Rostrum Club 11
Welcome to the Burnie Rostrum Club
The Burnie Rostrum Club is a friendly club, we try to make visitors and new members feel very welcome.
Burnie Rostrum Club (Club 11) is a longstanding club in the northwest of Tasmania drawing members from Wynyard to Sheffield. From the first week of February our meetings are in a hybrid format, with members and guest available to join us in person at the Burnie Library, or online via Zoom, to include and assist those who live in remote, rural areas, and people with transport difficulties. We have a wide age range and a diverse group of members, from all walks of life.
Why Join Burnie Rostrum?
We have had members keen to improve their public speaking for a variety of reasons or wishing to learn meeting procedure and how to chair meetings; others have joined for fun, friendship and fellowship.
Club members are genuinely interested in seeing new members’ speaking confidence grow in a supportive environment whether presenting speeches or chairing meetings. Rostrum has three programs new members can progress through at their own pace. You will be assigned a mentor and given feedback after each exercise is completed.
Where does Burnie Rostrum meet?
The club meets in the Platypus Room at the Burnie Library on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7.30pm. Access to this room is via the rear Library door and is suitable for wheelchairs. Every Thursday meeting can be attended in person or via Zoom.
Besides the annual subscription fee, there is a $3 per week room hire fee. Visitors do not pay this fee. Free parking is available on Alexander Street outside the Library. We have a social evening/ meeting every fourth Thursday of the month. The program on this evening emphasises the speaking program. Members bring a plate of food to share. BYO drink.
What do Members speak about?
|Meeting Type||Speaking Activity|
| All meetings are hybrid style,
held face to face at the Burnie Library
and online via Zoom
|4th Nov 11am to noon (Outdoor meeting, Wivenhoe shops)
How important is small business to the nation’s economy?
Cruise liners, the good, the bad and the ugly.
The Burnie City Council should evaluate the impact of parking meters.
How Rostrum has helped members’ lives.9th Nov
Debate against Club 17, Hobart. Topic-That the legal drinking age be increased to 21.
16th, Nov intra club speaking competition
What makes Burnie Rostrum special?
We have had members keen to improve their public speaking for a variety of reasons or wishing to learn meeting procedure and how to chair meetings; others have joined for the fun, friendship and fellowship.
Club members are genuinely interested in seeing new members’ speaking confidence grow in a supportive environment whether presenting speeches or chairing meetings. Rostrum uses a program called Frontiers new members can progress through at their own pace. You will be assigned a mentor and given feedback after each exercise is completed.
What is Burnie Rostrums #1 Public Speaking Tip?
Preparation is everything!
Member in Profile
A brief Introduction
I am 23 years old and I am the Youth Pastorate, RPCC Church in North West Tasmania. I enjoy working with youth, playing sports and travelling when I can. I’ve lived in Tasmania my whole life and it’s great to get out and explore Tasmania.
What prompted me to join Rostrum?
I was invited along to join and develop my public speaking and communication skills, as they are both important parts of my job. Rostrum members in Club 11 have helped me grow in confidence, and I have improved greatly with the feedback I have received.
Have you been involved with similar clubs previously?
No, I haven’t been involved in public speaking classes before.
What do you like most about Rostrum?
I enjoy the challenge of creative thinking with every speech I complete. I value the input from members so I can continue to improve on my presentation skills.
I also have the role of Programming Director, which means that I get to give out different topics with a wide range of genres (persuasive, humour, research, etc.), ways of presentation (up-front, videos, Powerpoints, etc.), with the idea that after each speech, members can grow in confidence and ability with public speaking.
What are your other interests?
Playing Lawn Bowls, running, playing board and car games and more. I also enjoy LEGO building and coming up with new ideas for activities for the youth programs I run.