Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In Mood For Raya

Another theme meeting, "In Mood For Raya" to celebrate the month of Ramadhan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It was a celebration of Malays, who fast for a month and in the month of Ramadhan, it's the celebration of life and appreciation. Though Gurney Toastmasters Club was not made up of Malay, we celebrate the festive season with the most of our proud feelings as a pure Malaysian.

The best thing of being a Malaysian is you get to celebrate a lot of festives season but yet, you're not th main race celebrating it ; you can wear any types of traditional costumes, though they dont belong to your culture ; you can learn a lot from other cultures and yet you can still practice your love to your own believes and culture and be extremely proud of it!!

We had this meeting and even encourage everyone to dress up in Malay costumes, namely Baju Melayu or Batik for the men, Baju Kurung and even Baju Kebaya for the ladies.

Benedict clad in his father's Batik, very patriotic, presenting his speech on "What Is Art, What Is Not?"~~

Chris, being our newest members, got a pin from our mentor, SH Lim. Chris even presented his speech on "Me, Myself & I", the Ice-Breaker project, only one week after joining us!

Together We Merdeka!!

The girls (left) and (below) the meeting attendances = Full House!!

The theme for the night was "Together We MERDEKA!!".
Choosing the theme was not an easy task, wanting everyone to come in their traditional costume indeed was a hard job. But it all paid off, when we saw all the members and even our guests came in their traditional costumes. I mean, it was so much fun to see the blend of colours and clothes and cultures!!

We prepared satay, a Malaysian delicacies of grill chicken with peanut sauce. We even had fried bihun and a lot more Malaysian food. You sure miss out when you choose to 'opps, i forgot to go to your meeting'!

Since Merdeka celebration fall on 31st August, we celebrate the Independent Day much earlier together, this was indeed a great gathering as everyone was sharing about their Merdeka experience. Some were even born before the Independent Day, so, sure there's so much to share and so much to learn from~

We had ....
Ying Ying presenting her Competent Communicator (CC) Proj #4 : Money For Nothing,

Hooi Koon presenting her CC Proj # 6 : Happy Life,

Benedict presenting his CC Proj # 7 : Soft Or Hard , and,

Joanne presenting her Advanced Communicator Bronze (Entertaining Speech) Proj # 3 : M Drivers.

Do enjoy the pictures, as we always say it, Speak More In Learning Environment!

Sam, our President, saying his piece of mind on Merdeka!

Benjamin Liaw, the Toastmaster Of The Evening, hosting the night well!!
Ai Li, clad in her pretty cheongsam, she's the grammarian for the night.
James, evaluating on Hooi Koon's "Happy Life".
Joanne, presenting her "Hollywood, Bollywood or HongKongwood?"

Friday, August 31, 2007

Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contest 07/08

We had our in-house Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contest last Monday. The event was a joint programme with the MIA Toastmasters Club. Held on 27th August 2007, the event was indeed an eye-opener...let me tell you WHY :

1. Our humourous speech contest chair, is the quiet and sweet Ying Ying. Wow, she'd done an extremely impressive job, coordination and programme was carefully planned with the MIA Toastmasters Club's Li Hoong, the contest chair of Evaluation Contest.

2. The programme was smooth and was so clearly planned, resulting in a successful event, with everyone enjoying the contest!!

3. The trophies were so pretty...hehe..

4. We didn't know our Past President, Tan was that funny when after he won the Humorous speech contest. And yea, as claimed, he's stil single....thanks to himself, unable to decide to be or not to be an 'animal'... :)

5. How to make everyone enjoy if we do not have guest and friends to join us? well, the event was attended by guests from Farlim, IPG, YMCA and even our very own Area Governor, Yoon Peng Yew.

Last but not least, we want to thank all the members of Gurney Toastmasters Club and MIA Toastmasters Club as well as all the helpers from other clubs who help out during the contest.

Ying Ying, Contest Chair for Humorous Speech Contest.

Our Toastmaster Of The Evening, Tan Chia Lih, ACS CL, from Farlim TMC

Jessica presenting 1st prize trophy to Tan for winning the Humorous Speech Contest of Gurney Toastmasters Club.

