Monday, December 8, 2008


Of late, we have seen and experienced many events that happened to our world. For instances, the economic turbulences of high inflation, increase of unemployment rate and the stock market took a “deep impact”; terrorists attacked at prestigious hotels; and airport was under siege by “peaceful protesters” while ships were captured by “pirates of the Somalia”. So we asked ourselves, “what have become to our world and where do we go from here?”

Because we have suffered (in one way or the other), naturally it would be merely convenient for anyone and anybody to vent our dissatisfactions and frustrations through condemning, cursing and criticizing that so-and-so and this-and-that-things are the cause of our world issues getting from bad to worst. But despite the gloom and doom that shadowed our darkest moment, there is still a ray of hope and beauty in our daily life.

Toastmaster has taught us a lesson and we ought to remember and practice it - faithfully. We should learn to evaluate the occasions wisely and provide as much positive and encouraging feedbacks as possible to and for others to see – when we are “blind” to realize it.

For examples, it would be proper to say that our country, Malaysia, is (almost) free from natural disasters while other countries are facing Mother Nature’s threats now and then, and we have sufficient food supply to feed every Malaysian’s huge and insatiable appetite, while there are some people from other countries are struggling to survive with its famine and hunger.

It may sound easy to be said than done, I did not mention that is would be “a piece of cake” because we may expect rejections, dejections, and objections. Likewise in our Toastmaster affair, whenever we give our “five cents point of views”, some may not take it lightly with open heart and open mind and while others may accept it gracefully and humbly.

So let’s promise ourselves with two tasks to fulfill (from this day onwards). Firstly, we continue to give feedback(s) in good faith to others. Secondly, the receiver who received the feedback(s) will not take it personally but rather objectively. If we can do these two tasks (easily), then our world can be a better place to stay-in with lesser problems and worries.

Written by:
Calvin Lim, ACB
President of D’Utama Toastmasters Club

“Taking Chances to Share”

Saturday, December 6, 2008

December 2008 & January 2009 Meetings

Dear fellow Toastmasters & Guests,

Please note of the following D’Utama Toastmasters (DUTM) Club’s meetings in December 2008 and January 2009 – as decided by DUTM Club’s Executive Committees (EXCO).

Third Thursday – 18th December 2008 (Joint meeting with Sunway Toastmasters Club)

First Thursday – 1st January 2009 (New Year's Day - NO meeting)

Third Thursday – 15th January 2009 (Regular Meeting - Workshop by LeAnn Tang on “The Basic Fundamental Elements of Public Speaking”)

Fourth Thursday – 22nd January 2009 (Regular Meeting - To replace the fifth Thursday meeting)

Fifth Thursday – 29th January 2009 (Fourth Day of Chinese New Year – NO meeting)

If you have any enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact the Club Exco, Teoh Chun Ming ( and/or yours truly; for more information.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Calvin Lim, ACB
President of D’Utama Toastmasters Club

"Taking Chances to Share”

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Ever since (July 2008) I have taken the Presidential position for D’Utama Toastmasters (DUTM) Club for 2008/2009 term, I begin to wonder where the Club stands at this point of time. As the Club President of DUTM, there were questions invaded my thought like buzzing mosquitoes.

For examples, were DUTM members motivated and inspired to be active and proactive as responsible individuals? Were the guests treated with care and love by our warm hospitality? Was the monthly EXCO meeting conducted as productively – as it should be – with the Executive Committee (EXCO) members?

Accordingly to some “reliable sources”, there were areas that required my undivided attention for improvements. For instances, the Presidential speech needed to be uplifting with more impact and meaningful message(s); observes and respects the timing schedule as we have committed to the members – for all Club meetings and/or contests; enhances the quality of every members’ prepared speech assignments and members’ know-how in speech evaluation are critical; encourage members to boldly take up roles and responsibilities without much hesitation; and to have fruitful workshops where everyone would and could gain from it.

I could not help but to beg for extra time to accomplish more and more of the “children’s” demands for need-to-do lists. Nonetheless, every mankind is given a fair and equal share – of 24 hours a day – to work on anything and everything that we desired and wanted to do. So it depends on how effectively and efficiently we use time to work on our side.

Because it is and would be pointlessness to go against time and to lament over “lost time” or having self-pity of “if-only-I-could-do-this-or-that” attitude. I guessed my old man was right when he said, “time is precious and therefore used it wisely”.

Hence let’s make things happen as we walk our talk, by putting our words and thoughts into actions!

Yours faithfully,
Calvin Lim, ACB
President of D’Utama Toastmasters Club

“Taking Chances to Share”

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


It has been a week and a half; I finally took the time to recall the unforgettable moments we shared together and put them down to words. What I am going to do is to immortalise the wonderful experience we have had in FRIM and glorify the beautiful Mother Nature we saw on the 6th of September 2008.

At 9.00a.m. we gathered at the front of the FRIM information centre. We were all geared up with casual sweat-absorbing T-Shirt and comfortable tracks suits with some of us carrying along a light back pack along with water bottles and towels and cameras. Some of us were there for the very first time and we were all full of zest and stamina for the trip.

Eight of us set out to FRIM together; Kooi Ching, Siew Khim (Kooi Ching’s friend),Hanzo Ng, Katherine (Hanzo’s Girlfriend), Jason Chew, Jason Chew’s Dad, , Chun Ming and me. Since there are a few guests, we took time to introduce ourselves and get to know each other.
After all the team members arrive at the meeting site and had their car safely parked (I still remember its RM 5.00 for entrance) we begin our exploration of FRIM at 9.30 a.m. Our tour leader, Kooi Ching lead the whole gung-ho team up Bukit FRIM.

Our Journey begins with walking and ends with walking! We walk our way up the tar road towards a narrower road for about 10 minutes before we finally reach the bottom of the Bukit FRIM walkway entrance. And then we walk uphill. As we walk up hill through the steps, sometimes the pathway smoothens up and sometimes the pathway form steep continuous stairs. It was a beautiful walk despite becoming tired in the midst of walking because the air up there was really fresh and revitalising. I love the environment and unpolluted air there. No smell of smoke, no sound of machines. What we are surrounded is just nature. Old and majestic trees with strong roots hold the soil on both sides of our pathway.

Everyone walk uphill at a comfortable pace. It took us an hour and a half to complete the journey. Along the way, we heard mysterious chirping from bird of unknown species; we also saw a huge white wild mushroom or fungus. For me, I got interested when we saw foreigners of trio brought along their hardy, smart and adventure-lover pet dog up the hill of Bukit FRIM! We also took pictures of our sweaty selves half way up the Bukit FRIM. Towards the end of the walk, we arrive at a small stream. Then, we walk through a row of simple and yet unconventional houses along our way back. Not long after, we arrive at where we park our cars.
Subsequently, we had our breakfast at a nearby restaurant called Fu-lai. The meet up there was even better because we had a good time. We were very fortunate by reason of after we had completed the morning brisk walk up Bukit FRIM, it started to rain! “We are very lucky!” exclaimed Kooi Ching, as we savour the delicious food served in the restaurant. We said goodbyes albeit unwillingly at close to 1.30p.m. then headed our way home.

I must say that the visit is pretty challenging. One must possess a little fitness physically to complete the entire strenuous path walk. We all agree that FRIM is one of the best places you could find near town for a good morning walk toning our human body muscle. I hope that we could organise another trip there again someday and try the seemingly perilous canopy walk in FRIM!

P/S: We would like very much to try out the canopy walk; however the canopy walk was closed for maintenance on that day.

Written by : Goh Sheen Yee ,CC

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Area B4: Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest 2008/2009

Area B4 is proud to announce its Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest 2008/09.

Date: 20th September 2008
Venue: Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU)

KDU College Sdn Bhd (Petaling Jaya Campus)
SS22/41, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA

Time: starting from 2.30pm sharp.

