As usual all our devoted club members arrived bright and early to arrange the meeting venue and greet our guests. Thank you, joyful club members!
First of all, we welcomed the General Evaluator, Jerusha, ACB, CL, from CIMA Malaysia Toastmasters Club for her gracious presence at our meeting!
|From L: Pei San, Victor, Akmal, Joanne, Joanne, Ricky Soo, Edwin|
|From L: Victor, Akmal, Joanne, SY Phang, Joanne, Ricky Soo, Edwin, Jerusha, ACB, CL, SK Ratnam, DTM, Irene Han, Alicia Leong|
We also welcomed Ricky Soo and Joanne from MAD Toastmasters Club, President SY Phang from The School of Hard Knocks Toastmasters Club and Edwin, formerly with AFC Toastmasters Club. Thank you for attending our meeting!
We hereby welcomed new members Alicia Leong, Tham Yen Lai. Victor Guijo, Joanne Kuek and Mohammad Akmal Ashaari for joining our club. Welcome to our happy Extol family!
ASA, Pun Yew Kee started the ball rolling by calling the meeting to order at 7.15pm. You are superb, Yew Kee!
President, Jeannie, ACS, CL, inspired us with a pep talk on the vital intangible ideals of “excellence” like being “kind and encouraging” instead of the tangible and realistic goals that most people pursue in their daily lives in order to be a model of excellence. Thank you, Jeannie!
|TME, Pei San|
First time TME, Pei San, efficiently, effectively and effortlessly handled the whole meeting smoothly and excellently like an experienced TME. You did a brilliant job, San!
|Invocator, Jeannie, ACS, CL|
Invocator, Jeannie, ACS, CL shared a story on the importance of controlling our temper to avoid spoiling our day and to start the day right, each day. Thank you for the advice, Jeannie!
|Table Topics Master, Nicholas Khoo|
Table Topics Master, Nicholas Khoo incorporated the Word Of The Day, “Excellence” into all the Table Topics titles that allowed all impromptu speakers the opportunity to use it in their speeches. You are very “kind and encouraging”, Nicholas!
The first Table Topics speaker, Victor Guijo encouraged us to cultivate appreciation of others to bring out the best in others, and eventually it will become a natural part of ourselves. In this way, excellence is achieved.
Jerusha, ACB, CL, acknowledged that Malaysia is a land of paradoxes in areas of excellence as citizens wrestle with the new taxation system, simultaneously reaping the benefits in our daily lives. She encouraged us to be adaptable, come out of our comfort zone and see the world as an oyster as she had.
Ricky Soo, expressed that even though at one time his idol was Tun Dr Mahathir but his all time idol is his mother, the “goddess” and ultimate model of excellence in his life.
Joanne shared with us events during her visit to Japan which motivated her to learn the Japanese language so that she can enjoy her next visit to Japan which she declared as an excellent happening in her life.
Edwin mused that others said he looked Japanese which he thought was an excellent aspect of himself. Therefore, he declared that he should learn Japanese from Joanne and marry a Japanese wife later on.
Well done, all five extemporaneous speakers!
|Pei San, Victor Guijo, Jeannie, ACS, CL|
And the best Table Topics Speaker went to Victor Guijo. Congratulations, Victor!
|Seated: From L: Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM, Ravi, Pun Yew Kee, Jerusha, ACB, CL |
Standing: Humour Master, SK Ratnam, DTM
Humour Master, SK Ratnam, DTM, shared five hilarious short stories; four wisemen, a woman who was not invited to dance, an unsatisfied man, a wife who lost her credit card, Afghani wives who walked behind their husbands and a Chinese illegal immigrant ordering food from a Jewish man, which set everybody laughing. You never cease to humour, SK!
Shirley Bak, DTM, the Table Topics Evaluator appraised kindly all the five voluntary speakers to encourage them towards public speaking excellence. Thank you, Shirley!
Alicia Leong presented CC#1 titled, “Life: A journey of decisions and possibilities” about her decision to live with her mother who was both inspiring and nagging which resulted in her obtaining a scholarship to pursue further studies overseas. We shall try to excel like you, Alicia!
Her evaluator, Shirley Bak, DTM discerned that her speech is beyond an Ice-Breaker stage and she definitely will be an excellent public speaker. Thank you, Shirley!
Second speaker, Ravi reiterated in his CC#4 titled, “We are what we do repetitively” the importance to inculcate positive thoughts to get positive actions versus negative thoughts which attract negative actions to invite positive repetitive things into our lives. We shall be positive, Ravi!
|Jeannie, ACS, CL|
His evaluator, Jeannie, ACS, CL commended his stimulating speech which was very inspiring and motivating. Thank you, Jeannie!
|Pun Yew Kee|
Pun Yew Kee presented CC#9 titled ”How important is health?” by persuading us to drink sufficient water daily, adopt a proper diet and to exercise daily as health is very important to us. We shall include all these elements into our lives, Yew Kee!
His evaluator, SK Ratnam, DTM was astounded with his persuasive speech even though his conclusion was too long and his speech went overtime. Thank you, SK!
|Pei San, Ravi, Jeannie, ACS, CL|
The Best Speaker went to Ravi! Congratulations, Ravi!
|Pei San, SK Ratnam, DTM, Jeannie,Acs, CL|
And the Best Evaluator was SK Ratnam, DTM. Congratulations, SK!
Ah Counter, Irene Han deftly reported on the word crutches used during the entire meeting. You are remarkable, Irene!
Grammarian, Sam Koh was very focused, reported on all who used the “Word Of The Day” and all the wrongful and creative words and sentences uttered during the meeting. You are great, Sam!
Timer, Kwa Ngan Eng, DTM gave a precise timing report of the whole meeting! You are terrific, Ngan Eng!
Ravi, the Listening Evaluator gave nine multifaceted questions which even baffled himself, ironically Jerusha, ACB, CL got seven all correct answers and was awarded the Best Listener. You are incredible, Ravi! Congratulations, Jerusha!
General Evaluator, Jerusha, ACB, CL was pleased with our meeting proceedings, impressed with our role players’ placards, and was amazed with our Listening Evaluator session which she asserted that she would implement it in her club meetings. Thank you, Jerusha, we hope to see you again!
In closing, President Jeannie, ACS, CL encouraged us to attend the Annual Conference in Langkawi which will be held on May 1-3 , 2015.
Bye-bye! See you at our next meeting on 6 May 2015!