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Incoming

Agreed at the meeting on 24th June 2015 following a reshuffle due to the changed availability of the previous elected incoming officers.

Congratulations to my fellow Toastmasters:

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President Daniel Sandars
Vice President Education Maria Pawula
Vice President Membership Matt Lambert
Vice President Public Relations Minjie Cai
Treasurer Esther Marchant
Secretary Gustavo Imhof
Sergeant-at-Arms Vicky Lester

Wow we did really well attracting somewhere over 60 people to the CMRI gallery, a venue that we rarely use.  The Open Demonstration Event is timed for the new intake of students. This year it coincided with the 90th Anniversary of the first meeting of Toastmasters.

Well done to the winners who were guest Ian (Table-topics), Humour (Andy), and Evaluator (Gustavo)

Joke Master Andy scoops the humour Award

Andy’s joke was the tale of three male hitch-hikers stuck trying to cross a wild river. They each prayed and asked for gifts and were granted them. One had the strength to swim across and one had the skills and equipment to row across. The one that asked for intelligence was transformed into a woman with a map and processed to walk across the river using the bridge a little further downstream.

The grammarian Vicky proposed word of the day “Passion”.

The Table-topics session was lead by Jim and based on mystery items from his garage that the speakers had to say why they had invented them.  The Pointy bit was Becky’s back scratcher. The bendy brush thing was Ian’s Saxophone cleaner mark 1. The strappy whip thing was Jin’s bundle securing strap. And finally the hoop with rollers was Maria dress making ribbon dispenser. Paul W evaluated the session.

Gustavo introduced our first speaker Minjie who gave a talk entitled “A Brief History of Mastering Toast…ies”. This talk was drawn from the Competent Communication Manual – 4 – How to Say It. It was fascinating to discover the power of words and why we are known as Toastmasters not Suschimasters or Noodlemasters.

Minjie launched the club’s new promotional video that she has been the videographer and producer of.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gUo1Yc0P1cg

Allison introduced his mentor and our second speaker John who gave a talk entitled “A Brief History of the Mercedes-Benz”. It was fun hearing a comical parody of the life and times of the engineer Gottleib Daimler and savvy marketer Karl Benz

Many thanks to those in leadership roles. Becky was the General Evaluator as well as covering her brief as the Vice President of Education. Minjie opened as Sargent at Arms.  Timekeeping was done by Matt the Timekeeper. Sunday counted ‘Ahs’ and Vicky was Grammarian. Maria lead the night in the hospitality role.  The club President Atma presided over the meeting.

CMRI Gallery with Atma on the floor

Toastmasters 90th Anniversary

The organization grew out of a single club, Smedley Chapter One Club, which would become the first Toastmasters club. It was founded by Ralph C. Smedley on October 22, 1924, at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, United States. Since 1924, Toastmasters has served over four million people, and today the organization serves over 313,000 members in 126 countries, through its over 14,650 member clubs. Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.

Scotland was the first district to be organised outside the USA in 1946. By 1958 30 countries outside the US had toastmasters clubs and by 1962 the educational materials had been translated in to English, French and Braille.  Toastmasters was truly multinational and multilingual. In 1977 Edith Burgay was the first blind person to become the World Champion of Public Speaking.

Cranfield Speakers’ Clubwas established as Toastmasters club 1682231 in February 2011. Membership is open to anyone and includes a mix of students, staff, and faculty of Cranfield University, as well as many local residents not affiliated with the university.

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TME’s write-up for Wednesday 8th October 2014

We had an eclectic mix of 21 characters participating, including 12 members, 8 guests and our Founding member, Yiorgos – all the way from Aberdeen via Greece!

Toastmaster of the Evening was Becky, who set the meeting theme of ‘The Muppets’ – taking inspiration from the Facebook post of a fellow member the previous week. We began by taking a minute to pay homage to ‘Mahna Mahna’, which reached out to the ears and soul of our audience via Bluetooth speaker: http://youtu.be/8N_tupPBtWQ

Our Grammarian, Steve, tied into the Muppets theme, by introducing ‘Jump’ as the frog-like word of the day. Some excellent examples were used as we jumped – seamlessly – from speaker to speaker.Allison confidently multi-tasked by doing anything beginning with T: Timing, Telling us a joke (involving Bill Gates and arranged marriages) and Topics evaluating. Maria did a great job backing up our Evaluation team as General Evaluator.

