Club History


Through the initiative of Angelo Fajardo, Francisco Garcia, Ely Bernabe, Noel Tawatao, Douglas Plaza, Ed Ga-anan, Boy Ibay, and Jim Cantos, the Rotary Club of Cebu South formed the Cebu South Toastmasters Club in 1989, exclusively for members of the Rotary Club. The birthplace of the Club was the Gardenia Restaurant at the Capitol Commercial Complex along Escario Street.  On May 30, 1989, the Cebu South Toastmasters Club was chartered by Toastmasters International.

The club helds its first few meetings every morning of Saturdays at the Town & Country Restaurant along Osmena Boulevard.  When attendance was not at desired levels, meetings were moved to lunch time of Saturdays.

Prompted by a decrease in membership in the late 90's, the Club decided to open its door to non-Rotary Club members. The Club also moved its meeting schedule to 7:00 PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. 

The Club often changed its meeting venue.  From Town & Country Restaurant, the Club moved to Vienna Kaffeehaus at General Maxilom Avenue, to Baseline Restaurant, to Garwood Park Hotel (now Rajah Park Hotel), and back to Baseline Restaurant.  From 2006 to 2010, club meetings were held at the Pioneer Building at the Cebu Business Park. In 2011, the Club moved once more to Baseline Restaurant.  In July 2012, the Club found a new home at the SME Education Guadalupe Campus.

Through the years, despite hard times, the club managed to survive, with its members even winning various speech contests. In July 2011, at the start of Toastmasters Year 2011-2012, the Club was placed under rehabilitation when its membership base dropped to 6.  Atty. Mike Maestrado, past president of the Cebu Toastmasters Club, was assigned as club coach by District 75 Governor Vic Navales.   He brought in Charlotte Turtor, then immediate past VP-Education of the Cebu Toastmasters Club,  to be the Interim President.  With the cooperation of new members, they made several changes in the club.  PR strategies were strengthened, meetings were made more productive in less running time, and new members were individually guided on how to accomplish their goals, as well as the Club's.   At the end of Toastmasters Year 2011-2012, the Club membership increased to 18.  More importantly, the Club exceeded expectations by achieving the Select Distinguished Club award and sweeping all the membership awards of Toastmasters International.

At the start of Toastmasters Year 2012-2013 and until March 2013, the Cebu South Toastmasters Club picked up from where it left off and came out very strong.  The club consistently topped District 75 in the number of goals achieved in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).  Moreover, the club membership rose to 29.  But membership problems hounded the club once again in April, with just 16 members remaining and despite having attained 9 DCP goals.  The club regrouped to increase its membership to at least 20 and earn the President's Distinguished Club award by June 30, 2013.


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