Meeting # 1002, September 10, 2014
For Grosvenor Toastmaster’s last meeting, Chairman and Toastmaster Meaghan Johns selected ONCE UPON A TIME as the theme in honour of the Toronto International Film Festival. The word of the day LEGEND continued the theme of storytelling and folklore. Table Topic Master Nadine Ricketts had participants providing their thoughts and perspectives on quotes related to fairy tales.
Our first speaker was guest and former Grosvenor member Craig Allen who was visiting from Boston. He paid tribute to another former member Aart Vandermeer and was the backbone of the club for many decades. His contributions – including the agendas – play a huge role in why the club has attained its Distinguished Presidents’ status for 14 years. Noelle Hamersley evaluated Craig’s speech.
Caroline Kiernan gave Speech#2 (Organize your speech) from the Competent Communicators Manual. Titled “How we can make buildings better,” Caroline implored the audience to appreciate the principles of good architectural design over image and argued that context and purpose should provide a central theme. Jefferson Messidor evaluated Caroline’s speech.
Colin Nekolaichuk gave Speech#1 from the Storytelling Manual (Folktalk). “The Boy who called Wolf” played off the classic tale but with a modern social media twist, complete with hashtags and twitter handles. Shirley Li evaluated Colin’s speech.
Naomi Hamersley gave a non-manual speech called “A time for healing.” She shared her personal reaction to the recent verdicts against two Khmer Rouge leaders, and recalled the day she visited the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng museum. Geoff Smith evaluated Naomi’s speech.
Sharvan Salooja was the General Evaluator; Janine Chin was the Timer; Joel Bath was the Quizmaster; Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai was the Grammarian.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, September 24.