The Minister of

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Explicate - Word of the evening
Transformers' table topics was taken to a new level on Monday when Mary, on the eve of the election, took control of the session and asked all participants/ministers to explain their new portfolio..

Before the new political posts where explicated, (which incidentally was Jerry's word of the evening), John-Peter breezed through his CC2 entitled "Laughter, the best medicine".
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Clarence, our Minister of Wildlife
Taking great care to provide all the facts and figures to back up his argument, he explained the scientific processes behind some of our bodies reactions during the fight or flight response, and how laughter can help.
Keith's CC5 covered the history of voting, from the States to Britain to New Zealand. Democracy is indeed still young and using his superb informational style he related a number of stats relevant to global elections of the past - a thoroughly enjoyable and informative presentation.

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John-Peter delivers as Minister of Gardening
The impromptu session saw 7 participants taking on Mary's challenge, explaining their view on their new political portfolios.
And the Ministers were as follows:
Keith - Minister of Happiness and Laughter
Clarence - Minister of Wildlife
John-Peter - Minister of Gardening
Jerry - Minister of Alternate medicine
Glenice - Minister of Dance and Music
Ruth - Minister of Literature
Rod - Minister of Verbal Communications

And the most convincing? John-Peter - the Minister of Gardening!

Join us on the 4th of May at 4th Dimension for the Division H contest.
Our next club meeting takes place the following week on the 11th.

Guests and visitors welcome!

The auras of autumn

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John-Peter reveals the laughter in life
Monday's Transformers meeting saw an amazing variety of speeches, from varied levels of the manuals.
Congratulations must firstly go to John-Peter who successfully presented his CC1, with his speech entitled "Finding my Laughter" which gave us an insight into his life.

Rod engaged the audience with his speech entitled, "Cognition, perception and perceptual blindness", where he proved that if we focus our attention on a particular item we become oblivious to other things happening around it. How many people saw the gorilla?!

Keith simplified the Eskom dilemma of "Load Forecasting" with a presentation that illustrated the main consumption and anticipated growth sectors in South Africa.

Our guest speaker Ian Bratt, entertained us with "Opportunity Knocks", a pair of personal stories that had made an impact on successes in his life.
He delved in the stages of his rugby endeavours and provided a message for all of us to take home.

Ruth then took control of the table topics session, which was highly entertaining. She challenged all participants to choose one animal that they would like to be for just one hour of their lives, and asked them to explain why.
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Rod presents perceptual blindness
Rod opened the floor with his desire to be an eagle, soaring above the earth with amazing views of the world.
Next up was Ian who was a shark, with views of the underworld. He surfaced for a while to scare off some people on the beach.
Keith was third and chose to be a sloth, for the simple reason that he just wanted to hang around and do absolutely nothing.
John-Peter jetted off to Australia to be a kangaroo for an hour, particularly because he wanted to feel what it was like to have an embryo growing outside of his body.
Glenice wanted to be a cheetah on one specific day, in order to have a record-breaking Comrades run.
And lastly Mary wanted to be one her cats, so that, apart from being pampered, she could get an understanding of what her feline companions get up to during the day.

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Opportunity Knocks
Guest speaker Ian
Our word master grammarian, Jackie, gave us the word "Victual/ vittle", which means food supplies or provisions and a number of speakers managed to slip it in during the evening.

It emerged that the theme of the evening, autumn, is not only a very colourful season, but also one of the top 100 most popular names for US girls!

Join us on the 20th of April for our next meeting.
In addition, our Area contest takes place on the 15th of April at Hatch Toastmasters in Woodmead, whilst the Division H contest is provisionally set for the 22nd, Election Day.

As always, guests and visitors are welcome!

The story that never was

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Keith provides some 'real' answers
It has been said that an exceptionally good liar, requires an exceptionally good memory.
This is especially true if you're trying to convince a toastmasters audience that your tall story actually occurred, and when it came to inaccuracies, lies and devious wit, Monday's speakers did not disappoint.

Before the competition began, Rod delved into his CC7 speech, very aptly titled: "Train of Thought".
He discussed the coal trains travelling from Ermelo to Richards Bay, some of which weigh as much as 21000 tons when fully laden.
It was classic speaking from one of our most experienced members, and included vocal variety, gestures and a sense of energy portrayed to perfection.
Ruth's advanced speech required her to present a product and pitch to entice us to buy; and her choice of product? An instant hot/cold water filter! If questions are anything to go by, she certainly had done a great job with her presentation, as well as her homework to answer some of the more unusual enquiries!

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Glenice breaks IN to prison
On to the tall story contest.
The contestants, Keith, Ryan, Ruth, Glenice & Rod were all required to fabricate an exotic story for the rest of us to enjoy, and as mentioned above, they all came to the party.
Some of the highlights included Ruth's attempt to talk to the animals, Glenice's attempt to break IN to prison, before effortlessly breaking out again, and Ryan's attempt to prove that the ancient hominid bone he had found was indeed 1.56 million years old. Keith's reasoning behind the failing economy was however the pick of the bunch, and after convincing us that fashion was the sole culprit for the current recession, he was duly awarded 1st place!

Our meetings for April have changed due to the public holidays, and will now take place on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Please check our calendar for the latest schedule, and of course don't forget to check out our photo gallery for our latest pics.
Join us on the 6th of April for our next meeting - guests and visitors are welcome!

An esoteric gathering

eso·teric (es'o ter'ik)
intended for or understood by only a chosen few

Ele's word of the evening (Esoteric) aptly described the gathering for last nights Transformers meeting.
The theme was origins, and as Toastmaster for the evening I took the opportunity to lead the group down a figurative memory lane of sorts, recalling common phrases and where they originated from.
Phrases such as "As mad as a March hare" from Lewis Carroll's classic 'Alice in Wonderland', as well as to "Pull out all the stops", which relates to organ pipes..

Meanwhile, Kay pulled out all the stops in her first prepared speech in Toastmasters, giving us an eloquent personal story entitled "Daring to dream". She provided a wonderful insight into her dreams and goals for the future, which amongst other things included becoming an inspirational speaker. Her prior debating skills will certainly assist, but we've already been exposed to her powerful impromptu skills, so we're already certain that there's an inspirational speaker here!
Richard went though his humorous speech on "Dating in the new Millennium" in fine style.
One of his stories included a segment on kissing, and the four main types there are; for example, the St Bernard, or the Calcutta Big Hole - sometimes a word is worth a thousand pictures...
Mary's educational session covered speeches in general, and centred on the construction of a great speech. It was another excellent summary from our reigning champion of speech evaluation.
Glenice then took hold of proceedings, with a 'place' dropping exercise. Participants were required to talk about a particular location they had "been to", with some rather exotic names coming to light.
I described the exciting hominid find I made whilst walking the streets of Geneva, whilst Ele started out in Lima Peru, before deftly escorting us to France. Jackie took us through the streets of Harare, introducing us to Bob himself, before Richard projected his best portrayal of an Indian accent, from Mumbai.

Eskom also played a part in the evening's proceedings by bringing the final curtain down just before the end - but this didn't stop Ele, who nimbly handled the grammarian's report by torchlight, providing one of our most comprehensive summaries of an evenings words and phrases that I've certainly ever heard.
And how many members managed to use the word of the evening?
Only those who joined us, will know.

Don't miss our Tall Story evening coming up on the 23rd - as always guests and visitors welcome!