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News from Editor.............................................................................


President’s Message..........................................................................


Moments of Truth -Reflections with DTM Vicky Ferrer.................


Club Progress Report.........................................................................


First Quarterly Meeting Highlights..................................................


Phils Grim Progress – Poem By Dr Sampath....................................


Mind Ticklers By Ravishankar .........................................................


Pause by Nirmala Raghuraman.........................................................


Just For Laughs.................................................................................


Welcome aboard New Members.........................................................


The Little White Angel – Priyanka ET.............................................


Club Meetings Reflections..................................................................




TM Priyanka It is my pleasure to present the first newsletter for the year VPPR 2015-2016. It has been a very exciting journey till now and in in this short time ,I have learned many valuable lessons like team work, liaison, communication, presentation and what not. !! I have learned that when we decide on something and work for the goal, it is always possible to achieve what we want. We tried to build Rome in one day, therefore a heartfelt thanks to all the contributors who supported this newsletter with their articles and to those fellow toastmaster who lit their laptops till midnight to give it shape. Please take your time to review and come back with your feedback. Let us know what you liked and what could be improved. Wishing you all Happy Reading‌!!



Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle


Regional Advisor DTM Vicky Ferrer Mustafa One word to describe your Toastmasters journey till now. Self Improvement

One word to describe Indian Club Exuberant

Things to take seriously in Toastmasters Communication & Leadership

Things not to be taken seriously in Toastmaster. Demotivating Evaluation

What makes Vicky Ferrer TICK ?? Leadership skills with personalized touch

Why women should join Toastmaster ? Woman is the heart of a home. If you train a woman, you train her children as well as her nation.

When will we see you next in Qatar ? Before December...


For our Meeting No 251—Region 11 Advisor DTM Vicky Ferrer Mustafa, the guest of honor, led the interactive "Moments of Truth" session in a skillful and witty style


As we come to the end of the first quarter of the 2015-16 term, our club has met 4 out of the 10 DCP goals.. Committed to the club success plan, we are working hard to meet the target as agreed in the plan. The goals we‟re pursuing now:    

Two CCs Three new members Two Advanced Communicator Sending at least 4 Excom members to COT-2

We are confident our club ICTM will meet the target stated in the club success plan & retain its “President Distinguished Club” status achieved in the previous term. ICTM WILL DO IT.


Meetin g



Best Speaker



TM Anand L




TM Ravishankar



TM Anita Samanta



TM Denzil Fernandes



TM Uttam Vaidya



TM Nirmala

TM Lineesh (EFTM) TM Priyanka TM Moataz Taha TM Kamlesh Tibrewal (CATM)


Best TT Speaker TM Joseph Stanley TM Sinoj TM Kunhi Koya (EFTM)

Best Evaluator N/A TM Shajil Kader (EFTM)


TM Denzil Fernandes

DTM Dr Sowrirajan

TM Singa Raju (CATM)



DTM Dr Sowrirajan




PHIL’S GRIM PROGRESS Chansons sans raisons (Rhymes without reason) There was this guy by name Phil Who thought he had much time to kill; He loved to eat, He loved to meet; They said a TMC might fill the bill. 1 Phil polished and put on his shoe And dress-shirt for TM debut. Tie and coat A look remote He was ready for the bally-hoo. 2 As though it was an emergency He rushed to the local TMC. They said welcome And at his bunkum Laughed and clapped with urgency.. 3 The guy whose mind was Colossus, Could teach flying to Pegasus, Mentored Phil To the Gill Till he could out-talk even Missus. 4 They made him amble to and fro And push his voice high and low. He wore a smile Longer than Nile ! And even tried to raise his brow! 5 His evaluators were very kind; His defects, they would never mind. The only hitch Was in sandwich To his faults he was cleverly blind ! 6


Phil spoke and timed, did every role, Even paid his half-yearly dole. Rated speeches, Plugged breaches And even criticized in hyperbole. 7 Even when Phil was out of form He could persuade, inspire, inform Every bloomer Became humour They slept as if under chloroform. 8 By and by Phil grew and grew Passed many a project through. He became CC, CL was easy, Now he goes for advanced brew. 9 Then came the annual speaker‟s fest, The four-pronged TM contest. Club was his, Area gave miss. Not good enough though he did best. 10 Phil progressed till he could deviate From the topic and could bloviate. Expert speaker And podium seeker He could toast, roast and debate. 11 You „ll ne‟er see Phil heave a sigh; He holds his head mighty high ! He may be tedious But he is serious Now for him the limit is sky ! 12 DTM Dr

Phil started life as a subaltern ; He bided his time, bided his turn. With tie and pin And a will to win What he needs is just a lectern. 13


Sampath Sowrirajan

Answers on Page 15


PAUSES The most precious things in speech are Pauses ---Ralph Richardson.

