Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thank you Note - The VIBRANT meeting on The Next Leap!!! ~ Nothing Succeeds Like Success ~

Dearest D'Utamanian,

Yesterday's meeting was an extremely vibrant amongst the camrades!

I must PERSONALLY thank all of you who attended the meeting.

Toastmaster Nick Tozer, the very dedicated ASA1 came in coat and present himself earlier. He made sure the Registration Counter was set up before the guests arrival so that to make registration easy. Guess what, he politely asked for RM10 door fee from me DIRECTLY as I was totally forgot about it amidst my busy duty. I felt that's awesome responsibility & PROFESSIONAL, wasn't it ? Great job Nick!!!

Secondly, thank to Toastmaster G Levin! He was back since his last absence of meeting, enthusiastically took up the ASA2 role. I thought he had wonderful time inviting so many guests for self-introduction (There're 15 guests yesterday!!!) And he led the singing of national anthem, took us back the serious gesture of being RESPECT to the club & its members!!

Following the replacement role, Past President & Past Area B4 Governor Teoh Chun Ming steadily took the Time Keeper's seat, holding the ego in check at the last minute of no-show of the origin Time Keeper. Thank you the ever humble and supportive friend!

I wish to thank Toastmaster Patrick Ho's assistance for carrying the heavy pot of home-made glutinous rice I brought, as both of us arrived at KDU by 6.20pm. He was one dedicated SAA to open the club cabinet, made it so easy for me to get the necessities out to set the room up. It was also came with the help of Toastmaster Chee Fong Hoe, the Ah Counter of the day. And guess what? He was the 1st comer waiting outside the room! Truly salute your fantastic cooperation, thank you Patrick Ho & Fong Hoe!!!

There were so many other VIBRANT toastmasters that I felt grateful for:

* President Steven Lai's flipped the first page of success story with his personal experience as the opening address;

* Toastmaster Kelly Ang's gave us a cup of Teh Tarik-thought on her career reminded us the opportunity of many other successes await us to grab out there;

* Language Evaluator CC Jonathan Moh quickly grab the word of day ('Vibrant') written on the white board as he arrived on time. He inspired members & guests to used that word throughout the day and offered tips of using proper English language;

* Table Topic Master Patrick Ho did his best to relate topics with the theme of the meeting "Nothing Succeeds Like Success". The skill of relativity that counts! Great attempt Patrick!

* ATMB Lim Bing Yee, our ever-caring senior member gave her sincere and thoughtful feedback to speakers on their speaking off the cuff skill, immediately right after the Table Topic Session! So far, our club still maintain this challenging role in the origin order , instead of relocate it to Evaluation Session ! Fantastic Bing!

* The ever-enchanting and amusing Humor Master Hoo Sze Ling, exuded animated ladies most-like storyline. If you think HM role is a simple play???! Try it everyone! Sze Ling evoked laughter naturally that certainly earned our applause ! Bravo Sze Ling!

The vibrant meeting would not have vibrant without the team of evaluator on the show. Our Madam General Evaluator Ruth Ting led the team smoothly. 1st speech evaluator Toastmaster Joesph Tham bravely took up different role this round to practise his listening skill by giving his personal opinion to Assignment Speaker, Toastmaster Guruparan. Guru came back for his 2nd speech, even though nearly after a year of inactive attendance, he still enjoy his own pace of toastmaster journey. Keep it up Guru!

Thank you Toastmaster Yap Ying Shuen for sharing with us the way of making fish ball. Majority of us like it and every time I eat fish ball, I certainly remember the soup spoon! What's more? DTM Johnson's evaluation penetrated a deeper sense on the description of fish ball with his erudite sharing. I later not only see the round fish ball but more on feeling its texture & bounciness in my mouth !!!

Toastmaster Chu Shi Wei seemed like potential 'DTM' speaker (Don't Talk Much), she talked slightly overtime as she brought us back to history of life. President Steven also tempted to find out his family tree, from the level of parenthood back to the predecessor. Thank you for your sharing on this unique topic "Roots"! The amazement went on, Past President & current Area B4 Governor Gan Teong Hock, ACG came up with no notes at all on his evaluation, beside the unusual topic brought in by Shi Wei!

