Sometimes a Toastmaster meeting takes place in spite of whatever is going on in our lives – and our meeting on Monday was one of those….
Steve Bisby stepped in as Toastmaster with just a few hours’ notice and chose the very appropriate theme of “Anything Goes”.
Alison Turner brought the room to rights and started us just a few minutes late.
Qasam Javaid took the role of Ah counter and did an excellent job, despite its being his first time.
Andrew Miller gave us “Esoteric” as our Word of the Day which many of us managed to use imaginatively. His evaluation of the use of language during the meeting won him Best Evaluator award.
Julie Gordon was, as ever, an excellent time-keeper.
It is always a big event when a new member makes his Ice Breaker speech so it was a real pleasure to hear Shane Lukas tell us (with excellent examples from his own life) that there is “Always a Better Way”.
Jean Stewart gave us a very thought-provoking session of Table Topics with questions based around personal development which was won by Stephanie Bisby. Bridget Pearson gave every speaker points both to commend and to suggest future improvements.
Pauline Westrop is a member of the club, and as such evaluated the whole meeting. But she is also our Area Director and expanded her evaluation to cover all aspects of club performance and governance. It was satisfying to hear her recognition of where we are doing well and to receive her suggestions as to where we can improve.
Steve, with his warm manner and gentle humour lead an excellent meeting despite his short time for preparation.
Our next meeting is on October 24th at the Regent Hotel, starting at 6.45pm for 7pm and visitors are most welcome to come along and see what we do.