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ATC Color Run 2018

What is ATC Color run? Mission, goals and values.

Astana Toastmasters Club opened their summer season with a colorful event – ATC Color run, which wasn’t limited to physical exercises and running; it included color battle and tree planting on top of everything, which made the event different from analogous events in the club. The mission of the event was to unite not only club members, but also other interested citizens of Astana, in healthy, fun, and meaningful activities. We wanted all the participants of the Color run enjoy the event and also be proud of themselves, because of their intention to challenge themselves in running their chosen distance on a relatively early time on Sunday, and also their desire to contribute by presenting a “green” gift to Astana city. Considering the mission, we finalized our organization actions to achieve the next goals:

  • Every participant, ATC color run organization team member and volunteer should be satisfied and happy;
  • Astana Toastmasters Club should be portrayed in a positive manner to the organizations and individuals outside the club;
  • Trees should be found and planted (main charity action of the Run);
  • The judgement of the run should be fair;
  • The event should not deviate much from the schedule and include all the main activities (such as warm-up, color battle, etc.). index

Our values, when organizing the event, interconnect with the Toastmasters values, and include: Respect, integrity, service and excellence. 15Our event coincided with the national  #drugoity (#anotheryou) challenge, the purpose of which was to raise awareness in sport among Kazakhstani population. We decided to announce our support to that challenge and propose to all the participants to take part in it (sharing their  pictures to social media with a hashtag #atccolorrun2018): i.e. ATC Color run was a perfect beginning for that challenge.10To read more about the idea of Color run follow this link http://telegra.ph/Interview-with-the-ATC-Summer-Color-Run-organizer-Kamila-Bekshentayeva-05-24        

Organization team. The organization team consisted of the following people:Kamila Bekshentayeva (initiator), Saltanat Tangbayeva, Ainur Kartayeva, Aiganym Kadrina, Gulnaz Tabesheva, Rafael Bekshentayev.16We were getting support from Kanat Bazaraly (general advice) and Alisher Tajinov (financial questions).

  • The team of timers-judges: Chingiz, Almat, Korlan, Aiyumgul, Zhanna, Iakov Kozlov.
    The team of volunteers (who were throwing colors):  Dana, Guldariya, Gulnara and Madina.
    At the day of the event Kuanysh helped with a warm-up. We also got support from Akimat’s side, who provided us with experienced sport instructor.
    Akbota interviewed Kamila, and advertized the event in today.kz.

Preparation. The process of preparation was not hard itself, probably due to the sincere attitude of each organization team member to the idea. From the very first moment of joining to the team each of us believed in that we could make this event happen with our joint efforts, cause we are fond of running, especially if it benefits the environment.
We were ready for the obstacles and problems, that are not inevitable in any organization work, but we can not remind now any serious of them. There were some delays in negotiation with the third parties, like city governors, partner companies. Things were not clear in our negotiations with BI group and Astana akimat, until two days before the Color run. Even such kind of tough talks had reached surprisingly best results thanks to negotiation skills of our team member responsible for Government relations, Rafael.
Indeed, each of us had its own area of responsibility, which were distributed according to skills and possibilities the team member possesses. Adding all the pieces of work done on time we got this whole bright event organized. 17

However, organizing such a public event, where the public plays an active role, the key challenge was in attracting sufficient number of participants. Thus, the idea itself should motivate people to take a part, and it did indeed as we have heard afterwards from participants’ feedback: some of them encouraged by the tree planting and others by the color throwing part. Moreover, all over the preparation period, which had started in April, we were continuing to promote the event via all possible social networks, posting about benefits of running for health, and  media, publishing an article about the upcoming event in today.kz.

As result, seeing the list of registered persons to the run was another motivation for us, cause we had the whole family registered or group of friendly people, like Astana Sparta club members, who considered our event as a good opportunity to spend time together and do a KIND thing. It is more telling about consciousness of the citizens, which could not leave us indifferent.

Of course, since we were all busy at work or caring after a baby in daytime, we had to sacrifice our sleep several times having our night meetings in order to make things as they were initially imagined. Preparing the runner’s kit turned out to pe the most time demanding part, cause every thing we put in it was handmade with love.=) Still we enjoyed every our meeting driven by the idea of making this happy event possible.

After getting such a positive energy back from the event, we are full of inspiration and enthusiasm to reunion in the future beneficial events.
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Focus areas of the organization team:

Warm up
Speakers, megaphone
20 trees, water machine, shovels
Awards and thank you gifts
Snacks and water
T-shirts
Bracelets (for each participant)
Timing team
Volunteers
Photograph
Runners’ and other participants labels, water labels
Flags
Certificates design
Runners’ kits
Communication with registered people
Social media, videos
Printing
Tables and chairs
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The most challenging thing for us was to find trees. As it turned out, they were expensive to purchase, and we were determined to ask for help from outside. Astana Akimat of Almaty region after our second request replied positively, and gave us 20 young pear trees, water machine and shovels, for which we are extremely grateful. index.jpg11

To have a smooth and clear planning of the event, we had several meetings with BI group, the owner of Triathlon park. Firstly, we discussed the possibility of having the Color run on June, 3rd, so that the event didn’t conflict other possible events. They approved our idea to plant trees, and showed the place, where we could plant them.
Another moment, that is worth mentioning, is our meeting with the initiator of free Sunday fitness in Astana parks. We proposed to run our events simultaneously. The initiator liked the idea, since we guaranteed people, and he had a fitness instructor, who could help us with warm-up and other related questions. However, as it turned out on the day of the event, the fitness instructor was taking “too much” on him, and prevented the smooth work of our own timers and judges. 1