Our Topics session, led so capably by Minjie, saw Atma transforming into Kermit the Frog, explaining to Miss Piggy that he was off to do a PhD and she would have to wait to marry him. Maria continued the session by transforming into Miss Piggy and responding to this news. She decided she was going to look at developing her own career and perhaps look into doing a Master’s. Paul W took over as Kermit and decided to do a U-turn and marry Miss Piggy right now – especially as they had managed to survive Ikea together. Yiorgos rounded off the topics session by transforming into a thieving Kermit – travelling all the way from Scotland to steal the Queen’s prized Toastmasters Best Speech trophy, under guard at the Tower of London.

Daniel, evaluated by Atma, gave us 70 Reasons Why Mum (@70) is Special – a speech developed to propose the toast for his mother’s 70th birthday gathering at Longleat (Centre Parcs) last weekend. The audience was his mother, his three children, their three spouses, and the ten grandchildren. They were also joined by his Mother’s sister and his late father’s brother and his family. Daniel relayed some touching family memories and gave us all food for thought.

Matt, evaluated by Paul W, gave us a speech with an ironic twist: ‘Positivity is for Muppets’, where he made some astute observations (involving the sofa) and treating us to some of his unique sense of humour. This was Matt’s 3rd speech – How to Say It. You can read more about Matt’s journey where he explores positivity here: http://www.matt-lambert.co.uk/journey-positivity/

Our newest (and multilingual) member Gustavo, evaluated by Jim, heard about our club from the Internet and joined the club before he even touched down on the plane in the UK! He joins us from Neuchâtel Toastmasters Club in Switzerland and delivered the final speech from his Competent Communicator manual – Life is hard… Or is it? Where he highlighted that achieving success is dependent on your mindset when making decisions. Cracking speech, your Cranfield CC badge is on order, Gustavo!Gustavo also counted Ahs for us.

Yiorgos gave us a heartwarming speech at the end of the meeting and was presented -by his Co-Founder Jim -with the gift of a Cranfield memory stick with a top secret file loaded up on it! Atma, as President, reminded us all of our special

Demonstration event next meeting (to include a viewing of the afore-mentioned top secret file), which will be held in the Cranfield Management Research Institute (Building 38) – more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756220487752682/

  • Best Speaker Award: Matt
  • Best Table Topics Award: Maria & Paul W
  • Best Evaluator Award: Jim
  • Best Humour Award: Matt
  • Smooth Talker Award: Jim
  • GE Award: Allison for his expert multi-tasking skills

Hey Dan. I was told the TME had to do a meeting write up. Here it is buddy… Thanks [Paul Wright] Cranfield Speakers Meeting. 24.9.2014

It was another great meeting for the Cranfield Speakers. We had our usual regulars that came to support and we also had a few new faces, which was great to see.

Paul Wright was our Toastmaster and he set the theme for the meeting which was “Being United’. This was inspired by Scotland voting to still be part of the UK. Becky Piper, the Grammarian and Ah Counter, jumped on the theme Bandwagon and made the Word Of The Day ‘United’. One guest was especially pleased about this as it gave him the opportunity to talk about Manchester United’s recent football performances. I say no more.

The Timekeeper for the evening was Matt Lambert. His role was more practical and didn’t involve a lot of speaking however, he managed to use the Word Of the Day which was sneaky, brilliant and deserved a pat on the back.

Just before the Topics Master came up Atma the Joke Master delivered his joke but unfortunately forgot the punch line! Atma later that evening explained what went wrong and then hit us with the correct punch line. I don’t think that has ever happened in a meeting and I’m sure the guests enjoyed it

Maria was next up being the Topics Master. She gave us all a challenging topic to speak about and it was a well thought out and great concept. A volunteer had to persuade a Movie Director why their chosen job would be great in a given movie.

John was up first being a plumber in a Jurassic Park movie.
Alex blew us away with his knowledge on StarWars.
Atma was a captain in a Harrry Potter film.
And Becky was hanging out flower pots on the Titanic Ship.

Next were the Speakers! 3 Speeches in total.

First up was Alex and he delivered a great speech. He showed class and great presence on the stage.
Second up was Sunday. Great volume and a fascinating subject on Energy.
Third up was John. A very entertaining speech on the history of the Mercedes Benz.

After the speeches and a quick break we then had the evaluations. These evaluations were delivered by Becky Piper, Minjie and Atma. All very thorough which gave the speakers excellent feedback.

