and Chicken Franks were beautifully arranged and served by veteran caterer Alfred and Celine Dsouza. Sumptuous breakfast and lunch was made by TM Alex Aranha and Family and the group enjoyed their picnic till the end of the day.

ABC Toastmasters in DAIJIWORLD