Friday, 8 December 2017

Stirling Club Meeting 28 November

Great meeting at Stirling Powertalk on 28 November.  Four books were highlighted by speakers and should be on everyone's wish list for Christmas!
The books were The Doll's House by Kathleen Mansfield, Ovid by David Wishart, Far Horizons by Frank Gardner and The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.
Our next meeting is a social evening out on 12 December.
To all our followers, enjoy the festive season and we'll catch up in the new year.

Monday, 13 November 2017


The next Council meeting will be held on Sunday 19 November 2017 in the Redhurst Hotel, Glasgow.  The day will include a workshop on "Motivation" and one on "Speeches for Special Occasions".  There will also be a talk on debate.
The cost of £18 will include tea/coffee and lunch.

POWERtalk Stirling

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 November 2017 in Logie Kirk Hall, Causewayhead, Stirling at 7.45 for 8 pm.
The theme for the evening is "The Best Since Sliced Bread" and will involve speeches to entertain, topics and a mini-debate.
Visitors welcome.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

POWERtalk Pollokshields, 16th October, 2017 - Ghosties and Ghoulies.

Theme of the evening:   Ghosties and Ghoulies.

President Roz opened the meeting and welcomed a visitor, Barbara.

                                           The Chairman for the evening was Brendan.
 An entertaining and original education feature was given by Iris on the theme of Ghosties and ghoulies.   She gave us an idiot's guide to Ghosties and Ghoulies - a four step guide which taught us how to identify the problem and then gave us various ways of dealing with the unwanted hauntings.
                        The first speaker for the evening was Scilla who gave us all a very
                              inspiring and thought provoking speech on the theme.

The second speaker was Liz who gave us a speech to entertain based on current events relevant to the theme of the evening.

There were discussions on the European Conference 2018, the future of our organisation and an extra meeting was arranged to discuss this.   The other matter under discussion was the Interclub on November 6th, 2017.

The meeting concluded with a General Evaluation and Vote of Thanks from Grace.

The next meeting of POWERtalk Pollokshields is on Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30 in the Pollokshields Burgh Halls and this is an Interclub.  All welcome.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pollokshields Club - Autumn Leaves

The Meeting of 2nd October, 2017 of Pollokshields Club was opened by  President Roz.
The Theme of the evening was Autumn Leaves…

The Chairman for the evening was Iris who gave us a most interesting explanation of the seasons.
She then conducted the Topics session and topics were given by Carol, Liz, Scilla and Grace.
The education session was led by Carole who made this in the form of a Game - Room 101 where groups of members had to persuade her what to assign to Room 101.    The Winners were, Brendan, Louise and Grace.    So Christmas Crackers have now been assigned to Room 101.  This was an interesting, fun and very worthwhile session.

Following the tea interval, the speeches were by Brendan and Roz who both gave us two entertaining speeches suitable for the theme of the evening.

Timekeeping was by Grace and the General Evaluation was by Louise.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Pollokshields Club - Change is in the Air

The first meeting of Pollokshields club took place on Monday 4th September, in Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgow.

Members were welcomed by our President Roz  who gave us the Theme of the Evening "Change is in the air".

Anita was the Chairman for the evening and led the topics which everyone took part.

Liz led a session on "Just a Minute" and this was a  very lively session with a draw between the two teams at the end.

Following the tea break we had two excellent speeches from Carol and Grace which were evaluated by Scilla, the timer was Louise and the General Evaluation was by Brendan.

The next meeting takes place on 18th September at 7.30pm in The Pollokshields Burgh Hall where all guests would be warmly welcomed.

Rovers Carlisle Weekend - 1-3 September 2017.

Members met at the University on 1st September for our annual  Training Weekend.
The first thing on the Agenda was dinner in The Cava Bar on the Campus.

Saturday morning started with the installation of the Board by the Region President.
during the Business meeting the Delegate to Convention gave her Report.

Iris Gibson, Speech Contest Chairman.
There were six contestants in the Speech Contest. Due to Lack of time the winners were not announced until later.
Saturday lunch was at the Devil's Porridge Museum where we had a very interesting visit.

 Following Dinner on Saturday in The Halston, the Speech Contest Winners were announced. Evelyn and Diana were presented with the cup by the Chairman of Judges Marjorie.

Members at Dinner     Topic Leader Ruth
 Sunday Morning bought an interesting and very lively session by Marjorie called "What, Why and Where"

A group Discussion was then led by Evelyn on the future of our club and the organisation.

The final item on the Agenda was a presentation with slides on a Utah adventure by Iris.

Members ready to depart.   Everyone agreed that it had been an enjoyable weekend and that the new premises were a success.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


The Sapphire Conference of Great Britain Region was held in the Holiday Inn, Lancaster from 16th to 18th June, 2017.  All Clubs were well represented and there were a number of members from Europe '92 who joined us.

The first item on the Agenda on Friday night was the Business Meeting and members were welcomed by President Nancy.
The Latimer Trophy for Accreditation was won by Grace, a new member of Pollokshields Communicators and Liz, the Accreditation Chairman presented the cup to Ruth, the Pollokshields delegate.