Last but not least, obvious improvement came to realization by the consistent speaker, Toastmaster Tan Yu Sing !!! The twist on his thought on preparing the tough when the tough gets going was wonderful. I believe the EXCO will consider to get him involve as Floor Director whenever there are club events' needs to use AV System. I am inclined to hear more on engineering related topic though. Thanks Yu Sing for the sharing! His speech evaluator Past President & Past Area Governor Calvin Lim, ACS was one of the most encouraging, faithful and committed toastmasters. He spoke from heart and often lift up the vibrancy of the ambiance on top of the specific recommendations given to Yu Sing.

Thank you ALL of you once again for continuing uphold the mission of the club!

yours sincerely,
toastmaster of the evening,
Nancy Liew

Saturday, July 23, 2011

ROOFTOP BBQ For Fellowship

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is having a Rooftop BBQ Gathering on 6 August 2011 (Saturday) at Verve Suites, Mont Kiara. For those of who doesn't know where is Verve Suites Condo, the address is as below:

Verve Suites Jalan Kiara 5, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

The price is only RM20 per person and everyone is invited! Please get your friends and family to come too. For those who are interested, kindly send an email to me

Thursday, July 14, 2011

D'Utama Toastmaster Meeting

President's Report for Meeting on July 7th

Hi all,

I had an excellent time during the last meeting. I was really excited as I was playing the role of the President of the Club for the very first time. Yes, it was the very first meeting for the new term.  As usual, the meeting started with the singing of National Anthem and ASA2, CC, CL Teoh Chun Ming, took over and got a few regular guests to introduce themselves. I was really excited when I was invited to the front to give my opening speech. I introduced the theme for the meeting which was “Believe It and Achieve It” - which I thought was very apt to kick start the new term with the theme, “The Next Leap”. During the opening speech, I took the opportunity to introduce the new Exco for the term (as below).

VPE – CC Jonathan Moh
VPM – ACB Hoo Sze Ling
VPPR – TM Joseph Tham
Secretary – TM Yap Ying Shuen
Treasurer – TM Kelly Ang
SAA – TM Patrick Ho
Committee Member – TM Ruth Ting, TM Chu Shi Wei, and TM Jamie Phuah
Immediate Past President – CC,CL Marcus Loi.

Our Immediate Past President, Marcus Loi, did a great job hosting the meeting for the night. He was very efficient and led the meeting to start and end on time which everyone appreciated. ACB, CL Henry Fu, was a delight to listen to when he share his evaluation as the Language Evaluator. He also shared with us the word of the day – “Ellicit”.
The table topic session led by CC Jonathan Moh was indeed a tough challenge to many of the volunteers. However, TM Joseph Tham, ATMB Lim Bing Yee, TM Yap Ying Shuen, TM Guru, and even a guest, Andrew, took the challenge heads on. DTM G. Sivalingam, as usual, gave a very encouraging and insightful evaluation to each table topic speakers. ATMB Lim Bing Yee who gave us a candid take on her believe in kindness took home the Best Table Topic award.

We witnessed a lot of courageous speakers during the meeting – TM Yap Ying Shuen shared an inspiring speech relating how life is like riding bicycle during the Teh Tarik for the Soul session. TM Nick Tozer shared how passionate he was with his favorite game, golf, with a speech titled, "What Are You Passionate About?". And TM Joseph Tham shared a inspiring story about a famous motivational speaker with all his limbs with his speech titled "Living a life with the right attitude". When it was time for our newly reinstated member,  CC Yap Chean Seong, to speak, he made us laughed a lot with his humorous speech on his flatulence experience titled “Wind Power”. Although all the speaker did well, the best speaker award went to Yap Chean Seong – who promised us another great speech during his next return to Malaysia.
 The evaluation session was successfully led by our very experienced member, ACG CL Lee Wei Seong. All were very attentive including the guests, whenever WeiSeong spread his words of wisdom. During the speaker evaluation, all the assigned evaluators, ACS, ALB Nancy Liew, CC Tan Kooi Ching, and DTM Soh Fong Wai, did a splendid job giving their respective speakers a worthwhile and valuable evaluation. And, the best evaluator award went to DTM Soh Fond Wai – congrats!

TM Patrick Ho and TM Marilyn Lim debut as Timekeeper and Ah-Counter respectively contributing to the success of the meeting. All in all I enjoyed the entire meeting very much as all the role players put their best foot forward and made it a success.


Steven Lai
D'Utama Toastmasters Club - President

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011/2012 Executive

Oh my goodness!!  The clock is ticking so fast and now it’s almost a new year for the D’Utama Toastmaster Club to begin their new term for 2011/2012.   As we begin the new chapter for the club, let us welcome our new 2011/2012 Exco members to the club.

