Sunday, December 11, 2005
A Star was born
It was the IBBM KL Toastmasters Club, birthed
Into the District 51 Galaxy in the Far East
Eight years have gone by
The Star has matured and grew is own wings
It pursued its own dream to become
“The Speakers Dream Toastmasters Club”
Shining bright in the District 51 Galaxy
The distinctive commitment of its past leaders
Remain its core strength, with 7 past presidents still in attendance
In terms of achievements,
We are a President’s Distinguished Club
We have District International Speech Contest Champion
We have 4 Distinguished Toastmasters
In terms of creativity and fun,
We have acted in a comedy play produced by our own
Producer and Director
We have organized comedy workshops, winning speech
workshops, children’s drama workshops and debates
Our latest furor is in the world of “karaoke” competition
As the Dream Star pursues its journey
With Captain Kam Peng in its helm
Let’s rally behind her and reach beyond the galaxy
Together we have the power to change and make
our dreams a reality
Written by : Celine Teh, DTM, Past District 51 District Secretary
Sunday, November 27, 2005
We can learn some lessons from the Noah's Ark.
One : Don't miss the boat.
Two : Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. it wasn't raining when Noah builtthe Ark.
Four : Stay fit. When you are 60 years old, someonemay ask you to do something really Big.
Five : Don't listen to critics: just get on with thejob that need to be done.
Six : Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snailswere on board with the cheetahs.
Nine : When you are stressed, float a while.
Ten : Remember, the Ark was not build in one day.
Eleven: Don't underestimate, the Ark was built byamateurs; the Titantic by professionals.
Twelve: No matter the storm, when you are with GOD,there is always a rainbow waiting.
So, Don't miss the boat. On the 28/11/05 is Speakers'Dream 8th Anniversary and ATMB Hor Kam Peng is the 9thPresident. We are going to celebrate in style. Our DTMCeline Teh is going to recite a poem specially composed for the occasion.
As I had mentioned we aregoing to have the 3 Fs ie. Food, Fun & Friendlyenviroment.
Since we are all in the same boat, please be informedof the above meeting. Attached is the agenda for theforthcoming meeting for your perusal. Bring a friendalong for the meeting.
Date : 28 November 2005
Time : 7.00p to 9.30p.m.
Venue ; KPGA, Kiara Room (opp Eastin Hotel)
Power To Change
Find Your Voice & Serve The World.
Gwen Gwee VPE
Monday, November 21, 2005
TOASTMASTERS will be organising a one-day workshop designed for children aged 8 to 12 years old, and to be led by our Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) K. Loghan.
The workshop entitled “Read a story, tell a story and act a story” will be geared towards helping your child in these areas;
Ø Improve communication skills
Ø Develop self esteem
Ø Boost confidence
Ø Enrich social skills
He is a performance enhancement consultant with a training and development background. A certified Customer Service Trainer, he specialises in communication skills which includes public speaking, presentations skills and drama.
Loghan won the Toastmaster’s International World-taped Speech award in 1998. He was also the South East Asia representative of the World Championships of Public Speaking in 1997.
There will be a "Showtime" at 4.30pm whereby parents are encouraged to come and watch their children in action.
Call Gigi (019-3551653), Siew Chien (012-3113026) or Kam Peng (012-2355232) for any queries and to book a place for your child now!
Investment : RM150 per child or RM400 for 3 pax
Date : 3 December, 2005 (Saturday)
Time : 9 am to 6 pm
Venue : Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KPGA)
Kuala Lumpur (Opposite Eastin Hotel)
There will be 8 beautiful singers from different clubs who will be trying to win your hearts over with their melodious voices. So come and witness this event and prove to yourself that we toastmasters members know how to rock!!
Date : 24 th Nov 2005 (Thursday)
Time : 7.30pm to 9pm
Venue : HELP University College, Lower Foyer
Fee : RM 10 (inclusive of refreshments and great lucky draw prizes, from electrical items to resort stays).
Do pass this message out to all your members.Hoping to see you,
HELP University College Toastmasters Club
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
It was an honour to serve the late PDG Lilian Lau as her District 51 Secretary 2001-2002. It was a most memoral period from the Installation in Hong Kong 2001 to the Celebration of District 51 as the Number 1 district in the world at San Antonio 2002, USA and the Hall of Fame in Singapore 2002.
