WIZARDS OF OZ, OR ONE DAY AT SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE…

WIZARDS OF OZ, OR ONE DAY AT SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE…

DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAIRYTALES?

If you ever want to make an event for children, you have to know two main rules: first, prepare thoroughly; second, know that everything will not go as planned!

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In our case these rules worked like clockwork so that even the wicked witches while hiding from the kids would repeat: OH MY GOD!

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In my childhood the words “witches/demons/wizards” would usually ignite so much fear and excitement, but not now. The kids of SOS children’s village look at the world of fairytales with open eyes: they are not afraid of the green-faced scary villains. Instead, they would circle me, Zhanna and Raushan  (the wicked witches of OZ country) every time we would approach them.

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“I am holding her broom, you, guys, attack her from behind!” The kids were shouting when they saw my green-faced dark figure. The wicked witch had to run. Should we say that WE were a little bit startled from the very beginning?

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PLAN B: SOS from the children’s village!

However, I skipped ahead. That morning was wonderful: neither hot nor cold. We came to the place in advance to prepare ourselves for the “Oz quest-game”: we were dressing up, making the costumes, repeating the words and doing make-up laughing at the reflection in the mirror. Everything went according to the plan…

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“The kids are already waiting for you!”- A village’s worker asked us to begin the game and we moved into positions: Ellie (Anar Issayeva) and her dog Toto (my little brother Azamat) went right to the children and started the quest while a Tin man (Kanat Bazaraly), the witches, winged monkeys, the Cowardly lion (Yura Prokopenko) and Scarecrow (Aset Abuov) were hiding in the playground waiting for their turn to perform.

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However, five minutes later we were already confused by the noise and shouts that came bursting out of the meadow where children were playing the game.

“Why he, not me?” “I don’t like this name!” “Oh, no, don’t touch this!” “Put it on its place, please!” Anara’s (Ellie) tender voice now was working on the maximum volume. “Fortunately, I am not playing Ellie”- Aigerim Kosheken whispered right behind me.  Now we were enjoying being just a witch and a winged monkey, whose mission was to scare and startle the kids.

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“Don’t dwell on the script and the roles! What we need now is to control the situation” – Yura “the Cowardly Lion” was already unfolding a new tactics as if it was not the playground, but the real battle field and we were the guerrillas with the war paint on the faces. Plan “A” – the good children doing everything right as we want it – had already been undermined. It was the wicked witches and the inhabitants of “the magical forest” who now were getting nervous and a little bit scared!

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“Repeat your number one after another like in the army!”- The Cowardly Lion was getting less cowardly. Sure, there were no such words in the script. We no longer stuck to it. Even if we wanted, we couldn’t: Raushan (the wicked witch) told me later that children had been asking her to be kind and good despite she was the witch as well as they began to listen to me once I said: “I want to be kind-hearted, how can I gain this trait?”  Children answered with no doubts: “Goodwin will help you!”

GOOD   WIN

Did the author put any meaning into the name of the main wizard of OZ? My answer is “yes”. “Goodwin” (Aset Omirzhanov) is telling us that good always wins. This plot development is quite typical for all fairytales. But now I think we all perceive it much deeper than we did before.

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What an orphan child can dream about? Family in which everybody would be kind and heedful to each other. Probably that’s why they feel any kindness and sincerity so keenly. Probably that’s why they were quite uncontrollable and even aggressive with the witches – the embodiment of evil and bad luck, constantly repeating “we are not afraid!” Zhanna (the main witch, Bastinda) might long remember the way children were trying to chase her;)

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We’d been told before the event that children here are hyperactive and it’s difficult to manage them. There might be the reasons: as any children they need attention, but here they have to fight for it. Therefore it was a challenge for most of the kids to play in the team as each of them would try to grab our attention sometimes shouting and disobeying us. Thank you guys, Yura (Cowardly Lion), Kanat (Tin man), Aset Abuov (Scarecrow) and Aset Omirzhanov (Goodwin), for patience, attentiveness and making children trust you! Aset O. even found a little helper among the kids and named him – Goodwin Jr.!

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They say that children are the most outspoken humans; they haven’t learnt to be mean yet. The kids of SOS children’s village taught us how to befriend, trust, love and be attentive towards people. The story of Kanat, when a little girl, whom he hadn’t has a chance to chat with, presented him a chocolate, brings a salty tear to the eye; or the Albina’s moment, when a kid gave her the flowers, is so adorable and touching.

