There was a slight delay before we started our Visionary Leadership meeting. Both our Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) and General Evaluator (GE) apologized for arriving late as they were stuck in the NKVE jam. After their arrival, it was smooth driving along Friendship highway and we enjoyed the ride with these two gentlemen in control of the Speech and the Evaluation Session of the journey.
|Ian Tai the TME|
First-timer TME Ian performed his role with gusto and enthusiasm. It was evident that he had prepared assiduously for his role. We were impressed with his TME skills as he showed no signs of nervousness and empowered (word of the day) all of us to have an awesome meeting. Well done, Ian!
We were also happy for first-timer Table Topics Master Daphne. She spoke clearly and with confidence, repeated the question, and mentioning the speaker's name, just like in a Table Topics Contest. Bravo, Daphne!
Her table topics volunteers, Phileo, Sylvia, Ian, Wai Yee and Susan, answered questions relating to the leadership meeting theme. As Susan had presented a Leadership speech at our 5 April meeting, she spoke smoothly and assuredly on “If you are a manager, how would you help your subordinate who is less confident?” She suggested that we affirm their worth and potential before kindly and gently sharing with them on areas of improvement.
|Susan Lim, Best Table Topics Speaker|
Past President Lay Theng had us intrigued with the term “solo camping”. Describing her “48 Hours Home Alone” experience in the lush tropical rainforest of
, her encounters with a scorpion and a monkey provided ample opportunity for her to display her vocal variety. Her evaluator, Past President Kim, declared her speech A+, with A for Awesome. Malaysia
Like the Canadian goose soft toy that Kwok Hung provided for his Visual Aid speech, our “Nature’s lessons for Leaders” speaker flew in from the Northern hemisphere and landed on Friendship shore, to seek warmer weather. He delighted us with stories of Stephen the Squirrel, Benjamin the Beaver and Lucy, the Canadian Goose. Who would have thought that Theta’s travelling CEO (Chief Everything Officer) would have an arsenal of soft toys up his sleeve?
|From left: Sylvia, Kwok Hung, Phileo and IPP Ben Fong|
Was it “The Curse” as claimed by IPP Ben Fong when he found out two weeks ago that he was given a speaking slot for 19 April? He presented a hilarious and highly entertaining tale of how events seem to conspire against him while he was preparing for his speech. It was an AA (Absolutely Awesome) speech for its humorous content and I wished that it has been recorded so that we can enjoy it all over again.
Congratulations to IPP Ben Fong who has completed his ten speeches for his Advanced Communicator Bronze award. Well done to our IPP, as he was also the Best Project Speaker for this meeting!
|PP Ben Fong receiving his well-deserved ACB pin|
After a short break, GE Johnson Yike DTM from D’Utama Toastmasters Club took over the Evaluation session. To each of the evaluation from Chee Hoe, Alexandra, Kim and Angeline, he added further insights to help all our speakers improved. Thank you, GE Johnson.
|From left: PP Kim Chow, GE Johnson Yike DTM, SAA Sivadas, Treasurer Wai Yee & VPM Chee Hoe|
The award winners of our Visionary Leadership meeting are
Best Table Topics Speaker – Susan Lim
Best Project Speaker – Ben Fong
Best Speech Evaluator – Angeline Lee
Competent Communicator (CC) Pin – Chor Chee Hoe
District 51 Achieving Greatness Together Pin – Chor Chee Hoe
Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) Pin – Ben Fong
|Chee Hoe receiving his CC pin and D51 pin from Acting President Angeline Lee|
We also wish to bid a warm welcome to our newest member Sylvia! We hope Sylvia will enjoy her personal development journey in the areas of communication and leadership skills with her new Friendship family.
|Sylvia, our newest member, receiving her Competent Communicator manual from Acting President Angeline Lee|
For our 25 May meeting, VPM Chee Hoe is planning a few surprises for us for our Friendship birthday celebration. Friendship members, vote for your favourite Friendship Idol! The criteria is that this person is friendly, dedicated and attends meeting regularly. You have up to 3 May to send in your vote to our hard-working VPM. Results will be announced on 25 May.
Before our 25 May birthday celebration, we shall meet at our Annual General Meeting on 3 May. We will be electing the Club Officers for the term 2011/2012. Join us and exercise your right to choose who will be the next generation of Friendship leaders.