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