21Probably, most of the guys would tell you that the expectations didn’t meet the reality because the reality was a way different than we could have imagined. Personally I expected the obedient kids listening to every word of mine and doing everything I tell them according to the plan and the script. But it turned out to be exactly the other way round, in other words, it was better than I could ever think! The feeling that you managed to present a holiday for children which as they told us would be remembered for long days is incredible and inspiring. I am writing these lines three days  after the event but still feeling the excitement and even missing the kids, the place and the emotions I’ve got.

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P.S…

 By the end of the fairytale Ellie, her dog Toto, a Tin man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion ultimately reach the main wizard of OZ. They all think that Goodwin will bestow on them courage, mercy and mind.  The wizard gives a Tin man a heart made of pieces of cloth, the Cowardly lion is gifted by the water of courage and Scarecrow gets a bag full of needles that represents a sharp mind. Yet all these gifts didn’t have any power. Goodwin wasn’t a magician, but he made the characters believe that they were smart, brave and merciful ones.

As Goodwin none of us has the magical power, but still we can make a change. It might seem to be just a game or just a holiday, but do we know what it means for the children whose world unlike the adults’ still full of miracle and expectations…

CAST:

ELLIE – ANAR ISSAYEVA

TOTO – AZAMAT DUISSEBAYEV

GOODWIN – ASET OMIRZHANOV

A TIN MAN – KANAT BAZARALY

COWARDLY LION – YURA PROKOPENKO

SCARECROW – ASET ABUOV

THE WICKED WITCHES – RAUSHAN SATIBALDIYEVA, SAULE TEMIRBAYEVA

BASTINDA – ZHANNA KUSAINOVA

WINGED MONKEYS – AIGERIM KOSHEKEN, NASSIPZHAN KOSHANOVA, ZHANYLSYN ZHUMAGALIYEVA

CAMERAMAN  – ANEL MURZAGALIYEVA

MAKE-UP:

AIZADA ZHUMASHEVA

SAMAL KALIAKHMETOVA

ORGANIZING TEAM:

SAULE TEMIRBAYEVA

ALBINA SAHA

AKBOTA SABETOVA

ANAR ISSAYEVA

ANEL MURZAGALIYEVA

RAUSHAN SATIBALDIYEVA

ZHANNA KUSSAINOVA

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ATC Bowling Tournament Follow-up!

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Dear Friends!

I hope you still remember the special event held on April 8thATC Bowling Tournament. Personally I love playing bowling and especially the moments of strikes and spares! This game has always given me the opportunity to spend time with my friends and have an active rest, sometimes bowling is just like meditation for me.  For the purpose of socializing and active rest I’ve decided to organize the Bowling tournament and invited ATC members and non-members on Facebook page and Instagram. It turned out that there were many people who shared love for bowling with me. 24 people came to the tournament, among them there were 11 non-members.

I had a lot of ideas how to make this event entertaining and exciting, but I could not put them altogether on one scenario. I asked the help and my friend from our club – Saule Temirbayeva agreed to help me. Her help was priceless; she was involved in the process from the first minute. We made a program starting from the breakdown of players by 3 teams for each lane using the bowling pins of different colors, plus Saule prepared the legend of Bowling and induction ceremony! Unfortunately we could not do that as planned, as there was very loud music and some people came late. So we decided to skip this and started off with the first competition named “Challenging throws”. There the participants lined up and one after another starting with the first player from each team rolled the ball with definite tasks. For example, first players of each team threw the ball with left hands, the second ones – sitting on the floor; the thirds turned back to the lanes and rolled the balls through their legs. After some efforts, we asked our players to think up the most breathtaking and ingenious throw. All the participants were involved and they offered different kinds of throws, some people started to dance passing the ball to each other, someone threw the ball blindfolded, and one beautiful lady even did the splits after her throw!

After such an exciting and challenging part of our competition we had dinner together, while having a meal we were playing the game named “Charades”, in addition to this all the participants voted overwhelmingly in favour of Aigerim Kosheken who won the award “Breathtaking throw”!

We came back to the competition and before starting the second part named “Turn of professionals”, I conducted a bowling workshop for 10-15 minutes where I showed some compulsive techniques with the help of which you could play bowling better and take pleasure in the game. Based on my observations it was very useful for our players. Most of them began to do the strikes after strikes and caught the flow of the game. And here we announced the nominations of “Super lady striker” and “Super male striker”. Our winners were Bairam Orazov and our guest Zhamilya Nurgazy.

At the end of the evening we awarded our winners and the first place award went to the team “La La land”. The second place – “Double strikers” and the team “Courage Bombay” took the third place. Our congratulations to all the winners!

