Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Meeting #01/2007 - January 9, 2007

I have been given the task of being the Toastmaster for the Evening for our meeting on 9 Jan 2007 and before I realised the speaking roles have all been blocked. Good to know that there are so many members willing and wishing to do their speeches and the enthusiasm is really catching. If you really wish to block your slot, for the next meeting which will only be in February you have to do the booking quick.

Kish, Rajah, Mike and Leong have the limited 4 speaking slots and we have to turn down others. What the TME wishes is more members will come forward wishing to take up roles. And for this the Exco has agreed to give an Award for the best Role Player for each meeting. Even if you are a Aah Counter, you can still be voted as the Best Role Player for the evening if you do your job well.

Our Club wants to project an image as a Club 'for better fellowship'. The Exco wants everyone to know each other and build that friendship. Remember, "Friends helping friends succeed"?. Yes we want each member to bring in a friend to help them succeed too and Toastmasters International do award members who brings in 3 New Members each year. To make it better we have also another Award at each meeting and this will be for "Most Friendly Person". He or she can be a member or a guest where those present will vote and give him/her the honour. The more friends you bring in for the meeting the more votes you will get.

Meanwhile, enjoy the Christmas and New Year Holidays but remember, drink if you must, drive if you will but don't do both together.

MII Toastmasters 'for better fellowship' always.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Merry Christmast & Happy New Year

Hello Everyone

MII Toastmasters will not be meeting on the day after Christmas 'boxing day' ie 26 December 2006 and on behalf of the President and Exco members I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will meet again on the day after Elvis Pressley birthday 9 January 2007 at the same time, same place and better food as promised by our SAA Leong.

Bring your friends, family members and colleagues and start the new year with a Resolution to be a "better listener, better thinker and better speaker" at MII Toastmaster the place for "better fellowship".

Thursday, December 07, 2006


1st July 2006 – 30th June 2007

Jeffrey Lee, CTM
012-2188 714

Sherine Lim, CTM
016-283 9976

Kishna Fitra Nordin, TM
017-674 7478

Ho Fook Chuan, TM


T. Rajasingam, TM
019-228 0305

Joyce Chung, CTM
012-611 6077

Leong Kok Wah, TM
012-366 7780

Larry Toh, CTM, CL
012-2787 598

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Another half point for our Club

Our Magnificient 7 attending the Club Officers Training II for the current Term at Help Institutue. With four Exco members we now earn an extra half point for the Club. Thank you to VPE Sherine, Secretary Joyce, VPPR Ho and SAA Leong. Others in the picture are our Area Governor Mike Teng, Past Area Governor Janice Ooi and District Trainer Mohamad Abdullah.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Finally I caught our Cameraman

Here our cameraman Ho 2nd from right with all the other Gentlemen members.

Caught in action, Ho trying to take picture of our VPE's back with James Arokiasamy gigling.

Our New Joker

Leong our Humour Master giving his jokes whilst relaxing - a unique presentation of humour during our 15th Anniversary Meeting

Preparing the cake

Our 15th Anniversary Cake

All the Past Presidents trying to light the candles on the cake and later they blow it all off. Human beings are weird huh?

Launching of our New Banner

President Jeff with all the Past Presidents, Larry, Thilo, Phillip, Mike, Pyng, Masdiana and Mohamad launching the new Banner for the Club after 15 years.
Thanks to the Exco for the initiative and VPPR Ho for the design.

Role Players for Meeting on 12.12.06

Word of the Day : “Promise”
(A declaration that one will or will not do a certain thing,
To afford a basis for expectation)

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Theme Of The Evening : "Whatever We Imagine"
Leong Kok Wah - Toastmaster for the Evening

Richard Chia - General Evaluator
Thilothaman - Grammarian
Phillip Wong - Ah Counter
Vacant - Time Keeper
Ho Fook Chuan - Table Topics Evaluator

Levine Lee - Invocation Presenter
Vacant - Humour Master
Masdiana Ooi Abdullah - Table Topics Master
Joyce Chang - ASAA

Speech Presenters/Speech Evaluators
Mohamad Abdullah C&L #5/tba
Mike Teng ACL # /Kwong Choong Mun
Kishna Fitra C&L #7/Richard Tan
Janice Ooi ACL # /Yao Chao Fung

Monday, December 04, 2006

Lt Governor Marketing DTM Joseph Gomez

Our Lt Governor Marketing DTM Jseph Gomez, with his body language, facial expression and vocal variety making a point for all to hear.

