Friday, May 27, 2005

Point of View...with CTM Victor Cheong (part 2)

In part 1, Victor summarised his views on the development of the club in the 2 years since it was created. He also elaborated on the DCP award where the club has achieved the highest award; the President's Distinguished Club Award. Here is the second part of the interview.


Q:Apart from the DCP, what are other significant goals that the club has achieved? What do you think contribute to this/these?

A: Right at the onset of my term, I’ve shared my dreams…… to build the “interior design” and infra-structure. The ID works were completed……..achievement of the mission to grow and to attain the President’s Distinguished Club. Include the creation of this e-newsletter website done professionally by our IT man, TM Wan Rashid.

As for the infrastructure, links were created with the impeding chartering of our affiliated CIMA Johr Bahru Branch Toastmasters Club and the successful chartering of KLIA Toastmasters Club. In the blue prints are other “infra-structure” under negotiation stages and definitely a super highway will be built.

Again, all these were made possible by the club members, the TEAM.

Q: Do you agree that in order for the club to achieve more success, we need to build on the membership base. What is your comment on this?

A: I totally agree with this. A club is an organization of people coming together with a common goal ie in our case, the majority objective of becoming better speakers. It is a club where we help one another grow. Each individual showcase individual skills/talents. Naturally by having more members, we have a wider spectrum of people and hence colorful members will bring life to the club to sustain its lifespan.

Q:In your tenure as the club’s President, what is your most memorable moment?

A:Of course the pinnacle, the achievement of President’s Distinguished Club . Others include our various “themed” meetings eg the Bahasa Malaysia Day which was very comical….come to think of it, should do it again… the attired events….traditional costumes……and not forgetting those “tea-tarik” sessions after the meetings.

Q:Before we end this session, do you have anything to say to our readers out there?

A:The journey was not easy…..but Together Everyone Achieves More….. A big thank you to the entire club and especially to the EXCO who made it happen. For me , though 30th JUNE 2005 will mark the end of my term as Club President, nevertheless, I do enjoy Toasmastery very much and the great fun-filled fellowship we had.

Learning is a life-long process; some levied exorbitant rates. Toastmasters Club, a very affordable means to learn. If you have not experienced it before, why not make it point. For 2 hours of fun learning experience, twice a month. Join us.

On behalf of CIMA Malaysia Toastmasters Club (CMTC), I would like to thank you for your time to be with us in Point of View.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Point of View...with CTM Victor Cheong (part 1)

CTM Victor Cheong is one of the chartered members and served as the Committee member when the first EXCO members for the club were elected for the term 2003/2004. He was then elected as the club’s President for the 2004/2005 term. He has relentlessly contributed to the club and saw the club achieving the President’s Distinguished Club Award, a great achievement for a club which is only 2 years in existence.

Question (Q): First of all, congratulation on the club’s amazing achievement. How would you describe the club now as compared when it was first started 2 years ago?

Answer (A): Well…..I’ll say that the club went through a “mini hill ride”; it started off with a bang where within a three hours of demo presentation, more than 20 charter members joined. “Up hill” task all the way but with great assistance and guidance from sponsors and mentors, we managed to climb the “hill”. Reached the “peak” at the end of the first year term, 30th JUNE 2004 and I took the front seat on the easy way of coasting “down hill” by Mother Nature gravity . The journey down the slope was fast and within a short time, I realized that we will have to go against gravity. This time literally on our own two feet. With the force of momentum, (May the Force be with you too!) we managed to rise to the peak again.

Membership grew with in influx of CIMA 1st Club members; demo meetings conducted for 2 organisations, a 100% achievement, with KLIA Toastmasters Club (778458) chartered on 4th APRIL 2005 and CIMA Johor Bahru Branch Toastmasters Club in the midst of submitting the charter papers. And at our own club level, the achievement of the President’s Distinguished Club Award. ALL these were made possible by the great efforts of the whole TEAM.

Q:Can you briefly describe what is the DCP award, and what is the significance of achieving this award?

A: Let me quote The Mission of Toastmasters Club in verbatim : “The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.”

Any member who joined the club will tell you that the main reason they joined the club is to become better speakers. The club is then charged to provide the environment for members to practice their speaking skills; listen to useful evaluation or feedback; learning from other members.

Hence the DCP, or in full, Distinguished Club Program helps the club accomplish its purpose by focusing on 2 areas : membership and educational awards.

Membership – In order to have a meaningful educational and meeting program, a club should have the minimum membership of 20. This is the prerequisite to qualify for the running in the DCP award. They may be instance that a club may have lesser members than the minimum but if the net growth ( from beginning of term till end of term) is at least 5 new members, this pre requisite is met too. Continuing new blood creates the flow of fresh ideas and personalities.

