Report from Toastmaster meeting 12th October 2015
The theme of the meeting was ‘What’s in a Name?’. The meeting started at 7.00pm and was opened by the Sgt at Arms, Julie Gordon, and the Toastmaster for the evening was Richard Bluck. He explained the thinking behind the theme of the evening and had even looked up the meanings of some of the members’ first names.
The other roles filled, were Timekeeper, David Allen; Grammarian, Andrew Miller; and Ah Counter, Bridget Pearson. They were introduced to the meeting by Richard and explained their role for the evening. Andrew introduced the word for the evening which was Derive (v) and the (n) Derivation. He invited people to introduce the word into their various times carrying out presentations etc.
First speaker was Jean Stewart, whose speech was from the Advanced Manual on Humorously Speeches and was entitled: ‘Well Woman Clinic’. This was evaluated by Shelagh Jones. The Second speaker was Shelagh Jones and the speech was entitled: ‘The Award goes to’ and was evaluated by Sean Gordon.
Before the break Andrew Miller introduced the Education Session and from the group was able to identify subjects for future Education Sessions. After the break Julie called the meeting to order and Richard welcomed everyone back. This was the time for Evaluators to provide feedback to the group and pointers to enable the speakers to pick up on feedback on best practice and with some recommendations.
Following this the Table Topics Master introduced the Table Topics challenge and this was taken up by seven members of the group. The theme for these followed the evening theme of ‘What’s in a name?’. The Grammarian, Ah Counter and Timekeeper were able to provide feedback on how the evening had related to their roles.
At the end of the evening, the President, Jean Stewart, informed the group that the Area Director, Euan Bayliss, would be attending the next meeting on 26th October and has volunteered to take on the role of General Evaluator. Also she reminded the group that Andrew Miller will be representing the Club at the Division Table Topics Contest on 25th October and invited members to attend if they wished to do so.
The evening finished with the awards. Best Speaker Award went to Shelagh Jones, and the Table Topics Award was shared between Andrew Miller and Derek Lucian, with Evaluator Award going to Alison Turner. The meeting closed at 9.05pm.
The next meeting will take place at 7pm on 26th October at the Regent Hotel, Doncaster – all are welcome.