September 2006: Bo-ing bo-ing

Written by Sandra Dicks
Boing – Boing -E&Y Toastmasters sprung into spring with plenty of bounce at their September meeting held on Thursday the 21st. Liz Henry stood in as acting president welcoming several brand new guests and some long standing guests.

Wearing a pumpkin covered tie, Guy Lundy presided as toastmaster of the evening with plenty of double entendres. For the Toast of the Evening, Lloyd Dicks paid tribute to the great crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.

It was an evening of many first times, with Patrick Ashworth presenting Table Topics for the first time. In all the Spring Fever he requested that volunteers divulge the details of their first kiss. Daring volunteers surprised the audience with tales of the embarrassing, to tantalising to down right frightening. Kathy Hounsel won the table topics trophy Branded Image mug for her first kiss.

Sandra Dicks presented her first assignment from the Competent Leader manual entitled Evaluate to Motivate. The catch phrase from the presentation was P.I.P. – Praise, Improvement, Praise. Winston Beckford lead the thanksgiving reminding us to be mindful of all the things we often take for granted and be thankful for them. Dinner was meatballs and couscous, served with 3 bean salad and coleslaw.

‘Give Something Back’ was the title of Julie Steyn’s CL 2, motivating the audience to go out and get involved in the community. Julie shared the lessons and rewards she is currently experiencing from having joined the volunteer fire fighters in Cape Town. From carrying buckets of water under trucks to physically challenging activities, this is not for the feint hearted.

Giving his CL7 research presentation, David Duarte dazzled us all with techno talk from blogland and told us to jump in and contribute our own piece of history with an aptly titled speech: ‘Spring your ideas on us’.

Max Kaizen presented her first assignment from the advanced communication manual – she has chosen Public Relations as one of her tracks. With much professionalism and humour, Max gave us a TV newscast with “news just in” about ‘The Dangers of chemistry’ that men, have less brain power around women!

From the advanced communication – silver track, Brent Combrink presented a The Discussion Leader assignment. Brent work shopped the 30 minute assignment on the topic of Commitment getting everyone involved. The objectives were for participants to brainstorm ideas on what the club could do to increase commitment to club events and participation. Great ideas were generated with lots of enticing carrots and a few warning sticks to motivate people.

Philip Robinson and Greer Blizzard gave their first evaluations, joining Liz Henry, Lloyd Dicks and Caroline Greenway in giving helpful hints and encouragement to the speakers.

Rikki Barnes kept us all on time, and Andrew Franks did a sterling job as fine master to round the evening’s humour off.