Tuesday, 31 July 2007

From the desk of our VPPR Tse Han

Dear ever-so-eager Toastmasters!

Once again, we're back for another round of meeting, this time, a regular meeting with past Division B Governor, Sue Ding , as our General Evaluator, and current Division W Governor Azmi Shahrin, as one of our Speech Evaluators. Meeting commence at 0930 hours, Department of Student Affairs, HELP University College Campus, Pusat Bandar Damansara, 50490 KL.

I'm very delighted to tell you that our Marathon meeting dated 28th of July was a very successful meeting. With guests coming from 10 different clubs (including guests from LEKOR TMC,Terengganu); I'm sure that's the dream of every Toastmasters Club. So why not join us this Saturday Morning and create history in our club. You wouldn't want to miss a chance to be featured in a President Distinguished Club's blog do you? =D

On that very evening, we will also be having our Installation Dinner 07/08 at Izzy Restaurant, KL. There, you'll get a chance to network with other toastmasters who have already confirmed their seats with us. At the same time, enjoy 16 dishes of Buffet Dinner.
Please click here for more information.

We welcome any comments from all of you, and definitely looking forward to your attendance this Saturday.


Yours Truly,
Tse Han.
012-388 2711

Monday, 30 July 2007

HELP TMC installation Dinner!!

Date: 4th August 2007 (Saturday night)

Time: 7.30 p.m. onwards
Izzi Restaurant (opposite Lot 10),
44-2A, 44-3A, 44-4A,
Jln. Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Good Day to all.

What is an installation dinner? Why do we need an installation dinner? Who attends?

I'm Ernest Wong, current VPE of HELP TMC and also the organizer of the installation dinner.

As the organizing chair of the dinner, I'd like to ask each and everyone of you to come to our very fine dinner in IZZI Restaurant.

An installation dinner is a dinner where there's transfer of "Power" from the old executive committee to the NEW executive committee. That is the simple explanation of the purpose of the dinner.

However, IMHO, the dinner is not just the symbol of power transfer but is also to show our support for the new term's committee and to show our appreciation for the old committee. It is a time when we need to show our members' strength and loyalty to outsiders. A successful club relies on the members. A successful dinner relies on your attendance.

Another reason is that this is a time where we can really get along and know more about each other. A gathering in a cozy restaurant enjoying over 16 types of dishes, from starters to main course to desserts... and the cost of trying over 16 types of dishes is only RM30
per pax for members. Of course, this is because HELP UC's DSA is sponsoring some of the bill for the HELP TMC members.

Well, I think enough has been said for the 1st persuasive message. So please contact me now or Shu Wei to book your seat!!

Ever good looking,


Sunday, 29 July 2007

Club Notice Board

Thank you, Claudia, for re-decorating the club notice board in the Main Block campus! People, check it out yeah? And spread the word among your friends and classmates!

Shu Wei

Marathon Meeting - 28th July

From the desk of the President:

Hello everyone!

We had a great meeting today!

As Lucky put it, the guest-member ratio today was very interesting; almost half the attendees were guests. Besides the members from HELP University College TMC, there were 10 other clubs represented: Stamford College TMC, Sunway TMC, Exact ADC 1 TMC, KL Advanced TMC, Money Mastery TMC, Deloitte KassimChan TMC, Pidato Perdana TMC, Bangsar TMC, KPMG TMC, and even guests from Terengganu, from LEKOR TMC!

Not just that, we had the pleasure of having both our PAST and CURRENT Division P Governors, Francis Ng and Azmi Shahrin, attend this meeting.

=D Awesome.

The blog post for today was written by our Treasurer, Chan Chee Hoong. And whee hee hee, we have loads, LOADS of pictures this week =D.


Shu Wei


There was something to cheer about for the marathon meeting on the 28th of July. Firstly, the meeting commenced at 9.33am, which was only 3 minutes past the exact starting time for the meeting and secondly, there were notably more guests than usual who attended this meeting. Toastmaster members from Sunway, Deloitt KassimChan, KPMG, Stamford College and other Toasmasters clubs showed their support for us by spending their lovely Saturday morning here. A fortunate day indeed for our club, as even Lekor Toastmasters Club members from Terengganu paid our club a visit.

The meeting was started by the ASAA , Claudia Ting who kindly requested for a short icebreaking session where the guests and members introduce themselves and, yes.. tell all the others what their favourite soap opera is. The soap opera part startled many, especially me for instance, and I casually answered "TVB dramas" (I had no idea whether those are considered soap operas). Anyway, a great way to start off a meeting by getting to know others and letting people to know you. Suria really warmed us up by mentioning “Baywatch”!!.

Next on our meeting agenda was the presidential address by President Loo Shu Wei. She welcomed all the guests as well as members and handed the control over to TOM Ernest, who did a fantastic job on charging up the audience throughout the whole meeting.

Toastmaster of the Morning, Ernest
The first speech of the day was an icebreaker speech by John Lee, titled “An introduction”. His icebreaker speech was extraordinary, as he introduced himself in story mode way, mentioning his weird hobbies such as drowning beetles in a bottle and tearing up paper mindlessly. I think his strongest point is his vocal variety, as I can feel the melodious tones throughout his speech. He summed up his speech with a bang, pledging to himself to be proud of who he really is. He received a standing ovation from the crowd for his first and great attempt. (I wonder if we will get one if we re-do our icebreakers again).

