Club News Archives 2008

Eldergate Toastmasters and North Bucks Speakers – Two Clubs, One Mission
Club News Archives 2008

Milton Keynes 1, Peterborough 1
– 1st October 2008

It was honours even for Milton Keynes and Peterborough in the second local derby that unfolded over the weekend at the MK Pavilion in Middleton where Elder Gate Toastmasters played host for the second round of the Toastmasters International national autumn speaking competitions. As is becoming almost a six-monthly ritual, Cranfield University marketeer Neil Godfrey took first place in the improvised short speech competition, successfully defending the title he won last year, with a short off-the-cuff address on the prospects of raising extra funds for the NHS by charging patients and their families for food. Representing the Anglia Communicators club, which is based in Peterborough, Misa Sintim Kwaku, known as Kwaku for short, won the humorous speech contest with a speech on the ambitions of a black man, based on experiences when he returned to Ghana and found himself being treated as an outsider. Neil Godfrey finished second in the humorous speech contest, followed by Chris Hoggart in third. Margaret Bollen took second place in the improvised speech contest, with Janet Graham in third place.Both men now go on to represent the Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge area in the east of England round of the annual contest, which is taking place in Alconbury on the afternoon of October 18.
The competition will culminate with the Great Britain and Ireland national competition in Kilkenny in November.If you would like to know more about Toastmasters International,
a not-for-profit global group founded to help ordinary
people acquire essential speaking and leadership skills,
contact Brian Bollen directly on 01908 234952, or email
him at email,
or contact Margaret Bollen on the same number, and email.


Ladies Dominate Elder Gate Curry Night
– 17th December 2008
 

The traditional annual Elder Gate Toastmasters curry night became ladies’ night this year, as Sangita Cirana won the third annual Tall Tales Contest while Casandra Daubney took the honours in the Table Topics Contest. Congratulations to both, especially Sangita, pictured here with her trophy, the Elder Gate Bull. Sangita’s success is especially noteable as she isn’t actually a Toastmaster yet; she was competing as a very welcome guest of her mother, Nina. We all look forward to welcoming her as a full member in her own right, either at Elder Gate or another club, depending on where her employment opportunities take her.

The evening attracted a 24-strong turnout out to The Bekash in Stony Stratford. Club president Dave Minzey and the occasion’s organiser Brian Bollen shared responsibility for the successful running of the function, with strong support from Trisha Page as Timekeeper, Chris Mitchell and Louise Mason as Table Topics Mistresses, and of course the contestants.

Also pictured together are Esme Driver and Louise Mason, while Brian Bollen achieves a lifetime ambition with a woman on each arm, wife Margaret on his right, and North Bucks Speakers secretary Lynda Andrews on his left.



A Toastmasters Hallowe’en
– 6th November 2008

A ghoulish gathering at North Bucks Speakers on the night before Hallowe’en features.The sound of crying babies in the next room proved oddly distracting throughout the evening, leaving the Count especially twitchy…

From left to right:
Phil Chippendale, Rodney Hodge (at the back, just behind Phil), Margaret Bollen, Louise Mason, Mike Holmes (at the back, in mask), Jim (Call me Count) Reynolds, Tony Alexander, Brian Bollen, and Derek Pink.

 

Photos by Lynda Andrews



Historic First For MK Toastmasters
– 3rd November 2008

Neil Godfrey became the first Toastmaster from either of the Milton Keynes clubs to reach the national final of any of the year’s four competitions, when he won the Division G Table Topics Contest in Alconbury near Peterborough on Saturday 18 October, hosted by Anglia Communicators.
Neil, no stranger to the Division contest, beat off competition from the winners of the other Area Contests throughout the east of England region.Unfortunately, personal commitments prevent him from taking up his right to compete in the District 71 the UK and Ireland) Final in Kilkenny in November, but he is to be heartily congratulated on an achievement that underlines the progress that Toastmasters in Milton Keynes has seen in recent years.


