Kwinana Demonstration Meeting

We met at CSBP

CSBP is an industrial chemicals and fertilizer manufacturer, in Kwinana WA.  The meeting was held on 7 October, 2009, to see if there is sufficient interest in forming a new corporate club. And there definitely is.

We had help

Several experienced toastmasters were recruited to help with the meeting.  They included Lt Governor Marketing Mark Richards, Perth Division Governor Judith Allen, Area P50 Governor Pascale Amberville-Colby, Successful Club President Sarah Duxbury and Canning Vale VPM John Palmer.

Approximately thirty people crowded into the meeting room, and were taken through a tightly run one hour meeting.

The program

  • Mark Richards gave a presentation on “What is Toastmasters”.
  • John Palmer had some table topics questions that required respondents to take positive or negative views on views ranging from daylight saving to shopping hours.
  • Sarah Duxbury evaluated the Table topic speakers and ensured that relevant feedback, including useful recommendations were made.
  • We were treated to an ice breaker speech.
  • We had a Project 9 speech that was a humorous take on impulse shopping relating to propriety plastic food storage items, drawing many knowing laughs from the audience.
  • Pascale and Mark delivered high quality evaluations, explaining the format of the evaluation process and giving constructive recommendations.
  • Pascale recorded timing with military precision
  • Judith summed up the meeting with a 5 minute general evaluation
  • Then the floor was opened to questions.

The response

When asked who would be interested in joining, the response exceeded expectations. Membership application forms were produced, and 13 signed up on the spot, others took forms away, and indications are that those who were unable to make it to the meeting are still keen to participate. It was encouraging to see such a response and we are confident that word of mouth will spread and we will have a new club chartered very soon.

Thanks to the helpers

Thanks must go to those Toastmasters who helped out today, Mark , Judith, John, Sarah and Pascale. Your professionalism was commented on after the meeting by several people who attended. Other comments included

  • “It was different to how I thought it would be”
  • “it was fun”
  • “I like the way you mixed humour with the formal educational aspects”

Martin Lindsay
Martin Lindsay
P30 Area Governor