John: My Introduction

John's standing ovation

Second speech of the day was delivered by Jee Aik, titled “Chess, My Past Hobby”. His speech was about his passion for chess and the reasons he chose chess to be his hobby. One of the reasons he mentioned was that he was able to command his army of chess pieces like a general going for war without any complaints from chess pieces. He also jokingly mentioned that it is convenient to play chess unless tsunamis and tornadoes arrive. It was really sad to hear that he lost interest for chess due to it being hard to find a people who have a similar passion for chess. After his speech, Ernest quipped that he would be by his side whenever and wherever when it comes to toastmastering =). A true friend indeed.

Evaluator Meyya reading Jee Aik's speech objectives

Jee Aik: Chess, My Past Hobby

Third speech of the day was by Claudia Ting, titled “The missing puzzles of our life”. In fact, she was doing her second speech. (Wha!..two weeks only and second speech liao…gotta craft my third speech soon…) The earlier part of the speech was the about the spiritual foundation she lacked for the past few years and how she managed to feel the meaning of life after being attached to God and His teachings. I am glad for her that she had found her missing piece. Her life experiences of playing with orphans and cheering them touched and motivated us to contribute to these unfortunate people.

Claudia: The Missing Puzzle of our Life

We had a short break for 15 minutes after the third speech. After the break the meeting resumed with 3 more fantastic speeches. The fourth speech was delivered by Gajaen from Sunway Toastmasters Club titled “Have a happy ride”. I had expected the speech to be something related to a fun ride at some fun fair, but it turns out to be unexpected stuff. It was about having 3 C’s when a person is driving, which are Charisma, Courteousness and Cautiousness. The introduction of his speech was a about a guy who was badly injured in tragic car accident coupled with good acting for dramatic effect, and I felt he should consider acting as career =D. Anyway, I learned to be a charismatic, courteous and cautious when driving or I had to dump my car keys.

General Evaluator Lucky reading the notes to the evaluator

Gajaen: Have a Happy Ride

Next on list was an interpretive reading session by Loo Shu Wei with her speech title “Wild Swans, by Jung Chang”. It was a great story with serene sceneries expressed through her speech.

Shu Wei: Wild Swans, by Jung Chang...

...and half of her evaluator's face.
Finally, there was a speech, or more of a proposal by Tan Kian Yoong from Deloitte Kassim Chan Toastmasters Club titled “ Life Education”. His speech was to challenge the current education system by teaching pupils to be financial literate and not just obtaining a degree. Education is to prepare us for life according to Kian Yoong. How I wish that exams are abolished haha…All in all it was a great proposal by him.

After the speeches, evaluations were given by evaluators under the General Evaluator Lucky.


... and his army

Speakers were advised to be more expressive and have more enthusiasm when delivering speeches. Some of the comments were to have more power vocally and more variety in facial expressions. After the speech evaluations were the reports from the language evaluator, timekeeper and ah counter, followed by the awards ceremony. An icebreaker award went to John Lee. John Lee was voted the best speaker whereas Meyya was voted the best evaluator.

John's icebreaker award

John, Best Speaker

Meyya, Best Evaluator
A token of appreciation for our guest evaluators and general evaluator:





During the closing address, president Shu Wei sought comments from guests about the meeting. All of them were good comments, which means no complaints for lateness.

Presidential address

A happy guest: Loon, President of Exact ADC1 HELP UC TMC meetings: Satisfaction guaranteed!

Ernest Wong had the chance to promote our club’s installation dinner on the 4th of August(had the date jot down in my mind) and Hui Ven got to announce a humorous speech contest which will be organized on the 25th of August. Our past Division W Governor Francis gave a short speech and awarded our club two advanced manuals for achieving Presidents' Distinguished last term. Meeting adjourned at approximately 11.45 am.

District 51 Public Relations Officer Francis
A well organized meeting I would say, with some minor crutches for the voting part. Great speeches make great meetings. Hopefully my next speech will contribute to another great day of toastmastering.

Chee Hoong.


5 of our club officers (myself, VPE Ernest, VPM Hui Ven, VPPR Tse Han and Treasurer Chee Hoong) attended the TLI at Wisma HELP later in the afternoon.

Pics from lunch while waiting for the TLI:

Munchy munch...

Such diligent-looking eaters, aren't they?

'Cause Hui Ven and I like taking pics.
But Ernest thinks he can take better ones than us ...

... Such as this:

Your verdict?

Jee Aik's face says it all.

Pictures from the TLI:

Something I have to note:

My Man-of-the-Day: Today I really have to thank Chee Hoong for all he's helped with this weekend.

Firstly for staying back WAY after his classes on Friday to get the flat-rate parking stamp from Commander Tang so that the Toastmasters who attended the TLI in Wisma HELP could pay only the flat rate of RM3. Otherwise I would have had to make a special trip to HELP to get the stamp.

