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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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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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ATC RUN

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ATC RUN. Edition 2. Follow up.

ATC RUN is early held sport event. It is organized to unite toastmasters and new members, develop leadership skills and create healthy and supportive atmosphere in our club.

The organizing committee consisted of 5 people: Anel, Gulmira, Kanat, Asset and Aigerim.

In comparison with last year, we provided link for registration, so we would distribute numbers in advance and allocate budget for prizes. In advance, we bought gifts for winners. Moreover, thanks to Anel’s sister Dilara for creating beautiful hand-made medals! Every team member was responsible for a specific task. For instance, Anel was responsible for buying gifts, printing out medals and organizing the event. Gulmira prepared nice coffee break, brought the equipment and timed the distances. Kanat and Asset were responsible for timing the distances. Asset made an entertaining promotional video. Aigerim measured the distances, received an approval from Akimat of Astana to organize such event, bought the gifts and led the project.

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Even though 30 people had registered for the event, 17 people participated. The weather on that day was quite amazing: sunny and warm. The atmosphere was very positive; especially we had among our attendees our fellow toastmasters from Samruk-Kazyna Toastmasters club.

The ATC RUN started from nice warm-up by volunteers’ organizations “Best for Kids”.  We are thanking “Best for Kids” for their support. All money donations will be given to “Best for Kids” organization. We are planning to organize one more event to support one of the kids’ orphanages.

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There were three races 2.5, 5 and 10 km, so every person could run at their own pace. The run was followed by a cozy coffee break including hot berry tea, biscuits and dates.
In addition, million thanks to Assiya she agreed to show Zumba moves to our participants, while they were waiting for the results. The results are the following:

2,5 km
Men Women
Сабыржанов Алишер 00:16:25 Уссенова Аина 00:12:16
Кустубаева Лаура 00:18:53.000
5 km
Men Women
Каржавин Александр 515 00:21:46 Мукатова Ботагоз 502 00:27:41
Чирик Николай 520 00:22:13 Жадыра Утебалиева 512 00:31:24
Тангабаева Салтанат 501 00:31:30
Бабаева Асия 503 00:31:47
10 км
Men Women
Сейтахметов Нурлан 111 00:51:18 Аскерова Жаныл 102 00:57:41
Жексебайулы Руслан 103 00:51:39 Гуламова Гульчехра 117 01:03:17
Жусупов Султан 110 00:51:47
Колесаиков Алексей 120 00:52:53
Нуралин Адил 107 00:57:05

 

If you are thinking to organize any events, do it! You will gain valuable experience and new skills. It may be challenging task, but in the end, it all pays off, once you see heart-warming smiles of people around you! Say yes to every opportunity next to you! You might end up in a happy place! =)

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Отчет бюджета

Организаторские расходы Взнос от участников
Подарки победителям (2 бутылки) 3300 Участники 17
Подарки победителям (скакалки, повязки на голову, повязки на руки, спортивные сумки) 8000 Благотворительный взнос 2000
Спортивные батончики 1520 Сумма 34000 тенге
Ленты 2250
Стаканы 600
Тарелки 300
Салфетки 200
Кофе брейк (печенье 4 вида, финики 4 пачки, вода) 3505
Картон для медалей 450
Сумма 20125 тенге
Деньги на благотворительность

(взнос от участников   орг. расходы)

13875 тенге

 

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Brickell Toastmasters in Miami

During our trip to Miami, Fl we were so lucky to visit a regular meeting of Brickell Toastmasters Club.

And here is why.

It was our first visit of a Toastmasters club abroad. We were looking forward to see how meetings are conducted in the USA, the homeland of all toastmasters clubs.
So on the 8th of July we came to the Bank of America building in downtown Miami. The venue is a Merrill Lynch conference room with a stunning view of the ocean.

