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Verity Price take 2nd place at Minicon 2012 Humour Contest

October 17, 2012
Verity Price take 2nd place at Minicon 2012 Humour Contest

Toastmasters from across the country gathered in the Mother City this past weekend for District 74's annual MiniCon, which was hosted at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It kicked off on Friday evening and didn’t stop until the last booty had been shaken late on Saturday night.

It’s been said that once you have attended a conference you will be hooked for life, a truism if ever there was one. District 74 Conferences are renowned for providing great value for money, fantastic speakers, a high level of contests and of course, the BEST parties.

Keynote speaker, Alan Committie, had the audience in stiches on Saturday morning as he did his best to ‘dissect a butterfly’ in order to explain its beauty. He’d been tasked with sharing comedy tips with the eager crowd and that was the odd, but uncannily apt, analogy he came up with to make the point that trying to explain funny just isn’t funny.

Not to be outdone, our Humour Contest participants in both the English and Afrikaans categories were equally hilarious. After much pencil chewing and agonizing the judges eventually arrived at a decision.

Biddy White with her speech, Sole Proprietary, won the English contest and Breakfast Club member, Verity Price, took second place. Adri Rothman won the Afrikaans Showcase with her speech, Want boot gaan ons boot. 

There’s unfortunately no direct translation for this delightfully descriptive phrase, but in a nutshell it means we’re going to sail that damn boat no matter what.


Verity to represent Breakfast Club at District Contest

September 30, 2012
The Breakfast Club is soon to be represented by member Verity Price at the District Contest for Humourous Speaking that will be held at Kirstenbosch on the 13th of October at the Flower Power Mini Con. 

Verity won the Division Contest on the 27th September that was held at The Alphen Hall in Constantia with her speech 'Me, Myself & I'. This makes her the Western Cape and Nambia winner and she will now compete for the title of Southern African Champion at the District Contest.

To book your place at the conference go to


19th September: Meeting Review

September 23, 2012
At just over a year old and already 59 meetings in, I think we can safely say that The Breakfast Club is way past “the little train that could” stage and now in a league all its own. Catch us if you can is probably more apt these days.   We enjoyed another fun meeting this morning, with lots of old faces and even a few new ones. It was great to have such a big turnout.

Unfortunately Thobeka made a last minute apology, which left Angela not only as the first speaker on the agenda, but also the only one. She handled the unexpected turn of events like a pro however, making no attempt whatsoever to bolt for the escalators (at least not that we noticed).   Thank you to Sarah for giving Angela such an in-depth and well put together evaluation. Table Topics madam (Evan’s word, not mine), Berni, kept her victims on their toes by giving them each a quote, saying or phrase based on the meeting’s theme: Lighting a candle.

Burning the candle at both ends
. According to Francois this is a way of being energy efficient. Now that’s some out of the box thinking.  It is better to light a candle than curse the dark. Tambu told us that for some people candles are their only means of light. Thank you for the reminder to not take things for granted Tambu.  A Candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Ayesha said that she learnt from a young age the value in helping others. She also encouraged us to visit the elderly, which I think is a splendid idea!

How to blow out a candle without spraying wax all over the table
. Instead of offering practical advice, Nicky took a different approach by using wax as an analogy to remind us that our experiences are to be treasured, not discarded or avoided simply because they don’t measure up.   I remember when the candle shop burnt down. After first having to establish what exactly a candle shop was, Gideon went on to regale us with a wonderful story about the time that the community’s candle shop went up in flames. What a disaster!

, our grammarian and um counter for the morning, was on top form. Not a single um or ah was missed. She did soften the blow with chocolates though, so we’ll probably let her do the role again sometime.The meeting ended with a real treat, again from Verity, as she performed her winning speech from the humorous contest for us. Hilarious doesn’t come close!

The Division finals are being held next week Thursday at the Alphen Hall in Constantia, so if you’re looking for a fun evening night out, be sure to come along! Tickets are R70 if you book via EFT or R85 at the door. Snacks are included.

Wishing you all an ‘ab fab’ week until we meet again.


12 September: Verity wins Area Contest

September 23, 2012
At the Area Contest held at Good Hope Toastmasters' venue in Tokai, on of our members Verity was placed 1st in the Humourous Prepared Speech Category.  This was our Club's first time to enter a competition as a newly chartered club, so it is very exciting to have one of our members be placed first!

Verity will be representing The Breakfast Club at the Division Contest on the 27th of September at the Alphen Hall in Constantia. She will be competing against all the Area winners from the Western Cape and Nambia.

Good luck!


5th September: Our First Humourous Contest...

September 18, 2012
On Wed 5th September The Breakfast Club hosted its first ever Humourous Speaking & Impromptu Contest! As a newly chartered club it was an exciting moment for all our members, and the contest didn't disappoint. With a fantastic selection of Humourous and  Impromptu speeches, the morning was an undoubted success!

Humourous Speaking
1st Place:     Verity Price
2nd Place:    Nicky Seymour

Impromptu Speaking

1st Place:     Berni Le Clus
2nd Place:    Francois Rossouw
3rd Place:     Thobeka September

Congratulations to everyone at the club for a fantastic first contest and lots of luck to the first and second place winners when they represent The Breakfast Club at the Area Contest on 12th September.


Breakfast Club is now chartered!

September 17, 2012
The Breakfast Club’s first meeting was on Wednesday 6 July 2011 with 14 people in attendance. 

It was the brainchild of Francois Rossouw and Jason Sandler, who kicked the idea around for some months before a venue was found and the first meeting was organised.  Since then the club has had 58 meetings and grown its membership to 20 members.

The club was chartered on 27 June 2012  - a huge and exciting milestone for the club and all its members!