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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.

Learning to Lead

Meeting – Tuesday 9 September 2014

Great meeting themed on Leadership this morning – hosted by the energetic Eric as our Toastmaster!

Clinton opened in classic presidential leadership style and addressed an enthused audience.

Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking, was the word of the day brought to us by Malcolm – a challenge for all to use the word in our speeches and overcome the jitters of speaking.

Talk Show host Oprah Winfrey (aka Bianca) took the Table topics stage by storm by introducing the following celebrities: Clinton, John, Steve D, Malcolm, Rhonda and Phil.

Central Park was privileged to have Jim Harknett, Area Governor join us today. He was the first of three speakers, including Phil who gave us three ways to fail in business (10 speeches done and dusted – well done Phil) and Kymberly who presented some interesting analysis in her second speech to the club on psychometric testing in recruitment.

Evaluators Ben & Mohammed provided helpful feedback to our Table Topic speakers, as did John, Clinton and Steve D for our three formal speeches.

Samwell was slick behind the timers chair and Steve T wrapped up a super charged meeting with a general evaluation.
Hope Dave (Eric’s guest) enjoyed the meeting.

See you all at the next meeting in two weeks! Remember Area competition this Saturday – Ruth and Eric will be representing!

Giving the gift of growth


Altruism is defined as the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. A fitting word of the day from Jeremy.

Great line up of speakers who gave freely of their time and talents: Marlene with “Memories”, Eric with “Inverse Paranoid” and Marieke with an educational on evaluations.

Well done to everyone who participated – see you in two weeks for our final club meeting for the year – a Christmas celebration!!!

By Ben