Be Open To Possibilities
By Angeline Lee
Our Toastmaster of the Evening, Past President KC Lim, motivated us to aim for excellence with this reminder: Excellence is a positive habit, a positive culture.
It was indeed an excellent evening, as we listened to two prepared speeches from Kent Ho and Alexandra Lau.
Although it was only Kent’s second speech, he dazzled us with his excellence in incorporating material from “Inspire the Audience” - Project No. 10 in our Competent Communication Manual.
Kent inspired us with the story of Blake Mycoskie who vowed to donate a pair of shoes to the children of Argentina for every pair of shoes that he sold. Although Blake was criticized, he persevered with his dream and has to date, donated one million pair of shoes. Kent then put in an emotional appeal to us to do a small act of kindness, everyday.
In “The Pianist in the Mall”, Alexandra told the touching story of a pianist who gave his best regardless of how much he was paid or how many people were listening to his recital. The pianist played as if he was playing at an opera house. He was playing in his paradise and God was in his soul, and in his hands.
We had a number of guests who attended our “Be Open to Possibilities” evening. Among them was VPPR Patrick Lim from Klang Bilingual Toastmasters Club who was Kent’s evaluator.
All the way from Cyberjaya Toastmasters Club was President Tejinder Singh who played the role of Table Topics Evaluator.
Tejinder Singh presenting his Table Topics evaluation
Towards the end of our “Be Open to Possibilities” meeting, a number of awards were presented:
Best Table Topics Speaker – Angeline Lee
CL pin – Angeline Lee
ALB pin – Tan Lay Theng
Outstanding President – Tan Lay Theng
Angeline Lee receiving the Best Table Topics Speaker certificate from President Ben Fong
Tan Lay Theng receiving her ALB pin from President Ben Fong
IPP Tan Lay Theng receiving the Outstanding President Award from Past Area W6 Governor SKL Walia, DTM
It was an emotional moment for SKL Walia, DTM, as she presented the Outstanding President award to our IPP Tan Lay Theng. She praised Lay Theng for her high standards of integrity and diligence. Under her excellent guidance and leadership, Friendship Toastmasters Club achieved President’s Distinguished Club status.
Two days after our 6 April meeting, we were at Tiffani Kiara to watch our Club Contest champions delivering their award-winning performances at our Area W7 International Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest.
Congratulations to Freddie Yap and Tom Chen! FTMC is very proud of their excellent performances. Both won an award each.
Freddie Yap, second runner-up in the Area W7 International Speech Contest, receiving his award from Area W7 Governor Tan Lay Theng
From left: Area W7 ISC 2nd runner up Freddie Yap, 1st runner up Tan May Lee (Ireka), Champion Grace Lee (KPMG), Area Governor Tan Lay Theng, ISC Chair Ganesh Sangaran
Area W7 Table Topics Contest Champion, Thomas Chen, receiving his award from Area W7 Governor Tan Lay Theng
From left: Area W7 Table Topics Contest Chair Lee Su Jane, Table Topics Champion Thomas Chen, 2nd runner-up Leonard Yee (Ireka), 1st runner-up S. Pirahaspathy (Hasil), Area W7 Governor Tan Lay Theng
To Tom, we wish you all the best at the Division W Table Topics Contest on 24 April at KDU College. Friendship members and friends, do join us on 24 April to cheer Tom on. May he win his next accolade – Division W Table Topics Champion!