The Highlights & The Delights (14-Sep-2013)

The Highlights  &  The Delights

14th September 2013 Saturday


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Karen Moke, our current vice-president for education requested everyone to share their feelings for the day, followed by “What makes you look forward to attending Toastmaster’s meeting and what do you expect from Toastmaster’s meeting ?”. It was a meaningful and sincere question which rekindled our feelings of being a Toastmaster member.

Toastmaster of the Day

Albert Anto, another past club president had enthusiastically started the meeting even though there were some delays earlier due to we have waited for some appointments holders to arrive.

Opening Address by Club President

Neil Sarno, our VPE covering our president Karrina Boey, disclosed to the members his first public maiden speech held last week in a Youth for Christ community wherein he talked about Love. He did not only highlights the importance of being a Toastmaster member but also explained, emphasized and encouraged the members to experience and express love in TIAREL and its members. “Love one another!” was the take-away.

Special Talk

David Kow had shared to us the “Speechcraft” general information. He mentioned that as part of the Corporate-Social responsibility of the Toastmasters International, each club are encouraged to present Speechcraft for every EXCO term. He detailed the following characters and attributes of a Speechcraft:

  • Crash course in Speech communication
  • A chance for Toastmaster’s member to deliver Real Educational Speeches to the public
  • A way to promote Toastmaster’s Club
  • Require at least 1 month early preparation for Marketing and Registration
  • Require at least 10 participants

This would be the most challenging part of the EXCO term as it will require the talent, time and treasure from each members.

Prepared Speeches

Karen Moke, in his P6 Vocal Variety “Unfairness”, shared her experience with her children who have used the word “Unfair”. It bothers here being a mother who have known and experienced the real meaning of the word “Unfair” even at the young age of 13. The purpose of her speech is “Not to let such unfairness affects one’s life and the way once lives. Most important of all is not vent such frustration onto innocent ones when one meets with unfair situations.”

“Foolish Old Man and The Mountains” was Soh Siew Wee’s AP3 speech (The Moral of the Story from Storytelling Manual).  This story is about the old man who wants to remove the 3 mountains that are blocking the pathways to his house. The old man said that this can be achieved through perseverance, hard work and consistency. However the old man’s youngest son has a better idea. He said that the mountain does not need to be removed as it can be turn into their advantage if they can convert it into a tourist’s spot where it will be useful instead. He said that through planning and positive thinking, good things will happen in the right place at the right time.

Refreshment Break

Thank you Karen Moke, for getting us the refreshments. It was a programmed packed with numerous special items (FIVE!) which are rare in other clubs.

Just for Laughs

Karen Moke, made us giggled and laughed by telling us a joke about an airplane that was going to crash with 4 people on-board. The lawyer who said that he need to survive as he was the smartest man on the plane managed to dive by taking the knapsack of the boy as he thought that it was a parachute. Another story that also made us laugh was about the most famous investigator Sherlock Holmes and his best-friend Dr. Watson. While lying on their tent, suddenly they saw the sky. Sherlock asked Dr. Watson on what he saw and observed. Dr. Watson replied by describing the blue sky on how beautiful it was. Then he asked Sherlock, which simply replied that somebody attacked them by removing the tent.

Speech Evaluations

Krishnan Venugopal evaluated the P6 speech made by Karen Moke. He had credited Karen on the good structure and strong emotion portrayed in the speech. He had also advised Karen to control the speech rate, avoid the unnecessary movement (going back and forth in almost every sentence) and incorporate pause technique especially in those emotional part of the speech. Overall it was an interesting speech as it involved sentimental feelings.

David Kow evaluated the AP3 speech made by Siew Wee. He had credited Siew Wee for being innovative by using an old story and transform it into a modern story that twisted the story line making it more interesting and useful at this modern times. He had also advised Siew Wee to emphasize the speech introduction by creating the story settings. Also to enhance the transition between each character of the story as it will sound confusing especially during the character’s dialogue where you will not know on who is talking what. Overall it was innovative and design diligently to amuse the audience.

Fun with Table Topics 

Susiwati Ta was the table topic master for the day. She asked participants to choose between two categories of topic – choose between “Famous Quotes” or “Famous Questions”. The following were the takers and selected topic.

1) Ho Eng Lye,  “Coffee or Tea?” – She refused to choose as she preferred water over it and instead adviced us to drink a minimum of 7 to 8 cups of water everyday.

2) Sri Ram, “Soul’s joy lies in doing” – He agreed as he shared about his passion of doing good things for others especially of being a member in a community development program in his neighborhood.

3) Jonathan, “Man are smarter than woman” – He disagreed as he shared that women are getting a lot of improvement and recognition now a days specially when we have seen women being head of government agencies and in bigger companies.

4) Sowmya, “Big does not necessarily means better” – She agreed as she narrates the history of Dinosaurs and Rats. While the Dinosaurs perish on earth, Rats are still alive and kicking even though they are so small. This is due to the adaptive nature of the rats.

5) Krishnan, “If you are given 26 hours for a day, what will you do with the extra 2 hours?” – He said he did not need the extra 2 hours.  He shared that if you use your time effectively, 24 hours a day is more than enough.

6) Hong Liang, “If you have more courage, what will you do?” – He said being brave is synonymous to never ever give-up. This is his motto as he pursue his dream to learn and speak English language fluently.

7) Karen Moke, “What is your favorite role in a Toastmasters meeting?” – She choose to be a Speaker and a Table Topic Master as she thought that as a speaker, she will be able to speak whatever she liked to present and without any interruption within 5 to 7 minutes at the same time someday be a Table Topic Master due to this is the only role where most member volunteer to take, she just give-way for others.

8) Albert Anto, “Do you want to hear what you don’t like to hear?” – He agreed as he shared that this is the opportunity to improve oneself.  A good example is on being a speaker, you need to know the area of improvement even if you feel bitter and you don’t like to hear it from the speech evaluator.

9) Neil Sarno, “Time you enjoy wasting is not a wasted time” – He agreed as he shared that as long as you enjoy doing things even if other people see it as a waste of time, it does not matter because it is a matter of perception. But most importantly he shared that doing things with priority in mind will solve the issue. An example is on his extra time in the evening, he enjoy doing Toastmasters assignments first, followed by CFC/YFC assignments then followed by watching movies even if it is in the middle of the night as long as he is not tired.


Sowmya had her first opportunity to exercise this time-executioner role. She managed to learn quickly even though this was her first appointment in a Toastmaster’s meeting.

Ah Counter

Soh Siew Wee was rather lenient as the ah-er-erm master.

Announcement, Ribbon Presentation and Closing Address

Awards                                           Presented to:

Best Speech                                      Not applicable due to number of participants = 2

Best Evaluation                                Not applicable due to number of participants = 2

Best Table Topic                             Krishnan Venugopal  

Special announcement on the S2 Area Contest for Humorous Speech and Evaluation Speech to be held at Thomson CC at 1:30pm on 5th October 2013. All TIAREL members are encouraged to support our contestants, Karrina Boey (for Humorous speech contest) and Susiwati Ta (for Evaluation speech contest). This would be their first ever area contests.  

It was a very heartwarming day as members and guest enjoy every moment of the meeting. Although a few seats were vacant but we felt we were big at heart and in spirit. The meeting was concluded with the message “I love TIAREL and its members”.

Contributed by: Neil Sarno in behalf of the secretary