Contact Person:
Johnson Yike (M: 017-8898438 | E:
Teoh Chun Ming (M: 012-2097563 | E:

Come, see and cheer on the contestants from Toastmasters District 51, Division B, Area B4 that are coming from Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and from all the way from Kuantan !!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Club's Contests

Dear friends,

D’Utama Toastmasters Club (5912-51) will be having its Club contest season for 2008/2009 and therefore the details are as follows:

1. Evaluation Speech Contest
Date: 21st August 2008
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Room 1.08 at KDU College, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Contest Chairperson: Marcus Loi

2. Humorous Speech Contest
Date: 4th September 2008
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Room 1.08 at KDU College, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Contest Chairperson: Ooi Li Ann

This is the contest, absolutely, not to be missed, as you can witness how the respective contestants outwit, outplay, outlast, and "out-laugh" their opponents. For more details, please don’t hesitate to contact the Club’s Executive Committees (under the column "More about us").

Thank you.

Calvin Lim, ACB
President of D’Utama Toastmasters Club

"Taking Chances to Share"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Night of Achievements

D'Utama Toastmasters Club conducted their second meeting for the term 2008/09 last night (17 July 2008) and it was indeed a Night of Achievements. It was a great achievement for the first time Role Players starting from the Toastmasters of the Evening (TME), TM Peter Yu. I could see he was restraining his usual brazen self to show due respect to the culture and rules of the club - a challenge when taken. This young dynamic man took the stage & the meeting was full of energy and gusto - a truly rocking good time!!!

We saw our newest member, Belinda See in her second meeting as a DUTM member taking on the role of the Time Keeper for the first time. Though being on the job for the first time, she carried her duties very well by showing "no mercy" with the bell on some of our Speakers who went over the time limit. Time Management IS IMPORTANT, and the meeting ended on time partly due to that. We also had Nor Asylynna Lee who took the challenge of being the Table Topic Master (TTM) for the first time, and she conducted a very interesting session with by encouraging 6 Speakers (2 of them were Guests!). Well done!!

A real treat to the members were seeing old friends again, namely Julia Mellors, and Paulynn Yu who had left the club to overseas to further their career and studies respectively. This goes to show that relationships established in a Toastmasters club is not just a professional one but also a personal one as well.

The meeting had a session called 'The Star is Born' where the birthdays of those in the months of May, June & July were celebrated.

from left to right: Karine Koh, Goh Sheen Yee, Jason Chew, Paulynn Yu

Personally, I would say the highlight of the evening was when our dear member, Vice President of Education Toastmasters (VPE) Teoh Chun Ming completed his 10th Speech from the Competent Communicator manual. Self-confidence, Perseverance and Optimistic character are the traits we always see in Chun Ming. For those of you were not able to make it to the meeting, no worries as you can view first hand here:

Teoh Chun Ming's 10th Speech


Another Members achievement to be acknowledged is Competent Toastmasters (CTM) Competent Leader (CL), Henry Fu who has completed his two Advanced Manuals to attain his new title of Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB). Henry Fu also have complete his High Performance Leadership (HPL) and is one step closer to achieving his Advanced Leader Silver (ALS). A prime candidate for District service next term.

Last but not least, the heartiest congratulations to Immediate Past President (IPP) Jack Leong CTM CL for leading the D'Utama Toastmasters Club to being the President Distinguished Club by achieving 10/10 in the Distinguish Club Program (DCP). The IPP attributed the award to the members and thank all the members for their contribution and commitment to their respective personal growth that lead the club to the award.

Besides the Regular Meeting, I have got to know there three (3) Guests have submitted their applications to be Members of D'Utama Toastmasters Club after meeting the club's membership criteria. Congratulations !!! to the new applicants, and to the new Vice President of Membership, Tan Kooi Ching, CC.


VPE Teoh Chun Ming, Competent Communicator (CC), Henry Fu, Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), Competent Leader (CL), D'Utama Toastmasters Club, 10/10 President Distinguished Club recipient, and Happy Birthday May, June and July babies !

Truly, a Night of Achievements!

Contributed by

Johnson Yike, ACS ALB

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Executive Commitee 2009/2010

Theme of the Year:

No Road Is Too Long

Executive Committee Members:

President: Teoh Chun Ming, CC
Member Since:
Oct 2006
Proactive and responsible, finally he's our new
term President.

Vice President of Education:
Marcus Loi, CC
Member Since:
Oct 2006
A dedicated and serious toastmaster. He aims at
creating a dynamic and lively learning experience
in every club meeting.

Vice President of Membership: Goh Sheen Yee, CC
Member Since: Nov 2004
"I joined Toastmasters 4 years ago. Discovering
for the first time then wonderful things I've
learned from senior members about Public Speaking.
Since then I'd never regret my choice. It is a fun
exposure for me. I feel proud being able to serve
in the exco team. I am a student studying in UPM."
says Sheen Yee.

Vice President of Public Relations: Joanne Tham
Member Since:
Aug 2007
A young lady who cannot sit still.. Hyperactive
and talkative.. but not on the stage..

Steven Lai
Member Since:
Aug 2008
Steven is working as an IT Manager in a
multinational company (MNC). He is considered a
newbie in Toastmasters but he strives to go far in
leadership and public speaking arena.

Ginger Koh
Member Since:
Aug 2007
Don't let her small stature fool you, beneath
the diminutive exterior, lies a lion's heart.
Gentle, caring and full of fire, Ginger brings
warmth to everyone around her.

Sergeant at Arms:
David Chuah
Member Since:
Sept 2008
Joined DUTM after bumping into it from the
toastmasters website and have been enjoying the
fruit of being a toastmaster ever since. Strive to
return back something to the club and decided to
join as the SAA for this term to provide good food
and service for the club.

Immediate Past President:
Calvin Lim, ACS
Member Since:
Aug 2003
Calvin is a veteran toastmaster and a subtle
but effective leader. Under his guidance, the
club has never been in better hands.

Sub-Committee Members:

Committee Member: Hoo Sze Ling
Member Since:
Feb 2009
Loves traveling and meeting people from different
cultures. Eats everything except liver.

Committee Member: G. Levin
Member Since:
Mar 2009
One word to describe him - FRIENDLY

Committee Member: Quah Mei Lee
Member Since: Apr 2009
Mei Lee officially joined D’Utama Toastmasters
Club in April 2009 but had already made up her
mind to obtain her CC before the year was out.
Her next goals are to complete her Competent
Leadership (CL) manual as well as achieve
Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) status!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Message from Area Governor

Addressed to D'Utama Toastmasters Club during Regular Meeting on 3rd July 2008

Greetings everyone, I'm 'FIL'.

During our Club's (D'Utama) Installation Nite last Saturday (28 June 2008), our esteemed President Calvin Lim ACB has liken D'Utama as THE Bride, he is the Groom and the members are his Children. What's missing in this lovely family picture? Well I'm FIL … the "Father-In-Law", and for those of you who are married, what is the one thing any Father-In-Law wants for his children? Nothing more than the very best! And I believe your President and the new Executive Committees is that! The VERY BEST!

I would encourage you to support your new Exco as they will undoubtedly work very hard to support you. And while I may be the B4 Area Governor, I am first and for most a proud member of D'Utama Toastmasters Club!!! and all of you will have my support.

D'Utama is THE great club, what makes a club great?
"Is it because of the awards that the club achieved year after year?"
No, those are by-products of what makes the club great

"Is it because of the fantastic refreshments we are going to partake in a few minutes time?"
Maybe, and we have our SAA to thank for.

What makes this Club, D'Utama so great, it's because of you, you, you … All of you Members and Guests alike are what makes this club great. Over the last 3 years I've made so many friends within and outside the club. We share our experiences, common goals, and parts of our lives together. There is a bond between myself and quite a number of you. Wouldn't you agree?

As the term (2008/09) begins, this is my Promise to you,
I'll help those 'yet to be strong', AND those are 'Strong' to be Stronger.

So set your Goals and Targets high, and keep the fire burning. As your President shared his theme "Taking Chances to Share", I would too encourage you to take EVERY chance to share.

