Thursday, September 18, 2014

Extol Toastmasters Meeting No. 397 on 17 Sep 2014

Wow, wasn’t that a fun-filled meeting that we had last night! What can go wrong went wrong last night!

Firstly, Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM, our regular refreshment organiser forgot that yesterday was Wednesday and did not order our trademark “nasi lemak” and President Jeannie, CC bought some “nasi lemak” from another source which was not up to our expectations. Now, we know and appreciate how tasty our usual “nasi lemak” is!

Then the holders of our cabinet key are all overseas or unable to attend the meeting which caused a flurry until Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM discovered an old key which miraculously opened the cabinet which allowed us to retrieve all our stationery at last. What a relief!

The theme of our meeting, “Problems are meant to be solved” was really apt for yesterday’s meeting. We definitely cannot go through another similar situation again without suffering a heart attack, however our word of the day “persistent” pulled us through. Well done, 

TME, Pun Yew Kee

However, the meeting ran smoothly without any further hitches as TME, Pun Yew Kee called the meeting to order at 7.15pm. Kudos, Yew Kee!

General Evaluator, Lee Ying Ying, CC

We also hereby welcomed and thanked General Evaluator, Lee Ying Ying, CC from Sunway Toastmasters Club, guests, Rick Molin and Lai Yoong Hean, CC also from Sunway Toastmasters Club for being with us.

President, Jeannie, CC

President, Jeannie, CC reiterated the slogan for our term 201-2015, “Efficient, Effective, Excellent” by punning on the theme of the meeting and encouraged all to be persistent in order to overcome all obstacles. Thank you, Jeannie!

Grammarian, Yousuf, CC

Grammarian, Yousuf, CC gave the meaning of the word of the day “persistent” and also provided an example on how to use it. Great work, Yousuf!

President, Jeannie, CC gave a soulful invocation speech on a father and his three sons which was very attention-grabbing. She also advised us to let go of things, for whatever belongs to us shall return to us and it will be difficult to hold on to whatever that will not stay with us. Well said, Jeannie!

Table Topics Master, Kooshan

Table Topics Master, Kooshan conducted the impromptu speech session with extraordinarily brain-racking titles which set everybody’s adrenalin pumping. 

Pei San

However, the volunteers, Pei San, Rick Molin, PY Wong, ACB and Lai Yoong Hean, CC were very sporting and took up the challenges. 

Best Table Topics speaker, PY Wong, ACB

And the best Table Topics speaker went to PY Wong, ACB. Congratulations, PY!

Humour Master, Jeannie, CC entertained us with her hilarious story of a 90-year old couple who encountered Genie in a bottle and their wishes. You are a real joker, Jeannie!

Table Topics evaluator, Shirley Bak, DTM
Table Topics evaluator, Shirley Bak, DTM gave a thorough evaluation of all the Table Topics speakers and all were motivated to volunteer for future impromptu speeches, again. Good job, Shirley!

After a break of ten minutes, the meeting resumed with the project speeches session.

PY Wong, ACB

PY Wong, ACB presented a speech from the Advanced Manual #5-Communicating on Video about zero food wastage which was very informative and well-researched. Well done, PY!

From left: Lee Ying Ying, CC, Lai Yoong Hean, CC and  Shirley Bak, DTM

He was evaluated by a panel of evaluators, General Evaluator, Lee Ying Ying, CC, Lai Yoong Hean, CC and  Shirley Bak, DTM. Thank you, evaluators!

Secondly, Yousuf, CC presented a speech from Advanced Manual Storytelling #2 about his trip to Langkawi which was very thrilling and exciting and everybody felt that they were soaring through the air with Yousuf on his parachute. Well done, Yousuf!

Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM

Yousuf was evaluated by Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM who was very absorbed in his story telling and satisfied with his presentation. Thank you, Ngan Eng!

The final speaker, Jeannie, CC presented a play, “As Others See Us” from Advanced Manual, Interpretive Reading #4 which was very lively and interesting. Well done, Jeannie!

She was evaluated by Yousuf, CC who gave a very comprehensive and detailed evaluation which was very constructive. Thank you, Yousuf!