My personal and huge thanks to Saule for your help, ideas and enthusiasm. Aigerim Kussainova, thanks for photo shooting.

Thank you for coming and sharing this event with us, dear friends! I enjoyed it a lot.

Sincerely,

Raushan Satibaldiyeva

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Behind the Curtain: White Party / New Year Party with Sogdiana and Yuriy

Assiya: It was a White party dedicated to the New Year-2017! Our leading hosts Sogdiana and Yuriy, could you share your impression or funny stories related to the party?

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Sogdiana: The idea to make this party “white” was of Korlan’s, our president, who thought that it would look terrific! And it was! Just imagine people wearing white dresses and shirts! It was like in a fairy tale with a Happy End. Yura and I wanted to write a funny and romantic scenario to make the evening that set the mood for our members and guests for the future holidays.

Yuriy: Sogdiana and I doubted that it would be quiet fun, some contests could make our guess bored. I can’t judge but it seems we have a good time.

Sogdiana: Of course, the fun would be impossible without people who made it happen!

We had a great team, who sacrificed their own time for the party! Yerlan was the one who was responsible for our budget. And we earned 250.000 KZT from 34 people. Sometimes, we are trying to save money for others meetings or gifts, but White party required full commitment from us. Money was spent for beautiful decoration, gifts, food and a “yummy” cake with lettering “White party”! It was a painstaking work of everyone. Sometimes, I didn’t have time to control everything, but on my request – everyone helped, when it was necessary. I was so proud of the power that we had, of emotions and feelings that we could put to the Day!

Yuriy: I didn’t know how it would be going because we had an empty room without tables, decorations: nothing was ready at 4 p.m. When Sogdiana and I entered the room we didn’t feel exuberance and realized “We have much stuff to do”.

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Sogdiana: Assiya, Anara, Raushan, Yura and I, came very early, to make sure, that the place would be prepared on time, tables were in a right place and lights could be turned off, when we needed for scenes. It was a bit unfair, but a lot of boy’s work, girls did by themselves. We didn’t ask for help, but we thought they might know, that we needed them. Anyway, we could solve it. And we had Yura, who helped with heavy stuff.

Yuriy: Actually, our glorious girls created a holiday table and decorated the room by 6.30 p.m. Everything was ready except the music. It was quite clear – the equipment was in bad condition, the sound was awful with lots of buzzing overtones, microphones were out of repair and Saulet was forced to spend a lot of time to repair but any attempt ended in the flop. Again a miracle….the equipment suddenly started to give us the music without buzzing, both microphones made us possible not to damage our vocal cords.

Sogdiana: It was really going to disrupt our party but everything worked out. I am thankful to all officers, newcomers and delivery agents. Everything was on time and with festive moods. Aisha brought fabulous posters of White party and logo of Astana Toastmasters Club. Yerlan and his wife Aigerim brought and served food on tables. Saulet tuned equipment and sound. Damira and Yerzhan were our Ded Moroz and Snegurochka with funny competitions and poems. Aidana and Zhanara took pictures. Girls made a dance of snowflakes. Aigerim Kosheken sang a song. Everyone was involved in process that is why it was a team-success!

Yuriy: Thank you very much who organized it! Sogdiana encouraged me to take part, wrote the scenario and I got real delight to meet and write it with her. The ATC white party was our miracle.

Sogdiana: Happy New Year!!!

Yuriy: Happy New Year!!!

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Toastmasters’ Speech Contest Follow-up Note from Korlan Bektassova

26th of November 2016 became an important milestone in the history of Astana Toastmasters Club and the whole Toastmasters’ community in Kazakhstan.

That Saturday afternoon 6 speakers representing 6 different Toastmasters Clubs, officially chartered in Kazakhstan, gathered together in a cozy hall of Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, to compete in the art of public speaking.

Though the idea of having such a contest was in my mind for a long time and it was one of my promises during the presidential campaign, the actual preparation for the event started in the last decade of August. It was the first time when I addressed all the Toastmasters Clubs I know in Kazakhstan: NCOC Toastmasters, Atyrau Open Toastmasters clubs in Atyrau, NU Toastmasters and Samruk Kazyna Toastmasters clubs in Astana and Almaty Toastmasters Club in Almaty. All the clubs immediately supported the idea, and showed willingness to participate. I expected nothing less from a community of true leaders. First step was done.

From that very moment, a busy season began. We had many tasks to fulfill: finding the venue with a good location, finding judges, recruiting volunteers to help with organizational matters, promoting the Contest to attract visitors, preparing certificates, and gifts for winners and participants and many other little details that seemed to be unimportant but actually meant a lot.

