Newsletter 3 2016-2017
BTMC President Message Dear readers, How many of you were babies when you were first born? How many of you remember your childhood, your hopes and expectations, your dreams when you grow up, things you wanted to do when you become an adult? Plans that seemed to be flawless at the time? How many of you grew up to realize that â€œgrowing upâ€? is a must and not a choice, but sustaining your anticipations, satisfying your expectations, fulfilling your dreams, are all absolutely a matter of your choice, your choice to believe in them, your choice to evolve yourself to achieve them, your choice to change yourself and rise above all challenges and limitations to accomplish them, your choice to know that not all that you plan for would always be attainable, your choice to know when to change your track, your choice to realize when to duck, your choice to decide when to take a detour, and perhaps, your choice to give up and make a stop. 2
TM Arfan Nateq We at Bapco Toastmasters Club, and over the years, have certainly come to realize and learn new techniques and different ways of growing, reaching and not preaching, helping and not judging, rising and not criticizing. We have certainly built positive approaches and habits of thought among ourselves as a team and within ourselves as individuals. We shall continue growing up for as long as we live, aiming in becoming better people, better friends and a better community. March 17
Area 35 Director was a senior, the teacher asked him to write about what he wanted to be when he grew up. He did not hesitate a minute and wrote a seven-page paper about his dream to be an owner of a horse ranch, he wrote many details and drew a location of buildings and stables and even detailed house plan. Two days later, he received his paper back with letter “F” on the front page.
TM Sarah Faqihi Dear Toastmasters, With the approach of the last quarter of this term 2016-2017, it gives me great pleasure to address you once again. In spite of what we have achieved so far, the road is well paved ahead of us to progress further and for others to come on board. Allow me to share this short story with you, “As he was a kid, his father as a horse trainer was moving from one stable to another, from ranch to another, training horses. Thus, the boy’s school career was constantly interrupted. One day, when the boy 3
After class he came to the teacher and asked: “Why did I receive an F?” the teacher responded: “This dream is so unrealistic for a boy like you, who has no money, no resources, and who comes from itinerant family. There is no possibility that you will reach your great goals one day.” Then, the teacher offered him to rewrite the paper with more realistic attitude. The boy went home and asked his father how he should act. The father answered: “This decision is very important for you. So you have to make your own mind on this.” After several days, the boy brought the same paper March 17
Area 35 Director-Continuation back to his teacher. No changes were made. He said: “Keep the F and I will keep my dream.” That boy, with name of Montry Roberts, owns today a 4,000 square feet house in middle of a 200 acre horse ranch and he still has that school paper, which now is framed over a fireplace.” Remember, we as Toastmasters always have a dream of becoming a better person and help others to do so. We always work and progress to achieve the best in us, to shine and strive to be better speakers of what we were yesterday. Take the lesson of this story with you. Never let an obstacle, a negative remark, a failure to stand in your way to success.
Area 35 Director-Continuation
Area 35 Speech Contest Chairman generous sponsorship of this event. Without their support and generosity this event would not have been possible. I joined Toastmaster in 2007 and since 2008 until now I have been part of 10 consecutive Area 35 Annual Speech Contests. From the first one until now I have not missed any and I have always been involved with this event as a contest chair, contestant, volunteer, Area Governor, and chairperson.
TM Waleed Othman It gives me great pleasure and I was honored to be the Chairperson for 2016-2017 Area 35 Annual Speech Contest. In the beginning let me start by congratulating all the contestants for reaching this stage and wish them all the best in this and future contests and hope that they will go all the way to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. As our theme “Sparks of Brilliance” states, indeed I saw the brilliance sparks on the stage on that night. Also, I would like to acknowledge here and thank The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) for their 6
Over the years, this event has always been a huge success, and the standard of the contest and its contestants has always been high. In whatever category, we were amazed with the talents that we witnessed and we saw their brilliance sparkling on the stage. The strength of Area 35 comes from the strength of its clubs, and the strength of the club is surly derived from the strength of its members. WMC, Bapco TMC, FC Mabuhay and Banagas TMC thank you for all your efforts in providing for your members the right environment for them to flourish. We in Bapco Toastmasters Club have deleted the word “NO” from our vocabulary in order to maintain the Toastmasters spirit of giving back to other March 17
Area 35 Speech Contest Chairman- Cont’d
members what we have gained from Toastmasters, so whenever we are called upon to take part in any Toastmasters event our answer is always “YES”. Area 35 contestants have spent at lot of time and effort in preparing themselves for this event and they deserve our full attention to their performance, we encouraged them and supported them all the way, as their success is our success. They really deserve this from all of us. As you may all know, to put an event such as this together requires the efforts of a lot of people, and during the planning of this event the organizers faced a lot of hurdles 7
which with the persistence and hard work they were able to overcome. In conclusion I would like to acknowledge and thank each and every individual who participated in the success of this event. Very special thank goes for the very dynamic members in the organizing committee, Area 35 Director TM Sarah Faqihi, TM Arfan Nateq and TM Mahmood Mirza, who worked effortlessly to ensure that this event will be as successful as previous years. Without their dedication this event would not have been possible.