The Power of pause becoming more by doing less. The right word may be effective but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Pauses means temporary stop in action or speech. Halt in between each sentences and continue your speech. A rhythmic music ends with one note and start with another. The waves from the sea also come with regular intervals. Do not give too many pauses, it may bore the audience. Sometimes awkward pauses are also hilarious and that can be handled well by the humorous champions. Transitions from one message to another with a particular speed are mandatory. Awkward sound of breathe or heartbeat sound may create some sympathy in the audience. While switching over from one phase to another or one topic to another or from one pitch to another, mind your pause as well as your pose. Use pauses to stress your points, take a moment of rest, or give your audience some time to consider a thought. A speech without pause cannot be heard well. Remember to give pauses during contests and all the good wishes to emerge as a successful champion speaker‌



Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other is the husband! I believe we should all pay our tax with a smile. I tried - but they wanted cash. A child's greatest period of growth is the month after you've purchased new school uniforms. Don't feel bad. A lot of people have no talent. Don't marry the person you want to live with, marry the one you cannot live without, but whatever you do, you'll regret it later. You can't buy love, but you pay heavily for it. Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Marriage is give and take. You'd better give it to her or she'll take it anyway. My wife and I always compromise. I admit I'm wrong and she agrees with me. Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others. Ladies first. Pretty ladies sooner. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. You're getting old when you enjoy remembering things more than doing them. It doesn't matter how often a married man changes his job, he still ends up with the same boss. Real friends are the ones who survive transitions between address books. Saving is the best thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you. Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something. They call our language the mother tongue because the father seldom gets to speak! Man: Is there any way for long life? Dr: Get married. Man: Will it help? Dr: No, but then the thought of long life will never come!


Welcome aboard to Iodiao Club Toastnasters !!





Mind ticklers Microorganism Crime Wave Nobel Prize There are 206 Bones in a Human Body EMIT spelled backwards is TIME. STAR spelled backwards is RATS.


That Little White Angel


t was getting late at work. The boss was out of town, colleagues were off to some after-

hours party and the janitor was dusting up and cleaning the mess that everyone had left. I gently moved my legs away from under the desk as the janitor reached under my table to clear out the dustbin. I looked at the watch. 10:00PM!. I didn't even realize!. It was not like I had the option to just shut my laptop and leave. As head of marketing and sales, it was my responsibility to ensure that each of my reps was doing their jobs and that the work was being distributed evenly. A little mis-match and I would have the entire team storm into my office like I was the accounts department on a pay day. Little by little, I finished up, let go off that heavenly yawn, stood up, stretched out, picked up my stuff and walked down that dark alley to the main door. Slowly and one step at a time, I walked to my car. For an onlooker from the way I was walking, I would probably appear to be a zombie on the hunt for food. That click on the door handle as I pressed that unlock button felt so heavenly. It was like an alarm that said "Wake up and drive home as soon as you can" because all that was left was to get home and crash for the night. As I started the engine, I heard a grumble, a puff and then silence. As I tried to focus my eyes, I noticed the tank was empty!. How in the world could I have possibly forgotten to fuel up on time. It reminded me of the times back home, when my dad would get all hyper whenever I drove him around town on an empty tank. He could somehow not digest the fact that I drove so confidently even after knowing that the car could give way anytime.


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I looked up at the clear sky and literally wanted to scream out and say "Why ME??". But then again, it was my negligence that caused this situation. The good thing here was that I stayed sort of close by. Probably anticipating such a situation in advance!. It was the beginning of Fall and hence the weather was sort of cool. Luckily for me there was this slight chill in the air. Cursing my luck and now feeling starved and tired and sluggish, all at the same time, I walked and walked and walked. The last thing I remember that night, I was putting the key in my apartment front door. It was rather too soon that I suddenly jumped up and found myself sitting in a cage, in the middle of a forest, with doves flying around. Now this sort of a situation in the middle of the night should ideally have brought shivers running down my malnourished spine. Surprisingly, none of that happened. It was like a sense of realization. It seemed to highlight the sort of life that I was living. The life of a caged bird. It felt that life had sort of built this heavy metal cage around me. I had the money, I had the ideal job. But that is where all the positivity ended. I never had the time for family, I was single, had limited/few friends and probably a robot would have lived a better lifestyle than mine. The interesting part here is that these doves flying around me sort of reminded me of the other people in my life. They were around, they did the same jobs, but somehow had the time to open up their wings and go soaring up in the skies every now and then. What surprised me was that even the door to my cage was open. Yet I lay inside. Perhaps it was the fear of wandering away and getting lost; perhaps it was this peculiar sense of security within the cage that kept me here. I was lost of words. I stood up, looked above me and let out a helpless cry for help. A cry to get me out of this madness. Next thing I realize, My roommate is standing next to my bed, looking at me with eyes wide open, a bucket of water in one hand, a toothbrush in the mouth and trying to ask what in the world I was doing, screaming on the top of my voice on an otherwise beautiful weekend morning! As I sat up and composed myself, I looked at the ceiling, let out a sign of relief and said to myself, One hell of a dream!! By Priyanka Thilakan 17

For our Meeting No— 252 ,it rained pink at joint meeting of ICTM and EF Toastmasters on 22nd July. From shirt to tie to turban to watch to mobile ... The beauty was the fact that it was the men who wore pink !!


Reflection of the Joint Meeting No—253 between Indian Club Toastmasters & Talking Matters...Enjoy the joint memories.........

Reflection of the Joint Meeting No— 254 between Indian Club Toastmasters & CA Toastmaster...Enjoy the joint memories.................




Reflections of meeting No—256. Enjoy the Instagram Moments !!


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