Monday, May 30, 2011

Newsletter_Volume 9 Issue 17

Alexandra Lau, VPPR

Volume 9 Issue 17

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah DTM in 2000.
PP 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_24 May 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meeting Notice

Angeline Lee, VPE cum Area W3 Governor

Dear Friendship Members,

Our four speakers are in the final round of preparation. We will be having lots of guests helping us to celebrate our 12th birthday. There will be music, special performance, Friendship Idol announcement, birthday cake and YOU, our favourite VIP member !

Our Past Presidents are as follows:

1998/1999 TL Wuan (Past President of ACCA Toastmasters Club and 

                                   Founding Member of Friendship Toastmasters Club)
1999/2000 Kim Chow
2000/2001 Teresa Choong
2001/2002 Tony Lim
2002/2003 Khoo Nee Wern
2003/2004 Catherine Mah
2004/2005 James Arokiasamy
2005/2006 Lim Kien Chai @ KC Lim
2006/2007 Freddie Yap
2007-2008 Kwong Choong Mun
2008/2009 Tan Lay Theng
2009/2010 Ben Fong

Are you ready to celebrate with us ? Do check out the special events planned by our Organising Chair Chee Hoe. There will be speeches, surprises and prizes. Not forgetting the birthday cake.
Join us on 24 May for feasting, friendship & fellowship !
See you at Bukit Kiara.
Your VPE,

Speechcraft Program on 16 & 17 Apr 2011

Report by Angeline Lee, VPE cum Area W3 Governor

Angeline Lee

Speechcraft Program

Thanks to the hard work and committed effort of President Zaiton and VPPR Alexandra, Friendship Toastmasters Club successfully conducted its Speechcraft program on 16 and 17 April 2011.

Day 1 – 16 April 2011

We were at THIT, a cosy training centre located at Subang Square by 8.30 AM to set up the room and registration desk.

From left: Andy, Daphne, Susan & Grace at the registration desk

While waiting for all the participants to arrive, Organizing Chair Zaiton decided to reshuffle the morning agenda. We had our tea break of nasi lemak before TME Grace Tan kick-start the Speechcraft session.

With her trademark high energy, enthusiasm and spontaneity, it was a great start to a fun-filled, educational session. We had the opportunity to learn from 4 speakers.

Daniel Teh conducting the "Ice-Breaker" session

Daniel Teh (AFC Toastmasters Club) recommended using words to capture attention. Keep the sentences short with the speaking rate of not more than 140 words per minute to allow time for the audience to digest and think what we have just said.

Grace Tan conducting the "Introducing A Speaker" session

Using the Grace’s IOI (Impressive, Outstanding and Impactful) method, we will be able to introduce a speaker with flair. She also suggested walking to the emcee with energy after being introduced.

VPPR Alexandra conducting the session "Speak With Conviction."

Alexandra’s ingenious idea of asking our participants to explain why they should be given $1 million was the perfect assignment to learn how to speak with conviction.

President Zaiton presenting "From Hello To Goodbye"

Zaiton’s presented a beautiful analogy of speakers as sellers of ideas. To sell our ideas effectively, we must first identify the purpose of our speech. This will then determine the organization of our speech.

Evon, one of the participants, presenting her speech

Putting into practice what they have just been taught, participants presented a short 3 minutes speech to introduce themselves followed by the second assignment to introduce a speaker.

Day 2 – 17 April 2011

Alexandra, assistant organising chair, hard at work 

Susan (left) helping out with registration and video recording duties.
Daphne (right) helping out with registration and timer duties. 

VPM Chee Hoe shares his experiences with the participants on 17 April.

The second day of the Speechcraft started off with an energetic presentation by Hilson Yeap (AFC Toastmasters Club) on 'Show What You Mean'. He showed us how to master the effective body language during speech delivery. According to Hilson, body language together with our verbal words will help us to express, clarify, enhance and dramatize our message. It will also grab the audience’s interest and attention to focus on the speaker.

Chief facilitator Daniel Teh

Next, Daniel enlightened the participants on useful tips for 'Vocal Variety' and 'Work With Words'. Daniel also had an interactive session with the participants in the Effective ECS Presentation segment. He showed us how to keep the presentation short and sweet.

Lunch break

Instead of falling asleep after lunch, our participants were working on their assignment enthusiastically. They believed that the best way to improve is by practicing and doing the exercises provided. Their assignment presentation was evaluated by Grace and other facilitators. The constructive evaluation given by Grace was very helpful for them to hone their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

Participants enjoying the games session

The speechcraft program was then uplifted by a fun and meaningful game session of "What's my name?" Every participant had a name tag on his/her back and he/she had to ask questions to find out "What's my name?" Some questions were prohibited, for instance, "Who am I?", "What's my name?" and "Who are my family members?" The aim of this game session was to demonstrate the art of asking questions. As we all know, we can't avoid asking question in any form of communication.