The most challenging part was finding a perfect venue. Location was important.   

There are many venues in Astana with necessary equipment and capacity, and Hilton Garden Inn was indeed a perfect location for the Speech Contest. However there was one main restraint: being a non-profit organization, we do not have financial resources to be able to “buy” any venue we want. Thus, we needed a venue for free. That doubled the challenge and this challenge was accepted by the Sergeant-at-arms Kanat Bazaraly. He successfully tackled the problem by applying his leadership skills and persuading Mr. Michael Adams, the director of PwC Kazakhstan, that there were benefits in sponsoring the Speech Contest. Perhaps one would say that it was an easy task, since Mr. Adams was supportive with the ideas and values of ATC, and once again, I’d like to thank him and PwC Kazakhstan management for believing in good causes of such an event and agreeing to sponsor it.

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The next thing to do was to recruit judges.

The task was complicated by three factors: 1) we needed someone who is familiar with public speaking principles, 2) we needed someone who speaks and understands English at the highest possible level and 3) we needed unbiased parties, unrelated to any of the competing clubs.

The problem was solved when Aliya Sariyeva, the only Distinguished Toastmaster in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, called me and said that she wanted to lead the event and be the toastmaster of the Speech Contest. I could not have imagined a better candidate for this task.

She was also the one who recommended Miss Mary Francis and Miss Jane Knight from Haileybury School in Astana as judges. The third judge was Trevor Hogan from PwC Kazakhstan. I’d like to thank these lovely people for agreeing to take such a responsibility and sparing their time and efforts.

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The other thing which was still on the table was Gifts for the participants.

At first we thought we’d have a participation fee for the contestants, however later on we waivered this prerequisite as it is not a common practice in Toastmasters. However we still needed funding. That is when a little fundraising campaign started within the club. With the help of members of ATC, we managed to raise enough money to buy books for gifts for each contestant. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising, and my special thanks is to Banu Ibragim, a member of ATC, who recently moved to another city and could not be present at the Contest, she was the one who contributed the largest amount. That’s what we call true devotion to the club.  

Speech Contest was a great opportunity to raise awareness about Toastmasters. A press release about the event was sent to media and published on social network. Thanks to the efforts of PR team from ATC and PwC, we were able to attract an audience of nearly 100 people and even had some TV journalists.  

Conducting a Contest of such a scale by gathering Toastmasters together was the key goal I announced during my presidential campaign and now I can say that the mission is successfully accomplished. Thanks to teamwork and dedication, the event turned out to be a tremendous one.

For me it was never about winning but I’m happy that Aigerim Kosheken who stepped up to represent Astana Toastmasters Club reached the hearts of the audience and the jury by winning the 2nd place and Audience choice award. Thank you, Aigerim!

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Look at these courageous women and men who stepped up to represent their clubs, without them it would not have happened.

The results of the Speech Contest turned out to be as follows:

1st place Sayagul Berdenova from NCOC Toastmasters Club

2nd place Aigerim Kosheken from Astana Toastmasters Club

3rd place Yernur Satybaldiyev from Almaty Toastmasters Club

Audience choice award was split between Aigerim Kosheken and Yernur Satybaldiyev, who got equal number of votes.

Videos  of their speeches are here.

Photos are here

In the end I’d like to thank officers’ team for supporting the idea and making the it happen, each member (ex, current or future) who contributed their time and money, great photographers Matthew Charnetski and Makhmud Baikhodzhayev, Saule Temirbayeva, who prepared the ballot box and voting sheets and Aikorkem Nurzhanova who promoted the event by all means possible.   

More great events to come!

Sincerely yours,

Korlan Bektassova

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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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Behind the Curtain: VI ATC Summer Olympic Games 2016 by Yerzhan Omirkhanov

Here is the quick follow up note from project leader of VI ATC Summer Olympic Games 2016.

ATC Olympic Games of 2016 were scheduled to start at 12:00 on 21 of September in the schoolyard. We had all facilities we needed: football field, basketball and tennis courts. Overall the Olympic Games consisted of three parts sports activities, picnic and family dinner. We had 5 different team sports games: relay race, snake, mine field, carpet folding and sculpture. Games required a considerable amount of energy and flexibility that my muscles ached afterwards.       

The ATC Olympic Games kicked off with a nice warm-up session delivered by Asset Omirzhanov and Korlan Bektassova. During the games Bairam Orazov was in charge, our MC made sure that sports activities went smooth and well. We had two rival teams Batyrs Squad and Cockroaches. Cockroaches had their own slogan “we crawl, we bite, we eat you alive” ughh! Despite being undefeatable everywhere on Earth Cockroaches team were unable to beat Batyrs Squad. Squad won the VI ATC Summer Olympic Games and was awarded a Golden  Cup of ATC. The Games were closed with an old and good game from our childhood – Bouncer (Вышибалы).

