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Country Day Followup by Aidana Koptileuova

Dear Toastmasters!

It is pleasure for me to write Follow-up for our past Country Day meeting at ENU dedicated to beautiful, enchanting country – India. I am glad to narrate about this wonderful event, which was provided by Aigerim Kosheken – toastmaster of the meeting.

The president of Astana toastmasters club Korlan Bektassova, who was dressed in a sari (present from our сharming Kanat Bazaraly), gently opened the meeting.

Then toastmaster of the meeting presented her role and team (she was in sari as well), which consisted from General evaluator – Yerlan Meirbek, ah-counter Gulimkhan Abdikhalik, timer – Daniyal Nugerbekov and grammarian- Saule Temirbayeva.

Prepared Speakers session was opened by his Excellency Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan H.E. Shri Harsh Kumar as our guest Speaker. He told us a lot of facts about his country and relationship with Kazakhstan. After his Excellency’s report as usual participants asked some questions.

The second speaker was Saltanat Tangbaeva with her Competent communication project #3 “Never say Never in This Country”. Third speaker was me, I performed my CC project #6 “Hardness of honesty”. I tried to explain why we shouldn’t lie to our children. Fourth speaker Serob Manukyan brilliantly detailed about interventional cardiology and he urged us not to muss up this expression with intersexual cardiology, which is not existed. I am sure, everyone got it very well. Dernier speaker was Dauren Aubakirov, who performed his ice-breaking speech.

Next part of the meeting was devoted to Table Topic Session, organized by Raushan Satibaldiyeva. We enjoyed ten questions and got candies for correct answer. Btw, she was our third girl in sari.

Succeeding section was Evaluation session. Yerlan Meirbek, Aigerim Akiltaeva, Kanat Bazaraly, Sogdiana Akhmetova gave their feedbacks to the speakers in course. Also General evaluator and his command made detailed report of their duty.

At the end of her role toastmaster provided Award Session. Lucky of the meeting were:

Best speaker – Serob Manukyan,

Best Evaluator – Yerlan Meirbek and Aigerim Akiltaeva.

Our guest speaker his Excellency enjoyed our meeting till the end and it was the right decision, because our three ladies in sari did not just wear it, they performed Indian dance in flash mob with all of us.

As details want to add: Korlan Bektassova announced that Aigerim Kosheken will be representative of ATC at Toastmasters Speech Contest 2016.

The latest news was, that Astana toastmasters club finally have found VP PR in my person. Everyone except Yernar Zhylkaidarov voted in favor of me. 😉

Afterwards I would like to thank Yerlan Meirbek and Kanat Bazaraly, for believing in me and inspiring to become VP PR. And a lot of thanks to Korlan Bektassova, who was happy to accept me as a new officer. I sincerely love ATC and promise to do my best in future.

Always yours,

Aidana Koptileuova.

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Meeting Followup 5 NOV 2016 by Assiya Babayeva

Dear Toastmasters,

Let me briefly remind you what a wonderful meeting we had last Saturday.
First of all I’d like to emphasize the fact that the majorityof roles were distributed beforehand. Great job! The rest was excellently appointed by our General evaluator, Korlan Bektassova.
There were 4 speakers doing various topics from Competent Communicator manual, the first and basic one in Toastmasters educational program. Yerzhan Omirkhanov opened our meeting with his speech entitled Top US Schools. He shared with us some essential features and personal charecteristics which Ivy Leagues schools strive to discover in their candidates within the 7th project, Research your topic.
Then Daniyal Nugerbekov pressented the 4th project which was aimed to communicate the message accurately ad vividly. Daniyal talked what was behind Donald Trump’s campaign and his figure. Lots of curious, intriguing thoughts and ideas.
The third speaker brought a difference into a male company – Aidana Shaniyeva gave her scientific point of view regarding talent, simultaneously the meeting topic. Aidana completed the 2nd project, Organize your speech.
The fourth performer was traditionally an ice-breaker. We were lucky to hear Mathew Charnetski and the reasons he chose Kazakhtsan as his next adventure destination. Personally Mathew persuaded me that the cold particluarly in Astana is not bad….It is fun and joy!
As far as the meeting topic was ‘What’s your talent?’ the table topic master, Gulimkhan Abdikhalik, prepared terrific questions. I especially liked the last one, challenging and creative. It required to show up your talent, which Raushan Satibaldiyeva brilliantly did. Ton francais est magnifique, Raushan!
The evaluation session went on very successfully as each speaker got valuable feedback. Thanks to Aigerim Kosheken, Aikorkem Nurzhanova, Anuar Zhumabayev and Aidana Koptileuova. Evaluation is a gift, and good one is priceless.
The best of the last Saturday meeting became:
BEST prepared speaker – Mathew Charnetski
BEST evaluator – Anuar Zhumabayev
BEST table topic speaker – Chandan Sarma.
Kind regards,
Assiya Babayeva
Toastmaster of the meeting, NOV 5th
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Halloween 2016 Follow up note from Aibek