Not the Trophies, But the Story TM Fatima Hussain-First Winner International Speech Not the trophy, but the story behind it... I was warmly welcomed at my first BTMC meeting, and soon I felt like a part of the Toastmasters family. I still remember my first speech when I spoke very quickly about my addiction -to happiness that is-. I received lots of encouragement and positive feedback. From then on, I have been on a learning rollercoaster. Every member in the club taught me something new, whether it’s on voice modulation, body movement or the power of pauses. As I developed to be a better speaker, my mentor, TM Ali Shaker set me on a fast track to be able to compete and then guided me to not just perform speeches but to deliver powerful messages. I had high hopes going into my first contest season with the Club’s support. I feel honored to be part of the unprecedented series of wins at the Area contest, where BTMC received the maximum number of trophies. Winning the International Speech Contest and becoming the 1st runner up in the Table Topics was a fruit of teamwork. Every feedback, suggestion, complement or a thumbs up I received had an impact on my performances. So, I thank you BTMC members. Competing in the Club and Area, and soon the Division, taught me that great speeches are not written, but re-written. 8
A good speech must be edited and improved every time it is performed. It is an art. I also felt that the real joy in competing is not in winning but in spreading a worthwhile message. The story behind my trophies is the story of “inspiring progress” at the Bapco Toastmasters Club.
BTMC Comfort Zone First Winner Evaluation Speech
TM Khalid Abdulla Fellow toastmasters, it was once said “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone” – Michael John Bobak. My short toastmasters journey takes me back to my childhood when my comfort zone was my own house. My parents were very skeptical for letting me go play outside the house. I’m the eldest among my brothers and sister so it was very difficult for them to let me explore the environment alone. Until I was 12, I never trusted myself that I can reach end of the Muharraq Souq road (Souq is the Bahraini Arabic word for a series of shops). I still remember the day I used my bike and gathered my full strength and drove till the end of the road. That day was a model for me that I can control my fears if I focus enough on what I really want to do. That sense of achievement made me cross the distance and as I crossed more I grew more. 9
This same experience is what happened to me this year in toastmasters. I crossed so many fear boarders and I’m still crossing. I feel I grew this year in toastmasters more than any other year in my 3 years old toastmasters journey. It started with my acceptance of the VPPR role in the club. Then being the Division K PR Manager which was quite a jump for a newbie like me. Then accepting the Head of PR role in COT2 and later the same role in BTAC-A. Now I’m working with the DTAC PR and Marketing group as Deputy DTAC PR & Marketing leader. All those jumps were huge but they weren’t apparently the biggest of all.
