Meeting #619

Meeting #619

23rd January 2012

Theme: The Year of the Dragon

A good turnout for a packed programme.

Toast of the Evening:

Glenice regaled us with a tale of discarded seeds in a compost heap which manifested into a beautiful Gem squash plant. She showed us a specimen from this growth. The toast was to “Home Gardens”.

John-Peter replied and explained how home gardens can contribute to peace in the world.

The word of the evening was “Propitiate”.

Prepared Speeches

We were privileged to hear 5 speeches this evening.

Sriram             A Tale of Three Cities                        (CC2)

Sriram explained how three different cities influenced his life:

Chenai:            A city of 9 million people where old and new exist in juxtaposition beside the second longest beach in the world. This is where he had his first job and learned to take responsibility.

Muscat:           Capital of the Sultanate of Oman between the mountains and the Arabian Sea. He arrived there in 2003. Oil and tourism provide financial security which is now augmented by making most Bollywood movies there due to the spectacular scenery.

Johannesburg: He arrived in Joburg during the World cup and was engulfed in the fever. He loves the ability to commune with nature but hates the traffic!

Len                  Computer Catastrophes       (CC2)

Len warned us of scam e-mails and the four principles to keep safe

                                            Stay up to date:           Make sure you have virus detection software and that it updates automatically

Good Lock:     Put passwords on everything. Make it as complex as possible

Be suspicious:  Check everything. If it looks suspicious it [probably is.

Good Backup Plan:      Ask yourself – can you afford to lose your data? Keep backups!

Sumari            How to turn anyone into a friend   (CC5)

Sumari explained how she overcame shyness after reading a book called “ How to talk to Anyone” and gave us three tips which she found very useful:

A flooding smile:         Do not have a fleeting smile – make it all encompassing. Make people feel special.

Sticky Eyes:                  Imagine that your eyes are glued to the other person as if with sticky toffee. Do not let it wander!

Hallo Old Friend:         Let only feelings of warmth. Compassion, friendliness come through.

Keith               Dead London (ADV)

Keith was speaking from the Interpretative Reading manual and had to read a story. He chose an excerpt from H.G.Wells “The war of the Worlds”.

He took us on a journey through a devasted London covered in black dust, littered with dead carcasses and overturned busses, where the only sound was the eerie howling of “OOO –LA”

Rod     The Pleasure of Books           (ADV)

Also from the Interpretative Reading Manual, Rod brought us the wisdom of William Lyon Phelps (D 1943) regarding having your own books. In this age of electronic books it was most relevant. The recommendation is to start early and continue throughout your life. Display your books proudly – not behind glass. Consider borrowed books as a guest in your home and treat it accordingly. A house hold of books is like being surrounded by intimate friends.

Educational Session: Keelan Naidoo “What motivates People”

Keelan spoke of the dearth of leadership skills in the workplace today and how the Toastmasters program can provide those necessary abilities. He outlined how the various roles, from Sergeant to President can allow the Toastmaster to gain such leadership knowledge and skills and transform them from the Club environment to the workplace.

Due to 5 speeches and an educational session there was no Impromptu session this evening.



Matthys was very generous with us this evening and concentrated on the good uses of the English language and highlighted the many vivid word pictures that the speakers used.  


Best Evaluator:                        Lynne

Best Contribution                    Mary

Most Improved Speaker         Sumari

Best Speaker                           Sriram

Best Impromptu                      Not awarded

Club Officer Training

TM Club Officer Training

28th January 2012

Ernest & Young Offices

Opposite Wanders Cricket Club

Corlett Drive

Open to all members and not just committee members

Happy New Year

May 2012 be the year you fulfill your potential

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”