I'm looking forward to a fantastic new term … and I encourage you to do the same.


Johnson Yike, ACS ALB
Area B4 Governor
D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Monday, June 30, 2008


As the former Vice President of Membership (during the term 2006/2007), I thought my duty was finally accomplished. Hence, I opted for an early retirement from the Club’s executive committee board and wanted to take the back seat and enjoyed my usual lifestyle as a “normal Toastmasters member”.

Back then, I remembered Yap Chean Sheong was elected to be the Vice President of Education (VPE) of 2007/2008. Without any shadow of doubt, I have absolute confident in his managerial capability and leadership to do a good job. Nevertheless, something happened along the way. Due to Yap’s work commitment where he is required to be posted to Norway, he has but to relinquish his position as the VPE.

It was a lost to D’Utama Toastmasters (DUTM) Club of knowing that a precious member is leaving us for someone’s gain. However life must still go on… So was there a replacement to fill in the void before the next term (2007/2008) begins in July 2007; within less than two weeks? In fact, there was no plan B to expect the unexpected!

In the end, our past president Lee Wei Seong gently asked yours truly, “Are you ready to continue?” Hmm… on one hand, I was about to celebrate my freedom from responsibility and apparently the ghost of the executive committee board (still) refused to release me… not yet perhaps! It was difficult for me to decline or ignore the urgency that the Club requires of my immediate attention; at the eleven hour! Therefore, I took up the post gladly and willingly as the newly substitute VPE for DUTM.

Once I have plunged into the vortex, it was a point of no turning back. As the VPE, there were many challenges and obstacles to face head-on and solutions are demanded on the silver platter. To name a few, I need to satisfy the members’ insatiable hunger for assignment speaking slots, undertaking the Club’s annual workshops and/or projects (for example; Speechcraft and Youth Leadership program), arranged and managed the annual Toastmasters’ contest, and checked and re-checked that every monthly regular meeting the role players are fully occupied.

The Hercules task was fantastically a tall order and I felt exhausted physically, mentally and sometimes psychologically. Because apart from Toastmasters, I have to juggle my day job; which is equally essential and very important to achieve my boss excruciating demands. However, it was ironic that despite the bitter sweet journey that I have had gone through, I felt in love with what I was doing (for the Club) and I’m lovin’ it!

Though my role as the VPE is far from perfection and maybe unable to fulfill every member’s requirements or the Club’s expectation, I humbly seek for everyone’s pardon and forgiveness – for I’m just a man with limitations. Before the curtain is drawn to close this old chapter, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you” to all who have shown encouragement and given the support in whatever I do – for the love of this humble Club.

A moment to ponder, if it was not for the wind of change that has taken place – in the beginning, I asked myself, where would I be or what was I doing? Perhaps I would be a normal Toastmasters member, taking the back seat and be left unknown and unheard at one lonely, dark corner of this world.

Written by;
Calvin Lim
(Out-going Vice President of Education)
D’Utama Toastmasters Club (5912-51)
25th June 2008

A parting wisdom to share before I say goodbye:

Never be afraid of the unknown, but be afraid of the known and not doing anything”

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Regular Meeting on 19th June 2008

THEME: To Infinity and Beyond

TME: Johnson Yike, ACS ALB
ASA 1: Jatson Ho, TM
ASA 2: Yee Lai Heng, TM
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Marcus Loi, TM
Table Topic Master: Ooi Li Ann, TM
Table Topic Evaluator: Lee Wei Seong, ATMS CL
General Evaluator: Eugene Ng, CTM
Language Evaluator: Lim Bing Yee, ATMB
Ah Counter: Joanne Tham, TM
Time Keeper: Calvin Lim, ACB

Assignment Speakers - Speech Evaluators:
1) Lawrence Leong, TM (CC Project #2) - Jessy Chahal, CC
2) Jason Chew, TM (CC Project #5) - Heng Sher Li, CTM (Sunway TM)
3) Goh Sheen Yee, CC (ACM Project #1) - Chan Siew Peng, ACB (DU Advanced TM)
4) Joanne Tan - Successful Club Series: Keeping The Commitment - (Not Required)

Best wishes to All,
Johnson Yike ACS ALB
Vice President - Membership

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Installation Night 2008 (III)

Starry, starry night
Don your PJs in bright array
Bring your stories, cheer and dance to the DJ
As we sing, toast, have fun and play...

Ladies and gentlemen...

The D'Utama Toastmasters Club Installation Night is just around the corner.

No beating around the bush this time
Come one, come all, let's gather and spend your dime
For a worthy cause, an event not to be missed
Where we'll catch the 2007/08 EXCO's goodbye kiss

On a serious note, my friends, the details are as per attached.
(Please note that the event begins at 6pm; 30 minutes earlier than viewed on the ticket)

Food, warm smiles, loads of prizes, music (I hear Allen Kam's favourite song, "My Hump" is on the DJ's play list), an introduction to how happening Toastmasters are (you bet!) and you don't have to rent a costume (pyjamas, boxers, wear them all the time, right?) - 6 good reasons to attend! Why 6 and not (a round number) 10 reasons? Well, show up and give us 4 more!!!

We are looking at increasing the sales of tickets as they are selling very slowly. Let's pull together to make this a success and pull as many friends or family members along. Together, we'll have a blast!

For tickets / more information, please call / contact Calvin Lim at or visit

See you there!

Warm regards
Angelene Chong
D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Installation Night...... 2008 (II)

D'Utama Toastmasters Club (DUTC) will be having its 24th Installation Night 2007/2008. Details are as below:

28th June 2008, Saturday

What time?
7.00pm (VERY SHARP!) So registration will start from 6.00pm onwards*.
* (Psst... I would personally recommend guests to come early because between 6.00pm and 7.00pm there's a surprise for you. What surprise? You come-lah then you
know-lah... otherwise no surprise-loh)

The Royale Bintang Damansara, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

Who can come?
All (members and non-members) are strongly encourage to come

What is the Theme?
The theme for DUTC’s Installation Night 2007/2008 is "Starry Night". The dress code is bedtime attire, which means, everyone can put on his or her sleepwear or nightclothes. For example, sarung or a kind of "skirt", bunny slippers, (with or without) singlet – if the men want to show off his body and abs (if any), short pants or maybe boxer shorts (very windy "down there"…), lingerie – only for ladies unless the men are daring to try it on!, pajamas, nightcap, and you may bring along your "security blanket" like Winnie the Pooh or Snoopy dolls or any other dolls, pillow and blanket as well.

What to do there?
#1 – Witness the installation ceremony (incoming and outgoing Executive Committee members)
#2 – Enjoy the fellowship (chit-chat… getting to know more people...)
#3 – Enjoy the food (yummy...)
#4 – Play games (All I want to do is to have some fun!)
#5 – Win some prizes** (Yahoo...It’s mine, my precious!!!)
#6 – And surprise-lah... Can’t tell you more about this otherwise "no shock-lah..."

** Deeply appealing to all members and friends of DUTC to sponsor or find sponsor to buy and give away some prizes for the lucky draw and also for the door gifts as well. Please wrap the prizes or presents and pass it to Teoh Chun Ming, the "keeper". He can be reached via email at and/or you may contact his mobile number at 012-209 7563. Again,
please inform Teoh what the content is of the present, who is the sponsor and (if possible) how much is the present.

How much?
It is only RM50.00 per ticket per head – value for money and limited seats available on first-come-first-served-basis! You may order and buy the tickets from:
1) Ryan Loh Chang Yee : or 012-2006761
2) Teoh Chun Ming : or 012-209 7563
3) Calvin Lim Teck Lee (yours truly) : or 012-202 3553

Here’s the Hot Deal (ONLY for non-members and ex-members of DUTC):
As a group purchase, for every five tickets are bought (simultaneously) for the Installation Night 2007/2008, the sixth ticket will be charged at RM25.00!

