A meeting of firsts!

Meeting – 31 January 2017

The theme was Comebacks and we were all on theme given we had comeback for another injection of Toastmasters enthusiasm.

Toastmaster Phil was in top form with comeback quotes galore…it was definitely ‘his time’ to shine. Sarah felt the fear and did it anyway to complete her first assignment the Icebreaker speech. Sarah met her objectives by introducing herself fully to the club and gave us sage advice from her Father….’finish your education’. Sarah learned what she was already good at and now has some additional skills to to develop that will further enhance her presentations. It was pleasing and impressive to see Sarah do her first speech without using any notes…congratulations Sarah.

Sue was our next speaker and she did an excellent job of an advanced assignment where she introduced some award nominees and awarded the winner (Lisa Carrington aka Marieke) with the Sportswoman of the year award. This was a great example of an advanced from the ever improving Sue…well done you.

Our third speaker was Celestyna who recounted experiences/differences from her recent overseas research mission. Again an impressive speech from one of our members who continues to go from strength to strength on the back of her ever increasing levels of confidence. Evaluators Clinton, Ela (first time) and Phil were encouraging and objective as they delivered the ‘gift of growth’ to our speakers.

Table Topics Master Eric had a ‘bigly’ number of Donald Trump topics for our recipients and our guest Andrea (first table topic) and Toastmaster Phil were awarded best topics by our astute/observant evaluators John and Marieke who also delivered their gifts of growth.

General Evaluator Reza (first time) gave a succinct summary of yet another awesome meeting whilst also providing valuable feedback for all those who had not been evaluated already.

So in summary, another motivational and energetic meeting that had it all and inspired all attendees to go and have an indestructible Tuesday and look forward to the next injection of inspiration on Tuesday 14/02….yes Valentines Day for all the romantics out there….I know why not invite your Valentine to our next meeting !! :). To all our existing, past and prospective members why not join us again soon.

Clinton Jones


  • Don’t forget competitions (Evaluation and Prepared speech) 28/02. Entries now open…call Clinton or Marieke.
  • Semi Annual invoices out Feb, payable by March 20 please.
  • Leadership training dates out…get along one and all.