Sunday, 25 November 2007

Joint Meeting with D'Utama Adv TMC - 24th November

Hi everyone!

24th Nov was the day HELP UC TMC had our first (and definitely not the last) joint meeting of the 2007/2008 term, and this time we collaborated with the highly commended D'Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club!
This makes the joint meeting not just a cross-club effort, but also a cross-division one! Yay us!

The joint meeting initially was suggested by D'Utama Adv TMC's president, Lee Wei Seong, in mid-2007. The VPEs from the two clubs, Debra from D'Utama Adv and Ernest from HELP UC got together and cracked heads to come up with some basic arrangements for the meeting. One of our (relatively) newer members, Gajendran, joined the team after Ernest found that due to a conflicting work schedule, he was unable to oversee the final arrangements.

As HELP UC TMC President, and having seen how the project was organized, the little problems that came up, and the way they were solved, I have to commend Gajendran on the excellent job he did on finalising the end details of joint meeting. Even though he has only been in the club and in Toastmasters for a few months, he was able to help take over the job of finalising the end arrangements on HELP UC TMC's side from VPE Ernest. Excellent initiative and organizational skills!

Of course, thanks also to Debra, Ernest and all the others who helped out with organizing the project! =)

The meeting was held at the HELP University College TMC meeting venue, at the HELP UC Pusat Bandar Damansara campus.

First-time ASAA Jee Aik began the meeting by asking everyone to introduce themselves and tell the audience what was their most memorable speech. A few mentioned their icebreaker as their most memorable speech; and Jason Moi mentioned that his Table Topic with the "Fan of Chen Keat" was his most memorable yet. Haha, that was memorable for me too, Jason!

D'Utama Adv TMC President Lee Wei Seong gave the opening presidential address for this Joint Meeting, and mentioned, among other things, that the learning never stops in the Toastmasters program. It was a very meaningful, dignified, and inspiring Opening Address. I have a lot to learn in terms of Presidential Addresses from these experienced Presidents... One day, people, one day. =)

Gajendran then took control of the lectern in his role as Toastmaster of the Morning. Just like Jee Aik, it was his first time at this role, and I think he conducted himself very well for a first-timer. Well-prepared and well-executed.

Then came the Table Topics session, which was specially modified by Gajendran, Debra and Ernest for this Joint meeting. It was made to be a contest between HELP UC TMC and D'Utama Adv TMC, with three table topic speakers from each club taking turns to give speeches. There were three rounds, with a speaker from each club giving a speech in each round. Later, an impartial (not from either club) Table Topics evaluator would judge which was the winning club, based on which club had the most wins out of the three rounds.

The Table Topics Master was Jean Ee, and she came up with topics relating to the theme of Thanksgiving. There were six topics and six speakers: Peter Yu (D'Utama), Dennis Wee (D'Utama Adv), Tham Chee Wah (D'Utama Adv), Jason Moi (HELP UC), John Lee (HELP UC) and Jee Aik (HELP UC).

The Table Topics Evaluator was Meyya (from Deloitte KassinChan TMC), and he delivered a humorous, constructive evaluation. The overall result of the contest was... a win for HELP UC TM! =)

Assignment speeches were up next, and first on the list was Peter Yu with his 3rd speech from the CC manual. He was energetic and confident, and was definitely good at interacting with the audience.

A speech by HELP UC TMC's immediate past SAA, Seok Mei, followed. Her topic was AIDS, and it was her 10th speech from the CC manual. She informed the audience about the disease and the global need to curb it.

After the break, the assignment speeches continued with two advanced speeches: Ivan Ho's speech from the Specialty Speeches manual, and my speech from the Interpretive Reading manual.

The final assignment speech for the day was from John Lee, who delivered his 10th speech from the CC manual. It was definitely a great speech, good content, well-written and delivered almost flawlessly.

General Evaluator Siew Peng from D'Utama Adv took over for the evaluation session. She led us through a smooth session, and gave constructive, unbiased feedback on the meeting at the end of the session.

There was an array of brilliant evaluators for this meeting: HELP UC TMC's VPM Khoo Hui Ven, D'Utama Adv President Lee Wei Seong, Area B2 Governor Dennis Wee, Past D'Utama Adv President Tham Chee Wah, and Past District 51 Governor Low Yat Seow.
All gave unbiased, constructive evaluations on their assigned speakers, and I believe everyone in the room stood to benefit from what they mentioned about the speeches.
The Best Assignment Speaker Award went to John Lee for his speech "Why War", and the Best Evaluator Award went to Lee Wei Seong for his evaluation of Seok Mei's speech. Kudos to the winners! =)

Before the meeting ended, Division W Governor Azmi Shahrin took the stage to present some awards to the club officers who had attended the first Div W TLI training session earlier in the term, and also to several club members who had achieved educational titles recently.
Congrats to John and Seok Mei for achieving their CC titles that day!

Thanks to D'Utama Adv for the opportunity to have this Joint Meeting. I believe all of my club members benefited from this experience: having a joint meeting with an older club full of more experienced Toastmasters. Different evaluators with more striaghtforward evaluations than usual; fresh personalities and new friends.

Looking forward to more joint ventures with D'Utama and other clubs,
Shu Wei

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