Category Archives: Eldergate Members’ Blog

AGM: New Committee for 2016-17

Before our meeting on 23 May, the club held its AGM for 2015-16, chaired by Dave Minzey. The 19 members present elected a new committee for the next Toastmaster year which runs from 1 July to 30 June. Normally, the … Continue reading

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… and Mountain Marathon Man!

Yesterday’s post prompted an instant response from our Swiss correspondent, Brian Bollen. In September 2012, Brian completed the Jungfrau Marathon in the shadow of the Eiger. Well done No 2762! And if any other Eldergate members have completed a marathon … Continue reading

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Marathon Man

Congratulations to our EasySpeak guru and all-round IT expert Gonza Avila on completing the 2016 London Marathon. Gonza got lucky in the ballot for places and, in true Toastmasters style, decided to ‘go for it!” Gonza completed the 26.2 mile course … Continue reading

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Tall Tales @ The Brasserie

‘Bletchley – Home of the Codebreakers’ as the road signs say. On Tuesday 16 December, Bletchley was also the venue for Eldergate’s Christmas meal and Tall Tales competition, jointly hosted with our friends from the Grapevine Business Network. The event was … Continue reading

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Speeches that Shook the World … again

If you missed it last year, there’s another chance to see this documentary by the poet, presenter and professor Simon Armitage. First shown in October 2013, it was repeated on BBC4 recently which means it is currently available on the … Continue reading

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Eldergate Online: other useful sites

  Apart from the MK Toastmasters website, there are two other sites that are increasingly important to the day-to-day running of the Eldergate club.   Easy-Speak This is where club members can sign up for speaking slots and all other … Continue reading

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Humour and Table Topics Contests

Three competitors lined up at the start line for the Club’s Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests at the NBC on 22 September. Miriam Selwyn got the Humorous Speech contest off with a bang by recalling her experience of US border control. … Continue reading

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The Distinguished Mr Minzey

2013 was a very significant year for Eldergate’s longest serving member, Dave Minzey. Dave achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM), the highest individual recognition in Toastmasters and one that only about 1,200 members achieve each year, from a worldwide membership of nearly … Continue reading

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Tony Fasulo: In His Own Words

  “One Tony Fasulo, there’s only one Tony Fasulo!” Not so apparently: there are at least two as Tony explained in his recent speech “Double Take” about a case of mistaken identity at a Las Vegas computer show some years ago. … Continue reading

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Honestly, it was this big …

180 Eldergate members, plus a similar number of members of the Grapevine business network, packed into the Tardis-like upper room of the Slug & Lettuce on Monday night for the club’s annual Tall Tales competition and the Grapevine seasonal quiz. … Continue reading

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