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The District 80 2nd District Executive Committee Meeting and 1st District Council Meeting was held on 04 November 2017, Saturday, at Singapore Institute of Management, 41 Namely Ave Singapore 267616, Lecture Theatre 3.04. Here are some of the highlights and actions.
From left to right: Jacqueline Ang (Administration Manager), Lee Chay Buay (Finance Manager), Pradeep Kumar DTM (Club Growth Director), Tay Tiam Teang DTM (District 80 Director), Poh Kim Siong DTM PID (Parliamentarian), Harikrishnan Muthusamy DTM (Program Quality Director), Wee Chee Sian (Public Relations Manager)
Certification of Quorum by District Credentials Chair Tay Yiang Ping DTM.
Report by Division A Director Sue Fong Sok Nee
Report by Division D Director Gerald Ong
Report by Division T Director Yeo Chai Tun DTM
Report by Division U Director Edwin Goh
Report by Division V Director Lim Sor Lin
A minute of silence observed for the late Past District Governor, Aziz Mustajab DTM and Past Territorial Council Chairman, Gerald Green DTM, AS
The report for District 80 Term 2017-2018 2nd District Executive Committee Meeting and 1st District Council Meeting on 04 November 2017 can be downloaded from the following link:
AT LAST, we witnessed the birth of the Humorous Speech and Evaluations Champions at our illustrious District 80 2017 HSE Contest at the Rock of Ages Auditorium on 28 October 2017! Here are the results:
Humorous Speech Contest
Champion: Ng Cher Khim
1st Runner Up: Glenn Lim
2nd Runner Up: Lim Yen Wei
D80 Humorous Speech Contest Winners
From Left to Right:
District Director Tay Tiam Teang, 1st Runner Up Glenn Lim, Champion Ng Cher Khim, 2nd Runner Up Lim Yen Wei, Program Quality Director Harikrishnan Muthusamy
Champion: Benjamin Leow
1st Runner Up: Tan Kwan Hong
2nd Runner Up: Aaron Ong
D80 Evaluations Contest Winners
From Left to Right:
District Director Tay Tiam Teang, 2nd Runner Up Aaron Ong, Champion Benjamin Leow, 1st Runner Up Tan Kwan Hong, Program Quality Director Harikrishnan Muthusamy
District Director Tay Tiam Tiang and Program Quality Director Harikrishnan Muthusamy presided over the Evaluations Contest and Humorous Speech Contest respectively. Both contests were judged by a panel of 15 judges led by Chief Judge Edward Ma, while veteran Toastmaster Richard Sng was the Test Speaker at the Evaluations Contest.
Beside the annual Hall of Fame to celebrate the achievements of Toastmasters in District 80, World Champion of Public Speaking 2016 Darren Tay and HSE Dual Champion for Humorous Speech and Evaluations 2016 Clement Chio graced the occasion with their special appearances and gems of wisdom.
With support from a contingent of 25 volunteers, Hall of Fame Organiser, Immediate Past District Director Patricia Lum, along with HSE Contest’s Organising Chairs Bhanu Prakash and Suzanne Loh, conducted the District 80 HSE Contest 2017 and Hall of Fame 2016-2017 to resounding success.
Our organising team: The driving force behind the District 80 HSE Contest 2017 and Hall of Fame 2016/2017
District 80 Humorous Speech & Evaluations Contest 2017 and Hall of Fame 2016/2017
Program Quality Director’s Office
Three things happened on the evening of 07 October 2017. First, it was raining. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system broke down, right at Newton Station; where it’s the nearest station to Cairnhill Community Club (CC), was the second. It was later known there’s flooding in the tunnel between Bishan and Braddell station that resulted in 20 hours inoperable, longest in the system’s history.
Toastmasters International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, presenting the Distinguished District and Excellence In Leadership awards to Immediate Past District Director, Patricia Lum, DTM, at Cairnhill Community Club
These two did not deter about 70 enthusiastic District 80 Toastmasters from attending the event held at Cairnhill CC, the third thing, where District 80 hosted Toastmasters International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, to a meeting and a question and answer session.
DTM Balraj Arunasalam complimented Cairnhill CC for supporting and housing 9 Toastmasters Clubs. This, in his opinion, is worthy of a write-up in a Toastmaster Magazine. In his opening speech, he cited examples from events such as the 2007/8 Financial Crisis and the United States fire department during and after the 9/11 attack to highlight the importance of leadership – by keeping “people-first”.
Group photo at Cairnhill Community Club
Learning it the hard way (change everyone except himself), he came to realize changing for the better can only come from within oneself. This is the reason “people-first” is the philosophy he abides by. He described two examples of adopting this philosophy in his personal life and the result that follow; how he influenced his daughter to become a youth delegate in the United Nations representing Sri Lanka, and no loss of staff at his workplace for 10 years. He encouraged all Toastmasters present at the event to start adopting “people-first” philosophy at their own home Clubs, believing charity begins at home, realize Club mission and begin to change lives everyday.
During the question and answer, this people oriented philosophy by the International President (IP) is reverberated throughout the entire session. Beside assurances of Toastmasters International’s (TI) continued support to the old program after the introduction of Pathways, Toastmasters’ new education program (can consider doing both if Toastmasters had already received the old program’s new member kit, which ceased for Toastmasters who joined after 25 July 2017), members are encouraged to go thru the Navigation where you will learn everything about Pathways. Speaking from experience, IP has spent 4 hours on it. Pathways will continue to evolve, exploring areas unexplored, including translation to more languages whilst placing importance on the value that can be brought to the members.
Visiting SIM Mandarin Toastmasters
Impressed with IP’s Clubs creation records, Toastmasters on the floor asked for IP’s advises and thoughts on topics ranging from membership growth and retention, starting new Clubs, optimal size of Clubs and resolving conflicts. IP went on to relate how he did not lose a single Club for 9 years – that is by concentrating on strengthening the existing Clubs instead of starting Clubs for the sake of. Giving an example, if a Club is too large, it would be wise to split the Club – speaking demand is the litmus test to decide this.
A wonderful lunch session with District 80 Division Directors
Taking care of the old, young as well as the physically challenged, IP remarked Toastmasters activities keep mental activeness, a point to consider when thinking about how to keep aged Toastmasters. Works are also in progress by TI on growth of Gavel Clubs – focusing on youth leadership, a personal passion of IP too. As for the difficulties faced by the physically challenged on taking up projects in the Competent Leadership manual, IP will take this to the TI board to address. On selling Toastmasters to non-Toastmasters, IP encouraged Clubs in CCs to sit down with the CC authority to find out how to give back. Hence it will promote the organization as – not just about public speaking, but more on effective communication. In fact, some Toastmasters leave because there is no opportunity to give back. It is the giving that keeps them. Therefore it is part of effort to retain members too. And finally, to resolve conflicts, agree to disagree. 80% of problems are resolved by listening. Listening is important.
After the Division Z Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests