Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday each month, from 12.30pm – 2pm.

Meeting location is the Cleveland/Thornlands Cricket Clubhouse, Henry Ziegenfusz Park, Fitzroy St, Cleveland. (Note: take the section of Fitzroy Street that is between Beach and Long Streets, Cleveland)

A simple BYO lunch is held from 11.45am.

We work on a varied agenda so our members gain experience in many aspects of speaking.

Visitors are  most welcome to come as our guest.

Email: pamtranter46@outlook.com

What others are saying …

I first joined Forum to gain some confidence to do best man speech at my friend’s wedding, the thought of getting up at such a big event in front of 120 people terrified me. The skills I learnt and opportunities available to put knowledge into practice was invaluable and I feel much more comfortable getting up in front of an audience in all situations than I did previously.  – Richard, Bayside Forum

Forum helped me in my career with speaking to clients and knowing how to highlight the main points of each project for their benefit and understanding. In my community I’ve been able to participate in meetings effectively and pass these skills to others. The people I’ve met in Forum have given me a greater knowledge of my community and how it works. – Pam, Cleveland Forum 

I was introduced to Forum by an amazingly helpful member whose guidance and mentoring helped me quickly see the importance of both speaking with confidence and being able to run an effective meeting in my role then as Retirement Living Officer.  Attaining and practising those skills meant that all avenues of my life changed and so many opportunities opened up.   I am forever grateful to Forum for its inspirational leaders and members.   – Elaine, Bayside Forum

Health and Safety

Please do not attend if you are experiencing any cold and flu symptoms.

Calendar of upcoming meetings – please note that many of our meetings include speeches AND learning segments to assist you to become a confident presenter

Every meeting is different. We have a main speaker to a set title with other members speaking to the same title. Some meetings we have 2 titles for members to stretch their ideas. Some speeches are serious, some investigative and some are a lot of fun. Be ready for plenty of intellectual rigour.

Every meeting includes small tutorials in speaking and meeting procedure with members taking turns to experience Chairing the meeting under instruction from an experienced member as required.

31st August 2023
No Meeting today – Social Outing instead

7th September 2023
Speeches on opposing views to a given subject – this is a similar concept to a debate, but featuring just two speakers with prepared speeches on the same subject
Following speakers to various titles including “Tall Stories But True”

28th September 2023
This will be an exciting, fun filled meeting showcasing all that Forum has to offer

5th October 2023
Main Speaker to the title “A Poet and their Poetry”
Following speakers will also feature interesting titles & a ‘learning segment’ will be on the program

2nd November 2023
Speeches on Opposing Views to a given subject – this is a similar concept to a debate, but featuring just two speakers with prepared speeches
Following speakers will be relating personal anecdotes

30th November 2023
No Meeting today – Social Outing instead

7th December 2023
Christmas Party – an amalgamation of short items that have been featured during this session

1 February 2024  – Happy New Year!!
Return to a new session of Cleveland Forum with speeches to the title “Making a Difference”