Listen up Mr Pres

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Cheryl-Lynn takes the stage
Monday night saw two speakers take to the floor, both to present advanced speeches, but each on vastly differing manuals.

Jerry was first up with his entertaining speech about his run-in with the law, and confusion over who was actually driving that taxi...As it turned out it wasn't your ordinary taxi driver behind the wheel, but a policeman himself!

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Jerry and Ruth share a fun moment!
Rod then conducted a cold-calling session with Cheryl-Lynn for his advanced assignment from the Interpersonal manual. He attempted to sell her training courses on Human Resources but soon found that it wasn't all plain sailing when it comes to closing the deal!

As table-topics master for the evening, John-Peter chose a theme cleverly linked to the Presidential Inauguration. He asked participants to become another famous person and deliver a speech to the president on points that they felt he needed to hear.

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Glenice speaks as Cecil John Rhodes
John gave his speech as an inhabitant of Mapungubwe whilst Rod was Oom Paul Kruger.
Ruth entertained as Mahatma Ghandi whilst Mary went where no man (and presumably women) has gone before, as Dr Spock.
Cheryl-Lynn was Herbet Baker, whilst I told our new Pres the way things really were, as Cecil John Rhodes!

This weekened sees the annual District 74 conference taking place in the Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town. If you are planning to attend you are sure to be in for a wonderful time, with everything from special guest speakers to District Final Contests and, of course, good food. Our President Mary Byrne will be taking part in the Evaluation final and from all of us at the club Mary, we wish you the best!
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John speaks on behalf of Mapungubwe

Join us for our next meeting on the 25th of May.
As always, guests and visitors welcome!

Mary through to Final

Once again, our President Mary Byrne has advanced through to the District final in the Evaluation contest.
All the best for Cape Town Mary - we know you'll do us proud!

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!