Malvern Speakers Club Meeting – Tuesday 28th May 2019
The meeting was started by our stand-in Sergeant at Arms, Stuart Watt complete with his showman attire, top hat and glittery cane. Wow, we were all wowed! Stuart has a natural ability to lift any meeting with his humour, enthusiasm and pizzazz!
Theme of the night was Kylie Minouge’s birthday. This was expertly, and humorously, used by our Toastmaster Karen Lowen with hidden Kylie song titles used throughout the meeting.
The table topics session was expertly presented by Jackie Baker asking each speaker to choose an object and weave it into a continuing story. Yuri Douse was the well deserved winner telling us all about the magic of mobile phones. Rick Cooper evaluated the table topics with his usual skill ensuring every speaker left with both commendations and recommendations.
The first prepared speaker, Steph Bilton, regaled us all with three humorous accounts of travelling with exotic animals on various forms of public transport. With barely a glance at her notes Steph had the audience roaring with laughter at the various animal antics and deservedly won Best Speaker of the evening.
Next up was a duo of DTMs with Steve Birch and Rick Cooper presenting an educational entitled Roll with the Roles which was all about the roles needed during a meeting. Laurel and Hardy must have been turning in their graves.
Our last speaker was Elaine Watt, still in her Strictly come Dancing attire, telling us about getting out of your comfort zone. No notes but no twirl! Elaine really commands the stage and grabs the audience’s attention, especially in her 50s style shorts!
Best Evaluator went to Claire Davies for presenting one of the best evaluations seen at Malvern Speakers for quite some time. Her use of language, grammar and insight was amazing. As Sam Warner stated: “that evaluation was competition standard”.
Karen Lowen, our Toastmaster, presented a certificate for the most Kylie song titles to Steve Birch for his obvious knowledge of Kylie Minogue songs.
At the end of the meeting our Area Director, Sam Warner, presented Hilary Benoit with her DTM Plaque (Distinguished Toastmaster). Hilary has supported Malvern Speakers and its members since its inception in 2013, very well deserved. Sam then presented Steve Birch with TOTY (Toastmaster of the Year) for District 71 for his work and dedication to Toastmasters and its members.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th June 2019. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Bring a friend, bring a relation.