Canberra City Evening Rostrum Club

Founded 2003 from the former Club 4 and Foundation Club

ACT Rostrum Club of the Year 1977-78, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 2001 - as Club 4 1965-66, 1966-67, 1969-70, 1988, 1997, 2000 as Foundation Club, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2018 as CCERC

Welcome to our Website. It provides information for members and those who may wish to join. We meet every other Wednesday at 18:30 (6:30 pm). The meeting dates are set out below. We meet to develop Communications skills, debate hot issues, hear a different point of view and enjoy a social outing.

Have a look around the Website for information on our club The Menu is immediately below, clicking on these will take you straight to the area concerned. Or simply scroll up and down the page.

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Meeting dates

Meeting dates 2022

February 9 23 March 9 23 April 6 20 May 4 18 June 1 15 29 July 13 27 August 10 24 September 7 21 October 5 19 November 2 16 30 December 14.

Contacts: Terry Giesecke 6254 2896

0408 116 085


August 10 (on Zoom only this week please contact us for details) at the Canberra Club in Barton - Blackall Street,.

Find it on google maps click here

August 10

Topic:Tjhe Commonwealth games

CCERC members November 2020

Some Topics to be discussed in 2022

  • Climate change
  • Inclusivity and diversity
  • The 1 percenters
  • Cashless societies
  • Not in my backyard
  • As well it is hoped that the debating competition will resume in 2022 and that the 2021 competition will be finalised.

    Warren Buffet - on the benefit of public speaking skills

    On Communication Skills: Buffett reveals that up until the age of twenty had an acute fear of public speaking. Just the thought of it would make him physically ill. This all changed when Buffett forced himself to take a Dale Carnegie public-speaking course. He discloses, "That $100 course gave me the most important degree I have... In graduate school you learn all this complicated stuff, but what's really essential, no matter what you do, is being able to get others to follow your ideas. Good communication skills are incredibly important and something that almost anybody can improve upon, both in writing and speaking. A relatively modest improvement can make a major difference in your future earning power, as well as in many other aspects of your life."

    Rostrum resources

    A guide to Debating-Warwick Everson Click here to read

    About! The Rostrum story

    Australian Rostrum has been in involved in the development of public speaking and other related skills since 1930. Is is active in all states and territories. CCERC is part of the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) Dais. Rostrum was established in the ACT in 1953.

    Canberra City Evening Rostrum Club was founded in 2003 and was formed out of a merger of long established Club 4 and Foundation Club both of which were established in the mid Twentieth Century.

    Rostrum is committed to developing speaking, communications and speaking skills in a supportive non-threatening environment.

    It is also committed to free speech in the Community and the need to speak up when necessary.


    Vale Randall Falkiner

    Freeman Randall Falkiner was an active member of ACT Rostrum since the early 1990s. He joined a club based at the CSIRO Black Mountain then went to Woden Club and later CCERC. He was active in all clubs and was a frequent adjudicator for the Voice and Youth and Primary Schools Competitions. He was a valued coach and officer bearer culminating in ACT zone President until forced to stand down due to ill health in 2021. He was made a Freeman in 2014, a Rostrum honour for those who have provided outstanding service to Rostrum.

    CCERC wins Grand Final Warwick Everson Debating Competition (2021), Topic: That travel on buses and light rail in Canberra should be free.

    Teams: Phillip (Affirmative): John Blazko, Peter Pick, Wagdy Hannah CCERC (Negative): Chris Bourke, George Tomlins, Lauren Murray Adjudicators: Jane Shelling (Woden), Roger Lines (Woden), Nick Ewbank (Woden)

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