Meeting 618

Meeting #618

9th January 2012


Theme: “ Out with the old, in with the new”

Many members are still on holidays –our President, John-Peter sent greetings from Betty’s Bay – so the list of apologies was longer than normal, but those who were present had an enjoyable meeting.

The word of the evening was “Induce” and members found many occasions to use it.

Prepared Speeches

Matthys               “Take a mini-holiday”

Matthys was back at work early in January and was already feeling the need for another break. He gave 3 great venues in Jo’burg to have a mini-break.

                                Botanical Gardens:          Check out the eagles

                                Johannesburg Zoo:         From Scorpions to monkeys to Elephants            

                                4 Ways Lion Park:             The enclosure for baby lion cubs

Margie                 “Surfing with your eyes open”

                                Margie warned against believing everything we read on the web.

                                She recommended that we focus on three areas:

                                Web Page – check last update date/ copyright / what links to professional site

                                Author – Qualifications / contact details / Peer review

                                Article – Fact vs Opinion / Verifiable / Referenced

Keith                     “ Best Mentoring Ideas”

This was a follow up session to his previous advanced speech on the club status. The focus was on mentoring and the detail was in the following areas:

Stay in Contact


Set Objectives

(Take note from the above – each speech focussed on 3 major points which simplified the message and made it easier for the audience to receive.)

Rod                        “Sipho Mabuzo”

Rod was speaking from the Story telling manual and gave us an inspiring story on the principle of “As you sow, so shall you reap”. How a spontaneous gesture can have major repercussions.

Table Topics

Staying in consistency with the theme, Mary selected old/obscure words and asked members to devise new explanations for them:

Belpharospasm                Keith tired to explain that this was a word to describe Tony Blair’s expressions but in fact means Persistent Winking.

Callomania                         Leny expounded on the travails of telesales personnel but the word means the delusion that one is beautiful.

Defossion                            Rod brought us back to the Roman days in Britain to the ‘Foss Way’ but he should have been talking about live burial.

Epaulion                               Glenice gave a graphic explanation about how to walk into a window – not face first but with the shoulder instead!            However the word pertains to the ‘Day after the wedding’         

Fliitwite                                Ryan expounded at length about a biological phenomena regarding white light but in reality he should be talking about a fine for fighting.

Galeanthropy                   Margie gave us an intriguing account of the study of Viking ships – she neglected to mention the delusion that one has to become a cat

Hallux                                    Matthys introduced us to a new swear word but somehow neglected to

Rod                        “Sipho Mabuzo”

Transformers Year-End meeting

the end is nigh - 2012

Congrats to Keelan

Congratualtions to Keelan Naidoo for attaining 2nd place in the area H3 Humorous competition.

Meeting 611

Theme : Rugby World Cup

In the absence of our President, John-Peter, Ruth opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.

Ruth presented the toast of the day to ‘Victory’ – Keith responded.

Word of the evening – in keeping with the theme, Glenice offered not just one word but three – Touch, Pause and Engage. Surprisingly this proved too difficult for members and very few attempted to use them!

As Toastmaster, Mary regaled the audience with quirky, off-beat pieces of information regarding the Rugby World Cup

Prepared Speeches

Sumari Meintjes (CC3)  “The best thing since Sliced Bread”

As a newly married couple they live on a tight budget, yet they manage to get involved in many interesting activities – how do they do it?

Sumari introduced us to the concept of Discount Websites and how judicious online shopping can bring great savings on regular prices.

From Wedding albums to Full body massage and hair treatments they achieved savings of over 50% (sometimes up to 80%) on standard costs.

On Mother’s Day they were able to get discounted flower deliveries. They have been on Indian Fusion Cooking classes and now are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi.

You too can get these benefits – Sumari recommends these sites:





Rod Taylor (ADV – Speciality Speeches – Read out Loud) “ The Company of Wolves”

For this assignment, Rod selected a story by British Novelist and Journalist Angela Carter (1940-1992) from her short story collection “The Bloody Chamber” (1979) where she rewrote, updated and expanded the Fairy Tales of Western Europe.

This story is based on the original “Little red riding hood” theme and while Carter denied writing Feminist or Adult fairy tales, her focus is on strong feminine characters and the basic message is effectively – beware of becoming subservient to a man.

Despite this disavowal, there were several phrases that stood out – our heroine is described as standing within the “Pentacle of her own Virginity’. We heard about ‘diabolic phosphorescence’, ‘ Integument of Flesh’ and ‘Carnivore incarnate’.

Rod read the story with due care for the imagery that Carter evokes. He enabled the audience to embrace the strength of Carter’s use of language and enthused us with a new perspective of folklore archetypes.

Table Topics

Members were asked to speak about other influences of the Rugby World Cup:

Keith was asked to describe the nutritional benefits of Biltong and Beer

Ruth tried to explain how to optimise the trajectory of the drop kick

Glenice explored the psychology element of the Haka

Keelan detailed the influence of the Paris Fashion week on the Springbok Jersey

Hall of Fame

Glenice has formed her own company – see for more information.

She has also created a new plant database at

Matthys has received great feedback as M.C. at recent functions.