At the day of the event and results. The weather decides a lot, and on the day of the event we expected some rain, which could “ruin” our Color run. Yet, by 9 in the morning the sky cleared out, however, it still was freezing and windy (frankly saying, not a nice weather for a summer run). In spite of such conditions, our heros – participants of the Color run, made it to the event, some event brought their family members and friends, and we got about 20 more people who wanted to join the challenge and fun! 7

The truck with trees arrived promptly at 9 am (thanks to Akimat), as well as tables and chairs (thanks to American Corner, Kuanysh and Kanat). The organization team prepared the registration, colors and snacks stations. The registration started as people kept coming. Participants were receiving their runners’ kits, socializing, having snacks, taking pictures, jumping to warm up. Our volunteers, timers and photographer – all came in time. Our warm up started with Kuanysh, who showed couple of before-run exercises. 11

Then organization team girls showed some fun latin dance movements. The final warm up was from the experienced instructor, and then, the participants were given a command to run. 9

The results of Color run (winners):

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3K male

 

1st Artur Temraliev 8.40 min

2nd Viktor Balmanov 9.44 min

3rd Karim Akhmediev 9.58 min

3K female

 

1st Aina Ussenova 11.05 min

2nd Viktoriya Balmanova 13.02 min

3rd Aisulu Yensegenova 13.04 min

7K male

 

1st Kuanysh Sadykov 27.15 min

2nd Bagdat 31.05 min

3rd Bakhtiyar Mustafinov 31.31 min

7K female

 

1st Asel Zholdasova 40.26 min

2nd Diana Karasheva 40.50 min

3rd Aigerim Aubakirova  41.09 min

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After the run, people were invited to take part in Color battle. Not many were willing to join though, because they didn’t want to color their shoes and clothes. Anyways, most of participants were happy even just to take a photo with colored runners to take a bright memory with him.When the winners were awarded, the remaining participants started planting trees, which was very exciting. 8

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Financial report

Item (quantity) Cost (KZT)
Color powder (5 kg) 25000
Awards to the winners (12) 15000
Tshirts (9) 22500
Thank-you-gifts 15500
Bracelets (100) 25000
Plastic color sprayers 3000
Snacks: bananas and cookies 16700
Water “brandless” (144 bottles) 5000
Gloves (71 pairs) 5680
Certificate paper 3675
Water “Tassay” 7230
Zip-bags 5100
Pins 1500
Disposable cups for colors 1000
Subtotal 151885
ATC Flags (2) 17000
Megaphone 9000
Total 177885
Money collected 160000

Thank you notes from organizers. We would like to thank everybody who came and supported ATC Run! We Hope that everybody enjoyed this event as much as we did organizing it.
Special thanks goes to Astana Akimat of Almaty region who provided us with 20 pear trees, shovels, and water machine.
We are thankful to online water “Brandless” for being so flexible and providing very cheap water bottles for the event.
We are thanking American Corner of Astana for giving us chairs and tables! Thanks to Kuanysh and Kanat for bringing them in the morning to the park.
Lots of thanks to our timer-judges Chingiz, Korlan, Almat, Zhanna, Aiymgul! You did a brilliant job!
Thanks to Kanat for some organization advice and Alisher Tazhinov for patiently collecting money from people. It was tough but you did it fantastically!
Thanks to Zhanibek who helped to find a photographer, and thanks to photographer Tamirlan, who took pictures for certificate.
Thanks to Iakov Kozlov for your fair judgement as well as inspiring so many of us to run!
We are grateful to the team of volunteers, Dana, Guldariya, Gulnara and Madina, who were responsible for throwing colors. Their job was to bring brightness and joy to the run, and we think they managed with it by 100%! 14Sincerely, ATC Color Run 2018 Team

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“Kazakh Lovers Day: Ұят емес” meeting follow-up

Dear members and guests of Astana Toastmasters Club.

On 12th of April we had a special session, which we conducted in Kazakh language. This is tradition of our club to conduct session in our native language once in a year. Topic of the session was: “Kazakh Lovers Day: Ұят емес”. Our session was dedicated to Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan-Sulu lovers day, which is celebrated in Kazakhstan since 2011.

At that day we had three wonderful speakers:

Saltanat Tangbayeva, with her Project #1 from entertaining speaker manual – «Той басталды ауылда». She was talking about her brother’s wedding preparation.

Aiymgul Yklassova, with her project #7 from Competent Communications Manual – «Кешігу әдет пе, дерт пе?» She provided an example about respecting people’s time in Switzerland, where people come to the meetings with mathematical accuracy.

Aigerim Seitenova, with her project #2 from Competent Communications Manual – «Ұятмен феномені». Aigerim was talking about shame phenomenon in our country, and by the end of her speech she astonished participants of the meeting, citing the phrases from Abay’s poetry.

Table topic session was held by our VP Edication Saule Temirbayeva, who prepared 6 questions about love and Lover’s day.

Aiymgul Yklassova won “Best prepared speaker” award. Our guest Almas Turakov achieved “Best Table Topic Speaker” designation. Another guest Kuat Tleuzhanuly won “Best Evaluator” title.

I would like to thank every people, who came to our special meeting. Stay tuned with ATC.

