London Cardinals Speech Mark

Newsletter 04.07.11 When did you first feel independent?

Posted on July 12th, 2011 by in Uncategorized

“87 years after Ralph Smedley founded Toastmasters; 38 years after women were allowed in to Toastmasters, and 6 years after London Cardinals started: what does Ralph think of a crazy Aussie running the club?”  Our very own Aussie, Jessie Macneil-Brown, was simply buzzing and inspiring in her first meeting as the new ‘Proudest President’ of London Cardinals.

With a skip and a ‘yippee!’ Toastmaster, Maggie Etheridge – clad in red, white and blue – set the theme of the evening: ‘Independence Day:  when did you first feel independent?

“ We have a lot to say ‘thank you’ to Americans for.  Not least for producing the founder of Toastmasters.”

Our Timekeeper, James Gilpin, warned us that the power of the horn was a deterrent, and the Grammarian, Jessica Forster, set the challenging word of the day: ‘ubiquitous’

Matt Davis set the theme of ‘summer’ for the Table Topics.  Kevin Sullivan: a special event he wants to go to this summer.  Jo Holmes: wanted to run, and run, and keep on running!  Danny Callaghan: “Let us suffer no more from this curse of orange traffic cones!”  Gilly Cutts: summer on a ‘no alcohol’ diet.  Alex Hood: serene skiing in the Alps.  Alex Hancock: beer is manna from heaven and pale ale is sublime.  Sinead Gilpin: described her favourite tennis player.  Finally Sally Maier: advice for treatment of sun burn.  James Barnett gave a very informative Table Topics evaluation, professionally completed in the time available.

Our new Sergeant at Arms – the nonchalant Alex Hancock – introduced 3 guests and told us how he is always humbled by our guests.  Kevin Sullivan stepped in to do a marvellous job manning the video recorder to record the prepared speeches.

Craig Haffey, Speech No. 2 – ‘A brief history of time according to me’

“He effortlessly achieved his objectives” –Bryant Yates

Simon O’Mahony, Impromptu Speech– ‘Independence’

“A well-rounded speech; lots of well-timed pauses giving Simon fantastic poise” – Andrew Chuks

Jenny Cutler, Advance Speech, Story Telling Manual – “The third Biggest Country in the World”

“Like Pimms to Cowes Week” – Stephan von Posern

Monica Chong, Speech No. 10 – “On top of the world”

“A very special Number 10 that walked along the raw edge of emotion” – Glenn Jones

Our General Evaluator was Gary Cooke who gave some great feedback to the club as well as those who had not been evaluated during the meeting. “For me it’s all about the people”

…and the winners are:


Best Table Topic: Jo Holmes

Best Evaluator:     Glen Jones

Best Speech: Monica Chong

Our next meeting – 18.07.11

The next London Cardinals meeting has some treats for you – we’re very lucky to have our sparkling Past President, Gilly Cutts, as our Toastmaster for the first time in over a year!!!  Also, we have a great line up of speakers delivering a range of speeches from the Competent Communicator manual… culminating in a Number 10 speech from Bryant Yates!

Upcoming Meetings

Monday 18th July 2011

Monday 1st August 2011

Monday 15th August 2011


Please remember to let our VPE, Laura McCracken, know about when you want to do your next speech, and also about any roles you want to fulfil (e.g. Toastmaster, Timekeeper, Grammarian, TT Master, TT Evaluator, and Speech Evaluator).  You may email Laura at or catch her at the next meeting.



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