Elections, peace, birds, dogs, and a tongueless chef!

Wrap-up from last week’s meeting (10 May 2017)
With the theme of ‘elections’ and word-of-the-day ‘peace’, the meeting was Chaired very proficiently and smoothly by Aaron. We welcomed two new members Yooree and Taban, and were inspired by a chef without a tongue (thanks Ursula)!
With five prepared speeches, we learnt about bird-based personality types and the wonderful benefits of dogs and their incredible sniffing powers (very interesting thanks Utku and Dilara)! Yokebeth spoke about being ‘disconnected’ in this social media crazed world, and Michael gave a humbling speech about Deng Adut, a refugee lawyer with an incredible story. Here’s a link to the powerful short video (a Uni advertisement) that Michael mentioned. I focused on the KeepCup for my “sell a product” speech – go on, you know you want one!
As a reminder, our club election is next meeting, and we encourage every current member to consider this as an opportunity to put themselves forward for a leadership role. If you’re potentially interested but have questions or concerns, chat with any of our current committee members. We’ll be candid!
We next meet on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Visitors are always welcome – feel free to get in touch with any questions!
Bye for now
Belinda

All about community (and the RISE values)

This week’s meeting had an unspoken and underlying theme of ‘community spirit’, with the club values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence) demonstrated in every moment and word.

A toast to Harmony Day (thanks Dilara), and a Table Topics session run by Utku with the intriguing theme of “Questions I ask myself…”. helping us reflect while thinking on our feet.

A bumper business session by David was full of recognition:  Acknowledgement of the successful Speechcraft course run at Mainfreight, with David expressing appreciation to Margrit, Rachel, and myself for assisting. Of course, David was shown recognition as the Course Coordinator too! With President David having just returned from a trip to the US, the club was presented with a “World Headquarters Visitor” ribbon for the banner, presented to Victor Fajardo.

Yosef reached an important milestone of 5 speeches (well done!), presented with a certificate and a TM pen to help craft his next speeches. I was presented my Competent Communicator award (and shiny new name badge!), and was presented the trophies from the Club’s IS and evaluation speech contests last month.

The prepared speeches included a high performance leadership project by Rachel with her inspiring vision fundraising for cancer research; an interesting deep-dive into St Patricks Day by Steven; and a touching speech “I wish you enough” by Rufina.

It was hard to leave this meeting feeling anything other than “euphoric” – which was also the word the day! So wonderful to see such a warm community spirit and the RISE values truly embedded in our club meetings.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12 April – be sure to bring your manuals! Even if you are not scheduled for a prepared speech, it’s never too early to think about your next speech project!

Have a wonderful fortnight, see you then.

Belinda
Vice President Public Relations

Last week’s wrap-up

Last Wednesday 8th March was International Women’s Day and our meeting was right on theme! I did my best to step into Chairman role as best I could – thanks for making it a fun and memorable meeting!

Always wonderful to see members step into roles at the last minute when called upon, and also to give their personal reviews – Tahseen with a point of view on cricket, and Rufina with her review of an autobiography by an Indian princess. Four brilliant prepared speeches, including wonderful icebreaker! What a fantastic start for Dilara’s manual projects. 

Reminder: Our Area 24 contest is tomorrow night – and we are the host club! Would be great to have as many club members there in the audience as possible! Details in the flyer posted below – I look forward to seeing you there 

Although I hope to see you all at the Newmarket Hotel tomorrow night for the contest (7pm sharp, don’t be late!), our next club meeting is Wednesday 22 March.

Cheers to all!
Belinda

Vice President Public Relations

Article: Snackification of Communication

Like a healthy diet, social interactions in our digital age should be balanced. What are the pros and cons of bite-sized digital conversations? Do you need to disconnect to reconnect with friends and family? Watch this fun, short video and learn more in the “Snackification of Communication” article in this month’s Toastmaster magazine.

 

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The Treasurer’s Thoughts

Wrap-up of last week’s meeting, by Aaron (Club Treasurer)

What a busy little meeting we had on Wednesday night. With our numbers down there were lots of members doing multiple roles and our newer members jumping to fulfill roles they hadn’t yet done. Well done to our new members.

Margrit was our chairman. We had a wonderful speech from a visitor and a great interactive speech by our president David Fisher. Here is our newest Club member, Dilara receiving her certificate. [Photo in members-only Facebook group]

Well done to all our members who participated in such a great meeting. Can’t wait for the next one…

 

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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Two very high profile speakers. Two interesting evaluations.

US politics has long been considered the benchmark of oratory and body language.

LA Times spoke to two famous Toastmasters – the 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking, and the current International President – for their evaluation of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at their recent National Conventions.

Two interesting evaluations we can learn from:

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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