Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ipoh Convention 8-9th Nov 2013

A Relaxing Weekend In Ipoh

  It was nice to attend a semi annual convention in a city without the nightmare traffic jams encountered in KL. This is what I experienced in attending the 2013 Semi-Annual Convention in Ipoh, on 8 and 9 November 2013. It still takes some getting used to a semi-annual which only lasts 2 full days and is over by Saturday midnight, sort of like Cinderella's coach which turns into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. The unique things at this convention, from my perspective were that every delegate received a fresh pomelo upon registrations, and I hereby certify that it was delicious upon consumption. The other thing was that the convention t-shirt was very nice; it looks very presentable with a stand up collar and a zip instead of buttons, and I can actually use it for business casual purposed. Alas, it was not free and I had to spring RM30, but I must say I don't regret it.

  It started on Friday morning, with the District Exec Meeting in the morning at 10, followed by the District Council Meeting at 2, and the memorable thing for me was that not one hostile question was raised, and everything went swimmingly, and we actually finished ahead of schedule, which as a 15 year veteran of conventions, I cannot ever recall having witnessed. The night was of course the grand opening, and that went quite well with a sit down Chinese dinner. One surprise was that a winning bid was put in for the 2015 Annual Convention in May, and it will now be held in Langkawi, roughly 18 months from now.

  The contest started at 830 on Saturday morning, and it was the highlight for the convention. The sad thing was that there were 2 time disqualifications in the Humorous speech contest, and one of them appeared to be one of the most humorous speeches of the day, which many of us expected to win or at least be placed in the top 3. Nevertheless, I have no quibbles about the winner, who was a breath of fresh air, with his prop of a giant chicken doll, his very original material, droll delivery and his live prop of a gorgeous lady who was presented as his wife. This lady later revealed the truth, with the inimitable phrase, 'The chicken hired me', when she did a hilarious 5 minute stage presentation about her quest to find a husband. This was something unusual, as she did this 5 minute presentation during the 5 minutes in which the Evaluation speech contestants prepared their evaluations, which I thought represented good planning and innovation, rather than allowing the 5 minutes to be an airtime slot, or just sit around.

  The night gala was a hawker themed dinner where so-called hawker stalls were arranged around the hall, but the only problem was that the food was prepared by the hotel, so it tended to be on the cold side, as the food was cooked in the kitchens and served early, particularly for dishes like chicken satay, which was actually quite tasty. Yours truly, Johnson and Chun Ming got the opportunity to go on stage and collect our club's President's Distinguished Club program from the Immediate Past District Governor,DTM Ramdas. I thought it would have been nice if more of our club members could have been there for this recognition of our club. The dinner ended at around 1130PM with the formal closing of the convention, and that was it.

  The next stop is the annual convention in May 2014 in Kuala Terengganu, on the east coast, the first time it has ever been held there.


G. Siva

Past President G. Sivalingam DTM receiving a token of appreciation from Immediate Past District 51 Governor Ramdas Nayar DTM for the prior's service as part of the district Education Team (2012/13).
Congrats Siva!

Past President Teoh Chun Ming receiving a token of appreciation from the Immediate Past District 51 Governor Ramdas Nayar for the prior's service as District Secretary (Term 2012/13).
Congrats Chun Ming!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Regular Meeting on 5th Dec 2013


I believe the answer will be a BIG YES!!!

Please note that there will be a few moments of silence dedicated to the memory of G. Jayam and a eulogy will also be delivered during the presidential speech tomorrow. Those whose who knew G.Jayam are encouraged to attend the meeting in honour of our beloved member. 