Please invite as many families and friends to come and enjoy this "happy occasion" and I’m sure that we will ask for more! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further enquiry. Thank you for your time and have a nice weekend.

Calvin Lim
Organizing Chairperson
D’Utama Toastmasters Club

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Installation Night 2008 (I)


D'Utama Toastmasters Club will be having our Installation Nite 2007/2008 on 28th June 2008, Saturday.

Remember those days when we won something from the lucky draw, we were happy and some of us may be speechless. Even the door gifts were quite beautiful and cute to have and to cherish.

Why do we felt that way? Was it the feel-good-factor of having something from someone, though size doesn't matter? Or was it the sentimental or intrinsic value that we have uphold for it? Or perhaps it was just my lucky day?

Do you still want to have this pleasant moment to continue for this incoming Installation night?

The month of May 2008 have arrived and I'm still hopeful that someone out there would sponsor or find a sponsor to give away some prizes for the lucky draw and also the door gifts as well.

While we may have little time left, but nothing is impossible. Hence I appeal to every member (again) to assist me so that we can make it happen, once more.


Calvin Lim
Organizing Chairperson
Installation Night 2007/2008
D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Find Your Talent

It was a dark and stormy night... or was it? Oops... sorry maybe it was only a little storm brewing in the room of the ‘D’Utama Teacup’ prior to the start of Speaker’s Night. Being role-play free, I was oblivious to it all. Having found a seat, I sat down comfortably, relaxed and got into chat mode with our lovely guest. It was nice. I also knew I would enjoy listening to able members present their speeches later.

In a blink of an eye though, all that changed.
A gentle lady named Ooi Li Ann, graciously sidled up to my table and asked with a sense of urgency, “We need a TME to run the show. Can you help?” Feeling like a bolt of lightning had struck, I was momentarily stunned. Speechlessness pervaded which is rare for me! I looked at her pleading eyes. In a split second I had to make a choice. Would it be me saying “No, no, I’m not prepared, I’m really comfortable here,” or “Okay, this will be a challenge, if I can help…why not?”
Much to Li Ann’s relief I uttered the words, “Okay I’ll help.”

Now I was out of my comfort ZONE big time! I have to mention this because ‘normally’ if I decide to take on the role of TME I’m a person who plans weeks in advance, and I mean weeks, making sure I know the speakers and role-players etc. I would even have a script prepared to guide me through.

This was not the case. I knew zilch… or did I?
I had only 5 minutes to get ready... YIKES! Double Yikes in fact!
However, all was not lost. Glancing at the programme Calvin had prepared, I saw three little words jump back me ‘ FIND YOUR TALENT.’ Was this the night of discovery for me? What was my talent? Could I appear calm, cool and collect as I presented ‘Toastmasters’ to guests and fellow friends via impromptu style? A style I liked. And then again would I be diving into a dark hole of nothingness, Help!

Luckily the ‘gods were smiling upon me.’ I was backed by a formidable team of very capable and supportive role-players. Their smiles and nods were reassuring as I ploughed my way through the evening.
So what if I forgot the exact date when Toastmasters was formed…did it matter?
And when I had a few hiccups and slip-ups with pronouncing names… what could you do but laugh it off with Toastmaster friends.

My task was made all the more pleasant because no dark clouds of boredom formed on the horizon. The audience was kept at bay by the ‘golden rays of sunshine’ in the form of talented and brilliant speakers like TAN Geok Ann, Ooi Li Ann, Jessy Chahal, Johnson Yike, Vijay Balasagaram and Joanne TAN. They all spoke with conviction, confidence and had smooth deliveries captivating their listeners.

Fortunately, my trump card for the night was to have a compassionate General Evaluator Marcus Loi. He led his experienced speech evaluators Teoh Chun Ming, Henry Fu CL, G.Sivalingam, DTM ,Low Yat Seow DTM, and Allen Kam ATM-B with gusto while encouraging Yee Lai Heng and Ian Cheong on their dutuies.

When the evening was over, I felt really, really glad I attempted to do something I usually wouldn’t do? Opportunity knocked and I opened the door. I realized it’s easy staying in the ‘Safe train of COMFORT’, who doesn’t like that, but do we learn anything? By making a decision of riding the ‘Rollercoaster of Uncertainty’, by being the impromptu TME role allowed me to FIND a Talent I didn’t know existed. So make a choice everyone as you continue on your journey of Toastmasters. Challenge yourself on your next role-plays, impromptu or otherwise and discover your hidden talents with Toastmasters.

by Lim Bing Yee
TME, 5th June 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Correction: Regular Meeting on 5th June 2008

Please note the previous post incorrectly published the date of the meeting.

The actual date is 5th June 2008 which is this Thursday and not 6th June 2008 as originally stated before it was corrected.

Thank you.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Regular Meeting on 5th June 2008

For this coming meeting on 5th June 2008, I shall be the TME. Come and join the fun!

TME: Calvin Lim
ASA 1: Nil
ASA 2: Nil
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Goh Sheen Yee
Table Topic Master: Yee Lai Heng
Table Topic Evaluator: Joanne Tan
Humor Master: Nil
General Evaluator: Tan Kooi Ching
Language Evaluator: Nil
Ah Counter: Peter Yu
Time Keeper: Ooi Li Ann

Assignment Speakers and Speech Evaluators:

1) Patrick Khoo (C&L #2)- Lim Bing Yee
2) Joanne Tham (C&L #4)- Nil
3) Marcus Loi (C&L #9)- Soh Fong Wai
4) Henry Fu (ACL - Humourously Speaking #5) - Vijay B.

Standby speaker:
1) Nil

Assignment speakers, please pass me of your speech title, speech manual, project number, personal details or biodata, timing, and any special request is required for your speech.

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
If I may, if I might
Invite you to watch talents take flight...

As Calvin Lim has mentioned, once again, 5th June 2008, 7.30pm, KDU PJ will be home to another D'Utama Toastmasters Meeting. Come forth and watch talents take flight, as the "runway" is open to all to have fun and speak.

Inspired by Tony Fernandez and former D'Utama Toastmasters Club President Lee Wei Seong, life is indeed like a long haul flight - buy a ticket, hop on, have fun while you're at it and don't forget where you came from to reflect towards remembering and discovering who you are.

Come on board, let the journey begin and take off...!

All aboard...!

Warm wishes
Angelene Chong

Discover, dream and deliver

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Past Toastmaster of the Evenings and Past Club Events

05/07/07 Nancy Liew - Regular Meeting
19/07/07 PaulynnYu - Regular Meeting
02/08/07 Johnson Yike - Regular Meeting
16/08/07 Calvin Lim - Speakers’ Nite
30/08/07 Jatson Ho - Humour and Evaluation workshop
06/09/07 Calvin Lim - Regular Meeting

20/09/07 Johnson Yike & Teoh Chun Ming (Contest Chairpersons) - Humorous & Evaluation Speech Contest (Club Level)
04/10/07 Vijay Balasegaram (Humorous Speech Contest Chairperson)- Humourous & Evaluation Speech Contest (Area Level)
18/10/07 Marcus Loi - Regular Meeting
01/11/07 Tan Kooi Ching - Regular Meeting
15/11/07 Leong Hoe Wah - Table Topic Marathon
29/11/07 Ian Cheong - Speakers’ Nite
06/12/07 Gan Teong Hock - Regular Meeting
20/12/07 - Public Holiday – Awal Muharam
03/01/08 Teoh Chun Ming - Regular Meeting
17/01/08 Johnson Yike - Regular Meeting
31/01/08 Jatson Ho - Regular Meeting with CNY Theme
07/02/08 - Public Holiday – CNY
21/02/08 Tan Kooi Ching (Contest Chairperson) - Table Topic Speech Contest (Club Level)
28/02/08 Goh Sheen Yee (Contest Chairperson) - International Speech contest (Club Level)
06/03/08 Nancy Liew - Regular Meeting
20/03/08 - Public Holiday – Prophet Muhammad’s B’day
03/04/08 Noralina Kamarudin - Regular Meeting
17/04/08 Ryan Loh - Regular Meeting
01/05/08 - Public Holiday – Labour’s Day
15/05/08 Teoh Chun Ming - Regular Meeting
29/05/08 Lim Bing Yee - Speakers’ Nite
05/06/08 Calvin Lim - Regular Meeting

Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Exco for the term 2008/2009

The Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the 24th May 2008 at Armada Hotel. Buffet dinner was served at 6pm and the AGM started at 8 pm. Secretary Ian Cheong confirmed that we had a quorum.