Daniel the General Evaluator evaluated the Evaluators and the meeting as a whole. He made a very good point about putting more enthusiasm into the applause when welcoming a speaker or anyone that comes up to the stage. Dan the man made his voice heard because afterwards the following applause had volume and festival whistles.

The last part of the meeting were the Awards.

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Alex delivered a great speech and topics so he had two awards to take home.
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Becky taking best Evaluation
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John taking best humour.
[Paul took General Evaluators award for his début night as Toastmaster of the Evening[

A lovely evening held by all. My one recommendation is to not allow Becky to draw the table layout on the white board but apart from that, it was a great meeting!

Thanks to all. Paul
[Editing and social media pitch Daniel 30/9/2014]

[Well done Alex for Sweeping Best Speaker and Best Topics Speaker. Fab job Becky taking Best Evaluator. Fantastic improvised speech and Humour Award for Area Governor John. Paul did a great debut job as Toastmaster of the Evening and won the General Evaluators Award. Everything was about ‘Being United’ We were joined by four guests and returning guests. Daniel]

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The Awards

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Best speaker award goes to Sunday for his Icebreaker

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Amaia takes the best Table Topics Speaker Award

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Daniel (right) and Atma (left) share the honours as best Evaluators

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Sunday comes back to accept the best use of humour

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Amani crowns the Awards with the Silver Cranfield Toastmaster of the Year 2013-2014 Award

TME Report

It was a summer evening at Cranfield Speakers club with Allison as Toastmaster of the Evening. He set the theme ‘Enjoy Ice Cream this Summer’ for the meeting, reiterating that as we enjoy the heat of the summer, we all are happy when the ice cream van comes along; adults and children alike scamper around the van to enjoy copious portions of ice cream from beautiful CONES! He informed members that Charles E Menches is credited with the invention of the ICE CREAM CONE on 23rd July 1904, a particularly hot day, when he bought up his neighbor’s wafer pastries and rolled them into cones to serve ice cream.

Jim was Jokemaster while Matt was the Time Keeper! Eva, the Grammarian gave us ‘Euphoric’ as the word of the day, counted the grunts, and handled the Table Topics, giving out alphabets and phrases to talk about. Daniel picked D’ and spoke about Dangerous Cellulitis; Amani picked ‘A’ and talked about the need for Air-conditioning in her home Mediterranean climate; Atma who grabbed an ‘L’ told us a Love story he heard from a fish. Amaia, speaking about Every Last Straw, informed us of how some people save energy by switching off light, while others save water by not having their bath.

The joke was the story of Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Bill Gate reaching Heaven on the same day. When asked why they should enter Heaven Bill Clinton said he tried to represent the people, Al Gore tried to save the environment, but Bill Gates wondered why God was sitting in his chair.

In the prepared speech segment; Alex, who was introduced by his Evaluator Amaia, spoke on,‘There’s Method in the Madness’. He cautioned Toastmasters not to always focus on ourselves, as there are needy people all around us. He recommended unused cloths to be sent to charity shops, excessive food to be given to the hungry and for everyone to strive to do things for other people.

Maria, who was introduced by her Evaluator, Stephen, demonstrated how to Get to the Point with her speech entitled, ‘Don’t Just Sit There’. She pointed out that the body metabolism slows down and does not process sugars and that leads to all manners of health challenges, when one just sits there. She recommended what to do about it, which was, to move about.

Daniel introduced Sunday who Break the Ice, with his speech entitled, ‘My Childhood Hero’. Sunday took us down memory lane, a quite emotional speech, of how Sir Emmanuel, a total stranger, saved him from the pangs of alcoholism and illiteracy by providing help at the right time and the right place.

In the awards segment, Sunday took home his Ice Breaker Pin, the trophies for the Best Speech and most Humorous Speech. Daniel and Atma won Best Evaluator (Daniel for the first time)! Best Table Topics was won by Amaia. The General Evaluator’s award went to Eva, while Atma was the Smooth Talker of the evening. Amani was formally presented with her Silver Award for doing so well for Cranfield Speakers in the immediate passed year.

Atma reminded all present about the forth coming Humorous Speech Contest, and encouraged members to participate.

Next meeting will be on 13th August 2014. All welcome.

Prepared by Allison and Edited by Daniel Sandars, 27/07/2014

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For the first time in three years Daniel wins Best Evaluator.

Special Meeting with broadcaster Tom Sandars

Flirted! Fondled! Seduced! The art of great oratory is how it leaves you feeling. One of many powerful messages from Tom’s educational speech.

