Saturday, December 1, 2012

Meeting Report on November 2012 by Gan Teong Hock

Regular Meeting held on 29 November 2012

The meeting started on a slow note with less than twenty participants, due partly to a heavy downpour just before the meeting. However, the good news was most of the role players were already at KDU. Once again, the commitment and dedication of D’Utama members is demonstrated by the role players tonight. Well done and congratulations to all the role players for your dedication.

As the meeting progress, more participants joined in and we ended the meeting with slightly more than thirty participants. As your TME for this meeting, I wish to record my gratitude to each and every one of you for your time and effort to attend the meeting despite the rain and heavy traffic. Thank you for your contribution to the success of this meeting.

I am also indebted to our Area Governor, Tan Saw Bee, ATMG, ALB, for taking her time off to visit D’Utama and grace tonight’s meeting; and for playing the role as General Evaluator in the meeting.

For this meeting, I had chosen “Gratitude” as our meeting theme as a reminder to all of us to appreciate what we have. Mr President DTM Johnson Yike opened the meeting with a short but powerful Presidential opening address, reflecting on the meeting theme.

The meeting proper began, as usual, with the “Teh Tarik for the Soul” (invocation). The speaker, Toastmaster Jo Chung, spoke on the topic “simple comments may destroy the honours of someone.” She reminded the audience to be appreciative of others and to be cautious in our speeches for intentionally or otherwise, simple comments may destroy the honours of someone.

Besides being the invocation speaker, Jo Chung also doubled up as the second Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms (ASA) for the meeting, while Berry Eng was our ASA 1 for the meeting.

The first session of the meeting, the “Table Topics” session, was led by a fairly new member of the Club, Marilyn Lim. Marilyn has selected a variety of table topics befitting the theme “gratitude” and four table topics speakers spoke for the night: Nancy Liew, ACS, ALS; Chan Yew Chong; Jack Ng and Berry Eng. Nancy Liew was voted by the audience as the “Best Topic Speaker”.

Alex Tan, CC, was the table topics evaluator and he gave a wonderful dissection of all the four table topic speeches presented. This was followed by the humorous speech by the meeting’s humour master, Yip Wah Pung, DTM, who shared with us his adventure in Paris.

After the interval (during which light refreshment was served), the meeting resumed with the second session - the prepared speeches. We had four speakers for the night: Both Chee Fong Hoe and Chan Yew Chong presented their 6th competent communication manual projects (on “vocal varieties”) while Billy Low did his 7th (on “research your topic”). The 4th speaker, our Immediate Past President Steven Lai, CC, presented an advanced communication manual project (from the entertaining speaker manual.) The audience voted Steven as “Best Speaker”. Congratulations to all the four speakers for advancing by another speech in their Toastmasters journey.

Stop Bullying

Evaluation Session:

Trekking Hutan Libur Ulu Kanching

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Real Estate Market: To Buy Or Not?

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Culture Shock Or Shocking Culture

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After the prepared speech session, AG Saw Bee took control and led the third session, the evaluation session, as the GE. Besides table topics evaluator Alex Tan (who had already given his evaluation earlier), the evaluation team also comprised the four speech evaluators, Chai Wen Lee, CC (evaluated Chee Fong Hoe’s speech); Jason Chew, CC (Chan Yew Chong); Ruth Ting (Billy Low); and Nancy Liew, ACS, ALS (Steven Lai); the language evaluator (grammarian) Henry Fu, ACB, ALB; the ah counter Nick Tozer; and the time keeper VK Choong.

In line with the meeting theme, LE had chosen the word “indebted” as the word of the day. All the evaluators presented their evaluation based on the speech objectives and with insight. Jason Chew, CC, was voted by audience as the “Best Evaluator”.

The meeting ended with the guests comments before the Club conducted its business session, which included the admission of a new member, Jamaine Loo. Welcome to the Club, Jamaine.

I hope everyone in the meeting has enjoyed the meeting as much as I enjoyed hosting it - As the TME, I have thoroughly enjoyed the meeting.

Reported by: Gan Teong Hock, TME of the meeting