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Monday, 17 August 2015

Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Videos

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to show you how much fun we have been having at Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. Our Vice President Public Relations, Mr. Lau Kheng Soon has compiled a few videos to capture some of the most beautiful moments of our club during the different meetings and fun events that were organized. Please follow the links below for an youtube preview:

Installation : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR3ZBUNJcvk

Most fun Toasmasters video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP3M-821rwA

Tampines Changkat in Palawan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXSrfNf8OCY

Halloween Chapter meeting : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wEj-bXAuvU

Keep watching this space for more updates on Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Day Trip to Johor Bahru

Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club is a dynamic and fun-loving group. Not only do we build tempo on stage and expose the audience to a roller coaster of emotions with our oratory but we also know how to let off steam when required and have tons of fun. We decided to hold one such fun filled event on 1st August, 2015 when our members went on a day-trip to Johor Bahru to shop, eat, get massages, relax and do whatever else the heart desired!

The members who decided to go were veteran power couple of our club Michael Wee and Chong Cheng Lee as well as our non-veteran yet equally dynamic members Coen Tan, Tia Maria, Ng Kin Foong, Zhuo Shuzhen, June Tan and last but not the least, Club President Gladys Tye.


The members met in the morning and drove down to Johor Bahru with a mood to have a blast. Ladies and gentlemen, I assure you that they achieved that very purpose with tons of shopping followed by relaxing massages to take care of their tired hands carrying all the shopping bags. The massages caused them to lose some energy which they regained by having a tasty – and not so healthy – and sumptuous lunch.

The toastmasters also decided to chart out their favourite food of the day (and they had a lot of food). The ones that in their opinions turned out to be the best were:

  • Hokkien Mee (Miachel, Tia, Shuzhen)
  • Salted Egg Prawn (Gladys, Shuzhen, Cheng Lee)
  • Old Cucumber Soup (Kin Foong)
  • Curry Fish Head (Cheng Lee)
  • Sam Sui Chicken (Coen)

The lunch session was perhaps summed up by Michael Wee with his favourite line from the Chinese classic “The Water Margin”:


“Give me pork, and make sure there’s a lot of fat in it!”


Oh and did we forget the durians???


It was a great day to de-stress and relax. We certainly hope that the Executive Committee will organize many more outings in future.

You can partially live out their experience through the photos but in my opinion, to truly live out the experience, do join us next time we go out again.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Introducing Co-Opted Member: Andrew Chen

Warm welcome, dear readers! Today’s segment on the Executive Committee introduction series focuses on a very special member. This person is part of the committee to advise everyone and let them draw from his treasure of experience. He is one of the most senior and revered members of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. Presenting Co-Opted member, Mr. Andrew Chen!

Andrew is one of the veterans of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club, who has been with the club from its earliest days through thick and thin, changes of location and name changes. He is also one of the most dedicated members of the club. Andrew has been known to help out any member during his time of need. In fact, many an appointment holder has been known to have gone and thanked Andrew for his support during the regular club meetings.

Serving in the Executive Committee is nothing new for Andrew. He has held several positions in the Executive Committee and has also served as an Area Governor. He has also been known to have effectively carried out his roles and duties even during crises in his professional life. As a result, it can be inferred that the Executive Committee has got one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable members in Andrew!

We had a quick chat with Andrew asking him about his reasons for joining the Executive Committee. Here is what he said:

1.      Why join the Executive Committee?

The Executive Committee is where I will learn leadership skills. I have served in Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club Executive Committee as Secretary, Vice President Education, Club President and moving beyond the Club as Area Governor. I have been co-opted into the Executive Committee team this term. I look forward to supporting the Executive Committee team and Club members to excel greater heights.

2.      What do you intend to gain from your role?

 I have imbibed life-long skills from Toastmasters and now am working to help my fellow members. I want to guide them to become effective leaders and be the pillars of the Club serving the members. These pillars will create a solid platform, a launching pad, for members to soar greater heights in their toastmasters journeys.

3.      How do you plan to help the club through your role?

I want to lead by example. To be an effective leader I must work hand in hand with my team, encourage and motivate them to be creative, carry out initiatives and at the same time retain the core values passed down by senior members.

4.      Any other thought you want to convey?

The Executive Committee members are the pillars and the hallmarks of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. The success of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club depends on having these pillars in managing the Club.

Keep coming back to this page, dear readers, for further updates on our incoming Executive Committee!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Introducing Club President: Gladys Tye

Greetings, dear readers! Today we shall introduce to you the captain of the incoming Executive Committee, the jewel of the crown, Club President Gladys Tye!