Theme : Make a Difference
TME: Jasmine Khoo, TM

ASA2: Jack Ng, TM

Teh Tarik for the Soul: Nancy Liew, DTM
Humour Master: G. Sivalingam, DTM

Table Topic Master: G. Levin, TM
Table Topic Evaluator: Marcus Loi, CC

General Evaluator: Ng Sok Teng, ACS, ALS

Language Evaluator: Dr Goh Sheen Yee, ACB

Ah Counter: Jo Chung, TM
Time Keeper: TEOH Chun Ming, CC ALB

Speaker 1: Yvonne Yon CC#2         (Evaluator 1: Chan Yew Choong, CC
Speaker 2: Sam CC#3                    (Evaluator 2: Billy Low, CC)
Speaker 3: Tarcayani CC#9             (Evaluator 3: Allen Kam, ACS, CL)

Speaker 4: Chu Shi Wei AC#3         (Evaluator 4: Henry Fu, ACB, ALB

Thanks and have a great day!

Jasmine Khoo
TME 5 Dec 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

D'Utama Workshop - "Mind Your Language in Public Speaking" by Lily Fu (21st Nov 2013)

D'Utama Toastmasters Club


"Mind Your Language in Public Speaking"


Lily Fu, ACB/ALB

Ms. Lily Fu, ACB/ALB

Date: 21st Nov 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: D'Utama Toastmasters Club,
KDU University College, Damansara
Room 1.05

D'Utama TM members - RM10, TI members - RM15, Guests - RM20

Please contact our VPE Henry Fu at 012-302 3088 for tickets.

About Lily....

Ms Lily Fu holds a Masters in TESL from University of Malaya, an Associate Diploma in TESOL from Trinity College, London and a Certificate in TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.  Besides teaching English for Academic purposes, Lily teaches English for Communication and English for Professional purposes.  She is also a professional trainer certified by IPMA, UK. Lily has more than 35 years of experience in teaching English.  She has helped thousands of Malaysians improve their English language proficiency through her books, lectures and workshops.  She is trained in developing language programs customized to suit individual and corporate needs.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Regular Meeting on 7th Nov 2013

(via email from Goh Sheen Yee)

Dear Members of D"Utama Toastmasters Club,

Greetings to all!
I am in dire need of role players for the upcoming toastmasters meeting on the 7th November 2013.

The Theme of the next meeting would be: Cats are better than dogs! (for fun)

Cats have it all - admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it. - Rod McKuen
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.  - Ann Landers

Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) : Dr Goh Sheen Yee, ACB
ASA 1 (registration)                         : vacant
ASA 2 (call meeting to order)          : vacant
Invocation Master                            :Lim Bing Yee, ATMB
Table Topic Master                          : vacant
Table Topic Evaluator                      : vacant
Humour Master                                : vacant
Ah Counter                                      : vacant
Time Keeper                                    : vacant
Language Evaluator                          : vacant
General Evaluator                               : Ng Sok Teng - AG B5 (2012/2013) and a member of Crystal TC
Assignment Speakers                                                                                                  Evaluators
1) Shawn Chen CC#8 (Get Comfortable with Visual Aids)                                         Calvin Lim, ACS
2) Jo Chung CC#8 (Get Comfortable with Visual Aids)                                               Chai Wen Lee, CC
3) Chan Yew  Choong AC #2 (Let's Get Personal -Storytelling manual)                                  vacant
4) Jasmine Khoo (standby speaker)
Looking forward to hosting the next club regular meeting. Dearest members, please feel free to take up the roles still available.
Thank You
Yours Sincerely,

Goh Sheen Yee

Friday, November 1, 2013

Pictures from 31st Oct 2013 Meeting

We had yet another "frisson" meeting conducted by our TME Henry Fu, ACB, ALB.

"Always Do What You Are Afraid To Do"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.


New Member Acceptance presented by VP Membership VK Choong to Yvonne Yon

New Member Acceptance presented by VP Membership VK Choong to Lee Pek Swan

General Evaluator- Teoh Chun Ming, CC/ALB
Language Evaluator - Steven Lai, CC

Best Assignment Speaker - Chu Shi Wei, CC

Best Evaluator - Johnson Yike, DTM

Yvonne Yon for First Timer ribbon

Lee Pek Swan for First Timer ribbon