The Highlights & The Delights
2nd February 2013 Saturday
Ta Susiwati, called the meeting to order with “What will you be doing during the Lunar New Year?”
Toastmaster of the Day
It was the energetic and enthusiastic Tri Nguyen’s maiden TMD role who adlibbed after each speaker.
Opening Address by Club President
“What are your wishes for 2013?” Soh Siew Wee narrated the story of Susan, a humble housewife who received a US$1 billion reward. She financed a school where the money was used wisely and carefully. The girls were orphans, from low-income families or with single parents. Susan was Warren Buffett’s daughter. “We, in Toastmasters, are provided with useful suggestions and feedback. Be a giver, encourage others and we will be more cheerful people.”
Kevin Tan, in AP4 Presenting an Award (Special Occasion Speeches), presented “The Pride of Hwa Chong”, The Hwa Chong Student of the Year Award.
“The Language Flowers Speak” was Ta Susiwati’s AP1 The Speech to Inform (Speaking to Inform) presentation on the meaning of each flower and its colour.
Karinna Boey in her P6 Vocal Variety of “The Awakening Sabai Sabai” shared her all-girls Chiengmai sojourn about the lizard.
“Music to the Ear” was Darren Lim’s P3 Get to the Point speech on the genres of music, and that silence can be a form of music.
Evaluator: Speech presented by:
Richard Sng Kevin Tan
Kevin Tan Ta Susiwati
Zainab Ibrahim Karinna Boey
Ta Susiwati Darren Lim
The evaluators were alert, observant and encouraging in their feedback.
Just 4 (for) Laughs ©
Albert Anto regaled us with the incident of the dumb blonde who proved that she could fly a single-seater plane without any training, nor her instructor. At 3000 feet, it crashed because she felt cold and switched off the ‘fan’!
The birthday of four members falls in the month of February but only Zainab Ibrahim was the birthday girl present to cut the cheese cake.
Induction Ceremony for New Members
Our newest member, Alison Chan was the only one present to be inducted.
Fun with Table Topics
Soh Siew Wee dished out eleven topics and all who took the challenge, spoke within time.
Table Topics Evaluation
Richard Sng offered pointers and tips to the speakers, in preparation for the Table Topics contest on 23rd February!
“Renown” was chosen as the Word of the Day by the Immediate Past President Albert Anto, who highlighted the alliterations, metaphors, triads and improper usage of the language. He had the book “Wriggle, Wrestle Wrangle with Words” as his source of reference.
Soh Siew Wee, had to handle the timing device in the absence of Joshua New.
Tan Siok Gim made a return to the club and handled the role in effective listening.
Awards Presented to:
Best Prepared Speech Karinna Boey & Darren Lim*
Best Speech Evaluation Kevin Tan
Best Table Topic: Karinna Boey & Richard Sng
We cleaned up the mee goreng, fried chicken, nectarines and bananas.
Kenny, an NS man made his second visit.
Kevin Tan, Albert Anto, Ta Susiwati and Richard Sng had to take more than one role.
Contributed by: Richard Sng, Club Secretary