Saturday, March 21, 2009

AIM Takes a Bite of Butter N Toast Toastmasters Club

The Meralco Room was again the venue for a Toastmasters demo meeting. Thanks to the invitation of new toasties, Sheila Abalajen and Joanna Capareda, both AIM students.

BnT Treasurer Sheila dela Cruz again rose above the call of duty by taking the last-minute challenge to be TM of the PM. Of course, she handled the hosting like a pro, as if she had been preparing for this for weeks.

TM Ton Villanueva made his debut as Table Topic Master. His questions were challenging, thought provoking, and focused on the theme -- Mentor, Evaluator. Speech champion Boom San Agustin, VP Ed Ebreo, and AIM student Samid Ghosh all took the impromptu speech challenge.

New toastie Alice Bagadiong delivered her icebreaker speech. She wowed us with her poise and confidence as she talked about her father as the most influential person in her life. Demi, er, Dianne Tang regaled us with stories of her bad hair childhood. The last prepared speaker of the evening, Alvin Abrantes, had us reflecting on life by using the metaphor of a pencil. He said that like pencils, 1) we make our mark, 2) we can erase mistakes, 3) it's what's is inside that matters, 4) we need to be sharpened, and 5) we depend on Him who holds and moves us.
It was again a night for great speeches.

General Evaluator and Diamond Toastmaster JJ Letargo took over the stage and led the evaluators. BnT mentor and member Jazz Encarnacion shared her insightful evaluation of the table topic speakers. Toasties Boom San Agustin and Pat Pascua, as well as guest Carmel Valencia, evaluated the prepared speakers in their usual contest-winning fashion. Props go to our tecnical evaluators, Jun Roy, Joanne Capareda, and Mark Sta. Maria.

We missed our usual pansit dinner, but the sumptuous feast arranged by our hosts more than made up for it.

By the end of the meeting, we had sufficiently convinced two people of the worth of becoming a Toastmaster. Welcome to our new members, Russel Roxas and Cian Palami. To see the rest of the photos, click here.

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