8th June 2015 A Warm Welcome
For the second time this year, we were delighted to extend a warm welcome to ten guests. When asked what attracted them to Toastmasters, the reasons varied from wanting to ‘test drive’ a bridegroom speech to wanting to improve impromptu speaking. It was especially gratifying to hear a guest say that the warm welcome that was extended to him made him feel very much at home.
In the first speech of the evening – ‘A Night to Remember’- Elizabeth Jordan, presented the second part of her High Performance Project. She detailed the key learnings from the project behind the 20th anniversary celebration of Bob Ferguson’s time as a Toastmaster, held on May 11th
Tana MacPherson Smith’s speech – ‘Mind Your Senses’ – used vivid language and a wide variety of rhetorical devices in a way that captivated the audience. The speech left us with a clear call to action to be more aware of our senses so that we can appreciate the beauty of the world around us.
Ian Perry’s speech entitled ‘Vino’ changed the mood from one of reflection to humour. His stories of discovering, drinking and cooking with wine brought lightness and laughter to the room.
Former club member, Kevin Baggs, gave his Special Occasion Speech #5 entitled ‘Be like Bob’. In accepting his Advanced Leader Award Silver, Kevin spoke with dignity, grace and sincerity as he acknowledged the role that Bob Ferguson and Hertfordshire Speakers club played in his development as a Toastmaster.
The Impromptu speeches were led by Table Topics Mistress, Hazel Smith. Hazel cleverly created a Murder Mystery scenario, and invited volunteers to speak about the clue from the murder scene that he or she was presented with. We were treated to some highly imaginative stories.
As always, the meeting was enriched by the high quality of the evaluations and the effectiveness of the functionaries. The Toastmaster of the evening, Raza Khan, relished the role he had taken on for the first time. He brought his unique touch to the role by asking us to turn to our neighbour at the start of the meeting and share something with each other. It worked well, especially on a night with many guests.
The President brought the evening to a close by presenting the ‘Best Speaker’ Award to Tana MacPherson Smith; the ‘Best Evaluator’ Award to Mark Thomas and the ‘Best Table Topics’ Award to Davina Malcolm.
The next meeting on 22nd June will be the final meeting of the Toastmaster year. The new committee will take over the reins on 1st July 2015.
2015-2016 New Committee
- President: Stephen Halstead
- Vice President Education: Tana MacPherson-Smith
- Vice President Membership: Davina Malcolm
- Vice President Public Relations: John Kendall
- Secretary: Ian Morrison
- Treasurer: Jacob Kallergis
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Hazel Smith