President - Steven Lai
Vice President Education - Jonathan Moh
Vice President Public Relations - Joseph Tham
Vice President Membership - Ho Sze Ling
Treasurer and Past President - Kelly Ang
Secretary - Yap Ying Shuen
Sergeant at Arms - Patrick Ho


The Next Leap

Good evening, fellow Toastmasters.

I am indeed very honored and happy that you have chosen me to lead the club for next year.

Firstly, I want to thank the last year’s committee for their tremendous support ensuring me that I can indeed move from being a Vice President of Education to a President role to serve the club. On top of that, I would like to thank our President, Marcus Loi, for his trust and nominating me for the role. And, also our Immediate Past President, Teoh Chun Ming, for his constant encouragement and telling me that I can do the role. And lastly, lost importantly, I want to thank you all for your voice of confidence in me being the President for the D’Utama Club for next year.

Now, fellow toastmasters, it was almost 3 years ago when I first walked into D’Utama Toastmaster Club at KDU College. I was nervous then as I did not know what to expect, but Toastmasters like DTM G. Sivalingam, ATMB Lim Bing Yee, and DTM Johnson Yike greeted me with the warm welcome. They showed me the rope and shared me more information about Toastmasters. Immediately, with all the friendly faces, I felt at home. Like many others, I came back to D'Utama Toastmasters many times as a guest. Over this period I realized that there were so many things I could learn to become a good communicator and a good leader. Eventually, without much persuasion, I joined the club. Like many other members, I still took quite some time to go into my first ice breaking speech. I remember that night when I did my icebreaking speech well as I was so surprised that I was chosen to be the best speaker of the night. I was so excited pumped up – that I wanted to do my next 9 speeches for the next 9 meetings.
I also remember my first time joining a Toastmasters event, my first time running a Toastmaster event, the Youth Leadership Program, and my first Exco role as the secretary for the club.
All these experience has been extremely fulfilling for me. Eventually I was sold that Toastmaster – especially D’Utama Toastmaster - is where I would stay to learn, to bond, and to lead.

After almost 3 years in D’Utama, I am still learning. Every meeting which I attend, I learn something new. When Bing shared about bird watching, I learned something. When WeiSeong shared something during the Teh Tarik for the Soul, I learned something new. When Hoo SzeLing shared something funny, I learned something new. When Jonathan critiqued our command of English, I learned something new.
I always tell this to the new members – “Don’t worry about not being able to learn in D’Utama Toastmasters Club - that’s the last time you will do here.”

Anyway, it was never in my wildest dream when I first walked into D’Utama Toastmaster Club – that one day I will lead the club as President of the club.

Dear fellow Toastmasters, last year, as you have witnessed, we had a very productive and eventful year. It was filled with passion…a passion that was driven out by the president Marcus Loi and the Exco.
Now moving forward, I would like to bring the club to another level of passion - another road that is never too long.
I would like to present to you my theme for the next year…

The Next Leap!

Fellow Toastmasters, let us all take the next leap.  Let’s take the leap forward; a leap of success for the club, a leap of transformation for the D’Utama’s members, and a leap of discovery for the guests.

For the club, I will strive to enable the club not only continuing its past successes but taking the leap to go into more successes - bringing the club meetings to another level of exciting learnings, bringing the club events to another level of enjoyment and fellowship, and the club’s achievements to another level of honor.

For the membership, I will strive as the President to enable to club members to be able experience transformation in the club – moving their learnings to another level – both in public speaking and leadership; more CC achievements, more AC achievements! More leaders helping leaders!

For the guests, I will strive to transform their first experience in D’Utama Toastmaster Club into a journey of discovery; discovering that they will definitely benefit from D’Utama Toastmasters Club, discovering that our members are so willingly to help them, discovering that D’Utama is the club for them – no other club is better.

Dear Toastmasters, I know that taking the next leap for the club, for the members and for the guests, is not only very challenging but it will also be very tiring. It is a course not without barriers and obstacles.  
But, I know that I will not be doing this alone. I know that I have the support from you and the newly elected club Exco. With that support, I know I can do it.

Dear Toastmasters, remember that the club is nothing without you. There is no club without you. So, together, you, the Exco and me, being the new President, let’s take the club into The Next Leap.

Thank you.
 Steven Lai