Monday, August 13, 2012

Humorous & Evaluation Speech Contest 2012

Friendship Toastmasters Club had an exciting,  engaging and entertaining Humorous Speech And Evaluation Contest on August 7, 2012. The contest was diligently organized and chaired by our VPE Daphne Au as the Evaluation Contest Chair, and VPPR Ian Tai as the Humorous Speech Contest Chair.

For the Humorous Speech contest, five brave souls stepped out to compete – IPP Angeline Lee, Moses Wong, Sivadas, Alexandra Lau and Timothy Nakayama. All contestants had us laughing at the humorous parts of their speeches. Well done contestants!
For the Evaluation Contest,  our Test Speaker Lee Siew Li from HELP University Toastmasters Club, shared a strong message with us, to be “HAPPY” with our life. Once again, five evaluators were competing. They were none other than IPP Angeline Lee, Moses Wong, Alexandra Lau, Timothy Nakayama and Ian Tai who gave their best in pointing out the good, the “less-than-good” and more importantly, suggestions for improvements.
The contest results are as follow:

Humorous Speech Contest:
Champion: Timothy Nakayama

1st Runner Up: Alexandra Lau
2nd Runner Up: Moses Wong

Evaluation Contest:
Champion: Timothy Nakayama

1st Runner Up: Moses Wong

2nd Runner Up: Angeline Lee

Chief Judge Teoh Chun Ming accepting the Certificate of Appreciation from President Alexandra
Congratulations to all winners and on behalf of the club, I would like to thank all contestants, guests, members and role players who made this contest a fruitful meeting. Special thanks to Organising Chair Daphne Au, Chief Judge Teoh Chun Ming and helpers from HELP University Toastmasters Club and Ireka Toastmasters Club who contributed to the success of this event.

Ian Tai
VP Public Relations

Friendship Masquerade Night July 17, 2012

An evening full of Fun, Laughter and Entertainment!

Friendship Toastmasters Club started the new term 2012-13 With A BANG! In conjunction with the Installation Ceremony, the club planned to do something different – To celebrate in style and glame,
The party was brilliantly hosted by “Phantom” of the evening, Timothy Nakayama and the ever-lovely and sweet, Daphne Au.

Hosts of the evening “Phantom” (Timothy Nakayama) and Daphne Au

To get everyone into the party mood; game host, Sylvia Tan got everyone worked out in the Ice-Breaking game. All participants are divided into groups. Similar to treasure hunts, participants were required to search for hidden questions in the venue and answer the questions within a given time.

Some of the questions in the Ice-Breaking Game

After the Ice-Breaking Game was the highlight of the evening, Friendship Club Installation Ceremony conducted by Division W Governor, Tan Lay Theng. With great honour, the former executive team passed the baton to the new executive team, led by Alexandra Lau as Club President for the new term 2012-2013.

Executive Team for term 2012-2013

Vivien Kok took her oath as Club Treasurer 2012-2013

After the installation ceremony, we started off with a blast with our “Amazing” Grace Tan, lifting our spirits by leading us in singing our club anthem, “Eagle”.

The sound of music continues with two more acoustic performances by club member, Lien Chai, charming us with his acoustic performance and his dashing voice singing “Matahari”. This was followed by our own Club Choir with the song “I Won’t Give Up”, accompanied by guitar played David Lai from Puchong Mandarin Toastmasters.

Lien Chai singing “Matahari” by Rashdan Harith
David Lai and Friendship Club choir

To add in the “mysterious” effect, we witnessed an eye opening magic show from Patrick Lim imported from DU Advance Toastmasters Club. We are extremely fortunate to be able to invite him as our guest performancer.