Through it all,
...her passion for excellence
...her passion for integrity
...her passion for high standards
...her dedication and commitment
...her determination and drive
...her understanding and concern
...her inspiring leadership
...her firm belief that District 51 can "Create its Destiny"
was the fire that kept the District 51 torch burning right till the last moment.
The Destiny was created...
The Dream was crystallized
The Goal was achieved
DG 51 2001-2002 has created history
"District 51 is No. 1"
I know that PDG Lilian will Rest In Peace
I am glad that she will not suffer any more pain
PDG Lilian is free from the world's sorrows
I will miss her very much as mentor and friend.
Celine Teh, DTM
District 51 Secretary 2001-2002
Message from District 80 Governor
It is with a most heavy heart that I bring news of our beloved Lilian Lau who has left us to be home with her Lord last night at 9:42 pm.
Lilian fought valiantly for 18 months against her illness. She had been diagnosed as having lung cancer, already in an advanced stage. Her incredible strength and resolve kept her going even though doctors had given her only a few months. The disease eventually spread to her brain.
She won great affection and admiration from all Toastmasters not only from District 51 which she served as District Governor from 2000-2001, but also from our international family & leaders. Her clarion call to "Create Your Destiny" inspired so many of us to set firm tracks in our pursuit of excellence.
As a member of the Advisory Board for District 80 this year, she was a constant source of encouragement and assistance to our current Executive Committee - all this despite the great discomfort of her progressively debilitating illness.
Lilian will rest at Blk 187 Bishan St 13 today (Sat 12 Nov) and tomorrow. The cortege will leave at 12:30 pm on Monday 14 Nov for Mandai Crematorium Hall 1 for the service at 1:30 pm.
No wreathes please. All donations will be given to Toastmasters International Smedly Fund.
May God's Blessings be upon everyone of you. Take good care.
Khong Chooi Peng DTM
District 80 Governor
Serving Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Singapore.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Be entertained by the nightingales of toastmasters
Jointly organized by :
HELP University College Toastmasters Club
Speaker’s Dream Toastmasters Club
Date : 24th November 2005
Time : 7 pm to 9.30 pm
Tickets : RM 10 only (a great deal for fun, food& laughs)
Venue : Lower Foyer, HELP University College
Don’t miss out! Great prizes and lucky draws await you. Who knows? A potential William Hung or Jacklyn Victor might be among us! Come and see it for your self!
For more info and to get your tickets, call Joyce Hue @ 012-6192369, Karen Yen @ 012-6409860 or Siew Chien @ 012- 3113026.
Calling all song birds! Closing date for participation is 7th November 2005.
To register as a contestant, call Siew Chien or email at email@example.com
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Welcome on board our very new member - Christine
Are we going to be awarded the special ribbon from the district……..we certainly can, if only members will bring another two new signs before end of September 2005. With this development, we will also achieve one DCP goal in membership.
How was the mood in the meeting this evening?
There was certainly a demand for speaking slots; we have five C&L speakers and one ACL speaker. Only one C&L speaker could not attend due to last minute unforeseen circumstances.
The Table Topic session was replaced by Humor session where five members display their lighter side. Even the ‘timid’ VPE Gwen participated in this session.
We had two Icebreakers, Sabapathy and Yap Mei Han took ‘the cat of their bags’ to allow us discover about them. Then we have eager Bryan who spoke on ‘Hurricane Katrina” while Alfred spoke on near encounter ghostly experiences in Kota Baru.
Kam Peng spoke on the subject Assertiveness and did a role-play with Hin Chong as the contractor. In the role-play, Hin Chong was supposed to realign the tap that was causing Kam Peng distress. Finally Kam Peng managed to convince via the skills of Assertivness to follow her plan.
The Best Humour speaker this evening was ATMS Lim Hin Chong.
Strangely, there were two best assignment speakers and evaluators. This indicated that the audience of 20 was attentive to the speakers and evaluators that led to the double results.
The Best Assignment Speakers were Alfred Koh and Bryan Lee.
The Best Evaluators were DTM Loghandran and DTM Ong Siew Chien.
Don’t forget to attend another exciting meeting on 26 September 2005 at 7 pm.
From the Desk of VPPR – Siew Chien
Saturday, September 17, 2005
It was 16 September 2005, at 6 pm on Friday evening, I could see the sky as blue as the ocean and the sun decided not to set yet but continue to shine into the Sri Mutiara Restoran in Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam. At 6.30 pm, there were only a handful of guests, where were the rest? Indeed, most were caught in the Friday after-office traffic jam.