BTMC Comfort Zone-Cont’d
When I thought of competing in the BTMC annual contest, I had no intention what so ever to qualify to next step. Deep inside, I wanted to get the third place trophy as a token of achievement but never thought I will win the first place in evaluation and second runner up in international. The biggest challenge for my club comfort zone when the day came to compete in the Area 35 Contest. My confidence in my evaluation skills was at its peak but the experience of speaking in front of strangers and worst to compete has never occurred to me. I approached the stage and I didn’t do as I expected in my full potential but I ended up winning the second runner up for the evaluation speech contest! I never even dreamt of getting up into that level. But this built confident in me now and I will definitely compete next year and years to come. Comparing the sense of achievement when I reached the end of Muarraq Souq and competing on Area 35 Contest stage had one thing in common and it goes back to my initial quote; “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone”. Such moments will stick in mind forever and I will keep on challenging my fears and growing my confidence to believe that I can be anything I put my focus on. I also invite you fellow toastmasters to do the same and I assure you, you will gather unforgettable memories which will fuel your self-confidence to excel. 10
How I learned Englishâ€Ś TM Saleh Ali Saleh-First Winner Humorous Speech According to my teacher, the most constructive method of learning English is to read newspapers published in English Language. Initially, one might encounter some difficulties but with the passage of time, this process will be both interesting and effective. Newspapers have the most upto-date vocabulary. My dear teacher, I respect your opinion but let me share my experience on how I learned English. I started to learn A B C in fourth grade. I thought that English stops at Yes and No. There was where I started dreaming about English, day by day, years passing and the dream is still jumping in my mind every time I watch a movie or see a man talking in English. I had a dream on Wednesday, 7th of April 2010, the day I joined the Toastmasters; to speak English. Yes, that was my dream. From day one, Bapco Toastmasters family made me feel like I was born to speak English. A man knows only YES and NO, they have supported me, they encouraged me, and they showed me that English starts with YES and NO, but never ends there. This is what I believed in and I am going to make it come true. No matter how bad is my English, Iâ€™m here to learn. I am going to rock the stage. I will represent the possibility, that Bapco Toastmasters family make the members live their dreams. 11
In February my dream started to come true in the Area Contest when I won the second runner-up in International Speech and the first in Humorous Speech contests. My dear teacher, I believe that Bapco Toastmasters Club is the most constructive method of learning English. I would like to thank each and every one in BTMC for their support. Bapco Toastmasters wakes you up and let you stop dreaming, because it make your dreams a reality.
The Importance of the CL-Manual page.
This sketch identifies the importance to start and progress in the Leadership track in order to achieve the Distinguish Toastmaster-DTM.
TM Hussain M.Karim During the terms that I was handling the post Vice President Education-VPED, I observed that most of the club members are not progressing with their manuals and other members are not realizing its importance in the Toastmasters journey. This is not in our lovely club, however; its an issue of most of the clubs. Today I’m bring up this topic in order to briefly introduce the CL-Manual function, projects and benefits. The Toastmasters offers two tracks to build up your skills and let it keep growing. The first track “Communication Track” is to develop you presentation skills and the second track is “Leadership Track” which started with the CL-Manual. For the stages of each track refer to the Toastmasters International Educational System sketch next 12
The CL-Manual stands for the Competent Leadership Manual which is considered as an education module to provide the member with opportunities to build their leadership skills by serving in various Toastmasters meeting roles. This basically consist of 10 projects listed as following: 1. Listening and Leadership 2. Critical Thinking 3. Giving Feedback 4. Time Management 5. Planning and Implementation 6. Organizing and Delegating 7. Developing Your Facilitation Skills 8. Motivating People 9. Mentoring 10. Team Building For each of the above projects, you are required a minimum of 2 to 3 roles to be performed during the meeting. These roles to be assigned and approved by the club Vice President Education and evaluated by one of the club members. March 17
The Importance of the CL-Manual
