Twenty Toastmasters, visiting Toastmasters and most welcome guest gathered at the College Arms on Cranfield University campus for a scrumptious awards dinner. I choose seafood and salad followed by sirloin of beef and a delicious dessert of chocolate profiteroles.
Some really big awards were announced, but first a flavour of the night in the order that it happened.
Matt kicked the night off as Sergeant at Arms with Maxime running the night as the Toastmaster of the Evening. Maxime and Allison have been involved in planning from the outset in April as the special event chairs and committee.
Jim gave us a cracking joke on the perils of aging and the distraught man who found that marrying the sexiest and most attentive younger woman in the world was devastated to find he could no longer remember where he lived.
Our Table-topics master was Becky who brought out a bag of assorted things that linked to red. On being given a red tube of paint Louise came out as an artist. Helene puzzled out that a red facia off a fire alarm was connect to her special humour workshop with Bob Ferguson on the 9th July. Vivaldi’s four seasons didn’t quite have enough VAVOOM for Jim! What a cool Red Angry birds hat thought Steve as he described that marvels of both hat and iPad game.
Break for Dinner
Matt called us to order for the second half. We had two speakers:
- Stephanie returned to the floor after a break of two years to give us an excellent after dinner speech (Project 5 from the advanced speech manual the entertaining speaker). She addressed the students and related the story of her journey to graduation and beyond. Graduation, she found didn’t automatically imply an executive house, car and pension but was an equally rewarding journey with false headings and new more fulfilling directions.
- Project Ten is the culmination of the Component Communicator Award and Paul delivered his. There are three very important things that you as future alumni will take away when you leave. You’ve had the excellent and renowned Cranfield University experience, you’ve travelled to be at Cranfield and experienced new people and cultures, and you’ve invested scarce time and enriched your skills further by being members of Cranfield Speakers.
The gongs and bling
- Louise won best Table-topics speaker, sneaking a kiss on President John as she collected her ‘keep for life’ ribbon.
- Matt won best use of humour and jested that as Sergeant at arms he did the counting and the result was right despite the conflict of interest.
- Paul was awarded his official club badge complete with the ‘CC’ from his new award of Competent Communicator.
Cranfield Toastmaster of the Year
This is the inaugural year and by popular nomination the first winner was Maxime for his outstanding contributions to all areas of the club many of which have won him awards and have set him up with a plan to earn his Competent Communicator award with his year at University. Amani took ‘silver’ as the warmest, friendliest member of the club who recently gave a speech on hope at twenty minutes notice to cover a sudden gap in a meeting.
Distinguished club program (DCP)
President John announced that Paul’s speech and thus award of Competent Communicator was the final piece in obtaining nine of ten possible points within the DCP, the first time Cranfield Speakers has done that in its three year history. We’ve just earned recognition from Toastmasters International as the President’s Distinguished Clubs and will be able fly to fly that ribbon from the club’s banner for the year ahead.
Area 44 Governorship
Lynda Andrews (Area 44) Governor addressed the room to thank Cranfield Speakers for its hospitality and that she is consistently pleased with the high quality of events that we hold. She announced that her time as our area governor was coming to an end, but that all was not lost as her very capable successor was in the room tonight. With that she called President John up and invested him the the insignia of the Governor of Area 44.