The Three Wise Men

Our ever charming Past President Philip Wong flanked by Past Area Governor James Arokiasamy (his right) and Past Division Governor Lakhmichand M A (his left)

Our Three Damsels in deep thoughts

VPE Shirene Lim in her stunning Kebaya giving her report with Joyce on her right and Levene on her left listening intensely.

PPs getting their Recognition

Immediate Past President Larry (Lang Chai) Toh receiving his Certificate from current President Jeff.

Our Yul Brynner, Past President Thilo getting his Certificate from President Jeffrey.
PP Philip Wong getting his Past President
Certificate from President Jeff.

Area Governor Mike Teng receiving his Past President Certificate from the current President Jeffrey Lee.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Club Officers Training II

Shirene Lim as VPE led the team of Executive Committee members to the 2nd COTs this year. With her is our Vice President Public Relations Ho, Treasurer Joyce and SAA Leong. Also present were Janice Ooi, Mike Teng (our Area Governor) and Mohamad Abdullah.

Altogether the magnificient 7 made it but we could not get any award as the Exco was not fully represented.

Interesting Sessions this year with Film Show, Keynote Addres by IPDG Low Yat Seow, Presentations from the various Areas, Objective Test (considered a new idea) and the Panel Discussion.

Apparently, there are plenty to learn and so little time to do it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Were you in here?

Masdiana a Past President of the Club and twice served as Area Governor sharing her views.

PP Larry Toh giving his account of what TM is all about and how he was 'pushed' into it.

Mr Lucky, Mr Funny and the Circuit Judge

Past Division Governor Mr Lucky, Lakhmichand M A, sharing his thoughts with the audience.

Our Past Area Governor James Arokiasamy telling us the colour of his jokes.

Our new Distinguished Toastmaster Ramdas Nayar (Mr Circuit Judge) always opening up making a point.

More photos from Joyce

Some of the Photos of those present

A New Club Banner

After 15 years we have a new banner which says, "For better Fellowship" Malaysian Insurance Institute Toastmasters Club, Kuala Lumpur, Chartered on 19 November 1991, Club #8495 District 51.

Thanks to the designer Ho and the Exco for their initiatives and hardwork.

We also have a small bannerette just pinned outside the door of our meeting room which I thought was great to tell visitors exactly where to find us.

Do visit us at the Malaysian Insurance Institute Building (Institut Bank-Bank) Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur on every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays on the 2nd Floor of the building from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Message from District 51 Governor

Dear Toastmaster Sherine Lim,

> Thank you for the invitation and congratulations to you and the members of MII Toastmasters on the occasion of your 15th anniversary celebrations. The club is where the magic begins and it's because of the commitment and dedication of each and everyone of you, MII TMC has successful groomed many of it's members to become better speakers and leaders.
I am indeed grateful to your contribution to our members and as well as to the District.

Sherine, please accept my sincere apologies as I will not be able to attend tomorrow. However I have just spoken to our Lt. Governor Marketing, DTM Joseph Gomez and he has kindly agreed
to represent the District.

Once again, thank you and wishing you a memorable 15th year anniversary celebration.

Warm regards

Message from former member Leanne Yeoh from UK

'Dear Fellow Toastmaster & Friends,

Happy 15th Anniversary, I don't know what to say but I got this from an
email from a friend and though of just sharing it with you all....

