Sunday, April 27, 2008

Southern Division Conference and a Toastmasters' Christmas

The Toastmasters District 69 Southern Division Conference was on 15 March '08 and held at Twin Towns Club Banora.

Our newer members weren't sure what to expect from a Toastmasters Conference. The main highlights were several speech contests, in categories such as Humour, off-the-cuff Table Topics, Speech Evaluation and cumulating in International Speech Contest. It was thoroughly entertaining and educational. Sharon, Jutta, Ursula and I had fun imagining how we would have responded to the Table Topic, which was "I hope I never...".

Our very own Don represented the club in a field of very talented speakers in the International Speech Contest. He is the third person from the right in the photo. Don held the audience spellbound with a speech titled "Over the Wall".

Coincidentally, it was also election weekend. However this didn't stop Don's cheer squad, the Helensvale Toastmasters and his family, from coming along to support him. All of us thought he did a fine job in surpassing his previous performance. Well done Don! Unfortunately the judges didn't quite agree. Susan Flemming won the International Speech contest with her passionate speech about domestic violence and we wish her well for the District 69 Convention on May Day weekend.

A Toastmasters' Christmas

Every year we celebrate Christmas in a way that only Helensvale Toastmasters know how.
Elves, reindeer, other unidentifiables and honoured guests attended the Christmas 2007 meeting. Here are the photos from the happy occasion. Thanks to Ursula for providing them.

Not all the happy snaps are here. Members, please contact Ursula or Rebecca if there is a photo you're after.

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