Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Notice of Meeting

Ben Fong, IPP

16th October 2010

We are the world,
We are almost done,
We are always working on the program sheet to make things better,
And i thank you all, for making it possible,
For the program to be as worthy as this one .......

FTMC: Club Meeting 19/10/2010 with the theme "We Are The World"

Good day fellow members and guest in circulation, 4 days to the meeting day and preparation is in good progress. I believe the meeting should be fun and exciting as we have many members and imported roleplayers pledging their time to join us for the night to play along the theme “We Are The World

The word of the day is “Altruism”. Which means selflessness; an attitude or way of behaving marked by unselfish concern for the welfare of others, belief in acting for others’s good.


Ben Fong
Immediate Past President
Friendship Toastmasters Club
Meeting Venue: Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort
(Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month)
Time: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Membership Building Contest

Announcement from Chor Chee Hoe, VPM

Dear Friends,

The Friendship Membership Building Contest is happening from September to November 2010.

Before telling you more about the contest, I would like to ask you: "Why did you join Toastmasters?" For most members, it’s because someone invited them to a Toastmasters meeting and they discovered the benefits that Toastmasters provide.

Dr Ralph C Smedley said, “The deepest joy of belonging comes as one learns to coorperate, contribute and help…” That’s why we all are still retaining our membership by paying the semi-annual fees.

Have you invited anyone to our club meeting?

Think of the people you know who should join Toastmasters.

Make a list, speak to them and invite them to our meeting. Don't be shy but don’t be too aggressive. Let us share with others the benefits we have gained for ourselves. Give them the opportunity!

The membership campaign committee members, Alexandra and Wai Yee, are working together with all of you, to make this contest a success. Every member has an equal chance to be the winner of the contest!

When you attend a regular meeting, you earn 3 points.
When you bring a guest to our meeting, you earn 5 points.
When you manage to sponsor a member, you earn 10 points.

The member who collects the most points at the end of November will be the winner of the contest. The winner will be presented with a mystery gift sponsored by our IPP Ben Fong.

In addition to that, any member who manages to sponsor 5 or more new members will be awarded with one term of free membership. So, what are you waiting for? Spread the greatness of Friendship with others as soon as possible!

To date, Grace has collected the most points, 21 points in total, followed by Tony Lim, 16 points. Members, hurry up and overtake Tony and Grace!

Best Regards,
Chee Hoe
Vice President Membership

Photos @ 05 Oct 2010

Report by Angeline Lee, VPE
Leadership By Example

Three charming ladies - From L: Susan, Rosalyn and Lay Theng

In our 5 October Leadership By Example meeting, first-timer TME Alexandra Lau invited each of us to share our thoughts on "Who is the leader in my life". True to the saying that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, a number of us answered "The leader in my life is my mother"!

From L: Our guest Susan, Evaluator Lay Theng, Timer Emily, General Evaluator Kuok Sum and guest Ian

Continuing with the leadership team, Table Topics Master Tony Lim, whom TME Alex introduced correctly as a successful sales director, gave us some challenging questions.

Table Topics Evaluator (TTE) Thomas Chen was superb in his assessment of every speaker. For IPP Ben Fong’s “You can’t predict the future, but you can create it”, he praised Ben as a handsome and gentle gentleman, but felt he could be more dynamic in his speechmaking.
Angeline spoke on “Leaders are trained, not born”, elaborating on the Toastmasters leadership track as an excellent example about leadership training.
Our first-time guest Susan showed exemplary courage by stepping forward to express her opinions about her most admired leader, Dale Carnegie. (Exemplary is the Word of the Day)

Susan explaining about her most admired leader

Ian our second-time guest, was encouraged by Rosalyn and our General Evaluator (GE) to attempt table topics. He spoke on “Leaders must encourage and energize”.


Rosalyn revealed to us that her father is her role model in the topic: “Leaders must have integrity”.

Our TTE’s comprehensive assessment of areas of improvement touched on vocal variety, speaking with confidence and purposeful body language. Our GE, Kuok Sum from TTDI Toastmasters Club, was impressed with Thomas’ evaluation. The club was also captivated by Thomas' exemplary performance as an evaluator and we voted him the Best Evaluator.

