Friday, 12 October 2007

Club Charter Anniversary: PART ONE - 6th Oct 2007

Blog post by Chee Hoong:

October 6th marked the official charter date of HELP University Toastmasters club and it was day to remember as members of the club celebrated the fourth birthday of the club with a Halloween themed meeting.

Before the meeting started, some members and guests were dressed up in their “unique” Halloween costume namely Ernest with his afro hair and green tie, Shu Wei with cat ears (which mistook for bunny ears) and Paul with a party hat (haha). Division W Governor DTM Azmi terrified many with his demon mask. A Halloween mood was put in place before the meeting started.

Before the meeting

Meeting commenced at 9.37 with a brief introduction of all the guests and members. Next on the agenda was the presidential address by Loo Shu Wei who thanked the guests for their support to the club.

ASAA Claudia, the Garden Fairy

During the introduction of guests and members

Toastmasters of the Morning, Shu Wei and Ernest

The much anticipated table topics session was then conducted in style. Each table topic speaker was to sell themselves based on traits given by other table topic speakers.

Table Topics Master Tse Han

The Table Topics participants

First table topic speaker Fan Chen Kiat gave a humorous approach to sell himself. John Lee appeared stunned to have someone describe him as humourous and muscular(:P). Gajendran used wit and humour to link his traits together. The first part of his speech captured my attention as he acted as if he was the hulk trying to destroy everything on sight when he described himself as mortifying. Su Pon probably had the most challenging time as someone mischievously stated that she had 22 tattoos hidden in secret parts of her body. She was very much composed and pulled through really well. The table topics evaluation came next and the evaluator was Jean Ee. She focused much of her evaluation on the speaker’s speech content.

Jean Ee as the Phantom of the Opera and the Master Demon General Evaluator


Watching the Table Topics speakers




Chee Hoong

Table Topics Evaluator, Jean Ee

Table topics evaluation was followed by assignment speeches. The 1st assignment speaker of the day was Claudia Ting. Her speech titled what goes around, comes around, touched many. It was a speech of a touching anecdote to inspire us to help others in need.

GE reading out the notes to the assignment speech evaluator

Next on the list was John Lee. His speech titled “The horrifying truth” horrified many with descriptions of criminal acts committed by past serial killers such as Ted Bundy. The speech was timely as it was given on the Halloween month.


The last assignment speech was given by Loo Shu Wei titled “the Roast”. It was a wedding speech specifically for the “bridegroom” Ashrel. It was entertaining and hilarious as Ashrel’s embarrassing moment of eating a mouthful of wasabi in a restaurant to impress a lady was told by Shu Wei. Ernest was momentarily transformed into a lady known as Ernestina throughout the speech.

Ashrel looking uncomfortable during the roast

Evaluator busy taking notes

Shu Wei
When the general evaluator DTM Azmi Sharin came forward for the general evaluation, he instructed members to give an eerie laugh to replace claps and cheers. It was extremely fun to have everyone laughing eerily at the same time. Ashrel Goh evaluated Claudia on her speech. Ernest Wong evaluated John on his speech and Azmi evaluated Shu Wei. Whenever everyone laughs in that eerie tone(muahaha) everyone cant help but burst into laughter.

After the evaluations, a short award presentation ceremony was held to highlight the achievements made by HELP university college toastmasters club. Many cheers to Ernest, Ashrel and Jean Ee for achieving the Competent Communicator(CC) title and Ernest and Tse Han for achieving the Competent Leader(CL) Title. The award is in the form of mini pins presented by Azmi.

The best assignment speaker award went to Shu Wei while best table topic speaker was John Lee and the best evaluator was Ashrel.

The meeting ended with the president’s closing address. It was indeed a memorable morning for our club to chair such an exciting meeting. Closer ties were forged through the meeting. Happy 4th birthday once again to HELP university College Toastmasters club!!
Random pictures:

I bet this picture was Ernest's idea.

Chin with the timing signals he made specially for the meeting =D

Chee Hoong

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