Pada 1hb. Julai 2004, saya secara rasmi dilantik sebagai President Tawau Toastmasters Club yang saya anggotai semenjak 1999. Toastmasters Club atau Kelab Pidato adalah kelab antarabangsa yang terdapat di mana-mana sahaja. Kelab ini bertujuan menambahkan kebolehan ahli dari segi kemahiran perhubungan, mendengar, kepimpinan, kepercayaan diri dan kebolehan bermesyuarat.
Berita yang disiarkan dalam akhbar tempatan adalah seperti berikut:
Lee Chye Ewe Takes Over As President
Lee Chye Ewe will be Tawau Toastmasters Club’s new president for the term 2004-2005. During the recently concluded election, Grace Yong was made Vice President Education, Rosslin Peter Rosen the Vice President Membership and Jordan Tan Vice President Public Relations.
The secretary post goes to Chu Ket Mee. Lucy Lo is the new treasurer while Snehalatha holds the post of sergeant-at-arms. Meanwhile the four committee members are Annie Pang, Elizabeth Goh, Vera Yap and Victor Raja.
Tawau Toastmasters Club, which was formed in 1996, is an international club focusing on improving members’ communication and public speaking skills. It conducts its meeting on every second and fourth Mondays at at Grace Inn Conference Room. Membership is open to all who wish to improve their English as well as speaking and communication skills. It is the only English-speaking club in Tawau which provides such training.
Lee Chye Ewe takes over from Yalah Munur on 1st July 2004. Yalah who is the Club President for 2003-2004 will take up the role of Area Governor for Area K 2 (which covers Tawau, Sandakan and Lahad Datu) from Victor Raja.
Before being elected as the Club’s new president, Lee Chye Ewe was the Vice President of Education. He had also held various positions in the Club since joining in 1999. These positions include Vice President Membership, Vice President Public Relations, Secretary and committee member.
Lee was an active member and took part as well as organised various speech contests. He is the first member in Tawau to achieve the Advance Toastmaster Silver award. He is currently working for his Advance Toastmasters Gold Award.
Besides Toastmasters Club, Lee Chye Ewe is also active in other social activities. Among his involvements are:
1. SRJK (c) Hing Hwa Parents and Teachers Association Chairman (1999-2001)
2. Tawau Hakka Association Committee Member (1997-2000)
3. Tawau Buddhist Lodge Secretary - Malay & English (1998 – 2004)
4. Rumah Warga Tua Air Panas Visitor Board Secretary (2001-2004)
5. Tawau Federation of Chinese Associations Committee Member (1999-2001)
6. Tawau Chinese Primary School Working Committee Member (1999-2001)
Lee has also presented many seminars, talks and briefings on Information Technology, Internet, E-Commerce and motivation for various organisations. Among them were Tawau Liberal Democratic Party Youth, Sabah Progressive Party Youth, Malaysia Indian Congress, Rotary Club Tanjung Tawau, Rotary Club Lahad Datu, Hakka Association Tawau, Tawau Regional Library, Holy Trinity Church, SM Teknik Tawau, SMK Kuhara Tawau, SMK St Patrick Tawau and many more.
He is also a well-known multi-lingual master of ceremony who has conducted many important functions since 1990. He was the Master of Ceremony for most of the grand functions carried out in Tawau, which were officiated by Chief Ministers, Federal and State Ministers. He was the MC for the recent 2003 Malaysia Cocoa Festival.
Besides his involvement in social and charitable activities Lee Chye Ewe is also a regular blood donor since 1982. He donates blood, plasma and platelets regularly at the Tawau General Hospital. He also co-founded Taman Mulia, a non-governmental organisation which helps to gather volunteer blood donors and collect used reading materials and clothes.
Lee was a secondary school teacher for 12 years before resigning and joined a private firm. He was teaching English and Computer in school. He was the Assistant Afternoon Supervisor before leaving the teaching profession. For his excellence contributions in school he was given the Excellence Teacher’s Award in 1993. Lee is currently working for a construction company in charge of administration.
Tawau Toastmasters Club will hold its 8th Installation Banquet on 8th August 2004. There are a lot of interesting events been planned for the evening, themed International Night. Among them include karaoke competition, dance and games besides the formal installation ceremony. Attractive prizes will be given away too.
