At our “Magical Transformation” 5 April 2011 meeting, Past President James Arokiasamy who was our TME asked us, “How are you feeling?” Then he held up a cue card with the word “AWESOME” written on it. Indeed, it was awesome as we had 7 visiting Toastmasters from 5 clubs! They are
- General Evaluator, Geoff Andrew DTM from MIM KL
- Invocation speaker, Mohamad Abdullah DTM from MII
- Evaluators Daniel Teh and Jocelyn Lim, and guest Alireza from AFC
- Evaluator, V.S. Ravi from UEM
- Patrick Lim from ITC Bintang
Another awesome fact was that we had 4 non-Toastmasters guests and two of them, Rosalie and Sylvia, signed up as members!
|From L: Rosalie (guest), Jocelyn (Evaluator from AFC), Phileo, Sylvia (guest), VPPR Alexandra, PP Lay Theng & Alireza (AFC)|
Geoff Andrew DTM, the General Evaluator, was full of praise for TME James. In his opinion, James was charismatic and brought credibility as well as humour to his role. He also shared with us that 7 years ago, James took the trouble to help him translate his speech into Tamil and coached him. Subsequently, Geoff delivered this speech at a Tamil Toastmasters meeting.
|James Arokiasamy is in his element, performing as the TME|
For her highly entertaining speech, Past President Lay Theng won the Best Project Speaker award hands down. Her school day photos from 1982 and 1984 showing her unsmiling countenance, made us laugh out loud when she told us that her body language (facial expression) was not telling the truth. She then showed us a photo from 2010 with her charming smile and had us agreeing that she has made vast improvement in her resolution to improve in her body language.
|PP Lay Theng is Best Project Speaker|
DTM Geoff made the evaluation session an awesome learning experience. In his opinion, the meeting was a quality meeting because it was well-run. Thank you, DTM Geoff, for the quality evaluation session.
|Geoff Andrew DTM in action as the GE. Looking on are PP Lay Theng, Alireza (AFC) and President Zaiton|
|From L: Ian, Grace, Mohamad Abdullah DTM, PP Freddie Yap and Andy|
The award winners for our Magical Transformation meeting are
Best Table Topics Speaker – Grace Tan
Best Project Speaker – Tan Lay Theng
Best Speech Evaluator –
Half CC Ribbon – Tan Lay Theng
Ice Breaker Ribbon – Andy Supramaniam
|The amazing Grace is Best Table Topics Speaker|
|Ravi from UEM is Best Speech Evaluator|
|PP Lay Theng receiving her half CC ribbon from President Zaiton|
|Andy receiving the Ice Breaker ribbon for his Ice Breaker speech delivered on 15 March|
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to VPPR Alexandra for diligently sending out Facebook invitations. Her effort paid off because Patrick of ITC Bintang attended our meeting.
|Patrick (ITC Bintang) decided to attend our meeting after receiving a Facebook invitation|
Susan shared with us that at our 8 February meeting, she felt downcast after delivering her Timer report. The next day, Past President Kim called her up and her encouraging words made Susan’s day. Thank you, Past President Kim for your prescient observation and your thoughtful gesture, showing us yet another example of friends helping friends to succeed.
Our next meeting will be on 19 April with the meeting theme “Visionary Leadership”. Ian has quickly said yes to the TME role in his quest to work on his leadership skills. We have absolutely no doubt that this first-timer TME who is also working on his Competent Leadership manual will prepare assiduously for his role.
Every meeting is an opportunity to seize the day and work towards being a better you – a capable speaker and leader. See you soon on 19 April at our “Visionary Leadership” meeting !