As promised in the previous post, you'll be featured in our blog should you participate in our club meetings. I have to say that this meeting was once again, VERY successful with the participation of members and GUESTS from various clubs including clubs from Division B, Division W, and Division P. I shall now leave you to explore the journey written by John Lee; and let the pictures do the talking!
-----VPPR Tse Han
It was Saturday morning. After a whole week of anticipation, the
The meeting commenced at 9.30 am (give or take 10 minutes) with the madam president Loo Shu Wei taking on the task of the Assistant Sargeant-At-Arms (SAA) herself. After calling the meeting to order, she proceeded to give a bright, cheerful Presidential Address to all who were present. She noted that along with the usual club members, the club was honoured with guests from other clubs, and guests from
Wasting no time, she proceeded to introduce the Toastmaster of the Morning, our Vice President Public Relations (VPPR) Tai Tse Han. Meeting the challenge of playing the emcee role for the very first time after a long break; it was noted by everyone that Tse Han did a phenomenal job. Tse Han then proceeded to request the introduction of the Word of the Day from the Language Evaluator, John Lee. With the malevolent intent to put the fellow toastmasters to the task of applying the use of a fairly difficult (not to mention a mouthful!) word, John defined and provided and sample sentence for the word 'Malevolent'.
Toastmaster of the Morning, Tse Han
Tse Han then called on the Table Topics Master, Shu Wei (yet again) to conduct the table topics session. Shu Wei demonstrated her amazing ability to multi-task, and brought new meaning to the word of innovation through her methods in conducting the table topics session. Inviting speakers to come forward to face the daunting job of speaking on a particular topic at random, Shu Wei did not provide them with specific topics, but fashioned speech titles from the individual speakers' personal experiences.
First up was Suria (King of Table Topics), who gave an enlightening, almost 'spiritual' take on his '
after table topics, Suria leaning against the pillar, once again =]
Intending to include the active participation of the student visitors, Shu Wei proceeded to invite Jason to expound on his 'Reasons for Choosing to Join the Toastmasters'.
Fan then volunteered to be the next table topics speaker. He then began to share his passionate interest in 'Travelling' with all the fellow Toastmasters who were present.
Fan, 12 years experienced Toastmaster! or is it 13?
Taking note of the fact that we had a long-lost Toastmasters Club member who just decided to return to the fold in our midst, Shu Wei invited Richard to speak next. She then directed him to elaborate on what he was up to in his absence, specifically the experience he had in China. Richard's piece was the closing item for the table topics session.
Richard Gan, back in action!
The time came for the table topics evaluator, Ernest, to pass his verdict. Ernest, in his positive and agreeable manner, gave his all in providing comments on the table topics speakers' performances. He sang praises where praises were due, and provided invaluable, constructive advice to each and every speaker.
With that, Tse Han returned to reprise his role as the Toastmaster of the Morning. He then brought everyone's attention to the assignment speeches, which were scheduled next.
All who were present were looking forward to this segment of the meetin
g, as we were about to watch the presentation of two consecutive ice-breaking speeches. Sujin was the first to step up, with her speech entitled 'I am Standing at the Spring of My Life'. She drew lots of laughter with her fascinating take of her experiences in
Sujin with her ice breaker speech
Sujin with her ice breaker speech
Paul continued where Sujin left off by expressing his infinite gratitude to God for the gift of life in his speech 'Thank Life'. The long list of achievements and abilities/talents he presented to the fellow Toastmasters left us all with dropping jaws, and gaping mouths. The question was, what were we doing with our life when Paul was going on about his overachieving ways?
After a short break, we were thrown into the next half of the meeting, which comprised 2 more assignment speeches. Without further ado, Jean Ee began to deliver her 8 th speech on 'the OCEAN'. The twist to her topic was that the 'OCEAN' she was talking about was not about the huge mass of water that covers 75% of the world. Instead, she gave the audience an insight of how psychologists evaluate personalities. Introducing personality traits such as 'conscientiousness', 'extroversion', and even 'neurotic', and naming fellow club members as relevant examples, Jean Ee gave a riveting performance, despite her misbehaving visual aid that just could not stay put in its propped up position on the whiteboard.
Jean Ee with her 8th Speech
One of our guests attending the meeting then came forward to deliver her 10th and final speech from the CL manual. She inspired us with her touching speech 'Regrets and Forgiveness'. Weaving in a heart-warming story, Jean effectively brought the inspiration element to her speech. There was no doubt that we were all inspired to be forgiving beings with no or minimal regrets.
Jean inspiring the audience
Our General Evaluator for the morning, and also our honoured guest, Sue Ding proceeded to pass on her words of wisdom and advice to the
Sue Ding then gave her two cents by sharing her thoughts and her opinion on how the meeting in general was run. It was an educational experience to assimilate all the information she provided in her evaluation. Everyone present could not help but notice how relevant and useful her suggestions were. It was the beauty of the Toastmasters community. It was a community where we are encouraged to learn and grow along with everyone else. It was certain that everyone felt it at that moment in time.
Sue Ding giving her honest and sincere evaluation
The time everyone was waiting for finally came to pass – the prize-giving session. The drumroll added a great deal of excitement to the occasion.
First up was the presentation of the Ice breaker awards to Su Jin and Paul to symbolise their brave move towards Public Speaking, and motivating them to achieve their educational goals.
A Competent Communicator Title Trophy was then presented to Jean.
Jean receiving her CC award
Next, our guest from
The Best Assignment Speech Speaker Award went to John Lee for the second time.
And Azmi was overjoyed to be named the Best Evaluator. (He insisted that this part be emphasized ;P )
After presenting a small token of appreciation to Sue Ding and Azmi for taking the time to attend the meeting, Shu Wei ended the meeting with an edifying account of her Toastmasters journey. Describing how Toastmasters helped her develop and grow, not only as a speaker, but also as a person, she gave the audience reason to keep the spirit while walking our Toastmasters path to being a better individual as a whole.
The meeting was adjourned. It was fantastic, as always. It only leaves us wishing that the next meeting would not be such a long time from now. (2 weeks! what are we to do with the heaps of time in between?)
Till the next meeting, fellow Toastmasters!