Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Apologies and Updates

to the very eager readers of our blog,

I am very sorry the post of our Club Contest is taking so long, our dedicated team of photographers took so many quality pictures that it is taking a very long time to process and upload them, however, do not fear, we will have a post soon

on another note, there will be NO MEETING ON THE 16TH OF AUGUST. Kindly take note and do not arrive on saturday morning, the only person there would be the security guard.

Thank you

Eagerly awaiting the photos as much as you are,
Jason Lim (VPPR)

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Message from our VPM

Fellow members,

When On Top, Stay On Top!

We've experienced how our club achieving President Distinguish Club Awards under presidency of our foresighted and capable leaders. However,the nearer the top we are, the harder we have to work to stay there. Thus, I decided to have a membership contest in our club in order to maintain or even increase the membership growth, hopefully adding more members to our big family!

Details are as below :

02 August 08 -- 15 Sept 08

Individuals who get 1 new member signing up as our club member (Paid at Bursary) will be awarded an Appreciation Certificate.

Individuals who get 2 new members signing up as our club members (Paid at Bursary) will be awarded a Toastmaster International Pin.

Individuals who get 3 and above new members signing up as our club members (Paid at Bursary) will be awarded a Significant Toastmaster International Trophy.

Criteria : NO ENTRY REQUIREMENT as long as you are an active member in our club, you are eligible!!

Let us make our club greater than ever before!

Chin, Vice President Membership
016-796 8718

Saturday, 2 August 2008

The Instllation dinner - from the Perspective of our SAA

Ashrel, Ming Haur, Pui Yee and I arrived at the Penthouse Menara Choy Fook On building. We were figuring the entrance into the building. Then Kevin arrived and bumped into us, followed by Boon Keong. Finally, we found the right way which was through the car park basement. I thought the Maharaj Restaurant was located on the first floor but turned out to be way higher than that!

We reached the floor and entered Maharaj Restaurant. As we walked into the room where the dinner was held, we saw most of the other members had already arrived, seated at their respective tables in high casual attire. The hospitable Gajendran welcomed and greeted each of us as we walked in. In there, the room looked like as if I was in the medieval age; it was decorated with two huge portraits that looked like king figures and triangle banners hung on the edges of the wall. This is from a perspective of a person who had never been into an Indian restaurant apart from mamak stalls. It was a great experience.

In one part of the dinner, one crowd (my crowd) stated telling lame jokes that caused uproar of laughter. “So this is what Toastmasters do when there are not in Toastmasters!” Boon Keong said. Most of the lame jokes were so lame that it I was lost at sea. They laughed at me when I was figuring hard. Jason Moi decided to tell what he called sophisticated joke (why is the portrait innocent?), hoping I would understand but I did not. “Wow, not even my sophisticated joke worked!” he said in surprise and the crowd laughed. Later on, somehow they were talking about the “Little Mermaid” music and imitating it. They imitated sounded so funny for me that I laughed out loud. “Wow, this one he gets it! We finally got him to laugh!” someone remarked.

Another part was the pick-up lines. Jason Lim had a lot of pick-up-lines which demonstrated his strong knowledge in it. However, some content of pick-up-lines sounded more for 18-above audience, so I thought it was inappropriate as I know some members below that age!

Later on, there was a Table Topics session! I was expecting some Karaoke actually. The first speaker, Boon Keong, spoke how he became a feminist. He said he likes girls while does not like guys as guys are mean. For example, John was mean to give him this tough topic, Boon Keong said. Next was Micheal, the long lost member who has returned from our club. Boon Keong begins, Micheal returns (this sentence is related to a lame joke)! He told us why he likes washing dishes. He likes to see his handsome face in the clean reflection of cutlery and just cannot stand dirty dishes like the ones on our tables (Qinmei, I have figured out why it is called Table Topics, lol…). Next was Kimmy, from UM Toastmasters Club. She told us the secret ingredient for her lustrous hair which was nothing more than her natural saliva! Yikes! After that was Jason Moi who was given the topic about his relationship with a 35-year-old woman. “John! Don’t you dare call her 35! She’s 17 in my heart!” And the way he expressed his feelings was so convincing that it sounded he really has one! Lastly came Jason Lim who told us why he should be the next president of the United States. One, he has Boon Keong as his feminist; two, he has Micheal to “clean” the country.

At the end of the dinner, Gajendran thanked everyone for coming. However, some still had not enough fun, so they decided to hang at mamak stall while some had gone home. Wonder how long did they hang out… Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable dinner as members were kept laughing throughout the night.

Here are some pictures of the night:

as seen by
Jee Aik

26th July

Another Toastmasters meeting has arrived. The meeting began a 9.36am. The audience was asked by the SAA, Boon Keong, how they knew about Toastmasters and everyone shared their story. The control then was passed to the president, John, who gave his presidential speech. He said all of us have a common goal: to communicate better. He hopes our relationship will be fostered through working towards the common goal. After that the TOM, Denise, took control. This was her very first time playing the TOM role. She told the TM history, requested the word of the day. The TOM role went smoothly and according to plan.

During the assignment speeches session, Kang Han gave his first assgnment speech, entitled“Why So Serious?” He was persuading the audience to watch the “Dark Night” movie. Reasons were: the seriousness of the director, the great cast, and Heath Ledger’s (Joker) great acting. He made many interesting evaluation points which showed his critical thinking skill for movies. Good job Kang Han! Looking forward to your next speech!

Then came Jook Yew who presented “Lying is the Best Policy.” Another persuasive message but instead of movie, it was ethic value. He told us how his parents lied to him about Santa clause to make him to behave well. As long as lying is done with good intention, it is good, according to Jook Yew.

After the break, Han Lian delivered his speech “Death Penalty, What Do You Know About It?” He argued that death penalty is cruel, unfair to the wrongly convicted, and destroys right to life. He told us how some torture methods were employed inhumanely and illustrated the one very vividly that it sent shiver down my spine!

Then came the last speaker, John, with his speech entitled “A Toast.” “Welcome to the Britney Spears Fan Club!” he said, and audience burst into laughter. He commended the striking things Britney Spears did, sarcastically, such as the kissing of a girl and having the shortest marriage. At the end, he gave a toast.
Then came the evaluation session. Qinmei evaluated Kang Han’s speech. It was her first time evaluating a speech, and she just completed her sixth project only last week. Ming Haur evaluated Jook Yew, Hedzri evaluated Han Lian, and Ernest evaluated John. Next were reports from other role players: Kevin (First time LE, was asked to play only that day.) Pui Yee (AC), Jason Moi, and Hadzrin (GE).

After the evaluation session was a workshop entitled “How to Organize a Successful Contest” by our area governor, Ernest. He briefed us the things needed to be done and considered before and during a contest. Then came the Q&A session where it was a fruitful discussion.
Lastly, John who concluded the meeting at the end of the day. The best speaker was himself while the best evaluator was Ernest. He thanked the guests and restated the message that HELP Toastmasters Club will emerge as champion in the Division W. The meeting ended at 11.53am.

prepared by
Jee Aik

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