Court is in session - don't try me..

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Nchabeng shines in Ice Breaker
Yesterday's court proceedings were one for the books, as various participants came to the fore to deliver their facts and opinions on the case at hand..
If you have no idea how a court session might fit into a Toastmasters meeting, then sit tight..

Before that took place, Transformers welcomed Nchabeng to the stage to deliver his CC1 ice breaker.
It always fascinates me to see how people relate their stories to a Toastmasters group, but invariably the most exciting are those where the speaker adds a certain psychological twist to the speech. And this is what made this ice breaker shine. Nchabeng's story, entitled "I am James", was a journey through his childhood in Kathlehong, with fond memories of his father. It evidently took him some time to accept that he was no longer his father, James, but himself, and that to succeed he had to find his own path. We get many stories for a CC1 but when they are as thought provoking as this, they etch themselves in our memories - well done Nchabeng!
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John-Peter's speech was just as well prepared and executed. He presented his CC3 entitled "Why I am afraid of spiders!"
After a rough ride down memory lane on his bicycle, where a number of falls occurred, he then explained how an incident with one of his relatives forced him to realise that spiders aren't as friendly as he'd made them out to be. How did we ever let our relatives dictate our lives! A thoroughly deserved Best Speaker award soon followed.
Clarence was outstanding, and took home the most improved speaker award for his speech on the new Bus Rapid Transport System. His speaking skills improve significantly with every speech and this CC4 was exciting, well executed, and had all of us in the palm of his hand.
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Clarence delivers the BRT
Rod, using outstanding debating and negotiating skills, negotiated with me for a higher salary, and a Mercedes Benz C300 to boot. Clearly he has a highly developed skill in this arena, since, well, he got it! Questions from the floor indicated it was probably not as realistic a negotiating session as would be expected in the real world, but at least it was good practice!

Then, it was into the court room...for table topics...and here was the scenario:

Glenice owned a farm in the Klein Karoo, and had accused Jerry of stealing one of her prized Springboks. This required various witnesses and private investigators, and the drama unfolded as follows:

Glenice, stated her case against Jerry, clearly implicating him in the theft of her Springbok.
Nchabeng, as Jerry's best mate, stepped up to defend him. He confirmed they did enjoy hunting trips and biltong together, but that the accused was certainly not a venison thief.
Ruth, as chief witness for the prosecution told how she noticed strange goings on between the fences of the two farms on the night of the alleged crime.
Keith then stepped up as the Private Investigator for the accused, and provided new evidence in the form of a new disease, called Springbok Lame Leg Disease. This was clearly the cause of Glenice's missing Springbok.
Mary, as chairperson of the small book club in town gave us the "inside info" on the real culprit behind the crime. Unfortunately her 'evidence' was struck from the roll as 'simple hearsay' when Chief Judge Rod issued his verdict later in the proceedings.
Jerry then stepped in to defend himself, and seemed to indicate that he may have had some part to play in the loss of the animal.
But the verdict?

NOT GUILTY!

Transformers held it's Annual General Meeting directly afterwards and the new officer positions will be announced shortly...Watch this space!

Join us on the 22nd for our next meeting.
Guests and visitors welcome!