The guests slowly trickle in to fill their places in the restaurant and by 7.15 pm all the guests were looking forward for an exciting evening. Our EMCEE David Anthony came all the way from Cyberjaya despite the stressful jam; he made to the venue and started the ball rolling at 7.30 pm.
The event started off with the Negara ku and the highlight of the event was the Installation Ceremony of the EXCO for the term 2005/2006. Our Past President Koh Teck Lee, ATMB was the Installation Officer. Our Immediate Past President Kanniaseelan Varathan, ATMB and his team were the outgoing team, pave the way for the new President Hor Kam Peng, ATMB and her team to run for this term.
President Kam Peng gave a motivating presidential speech and managed to stir interest from the guests on our projects i.e. Children programme. She closed her speech by encouraging members to show support of Club activities and reinforced by the song “Stand By Me.” As the song filled the ears of everyone in the restaurant, the first course on the Chinese Course Dinner was served.
A few days before the event, President Kam Peng and I were concerned on whether KGPA, being a non-Chinese organization could deliver a real Chinese Course Dinner. We were concerned whether we could get fresh steam Seabass or good fried rice. I even told the Organising Committee that I would be at the kitchen to accompany the chef. On the day of the event, I quietly slipped into their kitchen to see whether the Chinese chef was present. He was busy preparing the quality dishes and trying to jive with our time to present each dish The Operations Manager even asked me the time to cook to our first dish. With this assurance, I am confident the guests will certainly enjoy a sumptuous Chinese Course Dinner just like at the Chinese Restaurant.
KGPA really did deliver a real Chinese Course dinner where every dish was served on time, according to the programme. We had good steamed Seabass and Thai Fried Rice, which was different from the normal Chinese Course Dinner. They certainly did a good job in their delivery. They even offered beer sold at their member’s price @ RM7.50 net.
We must thank our President Kam Peng for the variety of lucky draws. She got 30 prizes. We have 62 guests. The winning chance of the lucky draw was 1 for every 2 persons. Our members manage to win the grand prizes. We had Robert who won the grand prize, i.e. a pair of executive chairs. Our Immediate Past President won the tallest packed hamper. Our long lost member Cheng Hoon came specially to watch the Comedy skits won RM50 Parkson Voucher. As for me, I won the bestseller book worth over RM100.
Another highlight of the evening: Comedy skits by Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters and collaboration with Spot-on Theatre.
The show started with our talented Seelan, ATMB displayed the sound of the train coming into the station. The show began with “The Beauty and Kingdom.” Chow Mun Yuen, CTM portrayed the Beauty from China. She danced and moved to the rhythm gracefully. Guess who was the emperor? None other than our dark and handsome, Seelan, ATMB with his sparkling yellow robe, black moustache above his lips and yellow beard on his chin. Ismail, CTM looks so adorable like a Baba from Melaka with his fan and silky, pleated ponytail on his shoulder. He was playing the role of a eunuch fanning the Emperor. Hah! Hah!
The train then moved on to Penang. The team quickly took their positions in BORIA where K Loghandran, DTM took the lead.
Next was the Cabaret where Fong Muntoh or better known as Montie gave us the ”meow song” and another melodious number to allow us to visualise the scene at the cabaret.
The finale of the Comedy skit was ‘Butterfly Lovers” which was suppose to be a sad story but with the creativity of the Director and the cast, we could certainly see some lighthearted moments in the show.
KC Leong, CL the scholar in Butterfly Lovers came on stage, flicked open his fan with a loud sound so powerfully just like Jet Li portraying the famous Wong Fei Hung in action. Our beautiful Mei Han, the heroine was so natural in switching roles. One minute, a lady; the next minute, gentleman. Then there was her father, Robert Hue, CTM with his fierce looking face wearing his "Cina Ah Pek" clothes. Yeah! Our soft-spoken Robert was a no joking father last night. Robert sliced KC with a sword as if he was slaughtering a chicken. Butterfly Lovers, adapted by Koh Teck Lee, ATMB was meant to be serious in memory of the legendary Liang Shan Bo and Zhu Ying Tai. Kudos to our Director, DTM K Loghandran! He metamorphised the legend into a hilarious comedy which got everyone in stitches.
Well done! The Organising Committee for making it a success last night, a night not to be forgotten! I would also love to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone in the cast. Your show was an eye opener to many of the guests. Never did they realize that Toastmasters, other than “can talk much” (CTM also means Competent Toastmaster), they can also act to an audience. I could see the audiences were laughing their hearts out. For audiences that have children below 12 years and they also enjoyed the show. We certainly have a wonderful and talented team.