P.S. Photos and videos from meeting can be found on our social media pages in Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Sincerely yours,

Alisher Tazhinov,

Treasurer of Astana Toastmasters Club

Toastmaster of the meeting

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Kazakh Lovers Day: Ұят емес” басқосуына шолу

Астана Тостмастерс клубының мүшелері және қонақтары.

Сәуірдің он екінші жұлдызында біз қазақ тілінде арнайы басқосуымызды өткіздік. Біздің клубымыздағы дәстүрлердің бірі – жылына бір рет басқосуымызды ана тілінде жүргізу. Басқосудың тақырыбы: “Kazakh Lovers Day: Ұят емес”. Басқосу Қозы-Көрпеш пен Баян-Сұлу ғашықтар күніне орай өткізілді. Бұл мейрам Қазақстанда 2011 жылдан бастап атап өтілуде.

Басқосуымызда үш спикеріміз өзінің алдын-ала дайындаған жобаларымен бөлісті.
Салтанат Таңбаева – №1 жоба – «Той басталды ауылда». Салтанат ағасының үйлену тойына иесі ретінде дайындық үрдісін сипаттады.
Айымгүл Ықыласова – №7 жоба – «Кешігу әдет пе, дерт пе?». Айымгүл өзінің және басқалардың уақытын үнемдеу жайлы сөйледі. Мысалы, Швейцарияда адамдар кездесулерге математикалық дәлдікпен келеді.
Айгерім Сейтенова – №2 жоба – «Ұятмен феномені». Айгерім Қазақстандағы ұятмен феномені туралы сөйледі, жобасының қорытынды бөлімін Абай атамыздың қара сөзімен аяқтады.

Суырып-салма бөлімін білім вице-президенті Сәуле Темірбаева жүргізді. Ол махаббат және Ғашықтар күні туралы 6 сұрақ дайындады. Басқосуымызға келген қонақтар мен клуб мүшелері Басқосу тақырыбына байланысты дайындалған сурып-салма бөлімі сұрақтарына жауап беріп, ой бөлісуге мүмкіндік алды.

Айымгүл Ықыласова «Ең үздік спикер» атағына ие болды. Біздің қонақтар Алмас Тұрақов пен Қуат Тілеужанұлы «Ең үздік суырып салма сөз сөйлеуші» мен «Ең үздік бағалаушы» атақтарымен марапатталды.
Біздің басқосуымызға келгендеріңіз үшін алғыс айтамын. АТС-мен бірге болыңыздар.

Құрметпен,
Алишер Тажинов
Астана Тостмастерс Клубының Қазынашысы
Басқосудың Тостмастері.

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South African Country Day

Dear members and guests of Astana Toastmasters Club.
On 17th of February we had a special session dedicated to the Republic of South Africa. Our guest was Counsellor of South African Embassy to Kazakhstan Mr. Theo L. Malherbe. Like other country days, this session was dedicated to South Africa and its diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan. Mr. Malherbe shared his biography and told us wonderful facts about South Africa. Among them:
South Africa is the most economically developed country in African continent.
Country has 11 official languages.
Country has the vast diversified nature.
Also Mr. Malherbe focused on diplomatic ties with Kazakhstan and told us about Nelson Mandela – country’s first post-apartheid President, first black President to be democratically elected. His speech was followed by Q&A session, which together lasted more than 20 minutes.
Also, at that day we had four more stunning speakers:
Aigerim Akiltayeva, who performed the role of Dananjaya Hettiarachchi in her project #5 “I see something” – from interpretative reading manual
Akbota Sabetova, who was talking about Kazakh version of shame on her project #7 from Competent Communication Manual named “Uyatsiz”.
Korlan Bektassova with her amazing HPL project presentation.
Aidana Karabasova who performed the ice-breaking speech.
Table topic session was performed by Nurmukhambet Tashkenbayev, who prepared 6 questions about different African countries.
Aigerim Akiltayeva and ice-breaker Aidana Karabasova won “Best prepared speaker” award. Aidana Koptileyova won “Best table topic speaker” and “Best evaluator” awards.
Aigerim Akiltayeva and Aidana Karabasova, as best speakers of the meeting, had been awarded with wristbands from South Africa by our guest Daurzhan Augambay, the chief editor of Akyl-Kenes Magazine, who also participated in our meeting.
Aidana Koptileyova, our double winner received a Nelson Mandela’s book “About me” from Mr. Theo Malherbe.
Special thanks to the secretary of our club Aigerim Akiltayeva for the invitation of Mr, Theo Malherbe and to the South African embassy for visiting our club.
P.S. Photos and videos from meeting can be found on our social media pages in Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Sincerely yours,
Alisher Tazhinov,
Treasurer of Astana Toastmasters Club
Toastmaster of the meeting

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Behind the scenes of organizing First International contest among Toastmasters #TOCA2018

In November 2017 I declared I would like to organize speech contest in the framework of High Performance leadership project.
The idea to organize the Toastmasters Open Central Asia speech contest at a global level came up to me, when I was watching for 100th time the speech of famous public speaker and winner of World Championship of Public speaking 2014 – Dananjaya Hettiarachchi. My idea to unite Toastmasters from other clubs of not only Kazakhstan, but also from Central Asia and neighboring countries has become my dream for the last four months.

The next step was to recruit Guidance committee and Organizing committee, according HPL manual. Thanks to Indira Kyilybayeva and Korlan Bektassova for supporting my idea and guiding me throughout the project.