The Brickell toastmasters club has 54 official members, attendance was about 20-25 members which is very good considering the time (12.15 on Friday)

We came a bit earlier so the room was empty. But colorful agendas were already printed.
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What was unusual about Brickell Toastmasters and impressed us the most:
1) Time-management. According to the agenda, duration of the meeting was roughly one hour. We were a bit skeptical initially because we know from experience it’s very hard to organize meetings during lunch time. However, to our surprise the meeting had started at 12.15 sharp as planned. At exactly 12.14 everybody became silent and watched the hand of the clock on the wall to reach the beginning time!
Throughout the meeting every participant demonstrated excellent time-management skills – almost no one was over the limit.
Two interesting details: Instead of cards, Brickell Toastmasters has a special device for a timer. It looks more like a toy traffic light.
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However, it’s amazingly convenient to use. The timer’s role was masterfully performed by Korlan Bektassova who was recruitted by the toastmaster of the meeting on the spot..
Another interesting thing is a 30-seconds-rule – amazingly cool technique! Once speakers reach a maximum time limit, a timer counts until 30 and then begins to clap and everybody joins. Yes, it’s that easy and genius! No long boring speeches, no brandishing a red card! Though only one speaker during the table topic session was granted an applause from Korlan – everyone being so cool staying within the time limits! Also the club saves time on writing feedback. At ATC the toastmaster of the meeting usually gives one minute to write feedback note to the speakers. At Brickell all members write feedback during the next speech.
Here is a timer’s report form:
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2) New roles. Not only Brickell Toastmasters has a joke master – a separate role which is combined with the role of a grammarian in our club – but also they have two quite unusual roles:
 Vote counter. Actually, I took this role without even thinking – just wanted to try something new. But anyway how hard could be counting votes for the best prepared speaker, best table topic speaker and best speech evaluator?! In reality, I was overwhelmed by the flow of votes!Brickell Toastmasters uses the standard ballot for voting and brief evaluations. The Vote counter collects all feedbacks and votes, counts votes for the best prepared speaker, second best and most improved,  and also sorts feedback notes for the prepared speakers and distributes them at the end of the meeting.
– CL evaluator – Brickell Toastmasters assigns a special member to fill CL manuals of all the role takers. This is quite unusual, however, I suspect this practise leads to a very high rate of competent leaders in the club :-)
3) Little details:
– Ah-counter has a special clicker which he uses upon hearing filler words and sounds. I was SO annoyed at first – what the guy is doing?! He is DISTRACTING the speakers! But then it became obvious that the clicker has a powerful effect: after several clicks the speakers started to control his/her speeches and consiously decreased the number of filler words.
– Sergeant-at-arms opens and closes the meeting.
– The meeting begins with everybody saying a short oath.
– We’ve met an area director. It was the first Toastmasters high official I’ve ever met in my life. ))) It’s cool that area directors visit toastmasters club which they supervise.
We are very grateful to all toastmasters of Brickell club in Miami for their hospitality. As a token gift from ATC, we presented a bar of Kazakhstan chocolate to the best prepared speaker. He was so happy! :-)
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Everyone was kind and genuinely interested in Astana Toastmasters Club. They all asked questions about us, about Astana and Kazakhstan (- Do you all speak fluent English? – Of course! :)) And the area director even promised to visit us one day.
Overall we were extremely impressed by the Brickell Toastmasters CLub. How effectively it is organized, how time wise and productive.Korlan as a president promised to implement some tools in our club. Looking forward seeing best practice in our beloved Astana Toasmasters Club!
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A word from President: August

Dear Toastmasters!

It is the last month of a rainy summer in Astana, and if you need a life hack on how to survive a gloomy weather, here is one: Surround yourself with sunny people, such people can be found in Astana Toastmasters Club. I cannot stop being amazed with how kind, friendly, creative and supportive the people of ATC are. Every time you need support or advice there they are.

Last month we hosted a country day, went to a super-duper trip to Burabay and had 7 meetings overall with more than 20 speeches. Can you imagine? We heard 20+ different stories and learnt something new or maybe remembered something we knew but forgot long time ago.

