Area42 News (Feb.2014)


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The 566th Meeting Report



*** The comment from TMOD ***

The #566 Regular Meeting held on 15th February under difficult condition. I think it was one of the most difficult meeting. I might be very lucky to be a TMOD of the meeting. Thank you for TM R.K. and members to hold and attend the meeting.

One day before the snow piled up record high on the street. Traffic chaos occurred. So we needed hard trials to attend the meeting using public transportation. Finally some members gave up to attend the meeting.

The venue was Bankoku-bashi Kaikan with with beautiful views of Akarenga-Soko.

In this meeting, TM S.I. made a challenge and found the new possibility of Skype meeting. TM N.G., who lives in New Delhi, India, joined the meeting through Skype successfully.

The opening time was postponed fifteen minutes to wait members who come late. TM T.S. arrived 3:15pm to complete his role of Table Topic Master. For his arrival time, Table Topic Session was moved to behind of the Evaluation Session.

We also had to re-arrange the role takers suddenly. Attending members and guest accepted our offers. Thank you for accepting the role arrangement, TM C.S., TM G.M. and TM R.K.

The meeting theme was “Sprig plan”. Every member had spring plan and wanted to achieve his/her plan. My spring plan is to find my new job.

We had a surprise. It’s the comeback of TM T.S. He will enjoy the activity of TM once again.

Best Table Topic Speaker was TM N.G., Best Evaluator was TM T.S. and Best Prepared Speaker was TM N.S..

The meeting was closed successfully at 4:15 pm. We moved to a restaurant for social gathering.

Next meeting will be held on 1st March. See you on the next meeting.

Thank you for your passion.


TM N.G.! from India!!

Award Session!

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The 565th Meeting Report



*** The comment from TMOD ***

Yokohama TMC In-House International Speech Contest .was held on February 1.
Our president TM Nirupam is going to leave Yokohama TMC and Japan and will have his new career. Therefore this is the last meeting also last In-House speech contest. He made a speech at the end of the contest. Every audience in the room was moved so much, sorry to miss him, and wanted him to visit us soon. TM H.A. read a letter to express our deepest thanks to President Nirupam.

VPE TM R.K. and I organized the contest, it was harder than expected due to unexpected happenings, such as both PCs don’t work, both health condition were vulnerable, or interviewer’s cancellation and so on. However TM R.K. managed all these problems so well.

In spite unexpected things we can have seven English speakers and three Japanese speakers and the room was filled with a lot of audience from other TMC.  Above all, contents of both English and Japanese speeches were excellent filled with humor and made us think about our lives, every audience enjoyed each speech to their heart’s content.

* International Speech
 Best speaker    TM Taketomi
 2nd  speaker    TM Yamada
 3rd  speaker    TM Takanashi

* Japanese Speech
 Best speaker   TM Marutani
 2nd  speaker   TM Takanashi
 3rd  speaker   TM Taketomi


International Speech Contest, Award Session!

Japanese Speech Contest, Award Session!

Souvenir picture, TypeA!

Souvenir picture, TypeB!

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Joint meeting with KTMC and YBTMC



Joint meeting with Kanagawa TMC and Yamato Bilingual TMC was held on Jan. 25th. It was big opportunity and very exciting time! We would like to continue to promote the relation between clubs!!


*** The comment from GE ***

The joint meeting of Yokohama, Yamato Bilingual, and Kanagawa TMC was held on Jan.25th. On this time we had a very precious and marvelous opportunity that many splendid Toastmasters from each club got gathered and collaborated to try this unprecedented attempt.

TMOD is TM S.T. from Kanagawa TMC, which was the host club of this joint meeting. Despite such a huge meeting, she provided us with best-suited venue and she also managed the all of progress in the meeting very well.

In the beginning of meeting, we had a special table topic session. Table topic master was TM T.N. from Yamato Bilingual.
On this time, 3 representatives from each 3 club competed each other. As a relay style, we could enjoy this irregular very thrillingly. From our club, TM A.T, TM M.K. and I, TM T.S. participated in this session.

In the prepared speech session, Japanese and English speeches were held at the same time. Japanese speakers were TM S.W. from Yamato Bilingual TMC, TM Y.S. and TM M.S. from Kanagawa TMC. English speakers were TM K.T. and TM M.T. from our club, and TM A.E. from Yamato Bilingual TMC. I was fascinated by their very energetic and originative speech. Despite unusual environment, all speakers delivered their speech very confidently and inspired entire of audience.  Each evaluator also gave appropriate feedback and encouraged speakers very well, with giving them good suggestion for improvement.

 The best speaker was TM M.S. from Kanagawa TMC.
 The best evaluator was TM M.K. from Yamato Bilingual TMC.
 The best table topic was Yamato Bilingual TMC.

We could also learned a lot from two workshops of TM S.K. and TM R.K. They gave us many new beneficial ideas to be much better evaluator and to make much better speech.

Overall we all member could really enjoy this new excellent meeting. It was great pleasure for me to work as a general evaluator.


Workshop from TM S.K.

Best Table Topic Team, Yamato BTMC!

Best Speaker, TM M.S.

Best Evaluater, TM M.K.

Award Session!

Souvenir picture!

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The 564th Meeting Report



The 564th YTMC regular meeting was held on Jan. 18th.

This time, we had Facilitating Discussion!  It was rare opportunity and very exciting. TMOD R.K, Thank you for your many preparation.


*** The comment from TMOD ***

Dear Members and all people who see this article, Good morning, good after noon, and good evening.

