Robert Grosse,FInstAM, FGPT
Professional Toastmaster & Master of Ceremonies
Bob Grosse has been organising social events and a wide range of functions, both large and small for over 30 years. No matter what type of event you may be organising, you could not do any better than to engage Bob as your Master of Ceremonies as he will ensure that your special day runs smoothly and is thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part. Bob has a wide experience of all types of function and Royalty and Politicians are no strangers to Bob. Many people think that having a Toastmaster is too formal but this is far from the truth. We organise the events of the day in the way you want them, seldom in a formal starchy fashion (unless that is the way you want it) but organised and in an orderly manner. That is what most people want. Keeping things flowing and as far as possible, on time. Talk to Bob and he will arrange things exactly as you want them.
Bob held several Senior Management positions in International Banking but it was with his voluntary role in the bank's sports and social club that introduced him to event management. This included not only being the prime organiser of the Annual Staff Banquet & Ball with live bands and cabarets but also the Annual Outdoor Open Day at the banks' 25 acre sports ground in Surrey, which attracted attendances of over 3,500 guests. Organising events of that size means that you need to know what you are doing. Bob can help you with your event, whatever type of function you are planning.
Bob is proud to hold the Fellowship of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters. He is its longest serving member and Guild Secretary for over 20 years.
Bob is pictured below with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and former Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Sir John Major, KG, CH
Weddings of practically every culture
Corporate Dinners & Dinner/Dances
Themed Banquets & Gala Balls
Masonic Ladies' Festivals and Receptions
Rotary Club, Round Table, Lions Club Events
Barmitzvahs/Batmitzvahs, Birthday Parties
Cocktail Parties, Civic Luncheons & Banquets
Award Ceremonies & Conferences
Official Openings or a Product Launch
Above, Bob assists a Bride from her horse-drawn carriage, ready for a Civil Marriage Ceremony at a hotel in Rochester, Kent.
To the right, a really jolly wedding couple who enjoyed their big day at Dartmouth House, in London's Mayfair district.
It is true to say that of all the functions and events, at which the services of a Toastmaster and Master Ceremonies are called upon, Weddings are undoubtedly the greatest.
There is a long build up to anyone's special wedding day and the Bride and Bridegroom and their families have often had a busy time, putting together all the activities taking place on the big day.
Whether a Church Wedding or a Civil Ceremony at another type of venue, such as a hotel or banqueting suite, when you arrive at the venue on your big day, you will have earned the right to relax and enjoy it with your guests. By engaging Bob as your special Master of Ceremonies, you can be sure of a relaxing day, whilst Bob takes all the worries off your shoulders.
Bob will also offer you a great deal of advice on everything from the providers of other wedding services, to assistance with speech contents as well as some tips to the gentlemen on their choice of wedding suits and indeed anything that concerns you over the order of events, Bob will offer advice from the 1,000 and more weddings at which has been Toastmaster.
Below, Bob with Lord and Lady Moynihan at their wedding held in The House of Lords, Palace of Westminster
Above, a keen photographer among the guests just catches Bob, as he is about to talk to the happy couple about the wedding speeches. This was a huge wedding with hundreds of guests, all enjoying the true Turkish Traditions, at The Four Seasons Hotel, in Park Lane, in London's Mayfair.
For help from Bob in planning your wedding, why not complete the enquiry form on this website or give Bob a call, totally without obligation, to find out how Bob can help you plan your wedding day and make your day special.
Masonic Ladies' Fesivals
Over the years of course, Bob has been engaged as the Toastmaster for hundreds of Ladies' Festivals and is more than happy to be available to you to help in the organisation of what should be the pinnacle of a Mason's year in the chair of his Lodge.
Some Lodges say they will dispense with the services of a Toastmaster and ask the Lodge Director of Ceremonies to carry out the role. However, the DC will also want to enjoy his evening with his lady.
With a wealth of experience in Masonic Ladies' Festivals, Bob will ensure that your special evening runs smoothly.
Worshipful Brother Bob Grosse has been a Freemason for nearly 30 years and has held all key offices in his Mother Lodge. Bob is now Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in the Province of Hertfordshire and has held Provincial Grand Rank also in the Province of Middlesex. Bob now offers his organisational skills and services to Lodges holding their Annual Ladies' Festivals.
Many years ago, when Bob was in the chair of his own Lodge, he decided to organise his own Ladies' Night as he did not trust any other member of the Lodge to organise it for him. Many Freemasons will recognise that predicament.
It is very much a personal choice and many Lodges these days choose not to include the Ladies' Song. But if you would like to include The Ladies' Song, Bob is more than happy to deliver this for you or, as is the case with some Lodges, he will lead a choir of the brethren of the Lodge, who will collectively deliver the song to the President's Lady.
To find out more, complete the Enquiry Form on this website or give Bob a call on 020 8852 4621
Banquets & Balls
Banquets & Balls come in all shapes and sizes. They can be Dinner/Dances, Civic Banquets with the Mayor present, Rotary Club, Round Table events, Lions Club Annual Dinners or the Annual events of Trade Associations, such as The Licensed Victuallers. Golf Clubs and Yacht Clubs have similar events and Awards Dinners are also very popular.
It really doesn't matter what kind of function you have been asked to organise, Bob Grosse will provide you with a guiding hand, both in advance of the event, in its planning stages and even more so on the day, when as the principal organiser or host, you will want to spend time with your guests. You will be able to leave Bob to ensure that all the other service providers know exactly what is going to happen and when. A weight off your shoulders, knowing that a true professional has everything in hand.
Not all events need Bob in a uniform
Above left, Bob thanks Olympic Gold Medalist, Sebastian Coe (Now Lord Coe) for being guest of honour at an event organised by Bob.
Top Right, Bob presents the Guild's After Dinner Speaker Award to Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck.
Another year and (Left) Bob presents the After Dinner Speaker Award to the Late Bob Monkhouse (TV Personality). Above, Bob on TV with Celebrity Chef Gino D'ACampo
Since its foundation in 1968, the Guild of Professional Toastmasters has stood for excellence in the administration of every conceivable type of event, ceremony or social function.
From the start, the Guild has justly earned and retained a much coveted reputation for attention to detail. All members of the Guild carry out their duties meticulously and efficiently but always with courtesy and understanding towards guests and the officials taking part.
As a Fellow of the Guild and a member of its Management Committee, Bob Grosse has always been a leading exponent of the continued maintenance of these high standards.
The Fellowship of the Guild is not bestowed lightly. All Toastmasters must have proved that they are more than capable of carrying out their role to the Guild's exacting standards, before they can be considered for admission to Fellowship.
We all take our roles at any function very seriously. This seldom means in a rigid, formal manner, although if the occasion demands, this kind of service can be provided. More frequently, these days, clients ask us to allow events to proceed in a relaxed atmosphere. The key is to ensure that the activities are orderly and structured and in this, we are pleased to oblige.
You may well engage Bob to Toastmaster your function, many months in advance. Anyone can have an accident or can be taken ill when the big day comes. However, with Bob, as a Fellow of the Guild, you can be confident that your event will not be spoilt, as the Guild will ensure that a very capable colleague is available to take his place. This will give you peace of mind
Just some of the members of the Guild, taken at one of the Conference Days
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