Objects can tell a story
WITH an intriguing topic title, Found Objects, members of Gympie Forum Speakers Club came up with some truly interesting speeches.
The main speaker said she regarded her found objects as a painted landscape of her voyages across the world.
Beginning with slate from her homeland, Wales, and shears that her father used for shearing his sheep, the speaker took fascinated club members on a journey to various parts of the UK, showing a wooden toy of pecking chickens made by German prisoners of war and a postcard from Wiltshire.
From Prague we saw a small musical instrument, called the ocarina and other objects from the Czech Republic and New Zealand, while from Cooper Pedy, a rough opal.
Other objects, commonly used when farming at Goomboorian, all went towards framing an informative and entertaining speech.
Another speaker showed as her object a bird’s nest which was found at a local dam, home of the tiny thorn birds.
Fascination with the work of archaeologists throughout the world and their discoveries of prehistoric relics was the topic of another speaker.
A misplaced macadamia nutcracker recently found was the object which brought pleasure to the speaker.
Gympie Forum members will be putting their knowledge of public speaking to work this week when they adjudicate at the local heats of Rostrum’s annual Voice of Youth speaking competition.
With 40 high school students competing, Forum will be assisted by a number of members of Toastmasters, Skill Centre and others also well qualified to adjudicate.
Meetings of the Gympie Speakers Forum Club are held second and fourth Tuesdays, running from 9.45am – 11.30am at Gympie Bridge Club, in Tozer Park Road.
For more information about club activities please contact Mary on 5482 3591.