Newsletter: 22 January 2018 – Make January special!Posted on March 31st, 2018 by Admin in Uncategorized
On Monday 22nd January, our President Sonia opened by describing the Toastmasters journey as a ‘rollercoaster’ – full of highs and lows. Our Toastmaster for the night was Michelle, who entertained us with the theme for the night – advice we would give our ten-year old selves if we could go back in time. Our grammarian, Trang, introduced the word of the day: ‘effervescent’.
Ana led us through the table topics which focused on the theme of winter. Maria encouraged us to ‘make January special’, Solly entertained us with the account of her penguin-themed Christmas presents, and Denise delivered the best impromptu speech with her hilarious depiction of Christmas on a New Zealand dairy farm. Stephan gave us all a master class in evaluation – turning the usual table topic evaluation approach on its head to creatively deliver his feedback.
We began the second half with a Cardinals Challenge – Christian came up with a speech incorporating Hawaii, superman and a baby stroller, telling us about his encounter with a magic show. His advice – don’t use solid objects for magic tricks, always use live objects! Mohammed delivered a poignant number 8 speech about his visit to the Calais refugee camp and the spirit of humanity he found there. He recounted the moving story of his friend in the camp and highlighted that even in a hostile environment, there is a thriving community of refugees. Shimi ended our evening with an advanced speech – giving her own take on a famous speech that shared nine life lessons.
The evening ended with evaluations from Carolina, Richard and Beatrice, as well as feedback from our General Evaluator, Chau. All in all, a brilliant second meeting for the year!
Congratulations to the winners for the evening: