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 and other aspects of contemporary communications, speaking, presentations, meeting participation and debating. 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 2018

May 2 30 June 13 19 July 11 18 August 2 16 30 September 13 26 October 10 24 November 7 21 December 5 19 Please note due to problems in booking our usual room some of these are not the usual Wenesday, please check each date.

Contacts: Terry Giesecke 6254 2896


November 21

Wednesday 18:30 at the Canberra Club Blackall Street Barton

Find it on google maps click here

Topic of the day

  • Privacy

    A member makes a point at a meeting

    Some Topics to be discussed in 2018

  • Privacy
  • Opportunity knocks
  • Back to the future
  • Future proofing
  • Plus participation in the debating competition and speaking competitions
  • 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 Rostrum

    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 as well as New Zealand. 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.


    CCERC member Abi Sellars wins speaker and new speaker of the year awards at 2018 Annual dinner. Abi spoke on the topic "super powers". She was the youngest Rostrum member to win the speaker of the year award. The annual dinner was held on July 21 2018. It commemorates the day Rostrum was founded in Australia, 21 July 1930.

    CCERC wins club of the year award for 2018, CCERC was judged to be the best club in the ACT Dais region over the last year. The club has won this award on 15 previous occasions, the last being 2013.

    Also at the Annual dinner, Andrew Sellars was inducted as a Freeman of Rostrum, Andrew has been a stalwart of CCERC for at least 15 years.

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    ACT Rostrum