Nanango historian and author Liz Caffery was a special guest speaker at the convention

October 28, 2015

Delegates from the six Toastmasters clubs in the Wide Bay area gathered near Kingaroy on Saturday for their annual Area Conference.

It is the first time in five years the South Burnett has hosted the Area 28 convention.

Each club also nominated members, who had won at club level, to take part on the four competitions held on the day.

These included short talks on a topic, and impromptu speech and evaluation of a speech.

The conference was held in a converted machinery shed at the “Hopevale” farm.

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Competition Results

  • Humorous  (5-7 minutes speech) – Kathy Webb (South Burnett)
  • Table Topics (2 minute impromptu) – Kate Niblett (Maryborough)
  • Evaluation (of a guest speaker) – Deirdre Gillen (Maryborough)
  • International  (5-7 minute inspirational speech) – Kate Niblett (Maryborough)

South Burnett Toastmasters also chalked up two 2nd places: Heather Castle in Table Topics, and Rod Morgan in International.

The shed / meeting area at Hopevale was filled for the Area 28 Conference
South Burnett Toastmasters president Abigail Andersson, who was kept busy making sure the conference ran smoothly, with local member Bernie Pegrem, from Kingaroy
Richard Gilbert, from the Weblec Club of Maryborough, was the compere for the Evaluation category; he was thanked by Area 28 Director Sheryl Pitt
South Burnett member Rod Morgan was the hot favourite to repeat his success in recent years and win the International category but he was pipped at the post by Deirdre Gillen, from Maryborough

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