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Good Memories for 10th Anniversary

Good Memories for 10th Anniversary

Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club
Past Club President
District 80 Treasurer 2009-2010

“Helping You To Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Speak With Confidence!”
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Selected Speeches delivered at chapter meeting held on 22 Sept 2009

Wonder what a toastmaster meeting will do…

Here are a few selected speeches taken at our last chapter meeting.

Basically, we do have prepared project speeches, evaluation section and table topics section.

You can check out Frequently Asked Questions about Toastmasters here.

Gary Haris P5 CPR 20090922

Anthony Sum AP2 – 200909222

Bruno Pereira, DTM Project Evaluation for Anthony Sum’s AP2 – 20090922

Gary Haris – Table Topic Master 20090922

Bruno Pereira, DTM Table Topic 20090922

Yetti Chiu Table Topic 20090922

Practice is the key to helping you improve in public speaking.
If you are a Fearful Public Speaker living in Singapore, please come to visit our toastmaster club.

Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club holds regular chapter meetings where members gather to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

Our Club is one of the warmest toastmasters club in Singapore. Click Here to Download our KSTMC Introduction Kit.

Guests are welcome to visit us!
It’s free of charge.

Just come, relax and see what toastmasters are all about!

By the way, our club members Aileen summarized what she has learnt from the meeting at her blog post.


District 80 Treasurer 2009-2010
Past Club President
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club

“Helping You To Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Speak With Confidence!”
Website: http://public-speaking-singapore.com
Blog: https://blog.public-speaking-singapore.com


2009 Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests

If you are living in Singapore, you are welcome to visit Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club (KSTMC).

We will hold our club’s 2009 KSTMC Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests on 22 Aug 2009.

Come to join us for laughs and have a great time with friends!

Registration starts at 2PM. Kindly arrive at the venue before 2:30 PM.

Date:  22 August 2009 (Sat)
Time: 2:30 pm – 5 pm
Venue: 4/F CC Conference Rm,  93 Toa Payoh Central, Toa Payoh Central Community Building, Singapore 319194.

District 80 Treasurer 2009-2010
Past Club President
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club

“Helping You To Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Speak With Confidence!”
Website: http://public-speaking-singapore.com
Blog: https://blog.public-speaking-singapore.com


Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club (KSTMC) Elected Officers for 2009-2010

It’s my pleasure to announce the election results at the AGM.
The AGM was held yesterday night (26 May 2009) immediately after the 102nd chapter meeting.

Here are your elected officers for Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club for the Term 2009-2010 (1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010) :

President  :  David Leung
Vice Presidents of Education (VPEs) : Gary Haris,  Anthonius Triono Pranoto, Janus Fong
Vice Presidents of Membership (VPMs) :  Aileen Chua, Bee Yan Ng
Vice President of Public Relations (VPPR) :  Yetti Chiu
Secretaries : Lee Seng Koh, Wendy Wu
Treasurer : James Leung
Sergeant At Arms (SAAs):  Ahja Ehili Linggi, Raymond Yuen

I congratulate these new leaders and their dedication to come and serve our club.

Let’s help with each other to be a better speaker and to achieve CCs, ACs, etc.
Let’s recruit more members for our club.

Best regards,
Yetti Chiu
Immediate Past Club President
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club

“Helping You To Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Speak With Confidence!”
Website: http://public-speaking-singapore.com
Blog: https://blog.public-speaking-singapore.com

The President serves as the Club’s chief executive officer, responsible for general supervision and operation of the Club. The President presides at Club meetings and directs the Club in a way which meets the educational growth and leadership needs of members. In cooperation with the Executive team, the President establishes long-term and short-term plans for Club growth.

Vice President Education

The Vice President Education is responsible for planning successful Club meetings so that each member has the opportunity to achieve his or her educational goals. The Vice-President Education directs planning, organization, and implementation of the communication and Leadership Program, Speechcraft, and other educational programs. The Vice President Education schedules speeches, signs Communication and Leadership Program manuals, updates Member Program Progress Charts, reports educational program completions promptly to World Headquarters, and coordinates recognition of member achievement. S/He is the second-highest ranking Club officer, presiding at Club and Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the President. The Vice President Education ensures that each new member receives orientation to the Toastmasters educational program, including assignment of mentors.

