Rostrum turns 80 in good humour

Warrnambool’s Rostrum Club celebrated the spoken word at the organisation’s 80th Victorian anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

 George Schmidt from Mildura, Anne Gleeson from Terang, Rob Ellison from Carnegie, Annabel Ellison from Carnegie, and Heather Addison and Neil Addison, both from Melbourne, share a cuppa and a chat at the Australian Rostrum Victoria Incorporated 80th Anniversary Dinner at Warrnambool’s Mid-City Motor Inn.

George Schmidt from Mildura, Anne Gleeson from Terang, Rob Ellison from Carnegie, Annabel Ellison from Carnegie, and Heather Addison and Neil Addison, both from Melbourne, share a cuppa and a chat at the Australian Rostrum Victoria Incorporated 80th Anniversary Dinner at Warrnambool’s Mid-City Motor Inn.

Club treasurer and master of ceremonies Richard Zerbe said the event was the highlight of the Victorian Rostrum calendar.

“More than 70 people attended from across Victoria,” he said. 

“The theme for the night was ‘A Whale of a Time’.”

The final of the Jo Davis Competition was also held, with six finalists delivering 10-minute speeches on a variety of topics.

“The Jo Davis Competition is the premier speaking competition for Rostrum Victoria,” Mr Zerbe said.

“The winner was Nick Adams from Melbourne. He spoke on the topic ‘You’re Joking’. “There was a lot of humour and he talked about all the different types of jokes. He was humorous and engaging.”

Mr Zerbe said the visiting Rostrum members enjoyed a mystery bus tour around the south-west before the dinner.

“We visited the whales and went to Tower Hill,” he said.

Ronda Philpot, from Warrnambool, and Debbie Welsh, from Malvern, were presented with the Freeman title for outstanding service to their Rostrum clubs.

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