Club Meeting on 19-May-2020

Tonight we had our fifth virtual meeting via Zoom. The chairman, Shirley, announced the theme as ‘Leadership’, which has a unique definition for every individual. We had an attendance of 15 people, and we are so grateful for the ongoing dedication and adaptable nature of our members!


Jonathan gave a heart-warming toast to the notion of ‘normality’, celebrating Australia’s steady improvement, in regard to the COVID-19 situation.

Word of the Night

William picked the simple word “wait”, enlightening us with the fact that sometimes, the meanings of the most commonly used words are often not considered.


Shirley led the election with flair and experience, allowing outgoing executive members to share the duties within their roles first. Congratulations to our incoming executive for 2020-21!

  • President – Christopher Tso
  • Vice President of Education – Johnny Manolelis
  • Vice President of Membership – Clare Fraga
  • Vice President of Public Relations – Jonathan Lau
  • Secretary – Mark Paton
  • Treasurer – Andre van Woerkom
  • Sergeant at Arms – Raj Wadnere

It was lovely to see members nominate each other, in the spirit of mutual growth and taking what opportunities come your way.


Clare made us all laugh, as we imagined Johnny having an awkward conversation at the Soccer World Cup!

Prepared Speeches

For the 2nd half of the night, we heard from 3 speakers – Jonathan, Johnny and Christopher.

Sleep Jonathan conducted research on this topic and confirmed that sleep is critical to optimal functioning and should be prioritised more. Sleep deprivation has poor impacts on our concentration and immune system and, even gives false blood test results! He advised to try writing a to do list for the next day to avoid overthinking in bed and avoid taking sleeping pills.

Icebreaker Johnny gave a heart-warming and inspirational speech, as he began his new ‘Visionary Leadership’ Course. He shared some key highlights from his childhood that led him to be the person he is today, and why Toastmasters makes him “the best man he can be”. We are privileged to be a part of your journey Johnny!

Dream Team” – Christopher graciously took us through his thought process when deciding which company to work for. His impressive excel spreadsheet included factors, such as mentoring, time management, mindset, job security, skills transferability and business impact.


Thank you to all our evaluators throughout the evening, as feedback is crucial to each of our journeys. To conclude – John reinforced the value of outgoing President’s wisdom during and after handover, while Raj warmly thanked members for a rewarding evening. Indeed, leadership is a multi-faceted and ever-growing concept that our members were thrilled to discuss – an inspiring evening!

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