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!

Club Meeting on 10-Mar-2020

“Awesome” was the theme of tonight’s meeting. Indeed we had an awesome gathering with four visitors and our regular members.

Alicia, who was just inducted as a member, delivered her first Toast about “awesome”.

Ross taught us a very special Word of the Night “wabi sabi”, which means imperfection in Japanese.

Table Topics

During the Table Topics session, every participant was given a statement, and asked talk about why they agree with the statement in the first half of their statement, and why they disagree in the second half of their speech. Our six speakers all did interesting and inspiring short speeches within 1:30 minutes. Here were some of the questions:

  • Happiness comes from within
  • It’s better to be born as a man
  • You can achieve anything you want if you put your mind to it

Prepared Speeches

In the second half of the meeting, we had three speakers from various levels in Pathways.

“Don’t talk. Just do it”. William, the speaker, represented the club in the area contest and won the first place of humorous speech few weeks ago. He practised his speech in the meeting and gathered valuable feedback from his peers and visitors which hopefully would help him make further improvement in the next round of the contest.

“Risk, Reward and Regret”. Chris, the speaker, did a spontaneous speech, but full of wisdom and humour. At the end of the speech, we all self-tested our maths levels and learnt valuable lessons on stock investment.

“Covid-19”. Mark talked about a contemporary issue, and once again, he did a wonderful job in researching, preparing and delivering his speech. We all learnt the virus “inside out” after his speech.

At the end of the meeting, our four guests made valuable comments and we sincerely hope they will come back and visit us again!