The Writing Contest.   The Trophies for Fiction and Non Fiction were presented to Iris and Carole from Pollokshields by Colin, the Writing Contest Chairman.
The Speech Contest was won by Lyam, from BISC.  Pictured here with the other contestants and Iris the Speech Contest Chairman.

Members of Europe '92 who acted as Speech Contest Judges.

During the day there were three excellent Workshops by members.   "Linking Together" by Diana, "Do I start here", by Yvonne and "Storytelling" by Evelyn.  All workshops were well attended.

Members enjoying conversation after Dinner.

The new Board for next year was installed by Marjike, our International Visitor.

The Conference concluded with an Open Forum on Sunday Morning.

This was a most successful Conference and congratulations are due to Nancy, the President for all her hard work.

Monday, 15 May 2017

POWERtalk Pollokshields - The Last Laugh

The last meeting of the session was held in Pollokshields Burgh Halls on Monday 8th May.  The Theme of the evening was "The Last Laugh".

Louise was the Chairman and led in the topics.

The education session was led by Ruth and was on The use of humour in speeches.  

The two speakers were Iris who gave us a well researched and humorous speech about clowns and Scilla who gave us a thought provoking speech on "laughter is the bet medicine"

After the tea break President Roz chaired the Business Meeting and the Annual General Meeting.
The new Board for the 2018-19 session are to be  Roz, President, Grace, Vice President, Louise as Secretary and Carole as Treasurer.

Everyone looks forward to a summer meeting and the club starting again in September.


Caledonia Council held its last meeting of the session on Sunday 7th May 2017 at the Redhurst Hotel, Glasgow.

The day started with coffee and this was followed by the Business Meeting.   The Annual General Meeting was then held and a new Board elected for the 2017-18 session.

The new Board is Rosemary, President, Stella, Vice President and Roz as Secretary.    Elizabeth is to be the Treasurer, but unfortunately, she was unable to attend the meeting.

A Lifeboat Debate was scheduled but this was changed to an Open Discussion.

Following a delicious lunch, Liz led the members in a Talking Point Session.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rovers in Bristol

The Weekend of 21/23rd April 2017 saw the Rovers in Bristol for their Annual Spring Outing.  This was arranged by Linda - Congratulations to her.
We stayed in the Bristol Hotel, by the Water.
Members enjoying a drink in the bar.

"Under the Stars" a floating Restaurant which we dined in on the Saturday night.

Members enjoying dinner.

Nearly everyone visited the SS Great Britain.

Lovely to see past member Marjorie back.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Birmingham Speech Contest

Speech Contest winner Lyam with senior judge Ellie.

Sunday, 19 March 2017


President Iris with the Speech Contest Chairman and Judges
Chairman of Judges Morag with the joint winners Carole and Terry.

President Iris and the Judges.

The four Contestants, Elizabeth, Terry, Carole and Grace.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


held in the Redhurst Hotel, Glasgow
on Sunday 12th March 2017.
11.00am                            Tea/coffee
11.30am.                            President opens meeting.
11.32am.                            Hostess Scilla
11.35am                             Speech Contest.   Chairman, Louise
12.30pm                             Contest Results and Judges summing up.
1pm.                                    Seated at tables
1.05pm.                                President introduces top table.
                                             Grace - Brendan.
1.10pm.                                LUNCH SERVED.
2.10pm.                                Greetings from Region - President Nancy.
2.20pm.                                 Topics - President.
2.40pm.                                 Raffle by Terry.
2.50pm.                                 Vote of Thanks - Rosemary
3.00pm                                  President closes meeting.                

POWERtalk Pollokshields Speech Contest.

The POWERtalk Pollokshields Speech Contest took place on 20th February n Pollokshields Burgh Hall.    The contest was chaired by Ruth and there were six contestants.    There were a number of guests which gave a good audience for the speakers.

President Roz who opened the meeting.

And the Winners were Carole first and Grace second, here receiving the shield from Iris, last year's winner.

                                         Winner Carole gave the Vote of Thanks. 

Best wishes to the winners for the Caledonia Council Speech Contest on Sunday 12th March 2017 in the Redhurst Hotel, Glasgow. 

The next meeting is on Monday 6th March in Pollokshields Burgh Halls and the Theme for the evening is "Who am I?",  A warm welcome to all visitors.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

POWERtalk Pollokshields Club.

POWERtalk Pollokshields club met on Monday 6th February in their new room in Polloksields Burgh Halls, The Stirling Room.

The Theme of the evening was   "Love is in the Air"

The President, Roz welcomed all members.   The Inspiration and topics were given by Carole.  Topicees were Liz, on Romance, Brendan on the NHS, Scilla on the Queen's Sapphire Anniversary, Ruth on Comic Relief and Louise on Ryan Airs recent comments about customers abuse of the system.

The education slot was by Liz who led members through the setting up and use of a microphone.  All members had the opportunity to practice using the microphone.

The Speech was given by Brendan who adapted his speech very well to a difficult subject.

Brendan's speech was evaluated by Louise.

The Business meeting was conducted after the tea break.

The timing was by Iris and the General Evaluation was by Ruth.

The next meeting of POWERtalk Pollokshields will be on 20th February at 7.30pm for a prompt start.  This is to be the Speech Contest and visitors are very welcome.