Twenty four Toastmasters, visiting Toastmasters and most welcome guests gathered for a hugely memorable and entertaining evening. Tom took Best Speaker,Award,  John took Best Evaluator, Andy took Best Tabletopic Speaker, and Paul took Best use of Humour, the Smooth talker Award and was presented with his Icebreaker pin. Further (back dated) Icebreaker pins went Amani and Alex. Jim took the General Evaluator’s Award for an excellent introduction and evaluation of Paul and his Icebreaker talk.

 

As Jokemaster, Karel warmed the night up with a joke hinged around his favourite excuses for not handing homework and assignments in. If his zip drive hasn’t just blown up then his printer has just caught a virus and is in strict quarantine, but in the limit on medical grounds it comes down to sore eyes, eyes that never sore a good reason to do the work in the first place.

Becky and her son Dylan choose a selection of toys to inspire the table topics sessions. Their evaluator was Amaia.  Becky named her topics speakers:

  1. John had the toy Nissan Mx and put it into a race, but it lost out Mercedes pulling a trailer loaded with a lawnmower.
  2. Atma had Buzz light-year and took him along with three million others into a stampede to catch the first flight to Mars before remarking we should in fact stay and look after the Earth better.
  3. Andy was given two green maracas which he tried out as earrings before preferring to use them as  noisily as possible and deciding everyone should buy them for the children of the frazzled looking parents.
  4. Tom was given a bag of marbles and decided not to open them as he didn’t want to loose any when presenting to a live audience.

Amaia’s evaluation picked out good approaches and great messages in the session. She recommended that Tom would improve with greater use of the stage area, that John didn’t need to stress the detailed model numbers of his toy cars, and that mention of Toystory would gave Buzz light-year a better context.

The were four prepared speeches including Tom’s educational Speech:

  1. Jim introduced Paul with his Icebreaker talk entitled “An unexpected career path”
        Ironman Paul had become frustrated at being excluded from 18th birthday parties in pubs on the grounds of being under-age.   He was inspired and tackled the intricacies of graphic design software and produced his own fraudulent proof of age ID and it worked a treat on the doormen. Emboldened he forayed further into graphic design through college, through university and then into a career, but alas the counterfeiting got left behind!!
    Jim, in his evaluation, noted how proficient a performance it was for any speaker let alone and and could be tweaked by omitting the us of notes.
  2. Andy stepped up to introduce Amani, who at 20 minutes notice came up with a “Story of hope” as her fourth Competent Communicator Project “How to Say it”
        Amani’s story related to a cousin learning to walk and talk. He was not a baby but a 26 year old man who had been caught up in a car crash. Her family were repeatedly told there is no hope that they should switch of life support and then that he would never walk or talk again. The never lost hope and they kept going. He lived and in time tried to walk and couldn’t, and tried to walk and couldn’t, and tried to walk and did just a little.
    In his evlauation Andy really commended Amani’s ability to step up with little notice and give such a strong talk in simple clear and colourful words. One never needs to apologize for chocking up with emotion just make allowance for it in that touching moment.
  3. Maxime introduced Daniel and Tom’s Talk-show role play entitled ‘Climate change science today’. Tom interviews Daniel for his second advanced Communicating to Video project.
        At the heart of the interview is the new EU science project on high end climate change abatement up to 2100 that has just been won by a consortium involving Daniel and Cranfield University.  The interview touched on Climate Change Scepticism, the evidence for climate change, what that actually means, the project, the nature of its team of principal investigators, and its global collaborations with key stake holders such as America and China.
        The evident planning and clear concise answers with anecdotes were amongst Maxime’s commendations in his evaluation. The recommendations focussed on better managed eye contact between camera, host and audience, better vocal modulation, and greater use of hand gestures.
  4. John (Club President) introduced Tom Sandars with his educational talk entitled “Small is beautiful in a big way!”A short talk about radio and television broadcasting – how it works as a means of mass communication, and the contrasts with public speaking.
       With an opening roar of “HELLO WEMBLEY”and help of Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton’s oratory and broadcasting Tom drew out many contrast and similarities.  Broadcasters don’t have the distractions of the audience and aim to have a relaxed conversation where their microphone is their best friend. Orators need to up the tone and energy and roar in short catchy memorable poetic stanzas. They are both about creating connection to the audience, a connection that can be lost by the slightest detail, such as a questionable tie or a questionable way a word was pronounced.  Everyone needs to put 10% more omph into speaking via radio/ electronic media to avoid sounding flat.  Practising and videoing it is a really good way of ironing out any off details and making changes.
    Bill Clinton was offered as an example of a great public speaker who could connect with the audience of a stadium in an intimate conversational style creating a rapport with everyone and leaving each of thousands of women feeling individually flirted with simultaneously. People remember little of what you say but a lot of how you make them feel, Bill Clinton treats speaking like Jazz in the you have a structure but also improvise.
        John’s fun evaluation heaped commendations on Tom for his hair and great blue eyes. Why isn’t Tom a Toastmaster already was the recommendation. It is Toastmasters’ loss. The talk was a tour de force summary of the entire Competent Communicator manual.

