A Christmas Message

Our President John Smissen and his little friend.

Phew, we are nearly at Christmas Day and I’ve almost finished gift buying. This is a record for me. Maybe I’ll escape the December 24 mad, mind concentrating, dash through the malls this year on Christmas Day minus one!

I hope that you are all almost ready for the Big Day on the 25th and also for the celebration as we welcome in the New Year 2010. It only seems like yesterday when we were worrying about the world as we knew it stopping on January 1 2000. Somehow life has a habit of surprising us and offering up new opportunities we often never anticipated.

The first four months of this seasons Toastmaster year has been a fun one I think. Thanks to my excellent Club Executive Committee we have maintained a vibrant Club and we have added some welcome new members who have taken up the Toastmaster challenge. Thanks also to our more seasoned members who have continued to contribute so much to our continued success. Our meetings continue to be well attended. Our first contest produced some excellent speeches. Our Christmas Party was well attended and enjoyed by all. Imagine what we can achieve in 2010

I’m looking forward to our upcoming competitions in 2010, to the Charter Party, and to many productive meetings as we pursue our objective of Unlocking Our Potential.

Unfortunately we have some members who are currently coping with illness themselves or in their family and we wish them all of them a speedy return to good health.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and merry Christmas and a successful and healthy New Year.

See you all on January 7 at our first meeting of 2010.

John.

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Many thanks to Peter West  for documenting our 2009 Christmas Party as only he can.  I leave you with a few samples of his work. For more be sure to check out his site.

Merry Christmas everyone! See you 2010

 

 

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