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Congratulations James!

Congratulations to James Poliko from Central Park Toastmasters who placed 3rd in the Division H humour speech contest final on Saturday 14/10/2017!

It was his first foray into the competitive world of speech contests and as such was an outstanding performance on behalf of our club in a competition of the highest standard.Well done James from all Central Park Members for upholding our strong historical record of high achievement at Area, Division and District competition level.
You are an inspiring example for all new, established and prospective members of our club
See some pics of our latest high achiever proving WINNERS are definitely GRINNERS !!!

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.

Contest Results

Meeting: Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Central Park Toastmasters held its 2016 Evaluation and International Prepared Speech contests on Tuesday 01/03/16.

We were pleased to have four eager contestants in the Evaluation contest: Jeremy, Phil, Eric and Clinton. This was particularly pleasing given the vital importance of a high evaluation standard in any club. Contests are a great way to lift those standards to new and improved levels which benefits not only our entrants but ultimately all our members.

There were two entrants in our prepared speech contest Phil and Eric, well done guys for making the effort and having a crack.

Marlene had done a great job assembling an experienced panel of judges. Marieke and Nadene did an equally good job of running the two contests with military precision.

We are pleased to announce that after some fierce competition to an incredibly high standard Clinton was victorious in the Evaluation and Phil won the Prepared contest, so they will both go forward to represent Central Park at the H4 Area contest on March 19th…..good luck guys!

Another action, fun packed meeting at the club where everyone was a winner. See you next meeting 15/03/16 where we will have a special guest……don’t miss out on this one!!!


Congratulations to Jeremy Clarke who took first place in the International Speech Competition for Division H. The contest was held on Saturday, 18 April 2015 at the Fickling Centre in Three Kings, Auckland. Well done Jeremy and all of the finalists – fantastic result! Here are some photos from the day (Thanks Marieke!).

Jeremy at competition

Jeremy at competition

Contest achievements

Contest achievements

Well done Jeremy!

Well done Jeremy!