Atma was General Evaluator (and Vice President of Education) and picked many features of this action packed meeting. He was very encouraging of the efforts of everyone especially those in a role for the first time and some at little notice.

  • Minjie was very effective as Sergeant at Arms calling order, organising the room, and the ballots.
  • Matt kept the night on track as Time keeper.
  • Stephen was Ah Counter and noted numerous offenders including Tom.
  • Amani came to the rescue to cover as Grammarian with her word of the day “Spring”. Spring was used one to two times by many people and overall the levels of Grammar were high.

Prepared by Daniel Sandars (Special event chair)
Thanks guys you ALL made this happen

Hello, I’m Tom Sandars live at Cranfield Speakers

Daniel Sandars (Special event chair)

May 14th: 18:00-20:30

Venue: Building 33, Chapel entrance, 1st floor, Learning & Development room, Cranfield University

RSVP: cranfieldtm@gmail.com

See also: https://www.facebook.com/events/1402440870027822/

The format is a regular club meeting night. Tom is our guest and gets one 10 minute speaking slot:

“Small is beautiful in a big way!” A short talk about radio and television broadcasting – how it works as a means of mass communication, and the contrasts with public speaking.

He also takes part in a chat show communication role play and may take part in table-topics.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwN1DtdstEg

Tom’s Biography….(http://tomsandars.wix.com/tom3)

Tom has worked extensively as a broadcaster and journalist for over a decade – presenting programmes, reading the news/voiceovers and reporting for the BBC and Sky.

Tom began broadcasting on hospital radio, and soon after helped launch Youth FM, the first global radio station for young people. He started work for the BBC at Radio Shropshire and Radio WM.

He then moved to television, where he worked as a political reporter for The Midlands at Westminster, and the daily news programme Midlands Today. He then went on to work for the BBC News Channel, Radio 5 Live and Sky News in London.

Tom can now be heard on the UK’s biggest radio station – he is one of BBC Radio 2’s prime-time newsreaders. He also reads the news on the digital station 6music, and presents reports for Radio 2’s Friday evening concert. Tom regularly narrates The Economist’s audio edition.

Tom is also a photographer, trained designer, and video/audio editor.

Fifteen toastmasters and three most welcome guests enjoyed a lively night with a packed agenda in the learning and development room at Cranfield University. WELL EARNED Awards: Andy Table-topics, Paul Humour, Atma General Evaluators award, Maxime Best Speaker, and Andy Smooth talker award. HUGE Congratulations: founding father Jim on his award of Distinguished Toastmaster  (after  8 years work), and John on his election as next Area 44 governor. Next meeting 14th of May with VIP visits from broadcaster Tom Sandars and Area Governor Lynda Andrews.

News:

  1. Isaiah outlined plans for the gala awards dinner with inauguration of the new toastmaster of the year award on 18th June, thus hold this date and await full announcement,
  2. Becky proposed the new executive committee for 2014/2015 who were voted in unanimously and they are:
    President: Atma Prakash
    Vice President Education: Becky Piper
    Vice President Membership: Isaiah Allison
    Vice President Public Relations: Daniel Sandars
    Treasurer: Becky Piper
    Secretary: Maria Pawula
    Sergeant-at-Arms: Minjie Cai
    IT Support: Jim Reynolds
    Immediate Past President (and Area Governor Elect) John Schell
  3. Daniel outlined plans for the next meeting on the 14th May which is a special event with broadcaster Tom Sandars.

The meeting

Paul gave us the word of the day ‘Action’.

Atma gave us the joke “laughter maybe the best medicine, but not if you are laughing at your new bride’s mistakes.”

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Jim developed a fun table-topics session around St George’s day.

