Welcome to Waverley Communicators new meeting place – Old St Paul’s Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh.
You can find a full set of directions to the new venue on the ‘Meetings’ page.
We held our first club meeting here last Thursday, 4th October.
The new room is more spacious than the one in the Central Library where we used to meet; the accoustics are good although you may have to project your voice more which is no bad thing if you’re a speaker; it’s self-contained; we have our own key; and, very important, we are in charge of the tea facilities with a kitchen and a large urn. What more could you ask for?
I have set up an information table with a complete set of Advanced Manuals and complete sets of the Club Success Series and the Leadership Excellence Series.
Have a look at the 15 advanced manuals, especially if you are at CC8 and above,and be prepared for the next stage on your speaking journey as TMI send you 2 advanced manuals free of charge when you complete your CC.
If you would like to deliver an education session, especially if you need this for your Advanced Leader Bronze Award,speak to our VPE, Stephen Dix.
There are also Toastmaster magzines for guests to take away and keep or pass on and membership forms if they would like to join.
The meeting itself was lively with many members and guests ably led by the TME, Brian Duffy.
During club business we voted in 2 new members and welcomed into the Waverley Communicators community Patrick Bundy and Fiona Savage.
Andrew Newman who gave us A Great Farewell (CC3). This was Andrew’s last speech to the club before he returns home to South Africa. Andrew was a member of the club for nearly 2 years and during that time he entertained and moved us with his speeches and poems, his good humour and his smile. Kirsten McKenzie evaluated Andrew’s speech.
Kevin Miller asked What’s Your Gut Feeling? in a CC8 speech and took us, in an illustrated talk, on his journey to try to solve his digestive problems. Kevin is 4 months into his new regime and we’re hoping he will be back with another speech in 8 months time with the result. Louise Kirk evaluated Kevin’s speech.
Paul Bailey was the third speaker with a CC9 speech Watch Your Gut Feeling? Paul tried to persuade to to forego wellknown branded foods and try out the lesser known foods, same quality for half the price, from a very large supermarket outside Edinburgh. We don’t advertise on this site so I can’t give you the name but there is only one in Edinburgh and it begins with A and ends with i. To emphasise his point Paul brought in samples for the break. There was hardly a crumb of Irish Whiskey Cake or a sliver of mint or orange chocolate left. Neil MacLure evaluated Paul’s speech.
After the break, Duncan Thompson exercised our creative muscles with the question – Why should you receive the Nobel Prize for………..no, not science or medicine or even literature but other worthy pursuits.
Eileen Scott made a plea for a prize for Tap Dancing; Moira Beaton highlighted the advantages of having A Magnetic Personality; Patrick Bundy enthused about Window Washing; and Fiona Savage reminisced about the joys of Knitting.
Ritchie Brown evaluated the Table Topics and awarded the ribbon for Best Table Topics to Ross McCallum for his inspiring speech on Pencil Shapening. Congratulations Ross!
We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Thursday 18th October at Old St Paul’s.
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Post written by Moira Beaton, DTM, Vice President Public Relations