Double Win for Waverley at Area 33 Contests

After the International Speech and Evaluation contest which took place in our club on Thursday 15th March, three weeks later, on Saturday 7th April, the second round was hosted in Rosyth, this time for all the winners of the Area 33 contest.

The Waverley Communicators members who were to represent our club were Paul Bailey and Dan Haycraft for the International Speech Contest, and Marcin Radecki and Jacek Lasota for the Evaluation contest. Because of a personal commitment, however, Marcin Radecki wasn’t able to go and was replaced by Michael McLernan who came third in the club contest.

In the fascinating venue of Lodge 1159, a selected group of Toastmasters members had prepared the place to welcome the participants. The first part was dedicated to the Speech contest: the audience listened to seven speeches of high quality and diversified subjects, from the adventurous life of the ancestor of a Toastmaster member to the nocturnal incursions of a cat, to a daring flight to return home where everything which could possibly go wrong… went wrong!

Our Paul Bailey amused all the listeners with a sharp-witted analysis of the different types of expenses met by our organisation, while Dan Haycraft struck everybody with the tale of what really happened with Hurricane Katrina, revealing some of the hidden facts which were never covered by the media. It was a highly effective speech, and Dan was extraordinary good in what could be defined, without any doubt, the best speech he has ever delivered in a Toastmaster meeting.

After a short break, where we had the chance to taste some delicious and slightly spiced Indian rolls, the Evaluation Contest started. Jacek Lasota and Michael McLernan, like the other three competitors, listened to an amusing speech about the art of negotiation. They perfectly evaluated the speech with the sharpness we know so well when they evaluate in our meetings.

Time to count the ballots and the final results were astounding: Paul Bailey and Michael McLernan took first place in both contests! An incredible outcome for our club, and an even more satisfactory one, if we consider that last year, at the International Speech Contest, the first place was taken by our own Neil MacLure.

The winners can rest and enjoy this moment, but not for very long. In fact, it’s not over yet and they have to be ready for the new step in the competition. On 21st April there will be the Division S contest, and this time it will take place in Aberdeen.

All our members are invited to support our representatives on that day, but for the moment let’s also thank you Dan Haycraft and Jacek Lasota who, although they didn’t qualify, they gave an exceptional performance for which they should be very proud… as are we of them.

Post written by Omar Martini – Secretary, Waverley Communicators

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PATHWAYS – How To Get Started

Pathways Learning Paths

PATHWAYS Launch

On Tuesday, 20th March, members will receive an email from Toastmasters International (TI) with a link to access PATHWAYS, TI’s new education system.

If you can’t wait to get started and want access to Basecamp, you will need to select a Path. (The exception is the Basecamp Manager who will have access before choosing their Path).

How To Get Started

Either follow the link in TI’s email or login to www.toastmasters.org, go to ‘Pathways’ then ‘Access my path through basecamp’.

Click on ‘Continue to path selection’ . You can opt for online or print delivery. If you opt for online delivery, you must complete the assessment before choosing your first Path (no need to complete the assessment for subsequent Paths unless you want to). Please note: Members who opt for print materials do not take the assessment and are instead taken to a web page where they can select from five Paths).

The Assessment

The assessment consists of 30 questions and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Make sure you have a designated time for this because if you are interrupted in the middle of it you will be timed out after 30 minutes and have to start again. The assessment results are not stored.

When you complete the assessment, you will have suggestions for 3 Paths (closest match and 2 other top matches) based on your “needs, interests and current goals” (TI). But, you don’t have to choose one of those if you don’t want to, you can explore the other 7 Paths before making a final decision.

Access To Basecamp

Now that you have chosen your path, you will have access to Basecamp. If you have any questions, please contact your Vice President Education (VPE).

Post written by Moira Beaton

Pathways Guide District 71

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st of March – meeting CANCELLED

Dear Toastmasters and Guests,

The meeting of Waverley Communicators on Thursday 1st March has been CANCELLED. This is due to continued ‘red alert’ for extreme weather in and around Edinburgh.

For those due to give a speech or take on a role at this meeting our Vice-President of Education, Johanne Burns, will be in touch about rolling on to another meeting.

PATHWAYS – Toastmasters New Education Programme

Coming soon!

On 20th March 2018, PATHWAYS will roll out in our District (71). Current members will be able to stay on the traditional education path as well as enrol on PATHWAYS. You don’t have to choose, you can do both.

Look at this short video for an overview of what’s in store.

Burns Supper 2018

The 2018 Waverley Communicators annual Burns Supper was held at the Howies Restaurant on Friday 26th of January. President Jacek Lasota, welcomed everyone to the evening and provided an overview of proceedings.
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Picture: President Jacek Lasota giving a warm welcome to everyone.

Before eating commenced, Aideen O’Malley gave the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in by Treasurer Neil Maclure.  John Wood gave the address to the haggis.

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Picture: The Reply to the Toast to the Lassies was given by Johanne Burns, VPE.

Jacek Lasota, President, began the after dinner entertainment with The Immortal Memory. Jacek in his speech Immortal memory of Robert Burns shared some fun and unknown facts about Robert Burns. The Auld Lang Sane used to be a national Anthem of Korea and Maldives and Japanese department stores play this song every day to remind customers about closing time. Additionally, Michael Jackson and people responsible for the Thriller video admitted having been influenced by Tam O’Shanter of Robert Burns.

Pictures: Members and guests of Waverley Communicators enjoying Burns Supper 2018.

This was followed by Neil MacLure’s Toast to the Lassies. The Reply to the Toast to the Lassies was given by Johanne Burns, Vice-President of Education (VPE).  We also enjoyed poems by Burns recited by members of the club.

The evening came to an end with all participants joining together to sing Auld Lang Syne.