Transformers Year-End meeting

the end is nigh - 2012

Congrats to Keelan

Congratualtions to Keelan Naidoo for attaining 2nd place in the area H3 Humorous competition.

Meeting 611

Theme : Rugby World Cup

In the absence of our President, John-Peter, Ruth opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.

Ruth presented the toast of the day to ‘Victory’ – Keith responded.

Word of the evening – in keeping with the theme, Glenice offered not just one word but three – Touch, Pause and Engage. Surprisingly this proved too difficult for members and very few attempted to use them!

As Toastmaster, Mary regaled the audience with quirky, off-beat pieces of information regarding the Rugby World Cup

Prepared Speeches

Sumari Meintjes (CC3)  “The best thing since Sliced Bread”

As a newly married couple they live on a tight budget, yet they manage to get involved in many interesting activities – how do they do it?

Sumari introduced us to the concept of Discount Websites and how judicious online shopping can bring great savings on regular prices.

From Wedding albums to Full body massage and hair treatments they achieved savings of over 50% (sometimes up to 80%) on standard costs.

On Mother’s Day they were able to get discounted flower deliveries. They have been on Indian Fusion Cooking classes and now are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi.

You too can get these benefits – Sumari recommends these sites:





Rod Taylor (ADV – Speciality Speeches – Read out Loud) “ The Company of Wolves”

For this assignment, Rod selected a story by British Novelist and Journalist Angela Carter (1940-1992) from her short story collection “The Bloody Chamber” (1979) where she rewrote, updated and expanded the Fairy Tales of Western Europe.

This story is based on the original “Little red riding hood” theme and while Carter denied writing Feminist or Adult fairy tales, her focus is on strong feminine characters and the basic message is effectively – beware of becoming subservient to a man.

Despite this disavowal, there were several phrases that stood out – our heroine is described as standing within the “Pentacle of her own Virginity’. We heard about ‘diabolic phosphorescence’, ‘ Integument of Flesh’ and ‘Carnivore incarnate’.

Rod read the story with due care for the imagery that Carter evokes. He enabled the audience to embrace the strength of Carter’s use of language and enthused us with a new perspective of folklore archetypes.

Table Topics

Members were asked to speak about other influences of the Rugby World Cup:

Keith was asked to describe the nutritional benefits of Biltong and Beer

Ruth tried to explain how to optimise the trajectory of the drop kick

Glenice explored the psychology element of the Haka

Keelan detailed the influence of the Paris Fashion week on the Springbok Jersey

Hall of Fame

Glenice has formed her own company – see for more information.

She has also created a new plant database at

Matthys has received great feedback as M.C. at recent functions.

Meeting #610 Humorous Competition 22nd August 2011

Meeting #610 – Humorous Competition 22th August 2011

Congratulations to Keelan Naidoo on winning the Humorous Competition!

What is remarkable is that Keelan is our newest member. He moved to Johannesburg recently and only joined Transformers at our last meeting. He is a former member of Speakeasy Toastmasters club in Durban.

Only 2 speakers plucked up the courage to take part in our Humorous competition.

Glenice Ebedes explained the trials and tribulations of trying to find ‘Mr Right’. In spite of a convent upbringing which gave her such skills as Sewing, Cooking, Piano Playing and French it was to no early avail.

She attended the weddings of her peers, was present at their offspring’s Christening and was roped in for Children’s parties,but still remained single.

She suffered the question of her aunt “any young man.......? over and over again.

Finally she was given a present of a book entitled “How to seduce your dream man”

This had such interesting information. For example before leaving home on a first date, hide the fluffy toys and drape lacy lingerie over the bathroom!

Keelan told us of his experiences during a month’s work experience in Shanghai.

We were introduced to the vagaries of the plumbing and how to treat your toilet.

He told us of the various foods that he sampled that were of suspicious origin (Horse?)

It would also appear that the taxi drivers in Shanghai are even worse than our local variety.

His friends insisted on bring him to Karaoke but the only English song available was Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ so he sang it over and over and over ......

When he mentioned he was from South Africa – all people wanted to was dance the ‘Waka Waka’

But the highlight for Keelan was seeing snow for the first time.

Keelan will represent Transformers Toastmasters club at the Area H3 competition on 15th September.