Vice President Membership

The Vice President Membership plans, organizes, and implements a continuous marketing effort which ensures the Club maintains or exceeds a charter membership level of 20. The Vice President Membership works with groups inside and outside of Toastmasters to promote Club membership and membership retention. In coordination with the Club Treasurer and Secretary, s/he is responsible for promptly submitting to World Headquarters the Club’s semiannual membership report (including membership list and dues payment) by the appropriate deadlines. The Vice President Membership also provides for recognition of Toastmasters to contribute to the increase of membership in Toastmasters International, and s/he maintains an accurate membership roster and attendance records in conjunction with the Club Secretary. S/He also serves as chairman of the Club Membership Committee and is the third-ranking officer in the Club.

Vice President Public Relations

The Vice-President Public Relations develops, implements, and administers a program that maintains a positive image of Toastmasters for all members, guests, and the general public. S/He is responsible for internal and external public relations for the Club, including, but not limited to: preparing and distributing news releases regarding Club activities; publicizing Club events; working with Club officers to develop literature about the Club; representing the Club with the media. The Vice President Public Relations works with the Club bulletin editor, serves as chairman of the Public Relations Committee, and is the fourth-ranking Club officer.


The Secretary is responsible for all Club records, correspondence, and publication of the monthly Club Bulletin. S/He is the custodian of the Club Constitution and Bylaws and all other official Club documents. The Secretary submits updated membership and officer records to World Headquarters, prepares and mails orders for Toastmasters supplies, and, in conjunction with the Vice-President Membership, submits all applications for new, transfer, and reinstated members to World Headquarters. S/He records and reads minutes of Club meetings and Executive Committee meetings. The Secretary is the fifth-ranking Club Officer.


The Treasurer is responsible for the development and execution of financial policies, procedures, audits, and controls. The Treasurer receives and disburses funds in payment of all obligations, and develops and recommends a budget to the Club Executive Committee. S/He also notifies members of dues payable and collects the dues. Along with the Vice President Membership and Club Secretary, the Treasurer ensures semiannual membership reports, dues, and membership roster are mailed to World Headquarters and received there by the appropriate deadlines. The Treasurer is the sixth-ranking Club officer.

Sergeant at Arms

The Sergeant at Arms serves as master host and makes the proper physical arrangements for all Club meetings. S/He coordinates with the Vice President Public Relations and Vice President Membership to ensure that each member and guest is welcomed at Club meetings. The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for the orderly conduct of the Club meeting, including: arranging meal service if necessary, arranging meeting room layout, setting out materials and equipment, collecting ballots, tallying votes, controlling Club property between meetings. The Sergeant at Arms is the seventh-ranking Club officer.


What Do You Want?

Hi, The following is my contest speech. The title is “What Do You Want?”

Hope that you will like it!  : )

Immediate Past Club President
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club


KSTMC International Speech Contest 2009
Title: What Do You Want?
By: Yetti Chiu

One Day a young business man by the name of Money went out for fishing. He met a fisherman called Simple. He realized that the fisherman was very good at fishing.

Money called out to him, “Hey, you are an expert in fishing. In just one hour and you have caught so many fishes. Why don’t you teach other people how to fish and you can earn more money? I can help you to market your business. I am a business man.”

The fisherman smiled, “Thank you…but why do I need more money?”

Money replied, “Why? With more money, you can open a fish farm. Then you can make even more money. And then you can afford to retire and enjoy your life!”

The fisherman smiled again, “I like a simple life. Everyday I fish for only 2 hours. That’s enough for my living! Then I can do what I want to do. I like to relax under a tree, watch the sunset, and spend time with my family. Why do I need to earn lots of money and enjoy my life after I retire? I am already enjoying life now!”

Contest Chair, Honorable Judges, Ladies and gentlemen.

What are you looking for in life?