Educational awards – This is measured by the number of members who progressed by completing their respective speech assignments and leadership skills as well. Awards are Competent Toastmaster (CTM); Advanced Toastmaster Bronze (ATM-B) ; Advanced Toastmaster Silver (ATM-S); Advanced Toastmaster Gold (ATM-G) ; Competent Leader (CL); Advanced Leader (AL) and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

To guide the club along, goals were set. Under the DCP, a maximum of 10 goal points will be earned; 1 point each for the following goals attained :

1) One semiannual membership report and one club officers list submitted on time

2) Minimum of 4 club officers trained during each of the 2 training periods

3) 4 new members

4) 4 more new members

5) 2 CTMs

6) 2 more CTMs

7) 1 ATM-B or ATM-S or ATM-G

8) 1 more ATM-B or ATM-S or ATM-G

9) 1 CL or AL or DTM

10) 1 more CL, AL or DTM

By earning at least 5 goal points; the club will achieve Distinguished Club.
At least 7 goal points; the club will achieve Select Distinguished Club.
At least 9 goal points; the club will achieve President’s Distinguished Club.

End of Part 1

(In part 2, Victor will talk about other significant achievement (apart from the DCP award), his view on membership base and on Toastmastery as a whole. Watch out for the part 2 of "Point of View")

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Area Governor for Area C1

We are proud to announce that for the term 2005/2006, our incoming club President will also be our Area Governor!


Below is the results of the Area Governor elections for Division C for the term 2005-2006 and the Club Alignment approved at the District Council in Jakarta.

Our Heartiest Congratulations to the Incoming Area Governors

Area Area Governor
C1 Sharmini Ariaratnam ATM-B
C2 Pearly Yap CTM
C3 Bernard Louis ATMS
C4 Parames ATM-B
C5 Viviana ATM-B
C6 Richard Chong ATM-B
C7 Danny Lim ATM-B
C8 Sue Ding ATM-S


We at CIMA Malaysia Toastmasters Club would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to all the elected Area Governors.

May the force be with you...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Brief history of Toastmaster International....(part 2)


International Growth

By 1941, Smedley realized that Toastmasters needed his full-time attention. He resigned from the YMCA and opened a 12-by-16-foot office in a downtown Santa Ana bank, with a desk, typewriter, telephone and second-hand address machine. He hired a secretary to handle the correspondence while he wrote materials for the club's use.

The organization began with two manuals -- Basic Training and Beyond Basic Training -- written by Smedley in the office after business hours. He also found time to write several tomes on public speaking and parliamentary procedure. The Voice of the Speaker, Speech Evaluation and The Amateur Chairman found a ready audience in Toastmaster members. (Smedley also wrote The Great Peacemaker, a biography of Henry M. Robert, author of the famed Robert's Rules of Order.)

Toastmasters continued to grow. The single-room office expanded to four, and past international president Ted Blanding took over the position of executive secretary, while Smedley became educational director and concentrated on learning processes and materials.

Smedley was involved in the educational program of Toastmasters International until shortly before his death in 1965 at the age of 87.

New Directions

Toastmasters has continued to flourish. In 1962, Toastmasters -- by then an organization of 80,000 members and 3,500 clubs -- built its own 27,000-square-foot office building in Santa Ana. Smedley took part in the dedication ceremonies. A second growth spurt came following the decision to accept women as members in 1973.

By 1985, the Santa Ana building was serving 120,000 members and 5,300 clubs worldwide. Expansion and remodeling were necessary to provide 5,000 additional square feet of warehouse space. But within four years, the organization had outgrown the headquarters. In June 1990, Toastmasters International moved into a new world headquarters in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Today, more than 195,000 members take part in 9,300 clubs in the United States, Canada and 78 other countries. Thousands of corporations and government agencies, including Rockwell International in Downey and Irvine's Fluor Daniel, sponsor in house Toastmasters clubs as communication training for their employees. Specialized clubs meet at military bases, colleges and universities, churches and prisons. There are Toastmasters clubs for senior citizens, professional groups, bilingual groups, singles and visually impaired.

Dr. Ralph C. Smedley

Ralph Smedley's contributions to society have not gone unnoticed. In 1950, Wesleyan University granted him the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters, and Santa Ana named a junior high school after him in 1955. In 1956, Toastmasters itself honored him with the title of honorary president and lifetime board member. The Santa Ana Toastmasters Club even renamed itself the Smedley Number One Club in honor of its founder.