As for the picnic, Zhantuar Yertayev has arrived just on time with food supplies purchased on a city fair. Melon and watermelon were so sweet and juicy that we have craved even more of it. Also we have got some descent “lakhmadjun” from the Turkish restaurant nearby. We had some chit-chat and enjoyed our meals during the picnic. Soon after we were all exhausted and decided to take a nap and sunbathe.

In the end we had dinner at café Rafe, the one close to Akorda. I enjoyed a veggie pizza while others had some salads and soups. I would like to say thank you: to Damira Kulakhmetova for her diligent work in planning and executing the Games; as well as to our Ex-Sergeant at Arms, Asset Omirzhanov, who shared not only his wisdom of organizing the previous game, but also shared his own sports tools; to Bairam, for stepping up as an MC of the Olympic Games at the last moment; and to Zhantuar, who went to the city fare and bought the best melon and watermelon we have ever tried, it was worth coming just because of it. I am grateful to Astana Toastmasters Club for the opportunity to spend this Sunday in a warm atmosphere of nice people. Live long and prosper!       

Enjoy your last days of summer,

Yerzhan Omirkhanov

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Behind the Curtain: ATC RUN. How it was. by Anuar Unaibekov

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I was dying to write these words since the time when we declared ‘ATC RUN marathon’ finished, but due to the fact that the event took us a lot of time and strength, I procrastinated some work that I also had to do. Finally, I’ve reached this keyboard and I’m ready to start. ))
This message, this story is about almost unacquainted people who by the accident have become friends. During the organization of this wonderful event I discovered some gorgeous features in these people. I’m talking about DREAM TEAM of A5 (as Assel once noticed): Aigerim AkiltayevaAssiya BabayevaAsseL Mussina and Asset Abuov. I incredibly regret that I didn’t know them that good before, but now I’m extremely glad that they are my friends. ))
It started when I, Elmira Tulbassiyeva and Assel Mussina went from “one interesting place” to Mega Mall to have a lunch and suddenly, I decided to call to Assiya Babayeva (once we spoke that we could finish CL together, organizing smth for ATC).
The very first thing that I was astonished by is an enthusiasm and ambitious intensions that Assiya showed that day. She said that we could gather unbelievable 40 participants, while I said that it would be great if we gather about 20 of them. This enthusiasm and not only her, but of our entire team helped us to gather 75 participants out of 150 registered. If you were on the event, you know that it rained, so more than a half of registered participants didn’t come. However, you can also see that final number of people is far bigger than we planned, thus we all are more than contented. Thank you guys, for your devotion!
The second thing that surprised me is the way how we worked together on our meetings. When the event was approaching I and Aigerim Akiltayeva were losing our heads from the number of registered participants that we had, whereas Assiya, Assel and Asset were trying to make us to come down to earth and be more realistic. As you see, our roles changed throughout preparation, but there was a balance all the time. Thank you guys for that you are amazing!
The next thing that helped us is a sense of pointing on really important things that Assel possesses. A lot of times we heard from her that we entirely forgot about this or that. Once we all absolutely forgot about camera on the event. )) Furthermore, she spent hours in her office at night preparing those registration lists or medical papers. Thank you Assel, you are the best!
Aigerim is experienced marathoner. This experience also played one of the most crucial roles on our event. By the way, with the help of Aigerim we connected with the most famous marathoner in whole Kazakhstan, Marat Zhylanbayev. And probably, if we organize such events in the future he will come and give us some masterclasses. Aigerim helped us to organize counting time and how not to confuse having such a big number of participants. Aigerim and Asset as well, were the people who spent their time more than any other member of our team examining that track and making sure that event will be held on the highest level. I really don’t know how we could do it without them. Thank you Aigerim, it was great pleasure to work with you and I hope it is not the last time!
Girls, it is for your attention, because now I’m going to write about awesomeness of Asset Abuov. I’ve found that Asset is REAL MAN and he really knows how to hold hammer in his hands. )) Yet he is very calm and patient guy, because walking and cycling so many kilometers, listening to my unfunny jokes, for ordering those beautiful t-shirts or that stylish hashtag ‪#‎ATCRUN‬ without saying a word of complaint is real heroism. However, when he needs to speak to people he does it perfectly, because exactly Asset spoke to those superiors of the park and convinced them to give us permission to take park on that day. So girls, if you want such a hero, as your future boyfriend, who will patiently listen to your idle talk and will be able to handle manly work at home, think about Asset, while he is single. ))) Thank you bro, I’m proud to say that I was a part of your team!
Some people are also worth to mention here. I would like to thank Dzhamilya SerikbayevaДинара КыдырниязоваAizhan SeitЕржан Омирханов,  Айбек БекеновYernar ZhDaulet SabyrAnuar Zhumabayevand Elmira Baltabayeva for your help, you guys did a lot for us on starting point of the race, in organizing registration process and with gathering all the things after finishing of the event. Especially, I want to thank Damira Kulakhmetova , Диана КаримоваAsem Panova, Elmira Tulbassiyeva and Asset Omirzhanov for your patience and dedication. You guys helped us to gather all these people, you just brought order to our registration process and helped more than a lot with counting times of the participants. By the way, I was just shocked by sagacity of Elmira, Asset and Asem. Despite the horrible weather that was during the event, you kindly agreed to help; we owe you guys just infinitely. Thank you all, I again can’t imagine how we could do it without your help. Thank you, thank you so much!!!
Finally, I think that is it. )) It was great pleasure for me to work with such wonderful people. I guess I won’t forget about this event for a very long time. )) Thank you all for that! Wish you all happiness!