Master of Illusion, Patrick Lim
Game Host, Sylvia Tan hit the stage again by giving all of us another workout session on building towers made of balloons.  Ian Tai took control on the “Talk & Mime” session which was hilariously done by all 6 participants Sharifah, Tan Tyng Yng (from IBM Toastmasters), Penny Choo (from MidValley Toastmasters), Oh Lien Chai, Timothy and David Lai. Well done, guys!
Balloon Tower built by participants
“Talk& Mime” performed by Sharifah and Penny Choo
The much awaited Luck Draw was led by Area W3 Governor and Club Secretary, Chor Chee Hoe. The lucky draw gifts were sponsored by Past President Ben Fong, Past President KC Lim and Sylvia Tan. The winners are Immediate Past President (IPP) Angeline Lee and Penny Choo. The Grand Prize was won by Shane Lim from AFC Toastmasters Club.
IPP Angeline accepting the lucky draw gift from President Alexandra
The evening could not possibly end without a catwalk, Masquerade style. Our flamboyant participants are Moses Wong with his yellow wig, Timothy (Phantom) Nakayama, Saied (AFC Toastmasters), Cleopatra Grace Tan, Past President Zaiton with her rooster mask and YS Lee (AFC Toastmaster), the sexiest belly dancer of the night. All had shown us how to do the “serious” catwalk in 30 seconds.

Finalists for Best Dress Female – Grace Tan, Zaiton and YS Lee
Phantom showing off his Eight Trigram Palm
After the closing address by President Alexandra, we had a birthday cake surprise for VPE Daphne Au. There were no candles on the cake as this is another mystery!
The Masquerade Night was indeed a night to remember. To all guests, Friendship members, participants from AFC Toastmasters, Midvalley Toastmasters, Crystal Toastmasters and IBM Toastmasters, and not forgetting lucky draw sponsors Ben Fong, KC Lim and Sylvia Tan; the evening would not have been successful without your active participation and support.

More photos of this event can be viewed at Friendship Toastmasters’ Facebook Page at
Contributed by Club President Alexandra and VPPR Ian

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Club Meeting 19 June 2012

It was a night full of achievements! We had an Ice Breaker speech, an Inspiring speech, a member who presented his first Friendship speech and we also had an Advance manual speech.

(From left) Friendship members Daphne, Ean, TME Sylvia, Ian, Lien Chai, Ricky, Wai Lik and Angeline

Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) Sylvia started the meeting on time, greeting our guests and members. 

TME Sylvia (right) with Ean, whom she introduced to Toastmasters

We began with the New Members Induction Ceremony conducted by Vice President of Membership Alexandra. Wai Lik and Ean were inducted, and all Friendship members pledged to help and support them in their Toastmasters journey.

(From left) New members Wai Lik & Ean, Induction Officer Alexandra, TME Sylvia

It was a record breaking night for Table Topics. Table Topic Master Ian had 8 volunteers, with 3 speakers who were trying out Table Topics for the first time. Farhana told us about inner beauty while Lien Chai explained the origin of his name. Ricky was also keen to improve on his impromptu speaking skills.

Lien Chai (left) ready for Table Topic Master Ian's question

Then it was time for Ean’s Ice Breaker speech. She had a dramatic start to her story, running away from home at age 7. Although she had no idea how to get to her grandmother’s house, she continued walking alone on the highway for 20 minutes. Fortunately, a young couple stopped to give her a lift and sent her home. Cherishing a dream to be a writer, she took up journalism. She believes that with determination, we can achieve our dreams. Her parting message was to, “Live life in the present, and live a meaningful life, every day.”

Ean (right) receiving her Ice Breaker Ribbon from Club President Angeline

It was Wai Lik’s first speech as a Friendship member. He recounted the harrowing tale of “Crafting a speech at the last minute is such a torture!” It was a blow by blow account of how he came up with his project speech, and it was indeed an experience he did not wish to repeat. He vowed that he will never again prepare at the last minute!

Next, Daphne told us about the GPS in her life. Being clueless about direction and navigation, her first GPS was a savior to her driving problems. She found her next GPS when she joined Friendship Club last year. Determined to succeed as a Business Analyst, she decided to join Toastmasters to improve in her communications skills. With many Friendship members guiding her, she knew she had made the right decision. Recounting the tale of an eagle who thought it was a prairie chicken and could not fly, she told us, “Don’t listen to the prairie chicken who told the eagle it could not fly. Listen to your heart”

Daphne (right) receiving her CC Pin

Our next speech was a speech from the Special Occasions manual. It was an entertaining, interesting and fascinating speech, with Timothy at his creative best. Being the best man for Alexandra and Ian’s (fictional) wedding, he pulled out all the stops to deliver a toast to the happy couple, filled with childhood stories, dreams and achievements.