After presenting my dream at one of ATC meetings, new members of our club Aigerim Seitenova and Kuanysh Sadykov enthusiastically joined my organizing team, although they did not know anything about HPL or contest. Thus, it brought me more confidence and motivation to continue pursuing my dream.
Thanks to Officers’ team Kanat Bazaraly, Saule Temirbayeva and Alisher Tazhinov for instantly supporting this idea.
From December 2017, we started to meet almost every two weeks in order to make the contest a success.
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The first challenge – Inviting speakers.
It was a challenge to bring speakers from other cities and countries. Via official letters and channels, I sent 30 letters to official Toastmasters’ clubs in Moscow, Kiev, Dubai, Saint Petersburg, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur. We invited all to make sure some of them would confirm =)

Thanks to Toastmasters’ values and mission, speakers from Almaty, Atyrau, Bishkek and Moscow supported our idea and confirmed in December. Thanks to Mikhail Pokrutnyi who attended our meeting during his business trip and later on he helped us to persuade speakers from Moscow to come.

One of our organizing member and well-known as Treasurer Alisher Tazhinov flew to Dubai for a vacation and had a chance to attend one of 90 Toastmasters clubs in Dubai. He communicated our vision of uniting Toastmasters in Astana. We had been waiting for an about a month before our speaker from Dubai confirmed her participation.
There was a difficulty in organizing a visa for her. Thanks to Asset Omirzhanov and Alisher Tazhinov for arranging a visa for her. I would never forget how many days Asset was sitting to get a letter from immigration police. I would never forget how Alisher talked to the General Council of Kazakhstan in Dubai to ask him to accept the documents. I would never forget how many calls I had with Rizwana to persuade her to come.

In the end we had 6 brilliant speakers from 6 gorgeous cities:

The first place winner – Vladislav Son from Almaty Toastmasters club (speech title: Hi, my name is Vlad)
The second place winner – Asset Omirzhanov from Astana Toastmasters club (speech title: Eternal dream and perished flesh)
The third place winner – Rizwana Buch from Burj Toastmasters club and Desert Voices Toastmasters club (speech title: My hero)
The speaker – Sergey Saprykin from World Surfers club (speech title: Larger than life)
The speaker – Valeriya Nabatova from Atyrau Toastmasters club (speech title: A true story of the camel lady)
The speaker – Nursultan Sulaimanov from Bishkek Toastmasters club (Love Requires Sacrifice)

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The second challenge – Panel of judges
Our idea was to find an unbiased panel of judges, consisting of 5 people. I and Saule were in charge of finding good judges with either Toastmasters or public speaking experience. When we had a meeting with our partner PwC Kazakhstan, Kanat suggested to invite very experienced judge Director of Advisory – Mr. Michael Adams.

Afterwards, we contacted Ambassador of Ted Talks – Mr. Larissa Pak. She was very enthusiastic about Toastmasters. However, she had some other commitments. I did not stop contacting and calling her. In the end, it all paid off. She came and said: “Aigerim, without your stubbornness, I would not come to the contest”.

Saule invited Ms. Valentina Boroda, who came specifically to Astana to be the judge of the contest. Thanks to Saule persistence. Valentina has a Toastmasters experience, which was very valuable during the contest.

We also invited Professor of Nazarbayev University, who has a great public speaking experience and academic writing, Mr. Lawrence Meztger. He instantly supported our idea.
Thanks to our partner the U.S. mission to Kazakhstan, in particular Zarina Karimova and Aidana Kenesbayeva, for their help to find a judge. Our judge Ms. Heather Priest has a valuable experience in art and costumes.

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The third challenge
For all Toastmasters clubs it is always a challenge to find a good equipped venue. As the aim of Toastmasters Open Central Asia speech contest set a high standard, we had to find a nice, big and well-equipped room. Thanks to our partner Forte Bank. Director of marketing Mr. Anton Kim instantly replied to my message in FB and gave his agreement during the meeting.
Our challenge was waiting for us, when we saw 150 registered people in google form sent before. We started to talk to the Forte Bank administration, who restricted the venue capacity to only 90 people. As all of our organizing committee members are solution-orientated, we found a solution to hold a live-video of the contest on the first floor – La Tartine café. La Tartine there does not work on weekend, so it took us efforts to persuade them. Thanks to VP PR Ainur Kartayeva for translating the video.
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The fourth challenge
PUT ALL THESE CHALLENGES WE FACED IN ONE WRITTEN MESSAGE)))

Results
As a result of overcoming all the challenges, we brought history to life by organizing the First International contest among Toastmasters – Toastmasters Open Central Asia speech contest on 31st of March 2018.
• It brought 100 guests and toastmasters.
• We had 5 experienced and well-known judges.
• 3 amazing partners supported us: The U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan, PwC Kazakhstan and Forte Bank
• Uniting 6 cities and 8 Toastmasters clubs: Almaty Toastmasters club, Astana Toastmasters club, Atyrau Toastmasters, Bishkek Toastmasters club, Burj Toastmasters club, Desert Voices Toastmasters club in Dubai, World Surfers in Moscow and Vienna Speakers club.
• Future cooperation and collaboration with abovementioned clubs
• Reminding of Toastmasters’ vision, mission and core values
• 6 breathtaking stories that touched the hearts of the audience
• Successful organization of social outing – delicious lunch, nice city tour and long warm conversations

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I would like to thank every speaker for touching our hearts for many years. I am thanking our partners for supporting us. I am sincerely thanking panel of judges for sharing their experience and wisdom to find out the best storyteller. I am thanking all ATC members who helped us to make the contest a success, in particular Almat Zhuvashev, Ainur Kartayeva, Nasipzhan Koshanova, Aiymgul Yklassova, Raushan Satibaldiyeva, Assiya Babayeva, Aizhan Zhumabayeva.

