Meeting #89: Entertaining, informative and inspiring

Wednesday night’s meeting was entertaining, informative and inspiring. The three prepared speeches were “all of the above” thanks to Yosef, Michael and Peter. Special mention to Steven for the interesting reading on the age of supermarket apples!

Aaron was presented with his Competent Communicator (CC) award – well done Aaron; I received my 5-speech award; and we inducted new member Peter. Always lovely to have Area Director Mia Cong visiting the club too.

We all know we’re lucky to have David Fisher as our Club President – but particularly because David is an endorsed candidate for the position of International Director of Region 12. The election for the role will be held at the International Convention in Washington DC in August, and David is busy preparing. During Wednesday’s meeting we were given a sneak peek into some examples of his candidate responses in Q&A format. It’s an honour to have such a skilled and experienced Toastmaster lead our club and mentor our members, and we wish David all the best in the lead up to DC! 

Huge thanks to Margrit for being such a significant support in helping the club meetings run smoothly during this busy time – we’re grateful for your hard work.

Our committee will meet next week, then our next club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 10 August 2016.

Have a great weekend



A new year, a new committee

The annual Changeover dinner was held on Wednesday 29 June and what a spectacular night it was! The unofficial theme of the evening was “change” – as we changed venue for the night (to the grand function room downstairs); were challenged to “change just one thing” in the Table Topics session; and had an official changeover ceremony facilitated by Area Director Mia Cong.

Changeover is about celebrating the contributions that the executive and club members have made throughout the year. It’s also the changing of the guard, with the current executive team relieved of their duties and the new executive team sworn in.

We were also treated to three engaging prepared speeches, a hearty laugh thanks to new member and Laughmaster Emil, as well as some some delicious food.

Thank you to everyone who helped organise the meeting. It was wonderful to see so many members coming together to celebrate what a truly great club Sydney Speakers is.

The quote featured on the agenda is a fabulous one by Lady Bird Johnson: “Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.” – to which Chairman Aaron closed the night with a laugh.. “looking around this room, I think the incoming Committee is an inferno!”

Belinda Cella
(an excited incoming VP Public Relations!)

Sydney Speakers Committee for 2016-2017 
(left to right in photo)

President:  David Fisher DTM
VP Education:  Margrit Fisher DTM
VP Membership:  Victor Fajardo CC (missing)
VP Public Relations:  Belinda Cella
Secretary:  Rufina Silveira
Treasurer:  Aaron Ross CC
Sergeant-at-Arms:  Michelle Fragias (missing)
Immediate Past President:  Nikolas Kloufetos CC

2016_06_29 Changeover committee