Friday, 16 May 2008

A light and easy 3rd of May

The 124th day (of 2008).

Saturday – 3rd May,

The number of audience was pleasing as there were a mix of visitors from other clubs and new and current members. Sergeant-At-Arms, Ming Huar greeted everyone and as a warm up for the session, he requested the crowd to introduce themselves.

After names has been given and memories refreshed, it was time for the Presidential Address. Ernest Wong, our sporting President gave his presidential speech on the happenings at Toastmasters and his planed for the morning.

President Ernest

Keeping to the timetable, Toastmaster of the Morning (TOM) Claudia gave a simply introduction to Toastmaster for those who are new to it. Also, TOM requested the word of the day from the Language Evaluator (LE) Kevin, who is role playing for the first time in his toastmasters journey.

Next up, the most anticipated time of almost every toastmaster meeting there is… and was… the Table Topics Session! Today’s Table Topics Master was none other than our enthusiastic Jason Moi, who with his creative mind came up with weird but interesting “topics”.

Confident Han Lian was the first to volunteer to speak, and randomly chose a piece of paper with a huge Chinese character “”(People) written on it. Next was Usama, who chose a paper with a black dot “●” in the middle. Usama although unsure, managed to interpret the “dot” as 1 or I. The third speaker was Weng Hong, he chose a paper which has the word “Confused?” written confusingly. Fourth came Ernest, and he got a paper with the “Yin-Yang” symbol drawn on it. Last not least was Qin Mei, who seemed to have gotten the most interesting topic to talk about, she chose a paper that was blank! It was then time for the Table Topics Evaluator, John Lee to give his evaluation for each table topics speaker.

Moving on, TOM Claudia introduced the first speaker Han Lian, who gave his first ever assignment speech from the Competent Communicator Manual with the title “Sweet Surprises”. The second speaker, Jason Moi gave his mind moving fourth Competent Communicator Manual speech entitled “The Hidden Evil in Music”. After Jason’s speech, it was time for a short break for everyone to refresh themselves and socialize.

When the 10 minutes intermission ended, it was time for our third speaker of the day, Claudia. Claudia gave her ninth Competent Communicator Manual speech with the title “I Care”, which was touching and very relevant especially for the upcoming TMC Elections.

Control was then handed over to the General Evaluator, Ernest who then requested for the individual reports from the evaluators, namely, Ming Haur (for Han Lian), John Lee (for Jason) and Ernest (for Claudia). Following that would be the Language Evaluator’s report, the AH Counter’s report (role played by Jee Aik), the Time Keeper’s (role played by first timer Denise) and lastly the General Evaluator’s.

After all the reports have been given and clarified, it was time for the closing speech or should I say the President’s closing address. This time, Ernest had a rather long but important and useful speech. First the presented the award for the Best Table Topic Speaker and the Best Assignment Speech Speaker of the day. Afterwards, he gave the important bit which was the explanation of the Executive Committee Post and their respective responsibilities, all of which are with relevance with the upcoming TMC Elections held on the 17th of May. And that concluded the session, everyone continued with their socializing and later bid farewell to one another.


Boon Keong.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

An exhilirating 26th!

Saturday - 26th April, yet another great day to have an exhilarating Toastmasters Meeting at HELP University College. The meeting commenced about 15 minutes off schedule due to unfortunate events, whereby a role player had trouble reaching on time. Nevertheless, the meeting went on as usual, and as the saying goes, “It’s better late than Never!”

There was quite a fair attendance for today’s meeting. Most present were regular members, toastmasters from other clubs, as well as some new faces. The crowd was asked to introduce themselves to the rest by the temporary Sergeant-At-Arms, a good start to get to know each other a little better.

Moving on, first-timer Toastmaster of the Morning (TOM), Qin Mei warmed up the audience with a brief history of Toastmasters and requested the word of the day from the Language Evaluator, Gajendran.


Now for the exciting bit, the Table Topics Session! Jook Yew, another first-time role player for the Table Topics Master did a great job, especially with the topics.

Jook Yew

Boon Keong kicked start the session as the first speaker with a randomly chosen one word topic “Patriotism”. . The next speaker, Hong Shen, was brave to volunteer as he is new and it is his first time ever to give a speech in a toastmasters meeting. His topic was entitled “If your life is a long holiday, would leisure be tedious than work?”. The third speaker was Sue Jean, having chosen a one word topic “Discipline”. Following that was Sutha as the forth speaker, with another one word speech entitled “Pollution”.Suresh was next to confidently volunteer, and randomly chose topic titled “Are men equal?” Last but not least, Gajendran our sixth speaker gave a speech about “Love”.

When the table topics session was all over, the cheerful and enthusiastic Jason Moi gave a clear and simple evaluation for the speakers.

Jason Moi TTE

Later, TOM Qin Mei continued by introducing the first assignment speaker, Jook Yew who gave his first Competent Communicator Manual speech titled “It’s up To You”. The next speaker was Jason Moi with his third Competent Communicator Manual speech entitled “The Role of Money”.

Jason’s speech ended with a 10 minutes break for refreshments and more socializing. After the intermission, Sergeant-At-Arms, Boon Keong called the meeting to order and the TOM introduced the third assignment speaker Jasmine. Jasmine’s second Advanced Communication Manual speech was a ‘Speaking to Inform’ assignment, and the title was “To Sleep or To Breath”. Last but not least, our President Ernest gave his second assignment speech from the Advanced Communication Manual. He was “Presenting an Award”, a real one in fact, to our Vice President of Education, John Lee for his recent achievement in a competition. Ernest presented like a pro with minor unnoticeable flaws.

After that, the Evaluators of the speakers came out to present their respective evaluation. Then, the Language Evaluator (Gajendran), AH Counter (Jee Aik), Time Keeper (Pui Yee) and General Evaluator (John Lee) presented their respective reports on the meeting.

Before the meeting ended, the Area Governor, Mustafa presented the President Distinguish Award to our club President in his Area Governor’s Address. A great achievement it was! To wrap things up, Ernest gave his Closing Speech with gratitude and words of encouragement for everyone to further contribute to the success of our club. With that, today’s meeting came to an end.


Boon Keong.

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