A toast for the masters

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Porirua toast­mas­ters shone at a ma­jor contest in Up­per Hutt re­cently.

Toast­mas­ter clubs from the lower North Is­land com­peted to find the best speak­ers to rep­re­sent them at the bian­nual na­tional con­ven­tion in the Bay of Is­lands this month.

Iwan Tjhin from the Porirua Cen­tral Club was judged the best hu­mor­ous speaker and Gary Nicholson, from the Spin­naker Toast­mas­ter Club in Plim­mer­ton, en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with a two-minute ta­ble topic, telling them why New Zealand’s cap­i­tal should be Auck­land.

He was judged the best ta­ble top­ics speaker.

Mean­while KapiMana@Tawa and New­lands toast­mas­ters clubs are to cel­e­brate the 90th an­niver­sary of Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional at an open meet­ing next week, with guest speaker Lor­raine Banks, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Lau­rel As­so­ciates.

Ninety years ago, when Toast­mas­ters founder Dr Ralph Smedley held the first meet­ing in the base­ment of a YMCA in Cal­i­for­nia, only a few peo­ple at­tended.

Now, with mem­ber­ship ex­ceed­ing 313,000 in 126 coun­tries, Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional con­tin­ues to build on Smedley’s foun­da­tion of teach­ing pub­lic speak­ing and lead­er­ship skills.

Mark Christian, pres­i­dent of the Kapi-Mana@Tawa club, said toast­mas­ters clubs pro­vided a sup­port­ive and pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment where mem­bers had the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship skills.

After hear­ing from Lor­raine Banks, mem­bers and guests will en­joy a reg­u­lar Toast­mas­ters meet­ing that will in­clude pre­pared speeches, im­promptu speeches and eval­u­a­tions.

Mem­bers from the KapiMana@Tawa and New­lands toast­mas­ters clubs will par­tic­i­pate.

Win­ner: Iwan Tjhin with his

award for best speech.

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