Toastmaster of the Evening Ian started the meeting with telling us a story of a man who went Beyond the Possible. Dr. Ralph C. Smedley invited a few young men to meet in the basement of YMCA and held the first Toastmasters meeting back in 1924.
Table Topics Master Zaiton continued with the Beyond the Possible meeting theme in the questions she had prepared for our intrepid Table Topic speakers.
Sylvia was motivated when her boss promised a reward to complete a difficult project on time. Dreaming of a financial reward, she put in extra effort to complete her tasks. In the end, although disappointed that she did not receive the anticipated financial reward, she gained something more valuable – the recognition from her colleagues for work well done.
Project speakers Sylvia and Andy
When Andy was assigned his first case, he was worried he might let his boss down. His boss decided to ask him to handle a hearing at federal court even though he was a junior lawyer. He prepared for his first case and was jubilant when he won the case, recovering RM50,000 for his boss.
Past President Lay Theng told us that between possible and impossible is just a fine line. During her schooldays, she was in the Quiz team and felt a heavy responsibility as her school had won 2 years in a row. When her team was eliminated in the first round, her teacher left the contest venue. However, there was a rematch due to a judging error. This time her team emerged as the champion! Her team managed to turn the impossible into possible, without their teacher, who had thought all was lost.
Lay Theng is Best Table Topic Speaker
For his project speech, Moses told us about his 2 years journey in Toastmasters. He found out that it was not just about delivering speeches, as he enjoyed giving evaluations as well.
Moses with Kwok Hung
For SAA Andy, in his “Why We Need to Write a Will” speech, he presented the pros and cons of not writing a will. A will is the last instruction from an individual, costing only RM3000 to RM5000 to prepare. Andy’s recommendation is that everyone should have a will drawn up, to safeguard the future of our loved ones.
Telling us that she had lost 3 kg in the last three months, Sylvia had our attention right from the start of her “The First Magic Meal” speech. She then revealed her secret of the first magic meal of the day consisting of fruits, low-fat milk, oats and whole-grain bread. She ended her persuasive speech with, “Just a simple breakfast can help you and your children to be smarter, lose weight and strengthen family relationship!”
Sylvia is Best Project Speaker !
During the evaluation session headed by Suat Hoong, President of MAICSA Toastmasters Club, she told us that we have the potential (word of the day) to improve as we are given evaluation. In fact, she could not imagine a Toastmasters meeting that does not have an evaluation session.
Suat Hoong is our General Evaluator
As we had time after the evaluation session, TME Ian decided to have second round table topics. As the impromptu Table Topics Master, Ian gave diverse topics to several speakers. IPP Zaiton spoke of her travels to 6 countries in one year, with the longest stop of 6 weeks in Germany. Kuok Hung spoke of satay as one of his favourite food and everyone agreed that Kajang serves the best satay!
Zaiton with TME Ian
At the age of 15, Sylvia’s ideal boyfriend was Tom Cruise. She could not sleep after watching his movie. Then at 25, she wanted a handsome man who would take care of her. Now, she decided her ideal boyfriend is someone who shares the same value as her.
Andy was in his element as he spoke about his first love – his new Honda City! He joyfully shared with us the superb performance of his car. He had dreamed of buying a car since he started work for KC Lim & Co. His dream finally came true in November 2010 when he collected his beloved car and drove it home.
Just before we ended the meeting, several awards were given out. Each of our speakers spoke of going Beyond the Possible and it came as no surprise that our winners are
Best Table Topic Speaker – Tan Lay Theng
Best Project Speaker – Sylvia Tan
Best Speech Evaluator – Moses Wong
Moses wins the Best Speech Evaluator award