11th August 2012 Saturday
HUMOROUS SPEECH & SPEECH EVALUATION CONTESTS
The rules for the Humorous Speech contest were spelt out by the Contest Chair.
Humorous Speech Contest
Contestant #1 ~ Janelle Cua
She related the humorous and the not-so-pleasant happenings in the trains in “The Battle for Space”.
Contestant #2 ~ Richard Sng
‘MonicaChng’ and ‘MoLester’ were unenviable characters in “Horoscope or Horrorscope”. The Chinese zodiac animals, the rat and the tigress, were featured together with Leo the lion, from the Horoscope in the Sunday Times.
Contestant #3 ~ Neil Sarno
To improve his English, manage his nervousness and acquire his confidence were the reasons in “Why I Joined Toastmasters”.
Contestant #4 ~ Krishnan Venugopal
“Appraisal Fever” covered workload review, improving communication skills, teamwork, promotion, resignation and turning positives to negatives.
Contestant #5 ~ Tay Juet Hui
From being retired to babysitting, having a commercial break, having no datelines to meet, the redundant alarm clock and being reduced to a contract worker were shared in “The Incredible Happened”.
Contestant # 6 ~ Jamil Suleiman
The challenges in “What a Guest” were the tourists from Indonesia, Egypt and India, especially the first-timers in Singapore that the licensed tourist guide had to face, whether on the open upper deck of the bus or in the cable car.
Contestant #7 ~ Ta King Ho
“The Three Advice to Men” was about not touching a stranger, especially a taxi driver, formerly driving a hearse, on his first day at work . . . about an Indonesian man in America not knowing how to put on a necktie . . . treating your wife well.
Contestant #8 ~ Ho Eng Lye
The ABC in “Be Super Happy” refers to our Attitude, counting the Blessing, and the joys of having Children.
Contestant #9 ~ Albert Anto
Be very positive, look forward, look ahead, take action, and how the secret is manifested in wanting to be a millionaire were what we can learn in “My Aim my Drive, my Desire”.
It was a neck-to-neck, very closely-fought contest. The panel of judges must have a difficult time picking the top three winners.
Speech Evaluation Contest
The Chief Judge took it upon himself to be the Test Speaker with a mouthful of a title “Necessity is the Principled Mother of Innovation”.
Order of Appearance of the Contestants:
1) Jamil Suleiman
2) Pan Wei You
3) Albert Anto
4) Tay Juet Hui
5) Kevin Tan
6) Krishnan Venugopal
7) Ho Eng Lye
8) Richard Sng
Sergeant at Arms: Darren Lim
Timers: Edwin Tay (Tampines West TMC) & Thomas Lee (Grassroots Club TMC)]
Tally Counters: Li Hairong & Nah Wenbin (Tampines West TMC)
Chief Judge: John Liew (Zhenghua TMC)
Contest Chair: John Low
Organising Chair: Soh Siew Wee
Humorous Speech Contest:
Champion: Richard Sng
2nd: Krishnan Venugopal
3rd: Jamil Suleiman
Speech Evaluation Contest:
Champion: Richard Sng
2nd: Albert Anto
3rd: Krishnan Venugopal
Unfortunately, there were two time disqualifications for both the contests.
Area S2 Governor Faruk Muhammad presented the trophies.
Chicken wings, fried bee hoon, fruits, grass-jelly desserts . . . were generously piled on the tables. Members and guests could not help gushing and complimenting on the food pampered on them.
The contests were excellently organized and wonderfully conducted.
Contributed by: Richard Sng, Club Secretary