Another wonderful evening at Doncaster Speakers, it was a very busy evening with a few new faces which is always a positive. Three strong speeches were delivered and everyone stepped up to the mark as usually in their roles. The evening started with a humorous introduction from Andrew Miller as Sergeant at Arms and Stephanie Bisby as Toastmaster. Stephanie introduced Toastmasters International confidently and told us why she had joined the club. Her theme was ‘Taking Risks’ and she described Toastmasters perfectly as a safe environment to take risks and described Toastmasters as a place to “Stand up, have a go, fall back and trust us we will catch you and support you through your journey.”
Jean Stewart was Timekeeper, she introduced her role and used the Toastmaster timekeeper’s app to keep us all on time for the evening. Stefan Glova was Grammarian and introduced the word of the day ‘procrastination’. Stefan entertained us with his humour and shared language that grabbed his attention. Bridget Pearson was Ah Counter, she gave us a suggestion on’ just taking a pause’ to stop these little niggles from happening. She spoke to all individuals in her evaluation.
Our first speaker was Maria Orlovic with a speech entitled ‘Act Upon It ’, she gave a confident speech which has us all enthralled from start to finish. Deborah Kershaw evaluated her speech in a positive way and showed how well she had been listening to the speech.
The second speaker was Andy Howell with a speech entitled ‘Beep, Beep’ which was a classic story of good Vs evil using a well-known cartoon programme. Steven Bisby evaluated his speech in his witty way and gave Andy positive and constructive feedback to work on.
The final speaker was Pauline Westrop with a speech entitled ‘Remembering the miners strike of 84/85’ this was another heartfelt and honest speech. Pauline has the ability to pull us into her personal stories and take us on her journey, very powerful. Arthur Fenn evaluated her with a personal and positive evaluation.
The second half of the evening was filled with evaluations and Table Topics. Shane Lukas took on the role of Table Topic Master and gave us another fun session. Pauline Westrop gave an energetic evaluation of Table Topics and gave feedback to all speakers.
The evening was wrapped up by Lianna Cairns (myself) giving the General Evaluator report and Shane Lucas finished off the evening. Another successful evening, looking forward to our Christmas themed night!
The award winners were:
- Best Speaker, joint winners – Pauline Westrop and Maria Orlovic
- Best Table Topics – Jon Carvell
- Best Evaluator – Deborah Kershaw
Report by Lianna Cairns, General Evaluator
Our next meeting is Monday 11th December, 2017 with our Members’ Christmas Meeting