Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bayan Baru Toastmasters - May 6, 2010 Club Meeting

Heartiest congratulations to Vice President Membership Eileyn Chua (left in the pic) for achieving her Competent Communicator from the Club President at this momentous meeting.

Eileyn is the 4th Competent Communicator of the Club this term. As a result, Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club has achieved 10 out of 10 DCP goals as of May 6, 2010. Wa-lah!

There were 5 project speakers - an icebreaker, a final CC project 10 and 3 advanced speeches from Technical Presentation, Persuasive Speaking and Story Telling.

For this meeting, I was the General Evaluator. Following changes were made to the standard meeting program.

1) Project speeches came first before Table Topics session. This allowed adjusting the number of Table Topics speeches according to time left and so this meeting actually ended timely.

2) General Evaluator led the entire evaluation session of the second half of the meeting instead of being led by the Toastmaster. Two heads are better than one. While the Toastmaster focused on getting the entire meeting going, the General Evaluator helped to ensure all the evaluators and coevaluators were on their toes to give their best positive helpful feedback.

3) The Time keeper, Grammarian and Ah Counter evaluated all who spoke during the meeting instead of just the Project Speakers and Table Topics Speakers. Again, everyone received their fair share of feedback on their time taken, language and any non Toastmaster-like utterances of ah, so and OK.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Division N first to achieve President's Distinguished Division Award - Heartiest Congratulations to Division N Governor Koay Kah Hin

Courtesy of DG Ritchie Chong

Breaking news! As announced in the blog of District 51 Governor Ritchie Chong, as of April 30, 2010, Division N (Penang-Kedah, Malaysia) is the first Division out of 15 Divisions in the district (Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia) to achieve the President's Distinguished Division for the year 2009-2010.

(pics: Division N Governor Koay; Division N Pin)

Heartiest congratulations to Division N Governor Koay Kah Hin. You make us in Division N and Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club proud.

Toastmasters International awards for Division level are Distinguished Division, Select Distinguished Division and the highest being the President's Distinguished Division.

Last year for the term 2008-2009, Division N did not even achieve the Distinguished Division Award. So this year for the term 2009-2010, this is a major, mega, quantum jump!

As of April 30, 2010, the total paid up clubs in Division N is 28 which is a net growth of 1 club and 5 out of 7 Areas have achieved Distinguished Area or better. The criteria for President's Distinguished Division award is a net growth of 1 club and 75% of Area achieving Distinguished Area by June 30, 2010. And Division N has done it two months ahead of time. Well done!