As the emcee, I learned how to coordinate with the facilitators of different sessions. The emcee is responsible for the energy level of the audience. It was a golden learning opportunity to work with and learn from experienced speakers such as Daniel Teh, Hilson Yeap and Grace Tan.

President Zaiton who is also the organising chair
presenting a certificate of appreciation to Grace Tan, one of the facilitators

This was Daphne’s first time joining a Speechcraft program. She shares her thoughts with us:

It is indeed a pleasure to have the opportunity to help out and at the same time observe a Speechcraft program. I find it fantastic and very inspiring. I love the distinguished and marvelous speakers, the training environment and the people who I have met. I will soon use the skills learned in my project speeches.

Group photo of participants and role-players

Monday, May 16, 2011

Photos @ AGM_03 May 2011

Report by Angeline Lee, VPE cum Area W3 Governor
Angeline Lee


With the confirmation of quorum required for our once a year Annual General Meeting (AGM), President Zaiton started our meeting.

President Zaiton conducting the AGM

The Club Officer for term 2010/2011 presented their respective reports.

President’s report was presented by Zaiton Zainal Abidin
Vice President of Education’s report was presented by Angeline Lee
Vice President of Membership’s report was presented by Chor Chee Hoe
Vice President of Public Relations’ report was presented by Alexandra Lau
Secretary’s report was presented by Acting Secretary Angeline Lee
Treasurer’s report was presented by Chor Wai Yee
Sergeant At Arms’ report was presented by Sivadas

The reports were adopted with minor amendments in the Treasurer's report as proposed by PP Teresa Choong, one of the club auditors.

The next item in the agenda was the Club Officers’ election. With the successful conclusion of this election, Friendship is pleased to announce that the Club Officers for term 2011/2012 are

President – Angeline Lee
Vice President Education – Chor Chee Hoe
Vice President Membership – Alexandra Lau
Vice President Public Relations – Susan Lim
Secretary – Daphne Au
Treasurer – Ian Tai
Sergeant At Arms – Andy Supramaniam

The Club Officers for 2011/2012

After a short break, we then moved on to the Project Speech Session. In her “From Good to Great” speech, Past President Lay Theng recalled Division W Governor 2009/2010 DTM Soh Fong Wai’s analogy for a Toastmasters leadership journey. He said, “When you join the club, it is like learning how to swim in a safe and small swimming pool, and you swim with the friends from your club whom you are familiar with. When you become the Area Governor, you go to the public swimming pool of Olympic size and you will face different challenges. This is the training ground for you to prepare yourself, so that you can one day go to the ocean.”

She also recounted a thought-provoking idea that she learnt from Jim Collin, the author of the book “Good To Great”. Jim Collin said, "Good is the enemy of Great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” Lay Theng then asked us whether we wanted to be good or great. We agreed with her whole-heartedly that being great is better than being good.

As the second speaker, I presented my “A Brief History of Time” speech for the Speaking To Inform manual. I shared about my Lee family blog and demonstrated the few simple steps required to create a blog and to do the first posting. To my surprise, at the end of the meeting, Teresa and Lay Theng both informed me they were also interested in starting up their own blog.

Phileo, performing Timer duties for the first time, reported that we were on time for most of the items in the program agenda. 

Phileo giving his Timer report

At the end of the evening, the following awards were presented:
Competent Leader (CL) award for President Zaiton
Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) award for President Zaiton
District 51 Best Area/Division Website award won by Area W3 and announced during the Penang Convention. Area W3 webmaster is VPM Chee Hoe

President holding her CL and ALB pins.
Chee Hoe and Angeline with their Best Area/Division Website award

Past President Freddie has nothing but praise for our President, who has single-handedly contributed 2 DCP points for our club.

President Zaiton deserves heaps of praise for her strings of achievements during her tenure. The term is filled with many events which she led persistently from the drawing board to fruition. Check out all these memorable events in our blog and Facebook.

President Zaiton, your dynamism has certainly taken Friendship to a higher level of success. Congratulations and a big THANK YOU for your outstanding leadership!

President Zaiton and members of Friendship

AGM Programme_03 May 2011

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Notice of AGM

On 24 April 2011 17:19, Angeline Lee  wrote:

Dear Friendship Members,
Our next meeting will not be a regular meeting. In fact, it will be a once-in-a-year type of meeting, as we will be having our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the 7 Club Officers for term 2011/2012. The 7 Club Officers positions are
Vice President of Education
Vice President of Membership
Vice President of Public Relations
Sergeant at Arms 
The 7 members of Friendship who will be elected for the above positions will be honouring their Toastmaster’s Promise to serve my club as an officer when called upon to do so. Immediate Past President Ben will be announcing the nominations for the above positions soon.
Please join us at this AGM as we require a quorum of at least 50% of our members attendance for this election to be valid, as required by Toastmasters International ruling.
I will be sending out the program agenda for the AGM in a few days' time. In the meantime, please clear your schedule for 3 May 7 PM to join us at our AGM, at Bukit Kiara.
We are looking forward to meeting up with everyone on 3 May.
Your VPE,