Majlis angkat sumpah untuk ahli jawatankuasa esekutif yang baru telah dilangsungkan pada 8hb Ogos 2004. Berita tentang majlis tersebut adalah seperti berikut:
Tawau Toastmasters Club 8th Installation Banquet
Out going President Hj Yalah Munur putting on Club Medallion for President Lee Chye Ewe
With 88 people seating in 8 tables, Tawau Toastmasters Club's 8th Installation Banquet was held on 8th August 2004. The function was carried out successfully with lots of meanings, funs and fond memories for all those who were present.
Organising Chairlady, Patricia Chai, in her welcoming speech stated that the combination of various 8 was specially chosen to coincide with the Club's 8th Installation. She hopes the auspicious significance would bring about a more dynamic and active environment for Tawau Toastmasters Club.
Out going President, Haji Yalah Munur, meanwhile thanked his 2003 - 2004 Executive Committee members for working closely with him. He pledged to continue supporting the Club under the new leadership of Lee Chye Ewe. He believed that with Mr Lee's vast experience both inside and outside the Club, Tawau Toastmasters Club would achieve greater heights. Haji Yalah Munur has taken up a higher post as the Area K2 Governor. He also presented the Club Awards to his 2003 - 2004 Executive Committee Members.
The 2004 - 2005 Executive Committee Members were installed by Assistant Division K Governor (Marketing), Victor Raja. Victor, who was once the Club President, congratulated the newly elected team and calling all members to give their full support to the new Executive Committee lead by Lee Chye Ewe.
The President, Lee Chye Ewe, when delivering his maiden speech, thanked all members for their support and confidence in him. He pledged to do his best, working hand in hand with his members to further improve the Club. He has chosen the theme "Together We Excel" for the Club.
Lee also said that he was very touched by the Toastmasters spirit where it provides a very healthy, sincere, encouraging and supportive environment for learning and improvement. Toastmasters Club offers the opportunity for members to learn, improve and polish their listening, public speaking, communication and leadership skills.
Lee also pointed out that, little gestures like a pat on the shoulder, an agreeable nod, an encouraging smile, a supportive applause and a warm hand shake actually give a lot of encouragement and confidence to a person standing on the stage. These are the real gestures that help to produce so many fine speakers and leaders. These are also the gestures that we should give to our children, friends and colleagues for them to take up greater challenge.
Tawau Toastmasters Club, has all this while, provided such encouraging and supportive environment for its members and guests. Lee further called for everyone to practice the Toastmasters spirit in every day life. He also encourage the public who are interested in improving their communication skills to join the Toastmasters Club.
Guest of honour, Division K Governor, Richard A Gontusan, when delivering his speech congratulated the newly installed Executive Committee and its President, Lee Chye Ewe. He also thanked the previous Executive Committee lead by Hj Yalah Munur.
Richard said that going on stage to deliver a speech is like a magic. A good magician needs constant practice to fine-tune his skills. Similarly, a good speaker needs to continuously speaking to improve and excel.
Richard, who as the Division K Governor, said there are 27 Toastmasters Clubs in Sabah under his supervision as the Division Governor. Toastmasters meetings are conducted in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.
Richard later presented Advanced Education Awards to 3 members. They were Chu Ket Mee who achieved the Advanced Toastmasters Bronze Award, Grace Yong and Jordan Tan who achieved the Advanced Toastmasters Silver Awards.
Besides the formal installation ceremony, members and guests were also entertained with a number of exciting programmes. There were group karaoke singing competition, solo karaoke singing competition, tissue papers fashion contest and best dressed competition. All prizes for the two singing competitions were sponsored by Schwarzkopf International while prizes for best dressed male and female were sponsored by the President.
Among the invited guests were Tawau OCPD ACP Sulaiman Junaidi and his wife, Tawau Mandarin Toastmasters Club President Datin Yuen Siew Kien, Sandakan Toastmasters Club President Luna Chua, Area K5 Governor Fung Thin Ken, Past Presidents of the Club, Eleanor Pang, Bernard Lee and Elizabeth Goh. Also present were past Area K2 Governors Judy Goh and Dora Chiu from Sandakan.
New Executive Committee Members being installed