About Us

Our History

SIM I Toastmasters Club (TMC) is an interest group of the Singapore Institute of Management.

It was chartered in August 1984, when there were only four toastmasters clubs in Singapore.

Right from the start, SIM TMC proved to be a formidable force, a dynamic and vibrant club with a difference.

Tight programmes were scheduled and events such as ‘under 6’ contests, speech contests, inter-club contests, open debates and public previews of its activities, went into full swing.

In less than a year, it bagged the President’s Distinguished Club 1985 award and the President’s 40 Club award for maintaining a minimum membership strength of 40.

In a short period of 2 years, the membership grew so big that in 1987 the club split into SIM I and SIM II to accommodate the growing numbers.

In the early days the 2 clubs kept in contact, with members freely alternating attendance to either club. Later, each club went its separate way to devise its own programme and pursue its separate goals.

Today SIM I remains one of the strongest clubs in Singapore in terms of membership strength and quality of communication and leadership skills.

Many of its members are now successful consultants and trainers and much sought-after workshop leaders.

SIM I achieved the distinction of producing Singapore’s first Distinguished Toastmaster DTM Kelvin Ong; and it’s Newsletter Contact I was the first in the District to receive the World’s TOP 10 Newsletters Award 2000/2001 from TI.

The club has also produced two District Governors and many Area Governors, positions that demand leadership and communicative skills.
There were also champion speakers who had reached District level of excellence in public speaking.

SIM I’s dynamism may be attributed to the untiring spirit and enthusiasm of its members and to the creativity of its executive committees in constantly coming up with fresh ideas to enliven each chapter meeting.

There were debates, humor sessions and other short sessions worked into the normal meetings. These mini sessions included topics of interest to members such as pronunciation, language use, motivational talks or fashion sense.

There were occasional combined meetings with SIM Mandarin TMC and with the Institute of Engineers Singapore TMC for some bi-lingual, cross-cultural, cross-professional experiences.

Regular social events also help to foster close bond and camaraderie among its members. X’mas parties, Chinese New Year gatherings, BBQ’s, bowling, karaoke sessions and walking trips are regular features in its social programme.

Our Chapter Meeting is held on the second and fourth Fridays of each month:

Chapter Meeting
(With Table Topics and Prepared Speeches)

Time: 7:00pm (Registration and Refreshments)

Singapore Management University (SMU)
School of Economics and Social Sciences
90 Stamford Road, Singapore 178903
(Opposite to Rendezvous Hotel and in the vicinity of Dhoby Ghaut MRT)


  1. Hi,

    I am interested in joining Toastmasters but I would like to join as an observer before making any decision. Kindly guide me with the procedures and information I would need.


  2. Hi Kate,
    You welcome to visit us during our next Chapter Meeting on 8 July 2011..
    See you soon..

    VPPR, Teo Chang Wee

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