Whether you like it or not, we live in a materialistic world. We are judged by how much money we have or how successful we are in our career. A rich man is regarded as a successful person. A man with outstanding achievements in his career will be admired by other people.

Is that what life is all about?

Have you heard of Jennie Chua? She was the former General Manager of the Raffles Hotel. She’s very successful in her career. She devoted herself to her job. But in an interview, Jennie Chua seemed to express some regret. She said “If I could do it all over again, I’d like to be a housewife. I got divorced when I was young. Given the chance, I think I’d like to have spent more time with my children, although they seemed to turn out pretty well. But do I remember distinctly when they took their first steps? No.”

Ladies and gentlemen.

If you ask me to choose between family and career, I’d definitely go for family.

You might know I was an accountant. But now I prefer to stay home as CFO and maid to my man. Why? Because I want to spend more time with my husband, I don’t want to work daily from 9am to 8pm. Everyday I can cook healthy dinner for my man. Even though it may not taste good, it’s good for his health. Don’t you think good health is more important than having more money?

Let me tell you another story

My uncle lived in Hong Kong. He was quite poor when he was young. He worked very hard and started his own business. Because of his hard work, he made some money. He used the money to buy property. The value of property sky-rocketed in the 80’s. He became a rich man.

However, he did not live any better! Even though he was rich, he hardly spent any money on himself or his family. They still ate leftovers and wore old clothing. The ten of them lived in one small apartment.

Finally, he passed away in early 1995 because of a cancer. He was rich, but I don’t think that he was happy! He never enjoyed the fruits of his labour. WORSE!!! After his death, his children started to fight over the inheritance! The money tore the whole family apart.

Why would you work so hard if you cannot enjoy all that you have earned?

Why did my uncle save all his money when he could not bring a penny with him when he died!

I wonder if he could rest peacefully if he knew of his children fighting over his money.

So do you know why you are trying to make more money?

Why are you chasing for a promotion or trying to be recognized?

Are these the things you want out of your life?

What do you want?

What do you really want?

What do you really want deep down in your heart?

Think about it!

Success should not be restricted to certain aspects only, such as your career or financial status. A rich man might not be happy as he may not have peace of mind or good health, just like my uncle. A man with a successful career might not be happy as he or she may not have good loving relationships, just like Jennie Chua.

To be happy we need to maintain a “Balanced Life” rather than focusing on a few aspects only.

If you only focus on your job or making more money, you might neglect your family, your health and your own personal fulfillment. Then when you are sick or out of a job, you may not have your family to take care of you (because your spouse might already have divorced you)! You will have no self-worth as you have nothing else besides your job!

My friends and fellow Toastmasters, Life is uncertain! We should live life to its fullest!

Tonight, when you go home, try to find a quiet place and close your eyes.

Listen to the voice of your inner soul…

What do you really care about in life?

What do you really want?

Contest Chair.


Story Telling : The Folk Tale (The Magic Moneybag)

“Story Telling : The Folk Tale (The Magic Moneybag)”

I did my prepared speech yesterday at Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club. It’s an Advanced Project 1, the Folk Tale from the Story Telling Manual. The title of the speech is “The Magic Moneybag”. It is a Korean folk take and the English version is translated by John Minford.

The Story Telling Manual is one of the Advanced Manuals that you can choose to do your advanced projects.

The following is my edited version to fit the time allowed for the project.

Enjoy!  : )

Immediate Past Club President
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club


“Helping You To Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Speak With Confidence!”
Website: http://public-speaking-singapore.com
Blog: https://blog.public-speaking-singapore.com

Long, long ago there was a young couple who lived in a thatched hut in a small village. They were so poor that every day they had to cut two bundles of firewood and carry them to the market on their backs.

One day, the young couple came back from the mountain carrying the firewood. They put one bundle in the courtyard and planned to sell it at the market the next day to buy rice. The other bundle they kept in the kitchen for their own use. When they woke up the following morning, the bundle in the courtyard had mysteriously disappeared. There was nothing to do but to sell the bundle which they had kept for themselves.