Best Project Speech Speaker, Yousuf, CC

Best Evaluator, Yousuf, CC

The best Project Speech Speaker and the best Evaluator went to Yousuf, CC. Double congratulations, Yousuf!

The Ah Counter, Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM reported concisely on all the word crutches used by the speakers during the meeting which alerted all of us to be more careful in future meetings. Thank you, Ngan Eng!

Grammarian, Yousuf, CC was very attentive and was able to capture those who used the word of the day in their speeches, all wrongful usage of words and sentences and also creative usage of words and sentences. Awesome, Yousuf, for he took on so many roles yesterday!

Pei San, first time Timer did very well by meticulously recording and reporting on the timing of the whole meeting. Very well done, Pei San!

Listening Evaluator, Obaidullah

The Listening Evaluator, Obaidullah stirred a storm when he gave questions within questions which baffled and stimulated all our brains. Good job, Obaid!

General Evaluator, Lee Ying Ying, CC

Our General Evaluator, Lee Ying Ying, CC was very genial and detailed in her report and we will definitely welcome her again to our future meetings as our General Evaluator. Thank you, Ying, Ying!

Kooshan and Yousuf, CC

The meeting ended with President, Jeannie, CC presenting the membership badges to Kooshan and Obaidullah and Toastmasters International magnetic mementoes to Kooshan and Yousuf, CC for they will be returning to their homeland, Afghanistan at the end of this month! Farewell, Kooshan and Yousuf! Bon voyage!!

With that, our meeting ended. Goodnight!    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Extol Toastmasters Club is conducting a 3-day YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME workshop in communication and leadership for youths from 12+  to 18 years old. This workshop is effective in giving youths a head start in their communication and leadership skills in preparation for their future.

The Youth Leadership Programme is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but the potential needs to be developed. The programme's unique design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience. Participants learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. They learn to:

· overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to speak before an audience
· organise and present their ideas logically and convincingly
· listen carefully to others' ideas
· offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and leadership skills
· participate and even lead group discussions or meetings


Youths in the age group of 12+ - 18 years can participate in the programme. This programme is limited to 30 people. This allows each participant to receive individual attention and the opportunity to get practical experience.

The programme is normally conducted during the long school break in November each year.

It will be conducted for three days continuously from Friday to Sunday.

Time : 9.00am to 5.00pm daily
Date:  28-30 November 2014
Venue: Wisma CNS, 2-6 Jalan SS 19/1G, 47600 Subang Jaya.

The fees are RM500.00 per participant 
A ten percent discount per participant will be given for group enrollment of more than 3 participants.
Lunch + 2 tea break are provided daily for the three days programme
Programme manuals will be provided
Attendance Certificates will be given to all participants
Trophies will be given to contest winners

For further information please contact the following:

Ngan Eng 019-231 9800
Ratnam 012-232 3578
Jeannie 012-718 7332

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Extol Toastmasters Meeting no. 396 on 3rd September 2014

We had an overwhelmingly “Once in a blue moon”  first joint meeting of our term 2014-2015 with Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters Club yesterday. 

However, the Word of the Day “Consistent” was most apt as all members present including the joint club members quickly organised the room for the meeting. Thank you, everybody! This proves right the slogan for our term, “Efficient, Effective, Excellent”.

The meeting started a bit late due to late comers deterred by heavy rain and the massive traffic congestion. It was 7.15pm when ASA, SK Ratnam, DTM called the meeting to order.

President, Jeannie Carrera, CC gave a very warm welcome to everybody, the joint club members, the guests and General Evaluator. Ivan Chow, CC who had all arrived early for the meeting despite the weather and traffic chaos outside which really lifted everybody’s spirits. Thank you, Jeannie!

TME, Mohamad Yousuf, CC
TME, Mohamad Yousuf, CC immediately took over the reins and conducted the meeting in his usual professional, confident, trademark manner. Kudos, best TME Yousuf!

Dr. KP Ng from Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters Club, the Grammarian introduced the Word of the Day “Consistent”, explained its meaning and gave an example for it. Thank you, Dr. KP Ng!

