First Meeting of the New TM year 11th July 2022

Meeting Theme – New Year in July

Monday 11th July 2022

Our Toastmaster year starts in July, and traditionally the incoming president takes the helm to set out their vision of the year.  

Steve has big shoes to fill, replacing Elizabeth, our outgoing President.  Steve started by thanking Elizabeth for her 2 years in charge, especially as that covered extraordinary times battling Covid and keeping the club going.

He then shared with us his vision for the coming year that was well received.

It is safe to say that the technology was not on our side at this meeting but Donald and Stephanie made it work the best it could be on the night.  That said, a meeting is never about the tech, it is always about the people.  Steve as TM, helmed a great fun, informative meeting that kicks off the year well.

We had another good omen for the future, Donald brought along a first timer Carrie, who I will talk about in a bit.

3 great speeches on the night, with a mix of experience.  

Stephen delivered a very good Ice Breaker entitled “Avoid at all cost”.  It was funny, well organised and there is no way I would have known it was his first speech if I had just walked in and listened to it.

Macaulay is turning into a great storyteller with a speech entitled “Monster Mac”, the speech lived up to its imaginative title and Macaulay definitely brought the speech to life.

Donald’s speech (It’s time to rumble) was about how he met Muhammad Ali, and the effect that it had on his life.  He delivered it with his energetic and enthusiastic style while also making us understand the once in a lifetime experience.

Of course, each speech had brilliant evaluations which included commendations and recommendations to make the next talks even better.

Donald won the vote for best speaker

Next we had a short Ed slot on “Why I want recommends!”.  In life it is easy to give positive feedback, but in TM, we also give recommendations.  Andy’s Ed slot concentrated on the importance of giving balanced feedback, not just the positives.  

Table Topics was run online by Lianna, and was a balanced and fun challenge for those who took part.

The 2 winners were polar ends of the Toastmaster Journey.  We had Carrie on her first ever meeting along with our most experienced member Andrew Miller.  

Carrie also picked up the First Time speaker ribbon for taking the stage for the first time. It can be nerve wracking coming to a club for the first time and speaking, and Carrie dived straight in, I am sure with the support and encouragement of Donald who bought her to our club.

The Evaluation contest was won by Andy for this Table Topics Evaluation.  After the meeting Andy was heard to say that when the quality of the question (by Lianna) and the contests is so good, it is an easier job than normal to do TT Eval.

The other roles for the night were:

Stephanie  – Timekeeper and Speech Evaluator

Val – Ah Counter

Arthur – Grammarian and Speech Evaluator

Andrew – Speech Evaluator

Donald – General Evaluator and  Zoom Master

In summary, a good start to the year, a few lessons to be learnt about the tech side and already a very promising first time appearance by Carrie.  I am looking forward to another good year in our club.

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