Youth Leadership Gala Evening – by Jenna McCallum

Youth Leadership Gala Evening – by Jenna McCallum

Eight weeks of challenges, fun, tears and laughter and we found ourselves at the Gala Event.

Walking into the venue I was met by some of my fellow toastmaster students. Some were clearly nervous while others looked far more composed than I’m sure they were but all were offering words of encouragement and receiving them from Lloyd and Sandra.

I myself was trying to temper my nerves as the sergeant of arms called the meeting to order but they soon disappeared as the table topics lightened the atmosphere.Thankfully my speech was near the beginning so I was able to relax sooner and just enjoy the other speeches which all went very well. My fellow toastmasters pulled out all the stops and the standard and quality of speech reached a new level of excellence.

For this I’d like to honour Lloyd and Sandra Dicks as many of us would still not be able to speak publically with the confidence and skill of a toastmaster if it weren’t for them. I personally have grown in confidence so much from this experience.

For the audience of the Gala Evening here is Einstein’s riddle and its answer:

There are 5 houses in 5 different colours. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.

The question is: Who owns the fish?


  • The Brit lives in the red house.
  • The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
  • The Dane drinks tea.
  • The green house is on the left of the white house.
  • The green homeowner drinks coffee.
  • The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
  • The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
  • The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
  • The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  • The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
  • The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
  • The owner who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.
  • The German smokes prince.
  • The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  • The man who smokes Blend has a neighbour who drinks water.

The answer is…

house 1 2 3 4 5
colour yellow blue red green white
nationality Norwegian Dane Brit German swede
drink water tea milk coffee beer
smoke Dunhill blend pall mall prince bluemaster
pet cats horse birds fish dogs

Albert Einstein