The first of July was the start of the Toastmasters year, and what a way to start! We had a great view of the grounds from the studio, and much cooler than our usual room too!

We welcomed our visitors Dao and Jo and told them a bit about Toastmasters.

Elizabeth stepped in as our temporary Sargeant at Arms and got the meeting off to a flying start. We really need a SAA or SAA co-ordinator to take the role full time. If you can help then please let me know.

Our Toastmaster was Gillian. She had prepared a great evening or prepared speeches from Kathy, John, Penny and Myself. Kathy was on her Icebreaker and did a great job.

Evaluations were carried out by Matthjis, Matt, Patrick and Amanda.
At the break, we started our first week of ‘Bring a Mug’. The best mug went to Dan with his GE 101.

Back at the meeting, we had a great Topics session run by Lloyd based on book titles with everything from One Hundred Years of Solitude to The Tiger that came to Tea. Topics were evaluated by Julia in great style with an individual commendation and recommendation for everyone.

General Evaluator duties fell to Daniel with various references to his competition-winning humour our speech.

Finally we had the awards with Best Topics Going to Gary for bluffing his way through The Tiger that came to Tea. Best Speaker was Kathy and Best Evaluator was Patrick.

Thanks to everyone that made it to the meeting and made it such a success.
Looking forward to seeing you all again for the next meeting on Monday 15th of July when our Toastmaster will be John.