What an extraordinary meeting on April 7, 2011 Thursday night from 8pm until past midnight as Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club of Penang island hosted a joint meeting teeming with visiting Toastmasters from Singapore, primarily Tampines Changkat, Tampines Changkat Advanced, Brilliant Advanced and other clubs from Singapore and Penang island. My apologies - photos are blur but you can still make up and sense the excitement, enthusiasm and camaraderie.
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There were 3 Club Presidents to jointly lead the meeting - Goh Hock Hai of Bayan Baru, Coen Tan of Tampines Changkat and Julie Ng of Tampines Changkat Advanced.
There were four fearless and fearsome project speakers, starting with Terence Lee of Bayan Baru doing Project 3.
Linda Huang of Tampines Changkat doing Project 9.
Teh Ghim Hong of Bayan Baru doing Project 6.
Coen Tan of Tampines Changkat doing Project 10, completing his Competent Communicator. Congratulations.
Toastmaster of the Evening was Margaret Chan of Bayan Baru. Thought of the Day was given by Eileyn Chua, VPE of Bayan Baru. Word of the Day was Lim Seh Leng of Brilliant Advanced. Humorist was Ong Swee Keat of Bayan Baru.
There were 8 brave speakers for the Table Topics session led by Rosalind Chan of Bayan Baru. Table Topics evaluation was done by Chong Cheng Lee of Tampines Changkat. Timer was Jack Ch'ng of Bayan Baru, Ah Counter was Lim Kar Ying of Bayan Baru and Grammarian was Lim Seh Leng of Brilliant Advanced.
Project evaluators were Michael Wee of Tampines Changkat/Tampines Changkat Advanced, John Yeoh of Bayan Baru, Constance Yip of Tampines Changkat/Tampines Changkat Advanced and Michael Xavier of Bayan Baru.
Coen Tan of Tampines Changkat was voted best project speaker, TK Mah of Bayan Baru was best Table Topics speaker and Michael Xavier was best Project Evaluator.
The meeting was graced by current District 51 Governor Thannimalai of YMCA Penang Toastmasters Club and his team of District Offers as well Past District 80 Governor Michael Wee of Tampines Changkat/Tampines Changkat Advanced and Past District 51 Governor SL Liew of Bayan Baru.
Tonight was like a deja vu. Back in 1996, newly chartered Bayan Baru members assisted me to organize a joint meeting of Penang and Singapore Toastmasters hosted by Butterworth Toastmasters at the Tanjung Club, Penang island. Visiting Singapore Toastmasters included Kevin Ong, Augustine Lee, Aileen Tan, Christopher Teoh, Lilian Lau, Aziz Mustajab and many others. Last year, Bayan Baru under IPDG Jessica Teo organized a trip to Southern Thailand for a joint meeting with Hatyai Songkhla Toastmasters. Tonight, Bayan Baru under President Goh Hock Hai had successfully hosted a historic joint meeting between Bayan Baru and Singapore Toastmasters. Well done!