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Bali Establishes its Own Branch of International Public Speaking Forum Toastmasters International.

(4/2/2005) Bali's first offical chapter of the internationally-renowned Toastmasters Club will make its debut on the Island with a special charter presentation at the Segara Village Resort on Friday, 08 April 2005. A number of dignitaries from government, business and Bali's tourism industry are expected to attend the formal inauguration of the 22 charter members.

Organiser of the charter presentation night and member of the Bali Toastmasters Club, Ida Wijaya, said that those attending the event will be given a demonstration of how regular meetings operate and how the club provides its members with invaluable practice in developing their public-speaking skills.

Toastmaster members in more than 9,500 clubs in 70 countries around the world work together to learn how to effectively develop and present ideas, make better presentations and enhance their personal self-confidence. Conducted in English, the Club meetings are held weekly.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to help people develop their communication skilsl. Included in the distinguished members of Toastmasters in Indonesia are the former Minister of Education and Culture Wardiman Djojonegoro and the current President of Toastmasters International, Mrs. Maimunah.

"By organising the event," said Irwin Maengkom, President of the Bali Toastmasters Club, "We hope that there will eventually be more and more clubs formed in Bali, following the formation of this charter club." During his eight years of living in Bali, Maengkom observed that many professionals on the island have difficulties in communications, lacking a sufficiently good command of English despite Bali's position as a leading international tourism destination. According to Maengkom. good English speaking skills are essential in business and Toastmasters aims to help its members develop these skills and advance in their personal and professional lifes.

Public is Welcome

The Public is welcome to attend the inauguration of the new club in order to learn more about the Toastmasters.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2005 at the Segera Village Resort on Bali's famous Sanur Beach.