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ISSUE 3 2011 District 79, Division P area 75

Bat Newsletter

Contest Season

We Meet every last Friday of every month, 9.00 am BSTD Hall Adliya - kingdom of Bahrain

President’s message Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters

Building trust and hope is an easy job, comparing to reshaping it after losing it. Confidence, Courage and Creativity ….. all these qualities will disappear if you don‘t have trust and hope. For us, when we divided our thoughts into action, 24 hours in a day was not sufficient. We were struggling to manage things in days and months. The same eventful, inventive, ingenious individuals became action less-―no imagination‖ & ―nothing to do‖! Just browsing the web pages, making and attending calls, chit chats-lost confidence, faith…. Let us take the Himalayan task to bring the trust and hope- to ourselves, to our families, to our society and nations at large. What best we can do to the society in the occasion of turmoil?

TM Kamal Mohiyuddin, President, Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters

Everyone is a winner, self competing is the best competition for self improvement. This is BATs 3rd newsletter of the term 2010-2011, this is as special as the other editions. Its theme is about CONTESTS. Since all the toastmasters club in Bahrain are having contest season starting from club contests to area contest to division to district till the big contest that happens in USA to pick an international speaker every year. In this edition we are presenting special articles about contest, I hope you benefit from it and learn new things. And don‘t forget to check the pictures on the last pages our 3rd issue. Contest season is important, the best entertaining season in toastmasters, where the audience get entertained by speakers speeches, speakers perform their best, and the contest allow members of all the clubs to meet in area, division and district contest. For more information you can contact is through our Email :

Or visit our site: Fakhira Syed VPPR “Vise President of Public Relations” of BAT Contact details: 39337116

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Let’s Begin The contest

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Hold on. Count: One, Two and Three. By DTM Alex Ginete Can you remember a time when, in front of many people, you felt so embarrassed by someone? I do. I can recall a few instances. This, I will share, is a real nasty encounter that till today, intermittently flashes and reverberates into my recollection as if to take me back to the learned lessons. Then, I was young, naïve and devoid of the wisdom and experience to deal with the circumstances. In that occasion, a colleague started to ‗pull my leg‘ right in front of friends. I plead with an expression to stop his action, but to no avail. Despite the mockery, I tried to stay composed. As I hear laughter growing louder and rather more boisterous, I started to feel what I perceive as strident noise

right through my inner ears. I clench my fist to hold further to any corporeal act I may not control---and even talked to myself and said “Hold on Alex. Count: One, Two, Three!” But before long, I could not pay attention anymore. My face felt numbed. My body stiffened. I was simply stunned—literally. All I could comprehend was that everyone was laughing to their tears with my prime aggressor face in front of me with his slight. My person was violated and I must defend it. My ultimate reaction was to give swift punch on his face! I did. And there goes my aggressor, down and out. Out? Not necessarily--because that day, I was suspended from school. No questions asked.

person in you and the better person in your adversary. No matter what happens, we all have the ability to raise to the challenge and ourselves winners. Now, when you are in such situation, simply:

Hold on

Today, in similar moments, I still talk to myself and say “Hold on Alex. Count One, Two, Three!” I still experience the numbing of my face. But when I thought I could not take it anymore, instead of handing out a „punch in the face‟, I simply „pinch my face‟ till it hurts. When it starts to hurt, I know I am back in my true senses. In today‘s murky and sometimes overcast milieu the natural reaction to an unexpected reversal of expectations is to feel stunned, shocked, and angry, as if you have just been punched in the emotional solar plexus. But any not-so-welltaught reaction can bring about further animosities and eventually departure from the norms. No matter what happens, always remember of the thoroughly good

Count: One, Two and Three. Then, take that pinch in your face, till it hurts!”

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Then, I was young, naïve and devoid of control. But could such ridicules justify my action? No! By all means, never! Any such mockery perceived or otherwise, and no matter how severe does not at all deserve a „punch in the face‟.

CLUB CONTESTS Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters

Dear BATs, since the inception of BAHRAIN TOASTMASTERS CLUB, we did have difficulties in identifying adequate number of contestants for BAT club contests every year but in my records, this term was the worst since there had been less than 4 contestants in all contests and in particular only two contestants for International Speech Contest. This not only shows that the members were lethargic towards the contests but also proves that there has been no much motivation from the officers. I really regret for having been absent for all the club contests of this term but this was unavoidable due to my vacation period falling at the same time. Besides not knowing how many and who the contestants were, I was really shocked when no one was publishing even who the winners were in each category of contests and until now even those contestants are not aware who won which place. It is also so unfortunate that even those won and suitable for Area level

contests cannot proceed to that level for various reasons and ultimately, since there was no possibility of having at least five contestants in each category, the club has lost the opportunity of sending two contestants in each category. And what's more, even the first place winners have chosen to contest thru their home clubs and the second place winners were also could not be promoted due to various reasons.

