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#398 Christmas, Deck the halls

26 December 2017 marks the last MMKL Toastmasters meeting in Year 2017. December is the ‘Season’s Greetings’ and holiday month. Due to that, many members were unable to attend the meeting and special thanks to Tn Haji Hashim, DTM and CP Lau, ACB, ALB both for taking up dual roles as a Toastmaster never refuses when called upon to serve. Besides that, we would also like to extend our gratitude to Noor Ain from Maxis Toastmasters Club for being our Grammarian. After the meeting, she had to travel all the way back to Dengkil. Also, a big thanks to all members who were willing to take up roles to make the meeting a success. 

When I stepped in at sharp 7.00pm, I was warmly greeted by our Madam President, Wendy Sim, CC. Our meeting room was set up properly and also filled with Christmas decorations to upbeat the Christmas spirit. As usual, Wendy came in with her best Christmas outfit with a stunning makeover. She passed me a pair of Christmas themed earrings. It was only then that I realized, our sweet President had prepared each of the lady members with a pair of Christmas themed earrings. 

KT Chok, our new member and first timer role player as Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms called the meeting to order at sharp 7.15pm. He was the first speaker who introduced our House Rules, led the recital of “A Toastmaster’s Promise” and invited Madam President to officiate the meeting. He led the session confidently. Well done, KT!

Madam President, Wendy Sim, CC took over the floor and invited Grammarian, Noor Ain to introduce the word of the day, “Mirthful”. As usual, we are encouraged to use theme of the day and word of the day in our introduction. Our “outsourced” Grammarian was impressed as all of us were using the word “mirthful” in our introduction. Throughout the meeting, some members even used the word “mirthful” three times and more. 

Humour Master, Ron Yeap ACB, CL played the role as an energy booster successfully. His speech on “What Kind of Life Those Programmers Are Living” had lightened up the session. He was telling that programmers would not be swayed from work duty even with the presence of a naked woman. How true is it, needs to be clarified with Manish Jha, CC and Shain, who are earning their living as programmers. 

Our charming Toastmaster of the Evening, Fung Jiun, CC started his session with a clear and loud voice singing “Deck the Halls”. “Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! Tis’ the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la!” Then he briefed us on the History of Toastmasters International and introduced the role players. 

Now the turn for the most exciting session of the meeting – Table TopicTM Session; this is all about impromptu specking. Our petite Table TopicsTM Master, Olivia Chen turned into a pretty Santarina; holding a big red Christmas stocking which was filled with the questions. Just like KT Chok, Olivia Chen is a newly joined member and was playing the role for the first time. She did it excellently. Well done, Olivia. Our long lost member Vijay, kick started the session followed by a guest who is turning into our member soon, Xavier, then the Ah-counter of the night – Kelvin Chong, ACB and lastly the 1st Speaker Speech Evaluator – Manish Jha, CC. Bravo to the 4 participants who volunteered themselves. 

Then it was time for the prepared speeches presentation. There were 4 speakers, which included Srikant, Joel Silas, CP Lau, ACB, ALB and myself (Mandy Chan). Srikant delivered his speech about his adventures in Cambodia. Through 2 trips to Cambodia, he had different experiences and made us realize how lucky we are as many kids in Cambodia are struggling in live. My speech was about obesity issues in Malaysia due to poor eating habits. So, control what you put in your mouth, as you are what you eat. Don’t dig your grave with your own fork and spoon. Joel Silas’ speech was about his “wanderlust” travel to Vienna, Cesky Krumlov and Prague. Not forget to mention he is repeating his speech as he felt like improving from his previous delivery. This round he did splendidly. Good job Joel! The last speaker was CP Lau, ACB, ALB who was promoting his new product, the Big House “Musang King” Coffee. Big House is the largest durian distributor in Bentong and they creatively came up with the idea to mix durian with coffee. At the end of his presentation, we were lucky to have a sip of the Musang King coffee. Thank you, CP. 

We would like express our gratitude to our General Evaluator, Chooi Kum Ying, ACB, ALB to take up the role although she was still wondering who passed her number to our VPE, Chitirra. She led the team of evaluators in monitoring the club’s meeting atmosphere and activities as well as gave constructive suggestions. She did affirm that our club is a performing club with strong seniors’ base to guide the new/junior along the way to become better thyself. All those seniors are our club’s strong pillars. 

It was the time to honour the best performers of the day for the Table TopicsTM, prepared speeches and evaluation. 

Table TopicsTM : Kelvin Chong, ACB

Assigned Speech : CP Lau, ACB, ALB

Evaluation : Tn Hj. Hashim, DTM

Last but not least, we will always be grateful to all the members who took up roles. Without you all, our meeting would not have run smoothly and successfully. And a special thanks to our guest, Xavier, who brought us delicious cookies and chocolates. 

I hope everyone enjoyed the meeting as much as I did; it was a mirthful meeting and we’re always looking forward to coming meetings. We’ll be kick starting 2018 with our club level’s International Speech and Table TopicsTM Contests on the 9th of January 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! 

Blog Writer: Mandy Chan

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