Special thanks to our guests from Toastmasters who have assisted in the Lucky Draws session:
Yeoh Cheng Lim, CL - President Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club
Zaharah Ibrahim, ATMB - President Pidato Perdana Toastmasters Club
Lakhmichand, ATMB - Past Dist51 DPRO / Past Div P Gov - KLAdvanced and Bangsar Toastmasters Club.
Kudos to Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters Club.
VPPR signing off.
To view the 97 specially selected photos, please click here.
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Saturday, September 10, 2005
SPEAKERS’ DREAM TOASTMASTERS CLUB presents Installation Nite on 16 September 2005 (Friday) from 6.30 pm till 10.30 pm at Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Highlights of the event: Installation Ceremony of EXCO Members / 8 Chinese Course Dinner / Comedy Skits by Spot-on Theatre
Opportunity to win good value lucky draws.
Tickets – RM45 per pax.
Call Seelan 012-3245399 / Siew Chien 012-3113026 for reservations.
Our club meetings in September 2005 are on 12 & 26 Sep 2005 from 7 pm-9.15 pm at Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Call Robert 013-3901039 / Siew Chien 012-3113026.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
The Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest lead by our Contest Chairs, CTM Mok Soo Pon and CTM Gwendoline Gwee went on well.
We were fortunate to be able to get the assistance of an excellent Chief Judge Ramdas Nayar and his team of credible judges.
In Humorous Speech Contests, we had 3 contestants namely :-
1) Duncan Tan, CTM
2) Chow Mun Yuen, CTM
3) Lim Hin Chong, ATMS
The winners were :-
Champion - Lim Hin Chong, ATMS
1st Runner up - Chow Mun Yuen, CTM
In the Evaluation Contest, we had 5 contestants and they were :-
1) Koh Teck Lee, ATMB
2) Kanniaseelan Varathan, ATMB
3) Mok Soo Pon, CTM
4) Lim Hin Chong, ATMS
5) Hor Kam Peng, ATMB
The winners were :-
Champion - Mok Soo Pon, CTM
1st Runner up - Hor Kam Peng, ATMB
2nd Runner up - Lim Hin Chong, ATMS
Kudos!!! to the winners of the contests.
We had support from our Mentee club HELP University College where Ashwin and Arvind plus VPE Joyce Hue were present at the contests.
Persuade With Humour
Beloved members, our upcoming workshop - Persuade with Humor have been receiving an overwhelming response, it started with 10 tickets sold but after Loghan appeared on TV3 in the Malaysian Hari Ini program at 8.30 am, the numbers shot up to full house for the room we book in KGPA.
After much negotiation with KGPA, we now will have our workshop in Restoran Seri Mutiara with comfortable seats and better ambience plus good dinner.
As the tickets are been snapped up very fast, I have a few left for you which is going for a special rate @ RM10 per pax. This cost will include a simple buffet dinner. We have a surprise for you, Montie is joining Loghan or Loggie for this workshop. We will be getting a bonus from Loggie and Montie on their tested experiences for our betterment.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
11 July 2005 was our 1st club meeting with the new President Hor Kam Peng, making her first Presidential speech.
Who was there?
For the first time, in Speakers' Dream Toastmasters Club Meeting, we have 28 members and guests. Every corner of the room was filled with interested audience with their eyes looking eagerly and ears tuned in for what's in store for the evening.
We had 3 Distinguished Toastmasters, Celine, Loghan and Siew Chien. 95% of the Past Presidents of the club were there to support the club meeting. Our baby club HELP University College Toastmasters and Sunway Toastmasters were also present.
What's for starters?
Our President gave us a tip on a simple looking plant called the 'plucking plant' translated from Cantonese. She prepared a drink from this plant and share a tip for cleansing and maintaining good health with a simple and inexpensive method by planting a plant.
To add flavour to the starters, we had DTM Loghan who add humor by relating a story.
"A man spend RM2,000 on equipment for scuba diving. When he was in the sea, he saw a man with no equipment at all, was seen 'swimming' in the deep sea.
He thought he was so foolish to spend so much money while the other joker went under water with nothing. He scribble a simple note "how did you do it without any diving equipment?"
The man replied " You Idiot, I am drowning."