Best Evaluator Thomas Chen

For the project speech segment, Rosalyn delivered her sixth speech on “About Communication”. She stressed on the importance of both vocal and written communication and told us several tales to illustrate her points.

Chee Hoe’s speech on “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dangers” started and ended with a ferocious growl. His well-researched speech was full of facts - there were 3,000 tigers in the 1950s but today only 500 remained. Human habitation has reduced the tigers' natural habitat by 74% . He urged us to take action now to save our Malayan tigers by making a donation to WWF Malaysia.

The final results for this exemplary meeting are
Best Table Topics Speaker Rosalyn Tan
Best Project Speaker Rosalyn Tan
Best Evaluator Tom Chen

Rosalyn receiving her awards from President Zaiton. Looking on is TME Alex

In the evaluation session, GE Kuok Sum praised the energetic start to the meeting, and a Presidential speech that was well-prepared. He found our meeting to be nice and fruitful. He was happy to share with us his observations and equally happy to learn from everyone at this meeting. This diligent GE continued with his feedback after the meeting when he approached us individually to provide us with his detailed feedback. Thank you, Kuok Sum, for being so thorough in your evaluation of the entire meeting.

GE Kuok Sum receiving a token of appreciation from President Zaiton

Our guests’ feedback was encouraging as well. Susan appreciated the evaluation session which did not condemn the speakers or subject them to destructive criticism. Ian found the meeting entertaining and educational.

At the end of the meeting

Ben also shared with us his experience as an emcee for his friend’s wedding. He was surprised to discover that performing as an emcee for 800 guests is the same as performing as the TME for a Toastmasters meeting. Thanks to his TME experience, the emcee role was a breeze for him. Coincidentally, he will be our TME for our next meeting on 19 October with the meeting theme We Are The World. Will we be hearing some singing from him? Join us on 19 October to find out!

Newsletter_Volume 9 Issue 5

Volume 9 Issue 5

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah, DTM, in 2000
Ben Fong took over as editor from 04 July 2006 to 20 October 2009
Angeline Lee was the editor from November 2009 to June 2010
Alexandra Lau is the current editor

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Meeting Programme_05 Oct 2010

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Notice of Meeting

From Angeline Lee, VPE

From: Angeline Lee [mailto:angeline.lee.sl@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:31 PM
Subject: Friendship 5 Oct Meeting - Leadership By Example

Dear Friends,

We have just had a fun, fantastic & fabulous meeting two days ago. A number of us dressed up in green, adding to the festive Raya atmosphere.

In addition to the interesting I resolved to ... table topics questions and answers, we had 3 excellent, entertaining speeches by Emily, Lay Theng and Kwok Hung. It was a tough decision for us to decide who was the Best Project Speaker. Bravo to our 3 fabulous speakers !

I am looking forward to another fabulous meeting. This mail is sent out earlier than usual so that we can prepare for our roles in advance, as we have just learnt that Good Plans Shape Good Decisions.

For October 5, our theme shall be Leadership By Example. Are you a leader whom others seek to emulate ? Do you wish to be an exemplary (Word of the Day) leader that others look upon with admiration ? Never fear, Friendship is just the place for you to practice on your leadership skills as you perform your meeting roles. A well-prepared Toastmaster with the good intention of doing his/her best in each meeting, in my opinion, is on the way to being an exemplary leader.

What's In It For You in this Leadership By Example meeting?
  • First-timer TME Alex, who is diligently working on her CL manual. We wish her all the best in her maiden role as TME
  • 6 project speakers who have requested for speaking slots. Evidently we have many leaders who wish to improve on their communication skills!
  • Meeting roles available for you to select your preferred role to polish your leadership skill e.g. evaluate to motivate or inspire the audience to participate in the Table Topics session
  • Our newest member, Andy, who is taking up the Ah-Counter role for the second time in a row, as he wishes to do a better job as an Ah-Counter
  • A dedicated GE who is always doing evaluation even though he is not your assigned evaluator. Do not be surprise if he walks up to you and provide his evaluation on your meeting role/project speech during the break or at the end of the meeting. He is always willing to share his Toastmasters knowledge, you just to ask and thou shall receive (his words of acquired knowledge and wisdom). Do not be misled by his youthful looks
  • An announcement by our equally youthful looking VPPR

Do have a look at our program agenda for Oct 5. Everyone is welcome to join in. As the saying goes - The more the merrier. We certainly want to be merry and to have another entertaining, learning experience.