I sincerely thank my husband for all his support and motivation.

A million thanks to my organizing committee for putting their heart and effort to make the contest a huge success. YOU ARE MY HEROES. (Kanat, Saule, Aigerim, Alisher, Kuanysh)

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P.s. you can find all photos via this link photos
and video of our brilliant speakers via this link videos

With all my heart
Sincerely yours,

Leader of the #TOCA2018 and Secretary of ATC – Aigerim Akiltayeva

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КВН- ATC Birthday Party!

23rd of February is a very important day for each member of this wonderful club. Astana Toastmasters club was launched in 2010 by Samat and Assem Panovy. Our gratitude for these people is tremendous. If there weren’t them, there wouldn’t be so many stories told, friendships, marriages and us – speakers and leaders. Every year we throw a unique Birthday Party. As for last year, members of ATC let the people to escape from a reality into the wonder land – Lalaland, where life became so Indian – happy and vibrant, full of romance and dreams. No doubts of talents possessed by the people of the most fabulous community in the world – Toastmasters club!

This year directly from the musical world Lalaland, we travelled to Hahaland! For the first time in the history of ATC, we decided to organize Birthday party in the style of КВН. Doubts were floating in the clouds: whether people would agree to participate? According to the statistics, few people can make jokes. Screw statistics, if there is no risk, there is no thrill.

I appointed myself as a project leader. I had an experience in leading small projects and assisting many large ones. Thus, surprisingly, it was the first time to organize such a special event.

After officers’ benediction, I began to look for comrades to organize a party. Here I made the best choice. I wouldn’t be able to do it myself without these lovely ladies: the most creative person I ever met – Kamila, the most responsible and lovely Aidana, the funniest and easiest person to work with Assiya, and, of course, the most valuable member of our team – Kamila’s daughter – Emy! I was honored to work with them. They are relatively new members of ATC (especially Emy), I felt responsible to get them acquainted closer with the community and its culture.

“In the street named by Kazakh khan Kenesary, in Georgian restaurant “Mamashvili”, American club conducted КВН Birthday party in Russian”.

The day has come. I entered the restaurant and … fell down!!! My thoughts went wild: “OMG! What the hack is that? Is it a precautionary sign? Where is a yoga mat? Why ever don’t I meditate?” I sat and took a deep breath. I felt like I was Bridgett Jones, always finding herself in peculiar situations. “Everything will be fine, don’t believe these stupid superstitions.” – whispered my angels whereas demons took the piss out of me: “Misfortune never comes alone”. What do you think is happened? Unfortunately, I need to list them:

  • Invited local band Rivendell approaches: “we can’t perform! The equipment check is failed.”
  • Administrator shook her head: “ it is the first time when such a malfunction appears”
  • Team members were dramatically late
  • The KVN hadn’t started yet, but the food was half eaten
  • Decoration didn’t want to hang on the wall but instead chilled on the sofa.
  • Couldn’t remember song lines!

I closed my eyes and heard Moby: “Don’t let me make the same mistake again!” At the moment, I wanted to put my head in the sand as an ostrich, but remembered that it is a legend: the ostriches don’t put their heads in the sand! When they are cornered – they kick off with their strong hoofs!”  I am not the ostrich, but I had an alternative hoof: high heels. That’s how I fought with occurred problems:

  • Rivedelle performed a Capella
  • Later Batyrzhan fixed a technical problem
  • Teams soon or later arrived
  • The audience was full and happy
  • Decoration is happily resting on the sofa, allowing to take a photo as you wish
  • You can always sing lalalala

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The opening was stunning! Everyone enjoyed a magical Jamilya’s voice and a tender play of guitar! They performed indie rock songs. People were dancing, listening soulful notes, uploading stories in Instagram.

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Afterwards, the word was given to our beloved president Kanat, who presented us lovely pins with the encrypted words: I love  Astana Toastmasters Club!

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Fanfare! Tantara!

The hosts – Kamila and I – entered the room to begin КВН

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When we were assigning captains, we knew that Saule, Almat, Kanat are true leaders who can inspire others to participate in KVN. I know that time is precious, everyone is busy, and however, I believed in success: such events ignite in people creativity, polish team working skills, open in you undiscovered talents, and realize child dreams so on.  There are so many opportunities that wouldn’t be ignored by the true toastmasters.

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Teams  “Competent Communicators& Persuasive Competitors” lead by Almat J, “Lalaland” by Saule T., and  “Tosters” by Kanat B. were invited to the stage. My reaction to their performances was WOW! They were funny, artistic, musical, and creative! They were fabulous!

They competed in the following contests:

  1. Introduce your team
  2. STEM
  3. Razminka
  4. Musical

It is impossible to describe in words and write down all the performances. I will highlight the most memorable and bright scenes of each team. The teams showed themselves in different styles, but most of their jokes were related to ATC.

CCPC

4Almat

  1. Saltanat
  2. Ainur
  3. Aibatyr
  4. Rustem
  5. Aizhan

This team from the very beginning showed themselves as true comedians. Their self-irony could reach the highest top- Everest. I don’t know how guys persuaded girls to appear according to their bra size, but this sacrifice definitely made the audience cry out their eyes. I guess everyone would agree that the most unique performance, which created a buzz among all of us was a “Cow is dead!” in the 4th competition.

