Club Meeting on 21-Apr-2020

Tonight we had our third virtual meeting via Zoom, with the theme of the night being ‘World Earth Day.’ We had an attendance of 18 people, including our long-time member Shirley Childs and area director Ashwani Mangla.

Toast

Helena gave a toast regarding the theme of Earth day, and explained the importance of being mindful and cherishing our natural environment. It was an emotional and touching toast.

Word of the night

Raj introduced us to the word ‘macrocosm’, which was defined as the whole of a complex structure.

Laughmaster

Aanchal shared a humourous anecdote about the times her name was mispronounced. She has been called an angel, an uncle and achee! (sorry I sneezed while typing this)

Table Topics

Jonathan was the table topics master for the night, and he centred his questions around the theme.

Some of his questions included:

  • What is something easy you could do tomorrow to start helping the environment?
  • Would you rather live without a car or without paper for the rest of your life?
  • Do you think it is your responsibility to care about the environment?

The members who were chosen answered these questions very creatively and it got everyone thinking about their role in helping save the earth!

Prepared Speeches

For the 2nd half of the night, there were 3 speakers for the prepared speeches portion.

My 3 tests during self isolation – Helena’s speech was a candid and humourous insight into the struggles a mother can experience during self isolation. Helena’s soft but expressive style of speaking kept us engaged and we all were able to identify with aspects of her tests.

Know yourself – Clare’s speech topic was about her explanation of enneagrams, and her objective was to be able to respond effectively to disruptive audience members during her speech.  There were several different distractions, including audience member’s interrupting and even a rogue screen-share, but nothing phased Clare and she completed her objective smoothly.

Habit change/life change – Alicia explained to us about the process of building habits and the impact’s it can have on one’s life. She spoke about her own personal weight-loss journey that ended up not only transforming her weight but also transforming into a 2nd career. Alicia then spoke about how the pandemic had improved her habits of cooking and childcare.

Conclusion

All in all, it was a very enjoyable meeting with great interjections from Shirley during the course of the night, advising us on Earth Day and reminding us to do our part for the environment!

Club Meeting on 7-Apr-2020

Tonight, we had the second virtual meeting via Zoom with a contemporary theme – World Health Day. We had an amazing attendance of 17 people, including one visitor brought by our new member, Jonathan.

Toast

At the beginning of the meeting, Molly made a very touching and uplifting toast to health. During this incredibly difficult time, everyone seems to realise and cherish many things that we take as granted before the pandemic, for instance, health. We paid our respect to our frontline health professionals who are selflessly committed to confront the pandemic, fight the virus and save lives.

Table Topics

At the table topic section, Helena asked members to use their imagination and picture their normal but wonderful life post-Covid-19.

Questions like:

  • what holiday destination would you go after the lockdown,
  • what career choice you would like to make after the lockdown,
  • who would be your first guest to have dinner with after the lockdown.

It’s interesting but not surprising that a common element was brought among answers from various members – outdoors. Let’s embrace nature and meet our loved ones as soon as the whole virus thing is over!

Prepared Speeches

In the second half of the meeting, we enjoyed three great speeches: two icebreakers and one level 1 speech.

Our first speaker, Aanchal made her first speech “twenty-four years in six minutes” in which she talked about her childhood, her high school years, her college life and finally, her passion on public speaking.

Our second icebreaker was presented by Jonathan with the title “to what degree should a government be able to improve its will upon its citizen?!” A very controversial and deep question to ask during this pandemic era. In his speech, Jonathan discussed the differences between authoritarian vs libertarian governments. He inspired the audience to discuss which one might be a better system for pandemic control.

Andre was our last speaker of the night. In his speech, he showed everyone some beautiful photos and shared four tips on photography, namely: tools, light, direction and pose or not pose.

Happy Easter!

The night ended with warm greeting among members to each other – stay well, Happy Easter & we will “meet” in two weeks time!