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Another successful and well attended meeting for the club. Total attendants: 24 with 5 guests present, including Toastmaster Rebecca all the way from Singapore, who obliged us to play the role of Grammarian at the last minute. Thank you Rebecca for being so sporting and you took 16 mins for delivering your thorough report on the meetings performance in the usage of the English language.

The theme for the meeting was "Happy Parents Day" which was well picked up by Tan Ben Hoe for his Table Topics session, though the topics crafted by Ben Hoe were very challenging for the TT speakers but they managed to talk around them. TM Abdulrahaman from Nigeria, our new member emerged as the most voted speaker for the session.

The President however had nothing much to comment on the theme of the meeting and decided to chose the word of the day..."deliberate" as his talking point in his Presidential address/message, as thus...


Fellow toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen. As I was looking at the word of the day “DELIBERATE”, I thought it would be an opportune time for me to talk to you about life, to see how ready we are to face the reality of life.

If you look at life the wrong way there is always cause for alarm. It’s the same way a RM20 bill can look so big when it goes to charity and so small when it goes to groceries. What you see depends mainly on what you look for. Some people complain because roses have thorns. When you deliberate on it, you are thankful that thorns have roses.

To one person the world is desolate, dull and empty; to another the same world looks rich, interesting and full of meaning. How we position ourselves to see makes all the difference. You can never see the sunrise by looking to the west. The choice is up to deliberate.

Fellow Toastmasters, position yourself to receive, not resist. How you see things on the outside of you depends on how things are on the inside of you. Norman Vincent Peale said “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or failure.” Example, don’t pray for rain, if you are going to complain about the mud.

As you deliberate, you will see success, whereas others see only failures. Expect something good to happen. That expectation will energize your dreams and give you momentum. You’ll find that life responds to your outlook. We go where our vision is. Life, ladies and gentlemen, is mostly a matter of expectation.

Hj Hashim CC.CL
26 May, 2009

Very right indeed, Life is a matter of expectation. To be on the safe side, adhere to this principle of life: "I AM NOT BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO LIVE UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS, NEITHER WERE YOU BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO LIVE UP TO MINE." Something for everyone to ponder!

Congratulations to:
TM Atefeh for playing the role of Asst. SAA..job well done.
TM Kelechi for playing the role of "Ah" Counter

TM Julia Leong once again mesmerised the audience for her speech on her yellow jet boat experience in New Zealand and she was voted the best project speaker. A champion speaker in the making,and may be even a writer, kudos to Julia and keep it up.

Our invited General Evaluator from MIA TMC, Johnny Yong, ACS, CL was very impressed with the meeting and the speakers and offered himself to be our guest in the future.

WELCOME to Ginny Leng who signed up to be our newest member and there was an indication from one of the guests that he may join our club soon.

The President announced that we have just received from TI the Talk-Up Toastmasters! ribbon for recruiting 5 members in the early part of the term.

Posted by Hj Naburi


"Our Attitude and not Aptitude that will Determine Our Altitude"

That's the theme for our Club meeting #173. This is what the President had to say about it:

ATTITUDE is a way of thinking, acting, or feeling and manner. Or a behavior of a person towards a situation or a cause. A person could change his attitude to positive or negative, depending on what has influence him/her. For example: as the work became more familiar, his attitude towards his work changed from dislike to great enthusiasm.

In life, we must have a positive attitude. With positive attitude, you will not fear failure. A life spent making mistakes is more useful than life spent doing nothing. To expect your life to be perfectly tailored to your specifications is to live a life of continual frustration.

What is the difference between champions and the average person? Tom Hopkins says "The single most important difference between champion achievers and the average people is their ability to handle rejection and failure through positive thinking"
S I Hayakawa said "Notice the difference between what happens when a man says "I failed 3 times" than what happens when he says "I am a failure". Failure is a situation, never a person with positive attitude.

Remember, a stumble is not a fall. In fact, a stumble may prevent a fall. Herman Melville wrote "He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great" Louise Boone said "Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. If you learn from them, mistakes are very valuable. Cultivate this attitude and you will never be ashamed to try. William ward said "Failure is a delay, but not a defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end street."

Hj Hashim
May,12, 2009
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We had another very successful Club Meeting held on 12th May, 2009 After which we had our Annual General Meeting for the 7th year running. The attendance, as usual was good with many guests and two of the guests have indicated their intention to become members of the Club. One of them is Abdul Rahman from Nigeria.

