Scribes Report – 13th May 2024

President Sarah Smith

Due to some technical issues the meeting started a couple of minutes late but President Sarah Smith did a great job at welcoming people and gave a humorous introduction that matched the theme of the meeting: colours.

The Toastmaster for the evening, who was attending online, was unfortunately delayed so Toastmaster Rob Partridge, who was the General Evaluator for the evening, stepped up and took the role on. Rob introduced the various roles and lead us through the first half of the meeting.

Toastmaster Gwen Fraser lead an interesting topics session, choosing to follow the theme for the evening, and asked members questions such as “Do you follow colour fashions?” and “Do you use bold colours in your interior design?” She ended with a great questions about the benefits of Toastmasters. This is a brilliant way of letting guest and new members know what they can get out of Toastmasters.

Toastmaster Christina Hession giving her speech.

There were two speakers at the meeting. Toastmaster Christina Hession gave an hilarious speech entitled “Homo Commuteus” and had the audience laughing as she described a train journey. The second speaker was Rob Partridge who read out a motion he is giving at conference and then took feedback from those present.

After the break the evaluators gave their evaluations of the two speeches. Toastmaster Martin Foran evaluated Christina while Toastmaster Elaine Cahill evaluated Rob. Both gave some great feedback and recommendations and it was very clear they had listened and paid attention to their speakers.

Following this Toastmaster Beth Davis-Reinhold gave her report as Grammarian with quite a few people using the word “Kerfuffle” and Beth also mentioned some of the great phrases used. Toastmaster Sarah Smith gave a very detailed report as Ah Counter and congratulated those who had improved and those who got zero.

Toastmaster Chris Collins, VPE.

Christina lead us through Creative Corner, giving us the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph. You can see a copy of the poem below.

Rob, in his capacity as General Evaluator, gave his report of the meeting and a couple of recommendations and then Toastmaster Chris Collins, our VPE, looked for roles for the next meeting, which will take place at Comworks on May 27th.

To close the meeting President Sarah Smith thanked those for attending and reminded everyone that the next meeting is at Comworks and, to ensure the meeting goes well, asked those with roles to arrive early.






Warning by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.