Meeting Notes – 13th April 2016

Isabel was back as president after some time off due to illness.  She started the meeting by enlightening us of the importance of the inner ear, which we take for granted until illness strikes.  In order to protect her still fragile ears, Isabel introduced a new form of clapping for the evening: deaf clapping, a silent wave of the hands in the air, which did not fail to produce some giggling throughout the night.

The toastmaster of the night was Trang, Georgie was the time keeper and Bjorn was the grammarian, who introduced the word of the evening:  “ersatz”, a substitute product for something else, something that is not real or genuine.


The Topics master of the evening was Kate, with various topics related to headlines featured in the Metro newspaper.  Caroline was the Table Topics evaluator.

Shane was the acting sergeant at arms that evening, and welcomed the seven guests in the usual Phoenix fashion.

After the break, Isabel invited Atul to talk about his experience in competing in the contests and winning the club and area contests, making it to the district competition!  He encouraged everyone to compete in future events.

The prepared speeches that night were as follows:

  • Konstantin with an Ice Breaker entitled “Hello, this is my speech”
  • Mike with a speech number 2 (Organise your speech) entitled “Now, what was the question?”
  • Simon with an advanced speech on the EU referendum entitled “Are you in or out”?
  • Ed with a number 10 speech (Inspire your audience) entitled “I help”

The speech evaluators were as follows:

  • Kathy evaluated Konstantin
  • Ian evaluated Mike
  • Ana (myself) evaluated Simon
  • VanZyl evaluated Ed

The general evaluator of the evening was Neil, who evaluated everyone and everything that had not previously been evaluated.

Congratulations to the winners of the night who were:

  • Ian for best table topic and also for best evaluator
  • Ed for best prepared speech

After the meeting most people went to the war.

Don’t miss the next meeting, which is on 27 April!

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