Toastmaster of the Evening, DTM Celine, took us through the evening by making sure the guests and the members on the proper protocol of Toastmasters.
She provided us with the "Main Meal" of the meeting. Table Topics and Assignment Speeches.
Table Topics was undertaken by Duncan, our new CTM with his creative topics like,
"Tell us your secret, how to live up to 500 years"
"If you were allowed to bring yourself to 10 years old, what would you want to change"
The speakers were wonderful as they use their creativity and tact to manage their topics.
Assignment Speeches, we had two eager beavers to start off their journey in Toastmastering, King Thim and Eng Yau.
Followed by a dramatic and interesting topic on 'Adultery' by Alfred Koh.
To complete the session on Assignment Speeches, we had two members from HELP to remind us on the journey of Success in their perspective.
What's for F&B?
There is no caterer, it was certainly a different scenario from the normal catered food of fried noodle and a snack. We had Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizzas from PIzza Hut. Desserts and cake contributed Lim Hin Chong, and bananas by Teck Lee.
What was the 'mood' at the close of the meeting?
We manage to stir interest in our guests, as they enquired for our membership forms. We also had 'long lost members' who have now renewed their interest to join the club - Joseph Sunder.
All of us left the meeting ....feeling energise and an evening well spent.
Till end .......next update is on 25 July 2005.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
PERSUADE WITH HUMOR
with elements of theatre
If you have the ability to persuade people to do whatever you want them to do, you don’t need anything else. R. Kopmeyer
Humour through improvisional theater will help you appreciate audience dynamics.
Toastmaster magazine June 2005
How can you benefit from this workshop?
Before you persuade anyone, you must first be liked.
One of the ingredients in being likeable to others is to be light-hearted.
Once you become light-hearted, you can begin the process of persuasion.
Who is the facilitator?
LOGHAN is an International Speaker and Executive coach to CFOs and CEOs. He is a Producer, Director and Actor of 8 English Comedy Theatre plays. He is a recipient of numerous Outstanding Awards including: -
· World taped Speech champion in 1993.
· Represented South East Asia in 1998
· Best creative writer in 1973.
· Distinguished Toastmaster (USA) 1998.
· The Outstanding Toastmaster of the year 1998
· Excellent service award as Area Governor.
· Best speaker award IBBM Malaysia.
· Certified Customer service trainer (USA)
Who should attend this workshop?
Sales Team / Team Leaders / Aspiring champions in Speech Contests /
Anyone who wants to be an entertaining conversationalist
Make a date with us :
Date - 29 July 2005 (Friday)
Time - 6.45pm to 9.30pm
Venue - Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam
Bukit Kiara, Off Jalan Damansara
Your Investment : RM20 per pax OR
Group Rate - RM50 for a group of 3.
For further enquiries and reservations, please call :-
Siew Chien 012-311 3026 OR Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
K P Hor 012-235 5232
Organised by : Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters Club
In Collaboration with : Spot-on Theatre Petaling Jaya
STAR Training Centre
Ho! Ho! Ho! It is that time of the year again. T'is the season of laughter. There will be no normal meeting on the 25/07/05. Instead the club is organising the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest 2005 - 2006 (club level). May I present myself as the Humorous Speech Contest Chairman while our VPE, Gwendolyn is the Evaluation Contest Chairman. I am officially inviting every member who is eligible to participate either in the Humorous Speech or Evaluation Contest.
The slots for the Humorous Speech Contest are being taken up like hot cakes. Thumbs up for the six (6) contestants who gladly nodded their heads and raised their hands during the meeting. They are Alfred Koh, Duncan Tan, Hor Kam Peng, Kanniaseelan, Lim Hin Chong and Ng Cheong Boon. Do not worry, my dear friends, for I still have available slots for the Humorous Speech Contest. So click on your mouse and reply to this e-mail, FAST.
Good night or should I say good morning. Chao!
Humorous Speech Contest Chairman
So here I wish to remind members that 11/07/05 (Monday) is our regular meeting for the month and we will be having two enthusiatic new members doing their ice-breaker speeches. Your support is most appreciated. Attached is the Agenda for the meeting, please peruse it and if for any unforseen circumstances the role players cannot make it for the meeting please call me at 019-3551653.
Attach also is the Tentative Mentee and Mentor List for 2005/2006 which I forward herewith for Mentors'concurrence. In the event that either party would like to swap or the Mentor is unable to oblige, please feel free to revert to me.
Find Your Voice and Serve Your World.