27 October 2008
New Meeting Venue

– 22nd October 2008

Members and potential new members should note that Eldergate Toastmasters will be meeting in a new venue on the evening of October 27, as neither Herons Lodge nor the usual alternative, The Well Community Centre in Willen, is available that week.Margaret and Brian Bollen have offered to host the meeting at their home, 3 Ebbsgrove, Loughton, Milton Keynes, MK5 8BD, just a few hundred yards from the entrance to Herons Lodge.To accommodate local parking restrictions between 5pm and 6pm, the meeting will start slightly later than normal, at 6.15pm. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it. Any questions, ring Brian/Margaret on 01908 234952.

Margaret Bollen, Neil Godfrey, Jenny Chalmers, and Esme Driver
From left to right: Janet Graham, Neil Godfrey, Misa Sintim Kwaku, Margaret Bollen, Chris Hoggart


Another Double For Cranfield Uni
– 23rd September 2008

Cranfield University marketeer Neil Godfrey has recorded
a rare double in the public speaking world, winning
both the annual contests at Elder Gate Toastmasters
for the second time in two years.Neil swept aside strong competition to win the club’s
annual humorous speech contest and its improvised speaking
contest at The Crown in Stony Stratford on September
18. He is thought to be the only member in the club’s
22-year-plus history to achieve such a feat.North Bucks Speakers, the younger of the two branches
of Toastmasters International in Milton Keynes, held
its contests the previous evening at the Ramada Encore
on Midsummer Boulevard. Chris Hoggart, who only joined
the club in recent months, won the humorous speech event
while Margaret Bollen took the improvised speaking honours.All three go on to represent Milton Keynes in the
second round of the competition, which takes place in
the MK Pavilion, Milton Keynes Village, on the afternoon
of September 28.The competition will culminate with the Great Britain
and Ireland national competition in Harrogate in November.
If you would like to know more about Toastmasters International,
a not-for-profit global group founded to help ordinary
people acquire essential speaking and leadership skills,
contact Brian directly on 01908 234952,
email him,
or contact Margaret Bollen on the same number, and email.


Changing of the Guard – 1st July 2008
July 1 saw the start of a new Toastmasters year, and a changing of the guard at both clubs in Milton Keynes.At Elder Gate, the senior club, founded in 1986 and still going strong, Dave Minzey, a member since 1989, took over as President from
Margaret Bollen. Kaz Kowalski, who by contrast has been a member for less than a year, is supporting Dave as Education Vice President (EVP).Derek Pink took over the reins from Brian Bollen as President at Willen-based North Bucks Speakers, with Lynn Groves as his EVP.Both clubs enter the new year in good shape and look set to continue growing in popularity, vitality and quality, and welcome all
inquiries from potential new members.For new contact details for all members of both new committees, please consult the ‘Club Contacts‘ section of the website.


Contests Deliver Quadruple Winners! – 26th February 2008

Margaret Bollen, Neil Godfrey, Jenny Chalmers, and Esme Driver
Margaret Bollen, Neil Godfrey, Jenny Chalmers, and Esme Driver
Brian Bollen, Neil Godfrey, Jenny Chalmers, and Esme Driver
Brian Bollen, Neil Godfrey, and Jenny Chalmers

The first round of this year’s international speech and speech evaluation contests produced no fewer than four winners in Milton Keynes, as Elder Gate Toastmasters and North Bucks Speakers both returned separate winners in each contest.

 

At Elder Gate, Neil Godfrey won the international speech contest, while Jenny Chalmers took first place in the speech evaluation. At North Bucks Speakers, Kaz Kowalski was the speech winner while Brian Bollen was the evaluation winner, taking the title there for the third year in succession.

All four now proceed to the second round of competition, the Area 4 contests, which take place at the St John’s Ambulance Centre in Aylesbury on April 6.

For further details, contact Brian by telephone (01908 234952) or via email.

This entry was posted in Pre2011 website, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.