The Highlights & The Delights (25-Aug-2012)

25th August 2012 Meeting

The meeting was held at Kampong Ubi C.C.  Our regular venue was unavailable.

The meeting was called to order promptly by Kenny Lim, the Sergeant at Arms.

“If you can have any job in the world, what would it be?” was posed to everyone.  Answers ranged from being a house-husband, full-time mum with children, zookeeper, master chef, resort club operator, farmer, to not wanting to work at all.

Guests present included Division S Governor K. Raj, Siao Yan, a visiting Toastmaster from Toa Payoh South TMC, Rony Lim, a past member, Shirley Lam and Alison Chan.  Sadly, only ten members turned up to show their support.

Toastmaster of the Day

V Krishnan was in control of the meeting, adlibbing now and then.  A few members had to take on more than one role, which reflects poorly on the club and in the eyes of visiting Toastmasters.

Opening Address by Club President

The audience was requested to stand to perform three exercises. Soh Siew Wee related the relevance to her injured shoulder which eventually recovered.  She impressed upon us to persevere, to press on, to be patient and positive in relationships, to achieve our dreams and to change our habits.  These take time.


Prepared Speeches

Kevin Tan gave A Dramatic Talk “The Graduation” in AP4 The Entertaining Speaker.   We are all losers, he told the audience vociferously and vehemently.

“Global Warming & You” was Ta King Ho’s AP5 Speaking to Inform ~ The Abstract Concept serious speech.

The well-groomed and well-dressed Janelle Cua took the stage with “Hear the World” to narrate the parable of the thief who cried upon reading the note left by the owner who wanted to meet him.  Lesson to learn: people will not forget how you make them feel.  Well done, Janelle!  Her message:  Show kindness.

Our newest member Li Hairong, dressed in all-black, from the hair to her stockings and shoes impressed us with “I Finally Understand This Thing!”, a very catchy speech title, and using no script.  She was steady, confident and in control, speech delivery was spontaneous and smooth.  We gave her a standing ovation for her maiden speech, the “Ice Breaker”.  She likes the crabs in Singapore and the club in Singapore, Tiarel.

After being away for three years, ex-member Rony Lim, explained “Why We Have Conflicts with the Bosses”.  Much was shared.  Food for thought.

Speech Evaluations

Evaluator:                  Speech presented by:
Richard Sng               Kevin Tan
Kevin Tan                 Ta King Ho
Kenny Lim                   Janelle Cua
Albert Anto                 Li Hairong

Richard Sng and Kevin Tan gave a panel evaluation for Rony Lim’s speech

Division S Governor K. Raj addressed the meeting before the refreshment break, complimenting the club for achieving the President’s Distinguished Club award for 2011-2012.  He talked about the butterflies and the bees coming out of the mouth, the crocodile and the chimpanzee.  A tip from Sir Winston Churchill, about speaking well and how he came to join Toastmasters were shared.

Just 4 (For) Laughs©

Ta King Ho regaled us with a serious but also humorous narration  ranging from the pastor and the boy, those who like to drink, the bottle of water, keeping the bowel clean, alcohol, parasites, to the small E.T. and asking the ladies if they were married, had children, and not to ask, but to continue to do it.

Fun with Table Topics

Soh Siew Wee started the story of two horses, one black and the other, white.  Others had to continue it, stretch their imagination and tell tall tales, with cock-and-bull stories.  Twelve were targeted; starting with Ho Eng Lye, Siao Yan, Janelle, Rony, Krishnan, Richard Sng, Alison, Hairong, K.Raj, Richard Lam, Ta King Ho and Shirley Lam.

Language Evaluation

A lengthy mini presentation about the choice and importance of words preceded the feedback.  Richard Lam commented on his challenge trying to understand some speakers, especially on voice projection and volume.  Examples of creative usage of the language were cited. He discouraged the use of technical jargon.


Albert Anto took on an added role, apart from being the speech and panel evaluator.  Someone had to time his evaluation, though.

Ah Counter

Ho Eng Lye took over from Ta King Ho, who already had two other roles.  She was exhilarated that she managed to catch two pause fillers from Richard Sng.  Krishnan was equally ecstatic about it.


Best Speech:                        Li Hairong             (3 Cheers!) 
Best Evaluation: Richard Sng            (Clap! Clap!)
Best Table Topic Speech:            Richard Sng            (Whoa!)

Refreshment Break

Yummy food, but not so healthy!  Curry puffs, moon cakes, cakes!  Fortunately we had grapes for the health-conscious.

Certainly, it was another exciting and invigorating session among wonderful friends.

Contributed by:  Richard Sng, Club Secretary



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