The meeting was extremely well attended with a total of 17 members plus guests present. As a result it was nearly a ‘standing room only’ event – which was pleasing to see. The Toastmaster for the meeting was Julie Gordon. Her theme for the meeting was “A Safe Place to Learn”.
Julie took care to introduce guests to the protocols of a Toastmasters meeting, paying particular attention to use of the feedback slips. She then went on to guide us through the rest of the meeting, displaying a calmness and control throughout. Later on she capably chaired an Educational Session on the topic of ‘Building a Speech Introduction’,
The evening featured three very contrasting, but high quality, speeches delivered by Jean Stewart, Derek Lucian and Shane Lucas. Jean’s speech, from the Special Occasion Speeches manual, was in praise of Lady Clementine Churchill, wife of Sir Winston, Britain’s greatest wartime leader. Derek’s speech, a reading, came from the story of Canadian Roger Woodward who, as a 7 year old, was swept over the the horseshoe falls at Niagara and miraculously survived. Finally, Shane’s speech told us the tale of the his family’s day out trekking to and from the summit of Mount Snowdon. Shane’s speech won the best speaker vote.
Table topics was chaired by recent new member Gerard Cahill, and served up the usual collection of inspired improvisation and blatant balderdash. The winner was Shelagh Jones, who presented her case to be elected as President of the United States (as convincing as either of the actual candidates). Stephanie Bisby evaluated Table topics and won best evaluator award.
Overall, a successful evening, particularly regarding the education session based around audience participation and feedback. This provides a useful template for the future.
(Meeting report by Richard Bluck, General Evaluator).
Our next meeting is on Monday November 14th, at the Regent Hotel, Doncaster, starting at 6.45pm for 7pm. Guests are very welcome to join us – no need to book, and no charge.