But perhaps the best tribute is one that takes place at every meeting of the Smedley Number One Club: A photograph of Smedley and the original club charter are placed in an empty chair near the lectern to represent his continuing inspiration.

excerpt from an article in TI

Point of View

In the next segment of "Point of View", we turn to the Club's President, CTM Victor Cheong, to get his exclusive views on the club's development and achievement.

Watch out for the next issue of "Point of View" with CTM Victor Cheong.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

On a lighter note....

Toastmastery is not all serious matter. We do have session for a bit of a laugh by Humor Master. See whether these tickles your funny bones....

Good Living...

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat and presto! The blockage will be almost instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.

4. High blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for awhile, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep when you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad tooth ache? Hit your thumb with a hammer, then you will forget about the tooth ache..

AND..... Sometimes we just need to remember what The Rules of Life really are:

You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape.
If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.

If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct tape.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! ---You have another chance!

And finally... Be really good to your family and friends. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan

(...note of caution, we do not take responsibility for the injury you sustain by following the above tips. We, by the way, are all responsible and smart folks, or else we won't be in this club...heh..heh..)

Brief history of Toastmasters International.....(part 1)


Off to a Rocky Start

Toastmasters was the brainchild of a Midwesterner named Ralph C. Smedley. In 1903, Smedley took a job as director of education for the local YMCA. Realizing that the older boys who visited the YMCA needed training in communication, he began a public speaking club.

Smedley called his group, "The Toastmasters Club" because the activities resembled a banquet with toasts and after-dinner speakers. The boys enjoyed taking turns making speeches and evaluating them, as well as presiding at the weekly meetings. Smedley's club blossomed, but soon he was promoted to general secretary of the YMCA and transferred to Freeport, Illinois. After his departure, the Bloomington club died.

In the following years, Smedley organized other Toastmasters clubs wherever he was transferred. In Freeport, businessmen and other professionals who recognized the benefits of communications skills became members. Yet these older members did not save the organization either. The club operated successfully while Smedley was there but disappeared when its founder moved on to Rock Island, Illinois. Subsequent clubs in Rock Island and San Jose, California, suffered the same fate.

Smedley must have despaired of ever seeing his creation blossom into a self-sustaining organization. "I observed a tendency among my fellow secretaries at the YMCA to regard The Toastmasters Club as a sort of peculiarity -- an idiosyncrasy of mine," he later said. "Perhaps it was not altogether orthodox as a 'Y' activity."

A New Beginning in Santa Ana

Finally, the YMCA director arrived in Santa Ana. Once more he organized a Toastmasters club, holding the first meeting in the Santa Ana YMCA basement on October 22, 1924. In Southern California's optimistic climate, the concept caught on. Men from neighboring communities sought out the group and liked what they saw. Smedley was quick to help them organize their own Toastmasters clubs. The new clubs were united in a federation designed to coordinate their activities and ensure uniform methods.

In 1932, the federation was incorporated as Toastmasters International, following the establishment of a club in British Columbia, Canada. Districts were created later, as the number of clubs increased.

For many years, Smedley held the position of general secretary of the Santa Ana YMCA, handling finances, fund raising, program planning, membership matters and the supervision of a number of YMCA employees. In addition,he served as liaison for the local and national YMCA organizations.

Somehow Smedley managed to find time to spread the gospel about Toastmasters, serving as its executive secretary and editor of The Toastmaster magazine, while also maintaining his busy YMCA schedule. He corresponded regularly with members and club officers, encouraging and guiding them in club matters.

( be continued)

excerpt from article in

Friday, May 20, 2005

From the President's Desk...

Dear fellow Toastmasters members,

Last night our club has its goals for 2004/2005 attained . Yes, we have achieved the President's Distinguished Club Award :) .Its time to bring out the champagne bottle!!!

Join in the celebration dear members.


Victor Cheong

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Meeting 18/5/05

We had another good turnout in yesterday's meeting. We also saw a couple of new faces taking up the roles, Hui Pei and Madhan - good job, lads. Keep it up.

Last night's table topic arrangement was 'different' - we had all the role players to come out to do their 2-minutes off the cuff speech. Among those who who rose to the occasion - Sharmini talked about coffee beans and TCB&TLS (guess what it means..) and professed being a coffee lover, Crissy with Star Wars and thanking everyone for choosing to come to the TM meeting instead of going to see the midnight screening (premier screening) of the 3rd prequel to the Star Wars, Madhan on KFC and he also professed that he dislike chicken, Hui Pei on pirated VCD and its implication to the IT industry and Cheah on NS (National Service - not Negri Sembilan...) and that she wished it started one year earlier as she really wanted to join. Did I miss anybody...