Dear Toastmasters and guests!
On October 30th Astana toastmasters club held its annual Halloween party.
Before beginning all the fun the participants introduced their characters using vocal variety and body language. We had Caesar and Cleopatra, The Broken Doll, Office Plankton, Zombie, Comics Girl, The Buffon, Desperate Housewife and a Vampire.
Then we had a small warm-p session and held a trivia “We know you, Halloween” where participants answered tricky questions about the origin and history of Halloween. Later the rival teams tried to cut a Jack o’Lantern Jack in pumpkin-carving activity.
We even watched some abstracts from horror movies and tried to guess which movie it was, The Office Plankton (aka Damir) and Vampire (aka Akbota) were the only ones who watched horror movies because they won in “Guess the name of horror movie” activity.
There was also some acting involved when the participants have demonstrated their artistic talent and skills in the activity where they had to play a scene from the horror movie. The participants did their best, especially the Comics Girl (aka Aikorkem) who played in scene from the Alien.
“The best thematic costume” (since it’s Halloween) was won by Akbota (vampire) and Raushan (the broken doll).
The Halloween party was decorated with cobweb pizza, pepper skulls with spaghetti brains, egg spiders and sausage mummies.
At the end of the event we played games like “The voice in the dark” and “Zombie”.     
I hope you had a wonderful time and those who did not have a chance to be with us see the  Photos on Facebook.
Leader of the project
Aibek Bekenov

Дорогие члены и гости клуба!
30 октября АТС провел мероприятие, посвященное Хэллоуину, празднику святых.
Прежде чем начать веселье, все участники представили своих героев с помощью голоса и мимики. К нам в гости заглянули сам Юлий Цезарь с Клеопатрой, Сломанная кукла, Шут, Зомби, Офисный Планктон, Отчаянная домохозяйка, Девушка из комиксов и Вампир.
Сначала для разогрева была проведена викторина «Хэллоуин, мы тебя знаем», затем участники состязались в вырезании фонаря Джека из тыквы.
Затем мы смотрели отрывки из фильмов ужасов с викториной «Угадай название фильма ужасов». Офисный Планктон (в миру Дамир) и Вамир (в миру Акбота) угадали по одному фильму.
В конкурсе «Изобрази отрывок из фильма ужасов» участники продемонстрировали свои актерские таланты, особенно Девушка из Комиксов (в миру Айкоркем) изобразившая сцену из фильма Чужой.
В конкурсе «Лучший тематический костюм» призовые места заняли Акбота (костюм вампира) и Раушан (костюм «сломанная кукла»).
Праздник украсили пиццы из паутины, череп с мозгами из спагетти в перце, пауки из оливок с яйцами и мумии из сосисок в тесте.
Мероприятие завершилось играми  «Голос в темноте» и «Зомби».
Спасибо, что были с нами. Надеюсь вам понравилось.
Лидер проекта,
Айбек Бекенов

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A Word from President: November

Dear Toastmasters!
Growth and Comfort never coexist.
I have just read this quote and it made me think how true these words were. We are often hesitant to step out of our comfort zones, dreading a failure. However, it is the only way for us to change, develop and grow. In toastmasters’ doing that first step towards change is delivering an icebreaker speech. Some may say that speaking in front of the audience is not big a deal, for some however, public speaking is the greatest fear of all.
The good news is that Toastmasters is not only about public speaking, it is also about taking responsibility and doing things that require a great deal of leadership and creativity. That is where you may find the room for improvement. I am sure each of us can use extra opportunity to sharpen the skills we already have or acquire new ones. The question is: are we always ready to grab that opportunity?
As the president of ATC I have faced many challenges and one of which is that people are hesitant. Having a great potential and willingness, they hesitate: hesitate to step out of their comfort zones, because they are afraid they are not ready. They hesitate to take meeting roles, thinking that they are not experienced enough; hesitate to give speeches, because they think they are boring, hesitate to lead a project, because they just do not know where to begin; hesitate to fill in the vacancy of VP PR in the officers’ team, because they are afraid it’s just too much responsibility.
The truth is that we all do. Did I hesitate when I applied to president’s position? Yes. Nevertheless, I overcame it and now I am getting so much more than I have ever imagined.
My advice to all of the Toastmasters who are struggling with hesitation is: Do not let fear steal what you can get from that experience.
November is going to be a historic month in the Toastmasters’ history in Kazakhstan. Because this is the month when we are going to have a Speech Contest among all six Toastmasters clubs in Kazakhstan, an event that never happened before. And you need to decide whether you want to be a part of this event or just stay aside hesitant.

Sincerely,
Korlan Bektassova