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We went to Nathanael's Rest

This is  small Convention Centre set in bushland.  It is very close to the centre of Mundaring.  The town has a range of civic facilities and numerous shops.

There are lots of trees with a few open paddocks set in rolling hillsides.  There is a creek - dry right now in summer.

There is excellent accommodation with two and one bedroom units.  The main meeting area has an attached kitchen.

We were a mixed bunch

There were 7 of us.

Carla and Catherine belong to Quaynote Speakers.

Glenis, Rob and Scott belong to Victoria Quay.

David belongs to both.

Margaret is joining Victoria Quay.

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We had meals together

We self catered and brought along food of our choice.  There is an excellent kitchen with a full range of cooking options, crockery and cutlery.

We worked together in a friendly fashion to prepare meals.  We shared the results.  We experienced some surprises and some standard mainstays.

Rob brought along a few bottles of red.  We started the Friday night evening meal with a toast.

We sat around and talked

This shot shows us on the outside terrace.

Inside there was a set of easy chairs grouped around a heater.  We didn't need the heater.

There were many incidental smaller groups.

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We had two Victoria Quay Toastmasters Meetings

On Saturday morning and Sunday morning

Saturday Morning - #1127

This one was different.  It was a Speakathon.

What's that?

We had a Toastmaster - Scott

And a Timer -  Rob

Everybody gave an Icebreaker Speech - including the Toastmaster - and evaluated another speaker.

Our visitor - Margaret - gave an Icebreaker as well.

So David gave a Workshop about Basic Speaking Skills and Icebreakers.

Margaret's speech was remarkably accomplished for a first effort.

 

Sunday morning - #1128

This had a standard Agenda.

  • Catherine was Toastmaster
  • Margaret gave the Inspiration
  • Rob was Table Topics Master
  • Glenis delived a Tonic
  • Scott evaluated the Table Topics
  • There were Manual speeches from Carla, Catherine, Glenis and David
  • They were evaluated by Glenis, David, Margaret! and Rob.
  • Margaret gave the Highlights
  • Carla Evaluated the Evaluators
  • David handled Timing
  • Scott Evaluated the Meeting.

Video Recordings

My recently acquired iPhone 7Plus has an excellent video camera.

For meeting #1127 I recorded a few of the speeches.

Scott and Margaret found them very valuable when they watched their replay.  It's completely different and illuminating to watch and hear yourself delivering a speech.

For meeting #1128 I recorded every item - not the meeting as a whole - but each item separately.  Scott and Carla operated the camera when I was the subject.

Now we have a problem - we are working on how to make them available to the speakers.

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