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Wokingham Speakers Club

News, July 2014 

 
FBI and Conspiracies 
Richard Shearing 
Notes from our meeting of 15 July 2014 

 
Despite all the summer distractions of good weather and world-class sporting events, an evening of prepared and spontaneous speeches attracted a full house of Toastmaster members and guests. 
 
Our Sergeant at Arms Mia Towndrow opened the evening bang on time. 
 
It was my turn to be Toastmaster for the evening which involved planning the schedule and ensuring all critical tasks for the evening were allocated. This is a nail biting task as members of TM all lead busy lives with full diaries but always willing to play their part to make evenings a success. Thanks all round. 
 
Unusually this evening had 4 prepared speeches and one invited guest fine tuning their speech for the Toastmasters World Championship in August. Toastmasters is very keen on good time keeping so with this busy schedule split seconds count. 
 
Deborah Broadhurst started off with an intriguing title “The FBI & a garage somewhere in Surrey” which turned out to be an insight into the dangers awaiting young people using the web and becoming involved in criminal activity. 
 
“Conspiracy Theory” was the topic chosen by Graeme Hobbs to tell us about his deep interest in things historical and how world events, for example wars, often have unintended consequences benefiting commercial interests. 
 
Jo Thayer took us through the development of dance and how nature and human culture often interlink and revealed her personal enjoyment gained from her speech called “Let’s Dance”. 
 
“What a difference a dog makes” introduced Sandra Rodwell who gave an amusing speech with pictures on the process of choosing and training a delightful little dog to become a member of the family. 
 
Chris Boden has been a member of Toastmasters for several years having taken part in inceasingly more challenging competitions. Chris won the District International Speech Contest and has qualified to compete in the TM World championships in Kuala Lumpur in August this year with his speech titled “Advice to my Unborn Child”. This was in fact a masterclass for us less experienced members who listened to a polished speech on a topic all parents have to address at some time. The audience was invited to provide Chris with commendations and recommendations to improve his chances of becoming a world champion. 
 
Table Topics Master for the evening was Jenifer Compton who challenged members moments before being invited to talk for a couple of minutes on their holiday aspirations and experiences. 
 
Valuable evaluations on the prepared speeches delivered by Catalina Pedraza, Mia Towndrow, Carole Connolly and Therese Edkins. Steve Catchick provided an in-depth evaluation of Chris Boden’s speech, and Matt Burchett gave his evaluation of the table topics. 
 
Grammarian was Marce Colluci, Timer Ian Rodwell and General Evaluator Tsitsi Madzinigra completed evaluations with a review of the evening as a whole. 
 
Our President Amanda Bouch closed the evening with presentations to Sandra Rodwell as best speaker, Therese Edkins as best evaluator and Mell Sheppard as best table topics speaker. 
 
Thank to all for making the evening enjoyable and keeping it on time. 
Richard Shearing