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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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Xplorers club in Milan, Italy

One of the activities every toastmaster should certainly engage yourself with when traveling abroad is to visit other toastmasters clubs to share experience and meet like minded people.
During my short stay in Milan,Italy I was lucky to have a chance to visit a meeting of the bilingual Xplorers toastmasters Club. It was their first meeting after a month of vacation in August. (Everybody in Italy is on vacation in August).
VP membership coordinates the visitors to the club since the space is limited. There were about 30 people present and at least 10 of them were visitors like me.
Since the club is bilingual only one speech out of four prepared speeches was in English. Everything else was in Italian. As one of the members sitting next to me said and I quote : “we are too lazy to
speak English” 😉
However, I still managed to grasp the main idea of the speeches delivered and now I’m 100 percent sure that our body language and vocal variety are strong tools in delivering any message.
The general evaluator of the meeting who is also the president Catherine Balavoine performed her role in English as a courtesy to me.
The agenda is very informative: I liked that it had project objectives and indication of min-max time limit.

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So here are the highlights of the meeting, some details which members of Astana Toastmasters Club may find interesting to know and perhaps later to implement in the club:
1) Everyone, even the visitors had a badge with his/her name which is really helpful when meeting new people. VP membership prepares and prints our all badges beforehand. Since I was not sure if I would be
able to make the visit: my badge was filled at the spot.

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2) Timer is equipped with a special device with green, yellow and red lights, as well as a bell which he rang from time to time to remind that, for example, it is time to move to the next point of the agenda.
The timer also rings the bell when a Speaker exceeds the maximum time limit for more than 10 seconds (I believe). There was also a honk which was not used. I guess it is used when someone severely violates
the time limit 😁

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3) All visitors receive the agenda and evaluation guides for all of the speeches. So everyone gives feedback following the guidelines on evaluation sheets. Three minutes are spared for that after each speaker. All feedback is collected by sergeant of arms and given to the speaker at the end of the meeting. Personally I found it too complicated to write a feedback for the speaker according to the evaluation guide, since there is an assigned speech evaluator and not everyone in the audience might be experienced enough to give such evaluations, especially it might be too much for the newcomers.

4) Voting is at the end of the meeting. And the votes are counted by the vote counter.
5) There were two grammarians: English and Italian. Each of them give their feedback at the end of the meeting. I especially liked how English grammarian explained the new word.

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6) There were two people in the agenda assigned as leadership evaluators. I didn’t have a chance to learn what their responsibilities were, but I guess they were responsible for filling out competent leadership manuals.
In general, I loved the meeting. The atmosphere was super relaxing and supportive. Everybody was so friendly and invited me to join for dinner after the meeting.
I wish I could stay to talk to people and share our practices but I couldn’t.
Though I don’t speak or comprehend Italian, two hours spent with Xplorers toastmasters made me once again understand that Toastmasters unite people around the world.

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