Best regards,
Anuar Unaibekov

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Behind the Curtain: What? Where? When? by Anuar Zhumabayev

Dear toastmasters,

Here, in “Behind the curtain” part of our blog, I would like to share with you information about how one of the regular social events of our club, recreational “What? Where? When?” game found its way to the community of those, who are looking to master public speaking skills.

On 10th of April, ATC hosted the last game, and I was an organizer. When I look back, it turns out that I participated in organizational teams of “What? Where? When?” games at ATC all 6 times, it was hosted in the club.

The idea was actually proposed by our former member and now a successful social entrepreneur and engineer Gaukhar Arystan. She announced that she wanted to introduce this game at one of our regular Saturday meetings and declared that she was looking for a host, who will be asking questions during the game. I had never played in formal “What? Where? When?” games before, however, during my student time in Arizona State University, we had our little version of the game at Kazakhstani Student Association there. So, I had had a little experience in searching for questions and was familiar with format a little. Therefore, I stepped up to be a host. Little I knew, I would be the host for 5 of 6 such games at ATC.

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We also had Amina Kussainova and Elmira Muldasheva helping us organize the event, providing witty questions, I could ask our guests, and the very first game at ATC went quite well: we had four teams, 30 questions and fun evening. The event became quite popular and for all the next games, teams would be formed very quickly, peaking with 9 teams at the game in Astana Mall (third in ATC), when the host was Art Sergazinov.

The hardest job in organizing the event is to find the place, where we can host all teams and, of course, search for the questions. Every single game at ATC took place at different venues. We had fun time during some of negotiations. I just want to tell you that Azamat Khamza is the best negotiator ever. Seriously, two times he was in recruiting team, we were able to find bargains for our venues.

To find all 30 questions for the game, I usually spent from 3 to 4 hours in the web, so the questions would be at least interesting, hopefully challenging, and yet, rationally easy, since our members are not practicing players, who prepare for the game fiercely. After all, our game is recreational. Also, sometimes, I try to find questions, related to hobbies of our members, like football questions for our football fans, “Harry Potter” questions for our muggles and questions about public speaking. It is challenging, but totally worth it. It was so funny, when no one had the right answer for “a boy with a scar” question, though in each team, we had at least one J.K.Rowling fan.

Overall, I am glad I was a part of organizational teams for these events, but I feel, that with each game I am slowly losing interest in hosting, and, I believe, members felt it during the last game. Therefore, I think it would be in the best interest of the club, if there would be any “What? Where? When?” game in the future at ATC, to find a new host and organizer. To whom, I have only one advice: be sincere in your desires, have fun with questions and don’t be afraid to joke around with teams. It is a fun event. And we should have a blast every time we host it!

Anuar Zhumabayev

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Behind the Curtain: Скала. Дотянуться до небес

Как помочь расправить крылья?

