2014 Humorous and Impromptu Speaking Contests

Transformers Toastmasters Club held their annual club Humorous and Impromptu Speaking Contests on Monday, 25th August. The meeting was well attended with eight visiting Toastmasters from clubs spread from the West Rand to the East Rand.

Zahndri Prinsloo won the Humorous Speaking Contest with a speech on the health benefits (and pleasures) of kissing. Giancarlo Fenderico came second this a speech in the misinterpretation of non-verbal and verbal communication between different cultures and languages.

The Impromptu Speaking Contest was won by a fairly new member, Ferdie Pretorius, with Mary Byrne second and Giancarlo third. The topic of the Impromptu Contest was about the coming of spring and a hare.

The next opportunity to hear Zahndri again is at the Area H4 Humorous and Impromptu Speaking Contests on Wednesday, 17th September at the Morningside Country Club at 18h30 in the main club house. There may be an entrance fee to cover costs. Come and find out how kissing can improve your health and your life and see how Zahndri fairs against the best from the other clubs in our Area.

Our next club meeting is on Monday, 8th September (the day after Zahndri’s birthday). This will be a regular club meeting with prepared speeches, impromptu speeches and evaluations of the prepared speeches. Guests are always welcome. There is no fee to attend as a guest and we offer snacks in our mi-meeting recess. Hope to see you.

Induction of the committee for 2014-15

On Monday, 14th July the club committee for 2014-15 was installed by our Area Governor, Coralie Rutherford. In a very special ceremony, Coralie reminded each of the club officers of their duties and presented them with a fridge Mmagnet, in the form of a letter, to remind them of the most important of these duties.

Our club meeting on the 14th July was held at Senza, a restaurant in the Petervale shopping centre with a cellar for functions. The cellar was very cosy with enough manoeuvre room for all our activities. Two prepared speeches as well as the address of the incoming club President, Judith Taylor, were presented. We enjoyed a very tasty meal and had a very pleasant evening.

Our next meeting is our annual Survivor evening. Any Toastmaster or non-Toastmaster who thinks he or she can OUT-SPEAK, OUT-PRESENT, and OUT-LAST the rest is welcome to enter this contest of rather unusual impromptu speeches. There will be three rounds and the audience votes for the best speeches. This means a lot of fun for the audience and contestants alike. The event is open to everyone. We will meet in the main club house of the Morningside Country Club at 18h30. Yes, slightly different venue and starting earlier. Come along and have fun with us.

Transformers receives the new banner

On 14 April 2014 Transformers Toastmasters Club met under a new banner bearing the new Toastmasters branding.

New banner


Meeting 666 - Club Contest evening

We took the bull by the horns .... who's fearful of the number 666? We held our club International Prepared Speaking Contest and Evaluation Contest on our club meeting number 666 on Monday 24 February. Our demonstration speaker for the Evaluation Contest was Terry Burns who travelled from behind the boerewors curtain (Benoni) to join our meeting.

Our contest winner for both contests was Mary Byrne.

Mary Byrne

The runners up were Judith Taylor for the International Prepared Speaking Contest and Chamu M'Kombe for the Evaluation Contest.

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We wish Mary all the very best when she competes in the Area H4 contests on 2 April at CommunIQate - IQ Business Toastmasters Club.

All Transformers Toastmasters Club meetings (and contests) are open to everyone; we welcome guests. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries or click the menu tab for directions and come along on any 2nd or 4th Monday evening of the month at 18h45.