Secondly for taking over SAA Ashrel's duty this morning in making sure the room is open and all the equipment is set out for the meeting (Ashrel is away on an emergency).
When I arrived early to help set out the place, I saw: the timekeeping device plugged in and in place, the role-players' folders and cards at the appropriate seats, the banner upon the lectern, and everything else in place... all done by Chee Hoong singlehandedly.

Thanks man =D

See you all at the next meeting on August 4!!

Shu Wei
013 2609 551

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Upcoming Meeting July 28

From the desk of our VPPR Tse Han:

Dear enthusiastic toastmasters!

Please join us for our Marathon meeting (meeting with 8 assignment speeches and no Table Topics session) this Saturday (28/7) at 9:30AM, Department of Student Affairs, HELP University College Campus, Pusat Bandar Damansara, 50490 KL.

Do note that TLI will be conducted at Wisma Help in the afternoon; so why not spend the entire day here and make it a memorable toastmasters journey.

There will be 8 assignment speeches, of which 2 slots are open to anyone of you who submits their title of the speech first by thursday 2359 hours.

This meeting will be evaluated (General Evaluation) by our very own Division W Governor, DTM Azmi Shahrin, whose evaluation to me, is priceless. If you feel that you're up for this event, reply to this email indicating that you're coming.

Cheers, and hope to see you this Saturday!

Yours Truly,
Tai Tse Han

Meeting on July 21

We had a great 2nd-meeting-of-the-term, with our Assistant Division Governor Marketing, Ron Low, making an official visit to our club that day.

Pictures are worth a thousand words; they lie in abundance at the end of this post, but unfortunately we forgot about the camera until it was almost the end of the meeting, so enjoy picture-less paragraphs for the time being =D.

First-time ASAA Chee Hoong kicked off the meeting by asking the members and guests to introduce themselves, where they were from, and also asking us to divulge what our hobbies were. A whole lot of interesting little "confessions" came out of this =D...

President Shu Wei then gave a short presidential address where she highlighted the fact that our club members come to Toastmasters "to learn", not "to be taught"; thus we need to have the attitude of coming to LEARN, not coming to BE TAUGHT... because we may be taught by all the great gurus of the world and yet still not gain anything from them if our mindset is not tuned to the goal of learning!

After the Presidential Address, Toastmaster of the Morning Ashrel took over and introduced the Table Topics Master, Fong Wen (should it be Table Topics Mistress then? heehee). She hosted a very quirky session where the participants were given topics that were twists on well-known phrases; for example, instead if "Beauty is only Skin-Deep", the topic was "Beauty IS Skin-Deep". Hahaha!

Then came the assignment speeches session where we had an icebreaker by one of our newer members, Claudia, titled "Stories from Life". She gave us an anecdote-filled speech about herself; the part I remember most vividly was when her finger got caught in the doorframe because she was too engrossed in watching her sister practice ballet!
But at least something good came out of it; her mum realized how interested she was in ballet (now one of her passions) and signed her up for lessons =D Yay-ness!

Fong Wen then took the stage again when she delivered her 5th speech, titled "I'm 18 going on 21". She told us about life in this transitory age from teenhood to adulthood. Again, anecdotes flowed freely and humorously. I really enjoyed watching her act out her minor dramas with her mother.

When the meeting resumed after a break, Shu Wei gave the 10th speech from the Communication & Leadership manual, titled "To be the Best"; urging the club members to participate fully in the club and help the club be one of the best in the division. I shall refrain from commenting, since this is she who is writing this post =D. Feel free to comment away in the "comments" section of this post though!

The final assignment speech of the meeting was given by our TOM, Ashrel. It was a speech from the Storytelling Advanced Manual, and titled "The Sleep Stories". He told us about his disrupted sleeping patterns, and also those of his family members and friends (do they know we now know? =D). It was full of funny anecdotes and observations, and we all enjoyed his speech thoroughly.

Then came the evaluation session of the meeting, conducted by our General Evaluator for the day, Ernest. At the end of the session, he gave us some very valuable advice, and I agree with him fully on two especial items:

1. Arrive punctually for meetings!
Then we can start the meeting on time.

2. Be more responsive, as an audience!
Clap, laugh, shout, sing if you want to, when welcoming a speaker up and appreciating a speaker after he/she has spoken.

At the end of the meeting, it was time for the presentation of awards...

Claudia's Icebreaker Trophy

The Best Table Topics Speaker award went to Shu Wei

The Best Assignment Speaker was Ashrel
and Best Evaluator went to Hui Ven
Thank you Ron, for the gifts for the Best Speakers & Evaluator!

After that, we had a lucky draw, also brought for us by Ron. And the winners are...
A token of appreciation for Ron coming to our meeting, his gifts and lucky draw, and not forgetting, his invaluable feedback on how we could improve our meetings.

After the meeting, a few of us went for lunch as usual, this time in Pizza Hut; food abounded, so did talk (on ALL sorts of topics... o.O) and of course, laughter!
And this time, nothing flew out anyone's mouth! heehee... inside joke =D

What to eat???


Ernest and Shu Wei

Fong Wen

Tse Han and Ashrel

Till next week, then =D
Shu Wei

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