Meeting wrap-up (#99)

Wrap-up of last meeting #99 (25-Jan-2017)

With a toast to Australia Day and the proposed “Mate Day” (May 8) by Margrit, and the word of the day being “mettle”, we were set for a meeting that was full of character, strength and pride.

Club business by David included the Club leadership training, our upcoming International Speech Contest, as well as our club’s Speechcraft course planning. Table Topics were a challenge to pitch movie ideas to a Board of Directors (facilitated by Rachel Segal), proving an interesting challenge for us! 

A joke about the policeman and the groom set the scene for the second half of meeting (thanks Iqbal for the chuckle!), then we were treated to two Icebreakers (well done Emil Danescu and Utku – in photos below, with Toastmaster Ursula), and a speech by visiting toastmaster Yvonne Chan.

Next meeting, meeting #100 (wow!) is scheduled for Wednesday 8 February – pop it in your diaries, and get excited!

– Belinda (Vice President Public Relations)

 

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Festive frivolity

Wow what a Christmas meeting last Wednesday!

The Christmas spirit certainly flowed at our meeting last week. The picture collage below shows some special moments:

– Warmly welcoming our newest member Utku to the club;
– Getting to know Francis via his icebreaker and getting a glimpse into his life experience;
– Celebrating Michael’s hard-earned Competent Communicator award;
– Dirty Santa where we exchanged gifts and laughs. Collage shows Aaron & Victor proudly wearing their fancy festive props!

Well done to Steve for giving his 2nd speech from the Competent Communicator manual, an informative look back at Australia Post’s history and it’s humble beginnings.

The Christmas meeting also served as a farewell for Julian, who in a short time as a member has contributed so much to our meetings. Best of luck for a bright future back in Adelaide Julian!

Thanks to Aaron for organising and chairing, and of course Margrit and David as always for helping ensure everything is on track for success.

We now take a break over the festive period, with our next meeting scheduled for Wednesday 25th January 2017.

Wishing you all a safe and joyful Christmas – see you at our next meeting!

Belinda

 

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Exciting news, educationals & emotional speeches

Last Wednesday’s meeting was packed full of exciting news, educationals, and emotional speeches.

We had an exciting club business session with Margrit, announcing the brilliant news that Club President David Fisher was elected as an International Director on the board of Toastmasters International. A very exciting new chapter in David’s toastmasters journey, we wish him all the best in this role and look forward to supporting him in any way we can.

During the meeting we also had educationals on “Impromptu speaking” and “Humour in speeches” in preparation for our Table Topics and Humorous Speech contests which will be held next meeting, Wednesday 14 September. All club members are encouraged to take the opportunity to enter the contests. Step outside your comfort zone and take the opportunity to learn! Remember to bring your manuals so you can receive a silent evaluation too!

It was fantastic to see Iqbal give his Icebreaker speech this meeting, well done. And of course welcome to our newest member Julian – we look forward to Julian’s icebreaker (and/or humorous speech in the upcoming contest!).

Enjoy your next couple of weeks, and good luck with your speech preparation for the humorous contest. Contact your mentor if you’d like some guidance – they’re happy to help you “bring out the funny”!

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In other news:  Congratulations to David Griffiths, for placing third in his semi-final of the World Championships of Public Speaking! Photo below. David visited out club back in July as a guest speaker, sharing with us the speech he was developing for the contest. David sends his thanks to the club for supporting him in his preparation leading up to this world stage.

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