Ralph Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters, famously said: “We learn best in moments of enjoyment,” and we certainly did at the final meeting of the Toastmaster’s Year last night. It was a mix of fun and formalities.
The formalities included the Annual General Meeting (AGM) ably presided over by Club President, Stephen Halstead. This was followed by the handover of responsibilities to the new committee: A vibrant and creative team led by President Davina Malcolm. The other members of the committee include Hazel Smith (VPE), Myriam Sacile (VPM), David Banfro (VPPR), Ian Morrison (Secretary), Jacob Kallergis (Treasurer) and Jillian Haslam ( SAA).
In her acceptance speech, Davina thanked Stephen for his exemplary leadership which has helped Herts Speakers achieve the accolade of President’s Distinguished club. She presented him with a card and a small gift as a token of the members’ appreciation.
Outgoing Area Director John Kendall followed with a note of thanks to the members for their support during his term of office, and for their contribution in helping Area 20 to achieve Distinguished Area status. John wished the new committee and the Area Director-elect, Elizabeth Jordan, all the best in the coming year.
The fun part of the evening included wonderful humour from the prepared speeches, a creative table topics session and later mingling with members and our three guests over celebratory drinks and nibbles.
The evening ended on a high note with the presentation of the awards to the winners by Stephen Halstead. Philip Carey won the award for ‘Best Evaluator’; David Banfro won the award for ‘Best Table Topics’ speaker and Hazel Smith and David Banfro jointly won the award for ‘Best Speaker’.
It was a lovely end to a successful year, and we all left looking forward a Happy New TM Year!