Of Food, Phalaropes & Fortune

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Mzi's 'impromptu' impromptu!
Transformers opened the 2009 season in spectacular fashion when the topics of food, Phalaropes and face-to-face communication filled the evenings proceedings.
In true Transformers style our theme of the evening - "climb every mountain" - provided the ideal platform for those new years wishes. Johns word of the evening "Summit" slotted in just fine with the theme, but what was impressive was the number of members and guests who used it. Ruth managed to top the list with 4, along with providing the driving force for the evening as toastmaster.
Ele's CC1 was one of the highlights of the evening as she took us through the "Things I like".
Her choices? Food, sleep or sex!
She handled this first presentation with aplomb, and her descriptions of lamb shank and other tasty morsels proved to all and sundry that her first choice in life was...yes, you guessed it...food - with sleep and sex both in hot pursuit..
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Buhle takes on Table Topics
Rod conducted an interview with our 'new' arrival Jackie, originally from Interchange Toastmasters, and whilst it allowed us to gain a little insight into her thoughts on toastmasters, it was her impromptu speech later in the evening that really had all of us on the edge of our seats!
Ryan took us through the passions of other people, in this case weaving the stories of birdwatchers and their many successes and faux pas. He spiced it up with some interesting bird names, including phalaropes and frigatebirds, and concluded that sometimes our passions do overtake our logic - would you really cross a crocodile infested river in search of a bird?!

Mary won the best contribution of the evening with her in depth presentation on toastmasters awards and how to get them - from the Competent Communicator all the way up to the ultimate, the Distiguished Toastmaster. It was certainly enlightening, and put the entire programme into perspective, especially for those of us who are still learning the ropes.

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Jackie enthralls in the impromptu's
The evening was just warming up though and Cheryl-Lynn was soon putting our guests and members who had yet to take the floor to the test. It must be said that the impromptu's were of a very high standard, with various speakers keeping the audience engaged! As mentioned earlier, Jackie took top honours, in a closely contested race.

Mary's fortune cookies capped a splendid evening - and allowed everyone, in a manner of speaking, to eat their words..

Join us on the 9th of February for our 2nd meeting of 2009.
As always, guests and visitors welcome!

First Meeting 2009

Join us on the 26th of January for our first club meeting of 2009!

Transformers Christmas Wish

Transformers wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a host of excellent after dinner speeches!
Join us on the 19th of January for our first club meeting of 2009.
Travel safe and happy new year.

Sherlock Holmes discovers two speakers in the making

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Nolwazi & Lerato welcomed
With Keith Bowen taking the stage as Toastmaster, and Sherlock Holmes being the topic for the evening, the Word of the Evening couldn't be anything other than "elementary". You might say this word described last night's meeting as both speakers presented their Icebreakers, and acquitted themselves extremely well in the process!

Our president, Mary, inducted two of our newest members, Lerato and Nolwazi, just so they really felt they belonged before they presented their CC1 speeches. Lerato told us all about her and her bossy three-year-old son and Nolwazi gave a different slant to the usual icebreaker in telling us of the three women who'd had most influence on her life.

During Table Topics Mary led us in creating the Transformers version of "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" - I'm sure if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had heard it, he would have turned in his grave. To this minute, we're still not sure what exactly was in those two sacks… and did the blue carbuncle refer to an abscess or a gemstone???

Keith walked off with the Best Contribution award - no small wonder!!!

Join us for our last meeting of the year on Monday 8 December.
Our end-of-year bash will be held on Saturday 13 December - rumour has it this will be quite a party so don't miss out!