Why would I want to spend a Saturday in Leyte considering it would mean waking up so early just to catch
the first morning vessel on its way to the port of Ormoc? Saturdays are usually spent lounging in bed more
than its usual time but what prods me to get out of its comfort? Surely it is not the 2-hour boat ride, nor the
extended hour’s drive to wherever the planned venue is.
Aside from being the home to Area 83’s three active Toastmasters Club namely Cancabato Bay TMC,
Carigara Bay TMC and Pillars TMC, Leyte is a welcome respite to the hurried city life of Cebu.
For three years now, each visit seems always a first trip. Starting with the yuppies of Pillars TMC, to the captivating cheerfulness of Carigara Toastmasters, to the fond welcome of Cancabato Toastmasters and not to forget the charming LGPF Toastmasters short-lived though the acquaintance, visiting Leyte, equates to coming home to the inspiring world of toastmasters. What magnetizes me to this area is the array of experiences and stories of different lives – from doctors, engineers, teachers, housewives, husbands, lawyers, nurses, city officials, corporate employees. Drawn to the common intention to better one’s self in the art of communication and leadership, I find it so amazing how Toastmasters brought these people together. I could not wait for the unfolding of another story, for the next experience that enlightens, for the
word that inspires.
With each visit, there is always something different. It’s heart-warming that newbies and veterans alike speak in front, volunteering if not willingly being volunteered by other else, ready to take a role when called for. Such step is what sets a true Toastmaster, a step toward excellence, a step to “semper ad meliora” – always towards better things.
As we embark on another toastmaster year, may Area 83 continue to ignite the passion to keep pursuing excellence not only individually but as well as encouraging fellow Toastmasters to step up. In toastmasters,
we embody that essence to be involved and to be involved means to allow ourselves to keep on practicing. As what Aristotle says, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit”. Let’s make Toastmasters a habit to excellence.
Veronica Paclibar, DTM
Division I Governor
I get inspired a lot. I get inspired from so many different things. When I go to different places, I spend me-time to savor the wonders of various things that my senses would allow myself to feel. It’s ecstatic! It’s like my drug, though I’ve never tried real drugs. Promise! Except for Paracetamol, a little of Mefenamic Acid and some Antacid…. That’s just how I imagined drug-dependent people would feel.
When I go to the city, I get inspired by the structures of buildings, the displays in malls, and even the clothes mannequins wear. It’d make me want to bring them all back home. I am not a city boy but that has nothing to do with my inquisitiveness. The seams of new clothes remind me of hard work and its intricate details remind me of passion of those whoever made them. I don’t see the mall displays as they are because I believe there is something beyond what they seem to appear.
When I go to a place with green fields and trees, and with no other sound but the rushing of the waters and the whistling of the birds, it’d make me want to freeze the moment. In a world that can be a little too noisy sometimes, serenity is something that I need to refresh my senses. Perhaps, I’d go crazy without a dose of the countryside.
I get inspired with my dreams. And I dream a lot, both in my sleep and when I’m awake. Sometimes, they seem so real that when I wake up, I would flip my room up to find a pen and a paper to put everything in writing.
I get inspired by the people I met. And Toastmasters has opened the door for me to meet so many amazing people. It made me realize that there are still plenty of kindness and pure-heartedness left in the world. Thus, there is hope for a better tomorrow!
There are a lot of things in life I may not necessarily know. And I guess that’s a good thing! It’s how I get awed in amazement. That is how I get inspired. Because there are infinite things that I do not know, I definitely would never ran out of inspiration.
I may not know the secret key to be an excellent Area Governor, but I know I have big dreams. This year, all the clubs in Area 83 will be President’s Distinguished Clubs. This year, Area 83 will be President’s Distinguished Area. BIG dream, yes, but with the very enthusiastic team led by the 3 super-energetic Presidents plus the undying support from the Division and the District, anything is within our reach...
As this year’s Area 83 Governor, I am ready to be inspired!
Franklin Vios, ACS, ALB
Area 83 Governor
When I was elected as the new club president of Cancabato Bay Toastmasters, I was hesitant to take the role. I thought I don't deserve the position. I didn’t know how I would do it. I think it’s such a huge task for me to carry. Luckily, I have all the support of my fellow club members. They consistently encourage me that I deserve it, and that I can do it. Eventually, I started to believe in myself.
With the unfaltering support and enthusiasm of my fellow officers and all the members of Cancabato Bay
Toastmasters Club, I know we can make the club afloat and move towards excellence.
This is going to be a great year!
Anania Erroba, TM
Cancabato Bay Toastmasters Club
As we face another journey, let us not be contented of what we are now and continue to move forward towards excellence. Now that we are equipped and aware of the skills we have learned through Toastmasters, may we use it fully in ourselves, in our club, and in the community we belong. As oastmasters,
may we be instruments of good communication and leadership to the society.
Let us share the benefits we have enjoyed in Toastmasters to other people by inviting them in our club meetings. May we have the passion to develop new leaders by helping others form their new club and strengthen our relationship as one Area 83.
Success can’t be done alone without the help of our club officers, members, mentors, and ourselves. I thank everyone for the outstanding success and growth of our area. Let us continue to grow and excel Area 83. Let us not forget to Learn, Lead, and Laugh while we are in Toastmasters!
