The District 97P Collection of Reminiscence

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that helps people worldwide master their public speaking skills—the vital key to leadership success.

The newly formed provisional District 97 of Toastmasters International proudly dated back to its root in the mid 1950’s. The first Club in South East Asia, Bangkok Toastmasters, launched its first Chapter Meeting on 20th October 1955. Thailand Toastmasters joined force with those in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia to form a provisional District 51 in 1993 and had gracefully achieved the full status of District 51 in 1996 before Brunei, Hong Kong, and Macau joined in.

After another reformation, Thailand and Singapore have been affiliates of District 80 since the year 2004, but we, Toastmasters in Thailand had to break away from our soulmates in Singapore by end of June 30th 2014 when a Toastmasters International Reformation Mandate came out of the blue—urging Thailand to spearhead a provisional District 97 comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. District 97P had officially launched its maiden voyage on 1st July 2014 with a record of 36 clubs: one in Cambodia, one in Laos, none in Myanmar, 4 in Vietnam, and 30 in Thailand.

District 97P had officially launched its maiden voyage on 1st July 2014 with a record of 36 clubs: one in Cambodia, one in Laos, none in Myanmar, 4 in Vietnam, and 30 in Thailand.

This significant amalgamation of Clubs in the Main Indochina Region except West Malaysia is just in time to help the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) build more effective communicators and leaders. In the meantime, all District 97P leaders are to strive for a fully-fledged District 97 Status that requires a minimum of 60 Toastmasters Clubs within three years at most.

To achieve the District 97P Mission, let’s synergize our ideas, share the Power of Excellence and march towards our common goals in great unison.

Paisal Sae Lor, DTM

District 97P Honor Advisor