Некоторые сравнивают умение достигать своих целей с беговым марафоном, когда человек, превозмогая боль и усталость, отодвигает ее на второй план для достижения поставленной задачи. Когда отказывают ноги, руки, дыхание сбито и ощущение, что весь организм наполнен каким-то землетрясением внутренностей. То же самое происходит, когда вы карабкаетесь на гору, хочется остановиться и сдаться вершине, признать ее победу над собой, пав безвестным воином… Но не все так просто! Вспоминая, что стоило тебе всех предыдущих усилий, ты делаешь глубокий вдох и продолжаешь путь.В прошлые выходные, я смогла показать некоторым ребятам с Astana Toastmasters Club (where leaders are made), как это здорово карабкаться вверх. Мероприятие прошло в ТРЦ «Мега», в городе Астана, на скалодроме «Skala». Мне помогали составлять план очень грамотные инструкторы и следить за каждым участником во избежание несчастных случаев. В этом помогает также инструкция по технике безопасности, с которой каждый участник ознакомился перед началом. Это был мой первый Leadership project, где я должна была организованно провести мероприятие, на которое пригласила всех желающих.PR-team предложила несколько вопросов, на которые я ответила в своем посте:
1. Как пришла идея провести мероприятие?
В свое время мне самой было очень интересно узнать про скалолазание и альпинизм в городе. Неужели, если Астана – город степей, мы не любим лазать по горам? Многие точно так же, как и я, просто не знали куда обратиться. Но я девочка настойчивая, узнала контактные данные алматинского клуба (уж там-то они точно должны заниматься в горах), и уже они подсказали, как я могу связаться с их представителями в Астане. Мне показалось, что проведя мероприятие, я смогу ознакомить ребят с основами, вызвать их интерес к спорту, после которых они уже точно решат, хотят ли посвятить себя горам.12888675_958904927496107_5706240807159695195_o
2. Что было самым сложным и самым легким при подготовке?Начать заниматься спортом никогда не поздно. Но с годами это всегда сложнее. Все мы имеем разную физическую подготовку и умения. Сложно было подбирать задания и упражнения, с которыми смог бы справиться любой участник, не чувствуя себя ущемленным в каком либо отношении. Так как мой проект был рассчитан на командную работу и каждый участник должен был попробовать свое умение в каждом из конкурсов. Легко было от того, как ребята восприняли идею о скалодроме, они были полны энтузиазма и постоянно поддерживали, ожидая чего-то интересного. А, как организатору, мне было это очень важно. Непосредственно в день мероприятия, очень помогли мои коллеги по цеху (PR-team). Они пришли пораньше и сотворили наше оформление.
3. Что было на мероприятии вкратце, сколько длилось, сколько человек пришло, какие команды были?
Люди набирались с переменным успехом. Изначально, когда был объявлен набор, я не почувствовала никакой энергии и ребята считали, что у них есть еще предостаточно времени, чтобы определиться с походом на мероприятие. А мне нужно было рассчитать бюджет, призы, конкурсы, места… Еще за день список превысил 5 человек, из отведенных 20, то есть еще за несколько часов я ожидала, что буду тренировать 25 человек, за которыми нужен будет пристальный надзор. Но бывают случаи, что возникают дела в самый неподходящий момент и в итоге до Скалы дошли 16 человек участников, ну и я сама была 17-ая. Что было достаточно удобно, потому что они поровну смогли разделиться на команды по 8 человек. Тема мероприятия должна была связывать 2 мира – Черную и Белую сторону ангелов.Самое первое, что пришлось нам выполнить – это разминка – основа всех нагрузок и занятий. Важно подготовить тело и дать ему разогреться, от хорошей циркуляции крови повышается гормон счастья, который дал нам позитивный заряд на предстоящие восхождения, потому что именно подъем ребята хотели освоить больше всего!  А потом пошло все по плану. Разделились на команды с белыми и черными ленточками на руках для опознавания «своих». Определили капитанов команд. Байрам возглавлял армию «Черных фурий» ведя игроков за собой, прикрывая наших нежных девушек своей могучей спиной, постоянно страхуя и не разрешая сдаваться. А наш президент стал капитаном команды нечеловеческих возможностей «Белых барсов», их речевка говорила сама за себя об их сплоченности и желания к победе!12916120_958909960828937_6057624108236762143_o

Изначально, мы договорились об аренде на 2 часа и согласно этому времени был расписан график проведения конкурсов, но время работало против нас, поэтому количество конкурсов значительно сократилось. Это не помешало нам получить максимум удовольствий от каждого из них. На тренажере висели облачка, на которых были написаны вразброс высказывания великих скалолазов и альпинистов, в конце мероприятия им предстояло собрать их всех воедино, чтобы расшифровать. Вот некоторые из них: «Скалолаз не тот, кто залез на скалу, а тот, кто потом спустился», «Альпинисты, как яйца, либо крутые, либо всмятку», «Никто не запрещает тебя считать царем горы, но прошу, знай свою гору» (Ватари Ватару)

4. Понравилось ли тебе проводить мероприятие?

