It was one of the best, if not THE best social event we have had at Waverley Communicators. Held in the comfort and splendour of Abden House in Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, the Annual Awards Dinner was a fitting end to the a very succesful year and the club’s fifth anniversary.
Congratulations to Eileen Scott who was awarded Toastmaster of the Year for ‘the member whose educational accomplishments, club service, dedication and enthusiasm are exceptional’. This year, Eileen gained her CL and ALB; won both the Humorous and International speech contests at club and Area level; and was our hardworking SAA always making sure that the room was set up for every meeting, remembered to buy milk for the tea and provided us with superior biscuits. Eileen is handing over the SAA’s duties to Graeme Buck when the new committee takes over on 1st July to concentrate on speeches.
Paul Bailey was awarded the Waverley Communication Achievement Award for the member whose speaking skills have improved most over the past year. This award usually goes to a new member but although Paul has been a member for several years, the committee felt that his improvement overall, his success in club contests, the amount of speeches he has delivered, and the improvement in his overall speaking skills made him a worthy winner. Congratulations Paul and we look forward to more speeches.
Every year the President awards The President’s Award to the member who they think has shown dedication and hard work above and beyond the call of duty. This year, that award went to the club’s VPE Richard McMahon who has managed the meetings, filled roles, encouraged members to follow the communication and leadership tracks, organised club contests and generally worked hard. Congratulations to Richard who will hand over the VPE’s duties to Aideen O’Malley on 1st July. Richard will take over as Mentoring Co-Ordinator.
The Annual Tall Tales Contest is always an event to look forward to at the dinner. This year there were six contestants – Duncan Thompson, John Wood, Paul Bailey, Moira Beaton, Eileen Scott and Kevin Miller with tales ranging from being a film extra in Italy; thieving raccoons with a liking for shoes and beer in America; a brush with the Russians and nearly becoming the reluctant owner of an aeroplane; a gambling cat with her own online gaming account; the disastrous consequences of an unplugged freezer; being chased by dragons and tigers in Leith.
The contest was organised and chaired by Patrick Bundy who was a very amiable host, managing to keep the hilarity under control long enough to count the votes and announce a winner – Kevin Miller, with his sad tale of a freezer unplugged and the resulting consequences.
At the end of a very enjoyable evening, Kevin handed over the Presidency of the club to the new President for 2014-2015, Neil MacLure who, with the new committee, takes over the running of the club on 1st July.
Post written by Moira Beaton DTM
VPPR Waverley Communicators
Photographs: Dimitrijs Limonovs