May 12, 2008
That’s the charter date, but there has been so much activity at World Headquarters with chartering clubs that it was only posted by Toastmasters International on May 22.
Congratulations to Ross Wilkinson in particular
Ross has been working tirelessly on this project since March 2007. The concept is an Advanced Club which meets monthly at a restaurant for good food and great meetings.
There have been problems
- Chefs have left restaurants which had to close down. (It wasn’t because of Fremantle Gourmet – well, we hope so, anyway!)
Numbers weren’t big enough for other venues.
But Ross and crew kept going and now the club is fully established. Their story can be a model for other members considering setting up similar Gourmet club in the city and to the north and east.
Read the full story below.
Congratulations to the official founding group and President Steve Barry
Itâ€™s Been A Long Journey
Back in early 2007, Fremantle Gateway Toastmasters had 32 enthusiastic members all chaffing at the bit to present speeches and this presented a â€œproblemâ€. Even with the clubâ€™s three to four speeches per week, each member would only have the opportunity to present a speech, on average, once every two months. That meant it would take almost two years to complete a Competent Communicator Manual or two Advanced Manuals.
Several Gateway members wanted more speaking opportunities, so Gatewayâ€™s VPE Jeanette Farrar, planned an additional Speech-A-Thon meeting. As President, Ross Wilkinson suggested that we use a restaurant as the venue for this meeting and the Villa Roma Restaurant in Fremantle was the venue for that first meeting on 29 March 2007. The night was a huge success with six speeches being given. A great night was had by all.
On the way home, Ross made an off-the-cuff comment to Steve Barry, that if we held other dinner meetings with the same level of enthusiasm, we could easily form a new advanced club. Steveâ€™s response was â€œWhy notâ€?
And the words â€˜Why not?â€™ started the journey of forming the Fremantle Gourmet Club. Fremantle Gateway Toastmaster Club sponsored the development of the Fremantle Gourmet Club.
Since then we have held meetings at a wide variety of culinary locations, which include the Irish Pub, Vietnamese, African, Italian, Thai, Fremantle Workers Club, Picnics in the Park and home cooked BBQâ€™s.
Besides the quality of speeches, the superb meal and the great social aspect of the Fremantle Gourmet Toastmasters Club, members also benefit from the intense group evaluations.
Using the highly successful Western Founders Toastmaster Club method of group evaluation, speakers receive very productive and beneficial recommendations â€“ Mind you, itâ€™s not for the faint hearted, but â€˜WOWâ€™ do we learn how to improve.
The Fremantle Gourmet Toastmasters Club finally had sufficient members to charter the club at our 8 May meeting â€“ 14 months after the original meeting.
Itâ€™s been a great journey forming this new Advanced Club.
The Club Charter Committee is:
President – Steve Barry â€“ W21 Area Governor
VPE – Ross Wilkinson â€“ W28 Area Governor
VPM – Mark Richards â€“ Western Division Governor
VPPR – Jackie Perriman â€“ Fremantle Gateway VPPR
Treasurer – Jeanette Farrar â€“ District 73 Secretary
Secretary – Raye McNally â€“ Fremantle Gateway President
Sergeant At Arms – Kyle Blight â€“ Fremantle Gateway Member
The Fremantle Gourmet Club sponsors are Ross Wilkinson and Lynda tâ€™Hart with the club mentors being Vicki Post and Jackie Perriman.
If you wish to attend one of the Fremantle Gourmet Toastmasters Meetings, these meetings are held at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start on the second Thursday of each month, please email Ross Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him on 0412 383 386.
Yes, itâ€™s been a long journey to charter Fremantle Gourmet but itâ€™s been an exciting and worthwhile journey.