The Jotter – 1 March 2022

It’s been raining cats and dogs, and at the last meeting it also rained guests. We had 7 guests, and would have had 9 except 2 had just joined up and are now members. So a special welcome to new members Gerry and Joyce.

The warm-up had us up on our feet talking to the theme ” Together we learn, together we grow”. Karen was Toastmaster for the first time, there were 2 main speeches (Barbara and DavidW), and Fran gave the General Evaluation.

At least 3 people reminded us all (again!) that we need to stick to allotted times. Some things take time to sink in, and I speak as a sinner.

There was a quite different item on the agenda thanks to Mark, our tireless VPE. Three pairs of volunteers (including 4 guests: Dean and NathanJoyce and ErikaMark and Melissa) role-played 3 different scenarios, impromptu as with Table Topics.

The scenarios were in brief: “whose fishing gear is better?”; a deaf lady tries to get a burial plot for her deceased dog; and 2 people who had the exact same dream! It proved to be a great way to get people to shout out, think on their feet, lose their nervousness, and get applause at the end!

Mark flagged another new idea for a meeting not too far in the future: a ‘backward meeting’! Hmm! Do we begin with Hats-Off and end with the President’s Welcome? Evaluation before a speech? Whatever it is, it’s going to be fun.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 15 March.

And don’t forget there are 2 Toastmasters clubs in Coffs. Jetty Speakers have breakfast meetings on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

Cheers, David Whyte.