A big thank you to all the members who attended the AGM. The highlight of the meeting was the election of office bearers for the new term 2008/2009.

The new Executive Committees elected are as follows:

President: Calvin Lim ACB
Vice President Education: Teoh Chun Ming
Vice President Membership: Tan Kooi Ching
Vice President Public Relations: Jessy Chahal CC
Secretary: Joey Wong
Treasurer: Goh Sheen Yee
Seargent-At-Arms: Jatson Ho

Committee Members
1. Joanne Tham
2. Patrick Khoo
3. Peter Yu

CONGRATULATIONS to the new Exco team!
With New Leaders, Come New Ideas.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Speaker's Nite on 29th May 2008

In another less than 72 hours to go, we are going to have the last and final Speaker's Nite for the term 2007/2008. I can still accept 1 more assignment speaker. Any taker from the members?

TME: Calvin Lim
ASA 1: Jatson Ho
ASA 2: Peter Yu
General Evaluator: Marcus Loi
Ah Counter: Yee Lai Heng
Timekeeper: Lawrence Leong

Assignment Speakers : Speech Evaluators
1) Johnson Yike : Nil
2) Vijay B. : Nil
3) Joanne Tham : Teoh Chun Ming
4) Joanne Tan : Not required
5) Ooi Li Ann : Henry Fu
6) Jessy Chahal : G. Siva

Assignment speakers, please pass your brief personal information, speech title, assignment project, and timing of your speech assignment to yours truly (in advance). If you have any special request for your assignment, please inform yours truly soonest.

By the way, due to time factor, please be informed that you would attempt to present your speech assignment within or less than 10 minutes ONLY!

Thank you.

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

AGM 2008

The 2007/2008 term is about to come to an end to mark the beginning of the 2008/2009 term.

On behalf of the club, I would like to invite all D'Utama Toastmasters Club members to attend our 24th Annual General Meeting which will be held at 8.00 p.m. on Saturday 24th May, 2008 at Armada Hotel, Lorong Utara C, Section 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya.

Attached is the Agenda for the 24th Annual General Meeting and the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting for your reference.

As I've mentioned during the business session of our previous meeting held on the 3rd April 2008, all members of good standing (ie : paid their dues) are invited as they are eligible to vote and will also be given a complementary buffet dinner at 6.30pm-7.50pm before the AGM. As always, the club fully subsidises the AGM for its members. For members who have not paid their dues, please contact the clubs treasurer, Marcus Loi.

Please confirm your attendance with me as soon as possible by replying to this email as we need to make the necessary arrangements with Armada Hotel based on the number of pax. Note that members who confirms that they will be attending but fail to turn up or should they decide to pull out less than 1 week before AGM, they will have to be penalized RM30 as the club would have confirmed with the hotel and have paid for their attendance.

Please also be reminded that members should update their home address with the clubs VPM, Johnson Yike as we will be sending an official invitation to you by post very soon.


Ian Cheong
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
Exco 2007/2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

15th May Regular D'Utama Toastmasters Meeting

May...the month for Mothers, Teachers, Indiana Jones and...The D'Utama Toastmasters Club Meeting!

On 15 May 2008, let our very own Chun "Indiana" Ming lead us through an exciting journey of

heart-gripping speeches...

a roller-coaster Table Topics session (where anything can happen)...

with our very own share of "gatekeepers" - the 'ah' counter, timekeeper and evaluators (step ye not over the boundaries or prepare to face the consequences!).

Date :15 May 2008
Time :7.30pm
Venue :KDU Petaling Jaya

For more details and information on club events and activities,
contact our president Jack Leong ( / our Vice-President Education Calvin Lim (

So, crack your whips, don on your hats and let the adventure begin!

Your friendly neighbourhood VPPR
Angelene Chong
D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Stay tuned for more info on....The D'Utama Toastmasters Club Installation Night coming to you in June '08!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Upcoming meeting on 15th May

Introducing our young and daring gentleman who took the challenge as the next TME and he is Teoh Chun Ming. Oooh hail, Teoh!

Now it's time to fill up the rest of the role play. Let us give our TME a helping hand.

TME: Teoh Chun Ming
ASA 1: Nil
ASA 2: Nil
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Joanne Tan
Table Topic Master: Nil
Table Topic Evaluator: Nil
Humor Master: Nil
General Evaluator: Ooi Li Ann
Language Evaluator: Jason Chew
Ah Counter: Nil
Timekeeper: Yee Lai Heng

Assignment Speaker (Speech Evaluator)
1) Henry Fu (Nil)
2) Julene Haw (Gan Teong Hock)
3) Allen Kam (Nil)
4) Marcus Loi (Soh Fong Wai)

Standby speakers: Nil

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)2007/2008
"Remember Yourself As Successful"

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Toastmaster of the Evening - Noralina Kamarudin speaks! 3rd of April 2008

These are some of my thoughts….

On April 3rd, 2008 I volunteered to be the Toastmaster for the Evening. It was almost 7 years ago that I was the TME. The reason for such a long lapse of absence was because I was working in Terengganu from September 2002 to April 2007. I rejoined the D’Utama Club since January this year.

I enjoyed myself very much on April 3rd. No matter how season one can be, being nervous is a natural thing. It means that we are human. However, being able to control that nervousness comes with practice. Practicing to speak in public involves risk but without risking, we’ll never know what we can achieve. And that was the reason why I shared the little story on RISKING. I attached herewith the story again for our reflection and may, this short story gives us the courage to go out there and take the risk towards greater achievements…

And to top that up, getting a loaf of bread for using the word “splendid” the most number of times (because the opportunity was more being the TME) from our generous language evaluator for that evening Ms Joanne Tham, ended the evening splendidly for me, I must say!!!


Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile spring soil.

The first seed said, “I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me…I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring…I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!”

And so she grew.

The second seed said, “I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts…what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe.”

And so she waited.

A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.

Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life.

Kind regards,


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Power-Pack Meeting on 17th April

For me, Sunday is the best day to rest, calm my mind and prepare for Monday. Somehow, this week, I get so excited for the coming TM meeting on 17th April.

All I hope, is Speaker & Role Player will stay put... on your dear responsibility until the end of the meeting. If you need to withdraw from the role, update me ASAP via 012-200 6761.

Someone could be eying on the role ? :-)

Grab this opportunity to challenge yourself !! I am waiting for You to join my Power-Pack Crew.

TME: Ryan Loh

ASA 1: Patrick
ASA 2: vacant

Teh Tarik for the Soul: Karine Koh

Table Topic Master: Teoh Chun Ming
Table Topic Evaluator: Ian Cheong

Humor Master: Joanne Tan

General Evaluator: Eugene Ng
Language Evaluator: vacant
Ah Counter: Lim Bing Yee

Timekeeper: Joanne Tham

Assignment Speaker (Speech Evaluator)

1) Peter Yu (Marcus Loi)
2) vacant (Nancy Liew)
3) vacant (Kooi Ching)
4) Asylynna Lee (Li Ann)

Your Captain,
Ryan Loh
Mobile : + 6012 200 6761

Friday, March 28, 2008

Toastmasters Regular Meeting on 3rd April 2008

updated on 26 March 2008

We are blessed because the support is coming in like "tsunami"! There are still some vacant slot available. Fill up the slots and let's enjoy the next regular meeting!

