It was a dark and windy night ….. but faithful members of the Algoa Club gathered in the cosy confines of the Caritas Club – on the evening before a public holiday!
We were thrilled to welcome guests Sister Lucia, Yvette Morgan and Barry Serfontein … especially when Barry indicated his keenness to fill in a membership application form. If there are no objections to his becoming a member, he will be inducted at our next meeting.
Our Area Governor, Marlene van Wyk, was away in the USA, visiting her daughter, so we will have to wait a while before we can congratulate her in person on being selected as the Area Governor of the Year.
Rhona Murchie, Quinton Jacobs, Angie Kivido, Placxedes Ndhlovu and Marlene were all wished a wonderful celebration for their respective birthdays in April and May.
President Glenis reminded everyone of our AGM on 24 May, and also to nominate members for our executive in 2011/2012 – we can’t run our club without one! Another date to remember is our Installation Dinner on 10 June – venue to be announced.
Our Toastmaster for the evening, Quinton Jacobs, entertained us with misquotes – quotes by famous people which were somehow altered in the re-telling. The Royal Wedding was the subject of our Table Topics, cleverly prepared by Chenielle Jefferies-Badenhorst. As we had all been invited to the wedding, it was incumbent on us to take a gift, and to explain why we had chosen that particular item. Quinton had the very clever idea of presenting them with a digital photograph frame, so that they could alternate pictures of Diana and Camilla, but it was Tom Horne who received the Best Table Topics award for giving them a White Pepper ….. from a trading store in South Africa!
Top Toastie award went to Chenielle for her preparation of the topics despite a punishing assignment schedule.
The speech by Angie Kivido (CC3) “Does usefulness fade?” brought home the plight of many old people who feel useless and neglected. Alison Immelman (CC5) revealed her passion when she told us all about “My secret love” – but it wasn’t George Clooney – it was ….. Cricket!!! Reinhardt Botha’s CC7 speech entertainingly convinced us that “You can all draw” – and should do so! Mimi Makupula presented her CC9 (Persuade with Power) speech on “Questions” and Marianah Lourens recounted some funny incidents that happen when you are “Blonde and old – eish!” (AC9).
General Evaluator Elaine Stewart-Coyne wrapped up the evening by reminding us to be more careful of our use of time as non-adherence to the allocated time can extend the meetings unnecessarily ……. So let’s tighten up and make sure that we don’t go over our allocated time, whether giving a speech, a toast, an evaluation, or fulfilling any other role in the meeting.
GLENIS WHITEHEAD: PRESIDENT