Sergeant-at-Arms for the evening, Alon Davidow, called the meeting to order and handed over to our President, Michael Silberman.
Michael Silberman welcomed visitors, guests and members to the meeting. Our VPM for the evening Puleng Lephondo then introduced guests and visitors.
Our VPE, Linda van Deventer, announced changes to the agenda.
Linda van Deventer did the Toast to Toastmasters International.
Michael Silberman as the Grammarian/Wordmaster introduced the Word of the Evening – Fictitious. Meaning “not real or true, being imaginary or having been fabricated”.
Linda van Deventer took control of the meeting as the Toastmaster. She explained the Toastmasters programme of 10 CC assignments. The timekeeper was Adrienne Croeser.
The first speaker was Avigail Sacks at CC3 level, with the title of her speech “The life changing magic of tidying up”. She talked about not getting too attached to our possessions. If you have a book, she said, hold it in your hands. If it brings excitement and great memories, then keep it. If not, then give it away.
The second speaker was Ernst Dill, also at CC3 level, with the title “The magic of us”. The speech was about what happens when a humble pencil gets produced. That requires co-operative effort from thousands of people, all working harmoniously towards a common goal. Indeed “magic” happens when the pencil gets made.
Craig Sacks was the third speaker, at CC5 level, with the title “Bend it like Beckham”. Although a soccer based speech, it had a deep message on how to handle stress in our lives.
Alon Davidow then spoke at CC7 level on “Is your health care good for your health?”. Alon’s message was that a leading cause of death is the conventional medicine, on which we rely so much. That message came from research findings by medical practitioners. Health is not an just an absence of a disease, it is the total physical and mental wellbeing.
Our guest speaker, Michael Coyle, then delivered a speech titled “Finish what you start!”. So often we start something and never finish it. He gave examples from his own life of things he started enthusiastically, only to never see it come to fruition. That’s why he was determined to complete all the requirements and become a DTM. He started this project and very recently he became a proud DTM! “I finished what I started”, Michael concluded. An inspirational speech.
Sibusiso Xaba then run a Table Topics session.
Dumiso Tswane spoke on “I’ve been a naughty boy – Fire me!”.
Cuan Watson spoke on “This was a jool, now I am broke!”.
Nomonde Booi spoke about “It’s crazy, let’s do it!”.
Adrienne Croeser spoke about “Oh shucks, I should have voted!” in reference to a recent Brexit vote in UK.
Puleng Lephondo run the evaluation session. Michael Coyle was the evaluator of Avigail’s speech. He commended Avigail for a well delivered speech that had great value.
Puleng Lephondo was the evaluator of Ernst Dill’s speech. Ernst successfully completed his assignment and we are looking forward to his CC4.
Kazik Blonski evaluated the speech of Craig Sacks. Craig fulfilled the requirements of his assignment and we are looking forward to his CC6.
Michael Silberman was the evaluator of Alon Davidow’s speech. Alon was successful in his assignment and we are looking forward to his CC8.
Michael Silberman then delivered his Grammarian/Wordmaster report and Nomonde Booi delivered her Genaral Evaluator’s report.
Puleng Lephondo then handed control back to the President. Michael Silberman presented the trophies. Linda van Deventer was the Toastmaster of the Evening, Best speaker was Craig Sacks. Best evaluator was Michael Coyle. Best Impromptu speaker was Cuan Watson.
The President, Michael Silberman, then declared the meeting adjourned.