Gladys is one of the most charismatic and effective speakers of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club who keeps the audience in awe with her angelic charm while delivering messages full of substance and gravity. In addition, Gladys is also famous for being one of the most responsible members of the club. During her three month stint in Hawaii as part of her work responsibilities, Gladys continued her toastmasters journey in a club in Hawaii. In addition, she kept continuing her duties as Vice-President Education with the help of our very own Joe Wan (incoming Vice-President Education).

Having served in the executive committee for two consecutive years as the Club Secretary & Vice-President Education, Gladys is now embarking on a new journey to serve as the Club President. 

Nothing excites her more than new experiences and challenges that push her out of her comfort zone. She believes that happiness lies in finding pleasure and purpose in everyday life. She strives to seek happiness in the present moment and invest in her body, mind and soul. She jogs, swims and is always on a lookout for fun ways to sweat it out. She enjoys reading books and attending personal development courses to expand her mind. She enjoys her time with friends as much as her 'me' time for reflection to nourish her soul. 

We had a quick chat with Gladys on why she decided to take on the role of Club President. Here is what she said:

1.      Why join the Executive Committee?

I joined the Executive Committee two years ago with the intention of serving the club that has helped me achieved many breakthroughs in life. Every role requires a different skill set and by taking up the role as the Club Secretary and Vice-president of Education, my listening and organizational skills have improved leaps and bounds. This term, I decided to take up the challenge by taking up the role as the incoming club president.

2.      What do you intend to gain from your role?

There is no better way to develop one's leadership skills then to lead in a volunteer organization where one is stripped off one’s title and authority. I envision being a leader who serves members with passion and purpose.

3.      How do you plan to help the club through your role?

My personal goal for the term is to make Tampines Changkat Toastmasters the Club of Choice. A club that is known for its vibrant, exciting and positive energy. A club where members can express themselves freely, achieve breakthroughs in their lives and care for one another as a family. A club that collaborates with other clubs to create opportunities for members to venture and discover new ways of delivering speeches or handling an appointment role. A club that caters to members' educational needs and beyond. My focus is on teamwork and synergy. We have a team of dedicated Executive Committee members who will work closely to make that happen.
4.      Do you have any other message for our members?

Look forward to a new term filled with refreshed educational workshops, exciting overseas retreat & convention and more club gatherings. 

Keep coming back to this page, dear readers, for further updates on our incoming Exective Committee!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Introducing Immediate Past President: Ng Kin Foong

Warm welcome, dear readers, to the Executive Committee Introduction Series of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. Today we present to you the Immediate Past President of Our Club, Mr. Ng Kin Foong.

Kin Foong has been in the toastmasters circuit for the past few years and has grown to be a very powerful speaker. He is known for excellent eloquence, fantastic vocal variety and pace control. In addition, his speeches are laced with entertainment that hold the readers’ attention and send them home with important messages and learning.

Kin Foong is an example of a leader who demonstrates by doing. During his terms as Club President, Kin Foong has further strengthened the already strong family spirit in Tampines Changkat 

Toastmasters Club. In addition, he has personally contributed to the growth of each and every speaker by going and providing evaluations separately even if he was not a designated project evaluator for that speaker. During his term, members have experienced tremendous growth and new members have also gone on to represent the club in Area and Division contests.

Kin Foong is a successful businessman handling different companies. He is also trains people on how to speak. However, his busy schedule does not deter him from upholding his office as Club President. He is known to have attended a club meeting on the day that his car had an accident. Despite his busy schedule and his commitment towards his club members, Kin Foong has also continued his own growth at a rapid pace, having attained a triple crown this term.

It is a privilege of the incoming Executive Committee to have Ng Kin Foong provide them his experience and advice as Immediate Past President.

Presented below is a short interview with Kin Foong about his decision in serving Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club:

1. Why did you join the Executive Committee?

I wanted to grow as a leader as well as be of service to the club that I love. Time management is something that I wanted to get, so I took on the role of Vice-President Education and then Club President, despite a taxing schedule, to see how I can manage my time better. 

2. What do you want to gain personally from your role in the Executive Committee?

I experience life fully when I know that I am being of service, empowering and serving people around me. I get immense satisfaction when my fellow club members gain skills, knowledge, or confidence on being bigger and more powerful people.

3. How do you plan to help the club through your role?

I shall bring my experience to the current Executive Committee team, to help them through challenges that they may face in their roles. I shall also mentor members and conduct educational segments to help them level up their speaking skills.