TME: Noralina Kamarudin
ASA 1: Yee Lai Heng
ASA 2: George Tan
Teh Tarik for the Soul: G. Siva
Table Topic Master: Lim Bing Yee
Table Topic Evaluator: Goh Sheen Yee
Humor Master: Joanne Tan
General Evaluator: Henry Fu
Language Evaluator: Joanne Tham
Ah Counter: Eugene Ng
Timekeeper: Marcus Loi

Assignment Speaker Speech Evaluator
1) Jason Chew (CC #4) 1) Tan Kooi Ching
2) Soh Fong Wai 2) G. Jayam
(ACM#4: Speaking under fire)
3) Teoh Chun Ming (CC #9) 3) Johnson Yike
4) Patrick Khoo (Ice Breaker) 4) Calvin Lim

For more information, kindly contact:

Vice President of Education (VPE)


Toastmaster of the Evening (TME)
3rd April 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Power and Confidence in Public Speaking

by D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Have you ever tried sharing about Toastmasters with your colleagues, family and friends ?

But your invitations to visit the club has been met by 'unavoidable' reasonings ...

Have you ever wonder if our experience in Toastmasters will hold up in a real Public setting ?


Date: 23 March 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: MPH Bookstore, Mid Valley Megamall.

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is proud to collaborate with MPH in celebrating "Power and Confidence in Public Speaking", for the general public. Watch 5 able and experienced members of D'Utama Toastmasters Club in action as they share secrets and tips on 5 different aspects of public speaking catered to working adults and the young as well. As a result of much exposure in work, speaking engagements and public speaking competitions, get ready for an entertaining and enlightening session with D'Utama Toastmasters Club, for the joy of public speaking!


Title: Public Speaking – For the Love of It…
Abstract: An intro to public speaking and the realities of loving or fearing it, from an average person's point of view
Speaker: Eugene Ng, CTM

Title: 5 Tips to Highly Effective Public Speaking
Abstract: 5 key tips for successful public speaking
Speaker: Calvin Lim, ACB

Title: How to Deliver a Knock-Out Presentation
Abstract: Presentation tips
Speaker: G. Sivalingam, DTM

Title: Start 'Em Young
Abstract: Public Speaking amongst teenagers – a growing need and trend
Speaker: Jessy Chahal,CTM

Title: How to Be an Effective Listener
Abtract: Listening as the key to sharpen public speaking skills
Speaker: Johnson Yike, ACB ALB

So avail yourself to join us this coming Sunday to support the first ever event between D'Utama Toastmasters Club and MPH Bookstore. Spread the word too, this is a great opportunity for you to share with your family and friends about Toastmasters !!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

2007/2008 Division B International Speech Contest and Table Topic Contest Results

Once again we had our members representing Area B4 in the Division B contests. As President of the club I am proud of the the two members who gave their best and show their true grit.

Eugene Ng (Intl Speech Contest) :Came in 2nd.
G. Silvalingam (Table Topics Contest):Real tough one.

D'utama TMC members would continue to bring out their best and enhance their speaking skill.

Congratulations to the Contestants.

Remember Yourself As Successful

Jack Leong
President 2007/2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Get there to witness Area B4 contests!


The Area B4 International Speech And Table Topics Contest at
Shah Alam TMC (10 March 2008)has ended.


Table Topics Contest Winner - DTM G. Silvalingam
International Speech Contest Winner - Eugene Ng CC

They will represent Area B4 at the Division B contest.

The following are details for the contest...

Venue:Women's Institute of Management, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Time :1.30pm
Date :22 March 2008

See you there!

Warm regards
Angelene Chong

Thursday, March 13, 2008

2007/2008 Area B4 International Speech Contest and Table Topic Contest results

The Area B4 International Speech And Table Topics Contest was held at the Shah Alam TMC on the 10th March 08. I am proud to announce that the winner for both of the contest are D' Utama toastmasters club members.

Table Topics Contest Winner is G. Silvalingam, DTM!!
International Speech Contest Winner is Eugene Ng, CC!!

They will represent Area B4 at the Division B contest.

Listed below is the Division B contest details:
Date : 22nd March 08
Time : 1.30pm
Venue: Women's Institute of Management (WIM) at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.

The winners deserved a round of applause.

Remember Yourself As Successful
Jack Leong
President 2007/2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Conducting the Table Topic Speech Contest 2007/2008–21st Feb 2008

I have joined Toastmaster club for about two years. I like the most about the TM club is that every member have a chance to practice the skills they want to improve. I have tried out different role plays in the club’s meeting but this is the first time to be the contest chair of our club’s speech contest. I thought it is like TME at the first. But I realize that is more to do after being briefed by Calvin and I began to feel nervous. I need to get people to take part in the speech contest, I need to prepare the table topic questions, I need to understand the contest rule, I need to prepare the certificates and trophy etc. That are a lot of things need to be done and arrange before the contest. Fortunately, I received assistances from many members.

We have nine contestants on that day to talk about the table topics question “Poor people are happier than rich people. Do you agree?” It is a very controversy issue but our contestants have delivered their view in a 2 minutes talk. Every one of them had given a very valid point from different perspectives. The Table Topic Speech Contest 2007/2008 champion goes to G.Siva, first runner is Hanzo Ng and second runner is Vijay B.

The atmosphere of the contest speech is different from regular meeting just because I felt a sense of nervous and tension from the contestants and myself. Though I attended some speech contest before and how the flow should be, but I still very nervous because this is my first time to be a contest chair. I also felt the atmosphere kind of formal because I have to read out the contest rules and read out the same topic question in a routine and formal way for all contestants.

I think it is a very good experience to be a contest chair. It is a better way to know the activity of Toastmaster. During the process of preparation, I got the chance to know and learn of handling different type of event because different type of event requires different type of preparation.

I am very glad the speech contest was conducted and completed smoothly with the help of committed role players. I really appreciate for all the contestants and role players’ support to make this speech contest a successful content. At the end, I think I can quote from Confucius “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” to express my experience of holding the club speech contest. After conducted the speech contest, now I understand the difference between the contest chair and TME.

By Tan Kooi Ching
11 March 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Regular Meeting on the 6th March 2008

We toast to the new start of Year 2008;
We toast to the new start of lunar RAT year;
We toast to the quick-witted & inspiring battle of year 2007/2008.

Toastmaster has so much of toasting to do from days to years endlessly!!!
Toastmaster has so many speaking practices to be done on the stage eternally!!!

Each time, when we heard our voice projected differently from the stage;
Congratulation! we are cowardly on the right track of finding and discovering ourselves !

Do join us at the coming club meeting, 6th March 2008, Thursday @ KDU, 7.30pm. The theme is "Find our Voices" which will help to replenish the inadequacies in every individual differently.

We now have a team of vigorous volunteers gotten roles and slots filled.
If you are not in 'this' lope; you will be our greatest enthusiasts & true assessors for all!!!

The role players for the meeting are:

ASA 1 (Registration): Teoh Chun Ming
ASA 2 (Call Meeting to order): Geok Ann Tan
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Tan Kooi Ching
Table Topic Master: Karine Koh
Table Topic Evaluator: Ryan Loh
Humor Master: Allen Kam
General Evaluator: Marcus Loi
Language Evaluator: Jason Chew
Ah Counter: Noralina
Timekeeper: Noor Asylynna

Assignment Speakers - Speech Evaluators
1) Joey Wong (CC manual #2) - Calvin Lim
2) Joanne Tham (CC manual #3) - Soh Fong Wai
3) Leong Hoe Wah (AC manual:Humorously Speaking #2) - Vijay Balasegaram
4) Henry Fu (AC manual:Humorously Speaking #3) - Johnson Yike

From the voice of the Toastmaster of the Evening,
Nancy Liew

Monday, March 3, 2008

PJ Bilingual Toastmasters Club 4th Demo Meeting

PJ Bilingual Toastmasters Club (in formation) (sponsored by D'Utama Toastmasters Cluba and Klang Bilingual Toastmasters Club) is please to invite all of you to our 4th Demo Meeting (English)

Day and Time: 3rdMarch 2008(Monday), 7.30pm

Venue: Room 1.08, KDU College, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

Gate fee: RM10.00 per person applied

Please invite your family members, relatives, colleagues and friends to come and join the meeting, for a fun-filled educational evening. For more information on PJ Bilingual Toastmasters Club, please contact any of our the Protem Exco members as follows:

Protem President: Ivy Cherng, 012-281 3253,

Protem VP Education: Gan Teong Hock, 017-351 7033,

Protem VP Membership: Simon Tan, 012-481 6699,

Protem VP Public Relation: Henry Fu, 012-302 3088,

Protem Secretary: Jatson Ho, 012-751 4376,

Sunday, March 2, 2008

TISC 2007/2008 Contest Chairperson Remarks

From International...

