Meeting number 799 - Thrive

After three low attendance meetings, meeting 799 was well attended and we welcomed six guests.
It was good also to see two of our most valuable members Daniel I and Elena M in attendance.
Despite the room’s clock showing the time as ten to three, we did get the meeting to open on schedule (mental note: replace clock batteries at next meeting!!)

Program changes saw Jacquelene B assume the role of Toastmaster, no doubt because of her past record of excellence in stepping-In without prior notice. Thank you Jacquelene.

Table Topics Master Chih posed four questions based on Thrive, the theme of the night. Unfortunately, Chih asked me ‘what AFL team will thrive this year”? Not being a huge fan of AFL, this threw me somewhat, but I managed to bluster my way through and was amazed to later receive Best T.T. Speaker award. Full marks to 1st time visitor Kesharika for overcoming her nerves and participating in the T.T segment.

A major tea-break disaster was avoided by May W.   Quel horreur, it was realised that the milk supplies had run-out!!!!! Then it was found that May had saved the day by bringing a carton of milk. Give that lady a medal!!

With attendees fully refreshed after cups of tea and coffee (with milk), we launched into the Speech segment and were treated to three excellent offerings from Peter K, Daniel #2 and Wendy.
Peter spoke on the subject of over consumerism, and as we have become to expect from Peter, used props to underline his message. I was dumb enough to accept a challenge from Peter and was given four huge slabs of chocolate to consume before the meetings end.
Unfortunately, I am on a diet, plus none of it was MILK chocolate!
Daniel #2’s speech task was to ‘Persuade with Power’ and he certainly achieved that …….. you could have heard a pin drop through-out his speech and that is always a sign of an engaged audience. Daniel’s subject was about the value of reading and his excellent concluding and persuasive line was “read books and your whole life will change for the better”. Excellent stuff Daniel.
Twenty-five years of Toastmasters experience was evident from Wendy who was the Speech award winner for the night. I have to say that on any other night both Daniel’s and Peter’s speeches could well have been award winners.

Chih, Daniel#1 and yours truly were the evenings speech Evaluators and faced the difficult task of evaluating three excellent performances.  I was rapt to be awarded Best Evaluator but feel that a vote re-count would not have been inappropriate!

President Udana adroitly carried-out the triple task of Timekeeper, General Evaluator and closing the meeting.
Whilst I was happy to receive two awards (for the first time) Udana managed to deflate any boosted ego I may have had, by ensuring I got back to my seat at the end of the room, before announcing my second award. Just you wait Udana …. revenge will be mine!!!!
A high-light of the Business session was Wendy P’s announcement that the Youth Leadership program will commence at Point Cook Senior College on Monday 23rd April.
This of course is in addition to the Y.L. programs that Wendy, ably assisted by May W, runs at Westbourne Grammar and Seaholme Primary schools. Exposing young people to Toastmasters hugely increases their confidence and maturity levels. Well done Wendy and May.

V.P. Membership

Membership of Werribee Toastmasters is not a destination, it is a journey to be enjoyed.

20 Years of Youth Leadership at Westbourne Grammar 1998 – 2018

In 1998 Werribee Toastmasters International commenced a Youth Leadership program with Westbourne Grammar School’s Year 11 and 12 students, a program that after 20 years is still running successfully.

Wendy Powell and May Wilson, two of the original WTM team that commenced the program in 1998 are still continuing the good work.

Wendy says: “The students are always enthusiastic in preparing and presenting speeches and evaluations. Their level of Evaluation is excellent and at a standard that would stand-up well at any Toastmasters meeting.

At the last meeting of each course, students invite other teachers and parents and have never failed to impress in demonstrating their abilities.
Looking back, 20 years seems a long time, but May and I wouldn’t have missed the experience of bringing the Youth Leadership program to Westbourne Grammar’s young people”.

In addition to the above, Wendy is introducing the Youth Leadership Program to the Point Cook Senior College, with the initial TM meeting commencing 23rd April 2018.
And of course Wendy and May also run the Youth Leadership program at Altona’s Seaholme Primary School.

Well done and congratulations Wendy and May on your joint, long standing and continuing effort of helping to enhance the speaking skills and self-confidence of young people in Melbourne’s West.

Wendy Powell, DTM

Daniel Iglesias, DTM & Charter Member Bruce Bedson

May Wilson, DTM

Meeting number 798 - Dreams

The meeting tonight was small and intimate which meant we could have some fun and everyone got to shine in multiple roles.
We had three great but very different speeches, learning much about our fellow Toastmasters in the process. This followed on from the revelations during the Round Robin and Table Topics which stayed focussed on the evening topic of “Dreams”.
During the Round Robin we found that some members had current unfulfilled tangible dreams like specific travel, some less tangible like enlightenment and self-development and some who are so content that they feel that they fulfilled all their dreams.
We had a speech from the child hood of a veteran member, the journey to become a member and beyond from our president and a passionate speech about working with computers from the third presenter of the night.
We had a first time guest who made a wonderful Table Topic Speech about coming to Australia, getting a great job and his dream of building a foundation for poor and disadvantaged children. What an amazing dream, may he succeed with the help of all of us!
Of course, the takeaway from any Toastmasters meeting is how far we have come and how Toastmasters has made such a difference to all who attend.
So let your inner orator out and join us at our next meeting.

Jacquelene B