Wednesday, 5 October 2016

POWERtalk Pollokshields Open Night.

 POWERtalk Pollokshields held their open night on Monday 3rd October 2016 in Pollokshields Burgh Halls. The guest of honour was Dr Robert Hamilton from the Centre for Open Studies at Glasgow University.    President Roz was in the chair.

 Carole led the Topics.  The topicees were Iris, Liz, Rosemary and Ruth. 
 Dr Hamilton gave a very stimulating illustrated talk on "The seat on the bus that changed America".   

 Members and friends enjoying the evening
The Vote of Thanks was by Brendan Berry who extended warm thanks to Dr. Hamilton and to all the members who had taken part.

A warm, happy and instructive evening was enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Rovers Carlisle Weekend 2016.


Saturday morning was the Business Meeting followed by information about new premises for next year as, unfortunately, The Old Brewery, is closing.
We are delighted to welcome Clair Davy as a new member of Rovers.
Following the Business Meeting there was a lively "Just a Minute "Seaaion which was won by the "Help" side. Yvonne Baker gave a lively and most interesting workshopon Rhetoric.    We then had our usual delicious buffet lunch. 
One of the highlights of the weekend is the Speech Contest and the winners were Stella Sneddon and Margaret Robertson.
Saturday night Dinner was in The Crown and Mitre in Carlisle.   Our After Dinner Speaker was Diana Porterfield on her "African Adventure".   This was a fascenating talk about a trip lasting about 9 months she has taken.   Topics were given out by Laurence Coates.

Ssunday morning's workshop was led by Vice President, Linda Griffin on "Who Do you Think you Are?"  This included useful tips on tracing your ancestors and talks from Rosemary, Nancy, Iris and Ruth about their families.
The last item on the Agenda was Storytelling from Jo Mills on Tales of the Border Reivers.

After a final winding up eveyone went home happy at the friendships renewed at the weekend but a little sad that this will be our last time at The Old Brewery.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Caledonia Council AGM


Sunday 24th April, 2016

The Redhurst Hotel, Glasgow.

Following a welcome coffee  President Iris  carried out the Ordinary Business Meeting and this was followed by the Annual General Meeting.

 The new Board for 2016-17
 The winner of the Peebles Cup was Rovers Club.   President Iris presents the cup to Delegate Laurence.

Before Lunch, President Iris led the members in a light hearted fun session. "Word Power - the continuing saga....."    This was well received.  

Following lunch author Alex Gray (who has 13 published crime novels) gave a well received, useful and most interesting workshop which was enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

POWERtalk Pollokshields AGM 4th April 2016

On Monday the 4th April we held our usual meeting followed by our AGM and were delighted to welcome Brendan Keenan, a former club members, as well as two guests who are university students from Morocco studying in Glasgow and wishing to improve their English speaking and presentation skills.

President Brendan B welcomed everyone to the meeting and then handed over to the Programme Chair Scilla who led a lively Topic session on the Birds and Bees which was our theme for the evening.

Anita led an  Education Session on choosing a team for a project and all the various types of people that ideally you would need to make up that team.

Following that Iris gave us a wonderfully evocative and funny speech on how adults broach sex education with the young, or not as the case may be!

After a tea break we held the Club's AGM, read all the reports  and nominated and elected our new Board  for the next season.  The new Board will be installed at a later meeting.

Our next meeting will be held on the 25th April 2016 in the Loggia Room at the Pollokshields Burgh Hall and the topic for the evening is  "Tiptoe through the Tulips".

Monday, 14 March 2016

The Caledonia Council Speech Contest was held on Sunday 13th March 2016 in the Redhurst Hotel, Glasgow.

President Iris presided over the whole day including a Business Meeting and also gave an illustrated talk on Dubrovnok.

The Speech Contest was chaired by Elizabeth Wallance and the trophy for the winners was presented by Lesley, Region President.   The winners were Carole and Iris who will then go on to Great Britain Region Speech Contest Final.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

POWERtalk Pollokshields Meeting 19th February 2016

Due to other commitments, we  moved our usual Monday meeting to Friday 19th February.

As we have two contestants from the Club going forward to the Caledonia Council
Speech Contest,  we used our speech session as a rehearsal for the Council Contest which
will be held on the 13th March 2016.

After the President's Welcome,  Louise L. led the Inspiration and Topics on the subject of
Heroes and Villains.
Topics ranged from villainous bankers to Donald Trump, to tax avoidance by huge
companies and then to whether or not returning armed forces personnel should need to rely
on charities to help them and finally,  the pros and cons of part privatisation of the NHS.

Anita C. then introduced the speakers who were Carole F. giving us a talk to persuade.

Carole's speech was "To Doncaster and Beyond"
 Her speech was followed by one from Iris G. whose subject was to inspire.                          

Iris's speech was 'The Bat Man"

After  written evaluations from club members and timings, we broke for a tea interval
and followed that by a Business Meeting.

Our next meeting will be held in the Loggia Room at the Pollokshields Burgh Hall on
the 29th February 2016  7.15 for 7.30pm start and the theme for the evening is "Home Sweet Home".

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

POWERtalk Pollokshields Meeting 8th February 2016

Our Club members met last night and as this was a rescheduled meeting we held it at
the  home of a club member making for quite an informal set up.

Dispensing with the usual welcome, inspiration and topics, we moved straight to the
education session which was given by our President Brendan.  

Our theme for the evening was HEROES AND VILLAINS and  so  it was quite apt that Brendan
was able to give us a talk on a painting he had created for Lentfest 2016.  This is a community festival run by AGAP (the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project) since 2007, to encourage reflection on faith ideas through the creative and performing arts during a season of renewal and reparation.

The subject of Brendan's painting was St Margaret of Scotland and he took us through the process of research,  from her nationality to her clothes to the style of her crown and the chainmail of one of the knights. All  were put under scrutiny in a bid to get a true representation of the period as he worked up from the preliminary sketches to the charcoal images on canvas.

When satisfied with his research and sketches he moved to oils and finally below
is the finished painting   "St Margaret on an errand of Mercy"

It is a beautiful and thoughtful work  and it was a great pleasure for us all to be taken on his journey of research and discovery through to the finished painting.

Following the Education Session, Anita gave a heartfelt talk  "A little hero worship" about the
struggles of parents and doctors to look after a sick child and Carole followed this by a talk on the good and bad works of Cecil Rhodes, given the current call for his statue to be removed from Oriel College Oxford, as part of  the Rhodes must Fall campaign.

After timings and evaluations and correspondence the meeting came to an end.

The next meeting of the Club will be held on Friday 19th February but will be held again in
a private venue.