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Toastmasters in HK


The first Toastmasters club in Hong Kong was founded in 1954 by Adam Aitken, a Scot native who had been a member of High Noon Toastmasters in New York. At that time, members were composed mostly of expatriates, government officials and people from the upper society.
Up until the early 90s, the Toastmasters movement in Hong Kong remained a small community of only a few clubs. It was only in the late 90s that the Toastmasters movement in Hong Kong started to pick up pace, after having joined the bigger Toastmasters community in the Pan-Asean region as part of District 51.

Since then, men and women from all walks of life, such as professionals and university students, have joined in and reaped the benefits of participating in the Toastmasters programs. Many have become prominent members in all sectors of society – banking, politics, civil services, professional disciplines, education, etc.

Currently we have around 55 Toastmasters clubs in Hong Kong, conducting meetings in either English, Putonghua or Cantonese. Toastmasters clubs in Hong Kong today belong to either Division H, K, G or O. All four of these Divisions are under Toastmasters International District 89, comprised of clubs in Hong Kong and Macau.


Division H, K & G 

 The Council Members 2014/2015






Division Tree 2014-2015

 




Promoting Toastmasters in HK
Over the years members have realized the huge benefits of the Toastmasters program and many have shared them with different sectors of the Hong Kong public.


In-house Toastmasters Clubs

Many companies in Hong Kong find Toastmasters to be the perfect program for developing communication skills of its employees. With the help of passionate Toastmasters, many companies have set up in-house Toastmasters clubs for their employees. Some of the companies with in-house Toastmasters clubs are:

  • HSBC 
  • Towngas
  • AON
  • Manulife
  • Gammon 
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) 

    University Clubs

    Almost all tertiary institutions in Hong Kong have set up in-campus Toastmasters clubs to develop the communication and leadership skills of its students. Passionate Toastmasters serve as mentors and advisors for these clubs.

    Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Lingnan University (LingU)
    City University of Hong Kong (CityU) Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
    University of Hong Kong (HKU) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
    HKU SPACE

    Youth Leadership Program

    As Toastmasters gained wide popularity, highly passionate Toastmasters helped secondary schools in Hong Kong to conduct the Youth leadership Program's unique eight-session workshops to give young students the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills from the Toastmasters program.
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    Gavel Clubs

    Gavel Clubs are a way of providing Toastamasters' self-improvement methods and materials to people who may be ineligible for regular membership due to age, inability to pay dues or other circumstances. Gavel Clubs provide Toastmasters members and clubs with an excellent opportunity for community service. 

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    Community Events

    Over the years Toastmasters in Hong Kong has cooperated with various academic institutions, community organizations and government bodies to promote awareness of public speaking. Toastmasters have served as judges in various speech contests and conducted various workshops on public speaking to the community..

  • Speakers Bureau

    Speakers Bureau is set up within Toastmasters for the following purposes:
    1) To promote Toastmasters.
    2) To contribute to the society by providing a pool of quality speakers to speak on various occasions.
    3) To provide experienced speakers with an extended stage for giving speeches or presentations outside the comfort zone of their club environment.

    • Over the past years, apart from being invited to serve as judges in various speech contests such as the Basic Law Speech Contest and the Standard Chartered English Public Speaking Contest, Toastmasters in Hong Kong were invited to conduct a course on the Art of Expression within the Capacity Building Mileage Programmes for one of the collaborating women's groups and service agencies Aberdeen Kaifong Welfare Association. In addition, Toastmasters from Speakers Bureau provide a workshop for leaders. Program participants are mostly housewives who desire to build confidence by improving their communication skills.


    Speakers Bureau is open to Toastmasters in Hong Kong who would like to contribute to the community and share what they've learned from Toastmasters.