1st  Saltanat who performed a cow’s role was the sexiest and most adorable.

2nd Ainur could win Oscar for the most dramatic role – dairy-woman.

3rd Girls are in the line after Rustem who played Predsedatel’s role

4th The most laid-back policeman – Aibatyr!

I am sure that they still receive comments and messages, asking to send videos and mb even asking for dates

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TOSTERS

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  1. Kanat
  2. Asset
  3. Aigerim A
  4. Gulzada
  5. Serob
  6. Galiya
  7. Alisher

If CCPC were laughing at themselves, Tosters were making fun of others. The officers and other active members of ATC were imitated brilliantly. Especially, I loved the scenes how the officers were presented, especially, VP PR, Treasure and Sergeant at Arms:

1st Ainur jumping off the plane to make photos

2nd Alisher trying to invite VIP people to give a speech in ATC

3rd Sergeant at Arms cleaning the room after the meeting

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SO ATC! Just for these genius performances, I would give them GOLD! Through their jokes, we could see the pathway of toastmasters, starting their journey from the icebreaker and reaching finishing line. The hot tosters made a fantastic job to perceive ATC in a funny and entertaining way throughout all competitions!

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LALALANd

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  1. Saule
  2. Aigerim j.
  3. Yura P.
  4. Nani
  5. Raushan
  6. Bairam

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Well, the absolute winners and favorites of all were LaLaLand! They were the most artistic and musical ones. It almost consisted from the last year Lalaland cast. Even the opponents admit that they deserved a victory. Every miniature was well structured, thoughtful and unpredictable. My favorite performances:

1st The grammarian’s inner voice – an arrogant bitch – surprisingly belongs to Bairam, who in the end doesn’t take any notes.

2nd  I was amazed how they managed to correlate middle age times: Khan-warrior conquering Otyrar library was such a blast!

3rd The recent news haven’t got unnoticed which was perfectly mirrored in the style of musical “Chicago”. The toastmasters behind the bars make confession of the murders. But one can’t judge them because if he/she was them, he/ she would have also killed the villain grammarians, evaluators, mentors and unfair contest organizers!

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The jury on behalf of Korlan, Aiganym, Baur, Rafael. Aibol Nigmetov  didn’t expect such preparation as well as others. They were very pleased and gave a fair assessment for the performances.

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The winners are announced, the main prize – an orange in the box – goes to Lalaland! Excuse me, not an orange – Apple! Oops, I meant the certificate to dine in a fine restaurant Del Papa!

After KVN, there were games and music. Batyrzhan, who is socially active in ATC, performed two songs. In the end, the girl band “Diverso”, consisting from Nani, Aidana, Zhanna and Aigerim demonstrated perfect vocal variety in « fantasia» ( попурри из популярных мелодий).

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In the end, there was annual award “ Best of the best”, where active members and officers were cherished for their hard work. And of course, there is no party ending without a group photo!

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Thank you to:

 

Hosts:

Kamila

Zhanna 

Photographer:

Aidana Karabassova

Ainur

Cupcakes:

Aidana 

Prizes:

Assiya 

Venue:

Kanat

Treasure:

Alisher

 

With love,

Zhanna Kussainova

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Word from President: February

February is a special month for ATC, as it was chartered officially in February 23rd. But this year our club hosted 2 big events ATC HUNGER WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES in Burabay and ATC KVN BIRTHDAY PARTY itself. Both events were absolutely incredible and full of joy. Many thanks again to organizers (Saltanat Tangbayeva, Zhanna Kussainova) and their team.

 Apart from fulfilling leadership potential, our members presented many speeches through 6 meetings, giving 26 speeches. Most of them were from CC manual.
Our officers team was wholly presented during the KVN in different teams, yet it the competitive approach did not ruined our friendship and zeal. Instead, having a lot of fun filled up our energy. As an officers we have tried to roll out renewed mentoring program, and unfortunately it didn’t take of as we want to yet.
In February, I gave a lot of thought to the meaning of the word – integrity, one of the core values of Toastmasters. Previously I thought about it as a synonym word for the “honesty”. However, now I think about this world differently. And I will try to explain it by example. Imagine you come to the store and give 1000 tenge for your items, for the total cost of 850 tenge. The cashier obviously should give you back 150 tenge, right? And here is the trick – in our example, you took the change without checking it assuming the honesty of the cashier. And that is how I understand the integrity – believing that everyone is a honest and trying to delivering their best. The crucial part that I assume it, trust it and don’t doubt it – that is my integrity – everyone is honest in my opinion (even if they are not). May be it is hard to believe and do, but this is how I see it. And that is how we can strive to “providing positive learning experience”.

Sincerely,

Kanat Bazaraly

President of ATC

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Follow-up Winter Olympic Games 2018

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be in your favour!” – that is how VIII ATC Winter Olympic Games started on the glade of Abylai Khan in Burabay National Park on sunny Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

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By tradition of Hunger Games, the lot played the determining role. In case for ATC members and guests, it helped to define which Tribute would represent Districts and would become one team. After all four districts were full of their tributes, the hosts of the Game: Nani and Kuanysh, gave a command to start the first competition. According to it, every district had to introduce their districts in a unique way.

Four astonishing Districts: Пули, ЧПОК, Wildwolfs and Angels showed March of Triumph brilliantly!

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The most crucial moment of the Games started where every Tribute had to stay in a circle and waited the command from our hosts to run and to take tools.

For some Districts it was just yellow tennis ball with chopsticks while others were fast to take real bow!

