22nd June 2015
Highlights from Toastmasters meeting on 22nd June 2015
Passing the Baton
One enduring image from the 2012 Olympics was the passing of the baton across the country and in relay races. These vivid and exciting images characterised the formal handover of responsibility from the current President, Elizabeth Jordan, to the new President, Stephen Halstead
On reflecting on the last year, in the annual AGM, there was much to celebrate: Achieving President’s Distinguished status, having an article published in The Toastmaster Magazine, the May 11th celebration for Bob Ferguson’s 20th year as a Toastmaster, an active website and blog and a host of achievements by club members. The Committee had done its part in keeping the Vision and Mission of Toastmasters alive, and making the club a warm and friendly place for members to thrive.
The earlier part of the evening saw three members deliver prepared speeches. Philip Carey in his Ice Breaker speech entitled ‘1 of 7’ introduced himself to members by sharing positive life lessons from disappointment. Philip delivered his first speech with confidence, humour and insight.
In the second Ice Breaker speech – ‘Hedging my Bets’– Ian Morrison shared highlights of his through vivid images and lots of humour. He left us with an abiding image of an expertly sculptured hedge showcasing an assortment of birds and animals.
The final speech of the evening, by Hazel Smith, left us with a very warm feeling although the topic was decidedly wintry. Hazel used a range of rhetorical devices in such a way that we were happily transported to our childhood memories of that special ‘Night Before Christmas’.
The Toastmaster of the evening, Chris Lynam, orchestrated the evening in expert style, and the functionaries all undertook their roles in a professional manner.
The evening ended with the presentation by the President of the ‘Best Speaker Award’ to Ian Morrison and the ‘Best Evaluator Award’ to Bob Ferguson. In addition, the outgoing President presented three special awards – The President’s Award – to three members who, in her view, have gone beyond the call of duty over the past year and made our club a better place for members: Jillian Haslam, Davina Malcolm and Jacob Kallergis.
With the formal proceedings completed, the new President –Stephen Halstead – thanked the outgoing President, and presented her with Carmine Galllo’s book, ‘Talk like TED’.
The word of the day – Euphoric – chosen by Grammarian, Belinda Naylor Stables, aptly described the mood of the final meeting of the old Toastmaster’s year!
Happy New Toastmasters’ Year 2015-2016!