Joanne, Winner of Speech Evaluation Contest.

President Sam, 1st runner up for Speech Evaluation Contest.

Eleanor, dua membership of both Gurney and MIA TMC, won 2nd in both contest.

James, 2nd runner up for Speech Evaluation contest.

Benjamin, 2nd runner up for Humorous Speech Contest.

Li Hoong, Chairlady for Evaluation Contest, presented trophy for Violet, participant for Speech Evaluation Contest.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Division N & Division S ~ Joint Installation Dinner 2007

Date : 28th July 2007
Time : 7.00pm
Venue : Bayview Georgetown Penang
Theme : Blue & Silver

It was great!!

The Joint Installation Dinner was successfully held, finally!!

Organizing Committee of the dinner, which was consisted of members from Division N & Division S, has been gathering, meeting, discussing, arguing, head-scratching and heart pumping for the whole 3 months to fully prepare the dinner as the best ever arranged dinner.

Lead by our Nenek Joan Chan as the Organizing Chairlady, the committee worked hard for meetings over meetings for this event and it was so touching to see the event successfully ended on that very night.

It indeed a touching moment when Eddy and Lay Hoon (the emcees) said, Thank You for coming and have a safe journey home’ that night. I personally don’t know how others felt, but it was a special feeling, after all that we’ve done, the bonding between the committee (which was once, unknown to each other) was so close and now, all of us has got ourselves a whole group of new friends, each.

BRAVO to the team!!

The organizing committee consists of :
Organizing Chairlady ~ Joan Chan, ACS CL (Nenek)
Co-Organizing Chairperson ~ Christopher Choong, CL
Division N Governor ~ Palaniappan Subramaniam, ACB CL
Division S Governor ~ Yoon Peng Yew, ACB CL
Andrew Low, CC ALB
Beh Ee Ling, TM
Cheah Ee Liang, CC
Clement Pang, DTM
Eddy Chew, ACB CL
Eleanor Ooi, TM
Eric Yeoh, CC
Heah Theng Chye, CC CL
Jessica Chan, ACG CL
Joanne Tan, CC CL
Johnson Tang, TM
Koay Kah Hin, CC CL
Lim Lay Hoon, DTM
Mah Siew Chin, ACB CL
Penny Ooi, ACB ALB
Sutharat Nai Charm, CC CL
Teh Li Lian, ACB CL
Yeap Ai Li, TM

President Sam Koay being installed as the President of Gurney Toastmasters Club.

Ai Li being installed as the Vice President Public Relations of Gurney Toastmasters Club.

Dylan and Clement being installed as the Vice President Membership.

Gurney Toastmasters Club with mentors from Farlim Toastmasters Club.

Gurney Toastmasters Club's eligible bachelors...

The 'Charlie's Angels' and the organizing chairlady, Joan Chan.

Joanne and Ai Li, crazy crazy....

President Sam and his 'i-eating-prawn-pose'...

That's Papa Gerald, the man who brought the greatness of Toastmasters to District 51.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Appreciation Dinner for Term 06/07

With the EXCO members of Gurney Toastmasters Club stepping down from their Board Of Directors seat serving for six months since the club was chartered in January, new term members were more than willing to serve the club, taking up responsibilities of their newly elected seats.

Even so, we need to appreciate all the hard work done by the past term EXCO members. We had a good Appreciation Dinner with a gathering of 15members, even guest from other club.

The dinner was held on 7th July 2007, a date where many choose to get married to mark the auspicious day, Gurney Toastmasters Club decided to make a wonderful gathering of appreciation.

Thanks to all and hope everyone enjoyed the dinner, what more, RM 30.40 is worth more than anything else other than 6scoops of Haagen Dazs..hehehehe...

Let's recap :

SH Lim (Club Mentor) : 7scoops of ice cream with a lot of advicesss throughout the dinner..

"No...i didn't eat that much, (while whispering) don't tell my wife bout this, thank you"

James Leong (aka Uncle James) : many rounds of ice cream...i lost count how many scoop he had~

"Where got, where got, i only had some chocolate chips ice cream only...oppsss!"