That same day, they cut another two bundles of firewood as usual. They put one bundle in the courtyard for the market and kept the other bundle for their own use. But the following morning, the bundle in the courtyard had vanished again. The same thing happened on the third and fourth day as well, and the husband began to think there was something strange going on.

On the fifth day, he made a hollow in the bundle of firewood in the courtyard and hid himself inside it. From the outside it looked just the same as before. At midnight a huge rope descended from the sky, attached itself to the bundle and lifted it up into the sky, with the woodcutter still inside it.

On his arrival in heaven, he saw a kind looking, white-haired old man coming in his direction. The old man untied the bundle and when he found the man inside it, he asked, “Other people only cut one bundle of firewood a day. Why do you cut two?”

The woodcutter made a bow and replied, “We are very poor. That’s why my wife and I cut two bundles of firewood a day. One bundle is for our own use and the other we carry to the market. With it we can buy rice to make porridge.”

The old man chuckled and said to the woodcutter in a warmhearted tone of voice, “I’ve known for a long time that you are a decent couple and lead a frugal and hardworking life. I shall give you a piece of treasure. Take it back with you and it will provide for you.”

As soon as he had finished speaking, there came seven fairies who led the young man into a magnificent palace. Its golden eaves and shinning roof tiles shone so brightly that the moment he entered; he could no longer open his eyes. Inside the palace there were many kinds of precious objects on display: moneybags of all shapes and sizes hung in one room. The fairies asked him, “Which one do you like best? Choose whichever you please, and take it home.”

The woodcutter was beside himself with joy, “I’d like that moneybag, the one full of precious things. Give me that round, bulging one.” He chose the biggest one and took it down.

Just at this moment, the white-haired old man came in and, with a stern expression on his face, said to the young man, “You cannot take that one. I’ll give you an empty one. Every day you can take one tael of silver out of it, and no more.” The woodcutter reluctantly agreed. He took the empty moneybag and, clinging onto the huge rope, he was lowered to the ground.

Once home, he gave the moneybag to his wife and told her the whole story. She was most excited. In the daytime they went as usual to cut firewood. But from then on, whenever they returned home after dark, they would close the door and open the moneybag. Instantly, a lump of silver would roll jingling out. Every day one tael of silver and no more came rolling out of the bag. The wife saved them up one by one.

Time went slowly by. One day the husband was itching to spend all the money they had saved and he said, “Since we have so much money in hand, why don’t we build a brick house?”

The wife could not dissuade her husband and reluctantly went along with his idea.

The husband spent the money on bricks, tiles and timber and on hiring carpenters and masons. From that time on, neither of them went into the mountain to cut firewood any more. The day came when their pile of silver was almost exhausted, but the new house was still unfinished. It had long been in the back of the husband’s mind to ask the moneybag to produce more silver. So without his wife’s knowledge, he opened the bag for a second time that day. Instantly, another lump of snow-white silver rolled jingling out of the bag onto the ground. He opened it a third time and received a third lump.

He thought to himself, “If I go on like this, I can get the house finished in no time!” He quite forgot the old man’s warning. But when he opened the bag for the fourth time, it was absolutely empty. This time not a scrap of silver came out of it. It was just an old cloth bag. When he turned to look at his unfinished brick house, that was gone as well. There before him was his old thatched hut.

The woodcutter felt very sad. His wife came over and consoled him, “We can’t depend on the magic moneybag from heaven. Let’s go back to the mountain to cut firewood as we did before. That’s a more dependable way of earning a living.”

From that day on, the young couple once again went up to the mountain to cut firewood and lived their old, hardworking life.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I chose this story because I think the story speaks to us in today’s economic crisis! Most people want to make money fast. Why wait the next day to take one tael of silver from the money bag? But if you take too much, the money bag will self-destructed, just like the economic bubble that has burst recently. Don’t get greedy, especially with your investments! If everyone is crazy about the stock market, it’s the time to sell your stock. If people don’t like to talk about their stocks, it’s the time for you to invest in the stock market.