Three days after the D'Utama Toastmasters International Speech Contest and I still cherish the experience I had as a contest chairperson.

It was a personal success for me because I felt that this time round I did it better, much better!

I would like to thank all role players who contributed to the smooth running of this important event. ASA1 Joanne Tham who handled the arriving members, contestants and guests with sweet smile, ASA2 Joey Wong who was so enthusiastic and helpful I thought I had a wonderful sidekick with me, Timekeepers Peter Yu and Teoh Chun Ming who kept track of the speakers allotted speaking time most carefully and Ballot Counters Ooi Li Ann and Karine Koh who diligently helped the chief judge to tabulate the contest results. You guys are genuinely committed members of D'Utama toastmasters club. Our club were never short of role players. In fact, all the role players turned up on time as promised.

To the 5 contestants of the D'Utama Toastmasters International Speech Contest, you all have done a fabulous job in coming up with good and quality speeches. All contestants had clearly embraced the challenge of International Speech Contest so that they can feel the exhilaration of victory! By participating in a speech contest, a speaker enriches his or her speaking experience irregardless the speaker wins or not. To the winners, Eugene Ng, Vijay Balasegaram and Hanzo Ng, congratulations!

What I realised was the role of a contest chairperson despite important, (i.e. can't run a contest without a contest chairperson) it is also relatively simple. To all members of D'Utama Toastmasters Club, if you have not experienced chairing a contest or a meeting, it is time to consider taking up the role when opportunity knocks. Who knows you might love the role more than I do!

Yours truly
Goh Sheen Yee, CC
D'Utama International Speech Contest Chairperson 07/08

Results of D'utama Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2007/2008

From International...
D'utama Toasmasters Club had just had our International Speech Contest 2007/2008 yesterday on the 28th March 2008. The Contest Chairperson was our very own dedicated Toastmaster Goh Sheen Yee.

This time around she carried out the role remarkably well. The Contestants who took up the challenge displayed their true grit speaking on real life challenges and with passion.

The speakers were as follows:
1. Calvin Lim
2. Eugene Ng
3. Hanzo Ng
4. Johnson Yike
5. Vijay Balasegaram

From International...
The results were as follows:
The Champion: Eugene Ng
The 1st runner up: Vijay Balasegaram
The 2nd runner up: Hanzo Ng

The winner Eugene Ng will represent D'utama TMC to contest in the Area B4 International Speech Contest held at Shah Alam Toastmasters Club on the 10th March 2008 at 7.00pm.

I would like to introduce the members who volunteered to play role in the contest. They are the ones who ensured that the contest run on time and finish on time.

From International...
ASA1: Joanne Tham
ASA2: Joey Wong
Timers: Peter Yu and Teoh Chun Ming
Ballot Counters: Ooi LiAnn and Karine Koh
Not forgetting the photographers: Ian Chong, Henry Fu and our IPP Nancy Liew

Thank you and congratulations to all the contestants as you are truly the champions. Also to the members and guests who were there who make this contest a big success.

Remember Yourself As Successful
Jack Leong
President 2007/2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

D'Utama Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2008

'Tis the Season for Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2008!

Date: 28th Feb 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 7.00 PM (7.00 - 7.30 is for light refreshment)
Venue: KDU Room 1.08

Accept the Toastmaster International Speech Contest Challenge so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory !!!

Don't Hesitate. Be Bold. Take up the Challenge. Discover your true strengths in Public Speaking. Pit your speaking skills against the great speakers in the club. Commit yourself to personal improvement.

If you have not already been listed as a contestant, please consider this golden opportunity... Be a Contestant! And deliver a spectacular speech that would vow the audience.

Here is the latest list of contestants for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest!!!
1) Eugene Ng
2) Calvin Lim
3) Johnson Yike
4) Jessy Chahal
5) Hanzo Ng

The Role Players are:
ASA1 :Joanne Tham
ASA2 :Joey Wong Wei Liang

- Peter Yu
- Teoh Chun Ming

Ballot Counters:
- Ooi Li Ann
- Karine Koh

Feel free to drop me an e-mail to me if you feel like taking part in the Toastmaster International Speech contest.

Warmest Regards
Goh Sheen Yee, CC
D'Utama Toastmaster International Speech Contest Chairperson

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Dear reader,

March is the third month of the year and therefore D’Utama Toastmasters Club has prepared some exciting activities for all.

· 6th March 2008
1st Thursday of the month and we have our regular meeting as usual.
Venue: KDU College, Room 1.08
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00pm

· 10th March 2008, Monday
Area B4 contest for International and Table Topic Speech Contest
Venue: Shah Alam Toastmasters Club
Kelab Shah Alam Selangor
Jalan Aerobik 13 / 43
Persiaran Kayangan
40704 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00pm (Registration begins at 7.00pm)

Attached with a location map

· 20th March 2008 (3rd Thursday of the month)
Status: No meeting due to Prophet Muhammad’s birthday

· 22nd March 2008, Saturday
Division B contest for International & Table Topic Speech Contest
Venue: Women’s Institute of Management, 2nd Floor, 7 Jalan Abang Haji Openg
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm (Registration starts at 2.00pm)

Attached with a location map

· 23rd March 2008, Sunday
MPH Bookstore Sdn. Bhd. & D’Utama Toastmasters Club Collaboration Campaign
Venue: MPH Bookstores Mid Valley
Unit JA1, Ground Floor
Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley City
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

For more information, please contact Ms. Angelene Chong via e-mail at

Sunday, February 24, 2008

If you missed the contest, fear not!

From Table Topics ...

Thanks to our videographer Johnson Yike, we have all the latest speeches captured in full technicolor for your viewing pleasure. The videos below showcases the 3 winners of the night.

For a full video coverage of the entire contest, you can go here.

If you want to view the photos by Ian Cheong, go here.

The topic presented was:

Poor people are happier than rich people, do you agree?

1st Place: G. Sivalingam with his winning entry.

2nd Place: Hanzo Ng speaks with a purpose.

3rd Place: Vijay Balasegaram makes it to the podium.

Results of the Table Topics Contest

And the Results are:
From Table Topics ...

Winner (1st place) : G. Sivalingam
1st runner up : Hanzo Ng
2nd runner up : Vijay Balasegaram

The Table Topics Contest held on the 21st February 2008. The crowd was most supportive. What an evening that was. 10 powerful speakers entertained and impressed!

1. Johnson Yike
2. Peter Yu
3. Calvin Lim
4. Marcus Loi
5. G. Sivalingam
From Table Topics ...

6. Goh Sheen Yee
7. Eugene Ng
8. Jessy Chahal
9. Hanzo Ng
10. Vijay Balasegaram

The contest Chairperson for the night was Tan Kooi Ching

The role players were:
- Time Keepers: Henry Fu and Joanne Tham
- ASA 1: Ooi Hun Beng
- ASA 2: Leong Hoe Wah
- Ballot Counter: Ian Cheong and Ooi Hun Beng
- Photographer: Ian Cheong
- Videographer: Johnson Yike

From Table Topics ...
The standard of speaking was very impressive in terms of delivery and content. Syabas to all speakers! We had five Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) as guests and their positive feedback was a wonderful encouragement.

