Joint Meeting on 30.11.10
A question was asked 4 months ago, by Exact ADC Toastmasters Club to Friendship Toastmasters Club, “Shall we have a joint meeting?” Friendship members, being friendly people as our name implied, did not hesitate to reply, “Sure, why not?” This question lead to our two clubs meeting at G Tower on 30 November 2010, resulting in an evening of Infinite Possibilities.
Our newest member for Friendship leverage (Word of the Day) on the opportunity to do his Ice Breaker speech. Not only that, he had also taken to heart his Toastmasters pledge to bring guests to club meetings. Ian brought not just one, but two guests to this meeting, Scott and Jim.
Ian delivering his well prepared Ice Breaker speech
For the Table Topics session, Caroline, first-timer at the Table Topics Master role, gave us some interesting questions. Brenda explored the possibility of being Rachel Green, with Ross at her feet, adoring her with his puppy eyes, in the TV series “Friends”. Ian spoke of being David Beckham, while Susan was happy to talk about money growing on trees. Freddie took flight in his “If I could fly” impromptu speech. Our two guests, Scott and Jim, also leverage on the opportunity to do table topics and spoke of having super powers and travelling back in time.
In the prepared speech session, Brenda has us laughing at her tale of half an hour of joy as she peeked at a cute guy and he looked back. Not only did she entertain us with her tale of a schoolgirl crush, her message for us was to continue learning from birth to the day that we breathe our last.
Enjoying Brenda's speech !
Freddie took us to an alternate world where “If money is not a problem”, we would be paying our happy taxi drivers RM100 and asking them to keep the change. Andrew in his “Lazy Runner Does Penang” expounded on the pleasures of food and why he has to punish himself by running, after eating too much.
Our GE for this Infinite Possibilities meeting between Friendship and the equally friendly members of Exact ADC was Lee Wei Seong, Club Mentor Chair for Division W 2009/2010. He was eloquent in his sharing of his evaluation, and his wealth of experience enriched our evening.
His team of evaluators comprising of Soo Loon, Michelle of KPMG, Yuen Kai and Kim provided constructive feedback to our four project speakers. Kim was particularly impressive with her analogy of choppy Astro transmission during a rainy day and praising the speaker’s perseverance in delivering the project speech.
Grammarian Lay Theng, Ah Counter Ai Shiang and Timer Sivadas illuminated us on the good usage of language, the verbal crutches in our speeches and the areas of improvement for time management.
Right after the evaluation session, Wei Seong shared with us regarding mentoring. In his opinion, all of us are qualified to be mentors, as long as our heart is in it and we have some knowledge of the Toastmasters communication and leadership track. He stressed the importance of asking the mentees to select their mentors. After that, the mentors need to know their mentees’ aspirations and help to guide them in achieving their goals. Mentors, do not have doubt whether you are doing a good job, just do the best that you can as mentoring is not about teaching, it is about sharing.
Wei Seong receiving our token of appreciation
There were a number of awards presented to the talented club members of Area W3 on this fine evening of learning and enjoyment. The awards presented were
Best Table Topics Speaker – Freddie Yap
Best Project Speaker – Ian Tai
Best Speech Evaluator – Kim Chow
Ian is our Best Project Speaker. Well done, Ian !
The undisputed Best Speech Evaluator - Kim Chow
Tan Lay Theng, Area Governor 2009/2010 presented the following awards to the deserving recipients.
District 51 Distinguished Club 2009/2010 – Yeow Yuen Kai
Division W Toastmaster of the Year for Exact ADC – Lai Chee Yoong
Distinguished Club Award for Exact
Lay Theng also received District 51 President’s Distinguished Area award, a testimony of her commitment to serve diligently, dedication to excel in her Area Governor duties and a shining example of a selfless Toastmaster.
Last but not least, here is our group photo to commemorate our evening of laughter, learning and sharing. Thank you, Exact ADC, for being our marvelous host for this enjoyable joint meeting!