Violet (always a charming lady) : i dont seems to recall her having any ice cream but she must've enjoyed the crab soup steamboat though..

"Oh, i did had a few scoop, my dear..you just didn't get to catch me while i eat them"

Tan Chong Teck (Presiden 06/07) : "I don't care, I don't care...as long as i got my ice cream, nice and steamy..."

Benedict (our young brother) : "hehe..i got u..i need u..i really really want u...my Haegen Dass.."

Sam (not eligible not bachelor of Gurney TMC aka President 07/08) : "haha...don't care, after all these, i can crash the gim some other time..today eat, tomorrow exercise.."

"Let me teach you how to pack some Haagen Dazs..First, get a plastic bag, then, put some ice cream into your mouth, then, slowly 'ueekkk' them out into the bag and run towards the door!!!!"

seriously, i don't even know he's such humurous, or, disgusting...hehehehe...anyhow, we all know he's a good guy :)

Dylan (single & available bachelor of Gurney TMC) : haha..got u with that naughty look~~ :P

"Yo~Gals, call me...Guys, don't bug me"

Ai Li (single & available) : "Don't post this photo, i can't let people see me in this (tam chiak) condition..."

Ying Ying (sweet girl of Gurney TMC) : hhmmm....i think i saw her when to the ice cream stall a few times, wonder how many she had..

"Don't come near me, or you'll get diabetic"

Hooi Koon (the accountant who hates account) : "I'm the new Charlie's Angel with Ying Ying and Ai Li. "

Benjamin (new member) : "This is great, check out my Darlie Smile...hehe...shiny white even with the chicken feet...yummy..."

Kent aka Ho (new member) : "mmm...my Haagen Dazs.. strawberry flavour + coffee flavour = yum yum!! "

Eleanor (guest from MIA Toastmasters Club, soon, dual-membership of Gurney Toastmasters Club as well!!) :

"Don't ask me how much i had, it's just the effect of the gold earings..not my fault, i just can't control it...aaaaa...the earing is alive!!!"

Joanne Tan (haha, yea, i'm the author) :

"I know, i know, i look like i didn't eat anything for the past one month, but hey, this pic is only for entertainment ok....i'm on diet~" :P


The Crazy Charlie's Angels with the Haagen Dazs advertisement.

(ain't they look cute? err..i mean, the middle one)


Friday, June 29, 2007

Last Meeting for the 2006/2007 team

In Toastmasters Club, the term for the EXCO members of the club will be from July ~ June and since Gurney Toastmasters Club was chartered in January, it was only about 6 months for the 1st EXCO team to serve.

It was on 27th June that our last meeting was held and to celebrate the great teamwork, we had a little pot luck and invited a lot of guests to the last meeting. It was definitely a great gathering and we have a Full-House that night!

Members and guests paid full attention to the speeches...

Pay attention..pay attention..

Chirstopher Choong, evaluating on Table Topic speeches.

(Table Topics session is a session where guests and members will be invited to do a 2-minutes speech, impromptu and un-prepared. This will help to enhance creativity of the speakers and of course, add in additional spice of confidence boost!)

Melen, evaluating on Joanne's speech on "I'm Real, Are You?".

Jessica, evaluating on Benjamin's speech on "IntraLasik".

Chia Lih, evaluating on Sam's speech on "The Power of Believing".

Joan Chan, doing General Evaluation.

(In Toastmasters meeting, a General Evaluator will be the person to evaluate on the whole progress of the meeting.)

Ai Li doing the Ah Counter.

(In a Toastmasters meeting, a person will be in charge to count the num. of 'ah' , 'um' or others connection words to your speech)

Sam with the wine..

Congrats to Sam for completing his 10 Projects in Competent Communicator manual!!!

Congratulations to Our 2006/2007 President, CT Tan, for completing his Communication Leadership Manual!!

Congratulations to Joanne Tan, for completing her 10 Projects in Competent Communicator and Communication Leadership Manual!!!

All For One, One For All!!!
That's 2006/07 President Tan (Right) and 2007/08 President Sam Koay(Left).