Thank you so much for staying at Doll House on 3rd Sat. Jan.

It was little bit different meeting from regularly because all members who attend the meeting take role of one drama.

The management of YTMC Food was suited the critical situation, and we need to discuss a lot of things.

The way of the meeting is to solve the problems, and find the way which make the YTMC Food keep it’s business.

It may little bit tough to find the details of the situation, and some member may feels uneasiness, but how pleasant, every member support the meeting positively, and no one break it.

The discussion under serious problem -Food Poisoning- went smoothly, and a lot of good ideas were found, for example, YTMC Food should try to sell chicken etc.

I believe all members who attended the meeting got not only the skill of impromptu speech, but also find the way of team work under serious situation without much information.

Thank you so much again, and if you are interested in the way of this meeting, please let me know.

We can share the plan/proposal and evaluation.


TMOD, Chief Executive Offcier, Good Job!!

Chief Operating Officer, so serious!

Discussion time

Award Session!

Souvenir picture!

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The 563rd Meeting Report



The 563rd YTMC regular meeting was held on Jan. 4th.

This time, we had 6 guests, 4 members from Yamato BTMC, 1 member from Musashi Kosugi TMC and Area 45 Governor. Thank you for coming always!


*** The comment from TMOD ***

I didn’t imagine so many people attend early January meeting but It was very happy for me to get together over 24 people at the first meeting of new year.
We was able to enjoy four great speeches and communication with members and guest.
It was bit difficult to set layout because of small of Chinese restaurant, but we could arrange suitably. Thank you again and let’s enjoy Toastmasters club 2014.


Award Session!

Souvenir picture!

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Announcement: Facilitating Discussion


We made a flyer of Facilitating Discussion!
Next meeting on Jan. 18th (Sat) 14:00~16:00 at Yokohama Doll Museum 2F multipurpose room.
* This meeting is based on one manual of Toastmasters,’Facilitating Discussion’.
   All programs will be held by English.

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Japanese version!


The 562nd Meeting Report


*** The comment from GE ***

(YTM = Yokohama Toastmasters Club / MTM = Musashi-kosugi Toastmasters Club)

The 562nd YTM regular meeting was held on Dec. 21th.
Today’s meeting was the last meeting in 2013 and special meeting, which was Joint Meeting with Musashi-Kosugi Toastmasters Club!!

It was a very big meeting and there were more than 50 people in the meeting room with some guests.

The meeting was started with Call to Order by President of MTM.
For Today’s supporters as Grahco, Timer Vote Counter, 2 members were assigned in each role, 1 for YTM and 1 for MTM.  Many of them haven’t met before but they worked together very well during the meeting.

Today’s Word of the day was [feast].(ご馳走・御馳走する)Feast!! What’s a great word during this holiday season!! The word made me hungry in the meeting….

Before a regular session, we had a small workshop hosted by TMOD. We made small groups with 4~5 members and introduced ourselves and ask questions about memory of 2013 and own vision and objective of 2014 etc. Through this workshop, we were able to relax and know the member of MTM. That was a great session!

Joke Master was conducted by TM N.S and he picked up some characters from Star Wars movie and gave us very unique lines of those characters in the movie story. Good job!

Table Topic Session was conducted by TM T.T and she gave us 5 very interesting questions related to our own memory and experience of 2013, New Year and Christmas.
After her Table Topic session, there was Table Topic Evaluation Session’, which is original session of MTM.  Table Topic Evaluator of MTM gave great evaluation for both TM T.T and five table topic masters.
For YTM members, it was good experiences to have ‘Table Topic Evaluation Session’!

Today, we had 6 prepared speakers, 3 from YTM and 3 from MTM. All speeches were well-prepared and each speaker gave us very interesting and inspiring speeches!  TM T.N’s speech was about the love history of Kamakura Era.  TM A.T finished his last speech on CC manual, which is project #10. Congratulation TM A.T!!  He gave us a wonderful speech about his experiences with his parents. TM H.A delivered an inspirational speech about her experience in high school and how to overcome her bad experiences. We all enjoyed very much their individual well-organized speeches!!
Unfortunately, two of six speakers were ineligible due to time excess.  We also learned again that time management is very important for TM club!!

General Evaluation Session was conducted by TM K.T (‘I’) and six evaluators did great evaluation for each speaker. Each Evaluator explained both positive comments and room for improvement. Unfortunately, two of six speakers were ineligible.  After that, I gave the general evaluation about TMOD, all supporters, Joke Master, T.T Evaluator, Speech Evaluators. As there were many Role takers which I had to evaluate, it was a big challenge but it was a great experience for me to be GE in big event!! 

Finally, we had Award Presentation and TMOD made announcements for award winners.
The best T.T master was TM B (MTM), the best Evaluator were TM O (MTM) & TM S.I (YTM), and the best Prepared Speaker was TM H.A (YTM)
Congratulation to all award winters!!

Lastly, today’s meeting was closed with Adjournment by President of YTMC.
He gave us very positive feedback about today’s meeting.
Overall, Joint meeting of MTM #229 and YTM #560 was finished successfully.
Thank you for organizing the wonderful joint meeting, thank you President and VPE!
I really hope that we’ll have a chance to have a joint meeting with MTM again in the future!

Next Meeting will be held on Jan 4th but it is TM member only.
So, for guest, please come to visit the meeting on Jan 18th!

Best wishes for the holidays and New Year!!


Joint Meeting with Musashi-Kosugi TMC!

a small workshop!

Award Session!

Souvenir picture(ver.A)!

Souvenir picture(ver.B)!

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