By Timal Mohan
240th Gavel meeting was held as the last meeting before the Sinhala and Hindu New Year festival of year 2015 at the PG seminar room of the ENTC department. The President started the proceedings at 5:30pm with the national anthem which was led by Merl Chandana. Then the control was handed over to the Toastmaster of the day, who was none other than the athlete of the club, Merl.
Then the grammarian introduced “Camaraderie” as the “word of the day” which means “friendship and trust among people who work or spend a lot of time together”. After introducing the role players for the day, it was time to break the ice with the Round Robin session. As it was the end of the year according to the Sinhala and Hindu New year, Merl had chosen a topic which recollected the memories: “An unforgettable memory of the past year.” It was an interesting session and the participants had a lot experiences to share with the Gavel Family.
Then in order to conduct the Table topics session, the Table Topics Master was introduced. The session consisted of 9 topics in different areas. Over 14 speakers spoke and they shared different stories and some strong messages were conveyed. At the end of the session the Timer’s and Ah counter’s reports were read, and lengthy and fruitful evaluations by Vibhanu Arachchige and Chamanthi Jayaweera made the session precious. The speakers got nice evaluations and it was valuable for the others too. After that the control was given to the Toastmaster again.
Then the Grammarian presented the grammar report and the grammar tip of the day. It was the difference between “Your” and “You’re.” It was indeed a valuable tip. Then the general evaluator made general comments about the meeting and the Toastmaster handed over the control back to the President.
There were some announcements and all the members were encouraged to send their applications to the All Island Best Speaker Contest. Then the meeting was adjourned and another wonderful Gavel meeting came to an end.
Role players for the day:-
Toastmaster – Merl Chandana
Table Topics Master – Timal Mohan
Timer – Samitha Dinanjale
Ah counter – Namal Anuradha
Grammarian – Rochelle Silva
CL evaluator – Vibhanu Osanka Arachchige
Table topics evaluators – Vibhanu Osanka Arachchige, Chamanthi Jayaweera
General evaluator – Kasun Rosa
Word of the day:-
“Camaraderie”: A feeling of friendship and trust among people who work or spend a lot of time together.
Grammar tip for the day:-
The difference between “Your” and “You’re”
“Your” – Used to say something belongs to you to you or is related to you
E.g.:- “Your pen”
“You’re” – Used as a contraction for “you are”
E.g.:- “You’re pretty”
“You’re a nice person”