Thursday, October 25, 2012

Being the TME on 4th October 2012 - Goh Sheen Yee

Hosting a Toastmasters Regular Meeting and playing as a Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) on last Thursday (4 October) had been an adventurous ride for me. I had done this a couple times in the past (about 5 times) and I find that this time is a breakthrough for me in terms of my level of confidence and poise when I speak.

I managed to enjoy every moment while hosting the event. In fact, I was also overwhelmed that the evening turned out to be quite a meaningful meeting. I even remember the General Evaluator commented that “there is not a dull moment” throughout the two-and a half-hour meeting session.

About 5 months ago, I had the opportunity to be the TME, but it did not create a full impact on the audience as I was really agitated.I had spoken like a “Cho-Cho train” (super fast). With this precious opportunity to host a TM meeting again, I saw it as another new challenge for me; I reminded myself to speak slowly and patiently instead.

I set the theme: ‘It Takes Courage’ for the night’s meeting is because I was truly inspired by the great speakers who could stand up and share a part of themselves with the audience, their speech, aside from their great skills and quick thinking, they also need a tremendous amount of bravado. Choosing such a theme allows me to study “courage” and understand how courage can be garnered or found. I am grateful such a simple and easy theme could be well appreciated and enlightened the audience.

The evening would not have been successful without role players like the Language Evaluator ACB Hoo Sze Ling, who evaluated the quality of the use of the English language and her word of the day is “pristine”, our Invocator TM Billy Low, who shared with us a poem related to being courageous, our Table Topic Master TM Nick Tozer, who came out with 6 interesting topics related to courage, our Table Topic Evaluator ACB CL Henry Fu, who in spiteof the very short of time of preparation managed to “cook up” a good evaluation, our Humour Master TM VK Choong who managed to make us laugh at his rather lame-funny jokes, our Timekeeper TM Jack Ng who was very precise with his time keeping and our Ah-Counter ATMB Lim Bing Yee who to my surprise, could not find any pause fillers in the TME because she still spoke too fast! I would also like to recognise the much appreciated and precious role players ASA 1 TM Marilyn Lim and ASA 2 TM Chee Fong Hoe who ensured that the meeting was carried out smoothly without a kink.

Other than the abovementioned, our star for the second half of the meeting session: Speakers TM Chan Yew Choong, CC Steven Lai, and CC CL Marcus Loi. They prepared their speeches well and delivered them as they had intended.

Speech Title: Procrastinate And You Will...

Speech Title: Believe It Or Not

Speech Title: Pak Pandir

The evaluators for the speeches i.e. CC Chai Wen Lee, CTM Alex Tan and DTM G Jayam also did their best to point out commendable areas and areas of improvement for the speakers. The whole evaluation session was conducted by our General Evaluator DTM Yip Wah Pung who also doubled up as a “commentator / critique” for the night’s meeting.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the D’Utama meeting on 4th October, and all the role players who supported the evening. For members who could not make it that night, please do not be dismayed, there will always be meetings as interesting and refreshing as this one.

Written By Goh Sheen Yee
Videos by Johnson Yike

Excutive Committee Members for 2012/2013

Executive Committee 2012/2013
Theme of the Year : Catalyst @ Work
Executive Committee Members:

President : Johnson Yike DTM
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Member since : Sept 2005

Description : Johnson believes Toastmasters plays a significant part in his continuous growth in communication and leadership skill. This experience was further enhanced by the sincere, caring and uplifting members of D'Utama Toastmasters Club. He achieved the highest Toastmasters award, Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) in Sep 2008, however he believes that is just a pit-stop instead of the final destination. He was asked before, "Why are you still in Toastmasters?", and his reply was "D'Utama members took the time and effort to develop me, hence it is my turn to do the same for others". He now is going through the whole cycle again

Vice-President of Education: Hoo Sze Ling, ACB
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Member since : February 2009

Description : Passionate about 2 things in life : food and Toastmasters, Sze Ling aims to share the two loves of her life with as many people as possible!

Vice-President of Membership: Chu Shi Wei, CC
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Member since : March 2011

Vice-President of Public-Relation : V.K. Choong
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Member since : October 2011

Description : Manager from Telco, enjoy sports, reading and watching movies.

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Secretary : Chan Yew Choong
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Member since : May 2012

Description : Yew Choong is from risk management industry and he enjoys hiking and football.

Treasurer : Jack Ng
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Member since: October 2011

Description : Jack enjoys the sun. He likes most of the outdoor activities including hiking, jogging, travelling and enjoy cooking too.

Sergeant-at-Arms : Billy Low
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Member since : January 2012

Description : Passionate in real estate, loves adventure and meeting new people.

Immediate Past-President : Steven Lai, CC
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Member since : August 2008

Description : Steven is working as an IT Manager in a multi-national company (MNC) for the Asia region. His interests lie in photography, travelling, movies and home improvement.