I would also like to thank the role players for making this event a success. A big thank you goes out to the judges. It was truly amazing event.

Remember Yourself As Successful!

Jack Leong
President 2007/2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Table Topic Contest on 21st February 2008

Thinking on your feet is an art especially under duress. Come and watch master speakers who can spin without notice. Watch the one with the fastest wit emerge from a crop of extremely talented speakers.


1) Eugene Ng
2) Calvin Lim
3) Johnson Yike
4) Jessy Chahal
5) G. Siva
6) Vijay Balasegaram
7) Marcus Loi
8) Goh Sheen Yee
9) Hanzo Ng
10) Peter Yu

Role players:

Contest chairperson: Tan Kooi Ching

ASA 1: Ooi Hun Beng
ASA 2: Leong Hoe Wah

1) Henry Fu
2) Joanne Tham

Ballot counter:
1) Teoh Chun Ming
2) Ian Cheong

Sunday, February 17, 2008

PJBTC 3rd Demo Meeting

Please be reminded that the next meeting of PJBTC (3rd Demo Meeting) will be held on the 18th February 2008 (Tommorow)!

On behalf of the Protem Exco, I invite all of you to PJBTC's

3rd Demo Meeting (Chinese)
- When: 18th February 2008(Monday), 7.30pm,
- Where: Room 1.08, KDU College, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya
- Theme: Spring Festival / Chinese New Year

Do invite your family members and friends to come and have a fun-filled educational evening on 18th February 2008. Hope to see many of you at PJBTC's 3rd Demo Meeting at KDU College...

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends and relatives in our 3rd Demo meeting next Monday.

Gan Teong Hock
Mobile: 017-351 7033
Office: 03-2142 1611

Friday, February 15, 2008

Secrets to Success in a Speech Contest

Start 2008 by fulfilling your educational goals with this workshop. Give it some thought and if you feel it beckons, DON'T FIGHT THE URGE!

Life's short; devote it to growth! Forward it to anyone whom you feel might need it as well! :)

Warm regards
Angelene Chong

As instructed by Area B4 AG cum Organizing Chairman G Jayam, NANCY LIEW will be selling tickets for the abovementioned workshop on behalf of Division B Council at RM15.00 per person. Please refer the details in the attached brochure.

Please contact / pay NANCY LIEW directly as SHE has only 10 tickets as early as possible or during the upcoming TT Speech Contest on 21/2/2008. Her details are as follow:


PJ Bilingual Toastmasters Club


PJBTC is a Bilingual toastmasters club sponsored by D'Utama Toastmasters Club. This is an unique club which uses dual languages (Chinese and English) during meetings. Details about the club is found below.


(i) To provide an avenue in which, via the Toastmasters International programme, every person in Petaling Jaya and surrounding vicinities can has the opportunity to learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind;

(ii) To provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment to members to develop communication and leadership skills in both Chinese and English languages; and

(iii) To provide an avenue for existing Toastmasters from Petaling Jaya and surrounding vicinities to join as a dual-club member (“dual member”) so that they can further develop their communication and leadership skills while improving their command of both Chinese and English languages.

Club Meeting Days:

Regular meetings on 1st and 3rd MONDAY of every month, as follows:
(i) 1st Monday of every month - Meeting conducted in English*; and
(ii) 3rd Monday of every month - Meeting conducted in Chinese*.
Time: 7:30pm to 10:00pm (Registration starts on 7:15pm)

Club Meeting Venue:

Room 1.08
Kolej Damansara Utama (“KDU”)
Jalan SS22/41, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Note: Same as D'Utama Toastmasters Club. Map can be found here!

Contact People:

Protem President: Ivy Cherng, 012-281 3253
Protem VPE: Gan Teong Hock , 017-351 7033
Protem VPM: Simon Tan, 012-481 6699
Protem VPPR: Henry Fu, 012-302 3088
Protem Secretary: Jatson Ho, 012-751 4376

Meeting Schedule:

MonthMeeting DateDayLanguage Remark
Jan 20087th Jan1st Mon, JanChinese1st Demo Meeting
21st Jan3rd Mon, JanEnglish2nd Demo Meeting
Feb 20084th Feb1st Mon, FebN/ANo Meeting
18th Feb3rd Mon, FebChinese3rd Demo Meeting
Mar 20083rd Mar1st Mon, MarEnglish4th Demo Meeting
17th Mar3rd Mon, MarChinese5th Demo Meeting
31st Mar5th Mon, MarChinese6th Demo Meeting
Apr 20087th Apr1st Mon, AprEnglish 7th Demo Meeting
21st Apr3rd Mon, AprChinese8th Demo Meeting

International Speech Contest on 28th February 2008

It is that time of the year when powerful toastmasters from the D'Utama crop of speakers gather to pit their skills, wit and class against each other to determine the best of them all. Come witness their titanic struggle to emerge at the Best Speaker of 2008!


1) Eugene Ng
2) Calvin Lim
3) Johnson Yike
4) Jessy Chahal
5) G. Siva
6) Hanzo Ng
7) Marcus Loi

Role players:

Contest chairperson: Goh Sheen Yee
ASA 1: Joanne Tham
ASA 2: Joey Wong Wei Liang

1) Peter Yu
2) Teoh Chun Ming

Ballot counter:
1) Ooi Li Ann
2) Karine Koh

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year!

On behalf of the D'utama EXCO, here's wishing you...


Gong Xi Fa Cai
Ang Pow Nah Lai
Smile, laugh, don't cry
Remember, this year, your limit is the sky


Get down to doing what you always wanted to do and be HAPPY!

Get started on that ice-breaker, start making your first speech after 3 years and continue improving and enjoying good company!

Warm regards,
Angelene Chong

Monday, February 4, 2008

How to Maintain Your Membership with D'Utama Toastmasters

As the treasurer of the club, I would like to share with you on how to maintain your membership with D'Utama Toastmasters Club.

The membership subscription fee to Toastmasters International is due every 6 months. The semi-annual dues are from April to September and from October to March. The payment must be made to Toastmasters International by 1st April or 1st October.

Therefore, the collection of semi-annual subscription fee at our club level will start 2 months prior to the deadline set by Toastmasters International.

Hence, we would like to take this opportunity to bring the following items to your attention:

  1. Semi-Annual Membership Subscription Dues to Toastmasters International, for period from April 2008 to September 2008, is RM150.00.

  2. Prepaid Entrance Fees to our regular Thursday meetings (April 2008 - September 2008) is RM100.00 (optional).

We believe as a toastmasters member, you and I have been exposed to the international life long learning syllabus to enhanced our communication and leadership skills. In order to further develop and nurture these skills, we would encourage members to continue their membership with our Club.

As this Membership Subscription must reach Toastmasters International on time, your prompt payment is greatly appreciated. Your prompt payment will also ensure that you continue to receive, without disruption, the Toastmasters monthly magazine, amongst other benefits.

In addition, we would like to encourage you to participate in the Prepaid Entrance Fees programme of only RM100.00 for 6 months. For this period (April 2008 – September 2008), there will be about 13 meetings. This means you will save up to RM30 by prepaid system. If you choose to join this programme, your payment of the Semi Annual Membership Subscription and Prepaid Entrance Fees will be a total of RM250.00.

Kindly take note that any payment later than 30th April 2008 will subject to re-instatement fee of RM50.00.

Mode of Payment:

  1. Cash payable during Club regular meetings (1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of every month)

  2. Issue a cheque payable to D'Utama Toastmasters Club.
    a) by hand during club meetings; or
    b) by post
    The Treasurer, Marcus Loi, No. 34, Jalan 1, Kg. Cheras Baru, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.
    Note: Please remember to write your name on the reverse side of the cheque

Finally, we would like to wish all members Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Holiday and Happy Valentine Day.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Marcus Loi
Treasurer 2007/2008
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
Mobile : 012-654 9755