Some of the highlights of the evening:

CONGRATULATIONS to Gean Lau, who completed her CC manual project speeches thus contributing the final 1/2 point for the DCP club program. Let's pet our backs for achieving 100% DCP points. That means our club has achieved the President's Distinguised Club Status by completing 10/10 points in the TI DCP Programs.
This was also highlighted by the VPE, Liew Siew Yin in her AGM report as thus:

To date, we have completed all the educational goals in the Distinguished Club Program, hence contributed 6 out of 10 points to the DCP performance indicators.

Names and the educational goals mentioned are not in any particular order.

Edu Goal 1 : 2 Competent Communicators (CCs) – CC Cindy Foong & CC Calista Chan

Edu Goal 2 : Additional 2 Competent Communicators (CCs) – CC Kok Sook Meng & CC Gean Lau

Edu Goal 3 : 1 Advanced Communicator (AC Bronze, AC Silver or AC Gold) – ACB, CL Haji Naburi Idin

Edu Goal 4 : 1 Additional AC Bronze, AC Silver or AC Gold – ACS, CL Marcus Chee

Edu Goal 5 : 1 CL, AL Bronze, AL Silver, or DTM – CTM, ALS Paul Tan

Edu Goal 6 : 1 Additional CL, AL Bronze, AL Silver, or DTM – CC, CL Haji Hashim Adnan

In addition, we have successfully conducted the Humorous, Evaluation, International and Table Topics contests. For the first time in our club, the International and Table Topics contests were conducted separately due to overwhelming response from the members.

We also have successfully organized a Speechcraft for Mechmar Corp.


Kok Sook Meng for being the Toastmaster of the Evening...well done
Atefeh for delivering her ice Breaker speech and won the best speaker for the evening
Hilary Kelechi for delivering his Ice Breaker speech and should tremendous improvement..Kudos
K. H. Song for volunteering at the eleventh hour as a General Evaluator and doing it for the first time...Well done.

Interesting statistics:

We started this year with 46 members in the register. Until the end of April 2009 we had 113 guests attending our meetings. Up to date we have 19 new members and lost 29 members for non-renewals of membership. Up to the AGM date we have 36 registered as active members. That means we have a net loss of 10 members before the term ends in June 2009. Congratulations to VPM E,K. Yeo for the job well done and to all members who helped to build up the club membership.


President: Liew Siew Yin, CC, CL

Vice-President Education: Yeo Eng Keng, CC, CL

Vice-President Membership: Kok Sook Meng, CC

Vice-President P. Relations: Gean Lau, CC

Secretary: Abdul Aziz Yop, CTM

Treasurer: Julia Leong, TM

Sergantt - At-Arms : Wilson Ten, TM

Posted by Hj Naburi


This is the theme for our club meeting #172 held on Tuesday 28th April, 2009. This is what the President had to say...

"To be inspired and motivated is not easy and to consistently doing it, is even more difficult. Whenever you are inspired, take a small step at a time so that you can stay motivated. After that small step, you will look back and be able to say "I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm not where I was"
Julia Carney said, "Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land" Author Louis L'Amour wrote "Victory is not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground and later win a lot more." Dale Carnegie said, "Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."

Never be discouraged when you make progress, no matter how slow or small. Instead, be inspired and stay motivated. The most important thing is to begin, even though the first step is the hardest. I believe that you should care just as much about the small things in your life as the big things. I agree with Vince Lombardi "Inches make champions" Take one small step right now. Don't ignore the small things. Remember, the kite flies because of it's tail. It's the little things that count.

Value the little things. One day you may look back and realise that they were the big things. I hope you are inspired and stay motivated in whatever you do, regardless how small it is.

Hj Hashim,
28th April, 2009
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CONGRATULATIONS TO Marcus Chee, ACB, CL for completing his ACS manual. So now Marcus is an Advance Communicator Silver (ACS)that fulfilled the requirement of 9 points in the Distinguished Club Program thus putting our club once again on the status of President's Distinguished Club for the sixth year running. Bravo and Kudos to all Toastmasters of Money Mastery. Keep up the good work comrades!

TM Hilary Kelechi (KC) did a splendid job as a first time Asst.SAA. He was also the best Table Topic Speaker for the evening. He has improved a lot in his speech and I am sure he will overcome his speech problem in no time soon. Looking forward for his Ice breaker speech in the next meeting.

Well done to Wilson Ten for delivering his ice-breaker speech. Congratulations to Atefeh (Ati) for being a good time keeper for the first time.

Our heartfelt thanks goes to Sandy Tan, CC, for being an appreciative and commendable General Evaluator for the meeting.