Timothy wins the Best Project Speaker award

Thank you to Vincent from Shaklee Toastmasters Club, for taking up the role of General Evaluator for our final meeting for term 2011/2012.

General Evaluator Vincent

The following awards were presented at our Character is for Eternity meeting:
Best Table Topic Speaker – Lee Tong Fong
Best Project Speaker – Timothy Nakayama
Best Speech Evaluator – Victor Ong
Ice Breaker Ribbon – Geok Ean
Competent Communicator Pin – Daphne Au

Tong Fong is Best Table Topic Speaker

Victor is Best Speech Evaluator

Monday, August 6, 2012

Newsletter 19 June 2012

Volume 10 Issue 21

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah DTM in 2000.
PP Ben Fong took over as editor from 04 July 2006 to 20 October 2009.
President Angeline Lee was the editor from November 2009 to June 2010.
VPM Alexandra Lau was the editor from July 2010 to June 2011. 
VPPR Susan Lim is the current editor, assisted by Club Secretary Daphne Au.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Meeting Notice 19 June 2012

From: VPE Chee Hoe Chor
Date: 13 June 2012 10:49 AM
Subject: Re: Friendship Meeting on 19 June 2012 - Character is for Eternity

Dear Friends,
In less than a week, we will have our final meeting for the term 2011/12. I am starting to miss my VPE role but I believe the incoming VPE, Daphne Au will do a better job than me! She will inspire us in this 'Character is for Eternity' meeting with her graduation speech!

The theme of this meeting comes from the quote "Reputation is for time; character is for eternity." by J. B. Gough. The noble character of oneself will be remembered for eternity - it is timeless! Toastmasters always emphasize the importance of good character, hence one of the Toastmasters core values is respect for the individual.

We are in the Toastmasters circle to learn, to share and to help each other. Our journey in Toastmasters will only be beneficial if we have good and positive character. In this meeting, we have positive and passionate Toastmasters who take the initiative to try out something new!

- Ean will present her Ice Breaker speech, the very first prepared speech in her new journey in Toastmasters. 

- Humour Master Timothy will tickle us with his funny bones. He told me that he is not a humourous person and he has no funny bones within. However, he is passionate to give it a try!

- Our new member Wai Lik will deliver his project speech in Friendship meeting environment for his very first time.

- Nancy will be our Ah-Counter for her very first time. She has decided to do her CL assignments in parallel with her CC projects.

Let's give all these first-timers the warmest support and provide them with valuable feedback! Enjoy the FUN of the last meeting of this term!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Club Meeting 5 June 2012

As Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) Alexandra was superb, having prepared for her role. Her effort was recognized by Past President Lay Theng who wrote to her the very next morning:

I must let you know that you had played your role as the TME superbly well at our Friendship meeting last night - you were composed, confident, and you spoke with full conviction and passion. I could see that you are unleashing your potential as a leader, ready to take Friendship Toastmasters Club to a greater height. Thank you for the great job done. Keep it up!

From left: Nancy with guests Shuen Lee and Veyinn, and our superb TME Alexandra

It was indeed a superb Dream Deep, Reach High meeting! It was a dream come true, to have Friendship being host to many guests, namely our Toastmasters friends from AFC, Mid Valley and KL Advanced Toastmasters Clubs, as well as Grace's guests Shuen Lee, Zarifah and Veyinn. We were glad that we were able to keep to our commitment (word of the day) to attend this meeting and being part of this fantastic meeting!

For his Invocation speech, Moses’ inspiring message was not to wait for someone to change our lives. Instead we should take the initiative and touch someone’s life.

Moses presenting the Invocation speech

For Table Topics, Past President Ben prepared 9 questions on his handy iPad. Nancy spoke of her dream of continuing her grandmother’s tradition of making kueh. Although it was tough, tedious and exhausting, she had the satisfaction of turning her dream into reality.

(From left) Ean, Daphne, Nancy & Veyinn

Veyinn, one of our guests, decided to take the plunge and tried out table topics. Although it was not easy for her, doing table topics for the first time, she was off to a good start telling us about her most memorable dream.

When he was asked when is the best time to dream, Ian replied, “I always dream. I never stop dreaming. I am living my own dream!”

