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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.

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  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

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Cupcakes:

Aidana 

Prizes:

Assiya 

Venue:

Kanat

Treasure:

Alisher

 

With love,

Zhanna Kussainova

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Word from President: February

Dear friends!

The beginning of a year is the time for big plans. ATC is no exception and the Officers’ Team developed the Club’s success plan for the next 6 months of January – June 2017. Good thing is that in Toastmasters we not only state goals, but know how to achieve them. Do not stay aside as reaching Club goals is inseparable with individual goals of each member, it is a unique opportunity for each of you to find support and encouragement.

An important thing to mention is that the 2016-2017 Officers’ Team was renewed, which is a sign that toastmasters are not hesitant of taking leadership roles. Three officers Raushan Satybaldiyeva, Anara Badyrlenova and Gulimkhan Abdikalykova have joined the team as VP Membership, VP Education and Treasurer respectively. We are lucky to have such great leaders in our team!

After short holidays in January, ATC resumed its meetings; we listened to 19 unique speeches about everything from saving money to sales techniques, and had a great guest speaker with an amazing story of courage and self-dedication. We did not forget to have fun as well when we had “Что? Где? Когда?” intellectual games organized by Damira Kulakhmetova.

What do we have in store in February is no secret. Along with the scheduled meetings, we are going to have a great orientation session for current and future members, Winter Olympic Games – a fun outdoor winter activity and finally a great celebration of ATC 7th Birthday Party!

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

President of ATC

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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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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

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ATC Birthday Party – a recap from Aigerim Akiltayeva

Dear readers,

Today I would like to share with you happy moments of ATC 6th birthday celebration. 23rd of February is the official date when Astana Toastmasters Club was founded. The founder of ATC is Samat Panov, whom you can meet and chat with at our regular meetings.

The theme of the birthday party was Oscar. As you can imagine and see from the Facebook pictures it was a great party with movie-related contests and games. It was an amazing occasion, a day before the actual Oscars ceremony, the one on which almost everyone was eager to know whether Leonardo DiCaprio would get an Oscar.

The birthday party was organized by Assiya, Korlan, Zhanna and Tana, our beautiful and active members. Thanks to their effort the party was a blast!

Let me share few things we did and enjoyed that night. We were welcomed by nice greetings from our fellow members of ATC. I felt I was at the official ceremony, because there was the Red carpet, Oscar and nice sweets. The atmosphere was “cinematically” wonderful due to the fact all guests were dressed up in beautiful dresses and suits. Afterwards, there was a served dinner. Special thanks goes to Tana, who makes delicious cakes you can’t resist from.

What I love about ATC are people who attend and actively participate at these meetings. ATC celebrated its 6th year anniversary, a big accomplishment not every non-profit organization can achieve. All these years many people became a part of ATC and have contributed their time to leading the club (President, VPs). Moreover, ATC people are talented, generous and kind, who are eager to share their values and knowledge. Social events connect all these people together. You can see people smiling, talking endlessly and sharing their experience. ATC 6th annual party was not an exception to that. Playing various games, seeing people playing piano, dombyra, acting in a musical and singing were few things the guests were part of.

In the end of the party, guests, who stayed till the end, were dancing like nobody was watching them. As W. Purkey said, –

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like there’s nobody listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth”.

I think we danced and sang like nobody were watching us. We were too involved in the process of enjoying a happy moment of Now. Dancing was a great way to end that fabulous night.

So here are just few things you can enjoy if you join ATC family in our social events. Whether you are a member of ATC or not, you are always welcome to come and share the joy with us!

Sincerely yours,

Aigerim Akiltayeva

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A word from President

Dear blog readers,

This is my first addition to our blog, and I am excited to tell you how I feel about this opportunity to connect with you via this wonderful tool. We believe that regular posts on our website will give you much closer look and feel of our club, than our Facebook or Instagram pages, or even the older form of newsletter. Of course, nothing can compete with actual attendance of our meetings, and I want to invite you one more time, because, if there is a place in Astana to be in – it is Astana Toastmasters Club.

Our club continues to grow and the possibility of splitting the club is looming ahead. Every meeting we have a full house of speakers and every other meeting we have an ice-breaker, the person who is eager to become a member. Topics of our speakers’ presentations cover everything – from sharing travel tips to inspiring by own dramatic experiences, from entertaining speeches with lots of jokes to touching performances about world around us. To give our members more opportunities to speak we hosted an additional meeting at Nazarbayev University (NU) at February, where we listened speeches of members whom we haven’t heard for a while – Kanat Bazaraly, Darmen Amanbayev and Jaksybek Nurtles. In March we will have two more additional meetings at NU.

Astana Toastmasters Club is the place, where you can learn a lot, but only if you want to, only if you are ready to sacrifice the time, step up and look at your fears straight up. Results are sometimes not what we expect, but experience is always fulfilling.

In February we had many social events and memorable meetings. Please, have a look at its highlights, our best performers of past month and highlights of fun activities. Hope this March will also be filled with unforgettable meetings. I should also mention that by the end of March, there will be a membership fee due for the next half-year. See you in future meetings and have a nice first day of spring!