Humor master did a very good jokes and managed to tickle everyone's funny bones, and she thanked Readers Digest for her inspiring jokes.

Friday, May 13, 2005

New President's maiden speech

Newly appointed President 2
Originally uploaded by Wan Ray.

...ATM-B Sharmini thanking CTM Victor for his contribution to the club.

We wish her the very best and with the support of all members, we hope we can chart many more progress in the next term.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Another point scored for DCP

Dear fellow members,

I'm so to break this news to all of you

Our club has attained another point in the DCP award. Out
VPE, ATMB Sharmini Ariaratnam has achieved her Competent
Leadership award. Hence I'm proud to announce, Sharmini
Ariaratnam, ATMB and CL. to her title. Yep! another point
for our club making a total achievement of 8 points.

A very hearty congratulations to Sharmini, ATMB, CL.

Come 18th MAY 2005, our regular meeting, another point
should be achieved with God willing. Do attend the meeting
and join in the cheer and shake the building down.

Victor Cheong

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Presidents

The Presidents
Originally uploaded by Wan Ray.

One for the record. Our first Lady President, ATM-B Sharmini being flanked by Charter President (left, CTM Andy Ching) and the Immediate Past President (right, CTM Victor Cheong).

Congratulation to the newly elected EXCO

Originally uploaded by Wan Ray.
Our 2nd AGM was held last night successfully but with some eventful moments.

The turnout was lower than expected but enough to proceed with the AGM.

I am please to announce that the Executive Committee for the next term, 2005/2006 :

President : ATMB Sharmini Ariaratnam
VP Education : TM Parasakti Selvaduray
VPMembership : TM Crissy Lee
VP Public Relations : CTM Jitesh Kantilal
Secretary : CTM Tan Chee Wan
Treasurer : TM Wan Rashid
Sergeant-At-Arms : TM Hur Tze Huan
Comm. members : TM Karen Yeap
: TM Christine Tan
: TM Jerry Ku
: CTM Andy Ching,CP
(more will be co-opted later)

Congratulations to the above on your appointment!

Victor Cheong

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Club Meeting 4-May-05

Meeting in action
Originally uploaded by Wan Ray.
It was another great meeting last night and bravo to the new members from CIMA 1st Club who came to support and participate in the meetings. We really appreciate your present and hope you'll bring more of your friends to join a night of fun.

We also witnessed the making of ATM-B; the first in our club. She has chartered many progress not just for herself but also for the club. Kudos to you, Sharmini and congratulations!

Our gratitude to ATM-S Sivalingam for being the VIP guest and star as the Speaker's Evaluator.

The session ends with a 'teh tarik' session (as normally it should be) at the nearby Syed's Bistro.

From The President's Desk

ATM-B Sharmini
Originally uploaded by Wan Ray.
Dear fellow members,

Please join me to give a big hand to our Vice President Education, ATM-B Sharmini..... yep! no typo error here; she is an Advance Toastmasters - Bronze (ATM-B). Congrats Sharmini !!

ATM-B Sharmini has created another history for our club; she is the first member of our club to achieve an ATM-B status.With this, she has helped the club to achieve another point in the Distinguished Club Programme. Todate, our club has achieved 7 points! and we have been upgraded to "Select Distinguished Club" status!!! We are not going to stop here; by next Wednesday, our ATM-B Sharmini will gather another title to her name; Competent Leader (CL) upon completion of another presentation at KLIA Group Toastmasters Club.

Members are encouraged to join in celebrating her success. For your information, the KLIA Group Toastmasters Club will conduct their very first meeting in their brand new location somewhere around KLIA area. Call ATM-B Sharmini for details please.

Having let the cat out of the bag, ATM-B Sharmini, on attaining CL, will bring in the 8th point. FYI, yours truly will also assist to bring in the 9th point by 18th May (our next regular meeting). Do drop by and join us in the meeting.

Once again congratulations to ATM-B Sharmini, and give all yourself a pat on the shoulder.

CTM Victor Cheong

Sunday, May 01, 2005

The Passing of Krishen Jit (1939 - 2005)

Though actors we are not, but we believe we share many common grounds with them especially in communication with the public. Krishen Jit is regarded as a giant in the Malaysian theater scene and his contribution in the world of arts has been immeasurable to both the nation and the world.

Our deepest condolences to Marion De Cruz and his loved ones.

Do not stand by my grave and weep,
I am not there,
I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am a diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on unripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain...
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night,

Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there,
I did not die...

(Author - unknown)