CIS Toastmasters held its first meeting of 2016 on January the 12th 2016. 27 people graced the meeting with a fair turn-out of guests and visitors alike. The President, Michael Silberman opened the meeting with a fitting quote as people start with their new year’s resolutions. “Someone once told me not to bite off more than I can chew, I told them I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity“. The quote set the tone for what was to be a great evening of 6 prepared speeches including 3 advanced deliveries.
Ms. Thato Radebe kicked off the evening with her CC2 speech titled, The Addiction to Conforming. A great speech well beyond her years but a reminder that the country is in good hands as long as it continues to produce great future leaders of Thato’s caliber. Julian Blonski followed with a CC3 speech titled, El Nino – The devastating effect of the current drought. The speech was well received as it served to remind the audience not to take fresh water for granted and to conserve this limited resource. Julian layered his speech with great humour particularly on tips to save this precious resource including more communal showering activities. The last speech from the prepared speeches was delivered by Christine Kwok. The title of Christine’s speech was Shaken not Stirred which paid tribute to the author of the James Bond stories, Ian Fleming. She finished off her speech with a great quote fitting of what Toastmasters is about. ‘Never say no to adventure’. For her efforts Christine walked away with the best prepared speaker of the evening.
The speakers for the advanced speeches session were Billy Radebe, Judith Taylor and CIS’ bright spark Ms. Linda van Deventer. Billy titled his speech Takers and explained that life in essence is about giving and taking with the latter seemingly more dominant. Billy’s speech was entertaining. Judith gave a short talk which was a presentation of a floating trophy, The Bright Spark Award which Linda duly accepted. CIS Toastmasters is very proud of the service Linda provides to the club and Toastmasters at large for it is from her industry that the club continues to prosper. Well done Linda, you are an inspiration to all of us who aspire to serve this great organization.
The impromptu session followed, presented by the colourful Mr. Kazik Blonski. Kazik picked on the visitors, John, Bonke and Queen. The visitors took on the challenge with aplomb. Queen’s task was to tell the audience what makes her smile. She took us through her day job which brings about positive change to people living with HIV and Aids. For her efforts, the room voted her the best impromptu speaker of the evening. A great accolade for any visitor to receive.
Other notable contributors to the success of the evening were, Mr. Rob Douglas who served as Grammarian and gave the room the work of the day, Castigate. A great word that almost all the speakers could use. A great lesson on how to pick a world that allows everyone to participate. Nomonde Booi performed the role of General Evaluator, with CIS’ new member Ebrahim doing a sterling job as the Uhm counter. Colbert Nengovhela was the evening’s Toastmaster. Cyril Chessex took home the evaluator of the evening award.
Judith Taylor presenting Linda van Deventer with the Bright Spark Award
The President, Michael Silberman with the evening’s Toastmaster
Best evaluator award went to Cyril Chessex
Our visitor, Queen Makwela took home the best impromptu speaker award
Christine Kwok was honoured with the best speaker of the evening trophy
All in all the evening was a great success. A good start to the new year with the club aiming to re-energize itself by recruiting new members to take this great club forward.
The next meeting is scheduled for the 26th of January 2016. CIS looks forward to seeing you all there.