4. Any other thought you want to convey?

Being of service to the club for the past 2 years has given me many memories and lots of training in public speaking and leadership. For those who are looking for how to grow as an individual in leadership and communication, joining the Executive Committee where a great leadership team can mentor you is a great chance to grow and serve at the same time.

Keep following this page for more updates on other members of the incoming Executive Committee.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Introducing Vice-President, Public Relations –II: Lau Kheng Soon

Greetings of the day, dear reader! Let me introduce to you today the second Vice President of Public Relations, Mr. Lau Kheng Soon. Kheng Soon is no stranger to the Executive Committee. In fact, he was a member of the outgoing Executive Committee as well, having served as the Sergeant-At-Arms. This term, Kheng Soon has decided to continue serving Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club in an Executive Committee role. In addition, Kheng Soon will carry forward his experience from having served in the earlier Executive Committee and help the current committee achieve even greater success.

Kheng Soon has been in the toastmasters circuit for a few years. However, in addition to his quality speeches, Kheng Soon is equally famous among the Singapore toastmasters circuit for his photography skills. Visitors to several speech contests as well as club installations often spot him running around, capturing every moment on film so that he can reproduce the moments and help his fellow toastmasters relive the memories.

Kheng Soon is an engineer by profession. His hobbies, as you have correctly guessed by now, are toastmasters and photography. As an icing on the cake, Kheng Soon is a devout family man and a proud father!

Presented below is a short interview with Kheng Soon about his decision of continuing in the Executive Committee:

1. Why did you join the Executive Committee?

My reason for joining the Executive Committee of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club remains the same as it was last year – Contribute wholeheartedly to the club that has helped me improve my communication and leadership capabilities. 

2. What do you want to gain personally from your role in the Executive Committee?

The Executive Committee is responsible for the execution of our club activities including club meetings, growth of membership, progress of education, organization of contests, etc. By being actively involved in these activities, I plan to improve my leadership, communication and presentation skills.

3. How do you plan to help the club through your role?

Proper conduct of the above mentioned club activities involve thorough understanding of the working of the club combined with sheer dedication on the part of the members. For my part, I plan to contribute ideas as and when they come and also help in their execution. In addition, as Vice-President of Public Relations, I plan to promote our club activities among members and non-members alike. I also plan to use my photography skills in capturing special moments of both Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club as well as several other clubs in the toastmasters circuit.

Coming soon: Introduction of the of the other members of incoming Executive Committee 2015-16.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Introducing Club Treasurer: Law Jia Hong

A very warm welcome, dear readers, to the ongoing introduction series of our incoming Executive Committee. Today, I present to you one of the most hard-working, diligent and assiduous toastmasters to have joined Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. He is none other than our Treasurer, Mr. Law Jia Hong!

Jia Hong is the youngest member of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. He is full of positive energy and enthusiasm that he very actively uses in accomplishing his toastmaster goals. Jia Hong is one of the most pro-active toastmasters around who frequents different clubs in the toastmasters circuit in Singapore about three or four times a week. He has been growing his speaking and leadership skills as well as titles at one of the fastest rates known to our club. In addition, Jia Hong is the recipient of the Most Improved Toastmaster Award (MITA) for the last session (January – June 2016).

Fresh out of National Service and about to join Singapore Management University, Jia Hong divides his free time among his speeches in different clubs, several leadership activities, a job in his university campus, his passion for art and now activities as the treasurer of our club. In addition, Jia Hong often takes up the additional responsibility of organizing ad-hoc chapter meetings, as and when they take place, for the growth of our members.

Jia Hong is a man who likes to come straight to the point. Presented below is a short interview with about his reasons for joining the Executive Committee:

Why join the Executive Committee?

Because I want to learn more about the functions of the club as well as its intricacies and challenges. This way I shall be able to serve our members in a more fulfilling and better fashion. 

What do you intend to gain from your role?

From my role as Treasurer of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club, I intend to develop a more nuanced understanding of club function and organization. In addition, I intend to develop a more practical and detailed appreciation for finance and accounting that will help me in my course of study in university.

How do you plan to help the club through your role?

Management of financial resources is one of the most challenging jobs that an Executive Committee member has. 
This is a very important role since not only does it involve handling money that members have contributed, but it also necessitates proper accounting of all income and expenditure since it puts the reputation of our club at stake. As a result, I intend to use the club funds wisely and keep accounts updated and regular to the last cent spent.  

Any other thought you want to convey?

Dollars and Sense is not pretty, but essential.

Ladies and gentlemen, keep following this page for more information on the rest of the Executive Committee, 2015-16 in the coming week.