After that one carrot was given to each team, they had to build own snowman using imagination, creativity, talent and tools from the previous round.

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The main Judge of the Games was Galiya, like a goodness from Olymp, Galiya was strict but honest and impartial: not even a single mistake could pass her eyes, everyone felt her presence.

When the command was given to the next competition, the funniest moment of the Games started. Every Tribute protected Snowman from neighbor districts, some were so brave even to attack! These fighters were as quick as bullets and as strong as iron.

In the Hungry Quest competition four districts had to find sweets by using the map of Arena, the first district was so fast to find sweets while other tributes asked tourist children to help them :))

It is known from “Hungry Games” that every leader of the districts is unique, has some unusual talent, so in the next competition we were glad to see uniqueness of the district leaders: one leader was Real Faraon from Egypt – Mina!

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The next competition was the longest one, which required the fast running, strength and courage: by using sledges, stubs, it seems to us that every tribute became a child for a while!

The last competition called “Where is the Winners Cup? We were so happy that every district reached the Cup which was hanged high on the tree. First who reached the Cup was our brave girl, soon to be a member Gaukhar, the fastest one was our second guest from Egypt – Rahmi.

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Winners of Winter Hunger Olympic games were privileged to ride in a horse! The Winners were our future members – Aidana, Bekzhigit and Rustem.

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Lets find out what other members of organizing team said about the Games.

NANI:

“What should I say after all?

Well, I say: “Annual ATC Winter Olympic Hunger Games 2018 definitely will be one of the best memories of this year!”

I was amazed and surprised by the dedication of our “tributes”, by their “craziness” in a good way. All of them were so enthusiastic; they were running and fighting with each other, laughing, competing. I wonder what other people in Burabay have been thinking about 14 people running and screaming on the glade of Abylay Khan. They probably thought that we are crazy! But it doesn’t matter!

It seemed to me that we are all on actual “Hunger Games”.  While watching the game and seeing the devotion of tributes I caught myself with the thought that I want to be the participant, the one who fights and runs.

I remember that I worried about the Talent Show, because I didn’t know what they are going to present. But then, I watched their performance and thought how Creative, Funny and they are! They were not just singing or dancing, but they did it in a super interesting way! You gotta see this talent show! It was beyond interesting!  All four Districts have stunned us by their performance so that. We, judges, decided to give the equal credit for their great and wonderful work!

I want to express my gratitude to ATC, because being the member, I have a super privilege to organize such memorable events and also I thank our team! We had challenging moments, but we found a solution and just did it!

I would like to thank Saltanat, because She is the person who was our leader and encouraged all of us to participate. It was my first experience of organizing such events and it was not easy at all as I thought it was at the beginning.

In spite of that, I gained unbelievable experience and a whole range of In spite of that, I gained unbelievable experience and a whole range of indescribable impressions!”

KUANYSH:

“I don’t have huge experience in organizing such events, but after VIII Annual Winter Olympic Hunger Games of ATC I got an experience, the eddy of emotion, inexpressible kaif from completed work.  I was so surprised of an eagerness and desire of every single tribute to win. And it was not just a desire, it was sparks from the twenty eight eyes.

Tributes regret neither themselves no own clothes. The memorable for me were the followings: March of Triumph of the First district and their moto, fight for spade, super creative performances of the districts, tiny Aiganym – who caught the huge peace of snow to build a snowman, smoker-snowman pirate of the second district, Zhanna – who was so brave to protect the head of snowman in the fourth competition, unbelievable speed of the districts on the sledge and Olympic persistence of Gaukhar – who was the first and only girl who reached the Cup. All teams showed unity and coordination. It was a definite fight!”

GALIYA:

“If come to the conclusion: Damn, seriously, that was cool, guys! It’s a huge effin’ deal working with the big team! Although I already had experience in such organizing events, but I liked this team the most. From the first days, we took it seriously. In particular, I liked the enthusiasm of Saltanat, because in advance for a month we already clearly planned everything and already in the second week we had ideas from the head that we wanted to make it real. I want to note, most importantly, that we even went to Burabay in advance, in order to be as confident as possible. After all, for us it was important how everything goes, and for this we dedicated our whole Sunday
And I want to write that it was worth it. Our expectations have surpassed all expectations.
It was a real hunger game.
The funniest moment was when everyone started to fight for a shovel, as Elnur worried about for his professional bow, which they simply threw the floor, after which he walked on heels behind this bow
 Another cool thing is that, the contests that we came up with, had to be reduced at the end because we squeezed out all the juices
I had to evaluate each contest, and I tried to evaluate everything as honestly as possible, and there were times when all the teams performed perfectly, and it was difficult to choose the best team! But my super team supported me. In particular, it was difficult to evaluate the talent contest and the snowman contest. In the end I want to thank you, the organizing team, you are the best, and these were the most memorable winter Olympic games!
Eh active weekend, what else could be better?”

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Thanks to my intuition I offered to the right people to join me and help to conduct Annual Winter Olympic Games 😂

I want to say BIG thanks to Nani for her brilliant ideas, for her enthusiasm which she had devoted her study time to Games.

My BIG thanks to Kuanysh who offered us to visit Burabay one week before the Games and arrange planning.

My BIG thanks to Galiya who provided us a camera, ideas and support.

My BIG thanks to Elnur who has helped us to find right tools for competitions and who was our bodyguard.

My Biggest Thanks to ALL fourteen participants, our bravest guests who gave us a lot of joy, smile and energy for the whole upcoming work week!