It was a very successful and fun filled meeting where we had 11 guests and 20 members
in attendance. We welcome the guests who had pledged to join the club.


P.s. My apology for the very late reporting in the blog as I have not been feeling well lately.

Posted by Hj Naburi


At the Annual Convention of District 51 of Toastmasters International held recently in Kuching, Sarawak, Francis Ng DTM, our club Advisor was elected the Lieutenant Governor Marketing (Peninsula) for the term 2009-2010.
Before the election was carried on 17th April, 2009 each candidate was given two minutes to deliver their election speech. Francis Ng delivered the following speech that gave him his victory. Congratulations Francis., You made our club proud of you.

My fellow Toastmasters,

This election is not about the candidates. This election is not about me as an individual.
This election is about ALL of us - Toastmasters who share a common vision of empowering our members through better communication and leadership skills.

It is about the individual member who has many priorities in life – family, friends and work - and yet still makes the time to come to club meetings regularly, because he/she is seeking to achieve a dream to become a better speaker … a better leader … and ultimately … a better person.

And, it is about those clubs that are struggling to keep afloat and yet continue to march on because of the commitment, dedication and perseverance of their club Presidents and VPEs.

Yes, it is about ALL of us, who believe that we ARE making a positive and enduring contribution to making this world a better place, by helping our clubs to help our members to become better communicators and better leaders.

My fellow Toastmasters,

I truly believe in the mission of Toastmasters. With many of you I have sweated blood and tears in the service of Toastmasters.

Like all of you, I'm always guided by our 4 Core Values:
• Integrity
• Dedication to Excellence
• Service to the Member
• And, Respect for the Individual.

One day, we will all be called to stand up and make a difference.

For me, that day is TODAY - I'm answering this call to service by standing here.

Today, my friends, I ask YOU to answer this call with YOUR votes.

Vote Wisely, Vote for Service, Vote FRANCIS!

Posted by Hj Naburi, VPPR


Toastmaster Kok Sook Meng completed her 10th project speech from the Basic Communication Manual at the Club meeting #171 held on 14th April 2009, thus achieving her Competent Communicator educational award and thus contributing towards the club DCP points bringing towards achieving the President's Distinguished Club status. For the record I believe Sook Meng completed her basic manual within five months, by far the shortest record time in the club. Congratulations to Sook Meng and you are an inspiration to the new club members and a good role model. You have shown to the others, it's a matter of whether you want to do it or not. If you want you can and once you have started you never look move forward until you achieve your target. Indeed you have "seize every opportunity and take chances" and that's the theme for the meeting, a historic ocassion for Sook Meng's life in her toastmastering journey. Well let's see what the President has to say about the theme.



For many years "safety first has been the saying of the human race.....but it has never been the motto of leaders. A leader must face danger. He must take the risk, the blame and face the brunt of th storm,says Herbert Casson. If you want to be successful, you must either have a chance or take one. Please remember fellow toastmasters that you can't get your head above water if you never stick your neck out.
If you never take risks, you will never accomplish great things. Everybody dies, but not everyone has lived. As Elizabeth Kenny said "It is better to be a lion for a day than sheep all your life" If you dare for nothing, you might as well hope for nothing. If you don't risk anything , you risk even more.
Whenever you see a successful person, I guarantee that person took risks and made courageous decisions. Become known for doing what people said couldn't be done. If you found yourself throughout life never scared, never embarrassed, never disappointed or hurt, it means you have never taken any risk.
You have an opportunity to improve yourself. If you want your life to get better, you'll have to take risks. There is simply no way you can grow without taking chances.
Hj Hashim
14 April, 2009
Posted by: Hj Naburi

Other members who presented their project speeches were:
TM Julia Leong who delivered her speech #3 - Get to the Point: titled Angels of My Life" a very inspiring dramatic story about her experience being a victim of Fire, which won her the best project speaker for the evening. Congratulations Julia.
Another inspiring speaker was TM Erica Soon with her delivery of speech # 5: Your Body Speaks: titled-"Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win.
TM Sharon Siow making a strong come back by delivering her speech #7: Research Your Topic - titled: "Lack of Sleep"

Our appreciation and thanks to ACB, CL Yau Chau Foong for his generous and encouraging comments as the General Evaluator of the meeting.
Congratulations to TM Atefeh for being the first time "Ah" Counter and Wilson Ten for first time ASAA

It was another good and successful meeting enjoyed by all. Kudos everyone and keep up the good work.

Posted by Hj Naburi