From the beginning

Hong Kong Toastmasters Club is part of the worldwide Toastmasters International movement. We belong to Area 2, Division GDistrict 89 of Toastmasters International.

Our club, founded in 1954, is the oldest Toastmasters club in Hong Kong and in the entire Asia Pacific Region. The lead was taken by Adam Aitken, a Scot native who had been a member of High Noon Toastmasters in New York.

Together with other founding members, among them Charter Secretary Arthur Gomes, legislators Sir Roger Lobo and Sir Dr. Albert Rodrigues (former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong), Hilton Cheong-Leen and A de O Sales (both former Urban Council chairmen, with de O Sales also being the Immediate Past President of Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee), the Club began their Monday regular meetings in the middle of 1954 at the former Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters Building, 1 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.

HSBC 1936
HSBC Building in 1936

HSBC 1936” Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Since then, men and women from all walks of life joined in and they reaped benefits from participating in toastmasters programs. Many have become prominent members in all sectors of society – in banking, politics, civil services, professional disciplines, education, etc.

Club Lusitano’s ballroom, 1970s, meeting venue of the HKTM Club