In August we plan to continue to stay awesome and have a super guest speaker (fingers crossed), have an outside meeting-picnic (fingers crossed) and have our annual VI ATC Summer Olympic Games (everything will be as real as in Rio).

You need to be a part of all of this, don’t miss out all the fun.

Lessons I personally learnt in the past month is that your team is important and when you can rely on people everything is achievable. I’d like to once again thank my wonderful team for an amazing job they’re doing.

P.S. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
― Phil Jackson president of NY Knicks (NBA)

Sincerely,
Korlan Bektassova

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A word from President: July

Dear Toastmaster!

Today is the start of a 2016-2017 officers’ term in Astana Toastmasters Club. Seven people, devoted toastmasters were elected by you to serve for the best interest of the club and its members.

As the president of Astana Toastmasters Club I’m thrilled to begin a new chapter in the life of the club and together with you I’m willing to write a great story of success.

Toastmaster’s path is pretty straightforward; take roles, give speeches, speak up and step up whenever it’s necessary. The more you do – the more you learn. And the main goal of any toastmaster club is in providing the Encouraging environment where this path is possible.

Most of you consider ATC as a family. The place you feel at home. And I want it to keep that way.

Every member should be able to strive for excellence in what he/she is doing, have respect from fellow toastmasters and be ready to serve for the club and the society. But the most important thing, that I’ve learnt from my toastmaster and officer experience, is that nothing can be achieved without a Teamwork. No wonder is that Integrity is one of the toastmasters’ values, which means not only honesty but also unity, being whole.

The first month of the term July will begin with a Country Day dedicated to Spain thanks to the efforts of the previous officers’ team and especially Secretary Indira Kiylybayeva who had been negotiating with the Spanish Embassy for several months. Later we plan to invite another important guest speaker and have once-in-a-year event in Burabay dedicated to the beginning of the new term.

There are many adventures ahead us, and as practice shows there may be some ups and downs along this way but I’m sure that together we will overcome all of them and in 12 months from now we will look back and say: That’s been a wonderful year!

ATC is definitely the place to be.

Sincerely,

KorlanBektassova

P.S. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford

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A word from President: June

Dear toastmasters!

It is the end of the June of 2016, and also the end of our officers term at Astana Toastmasters Club.

First of all, I would like to thank every single member of the club, who took any role during last 12 months. As we all know, our club is built by those, who were eager to learn by practice, and do it through team work, which is developing every single meeting, when, on one day, you present a speech and recieve effective evaluation, and on another, you are helping speaker to control his/her time or organizing the possibility to present a speech. All role takers are indespensible for our community and I send you my grattitude from the deepest part of my heart.

Secondly, I want to highlight the exceptional work of such officers as Korlan Bektassova and Elmira Baltabayeva. All officers were ready to fullfill their responsibilities and showed great respect to the honor they received, when they were elected. But Korlan and Elmira have showed for 12 months that they are ready to do even more, when necessary. And I am eager to witness what Korlan is preparing for her presidential term. Indira and Damira joined our officer team later in our term, but both took the initiative and proved myself wrong, when I felt that I cannot trust people hundred per cent in fullfilling their responsibilities. Anara, Asset and Daulet taught me a ton on leadership skills and I would like to thank them a lot. Whenever I had doubt, they showed me the alternatives and helped our officer team to see processes in our club from different perspective. I am proud that I was leading such people for past 12 months and, to be honest, I don’t think I deserved such opportunity in first place.

During last year, we reached a lot of goals, what our members aimed for. We had great events and some entertaining speech contests. So many members had fascinating ideas, and so many times I was surprised by creativity and desire people showed during organizing meetings and gatherings. During 2015-2016 term thrice I had personal moments, when I thought that I am failing as a president, four times I was told by members that I should consider resigning and twice I was recieved strong approval from members to continue work our officer team is doing. It proved to me again that ATC is the great platform to learn by practice your leadership skills and understand the basics of project management.

