Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bayan Baru Toastmasters Meeting - December 15, 2011

Attended the last meeting of the year 2011. Happy New Year 2012.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Postcards mailed from Toastmasters International Convention

Decided to scan and share some past postcards sent to me from fellow Toastmasters attending Toastmasters International Conventions in USA and Canada.

So far, all Toastmasters International Annual Conventions were held only different cities within North America, namely USA and Canada every August.

So far, I have attended four International Conventions - San Diego 1995 (California, USA), Saint Louis 1996 (Missouri, USA), New Orleans 1997 (Louisiana, USA) and Palm Desert 1998 (California, USA).

1) Postcard from Saint Lous, Missouri, USA
Saint Louis International Convention 1996, Missouri, USA received from International President Jo Anna

2) Postcard of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago International Convention 1999, Illinois, USA sent by District 51 Governor Christopher Teo

3) Postcard of Los Angeles, California, USA
Anaheim International Convention 2001, Lost Angeles, California sent by District 51 Governor Lilian Lau

4) Postcard of Washington DC, USA
Washington DC International Convention 2005, USA sent by District 51 Governor Ritchie Chong

5) Postcard of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary International Convention 2008, Canda sent by Club President Brenda Pirarie of Westhill Toastmasters of Calgary

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Visiting Shanghai People's Square Toastmasters Club, Nov 24, 2011

I attended the 400th meeting of Shanghai People's Square Toastmasters Club. A great club meeting near Nanjing Road, Shanghai. Nice new banner.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: N2 Area Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest, September 24, 2011

When N2 Area Governor Beenal Baba invited me to be a judge at N2 Area Contests to held in Intel PG9, Penang Island on September 24 Saturday afternoon, I could not resist for two reasons - I was the first N2 Area Governor in 1993-94 and I used to work at Intel Penang. No regrets.

As I was late on arrival as judge at Penang Seagate Club Contests the last time, I wanted to be early this time. Judges' briefing was scheduled at 12:30pm. I was at Intel PG9 car park at 12:20pm. Improvement made.

N2 Area has 5 assigned clubs for 2011-2012. There were 4 contestants for both Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation - one each from Bayan Baru, Intel Penang, Intel MSSC and Penang Altera. PDC did not send any contestant. May be next year?

As Division N has 4 areas, the top two winners of each contest will proceed to the Division level. Drum roll.

Kudos to N2 Area Governor Beenal Baba, Chief Judge DPRO Yoon Peng Yew and the Organizing Chair, Contest Chairs and organizing team who had helped to have successfully organized both area speech contests well.

Well done to all the contestants!

Congratulations to N2 Area Humorous Speech Contest 2011:
- Champion Jerry Low of Penang Altera
- 2nd place Tang Shin Chze of Intel Penang.

Congratulations to N2 Evaluation Contest 2011:
- Champion Jerry Low of Penang Altera
- 2nd place Terence Lee of Bayan Baru.

Members of Bayan Baru present were President Eileyn Chua, VPE Jack Ch'ng, VPPR Lim Kah Ying, contestants Koay Kah Hin and Terence Lee, Chew Yew Seng, Au Wai Ying and myself.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

More Installation Photos - Bayan Baru Toastmasters

Wonderful photos taken by District 51 Public Relations Officer Yoon Peng Yew

Bayan Baru 16th Installation Dinner and Humorous Speech Contest - August 27, 2011 at Berjaya Penang Hotel Saturday Night.

What a wonderful night!
Great start by emcees Jack and Ghim Hong.
Outgoing President Goh Hock Hai and daughter.
Discharge of 2010-2011 Executive Committee of Bayan Baru Toastmasters followed by the Installation of 2011-2012 Executive Committee led by President Eileyn Chua. Congratulations to the winners of Bayan Baru Humorous Speech Contest 2011 - Champion Koay Kah Hin, 2nd Place Terence Lee and 3rd Place Au Wai Yin.

Great composite of masquerades by Past President Jessica Teo.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Visiting Penang Seagate Toastmasters Evaluation Contest - August 25, 2011

Better late than never - Rain or shine - I kept reassuring myself. It was raining, not exactly raining cats and dogs but I was late for to this lunch time Evaluation Speech Contest of Penang Seagate. I have agreed to the Chief Judge N1 Area Governor Sze Wei to be one of the judges. Finally after a stressful drive through the traffic in rain, finding a lucky park space, going through the factory security, I finally arrived at the Conference Room and all eyes waiting for me for the Contest to begin.

