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The Breakfast Club
A Toastmasters club meeting weekly from 7.15am to 9am, The Athenaeum, 1 Mariendale Lane, Newlands, Cape Town
helping someone decide how to structure their content
- Mentee: I should add in that one story.
- Mentor: Is it relevant to your speech?
- Mentee: Yes.
- Mentor: Does it help you illustrate your point?
- Mentee: *long pause*
- Mentee: ...no.
Top Club in Division D!
The Breakfast Club was recognised at the Top Club in Division D for the year ended 30 June 2016.
Division D covers the whole of the Western Cape and Namibia, so we are justly proud of our achievement.
Outgoing President Sarah Rossouw and members of the new Committee accepted the award at the informative and inspiring Club Officer Training day #WinterCon on Saturday 30 July, 2016
A Cracking Contest! 19 August 2015
What a day! 3 speeches, 3 impromptu answers to a tough topic, and another Speech Contest is done and dusted.
Without our contestants, there would have been no contest at all
So thank you Brenda Trope, Nathan Phillander and François Rossouw for your hard work in preparation to entertain us.
And the results - drum roll please!!
Acting as a tag-team we have…
First Humorous Speaker award: Nathan Phillander
Second Humourous Speaker award: François Rossouw
First Table Topic Speaker award: François Rossouw
Second Table Topic Speaker award: Nathan Phillander
Photographs of the speakers in action will follow shortly
Thanks to Cliff Featherstone and Heather Malcomess of Zynbad.co.za as intrepid photographers for the day…
Warm thanks to…
Warm thanks to all our judges, timekeepers, tally counters and Sergeant-at-Arms for serving our Club on the day!
Thanks also to Sarah Rossouw who so ably Chaired the competition, and to Simric Yarrow as Chief Judge.
Lamb to the Slaughter, Anyone?
It was good to have Simric back at the Presidential helm after a long-ish absence due to teaching commitments… and no, eh wasn’t the one who got slaughtered ;)
We welcomed two first-time guests: Sindisa and Hassim, we hope to see more of you in the near future.
In addition, we are working hard at documenting our meetings now with both photographs and videos, so watch this space in the coming weeks!
Nathan Phillander was our Toastmaster of the day and with a little history about the origins of Women’s Day (when South African women marched peacefully but determinedly upon the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest against the pass laws), we were off…
Jean-Pierre Hartmann made his debut — his Icebreaker was a refreshing and unusual take on his life journey so far. With a much more philosophical look than usual, this CC1 was a winner.
Thanks, J-P, we learned a lot more about you!
Second speaker Nicky Seymour was someone we had not heard for a while, and what a speech! It was a zinger as she wowed us with “Sport — for all?” a wonderful, challenging advocacy piece.
Sonya Stephenson, visiting from Good Hope, did a riveting Monodrama by adapting Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter”. One of the guests, Hassim, commented that this was the ‘least expected’ part of the morning for him, but incredibly impressive.
Table Topics took a political turn in line with the theme o the day, and members rose valiantly to the challenge and did a far better job than members of Parliament — at least in our biased opinion!
The evaluators served us extremely well, with relevant feedback to the Speakers which also enable other members find tips that would help them speak better when their turn comes.
With the Humorous and Table Topics contest coming up next week, excitement is running high
The contestants are… drum-roll please!
Brenda Trope, François Rossouw, Nathan Phillander
Table Topics contest:
Martin Gevers, François Rossouw, Nathan Phillander
Finally, congratulations to our meeting award winners!
Three people went home clasping chocolate as always!
- Sonya Stephenson (Best Speaker for her Monodrama),
- Sarah Rossouw (Best Evaluator), and
- Jason Sandler (Best Table Topic Speaker)