Astana Toastmasters Club is the place to find friends, opportunities and revelations. My last kind request as a President of ATC to our members is to not forget why you decided to join the club in first place and don’t be afraid to changes, don’t be afraid to speak up, when you think something is wrong, but be respectful in discussions and communicate more, talk more, connect more with each other, because, as a former civil enginner, I can say that bridges are very hard to build and so easy to damage.

Anuar Zhumabayev

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A word from President: May

The most important thing for any non-commercial organization or community is to keep things interesting and maintain high level of enthusiasm among its members. Astana Toastmasters Club is no exception. Regular meetings can become routine, speakers can become lazy in their preparations, and events can be repetitive. It takes effort of all members to avoid it, but only leaders are held responsible.

In the beginning of our term, I promised to introduce six unique events to our club, which were never happened before. Did I have a particular plan or detailed information on recreations sessions our officer team would introduce in our term? Not at all. But I believed that by creating environment, where both existing and new members will feel themselves comfortable in sharing ideas and becoming good pals, the desire to implement something new to the club will rise from the minds of our members. We all did good job in creating that environment and such events, as “Speak as He Would”, Russian humorous speech contest, “Skala”, ATC RUN and Pecha Kucha Speech Marathon are all creations of our members and all of them are events, we never experienced in the club before. Two months to go – one crazy idea is remained to be born.

This is why we become leaders. To witness birth of ideas, to watch them grow and become reality. And I can’t wait to see what our next officer team will have up their sleeves.

President,

Anuar Zhumabayev

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A word from President: April

Dear toastmasters!
It is April in Astana, but spring is yet to come to us with its full force. Oh, I know, that jokes about long winter in our city is not funny already, but, will you let me be a little mischievous on the pages of this blog, won’t you?

As a matter of fact, April is promising to be a fun month for Astana Toastmasters Club. It is not just that we start a new official period with opportunities for speakers to find those sacred speaker spots, since a lot of our members forget to extend their membership. And it is not that we are planning to have a lot of energetic events such as “ATC Bike Tour” and “ATC RUN”, as well as intellectual games – “What? Where? When?” and “Boarding Games”. It is also a feeling in the air, where you can find rumblings about on who will be in the next officers’ team. People are interested, people are eager to try, people are ready. And it couldn’t make me feel more confident about the future of our club.

April has come. Spring is around the corner. I’m sure our club is at the beginning of the most fun period of its calendar year.
President,
Anuar Zhumabayev
P.S. Below, please, see highlights of March events and meetings
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Educational report – February 2016

Here is a monthly report from our Club Secretary, Indira Kyilybayeva.
Other facts about February meetings:
1) 5 regular meetings, one additional meeting at NU, one thematic meeting dedicated to ATC anniversary;
2) One guest speaker: Anuar Nurpeissov;
3) Best prepared speakers of February: Indira Kyilybayeva, Tana Seisembayeva (2 times), Bekzat Kaiypkhanova, Jaksybek Nurtlessov, Aikorkem Nurzhanova, Asem Panova
4) Best speech evaluators: Elmira Tulbassieyva, Korlan Bektassova (4 times), Aizhan Ospanova, Samat Panov;
5) Best table topic speakers: Yerzhan O. (2 times), Aigerim A., Jaksybek, Aikorkem, Anuar Zh, Bayram (guest)
6) Attendance: 27 – 16 – 32 – 20 – 33 – 19 – 25, thus average attendance is 24.6 people (29 on Saturdays, 17.5 on Thursdays, 20 on Wednesday meeting at NU); range 16;
7) Three speakers cancelled their speeches: Ainur Kartayeva, Aliya Jumabayeva, Aiya Yesbolatova
8) Ice-breakers delivered 4 speeches out of 4 possible;
9) Words of the day in February: fluster, enigmatic, serendipity, inquisitive, viral, amiable, Achilles’ hill
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