Toastmaster International Educational System For instance the first project â€œListening and Leadershipâ€? consist of 4 roles of Speech Evaluator, Grammarian, Ah Counter and Table Topics Speaker. To complete this project you have to handle any 3 of the 4 roles. The same are carried for the remaining 9 projects. There is a projects completion record table available along the manual to track and record the progress. To complete the entire manual, the member is required to perform the list of the roles as following: Role
No. of Times
Table Topics Master
Master of the Evening
Helping organize club special event
Befriend a guest at the meeting
Mentor existing member
The Importance of the CL-Manual To encourage the members to progress through their CL-Manual especially they are already accepting and performing most of the roles; however, they either are not aware to assign their manual to another member for evaluation or they are not bothered. My humble message to each member whose attending and accepting roles during each meeting to take advantage of these roles and start filling you manual. Bring your Competent Leadership manual to every meeting Plan with the VPE to program your leadership project Read Before you begin Ask a member to evaluate you for the role completed during the meeting Ask the VPE to sign off completed projects Last but not least, the benefits are very vital in short and long term: o o o
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You will be a better leader You will learn by fulfilling club leadership roles You will achieve your Competent Leader Certificate/ award The Toastmasters International will send official announcement letter to your employer. 1 DCP point for your club March 17
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 231 “Welcome 2017”
Bapco Toastmasters Club held its meeting No. 231 on Wednesday 28th of December 2016. In line with Bapco’s culture, the meeting started with a SHEQ moment delivered by TM Yousif Shehab. The Grammarian of the night was TM Fatema Husain who introduced the word of the day which was “Tenacious”. The Timer was TM Khalid Abdulla and the Ah-counter was TM Yousif Shehab. The Master of Ceremonies role was taken by TM Fatima Darwish exploring the theme of the night “Welcome 2017”. There were four speakers on the night with the following prepared speeches: “91 or 95” by TM Hassan Al Ashoor, “Touch your words” by TM Abdulla Hijazi, “Cancer” by TM Mahmood Mirza, and “We are different” by TM Waleed Othman. The speeches were evaluated by the following members respectively: TM Nasreen Ahmed, TM Dr. Syed Raza, TM Hussain A. Karim and TM Husain Fawzi. The Table Topics session was conducted by TM Zahra Mohsin where two impromptu speeches were presented by TM Ali Shaker and TM Sarah Faqihi. The General Evaluator of the night was TM Mohammed Al Mutawa. The winners were announced at the end of the meeting and were awarded by Club President TM Arfan Nateq: TM Waleed Othman for the best speaker, TM Husain Fawzi for the best Evaluator and TM Sarah Faqihi for the best Table Topics speaker. The club was honored with the visit of Division K Director TM Dr. Thuraya Juma and Division A Director DTM Sayed Abbas. The club received the “Lead and Win” award which was handed by Division K Director TM Dr. Thuraya Juma to BTMC’s President TM Arfan Nateq. One of the meeting surprises was a poem recited by the young Sarah, TM Hassan Al Ashoor’s daughter. She was awarded at the end of the meeting for her courage to confidently stand in front of an audience. 15
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 231 “Welcome 2017”
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 232 “Stage Time: Evaluation and Humorous Contests”
Bapco Toastmasters Club held its meeting No. 232 on Wednesday 11th of January 2017. It was the Club’s annual contest for Evaluation and Humorous speeches. In line with Bapco’s culture, the meeting started with a SHEQ moment delivered by TM Waleed Othman. The Timers were TM Hisham Moosa and TM Hassan Al Ashoor. The Master of Ceremonies was TM Ghassan Al Mahmood exploring the theme of the night “Stage Time: Evaluation and Humorous Contests”. The Evaluation Contest Chair was TM Fatema Husain. There were eight participants for the Evaluation Contest: TM Shaikha Ahmed, TM Hussain A. Karim, TM Hussain Fawzi, TM A. Redha Nawrooz, TM Khalid Abdulla, TM Zahra Mohsin, TM Dr. Syed Raza and TM Nasreen Ahmed. The Target Speaker was TM Zahra Dagher. The Humorous Contest Chair was TM Hussain Al Daylami. There were four participants in the Humorous Contest: TM A. Hadi AlAttar, TM Yousif Shehab, TM Saleh Ali Saleh, and TM Abdulla Hijazi. The winners were announced at the end of the meeting. For the Evaluation Contest, the first place winner was TM Khalid Abdulla, the first runner up was TM A. Redha Nawrooz, and the second runner up was TM Nasreen Ahmed. For the Humorous Contest, the first place winner was TM A. Hadi Al Attar, the first runner up was TM Saleh Ali, and the second runner up was TM Abdulla Hijazi. The top two winners in each category represented the Club in Area 35 contest held on 10th of February.
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 232 â€œStage Time: Evaluation and Humorous Contestsâ€?
