Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Ten Cannots

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help small men up by tearing down big men.
4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
5. You cannot life the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot establish sound social secrutity on borrowed money.
9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independnce.
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do thr themselves.

by William J H Boetcke, "The Industrial Decalogue"

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A True Friend

A true friend never walks away
A true friend will always stay
A true friend looks out for you
A true friend will always be true.

A true friend will guard your secrets
Like a precious gift
A true friend is there for you
To give you a helpful lift.

A true friend tries to make you smile
Tries to replace that frown
They may not always succeed
But they rarely let you down.

These arms for you are open
this heart for you does care
And when I think you need me
I'll try to always be there

I'll listen to your fears
I promise not to laugh
Comfort your falling tears
I'll make this friendship last.

I'll keep you near to my heart
I'll always hold you dear
Even when we're miles apart
Even when you're here.

I hope I am to you
Everything you are to me too
For the frindship we have
Is a special one indeed.

By Ashley Montgomery


What is really the meaning of Invocation? The dictionary merely say it is an 'appeal to the higher power for assistance'. This is done usually at the opening of a religious service. However, in Toastmaster we use the Invocation as a session to inspire and motivate our members whilst at the same time give a small role to our newer members to go out and deliver.

I notice lately that most Invocation Presenter (IP) did not prepare their message and go up to depress the members rather than to inspire them. To assist our member to prepare for future IP role I would suggest that the VPE ask them to visit the blog and download some of the poems that I have prepared to be used as a invocation.

For a new member who is still learning the rope, I would suggest that they just read the message with little introduction and a brief closing. Dont take too much time as you are given not more than 2 minues.

If the IP can blend it with the Theme of the meeting, I believe it would further enhance the quality of the meeting.

People, please do not deviate from our main objective of having the Invocation. Let us stick to this. Just read a motivational poem and don't try to tell us somelthing which I am sorry to say you cannot do effectively in two minutes.

Meeting 26 June 2007

This is the last meeting for the Toastmasters year 2006/07 and we had a jolly good meeting.

The meeting started with Shirene handling the President's role and got everyone to introduce themselves and this time she ask us to tell us of our Commitment. The theme for the evening was Commitment to Excellence and the word of the day was AWAKE.

The Invocation Presenter was Monsieur who gave us his experience of reducing his weight and Philip conducted the Table Topics Session with the theme "If you were..." I felt the hardest was given to Monsiuer telling us What is he is a Durian, what he would tell his other fruit friends? The session went on well with 7 partipants. The TTE was Thilo and he gave some good comments and some sound recommendations. The Best TT speaker was Mohamad speaking if he was the PM.

Humour master for the evning was Levine. She tried but I guess, she needs a little more exposure to be a better HM.

During dinner, it was the first time I notice that the food almost cleaned up as it was delicious and well blanded. Thanks to Leong for making the arrangement.

There were three Assignment Speakers, Dr Gan on "Understanding the Big C", Leong on a controversial subject lke "War + Democracy" whilst Adam gave us is "Business Plan" as his Keynote Address. Respectively their evaluators were, Tillman, Monsieur and Masdiana. Tillman was voted the best Evaluator whilst Dr Gan got the Best Speaker Award.

The GE for the night is Freddy the President of Friendship. He gave a good impactful evaluation and a round of commendations for the club. The closing Ode was done by Thilo giving a tribute to the Outgoing EXco.

The Best Role player went to Raja the TME and the most Friendly goes to Shirene. Immediately after the meeting we have a birthday celebration for Shirene and Monsieur. Good cake supplied by someone who did not identify himself.

Attendance for the evening:
1. Shirene as Ag President
2. Rajasingam as TME
3. Anna Hue as ASAA and Timer
4. Philip as TTM
5. Thilo as TTE and closing Ode
6. Freddy as GE
7. Mohamad as Grammarian
8. Dr Gan as Aahcountant & Speaker
9. Leong as Speaker
10. Adam as Speaker
11. Tilman as Evaluator
12. Monsieur as Invo Presenter and Evaluator
13. Levine as HM
14. Masdiana as Evaluator
15. Meera as Guest
16. Anna's Guest * 2
17. Shirene Guest


From a recent survey of the members in MII TMC I notice that only two persons who regularly reads the blog whilst the rest seemed not really have the time to make the visit or just do not know how. Poor thing. What have been written did not reach it intended audience. Nevertheless, I shall pursue and continue to write as I see it and Hopefully one day, more will visit this site and read and someone will volunteer to write their thoughts in too.

Yes 23 of us, members, family and guests went to Titi Eco farm in Negri Sembilan on 2 and 3 of June this year. Thank must go to Shirene, Leong, Ho, Joyce and Levine for their dedication and commitment to te club.

We had a unique experience of a 'holiday' and also a retreat for our members. Those who could not come gave gifts and supported in spirit.

As for me it was an experience as members of MII TMC gathers and talk and discuss club affairs and at the same time building better rapport with one another.

The food given was healthy food but being Malaysians we are not happy with healthy food we want junk food. We were given some advice on healthy eating habits and am glad my children learn something from someone who are not their parents.

My conclusion is that we shoul have such outings regularly to build our relationship to be a more cohesive and bonded.