Club Meeting on 21 May 2019

Shirley Childs gave a toast to the club officers stepping down and the future club officers for 2019-2020. We were reminded that serving as a club officer was a voluntary unpaid activity, which is why it’s important to recognise and support our club officers.

“Zeal” was the Word of the Night, presented by Clare Fraga.

Table Topics

Johnny Manolelis forced us to think not only on our feet, but to think big, with his impromptu questions.

  • Tell your secret. How do you get your hands on 3 billion dollars net worth?
  • You are the CEO of Coca Cola. Explain how you will increase your turnover by 100 percent in the next 2 years?
  • You own 48 million dollars in new lottery created. You need to spend it in one week. What’s your action plan?

Hospital Waiting Rooms, Vicky Mina

Vicky recounted an amusing story about getting blu-tack stuck in one of her ears, which totally blocked her hearing in that ear. She went to the hospital, believing that it would be a quick fix. T incident went much longer than expected, but it was fixed in the end and Vicky learnt to be more careful with using blu-tack as her ear plugs.

What I learned about my son’s violin, Helena Zhang

Helena explained the benefits of learning a musical instrument, such as improving your concentration and math skills, and reducing anxiety and stress. She used her son’s violin lessons as an example. Initially, her son was interested with violin, but later wanted to give up because of the steep learning curve. But once the initial learning curve is overcome, Helena believes that her son will appreciate the beauty of the musical instrument.

Interview practice run, Jagath Peiris

Jagath delivered an job interview role play, where he was a job candidate and an audience member was the interviewer. The interview questions included “how your experience relates to this position”, “what are your strengths”, and “tell me a difficult situation in your career and how you managed it”.

Will You Marry Me? Christopher Tso

Christopher presented a marriage proposal to his girlfriend. This was also a role play with an audience member, who volunteered to be the girlfriend listening to his proposal. Christopher reminisced how he met Molly, and the conflicts they had to deal with early in the relationship. The conflicts actually made the bond much stronger between them. And they were now at a stage where they both trust, understand and appreciate each other so much that it feels like they’re married already, even though it’s not on paper yet.

Club Meeting on 12 May 2019

Madness

Helena Zhang provided our Toast by referring to peace. She was inspired by a recent trip to Japan where she got in touch with some of her family history. Reflecting on what war has cost Japan and the rest of the world, perhaps war is the greatest madness?

The word of the night was presented by Mark Paton – “Indispensable”. He took a humorous approach to referring to certain club members as indispensable.

Laughmaster

Clare Fraga introduced us to a naughty pet parrot. The owner of the parrot soon grew tired of the parrot’s behaviour and eventually reached a point of frustration, by throwing the parrot in the freezer! Surprisingly, the parrot was extremely apologetic, promising never to act out of line again. Just to not end up like the frozen chicken.

The Value of Building High Esteem – Johnny Manolelis

“How many of you believe in yourself?” Johnny hypothesised that low self-esteem could be the root to many problems. Using the example of the Golden Buddha which emerged from clay, he provided an informative summary of self esteem. With practical tips, Johhny challenged the room to make improvements to their own self-esteem.

Don’t talk, Just do it! – William Leong

Whilst never knowing how to play music, William has always appreciated. When the opportunity arose, he requested his children to learn instruments. William demonstrated he was a fierce, yet passionate father in his request. But he soon learned that his kids could teach him to follow his own advice as they coerced him into learning the saxophone himself. No excuses allowed.

Social Anxiety – Mel Colgar

Mel reflected an anxiety that many of us have experience before, i.e. navigating the awkward world of professional networking events. For something that can generate so many benefits in our social and professional lives, why do we avoid it? She provided some useful tactics to assist with the challenge, including; having a target, taking the leap, valuing the other person’s insights, and how to contact them later. Mel hopes to provide an update on how she progresses in achieving her professional goals.

Club Executive Elections

We elected the new club executive for 2019/20. The election was a success, and the new executive below will takeover from 1st July 2019.

President – Clare Fraga
VP of Education – Vicky Mina
VP of Membership – Johnny Manolelis
VP of Public Relations – Matthew Anderson
Secretary – Christopher Tso
Treasurer – Helena Zhang
Sergeant at Arms – Mark Paton
Immediate Past President – Christopher Tso