About Us

Under the leadership of the then District 51 (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam & Macau) in the mid-1990s, Toastmasters was gaining steady traction and growth in the region. It was under this thriving climate, that a Toastmasters Club was born in a little function room within the enclaves of Farrer Court Condominium.

The old name card which our founding members carried

The old name card which our founding members carried

In 1998, Farrer Court Toastmasters Club was officially chartered within Area S5 in Division S. Ho-Tan Whai Aun was the first Club President and Raphael Chong was the first Vice-President Education. The Club Mentor was Stanis Benjamin.

While the original intent was to bring Toastmasters right to the residents’ doorsteps, operating within a private residence posed various restrictions. Both accessibility and facilities were poor and this resulted in challenges to grow an active membership base.

To keep the Toastmasters flame alive, a new home had to be found. Amidst sourcing for various possible locations nearby, the founding members managed to rally tremendous support from Buona Vista Community Centre to bring Toastmasters to the local community. In commemoration of our new home, the old name was ditched, followed by the chartering of Buona Vista Toastmasters Club in June 1999.

One of the first few batches of name cards carried by the Buona Vista Toastmasters Club Officers

One of the first few batches of name cards carried by the Buona Vista Toastmasters Club Officers

Ever since then, membership grew steadily attracting members from those who live and work nearby, who, like us now, share the same passion in seeking improvement in public speaking. The symbiotic relationship with Buona Vista Community Centre was and will still play a significant role in the Club’s growth.

In 2004, District 51 had to be split and clubs within Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand formed District 80. Buona Vista Toastmasters Club was then placed under Area U1 in Division U, as we are now.

Over the years, Buona Vista Toastmasters Club had been an incubation hive for countless prolific members – many of whom blossomed to become established figures within the Toastmasters community as well as in their careers.

And this still holds true, even today.

Oh, and what happened to Farrer Court Condominum where it all started?

Farrer Court Condominium was sold en-bloc in 2007 for a hefty $1.3 billion! Today, D’Leedon Condo stands in its place.

Eric Ko, Club President 2015-16

A Word from Our President

With the 18th Executive Committee of Buona Vista Toastmasters installed, we have embarked on an exciting journey to bring our club & more importantly, our members, to greater heights. Having been the previous Vice-President of Membership, I am deeply fortunate to have worked in an amazing team, bringing fun & value to every meeting & …

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Awards History

Buona Vista Toastmasters Club’s Illustrious History Club Awards 2003-2004: Distinguished Club 2004-2005: Select Distinguished Club, Talk up Toastmasters 2005-2006: President’s Distinguished Club 2006-2007: President’s Distinguished Club 2007-2008: President’s Distinguished Club 2008-2009: Distinguished Club 2009-2010: Distinguished Club 2010-2011: Distinguished Club 2011-2012: Distinguished Club 2012-2013: President’s Distinguished Club 2013-2014: Select Distinguished Club 2014-2015: President’s Distinguished Club 2015-2016: …

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Club Officers

Buona Vista Toastmasters Club Officers (Executive Committee) 2015-2016 Eric Ko, CC President The President is responsible for providing the supportive club environment members need to fulfill their self-development goals, making sure that members benefit from the Toastmasters educational program, and helping the club recruit new members and retain current ones. Lee Pei Geok Joseph Ch’ng …

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Past Presidents

Past Club Presidents of Buona Vista Toastmasters Club 2015-2016: Eric Ko 2014-2015: Clement Chio 2013-2014: T.R. Sakthi 2012-2013: Karen Woon 2011-2012: Paulin Chan 2010-2011: Terry Teza 2009-2010: Lim Chee Siong 2008-2009: Shao Ning 2007-2008: Jerlynn Ang 2006-2007: Juey Ong 2005-2006: Tan Seah Heng 2004-2005: Cherlene Chua 2003-2004: Joon Chyi Huey 2002-2003: Wong Kae Chee 2001-2002: …

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