Your President,

Anuar Zhumabayev

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An informal meeting with His Excellency Mr Ilija Psaltirov

On February of 8th, all members of Astana Toastmasters Club were invited by the ambassador of Macedonia to Kazakhstan, Mr. Ilija Psaltirov, for an informal meeting.

“Welcome to my home!” – that’s how  the ambassador greeted us at his residency. Next to him was his assistant, a representative from Kazakhstan, and his wife, Slavitza. We were among the first comers and were pleased to chit-and-chat while other guests were on the way.

“We heard that Macedonians and Kazakhs share at least one similarity: hospitality. However, Kazakhs are also known for being late to dinners or any other events. Do Macedonians share this characteristics with us as well?” – I asked Mrs. Slavitza Psaltirov. 

To that she replied: “No, we are very punctual, but I already get used to late dinners, because diplomats all over the world are always late to the dinner.” Little by little I got to know more about Macedonia and its culture.  

Mr. and Mrs. Psaltirov have been living in Kazakhstan no more than two years. The embassy of Macedonia has opened in the end of 2014 and Mr. Ilija was its first ambassador. When he started the  night, he was honest when said that he applied to three other locations and Kazakhstan wasn’t his first choice. He then added that when he needed to make that decision (to accept the invitation) he agreed without really knowing much about Kazakhstan because he knew for sure that he was eager to represent Macedonia no matter where he was. As for me, I am very glad he became the ambassador, because I haven’t met anybody who was so passionate about his country and strived to share his passion with everyone around him. Mr. Ilija is also very contemporary. When you meet any diplomat, you expect him to be all serious and conservative, but Mr. Ilija is the opposite: he likes to make jokes a lot, he is honest and generous.

After a brief introduction the ambassador continued by saying thanks to all volunteers who helped to facilitate events hosted by the embassy. Although our club has not yet got a chance to assist in those events, we also got a certificate of appreciation.
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You might recall that we hosted a Country Day meeting at the end of January where Mr. Ilija made a presentation about Macedonia, its people and culture and similarities to our culture.

When the official part was over, Mr. Ilija came up with the idea to hold a karaoke competition. He started the competition by singing first with his own song “Ti si vulkan” – a beautiful song of his singer repertoire. The guests were grateful for the joyful event and spent the night singing and dancing to their favorite songs.

Indeed, it was a fun night that we will not forget. To feel the joy of the evening, you can find photos on Facebook (click here).

Yours,

Damira Kulakhmetova

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Behind the Curtain: ATC Bowling Tournament 6th February

Have you ever wanted to be surrounded by active and interesting people around? As someone said, surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. Astana Toastmasters Club is a great way to enhance your communication and leadership skills as well as to develop by interacting with different people.

Astana Toastmasters is the club not only oriented at public speaking and leadership skills, but also does socializing. One of the socializing events was bowling, held on the 6th of February. Members and non-members of ATC attended this event. It was a great chance to meet people outside of formal meetings and get to know each other better. Joining ATC will open up your possibilities and make your life a vivid adventure with interesting people around.

Yerlan Meirbek, our active member, organized the event. Let’s have a look how organization of such event can be great and fun. Yerlan was happy to share his insight and lessons learned from his first organization of a social event.

  1. Did you enjoy organizing this event?

Yes, of course. I really enjoyed the whole process. I faced with different questions: how to do it in a right way? Who can advise? What potential difficulties can I face?

The main point was to ask myself different questions and try to answer them honestly. Every situation is unique, so you will get different answers.

  1. What difficulties did you face while organizing this event?

The first one was regarding making key points (“checkpoints”), I tried not to forget anything because you don’t have a second chance to impress people (smiles) 😉

  1. How many people did you expect to attend the tournament? How many did actually turn up?

I expected that there would be 20-30 people. It was really difficult to predict the actual number of people, because some of them click “Yes, I go” on the Facebook event, but don’t show up.

Altogether we had 16 people who actively participated at the tournament and 3-4 guests who came to support the players.

  1. What strategy did you use?

First of all, I asked experienced members – ATC current officers. I asked their expert opinion and their answers really helped me with a strategy. As a club we organize many social events. For this particular event I used a “cost minimize” strategy, in order not to strain members’ monthly budget. We used 2 bowling lanes and participated “in the special offer” from the bowling administration. As a result, all these actions helped us to minimize costs.

  1. Overall, the event went great, but in your opinion for the next time will you organize things differently?

In future, I want a better use of delegation in organizing this kind of event. However, I really enjoyed the whole process.

That was Yerlan’s first experience and I’m glad it went well, because I very much enjoyed it. As for the winners, my biggest congratulations to the best male player – Assylan Akimbayev and the best female player – Assel Mussina! The best team award went to a team “Chocolate”. You can feel the essence of fun on photos on Facebook and also a video made by our lovely Dzhamilya Serikbayeva.

Thanks!

Aigerim Akiltayeva

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Future Events of February

Hello members and guests!

February has started and here ATC prepared a calendar of events: regular and special meetings, fun events and holidays! Follow us on social networks for all updates!

  • Instagram: @astanatoastmasters
  • Facebook Group: /groups/AstanaToastmastersClub
  • Facebook Page: /AstanaToastmastersClub
  • Periscope: /AstanaToastmast
  • Website: http://astanatoastmasters.kz/

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