11 July 2015 EXCO Installtaion and Chapter Meeting
The theme of the meeting was “Leadership” which resonated from the start to the end.
Siew Wee opened the meeting with a simple question “Do you think you are a leader?”
Karen said she’s a leader to her children and Sam playfully commented “I’m not a leader, Karen is my leader!” Look at that smooth husband in action!
Venkat is preparing to become an efficient leader. Many other people also commented that they are a leader, at least of themselves.
Susi’s word of the day was “Fan”. Fan can either be used as a noun or verb. You can be a fan of Manchester United., or fan yourself with your hands or ask a crowd to fan out. She encouraged us to explore its unconventional uses during the meeting.
In the inaugural president’s speech, Raja spoke about the differences between leaders and managers. Managers say “Do it!” while leaders say “Let’s do it”. Leadership is an action, not a position. Often, we can only see the true calibre of a leader when we are in difficult times. Like tea leaves, we need to be put into hot water before the hidden, dried up and shrivelled leaves can unfurl to reveal the fragrant aroma of quality tea. Let’s look forward to Raja’s leadership in the new term!
1. Raja Nallaperumal – P1 The Ice Breaker, titled “My Foot Steps“
Raja also told us all about himself in his re-do of Project 1. He was born in a non-city environment, excelled at his studies and moved quite a lot for work before ending up in Singapore now. Now he likes meditation, yoga, reading and of course toastmasters.
2. Venkat – P2 Organize Your Speech, titled “Deadline“
Venkat also spoke about deadlines in his project 2, an engaging speech which was easy to follow and demonstrated his strengths as a speaker. He also shared useful tips for us to deal with deadlines, which I found useful in my ongoing battle with deadlines at school and at work!
Happy Birthday to our July babies – Kenny, Susi, Neil and Hao Qin! Thanks to them, we had a delicious chocolate birthday cake. Susi bought the cake and claims credit for having bought Susi’s favourite flavour – Chocolate! (Cheers at the amount of research we put in so that our birthday babies are happy!)
Siew Wee and Anil, our devoted SAA and VPE, put together a filling lunch at 3pm. There was roasted chicken, fried rice, vegetables and green bean soup. We ate to our fill and wiped out everything.
Evaluator: Speech presented by
1. Susiwati Ta, ACB, ALB: Raja Nallaperumal, CC
2. Sowmya, CC: Venkat
After the break, Susi and Sowmya presented their evaluations. Susi was focused on the objectives for Raja’s speech and Sowmya was an encouraging evaluator to Venkat.
Sowmya also brought table topics that were related to the theme. Some questions she posed included “Would you consider it necessary for a leader to be selfless?” and “Persuade and Persist, which is more important?”
Susi brought a language evaluation that pointed out creative language used throughout the meeting, uses of the word of the day as well as some suggestions she proposed. Susi thinks language evaluation is a scary and challenging role, but she’s glad she tried it. Well, we need to challenge ourselves in order to grow.
Hao Qin took up his first appointment role today by being the AH-counter. Thanks to his hard work, we shall have more money for refreshments in the future! Let’s work towards the day when the AH-counter does not catch any pause fillers at all from the entire club.
Richard pointed out important points that we missed when preparing the meeting. The general evaluation was thorough and covered everything from the agenda, to the set-up, meeting flow, up till the last segment before him. It was definitely valuable feedback for the new EXCO.
Best Table Topic: Feng Yi
There were no best prepared speech and evaluator awards as there were only 2 speakers.
El Mundo, Neil’s invited guest, also agreed to join the club after sitting through the meeting!
Let’s welcome our newest member, El Mundo!
1. The next meeting shall be on 25th July 2015, please contact Anil to request for a speaking slot or appointment role!
2. Stay tuned for our Tiarel Club’s Humorous Speech and Speech Evaluation Contest on 22nd August 2015.
Contributed by Ta Susiwati, Club Secretary