The winners were announced at the end of the meeting. For the Evaluation Contest, the first place winner was TM Khalid Abdulla; the first runner up was TM A. Redha Nawrooz; and the second runner up was TM Nasreen Ahmed, for the Humorous Contest, the first place winner was TM A. Hadi Al Attar; the first runner up was TM Saleh Ali; and the second runner up was TM Abdulla Hijazi. We wish the winners all the best in the Area 35 Contest on 10th of February. 18
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 233 “Stage Time: Table Topics and International Contests”
Bapco Toastmasters Club held its meeting No. 233 on Wednesday 25th of January 2017. The meeting was a special meeting for the club’s Table Topics and International Speech Contests. In line with Bapco’s culture, the meeting started with a SHEQ moment delivered by TM Ahmed Al Balooshi. The Master of Ceremonies was TM Arfan Nateq exploring the theme of the night “All Contestants Are Winners”. The Table Topics Contest Chair was TM Waleed Othman. There were six participants for the Table Topics: TM Saleh Ali, TM Khalid Abdulla, TM Abdul Redha Nawrooz, TM Dr. Syed Raza, TM Fatema Husain, and TM Husain Fawzi. The International Speech Contest Chair was TM Majeed Dhaif. There were six participants as well in the International Speech Contest: TM Hassan Al Ashoor, TM Fatema Husain, TM Nasreen Ahmed, TM Ashraf Al Khayat, TM Khalid Abdulla, and TM Saleh Ali Saleh. The winners were announced at the end of the meeting. For the Table Topics Contest, the first place winner was TM Fatema Husain, the first runner up was TM A. Redha Nawrooz, and the second runner up was TM Husain Fawzi. For the International Speech Contest, the first place winner was TM Fatema Husain, the first runner up was TM Saleh Ali, and the second runner up was TM Khalid Abdulla. The top two winners in each category represented the Club in Area 35 contest held on 10th of February.
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 233 “Stage Time: Table Topics and International Contests”
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 234 “Ignite Team Spirit” Bapco Toastmasters Club held its meeting No. 234 on Wednesday 8th of February 2017. In line with Bapco’s culture, the meeting started with a SHEQ moment delivered by TM Hassan Al Ashoor. The Grammarian of the night was TM Hussain A. Karim who introduced the word of the day which was “Exotic”. The Timer was TM Hussain Al Dailami and the Ah-counter was TM Rossana Quiroz. The Master of Ceremonies role was taken by TM Nasreen Ahmed exploring the theme of the night “Ignite Team Spirit”. There were four speakers on the night with the following prepared speeches: “Quest for Happiness” by TM Dr. Syed Raza; “Enchanted Mountain” by DTM Alex Ginete; “Click” by TM Fatema Husain; and “Great Wall” by TM A. Hadi Al Attar. The speeches were evaluated by the following members respectively: TM Khalid Abdulla, and TM A. Redha Nawrooz. As for the Table Topics session which was conducted by TM Arfan Nateq, the speeches were presented by the following speakers: TM Abdulla Hijazi, TM Fatema Husain and TM A. Redha Nawrooz. The General Evaluator of the night was TM Zainab Salman. The winners were announced at the end of the meeting and were awarded by Club President TM Arfan Nateq: DTM Alex Ginete for the best speaker; TM A. Redha Nawrooz for the best Evaluator and TM Fatema Husain for the best Table Topics speaker. 21
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 234 “Ignite Team Spirit”
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 235 “Volunteering”
Bapco Toastmasters Club held its meeting No. 235 on Wednesday 22nd of February 2017. In line with Bapco’s culture, the meeting started with a SHEQ moment delivered by TM Hassan Al Ashoor. The Grammarian of the night was TM Abdulla Hijazi who introduced the word of the day which was “Fancy”. The Timer was TM Ali Shaker and the Ah-counter was TM Yousif Mahfood. The Master of Ceremonies role was taken by TM Hussain A. Karim exploring the theme of the night “Volunteering”. There were three speakers on the night with the following prepared speeches: “Marshmallow” by TM Hassan Al Ashoor; “Toastmasters International” by TM Sarah Faqihi; and “Inflection Points” by TM Hussain Fawzi. The speeches were evaluated by the following members respectively: TM Ali Shaker, TM Abdul Hadi Al Attar and TM Fatema Husain. As for the Table Topics session which was conducted by TM Nasreen Ahmed, the speeches were presented by the following speakers: TM Ali Shaker, TM Fatema Husain and TM Abdul Hadi Al Attar. The General Evaluator of the night was TM Arfan Nateq. The winners were announced at the end of the meeting and were awarded by Club President TM Arfan Nateq: TM Hussain Fawzi for the best speaker; TM Fatema Husain for the best Evaluator and for the best Table Topics speaker.
Bapco Toastmasters Club Meeting 235 “Volunteering”
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