It was a well organized speech contest and hats off to the Contest Chair and her team and to all the five contestants for evaluating the test speaker E-Jiat who is a dual member of YMCA Penang and Achievers Toastmasters. It was great to see the new Penang Seagate Club President John Yeo in action. John is a Past President and dual member of Bayan Baru Toastmasters too.

I enjoyed listening and judging all the five contestants. Well done to all contestants. The Evaluation Club Champion 2011 of Penang Seagate Toastmasters is Bafvrita, 2nd place is Tan Chu Kian and 3rd place is Nadiah.

It was a bit of dejavue for me attending Penang Seagate Toastmasters as I was one of the Club sponsors of this Club - return of the prodigal sponsor.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Toastmasters International 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking Winners at Las Vegas, USA

Breakings News. The winners of Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking at Las Vegas, USA:

2nd Place Winner - Kwong Yue Yang of Guangzhou, Guangdong China, District 85; 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking, Jock Elliott of Bongaree, Queensland Australia, District 69; and 3rd Place Winner Scott Pritchard of Henderson, Nevada United States, District 33

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bayan Baru Evaluation Contest - August 18, 2011

I flew back to Penang from Kota Kinabalu on August 18 itself, though tired a bit, glad that I could attend the Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club Evaluation Contest 2011 - not as a judge nor contestant but as a member of the audience.

Great to see the presence of our Division N Governor Kathamuthu Nithianandan of Penang Toastmastersv who was Chief Judge and our N2 Area Governor Beenal Baba from Intel Penang Toastmasters who was one of the other judges.

Au Wai Yin was doing her maiden role as Contest Chair. There were 7 contestants and Jagdeep Singh of Penang Toastmasters was the test speaker.

Well done to the contestants - you are all winners.

Congratulations to Evaluation Champion Terence Lee - winning despite having lost his voice. Second place goes to John Yeoh and third place was President Eileyn Chua.

Toastmasters International Where Leaders Are Made

Toastmasters International Where Leaders Are Made. I guess that settled the perennial question of whether leaders are born or leaders are made.

Toastmasters International New Logo

Toastmasters International New Logo. Every time there is a change of logo, you can react in three ways - love it, hate it or don't care. At least the complaint that the old logo only shows the map of North America and Europe will no longer be there. Any new logo will take time to get use to. And not forgetting the cost of buying a new Club banner - allow permission for local banner.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Toastmasters International : Where Leaders Are Made

This is an email sent to all Toastmasters which introduces Toastmasters International new branding.

Toastmasters International: Where Leaders Are Made

August 17, 2011

Dear Members,
Today is an historic day. This is the day Toastmasters International launches a newly refreshed brand. From our website to our educational materials, pins and awards, everything you see reflects our new look and feel.

Rather than changing fundamentally who we are or the nature of what we do, the new look and feel seeks to maintain brand consistency and fortify our identity; it reaffirms and re-energizes our commitment to the development of communication and leadership skills worldwide while showcasing what makes us unique in the market. The integrity and structure of our clubs, programs and policies are our greatest strength and they remain intact and inviolable. Our core values and culture continue unabated even as we look forward to address the needs of a new generation.

With 86 years of proud tradition behind us and the bright future before us, Toastmasters International thanks all of our members for the essential parts they play in the success of the organization. You carry and sustain the Toastmasters message, helping people gain the competence they need to become confident, bold communicators and successful leaders. It is you who truly makes Toastmasters International a place where leaders are made.

Pat Johnson, International President
Daniel Rex, Executive Director
cc: Board of Directors

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Visiting Achievers Toastmasters Club Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest - August 11, 2011

I saw the event advertisement by chance in the Star newspaper. As Thursday night was suddenly free, I attended the Achievers Toastmasters Speech Contests. I was impressed by the enthusiasm, creativity and high speech quality of all the contestants - 7 contestants in the Humorous Speech Contest and 7 contestants in the Evaluation Contest. The event was well run and attended by over 40 people. The Test Speaker for the Evaluation Contest was humorous and entertaining too. Heartiest congratulations to all the contestants and winners. For the Humorous Speech Contest: Champion Jimmy Tan, 2nd Place Keay Hong Kai, 3rd Place Ng Tik Liang. For the Evaluation Contest: Champion Loh E-jiat, 2nd Place Ng Tik Liang, 3rd Place Jimmy Tan. Achievers Toastmasters Club is a club to visit and to join if you are not a Toastmaster yet. Meeting Venue: YMCA Penang, 211, Jalan Macalister, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia. Meeting Time: 8:00 pm, 2nd Thursday and 4th Thursday.