 

Sincerely,

Saltanat Tangbayeva

Your Sergeant-at-Arms

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Word from President: January

Fellow toastmasters

More than a half year past since that warmer meeting when our past-immediate president and her team entrusted their duties and hopes for the new team of officers. During this term we had plenty of happy moments together and overcame own challenges as well. On the last meeting of December, we provided a report about our performance with some additional video and song. Unfortunately, due to different reasons, 4 out of 7 officers decided to step down and we elected new officers.

With an exciting zeal of our new officers combined with the invaluable wisdom of experienced officers, our club started New Year with some changes, such as establishing new ATC Telegram chat. Almost one month past and we can say that many of our former and existing members warmly welcomed Telegram chat. By the way, the moving process of ATC community from WhatsApp to Telegram is still on the go. If you want to know, more approach our VP Membership Almat Juvashev.

Apart from that, we have also renewed our eligibility system, in order to increase interests from experienced members to take leading roles and encourage all members to earn more points from leading and supporting the projects outside of the scheduled meetings. More details available from our VP Education Saule Temirbayeva.

Moreover, our team is excited that members of our club lead the Toastmasters city contest in collaboration with NU Toastmasters Club. The project leader Damira Kulakhmetova and her team did a great work. Just reminder that the winner of the contest will represent our city in Open Central Asia contest, which devoted to attract toastmasters not only from Kazakhstan but from other countries as well. More information will be soon from the project leader and Secretary of our club Aigerim Akiltayeva, who is doing this project as a High-Performance Leadership.

Our leadership activities spread beyond public speaking as on this week we will host ATC Olympic games 2018, which will be in Burabay. Our Sergeant-at-Arms Saltanat Tangbayeva was happy to lead this project and she involved every part of our community and some outside – the former officer, current officer, new members and some guests.

Our VP PR Ainur Kartayeva was on fire, not only because she is Miss Kazakhstan (definitely in our hearts), but also because she hurried up on the Thursday meeting straight after the landing at an inclement weather we are facing this week. Moreover, probably, she and her team are preparing something special for us even right now)))

Last, our treasurer Alisher Tazhinov has already accept payment of 1 new member and 2 reinstated members. He is also planning to present the speeches about CFA until he passes his evaluator))).

All this long messages was dedicated to warm up you for our new success plan for this half-year term and to remind you that we did in last year

 

Best wishes

ATC president 2017-2018

Kanat Bazaraly

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Follow – up “1001 nights” New Year Party 24 December 2017

Dear Friends,

As it is known New year is considered as a Family holiday and we are happy that you celebrated this wonderful and miracle holiday with us, as Astana Toastmasters Club is a family for all of us!

Celebrating the holiday and enjoying the party with friends are always interesting and exciting, but in fact more memorable is the process of preparation to the party. Now we want to share with you some interesting moments from behind the curtains!

Let’s give a great applause to the people who kindly supported us with organization. Personally, big thanks to Embassador of Islamic Republic Iraq Mr. Younis Sarhan, who provided us with the main decoration items in Arabic style that gave us the feelings as if we were in Eastern fairytale.

Organization of any events required planning. Almost three weeks before the date of ATC New Year was a first meeting of organizing team.
One of main goal of this meeting is a concept of event. Following functions:
1) Content
2) Entourage
3) Food&Beverage
4) Venue/Setup
5) Finance
6) Logistics

Challenge for organization team is communication. Because timing in workdays are limited but cooperation and coordination went well and it helped to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
Arabic thematic “1001 nights “provides various ideas how to make this event successfully. Based on diversity of the theme our event was in colorful tones, Arabic music or music about “1000 and one nights”, delicious food and charisma from Serob and Baurzhan.

Content of event consisted of the following colourful and entertaining concurses:

1) Poem battle aka Omar Hayam style
2) Team work. Example“ What if Aladdin date Shahrazad”/ team shoud make a play of it
3) Sultan’s dance by wonderful Anar and Aigerim
4) Who wants to be a 1001 tenge winner. Reference to Who wants to be a millionaire hosted by Alisher (literary I was on phone with him late night to prepare this one)
5) Lip sync battle
Each winner received a memorable and eastern style gifts

Traditionally some guests were late but we started barely in time. Around 30 people were hyped and enjoyed whole process. Selfie room was popular am26229312_1498170493569545_2689223929802813517_nong girls, so all the pictures of this event you can find on ATC Facebook page

Thanks for contribution to:

Kanat, Serob, Raushan, Aigerim, Aida (photo), Galiya, Nani, Kuanysh,Anar,Aigerim K, Alisher.

*Aigerim Akiltayeva (our secretary) took the charge of our menu, delivering so much incredible dishes and wonderful cake
* Galiya and Kuanysh (our soon-to-be members) for decoration and active participation.
* Raushan (our active VP PR) and Ainur (our soon to be VP PR) make sure that our event will have atmosphere of eastern fairy tail and that a lot of people be aware of the event.
* Baur and Serob – two handsome sheikhs and close friends of our President Kanat who could not deny his request and led this wonderful event in a creative way.
* Alisher for an incredible quiz “Who wants to win 1001 tenge?”
* Aigerim Kosheken and Anara Issayeva – beautiful ladies for unforgettable performance.
* And all of our new year will be a hole in the pocket without our treasurer Nani, who was on fire with collecting all money for the event.
* Kanat (our current President) for managing all the process!

Yours,

Baur, Kanat, Ainur and Raushan.