Congratulations Area 83!
Gil Martin A. Guape CC, CL
Pillars Toastmasters Club
I thought I would know how I would feel when this moment came.It is so much more than I could have ever imagined. It is such an honor, quite humbling, a great responsibility, but an exciting opportunity for me to serve as a club officer, no less than the President of Carigara Bay Toastmasters Club. 2013-2014 will be
filled with chances for me to:
1. build teamwork skills
2. help members develop goals for improvement
3. facilitate individual success
4. instill members with enthusiasm, fidelity and a sense of responsibility
5. translate values and strategies into productive activities
2012-2013 has been a good year for the Carigara Bay TMC especially in its achieving the President’s Distinguished Club Award. The present success of our club would not have been possible without the leadership of our outgoing super President Efren C. Canillas, CC, CL and his team and the zest and enthusiasm of the members.
According to Henry Ford, “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.” On this note, I would like to wish everyone a blessed, prosperous and a great year ahead.
Teresita L. Dy, CC,CL
President, Carigara Bay TMC
Fellow toastmasters, as we celebrate another remarkable journey towards our dream of becoming effective Communicators and better leaders, we ask ourselves, how far can toastmasters go?
While only the mediocre die always at their best, Real leaders are always improving---and raising the bar on how superbly they can perform and how quickly they can move.
If like a good father of a family, we do our very best to take good care of our members, our clubs, and our areas by being available, visible and knowledgeable, being President’s Distinguished Area this year would be seamlessly achievable, right?
The ball is in your hands! As Ralph Waldo Emerson once exhorted... “What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Thank you for inspiring others to lead!
My fellow leaders, let us FULLY ENGAGE ourselves in whatever we do...
Cooperate and contribute in any way we can to help one another for then and only then , can we truly ENJOY our rewarding pursuit towards excellence!
Grace L. Paras, DTM
Immediate Past District Governor
Toastmaster year 2012-2013 was such a success for Division I. The President’s Distinguished Division Award would not be possible without the great contributions from Area 83, which included the President’s Distinguished Club Award for Carigara Bay Toastmasters Club and Pillars Toastmasters Club and the Distinguished Club Award for Cancabato Bay Toastmasters Club. My simple yet meaningful “THANK YOU” is not enough to compensate the effort exerted by each member to this achievement. Together, we can reach the stars!
For this coming year, there’s no other way but to be better and achieve higher level than what we have now. With the new set of Division I and Area 83 leaders plus the very enthusiastic members, I believe we will attain what we desire with the help of our Almighty God.
Toastmaster Year 2013-2014, a year for a grander and stronger Area 83, Division I, District 75!
Rodel Rapista, ACS,ALB
Immediate Past Division I Governor
Elaine Emperio Gavero, ACB,CL was awarded as Toastmaster of the Year for Area 83. She was also nominated for the same award for Division I.
2012- 2013 Achievements:
- Implemented “bring a Friend“ Drive, with 12 total members
- Chairperson on Biringohay Fund Raising
- 1 + 1 Membership Recognition and Decal
- CC Certificate of Recognition and Pin. Dec. 6,2012
- CL Certificate of Recognition
- ACB Certificate of Recognition and Pin on June 22, 2013
- International Speech 1st Runner Up Area Level, 2013
- Resource speaker during Out Reach Program (Topics: Master the Ceremonies, Own the Audience, Mind Your Manners)
Member of California Maritime Academy Toastmasters Club
Delivered CC Speech Projects # 8 and 9
Member of Mare Island Toastmasters Club
Delivered CC Speech # t10
Awarded - Best Speaker
Best Table Topic (2 times)
She has invaded TMs in the US!
1. Attended Toastmasters District 57 Fall Conference 2012 in Vallejo , USA
*Proxy for CMA President. - Participated in the Business Meeting and a Voting Delegate
*Proxy for CMA VP Membership. -Hands on training on Speech Competition Mechanics ; Stand-by Alternate Contest Judge
2. Attended Craig Harrison Workshop.
- Expression of Excellence CMA Nov. 4, 2012
*Mentored by DTM Dana LaMon. - Master the Ceremonies CMA Nov. 4, 2012
August 10 was memorable for the 3 Toastmasters Clubs of Area 83. At 10 o'clock in the morning, the first round of officers' training was conducted by the able district and division officers. District 75 Lieutenant Governor for Marketing Aristides Archie, ACS, CL headed the training. He discussed about the latest educational and membership perks of the district. Most of the toastmasters members in attendance, if not all, are already passionate about delivering speeches and recruiting new members. And with Lt. Gov. Boy Archie's presentation, the members seemed to be even more motivated to hit the goal.
Though the training concluded past midday, it was worth it. The training session was very fruitful.
Among the presenters were Division I Governor Veronica Paclibar, DTM; Immediate Past Division I Governor Rodel Rapista, ACS, ALB; Past Division I Governor Eunice Ledesma, DTM; Area 81 Governor Delia Suplig, ACB,ALB; Area 83 Governor Franklin Vios, ACS,ALB; and MEZ-1 Toastmasters Club President Alpha Mae Del Mar, ACB,CL.
In the afternoon, after being installed and charged in position, the new sets of officers took oath.
The above photo shows the aftermath.