  1. What modern dragon would you slay? Minjie decided to find favour with the spiritual dragons from the East to calm the seas.
  2. How should the English celebrate? Paul fancied time out for a nap and a bottle of scotch
  3. What would you be sainted for? Andy was too dark a character to be a saint but wanted to be remembered for preventing war and violence by teaching people how to communicate, reflect and reconcile.
  4. Who would you make a saint? Début table-topics speaker Jee decided that she would canonize anyone who can communicate well.

Allison gave us a commanding talk on “the power of words” for his fifth Competent Communicator (CC)  project “your body speaks”. He showed us how water behaved very differently with the type of noise and that pleasant harmonious noise lead to the most beautiful structures. Mankind is 70 percent water, thus we benefit from calming positive words.

Maxime gave a really fascinating talk on “perspective” sparked by his observations of his changing view of England as seen by air. This was also a fifth CC project talk. It was fascinating to learn that base 12 counting use the phalanges (proximal, intermediate and distal) of the hand’s fingers.

Becky tackled one of her Advance Leader Bronze educational speeches entitled “Service and leadership”. These speeches are heavily predefined and the challenge to the speaker is to bring them to life. To aid her in this endeavour she used hand made power point slides and threaded in personal anecdotes. A good leader should aim to make staff look good rather than self look good.

The meeting leadership roles were carried out by: Amani (Toastmaster of the evening), Daniel (General evaluator), Atma (Timekeeper, Vice President education, Joke master, sergeant at arms), and Paul (Grammarian, and Ah counter).

Prepared by Daniel Sandars 23/4/2014

CONGRATULATION to the elected incoming 2014-2015 Executive Committee


President: Atma Prakash
Vice President Education: Becky Piper
Vice President Membership: Isaiah Allison
Vice President Public Relations: Daniel Sandars
Treasurer: Becky Piper
Secretary: Maria Pawula
Sergeant-at-Arms: Minjie Cai
IT Support: Jim Reynolds
Immediate Past President (and Area Governor Elect) John Schell

The transition begins at the Gala dinner on the 18th June and occurs at the end of the club meeting on June 25th. The new and old committees will then have a joint meeting.

Well done Atma, Becky, John, Minjie, Isaiah, Jim and Maria. I look forward to working with you all over the coming year at Cranfield Speakers

Prepared by: Daniel Sandars 24/04/2014

13 people, including 2 guests, attended last Wednesday’s meeting which had the theme of ‘the British Royal Family’.

Paul as Sergeant at Arms opened the meeting. Emily as Toastmaster gave an overview of the agenda, theme and format of the evening.

Grammarian Jim introduced the word of the day (majestic) which nicely reflected the meeting’s theme. Richard counted grunts, giving feedback in good humour. Laura kept time, John was Topics Evaluator, Maissa was Joke Master and Jim was General Evaluator.

Kala as Table Topics Master followed the meeting’s theme for Table Topics, asking the audience to respond to different scenarios as if they were a member of the Royal Family, to practice thinking on their feet.

Jim was first up as Prince William, gamely playing along with Kala in a comedic discussion about the royal honeymoon. Paul was next up as Prince Harry and put on a fantastic accent which added great humour to the exercise. Dan took on the role of Prince Charles and spoke about the need to find an appropriate boyfriend for Pippa. Louise got into character as Camilla and showed great creative flair when discussing the Royal Yacht, communicating part of her response on the flipchart.

Becky delivered her ninth speech “21st century communications – care to comment?” and was evaluated by Louise.

Dan P delivered his fourth speech “Living forever in the multiverse” and was evaluated by Paul.

Daniel S delivered his sixth speech “In memoriam: A Philips Sanders” and was evaluated by Becky.

The Best Evaluation Award went to Becky.
The Best Speaker Award was shared between Daniel S and Dan P.
The Best Use of Humour Award went to Jim.
The Best Table Topics Award went to Louise.
The First Timer Award went to Emily.

The Club’s President Becky awarded the prizes for the evening and encouraged us to think about the up and coming Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest on Wednesday 26th September.

Thanks to all for a most majestic meeting! Looking forward to our next meeting on Wednesday 8th August. Roles are available to be filled so please do contact Paul, who is to be Toastmaster – details of the theme to follow!

Please also note that the next 6 months’ subscription payments will shortly be due (£36 please – what a complete bargain!) by the end of September for period 1 Oct 2012 – 31 Mar 2013. Payments can easily be made by bank transfer (ask Andy or Becky for bank details), or bring cash or cheque along to one of our next 4 meetings. For those of you who pay by Standing Order – well done, no action required!

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