Here is a fresh from the oven report.
I arrived just before 7pm. B2 hotel car park was full and so parked at B1 shopping mall. Not too bad, only RM3 per entry. Met member ES Tan and his children. And we nagivated into hotel lobby to avoid a light rain. Below is my ticket, a lucky number but did not win any lucky prize but ES Tan later won first prize. I must have brought ES luck at the car park.
There were 15 tables of Toastmasters and guests attending. There were two other functions going on at the same hotel floor. Fortunately, our neighbors were never too noisy.
VIPs included District 51 Peninsular Lieutenant Governor of Education Training Thannimalai who was representing District 51 Governor Ritchie Chong, District 51 Secretary Wendy and District 51 Public Relations Officer, our own Rosalind Chan as well as Division N Governor our own Koay Kah Hin and N2 Area Governor Partiban who was the installation officer.
Club Sponsors SL Liew and Margaret Chan were present. The Past Presidents attending were Dr. Janet Lim, Rosalind Chan, Margaret Chan, Mah Swee Chin, Koay Kah Hin and Michael Xavier.
Organizing Goh Hock Hai and his organizing committee did a wonderful job. The Emcees Tan Kuang Ee and John Ung coordinated well the entire evening. The opening computer animation of Michael Jackson as well as for the cartoon short feature "Glorious Food" got the audience attention. The special cha cha dance performance brought great entertainment to the audience.
Everyone was dressed up and transformed for the occasion. One of the guests that I ran into was Soo Huey who, if you remember, was the test speaker at our recent Club evaluation contest. Compare the before and after photo below.
Immediate Past President John Yeoh and his 2008-09 were discharged. Then comes the highlight where Club President Jessica Teo was duly installed together with her 2009-2010 Executive Committee. In her maiden speech Jessica Teo recognized her father who was present who was the charter member of IBBM Toastmasters in 1995 6and had introduced her to Toastmasters in a Youth Leadership Program.
There were two guest speakers LGET Thannimalai and former member Past Vice President Education Carmelita Xavier.
Then the Humorous Speech Contest with Ghim Hong as Contest Chair. There were 5 contestants: John Yeoh explained why cut is cut, cut, cut; Michael Xavier demonstrated how someone ran like a scary cat inside an elevalor when someone else sneezed; John Ung acted why no money no talk; Chew Yoon Seng confessed on he got off traffic offenses; Margaret Chan confessed forgetting names after reaching post retirement age. Bravo to all the contestants as it is not easy to make a large audience of strangers laugh. It was a great learning experience for all. One contestant exceeded time.
The Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club Humorous Speech Champion 2009 is Michael Xavier, 1st runner up John Ung and 2nd runner up Margaret Chan.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable and well organized 14th Installation Dinner and Humorous Speech Contest. The hard working organizing team and support of fellow club members to attend and bring their guests reflects the traditions of commitment, camaraderie and excellence of Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club and truly deserves a big round of applause.