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The Art Of Thinking Independently Together

Meeting – 21 June 2016

The theme of our meeting was ‘diversity’ “the art of thinking independently together”
Toastmaster Sue was organised and professional which ensured our meeting was the same!

Apologies were received from Vaughan, Celestyna, Marlene and Phil.

Grammarian Clinton challenged us to use the word(s) of the day ‘Mixed Bag’ giving us examples of how we might do that and reminding us he was looking for good word usage whilst minding the ums and ahhhs!

Thought provoking speeches were delivered by Roosbeh, Jeremy and Steve on a diverse range of subjects from advancements in technology to why driving on the right hand side in a left hand drive vehicle holds so many benefits topped off by a warning that the ‘P’ epidemic is going to make leaky homes look minor in comparison.

A rollicking Table Topics session followed the continental breakfast break as Table Topics ‘Mistress?’ Asma challenged our lucky recipients to talk about how diversity affected a wide range of topics.

As we know everything in Toastmasters is evaluated and our speech evaluators John, Clinton and Marieke were warm, encouraging and informative assisting our speakers by using the CRC method to boost confidence whilst skilfully providing ideas for improvement.

Table Topics evaluating duo Ruth and Elah were also insightful and accurate delivering succinct helpful summations of the TT contributions.

General Evaluator Eric summarised the meeting fully managing to evaluate all those who had not received feedback in his usual enthusiastic and infectious manner.

So in summary, a diverse mixed bag of a meeting demonstrating all that is good about Toastmasters and our amazing Central Park Club.

Can’t wait for the next meeting on Tuesday 5th July same time, same place, see you there, or if you are reading this as a prospective Toastmaster thinking shall I/shan’t I ?….why not join us!!

Past President Clinton 

Area contests this Saturday!

Area contests take place this weekend – Saturday 22 September.

You are all welcome! It would be fantastic to have as many friendly Central Park faces in the crowd as possible to support our contestants, Brenda (Table Topics) and Clinton (Humorous).

The action gets underway just after 9am at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Street, Three Kings.

Hope to see you there!

Going for Gold – Olympic Glory

Meeting – Tuesday 31 July 2012

With the London games well under way, the highly anticipated event, all the way in Penrose, Auckland (NZ) this morning was the CP Track & Field Meet. It was a cheerful and dazzling display of learning, inspiration and Olympic glory. 

  • Toastmaster –  Ben kept the athletes on track
  • Village Hospitality/security – Eric made the ceremonious occasion at CP come alive (Go Zimbabwe!)
  • Timer – Troy kept everyone to record timing
  • Grammarian official – Mohammed was disappointed his team did not over use the word of the day: verbosity
  • Table topics monitor  – Raj launched his competitors into 60 seconds of pure adrenaline
  • Table topics tally – Clinton, Cassia, Dave, Eric, Jo, Steve D, Tony H all deserved their medals for taking the TT challenge.
  • TT Evaluators – Rhonda & Nadene, contact centre communicators at their best
  • Speaker 1 – Ruth – CC#6 “How are you really?” – “Yay it’s Monday!” delightful, engaging and so true.
  • Speaker 2 – Warwick CC#9 “Scratch the surface” – dug deep and gave us lots to think about – well done!
  • Evaluators  – Brenda, Glenn F and Marlene (General Evaluator) –   all champions for delivering excellent feedback
  • Closing medal ceremony – Jo  – classy performance from the president, now in her stride.
  • And John got to wave his flag with the last word (nice work from the Sergeant at Arms)
  • Apologies – Jeremy, Steve T, Marieke, Peter 


“Losers visualise the penalties of failure, and winners visualise the rewards of success.”―Rob Gilbert

 “I think everything is possible as long as you put your mind, work and time into it.” ― Michael Phelps 

Thanks for a marvellous meeting. See you in two weeks. Go for Gold!

A Merry Meeting

Meeting – Tuesday 6 December 2011

Toastmasters gathered in gaiety for the last meeting for 2011. Great food and great company, what a combination for a merry occasion. And it was in the merriness of the occasion we reflected on Christmas and the spirit of giving.

Grammarian Marieke gifted us with the word “merry” which was generously used through out the entire meeting.

We had a special surprise – Santa turned up with gifts for everyone  (although looking alot leaner than the traditional Santa build, probably from training and good eating habits). Table topics were delivered in the form of one minute thank-you speeches from all the delighted recipients.

Surprises from Santa

Surprises from Santa

The Christmas wish list was fulfilled and recorded as follows:

  • Brenda – mandarin lotion
  • Steve D – chocolate
  • Steve T – fireworks
  • David – bubble bath
  • Ben – mulled wine
  • Mohammed – slinky
  • Glenn F – lollies
  • Nick – cap
  • Ruth – candles
  • Marieke – towel
  • Glenn L – toy
  • Raj – massage roller
  • Eric – Keep Calm Book
  • Warwick – green tea
  • Nadene – design-your-own-tee
  • John – 12 days of Christmas
  • Marlene – Licorice Dutch lollies
  • Jo – bling necklace
  • Santa – herbs and cream

The table topics were evaluated by Marlene and Mohammed.

Next up we enjoyed a fantastic feast of Dutch delights courtesy of  John our Sergeant at Arms. 

Christmas breakfast at Central Park

Christmas breakfast at Central Park

Delving into the Dutch delights

Delving into the Dutch delights

Into the second spell, we were entertained by Brenda with a gripping tale of love and legend from ancient Arcadia.
Steve T followed with stressful accounts of family Christmasses gone by, all the highs and lows that happen during “one day”.
Both speeches were evaluated by Nick and Warwick respectively.

Nick delivers an excellent evaluation for Brenda

Nick delivers an excellent evaluation for Brenda

Thanks to our general evaluator Ruth who gave a conscise report of everything that had not been evaluated. Also to our timer Glenn F for keeping us under watch also our lovely Christmas hosts, Club president Marlene and Jo, our Toastmaster Chair.

Thanks to everyone for making 2011 such a great year!  Look forward to seeing everyone back for more fun in 2012. Have a merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!