Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1 April 2014 Meeting - Dream Big, Start Small, Act Now!

At Friendship Toastmasters Club, we're all about going for our dreams, no matter what they may be. It could be one day having your own bistro, being the CEO of a Forbes 500 Company, ruling the world with an iron fist, it doesn't matter ~ these are YOUR dreams. (Okay, that last one might not be as feasible...)

And that's the theme for Friendship Toastmasters Club's 1st of April 2014 meeting.
Dream Big, Start Small, Act Now!
And yes, we know it's the 1st of April, but this is no April Fool jokes - this is the real deal!

The Toastmaster of the Evening was none other than our very own VPE, Geok Ean. She took to the stage with aplomb, and roused the crowd to a good start with her sanguine disposition, cool and collected demeanor, and her subtle and sublime showmanship skills. She brought it!

Our IPP, Alexandra Lau then took the stage for a rousing Invocation Session, where she regaled us with stories about her past and how it gave her a new perspective on life. She shared those lessons with us, and we learned.

Next was the Table Topics session, where our astute and emphatic Treasurer, Chor Chee Hoe, came up with an interesting session which involved creating Table Topics around specific items that the Table Topic Speakers selected from a bag.

3 brave souls volunteered - Mi Shan from Mid Valley Toastmasters Club, Chen Choon from Elite Toastmasters Club, and Dr. Alvin from Sunway Toastmasters Club.

And then it was the Prepared Speech session.

Lenny Pang of Satu Hati Toastmasters Club gave a persuasive speech, inviting us to delve in a world where we see everything for the first time, with child-like wonder.

Your truly did an Advanced Speech (The Radio Talk Show), and talked about the imaginary Three Pines Farm, and the goodness of Organic Farming.

One of our most experienced members, Lay Theng (also our Secretary), then took to the stage to entertain us with a funny but very warm and enticing speech about the wonders of Freedom and what it can do for the human soul.

Our lovely President, Sylvia Tan, came in as the showstopper, and she put on funny-woman mask to share her advice on how to be the Perfect Girlfriend. It brought the house down.

We chatted and ate during the break session, then it was time for more Toastmasters goodness.
Ben Chan started off the third and final session with a few Humorous Stories, befitting his role as Humor Master.

After that, Ken Chan, Division G Governor, made his way to the stage, as the General Evaluator.

Enthusiastic Friendship member, Edrea Poh, did her very first Table Topic Evaluator role. And she passed with flying colors.

Then came the team of Prepared Speech Evaluators:
Mi Shan evaluated Lenny Pang.
Area G3 Governor, Haji Hashim, from Money-Mastery TMC, evaluated yours truly.
Dr. Alvin evaluated Lay Theng.
Chen Choon evaluated Sylvia.

The Technical Evaluators then had their turn:
Ali Reza as the sharp-eared Grammarian.
Kogila as the astute Ah-Counter.
Jeffery as the stalwart TimeKeeper.

When it came to the Awards session, Dr. Alvin bagged Best Table Topic Speaker, Sylvia won Best Project Speaker and Haji Hashim won Best Evaluator.

It may have just started as a small meeting, but by the end, everyone went home with Big Smiles. All because they decided to let their hair down, enjoy themselves and ACT NOW!