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Club Contest Time at Central Park

Meeting – Tuesday 15 August 2017

Today we held our annual contest meeting for Humorous speech and Table Topics at Central Park Toastmaster club.

Tom, Andrea, Steve, Phil and Eric entered the Table Topic contest. The topic was presented by Contest Chair Nadene about NZ election coming in September “if people should vote and why?” It was fantastic to see all 5 candidates talk about their thoughts for about 2 minutes without preparation. Steve finished first and Tom was selected as second by judges. Steve will represent our club in next competition to be carried out between other clubs in the area.

Table Topics Contestants

After the break, Marieke chaired the Humorous Speech contest. We enjoyed all three speeches done by Phil, Andrea and James who were competing today. The room was filled with laughter generated by all three speakers with James eventually becoming the winner of the contest and Phil finishing a close second.

Humorous Speech Contestants

James will therefore represent Central Park at the upcoming Area Humorous speech contest.

It was first time for Tom, James and Andrea to get out of their comfort zone and have a crack by volunteering themselves for the contest and to develop their public speaking skills.

It was great to have three guests, Mark, Michael and Ankit with us today to experience the excitement of Toastmasters competition.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 29th August at 7 AM. If you still thinking about attending Toastmasters why not be our guest?

A Pat of the Back for Clinton Jones


Central Park Toastmasters had extra cause to celebrate this morning, with the award of a well-deserved medal for our club table topics champion, Clinton Jones!

Clinton has been giving his impromptu speaking skills a thorough workout lately, placing first in our club Table Topics competition, then first again at the subsequent area competition.

Over the weekend he made a trip to New Plymouth, representing Central Park among the best of New Zealand’s Toastmasters to compete for the national first place.

Unfortunately he didn’t bring home first… but he did bring home a magnificent SILVER MEDAL.

H4 Area Governor Alan Cobcroft did the honours of presenting the medal. Excuse the blurry photo…

A pat on the back for Clinton Jones


By Cassia

Humorous Contest Finals this Sunday

  • Event – Division H Conference & Table Topics / Humorous Contest Finals will occur on Sunday 28 October, 2012 at 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location – Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall, (aka Eden Activity Centre), 487 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland
  • Description – Division H Table Topics and Humorous Contest Finals start 8.30am

Clinton will be competing in the humorous contest. All the best Clinton!


Meeting – Tuesday 29 March 2011

Seasoned pro Glenn Flinkenberg led a loyal following at our meeting with ample opportunities for speaking and learning. He ensured good flow to the meeting and peppered the transitions with nice touches of off-the-cuff humour and wit.

Clinton displayed dedication and flare at the front wearing two hats as acting president and table topics master. Table topics were presented out of the “Raven Bag of Tricks” (compliments of Big Dave) and all participants had two minutes to talk about their prop – a torch for Steve T, a stuffed bird for Warwick, a long tyre tube for Glenn and a question about the size of his bottom for Eric.

Grammarian Ruth demonstrated admirable confidence and natural ability to present the word of the day ‘cognisant’. A word which was well used during the course of the meeting.

After the breakfast break, Jo ran an informative session on leadership. She provided an excellent overview on the different styles of leadership and emphasised the point that true leadership creates more leaders at every level of an organisation. Way to lead Jo!

John, our loyal and longstanding Sergeant at Arms, took on the challenge to speak at short notice and entertained everyone on the dilemmas around his three-legged cat Cocoa.

Huge thanks to our evaluators for providing the gift of growth. Firstly, Brenda who evaluated table topics, secondly Eric and Simon for the formal speeches. Well done! 

A warm welcome to our latest members Glen and Mohammed!

See you in two weeks!

Quote of the day:

“If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn’t jump with them, I would be at the bottom to catch them.”