All in all, I very much regret for have been absent in two BAT meetings, especially when the club contests were held but very humbly request the BA Toastmasters to please unite and work together to make this club a GREAT 'ADVANCED' CLUB. DTM. Ahmed Rizvi

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The other disappointing part is that there are no adequate representation of BAT members in the Area 75 contests. I was shocked to note that there had been no nomination by the officers for any assignments - Master of Ceremonies, Contest Chair, Timers or Tally counters. As Advanced Club members we should take active role in capturing these opportunities and enhance our talents and skills.

“The Manager” Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters

I thought I am a successful manager. (After all I managed you for 9 months as your president!) After reading the below piece, I doubt about it. The Woman clearly indicates that all managers are not efficient. They don‘t know where they are and they don‘t know where they are heading. If you have already gone through this don‘t feel bad. You can assess your self whether you are a true manager or this kind of ―manager‖

How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is, technically Correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.
Frankly, you‟ve not been much help so far.”
The woman below responded, “You must be in Management.”
“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, you don‟t know where you are or where you are going.

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost.
He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below.
He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me?
I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don‟t know where I am.”
The woman below replied, “You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground.

You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now you make me feel that somehow it‟s my fault”. Collected by TM Kamal Mohiyuddin

You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”
“You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist.
“I am,” replied the woman,

TM Dr. Usha Devarajan, Area 77 Governor, “DARE TO DREAM: DARE TO ACHIEVE”

Where are we going? How better can we arrive there? What is our BAT vision? Have we a mission plan? Where do we want our Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters to reach in the next couple of years? For the Toastmasters, spring announces the season of contests. Contests that gather momentum as spring moves into summer with aspiring contestants, preparing to climb the ladder of success, one step at a time, one goal at a time, one achievement at a time. The excitement is tangible and this year for us BAT Toastmasters, the barometer has shot up right through the roof. Our member- winners have collected a bouquet of laurels. What an array of winners. We are the most privileged club in the country. I do think that we must be the only club in the country that can boast of so many winners, together, as members in one club. Does it matter that we are dual members and as such, we

all belong to mother clubs, from where, many of our winners have emerged? No I don‘t think so. Rather I feel us as Advanced Toastmasters, have a great responsibility. We must be able to mentor the winners at the Area level to polish their speeches, their skills, their presentations to better showcase them at the Division level and move on to the District and even further. Our strength is the experience of our members. We have a collective treasure of immense value that I feel has not been tapped yet. We have had winners down the years at different levels of the contests. But I feel we still have not emerged as true Advanced Toastmasters because we have not put our collective experience together and allowed our potential to bloom and blossom to its fullest. Let us look at the members of our esteemed Bahrain Advanced Club. We have a who‘s who of high placed District Officers, present and past, others emerging from the wings and some others finding their feet as they step out to take up leadership challenges.

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Spring Of Contests

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So the way I see it, we have both excellent leaders and winning communicators who have proved their mettle. How well can we utilize this pool of priceless talent? I urge you dear members of the Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters, to please contemplate on how best to put this talent pool to good use. Can we mentor and groom speakers, contestants, leaders to take up the responsibility to bring laurels to the club? To put the BAHRAIN ADVANCED TOASTMASTERS Club on the Toastmasters world map? How best can we go about doing this? What exactly was the vision of the founding fathers when this club was chartered? Do we have a mission plan? How well have our club founding leaders been able to motivate the later arrivals to buy into their vision, walk the path of the mission and collectively with collaboration move forward on a co-operative path of unity to sustain quality in each and every aspect of our Toastmasters responsibilities?

There is so much to learn; a wealth of knowledge waiting to be unraveled as we mentor each other on the way forward. I have learnt a bit, I am learning some more and I look forward to the leaders of the Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters for guidance, to be my mentor and guide. Each one, in his or her own way can contribute to the collective richness of the club potential. Let us stand together, help each other and support each other to grow each other as one, as the only true ADVANCED TOASTMASTERS, adopting, demonstrating and implementing the Toastmasters ideal with commitment and dedication. The opportunities are innumerable the possibilities are endless. Go for the gold.

Winners of Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters Humorous speech contest: 1st place Rafiq Ahmed 2nd place Arasan International speech contest: 1st place Juthi Ruban 2nd place Rafiq Table Topics contest: 1st place Jothi Ruban 2nd place Rafiq Ahmed 3rd place Clement Evaluation speech contest: 1st place Rafiq Ahmed 2nd place Jothi 3rd place Jamshaid gul

Winners at Area 75 International speech contest: 1st place – Tm. Jothy Ruban Humorous speech contest: 1st place – Rafiq Ahmed

Table Topics contest: 2nd place – Tm. Rafiq Evaluation speech contest: 1st place – Dr. Jamshed Gul 2nd place – Tm. Rafiq Ahmed

BAT Members Representing Other Clubs Area 75- 1st place – Tm. Dr. Jamshaid Gul ( representing Speak Easy &BAT) Arasan -humorous speech, (Tasca) Rafiq Ahmed - International speech (Tasca) Haseeb Abdul Rahman- humorous (Falcon) Dr. Claire- TT (Bahrain Leaders Club) Jothi- (peak easy, PACT & BAT)

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