Committee Members

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Toastmaster of the Evening :
V.K Choong
Theme of the Meeting :  Laughter is the Best Medicine
ASA1 (registration) : Vacant
ASA2 (call meeting to order) : Goh Sheen Yee, CC
Table Topic Master : Billy Low
Table Topic Evaluator : Vacant
General Evaluator : G.Sivalingam, DTM
Ah Counter : Levin
Time Keeper : Steven Lai, CC
Language Evaluator : Jo Chung
Assignment Speakers / Speech Evaluators
1. Marilyn Lim CC#1 (Evaluator # 1 : Hoo Sze Ling, ACB )
2. Chan Yew Choong CC # 4 (Evaluator # 2: Henry Fu, ACB, ALS)
3. Chee Fong Hoe CC # 5 (Evaluator # 3: Chai Wen Lee, CC)
4. Jack Ng CC # 5 (Evaluator # 4 : Jason Chew, CC)
5. Alex Tan, CTM AC#1 (Evaluator # 5 : Allen Kam, ACS)
"Role players still needed"

See you on this coming Thursday (18 Oct)!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Announcement from D'Utama TM Club President

Dear D'Utama Toastmasters,

I hope this email finds you well and you have been having a fabulous week so far. D'Utama Toastmasters club concluded our regular meeting on 4th October 2012 under the stewardship of our very own Dr. Goh Sheen Yee with her theme "It Takes Courage!". It was truly a good meeting where we have 24 our our club members who had avail themselves to be role players, speakers, evaluators and the encouraging audience. We also had 3 guests that visited us.

The Best Table Topic speaker: Steven Lai, CC
The Best Assignment speaker: Steven Lai, CC
The Best Speech evaluator: Alex Tan CTM

The meeting proper concluded at 9:40PM, truly a record for D'Utama Toastmasters Club.

We proceeding on to serious business during our Business Session where D'Utama Toastmasters Club conducted an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). This EGM had to be called as we had two Executive Committee members who have tendered their respective resignation; Tan Chong Guan (SAA) and Jonathan Moh (Secretary) due to personal and career commitments. The club wishes them the best and success in their endeavour and still welcomes them to be retain their membership if they chooses to do so.

We then proceeded to officially nominate and elect our new SAA and Secretary respectively. They are;

  • Chan Yew Choong (Secretary)
  • Billy Low (SAA)
We encourage the members to give them the support & encouragement to perform their service and roles to the best of their abilities. The meeting concluded by 9:55PM.


  1. Semi-annual Dues - The Exco wishes to thank the 32 members who have paid up. However there are still those who have not paid their respective dues. I urge them to contact our club Treasurer, Jack Ng to settle this soonest possible to avoid any disruption to your membership.
  2. Division Level Contest (13 Oct 12, 1:30PM to 5:00PM) - Our club/area champion Alex Tan will be proceeding to the division level contest this Saturday at Taylor's Lakeside campus. A few members have purchased tickets to support Alex and I too will be there. If anyone who are still interested, please let me know and I can secure the tickets for you for RM10.
  3. Fellowship Trip to Janda Baik - response has been good and our VPE, Chu Shi Wei has been sending out communication on those who are still interested and those who have signed up. Any further queries, please refer to our VPE.
  4. Next Meeting (18 Oct 12) - Our next Toastmasters Meeting will be on 18th Oct and it will be lead by our Club VPPR, VK Choong. Mark your calendars and come join the fun.
Continue to checkout our club website ( and Facebook page ( so that you won't miss out on the latest news and happenings. Till the next time we meet, have a fantastic week !!!

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike
President (2012/13)
D'Utama Toastmasters Club (#5912)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Division B Humorous & Speech Evaluation Contest on 13 October 2012 at Taylor's Lakeside Campus

Hello fellow Toastmasters!

There will be a Division B Humorous & Speech Evaluation Contest on 13 October 2012 at Taylor's Lakeside Campus.

Our member, Alex Tan is the Area B4 champion for Humorous Speech and he will be representing our club to participate in this competition.

More information here :

The Area B4 Governor, Ms Tan Saw Bee will be at the meeting on Thursday (4th Oct) to sell the tickets!

Next Meeting on 4th October 2012.

Dear Members of D'Utama Toastmasters Club & Guests,


This Thurday...

On 4-10-2012

We are having yet another

Exciting, enlightening and fun-filled Toastmasters meeting

in Room 1.08 KDU at 7.30pm.

Please come and join in the struggle as we learn

Public speaking and Communication skills

The theme is : It Takes Courage !

Summon up your courage and speak without flinching!!


Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet -



Tentatively, the roles have been filled up!


Toastmaster of the Evening : Dr Goh Sheen Yee, CC

ASA1 (Registration) : Marilyn Lim, TM

ASA2 (Call meeting to order) : Chee Fong Hoe, TM

Teh Tarik for the Soul : Billy Low, TM
Table Topic Master : Kelly Ang, TM
Table Topic Evaluator : Chai Wen Lee, CC

Humour Master : Choong Voon Kwong, TM
Ah Counter : Lim Bing Yee, ATMB

Time Keeper : Jack Ng, TM
Language Evaluator : Hoo Sze Ling, ACB

General Evaluator : Yip Wah Pung, DTM

Assignment Speakers / Speech Evaluators:
Chan Yew Choong / Henry Fu, ACB CL
2. Steven Lai / Alex Tan, CTM

3. Marcus Loi / G Sivalingam, DTM

Word of the Day: Pristine


p/s: Assignment speakers, please let me know your speech details as soon as possible by email Thank You. Role players, please be advised to arrive early, in any event you cannot come, please let me know asap. (012-6391878 Sheen Yee)


Yours Truly,

Dr. Goh Sheen Yee, CC