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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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
Belinda

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