>This is so true ... many times we got carried away and forget our
>primary purpose. (may be this can omit)
>A message to share... (& this too to omit)
>A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to
>visit their old university Professor.
>Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
>Offering his guests coffee, the Prof went to the kitchen and returned
>with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain,
>plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite,
>telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.
>When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said
>"If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up,
>leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you
>to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your
>problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the
>cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each
>other's cups."
>"Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society
>are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, but the
>quality of Life doesn't change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the
>cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."
>So friend, don't let the cups drive you... enjoy the coffee instead.
and have a fabulous evening.. and be present!!! cheers'
p.s. you edit for me lah...
Love, Ean

Acknowledgement from VPE

Dear Mohamad - The Founder and all my beloved Toastmasters from MII Club,

Greetings from sunny Bukit Bintang area !
Before I start my writing, I would like to thank a few people for making last night event a successful one :
Mohamad - Without your coaching, guidance and your generous in sponsoring the Club all the lucky draw gifts, we won't have such amazing & fruitful programme last night

Leong - Without your full 100% support and commitment on the coordination, liaison & presentation + gift sponsored, the event will not be a successful one

Ho - Without your excellent idea on the appreciation gifts and programme, all the Past Presidents might not be gone home with a big smile on their faces

Joyce - Without your prompt and superb co-operation contributed to us prior to the event and during the event, we won't be able to have a smooth flow of programme. And, thanks for bringing Cheah to the Club

Levine - Without your on-site assistance on the gifts tagging and distribution, the event could not be ended smoothly

Thiloh - Without sacrifying your working time and committed yourself for the Invocation Session last night, all of us would not be able to have an inspired spirit to continue the meeting

Mike Teng - The soul of the meeting. Without your humourous and attractive character, the meeting could not proceed in such a lively and happy atmosphere

Larry - Thanks for squeezing your time to attend the celebration last night and thanks for bringing Pauline to join us. An event could not be succeed with only one person's effort. It's all about TEAM work !!! A thousand million thanks to all your support and
hardwork to make the celebration a remarkable and memorable one.

Have a nice day !

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

15th Anniversary Celebration

We celeberated our 15th Anniversary in style and like no other. We have District Officers, IPDG Low Yat Seow, DG Rep LGM Joseph Gomez, and some invited guests, PDVG Lakhmichand M A ATMG, PDVG Ramdas Nayar DTM, PD Pro K F Pyng, PAG James Arokiasamy,TM Sham Sunder Vikyomal from Bangsar, Jade Ling, Pauline, Cheah and The Mas Family children Lena, Mahathir and Liza.

The Past Presidents present were, Jeffrey, Larry, Thilo, Philip, Mike, Masdiana, K F Pyng and Mohamad. Anna Hue is still in Switzerland and have given her apologies whilst the rest were uncontactable. The members present were Shirene, Ho, Joyce, Laverne, Leong and Monsieur. I hope I have not omitted any one.

The meeting started with the usual President's Speech, followed by Invocation by Thilo. The TME was our AG, PP Mike Teng. After the normal start Mohamad took us down Memory Lane and gave us some history lessons. He also took time to present some shots of photographs in his possession. Later he invited all the PP to say a few words.

After all the Past Presidents have given their stories Mike introduced Leong to conduct the Humour Session and instead he roasted Mohamad. All went well and we had a special dinner organised by the Exco. No one can complain about MII food. Oh yes, before we actually break for dinner we got the cake cutting ceremony with wine popping session. Again I forget to tell you that they invited Mohamad and Masdiana as the founder together with Jeff the current President to unleash our new Banner after 15 years.

After dinner Mohamad was called in to conduct another session where he invited all the guests to give us their idea as to where MII TMC should be in 5 years time. Joseph, Lucky, Ramdas, James and Masdiana were invited and each of them share their experience and gave their recommendations to have Quality Meeting, Good Mentoring, Fun and Fellowship, Sharing and Quality Self.

Finally, we had Lucky Draw session of about 15 items and Mohamad and his family took 5 already and leave the rest to the others. However, Masdiana and Mohamad redonate their prizes for the others.

The meeting ended a little late but with a high note and I am sure MII TMC can go far.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) Toastmasters Club was Chartered by Toastmasters International on 19.11.91 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under District 51 and was given a club number 8495.

MII Toastmasters normally meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at The Malaysian Insurance Institute, Kuala Lumpur from 7.00 pm till 9.15 pm at the 2nd floor. There will be no meeting on Public Holidays.

Soon MII Toastmasters will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary
and the Exco is busy planning for this celebration. Past Presidents and former members will be invited to attend this function.

Stay tuned for more information.

Mohamad Abdullah