Club Meeting on 14th July 2020

On 14 July 2020, we met again for the ninth time over the Internet. At this meeting, our theme was Bastille Day, (French National Celebrations) day. It seemed like we were getting used to meeting in this way with fewer hiccups every time. However, it still was clear that we were missing each other’s company and person-to-person meetings in our Community Centre room in West Pennant Hills.

Toast

During the first part of the meeting the French national celebrations day had been mentioned few times by our Sergeant At Arms Raj, our chairman Chris Tso, and toast Mel Colgar.

Table Topics

Table topics was prepared by John Inglis. For John we had to describe an imaginary picture. It was fun and thought provoking.

Prepared Speeches

In the second part, we had the prepared speeches. Our speakers were Shirley, Jonathan, and Johnny.

Shirley spoke about her role as a protégé and finding her experienced and ideal mentor. She told us this experience as a journey that took her from a conflict to a success story and ending up having a good friendship with a colleague.

Jonathan talked about something rather scientific. He told us the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. He explained, how acute pain can be useful for us to protect us from further injuries. On the other hand, the chronic pain can be so harmful may represent a pathology that we may need to overcome just like a software problem on a computer program.

Johnny’s speech was rather emotional. He told us about importance of forgiving and loving. His speech was touchy and captured the audience attention from the beginning to the end. He told us how he came out from an ordeal/disappointment of one of his friendship by blocking the hateful feelings and replacing them with appreciation, forgiveness, and love.

Conclusion

In short, as always it was a wonderful, fruitful, entertaining, and always helpful meeting. It made us grow and contributed to each of us’ personal skills. It related to the date, which was a Bastille Day, and carried on with wondrous speeches and evaluation.

Written by Mel Colgar and edited by Shirley Childs

Saying Goodbye to 2017, and Taking a Deep Breath for 2018

What a year it was, 2017

It came and went so fast but more importantly we managed to squeeze lots of events. The last one off all was our Christmas party 19th of December. We came together, shared food and drinks, stories and jokes. Our DJ, Rowlanda played the music that was from around the world.

It was wonderful to be together and celebrate our accomplishments.

We said good our goodbyes to 2017 just to take a deep breath for 2018!

A lot has happened since the beginning of 2018.  On the 31st of January we have done Club Speech Contest 2018 with the help of our guest judges Sandra, John and chef judge Ben.

Ross was the winner of the night one more time taking the first place. Mark came second with Rowland taking the third place.

Looking forward to a busy year ahead, feeling sweetly uneasy we are holding on to each other tightly. So, good luck everyone for 2017.

Winners of our Club Evaluation Contest

Here is another fun and nourishing event yet again!

On December 5, 2017, we competed against each other to evaluate our guest speaker of the night, Sabesh Sitsabesan. Ross Richard was also presented his DTM Plaque by Shirley Childs.

We had well-experienced and full-of-wisdom guests and visitors from other clubs. They kindly helped us carry out our evening with our Contest Chair Christopher Tso and District Director Shirley Childs. Ross was the winner of the night as I took the second place.

Ross was surely the star of the night. He was given the International Distinguished Toastmasters Plaque (DTM) together with his medal and badge by our director Shirley Childs.

In events like this, we come together and share moments of excitement and rewards. The end product is always that growth that we are all after. After every meeting, I cannot help but congratulate myself because I am a member of the club.

Written by: Mel Colgar VVPR and VPM

Kingi Biddle’s Bird Seeds on World Champion Public Speaking

On the 7th of November 2017, Kingi took us to a journey in ourselves and reminded us that we were all unique in delivering our messages.

He was comfortable during his entire speech. He knew how to connect with each one of us in his own way. We could not feel anything glossy or pre-packaged about him. He spoke right from his heart, reaching to ours with ease. Kingi told us that he had brought some ideas for the night so that we could pick the ones we liked, just like the birds would pick their favourite seeds from a pack.

Thank you Kingi. We now appreciate more than ever, that the message we deliver has the greatest importance in our speeches and must be done in our own way.

If we were to write on the wall to remind us for future speeches, it would be:

Start with the message that you want to deliver… and ask yourself “who cares” and “so what’s the point”? When you know what you want to say, then it’s easy to know how to say it and quickly get to the point. And when you allow your message to be a part of you, and deliver it as yourself, then others will follow along your journey and engage with your message.

How to Write a World Championship Speech Workshop

When: Tuesday 7 Nov 2017
Where: Dural Memorial Hall
604 Old Northern Road, Dural
Time: 7.00 for 7.15 pm start
Contact: Mel Colgar VPPR
E: mcolgar@bigpond.net.au
M: 0409 916 002
RSVP: Monday 30 Oct 2017

 

A New Zealand Te Arawa descendant, a devoted Toastmaster and champion public speaker. Kingi was runner-up at the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2013.

Kingi has spent many years in the broadcasting industry as a Radio Announcer and TV presenter. He loves putting smiles on the faces of the people he talks to every day, whether he is on radio or tv.

Kingi is the husband of Wendy, the father of four awesome children and the grandfather, it’s hard to believe, the grandfather of 3 divine and angelic grand-daughters. They are the apples of their young grandfather’s eye.

His current passion is that of keynote speaking and delivering his presentation skills seminar called “Take yourself there”

“I am a descendant of great storytellers who used their words to carve visions in the minds of their people,” Kingi said.

“Effective communication is like painting a vivid picture into the minds and hearts of people. Magic will literally grow around you.”

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We Made It to Top 3 in Area M2 Contest 2017!

Today was the day Rowlanda and Mark shone like the stars among all the contestants. The represented West Pennant Hills Club so well and took the third place in Table Topics and Humorous Speech contest in the Area M2 Contest at The Hills Club Baulkham Hills.

Thank you Rowlanda and Mark. We are proud of you both.

We had to help present their certificates and awards!

Champion Speaker Matt Tonkiss Visit WPH Toastmasters

We came together to do our usual meeting on the 1st of August 2017 . We had 21 members and guests and with a guest speaker, Matt Tonkiss.

It was a very special evening because Matt is a successful member of Toastmaster family and he is preparing a speech for the Toastmasters International Convention taking place August 23 in Vancouver. It was invaluable for us to see his presentation on that evening and we even were fortunate to ask questions.

So, thank you Matt and good luck in Vancouver.

West Pennant Hills Wins at Area 52 Speech & Evaluation Contest for 2015!

Congratulations to our members for making a clean sweep at the Area 52 International Speech and Evaluation Contest!

Ross Richard won the Evaluation Contest, Rowan Kunz won the International Speech contest with Wayne Luu placing 2nd!

Congratulations to all participants and to our winners – the win at the contest really highlights the strength and knowlege of speakers at our club!

All the best to Ross and Rowan who will now compete in the Western Division Contest on the 14th of March, 2015.