Golden Gavel’s 30th birthday celebration, Down the Rabbit Hole!

Monday the 28th January 2019 saw us celebrating our 30th birthday with our first meeting of 2019. Thanks to the wonderful hosting by Woodlands Toastmasters, we celebrated in style with a themed meeting, the theme being: Alice in wonderland. Naturally this meant that things were not quite what they seemed!

Our President Marc welcomed us and delivered the toast of the day, celebrating Golden Gavel. Nikki Quinn, a proud Golden Gavel member and a currently serving member of district 74’s cabinet was the toastmaster for the evening, performing this role in an exemplary manner.

Prepared speeches were delivered by Margot and Tim. Margot delivered a speech on leadership and her experiences with the different styles on leadership that she has had thanks to Toastmasters. Tim, a long standing member of the club, delivered a humorous trip down memory lane, as he explained the history of our illustrious club.

“Tea time” saw the members paying homage to the beautifully decorated cake and cup cakes that our very own “Queen of hearts” Elaine baked and decorated. The cakes did not stand a chance…

The break was followed by a backwards rolling story in the form of a show trial. The dastardly gang known as the “Cupcakeists” thieves of the Queen’s cupcakes, had been apprehended and were on trial. They had to explain themselves, tell their story, starting from the end. IF they were humorous enough, the Queen “Might have” spared them…. As it turns out, the verdict was mainly: ” Off with their heads!” However occasionally the Jury petitioned for mercy.

The General evaluator, Mutali, did a fantastic job as did all the evaluators. The meeting proved to be a fun evening an a great start to 2019.

Rick, H5 Area Director for 2018 – 2019 handed out awards to Erik Kaila for completing a club coach assignment successfully and to Past Member Yoke Van dam.

Finally, thank you to everyone involved in organising the meeting, to Wesley and Louan from Woodlands for providing and setting up the venue, despite the hard days work they had already had, and to the speakers, role players and members for making the meeting great.

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