On 15th August 2014, SIM I Toastmasters Club had the Humorous Speech and Speech Evaluation (HSSE) contest. Members and guests were treated to entertaining and humorous speeches from the contestants. After that, it was the time for the contestants in the Evaluation Contest to shine with their feedback on the Test Speaker.
President Opening Address – Be Thankful Always !
Fabulous Friday, Division B Governor, Fellow Toastmasters and Honourable Guests. I am very happy you are here tonight to participate and witness the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest. It is a pleasure to serve all of you.I want to share with you an event I came across last week, about Being Thankful Always.
One day, a family sat down for dinner. The father askeed his 5year old son to give thanks for the food. The little boy looked round the table, saw the eyes of all family members closed, and scanned the food displayed. Then he said.Lord, I don’t like the food on the table, but I thank you for it, and I will eat it anyway.This boy is very honest, and even though he didn’t like the food, he gave thanks.
For me, whether I like it or not, I had to takeover the organising of this contest from a member who did part of the job due to other commitments. I had to lead by example.But I am thankful and grateful this member managed to recruit some contestants and most of the appointment holders. I am also thankful that the contestants in particular, agreed to step out of their comfort zone, to overcome fear, humility and time to participate in these contests. They made a conscious adjustment to grow, as part of their Toastmasters’ journey.Tonight we will find out whether they are successful as the top 3 winners. We often define success by fame, popularity or fortune. But success is to be measured by the yardstick of obedience, faithfulness and loyalty.I am thankful these contestants have come forward to speak, serve and support. I wantto acknowledge them publicly for their courage and obedience tonight. Whether or not they are the top 3 winners do not matter. They are already successful in walking their talk.
We applaud them for their loyalty. Very soon, you will know who they are.Not forgetting, all the people working behind the scene tonight, a big thank you indeed.
Lastly, I am thankful I live in a country where there is no beheading, as currently experienced by the Iraqis due to the invasion by ISIS.Fellow Toastmasters and guests, what is one thing you can be thankful for tonight ?Let us make it a habit to give thanks in all circumstance every day from now onward.
Be thankful always !
Winners were as follows
Champion: Xie WeiXian
1st Runner up: N.Gunasekaran , CC, CL
Champion: Wilson Ong, ACS, ALB
1st Runner up: Vera Chia CC, CL
2nd Runner up: Ong Chuan Aik, DTM
The Champion and the 1st Runner up, will represent SIM I Toastmasters Club for Area B1, B2 and B6 HSSE Contest, on 6th September 2014.
Congratulations to all winners and contestants and let us be there to support our contestants on 6th September 2014!
Venue: Lifelong Learning Institute, 11 Eunos Road 8, #02-01, Singapore 408601 (Near Paya Lebar MRT station)
Date: 6th September 2014, Saturday
Time: 1 – 6pm
See you there on 6 September !