Monday, April 7, 2014

The Joint Meeting between D’Utama Toastmasters Club and Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas Toastmasters Club on 3rd April 2014

On this night, we welcomed the members of Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas Toastmasters Club to hold a Joint Meeting with us. We were delighted with the presence of Thiiban Paskaran (Président), Ivanna Sim Ting Mei (Vice President Education), Dharishini Devi Vellayadevan (Secretary) and Daryl Chong Thian Ming (Treasurer) and their members, Fong Lian Lim, Chai Siew Hong, Masoomi Patel, and Cai Minh Quoc.

The theme of the meeting was set as “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

Henry Fu, ACB, ALB was the Toastmaster of the Evening and performed his job brilliantly, injecting enthusiasm and positivity into the meeting from the moment he took the lectern.

As the Language Evaluator, Masoomi introduced “Valour” as the Word of the Day and there was no doubt that she had been diligently monitoring the proper usage of the English language throughout the meeting. Indeed we witnessed valour amongst the speakers and guests alike when taking to the stage during the meeting.

During the Teh Tarik for the Soul session, Tan Kooi Ching, ACB, CL narrated to us a story about the relationship between a king and his Prime Minister. The take-home message for us is to be grateful even when things do not go our way, as everything happens for a reason.

Daryl Chong was the Table Topics Master and certainly lined up questions which set our minds thinking. All the speakers who took to the floor to attempt answering the questions certainly demonstrated valour and not a trace of hesitation in doing so. We had both guests and Toastmasters participating in this session. Shawn Chen as the Table Topics Evaluator, delivered an incisive evaluation of all the Table Topics speakers and pointed out areas of commendation as well as improvement.

During this meeting, the Vice-President for Membership, VK Choong, conducted a Member Acceptance Ceremony to welcome the newest members into the D’Utama fold. They were :

Gay Sook Mei
Yap Wai Hong
Tan Wee Li
Lee Boon Wei

During the prepared speech assignment session, we heard from the following speakers:
Tan Wee Li who delivered his very first speech in the club entitled “Foodie”, weaving his relationship with food and his biography into an entertaining speech.
With his speech entitled “Expectations” in fulfillment of Project #3: Get to the Point, Daryl Chong spoke about dealing and managing expectations of others. However the most important message he delivered was to manage our own expectations of ourselves.
Ivanna Sim and Thiiban Paskaran both delivered speeches from Project #8: Get comfortable with visual aids. Ivanna expounded on the topic of depression, giving the audience an insight into this relatively little known topic. She likened depression to a black dog that accompanies the person afflicted with this condition everywhere and at all times, and this facilitated the audience to understand this mental condition. Thiiban likened living life to that of running a race and inspired us to run it as best as we can.

For the evaluation session, we had Darshini, Calvin Lim, ACS, Gan Teong Hock, DTM and Marcus Loi, CC, CL. True to the spirit of Toastmasters, all evaluators endeavoured to provide valuable and meaningful feedback to the speakers, pointing out areas where they excelled and where they could have enhanced their speeches. The General Evaluator, G.Sivalingam, DTM also gave constructive feedback to the speakers and a thorough evaluation of how the meeting had transpired.

Yvonne Yon, as the Ah Counter, gave a detailed report of all pause fillers and speech crutches used throughout the meeting while first-time timekeeper Fong Lian Lim performed his given task meticulously, having recorded everyone’s timing to a T, including his own.

Awards for the night were given as follows:
Best Table Topic Speaker - Chai Siew Hong
Best Speaker – Thiiban Paskaran
Best Evaluator - Gan Teong Hock, DTM
First Timer - Tan Wee Li

We also saw a record 23 guests at the meeting! Quite a feat, even for an established club as ours!

A brilliant meeting with such energy and positive vibes from our young guests from Taylors.” - Lim Bing Yee, ATMB

N.B. The next club meeting will be held on 17th April 2014 and the Toastmasters of the Evening will be G.Sivalingam, DTM. 

Best Table Topic Speaker - Chai Siew Hong from TCSH

Best Assignment Speaker - Thiiban Paskaran, President of TCSH

Best Evaluator - Gan Teong Hock, DTM

First Timer Ribbon - Tan Wee Li
Best Regards,

Hoo Sze Ling, ACB
D'Utama Toastmasters Club