Безусловно! Несмотря на долгую подготовку и постоянно меняющиеся планы – я была заряжена энергией ребят! Каждый принес частичку позитива, которая была распределена между нами поровну. Я изначально была инициатором сделать что-нибудь необычное, волнующее, и как оказалось, практически никто не пробовал со страховкой на высоте в несколько десятков метров, свисать под тяжестью собственного веса.

5. Получилось ли реализовать все, что задумала?

Можно сказать, что по большей части – да! Моя цель была – порадовать ребят новыми ощущениями, провести время за пределами нашей зоны комфорта, где мы привыкли обычно видеть друг друга. Работа в командах лишний раз доказала нам, как мы умеем слажено двигаться и как переживаем за своих со-товарищей, даже тех, кто находится в соперниках. Несмотря на то, что происходили форс-мажорные ситуации и заминки, как-то это стиралось за общим смехом и специальными подарками из альпинистского магазина. Хотелось оставить в памяти каждого, время, проведенное на Скале.

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6. Есть ли советы для организаторов, в особенности, спортивного содержания?

Конечно, предугадать многие вещи мы не в силах, как оказалось уже во время  соревнований, я не подумала о человеке, который будет записывать результаты команд, подсчитывать очки, советоваться… У меня прошло это немного наобум, но ребята вроде не обиделись, когда я раздавала призы и объявляла результаты. Так что сами результаты так же важны, как и участие, стоит принять во внимание, что за игрой у людей есть собственные амбиции для достижений целей. Все-таки Astana Toastmasters Club для лидеров, и пусть, в шуточной форме, но мы пытаемся развить здоровое чувство азарта.

Дату мероприятия, количество человек желательно знать задолго до начала, это сэкономит вам кучу нервов и поможет быть полностью уверенным сколько времени уйдет на прохождения какого бы то ни было задания. Несколько участников, готовых прийти, отказались перед самым началом, из-за позднего вопроса «о недавних травмах». В спортивном мероприятии очень важно учесть факт состояния здоровья персонально.

Чтобы подытожить интервью, хотелось бы пожелать удачи и больше импровизации, она обычно всегда заводит застоявшийся мозг! Не бойтесь просить помощи, если что-то не получается или вошли в тупик, более опытные и неравнодушные люди не откажут в совете. Личный Опыт получился колоссальным.

Оригинальный пост по ссылке: Скала. Дотянуться до небес 

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Behind the Curtain: Oscar ATC BD Party with Assiya Babayeva

Dear Toastmasters!

I’d like to greet everyone in spring. As you know, February was full of events: ATC Bowling Tournament, Macedonian Day, my B’day :) and finally ATC Birthday party! The topic of the party was chosen easily but on the other hand took pretty long time. We, girls, definitely wanted such a topic that would allow us to wear a gorgeous dress, put glamorous make-up and see our gentlemen in brilliant suits. Thus the alternatives of the topic were ‘White party’, ‘Music awards’ etc. ‘Let’s organize an Oscar party’ idea suddenly stroke our minds and only after this we realized that real Oscar award ceremony was coming.

Luckily, all ATC members are extremely active and visit various events apart from ATC. So we started to brainstorm and highlighted lots of awesome ideas. At the beginning, the scenario was quite chaotic and reminded the ‘vinaigrette salad’. But later on it turned into truly thematic party devoted to cinema, Hollywood and all this stuff. Moreover, we tried to recreate the atmosphere of the award by bringing an Oscar statue (almost 2 meter-tall), a red carpet, popcorn and many other details that contributed to the whole idea.

Overall, for anyone who wants to organize social events for ATC or any other organization, my recommendations will be absolutely banal, but these are the basics:

– get everything prepared in advance;

– try to recruit more members;

– rehearse at least some parts which might go wrong…

A separate big ‘thank you’ goes to Anuar, Mr. President for helping us with decoration!

Another person who is shy but is able to do men’s work is Tana. Bakery isn’t only sweet and honey, it is also painful and hard ))

Zhanna, thank you so much for your initiative on making a beautiful musical performance for the party! Thanks to everyone who performed that night! Btw you can watch it here.

Damira, you are the best PR ever 😉 Her sister made for us the awards – Oscar statues! They were beautiful!

Sogdiana, thanks for reporting and photo shooting each step…

And little thanks to the presenters of that evening: Korlan Bektassova and me, Assiya Babayeva.

March, we are anticipating new portion of mood, joy and communication!

Assiya