Ian wins the Best Table Topic Speaker award

For the Prepared Speech session, it was a night of great speeches! With four fantastic speakers from 3 clubs, it was a night not to be missed.

We were listening intently to all speakers

(From left) Speech evaluators Ian and Past President Freddie, and Timer Daphne
Sheryl from Mid Valley Toastmasters Club enthralled us with her high speed car drama. Her words and her actions held us on the edge of our seats as she spoke of her life flashing before her eyes as her car spun around 3 times, after taking a wrong turn and speeding towards her destination. Her message to us was to slow down and pray, it may save your life.

Next, SL Ong from AFC Toastmasters Club delivered a highly entertaining speech. It was 1998. He was on an unforgettable 30 hours flight from Taipei to Vancouver.  There were thousands of elephants fleeing, growling and howling in his stomach, the effects of an upset stomach. It was a tormenting and torturous journey for him as he used his willpower to keep the elephants at bay.

Three of our project speakers – Grace (left), SL Ong and Sheryl

From rampaging elephants we moved on to Lifestyle. She seduced Timothy. She kissed him on his check when he was offered a management job. Money, luxuries and a flat screen TV the size of a small country became a part of his life. It seemed that he was living a dream, with beautiful girls beside him as he partied the night away. However all was not well in his life. He had lost weight, he was not happy and he decided that it was time to bid adieu to Lifestyle. In his emotional ending, he said, “The first step is the biggest step. If it’s important to you, you will find a way!”

Grace had us laughing as she spoke of the limited supply of cute, charming, caring, sensitive and strong men. She believed that laughter is like internal jogging, as it makes us happy, jolly and merry. She advocated, “laugh loud, laugh more, laugh now!”

Thank you to our General Evaluator (GE) Ahmad Zakie Shariff, whom our TME aptly described as a great speaker, noble leader and a man with a big heart. His recommendations were sincere as he believes that things said from the heart, touches the heart of the listener.

Thank You card for GE Ahmad Zakie

Our glamorous Past President Kim who was the evaluator for SL Ong

The following awards were presented before our meeting ended:
Best Table Topic Speaker – Ian Tai
Best Project Speaker – Timothy Nakayama
Best Speech Evaluator – Tan Lay Theng
Toastmasters Enthusiasm Ribbon – Timothy Nakayama

Lay Theng is Best Speech Evaluator, evaluating Timothy’s CC speech no. 10

Timothy receiving his Enthusiasm Ribbon

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Newsletter 5 June 2012

Volume 10 Issue 20

Newsletter was initiated by Mohamad Abdullah DTM in 2000.
PP Ben Fong took over as editor from 04 July 2006 to 20 October 2009.
President Angeline Lee was the editor from November 2009 to June 2010.
VPM Alexandra Lau was the editor from July 2010 to June 2011. 
VPPR Susan Lim is the current editor, assisted by Club Secretary Daphne Au.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Meeting Notice 5 June 2012

From: VPE Chee Hoe Chor
Date: 31 May 2012 9:52 PM
Subject: Friendship Meeting on 5 June 2012 - Dream Deep, Reach High

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." --- Pamela Vaull Starr

Pamela Vaull Starr is one of my favourite poets. Her amazing quote is the basis of our meeting theme 'Dream Deep, Reach High'.

All of us have hidden talents and achievable dreams. With passion and insight, we are able to consummate our targets in life. How do we go beyond just knowing ourselves and not limiting ourselves to what we think we are able to do? We dream, then we use our strength to move forward and become passionate. Being passionate, we will be the consummate achiever of our reachable goals. Being passionate Toastmasters, we will accomplish our objective - to be better speakers and leaders!

In this meeting, we will have two CCs-to-be who will inspire us with their graduation speeches. Our General Evaluator, Ahmad Zakie is kind enough to say 'yes' to my invitation when DTM Faang Pyng cancelled her plan to visit our club due to district matters. Ahmad Zakie also encourages his staff to visit our club to find out more about Toastmasters. We should show our gratitude to this nice gentleman!

Besides, the team of evaluators is geared up to provide us with fruitful and constructive feedback! Where else should you go on this Tuesday night beside attending this wonderful meeting?