There is no better time than the present to reminisce of the memories we have made in 2016. It was in August that a new batch of officers stepped forward and new members were recruited – seniors and juniors joining forces to contribute to an astounding club filled with talented speakers of various backgrounds.
It started off wobbly, as should all newborns who have just begun to walk. Our officers, despite nervousness, pushed through and ended the meeting with loud applause. This marked the beginning of our journey through the 2016/17 year as a new Toastmasters family.
Stephen King once said, “I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hid it a little better, and maybe not all that much better after all.” In lieu of Halloween, our members embraced the theme of the Night of the Living Dead. Brilliant costumes made their appearance that night, ranging from a secret agent to a gangster. Equally amazing speeches were delivered as well, with the speakers confidently sharing their stories and ideas to a floor of colourfully dressed audience members.
Humorous Speech and Evaluation Competition
With the humorous speech contest came peals of laughter from the audience that resulted from the hilarious speeches presented by our candidates. The evaluation competition had everyone paying attention so that they too could be as good as our contestants. Although there could only be two who would move onto the area round, our participants did their best and performed to the best of their abilities. As the night came to a close, the results were announced: Cavan Yong (humorous speech) and Ragajothini R. (evaluation) would move onto the area round. Even though they did not win, they gave their all and made us proud. Good job, guys!
As students, examinations take up a major part of our lives. Unfortunately, our juniors had fallen victim to the cruel enemy called the IB and were forced to study for their exams. The idea of a speech marathon specially for the seniors suddenly came to mind and became a reality. Speeches flowed one after another, the only break in between being the coffee break, and speakers were getting more and more excited. As a result, the night was filled with fun and joy; if only our juniors could have joined us, they would have seen the fun we had laughing at jokes and tearing up at the sad stories. It would definitely not be the last time we would have a speech marathon.
All Wrapped Up, our Christmas themed meeting, was greeted with red and green wearing speakers who brought interesting topics to mull over. Our juniors too stepped up and delivered their speeches with enthusiasm fit for the holiday spirit. Speeches ranged from talking about the reality of examinations (TM Defne) to the knife they received as a gift (TM Joyann). All in all, the final meeting before the holidays was a blast and all members had fun before having to return home for Christmas and the New Year.
A New Year
2016 ended and 2017 has begun – a new year to improve and a semester left to leave our legacy. This year, we hope to have even more events and fun themes for our members and potential guests. With the next meeting looming over the horizon, our speakers are rushing to complete their drafts for an exciting speech. Toastmasters is a platform to grow to become a better and more confident speaker, and we are happy to say that we have improved since we joined.
Here’s to a better 2017!