Hope to meet up with everyone again on Oct 5 !

Best regards,
Angeline, VPE

Photos @ 21 September 2010

Good Plans Shape Good Decisions
Report by Angeline Lee

For our Good Plans Shape Good Decisions meeting, first-timer TME Vincent Wong certainly put in a lot of planning and preparation for his role. Each role-player was given a lavish introduction. There was even humour as he introduced the table topics session as either purgatory or paradise.

Our Table Topics Master Grace Tan ingeniously put in the words “I resolve” into each table topic question, placed in a lantern. That ensured that the Word Of the Day "resolve" was used at least once by each table topics speaker. The various speakers who resolved to improve their impromptu speaking skills were Danniel, Kwok Hung, Ali, Ian and Kim.

Guests Ali & Ian, TME Vincent, Ali and Kwok Hung

As this was a Raya cum Mooncake Festival celebration meeting, the dress code was green which many members and guests cheerfully and sportingly comply with.

Ladies in green – Angeline, Lay Theng, Rosalyn, Grace, Kim & Alex

We then had 3 great project speeches. Although it was an Ice Breaker speech from Emily, our GE Kay Wong from Indrahana Toastmasters Club said that Emily struck her as an experienced speaker and has the makings of a future champion speaker!

President Zaiton presenting Emily her Ice Breaker ribbon

In “A Record to be Broken”, our Best Project Speaker, Lay Theng, astounded us by telling us she did not miss a day of work for the past 18 years, as she did not take any medical leave. She then shared with us her BMS (Body, Mind and Spiritual) method of achieving this unblemished record. Not only was she a humorous speaker, her well-prepared speech was a delight from start to finish.

For Kwok Hung’s “Sometimes the Ball Bounces Back”, he shared with us a hilarious tale of 5 missed flights due to his late arrival at various airports. His misadventures include misreading 2200 to mean 12 midnight, experiencing a bus break down, and even a taxi break down. This entertaining Vocal Variety speech had equal measures of misadventures and divine intervention which had us laughing out loud.

Our Evaluation session headed by GE Kay Wong, was another fantastic segment to our great meeting. She praised our enthusiastic spirit, good attendance and warmth amongst our members. She also gave encouraging words to everyone on the evaluation team consisting of evaluators Tom, Ben, Tony, Danniel as well as Grammarian Angeline, Ah-Counter Andy and Timer Sivadas. She was correct in pointing out that our time management could be improved as our meeting ended later than usual.
Thank you to our insightful and encouraging GE Kay Wong

Among the awards handed out were
Ice Breaker Ribbon – future champion speaker Emily Kok
Best Table Topics Speaker – the ever vivacious and beautiful Kim Chow
Best Project Speaker – yet another champion speaker Tan Lay Theng
Best Evaluator – the soul of spontaneity Danniel Lim
Best Dressed Green Lady – the beautiful and sexy Grace Tan
Best Dressed Green Man – our guest Ali

Best Table Topics Speaker Kim Chow

Best Project Speaker Lay Theng

Best Evaluator Danniel, from Money & You Toastmasters Club

Here’s hoping that we have another exemplary (word of the day) meeting on 5 Oct with our meeting theme Leadership By Example. With good planning and preparation by every single role player, and enthusiastic participation from members during our meeting, surely every one is a winner and a leader as we continue in Enriching Our Life - Division W Theme - at every Friendship Toastmasters meeting.

Newsletter_Volume 9 Issue 4

Volume 9 Issue 4

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah, DTM, in 2000
Ben Fong took over as editor from 04 July 2006 to 20 October 2009
Angeline Lee was the editor from November 2009 to June 2010
Alexandra Lau is the current editor

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Meeting Programme_21 Sep 2010

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