Invocation Master, Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM shared an inspiring story of the farmer and the rabbit by applying both the Theme of the Meeting and the Word of The Day which cautioned us to continuously work hard to attain success in our lives instead of waiting for miracles. Thank you for your advice, Ngan Eng!

Table Topics Master, Pun Yew Kee with Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM

For the impromptu speech Session, Table Topics Master, Pun Yew Kee gave topics based on normal, everyday events which attracted our guests, Victor and Pei San to participate. Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM, Ken Koh, CC  and Jewin Kumar, CC also volunteered as Table Topics speakers.

Best Table Topics Speaker, Ken Koh, CC

The best Table Topics Speaker went to Ken Koh, CC. Congratulations, Ken!

SK Ratnam, DTM, the Humour Master of the meeting broke the norm and gave us numerous subtle sayings about the relationships between men and women which set everybody smiling. Thank you, King of jokes, SK!

After the break of 10minutes, our meeting resumed with the Project Speech session. 

The first speaker, PY Wong, ACB presented an advanced manual speech on “Communicating on Video” which was titled, “Zero Food Waste” which was very informative and eye-opening for lucky city folks like us who have yet to experience real hunger pangs. Well, done, PY!

PY was evaluated by SK Ratnam, DTM, Thank you, SK!

The second speaker, Ken Koh, CC also did an advanced manual speech on “Interpretive Reading”, a monodrama of a very touching and moving autobiography of how an Asian child was raised. Well done, Ken! 

Ken was evaluated by Shirley Bak, DTM. Thank you, Shirley!

The third and last speaker, Jeannie, CC similarly did an advanced manual speech and presented a toast to Mohamad Yousuf, CC for his brilliant Toastmasters career and farewell as Yousuf will be returning to his homeland end of this month. Well done, Jeannie!

Jeannie was evaluated by Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM. Thank you, Ngan Eng!

Two speakers went overtime, therefore there was no voting for the Best Speaker, however the Best Evaluator went to Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM. Congratulations, Ngan Eng!

Best Evaluator, Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM

The Grammarian report by Dr KP Ng was very precise, well-structured and she captured many of the good language usage and catchy phrases. However, she lamented that nobody used the Word of the Day but the Theme of the Meeting was overpoweringly used. Thank you, Dr KP Ng for your keen observation!

The Ah Counter, Ler Kiat See also from Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters Club gave a detailed report on the word crutches used during the meeting and we noticed that few have word crutches. That is an improvement. Thank you, Ler Kiat See!

Jewin Kumar, the Listening Evaluator was very attentive and nobody was able to answer all the ten questions that he asked. The best attempt was five correct answers. Well done, Jewin! Buck up, everybody and grab the Best Listener Award next time!

Irene Tin Leh Hun, the Timer, also from Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters Club gave an in-depth report on the timing of the whole meeting and for each speaker and role player. Well done, first time Timer, Irene!

The General Evaluator, Ivan Chow, CC from Sunway Toastmasters Club offered a very forthright and encouraging report of the whole meeting and also on the speakers and role players. Thank you Ivan! We definitely will welcome you again as our General Evaluator for our future meetings.

Immediate Past President, Pun Yew Kee

Immediate Past President, Pun Yew Kee thanked all our club members who had helped our club to achieve Select Distinguished Club status for the term 2013-2014 by displaying the plaque and the sash. Well done, Yew Kee and his team!  He also hoped that our club will attain President Distinguished Club status for the term 2014-2015. Come on, let’s buck up and make this come true!

Select Distinguished Club

Select Distinguished Club

After this, PY Wong, ACB performed an induction ceremony for new members, Mohamad Yousuf, CC and Jeannie Carrera, CC. Thank you, PY!

President, Jeannie, CC closed the meeting by reiterating on the Theme of the Meeting and the Word of the Day which though controversial was actually very appropriate in order for all to advance as Toastmasters members. Let us not wait for the blue moon but always be consistent in whatever we do!

The meeting ended at 9.30pm. Good night, everyone!