Club News Archive 2010


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Club News Archive 2010
Spooky Halloween special meeting North Bucks – October 2010

Louise on the left and Tim on the right

An atmosphere of intrique and mystery was the theme to this meeting.
Louise led the meeting,dressed as a bewitching charactor.She was assisted by Tim, the executioner.
Many members dressed up for the tongue in cheek meeting. President, Jim,was a dapper vampire.
Mystical stories by candlelight were the treats in store, with no hidden tricks.

North Bucks Humourous speech and table topics contest – September 2010

Stephanie on left, Louise on right

In September 2010,North Bucks humourous speech contest was won by Louise, with her speech about ‘Fame’.
This included her hair-raising experience of meeting Ann Robinson on the ‘Weakest Link’ and her childhood memory of falling into a china shop window display.

Stephanie won the table topics contest and both went forward to represent the club at the next round.

It seems that ladies always do well at Toastmasters,as the next round was won by two females from other clubs.

Elder Gate Toastmaster Minutes – 23th August 2010
We had a busy meeting with 14 members, and three guests: David Lovesy, Roy Manley and David Jordan. The club would like to extend a warm welcome to Melanie Chavagnon – who is our newest member!
Karen Scotland was our grammarian for the evening and the word of the day was “perpetuate”.
The meeting began with three formal speeches.
The first speaker was Umair Manir on speech three from the Competent Communicator manual with his speech entitled “Internet-As a business tool” (timed at 7 minutes 28 seconds).
The second speaker was Neil Godfrey delivering his fourth speech in his progress towards Advanced Communicator Silver status with his speech “Fun and Fermentation” (6.56).
The third speaker was Roy Manley from Bedford Speakers with speech number one from the Entertaining Speaker manual, his speech was called “Outward Bound” (6.35).
The ribbon for the best speech was awarded to Neil Godfrey, congratulations.We moved on to the table topics session run by Gillian (Gilly) Harding in which the speakers each had to answer some of the trickiest questions that children ask.
Susanne was the first speaker and the question to her was “Why is the sky blue?” (1.35).
The second speaker was Karen, her question was “Why do onions make you cry?” (1.34).
Varsha was third and answered “Where does the wind come from?” (1.53).
Sarinder confidently told us the facts on “Why the sea is salty” (1.14).
The final speaker was our guest David Lovesy who answered the question “Where does thunder come from?” (1.30).
He also managed to fit the word of the day nicely into context with what was probably the best pun that any of us is ever likely to hear.
David, an active member of the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy, won the ribbon for best table topics speaker, congratulations David.Jenny won best evaluator, Neil won the most humorous ribbon, and the general evaluator’s award was given to Trisha by Margaret for her cheesy Toastmaster theme and saying “it was so bad it was good!” Well done Trisha.
Trisha and Margaret were both excellent in the roles of Toastmaster of the Evening and General Evaluator, respectively.The next meeting is on September 13 at the National Badminton Centre.Gillian Harding
Elder Gate Toastmasters
Ladies Night – 21th March 2010
In a hotly contested competition, North Bucks will be represented at the Division contest on April 17th by our current president Louise Mason. Louise won the evaluation contest and Rodney Hodge came second in the speech contest. Gayna Cooper won the contest for Bedford with a gastronomic journey through time.Standards were very high throughout the evening and members and guests throughly enjoyed themselves.The standard can only get better, so please support our area at Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre.
Double Win for Microbiologist Rodney – 10th March 2010
Rodney Hodge scored a notable double in the first round of this year’s speaking contest at North Bucks Speakers in Willen on March 4. Rodney won the club’s heat of the International Speech Contest, for the second year in succession, and followed by winning the parallel Speech Evaluation Contest later the same evening. His speech was about the discovery of penicillin.Rodney, a microbiologist who lives in Milton Keynes and works in Bedford, now goes on to represent North Bucks Speakers in the second round of both contests, which take place at The Well Community Centre on the evening of March 18. Guests are warmly welcomed, and entry is free.Rodney is joined in the second round by Louise Mason, the current President of the club. Louises’ speech was about fairness in the Great War. The winner of this contest will proceed to the third round, the East of England final, and possibly ultimately all the way to the international final in the USA.
Congratulations on Winning Ways! – 28th February 2010
Congratulations to Josh Worrell for winning the Elder Gate Toastmasters annual speech contest at the National Badminton Centre on the evening of February 22 2010. His speech ‘Casino Royale’ challenged the audience to take more of a chance in negotiating a path through everyday life. Stop being comfortable. Stop being fearful, he urged. Richard Foster-Fletcher, meanwhile, took first place in the club’s annual speech evaluation contest, evaluating a speech about the possibility of the existence of alien life on other planets and maybe even on earth.

Josh Worrell on the right and Richard Foster-Fletcher on the left

Josh and Richard, as winners of the two contests, go through to the next round of the contests, to be hosted by North Bucks Speakers on Thursday March 18, at 7pm. They will be joined by the respective runners-up, Esme Driver in the speech contest and Stephanie Stasiuk in the evaluation contest, competing alongside the winners and runners-up in the NBS and Bedford Speakers contests.

Meadow Speakers – – 4th February 2010
Toastmasters International, the not-for-profit international group founded to help ‘ordinary’ people acquire first-class public speaking skills, has established a first-ever presence in Northamptonshire.
The foundation of Meadow Speakers marks the start of a new chapter in the story of Toastmasters International in the UK, and presents the people of Northampton and surrounding areas with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that have become essential in modern everyday life.”The name derives from the meaning of the name ‘Northampton’ which research shows that the original name was ‘Hamm Tun’ – apparently meaning ‘village by the well-watered meadow’,” says Dave Minzey, founder and president of Meadow Speakers, and a member of Toastmasters International for more than 20 years.
“On the back of this history, we decided that ‘MEADOW SPEAKERS’ would be a good name for the club.”Meadow Speakers is open to everyone who wants to improve their speaking skills, whether for social or business reasons. The club provides a supportive and friendly atmosphere and is actively looking for more members in 2010 to build on its early progress.Meadow Speakers meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month at 7:00pm, at Liberty Hall, 254 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EJ. (Liberty Hall is behind the shops at Fitzboodles).
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