Results of the Club Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

The intrepid contestants who took part in last night’s contests.

L to R Johanne Burns (Table Topics), Duncan Thompson (Humorous Speech), Moira Beaton (Table Topics), Paul Bailey (Contest Chair),Ritchie Brown (Table Topics), Pauline Dix (Humorous Speech and Table Topics), Stephen Dix (Humorous Speech and Table Topics)

And the winners are:

Brian Duffy, Club President presents Pauline Dix with the trophy for 1st place in the Humorous Speech Contest


Brian Duffy, Club President presents Moira Beaton with the 1st place trophy for the Table Topics contest

Pauline and Moira will go to Linlithgow on Saturday 30th September to represent Waverley Communicators at the Area 30 contest.

The evening would not have run so smoothly and been such a success without the help of  Paul Bailey, Contest Chair with the support of  Chief Judge, Neil MacLure and his group of judges, timekeepers and ballot counters. 

And, of course, there would not be a contest without an audience – members and guests.

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who was at the contest last night and to those who were meant to be there but couldn’t make it at the last minute – we know you were with us in spirit!

Contestants, role players and guest

Club Officer Training 2012

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Five members of the club committee attended a 4 hour club officer training session in Glasgow yesterday. They were Brian Duffy, President; Stephen Dix VPE; Ritchie Brown VPM; David Dick Treasurer; and Moira Beaton VPPR.

Kevin Lee, Area 30 Governor and Waverley Communicators member produced a magnificent birthday cake during the break  for my birthday which was the day before. 

It was a feather-light sponge, layered with whipped cream and topped with kiwis, lychees, peaches and strawberries.  Thank you Kevin!

The training was organised by Southside Speakers in Glasgow and facilitated by Kevin as Area Governor.

All over the world, club officers meet twice yearly for training. 

It’s a good chance to also exchange ideas and information, catch up on Area and District news and meet fellow officers.

I had intended to take a group photograph of the Waverley Communicators team but in my excitement, I forgot.

So, here is a photograph of me cutting the cake with Area 30 club officers milling around in the background trying to pretend they are not really interested in the cake but after the break, there wasn’t a crumb left.

As I cut the cake and blew out the candles, everyone sang Happy Birthday.

This was recorded by Chris Copeland of Glasgow Toastmasters who has promised to send me the recording.  But, don’t worry, I won’t upload it in another blog post.

After the training, Brian kindly gave Ritchie, David and me a lift back to Edinburgh.

A torrential downpour met us on the M8 and lightning, crackling directly overhead, followed the car for several miles.

We were all very relived to reach Edinburgh where we were greeted by blue skies and sunshine.