Natalie Perzylo called the meeting together with a ukulele 3 chord song sung with the words Happy Birthday to me. Gave us an effective visual demonstration of why we should turn our phones off and not just have them on silent. Her classic Natalie quote is “It gave me something to remember, that’s why I remember it.” We will not forget Natalie’s strumming and singing bearing in mind that as a dog trainer her audience are normally dogs her fans really appreciate her.
Alana stepped up at late notice to take on the Toastmasters role for the day. With Caleb’s prepared notes and theme of the day being “Birthdays” The audience had a gasp of relief when she said Caleb had suggested to get into theme that we all sit in our age groups. Well chaos reigned as members tried to figure out whether to hide or lie about their age. Quick thinking Alana took charge of the situation by saying no we won’t be doing that thank you much to every ones relief.
Our Grammarian was Matt Body, who stretched all our knowledge of English with the word of the day being “Exordium”. Go look that up.
Warwick Hutchins introduced Louse Landless as speaker number one. He took command of the stage and brought a warm engaging presence to the stage with him. An impressive effort for a new member.
Louise speech entitled “Wonder Woman” explored her research on the life of Elsie Locke a famous Canadian author of books such as “The Runaway Settlers” and “Student at the Gate”. With stories of the writers life she explained why the lady was an inspiration to woman and truly a heroic woman.
From all star woman we went to all star rugby man Adam Parker. As introducer 2 he gave a very strong masculine introduction of Denise Ford. With very little reference to notes he delivered a great introduction.
Denise’s speech entitled, “The Ploughmen of Parihaka”, in Taranaki. She told the moving story of the Government Land Grab of Maori land and the peaceful resistance lead by 2 Maori prophets, Te Whiti and Tohu Kakahi in the 1880’s and how the Crown in 2017 apologised for the force used to oppose the resistance. This was informative and inspiring as she illustrated her talk with power point pictures of the people and the battles.
John McVicar gave a warm and humorous introduction to speaker 3 Gerald Hartley.
Gerald’s speech “Green Light Go, Red Light Freeze” started with a mime of a talking steering wheel describing a traffic scenario. He encouraged the audience to have 10 mins self reflection time a day, to acknowledge, accept, and move on and experience more calmness in our day.
After morning tea break Roydon Gibbs gave an energetic and inspiring Table Topics Master theme. Contestants had to put their hand in the bag of kids toys he had and tell the audience in 1min 30secs is this an awesome gift or an awkward gift and why?
John McVicar, Warwick, Matt, and Natalie stepped up for these impromptu speeches.
Helpful evaluations of the 3 main speakers and our impromptu speakers was given by Imalda, Haydon, Deb, and Alannah. Time Keeper was Louise.
Bithdays was a great theme and we learnt so much of interest from all our speakers, hope you can male our next meeting and join in the fun.