Love is in the air!
Yes, it’s Valentines Day and Boaters provided an inspirational start to the day of love.
Steve Thomas was our Toastmaster, and the theme was, of course, Valentines Day!
We had 23 people present, with 2 first time visitors, Lauren and Graham…a very warm welcome to you both.
Grammarian Hayley showed us her prowess with words as she introduced the word of the day “Facetious” …to treat serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour. Hayley was also on the lookout throughout the meeting for umms and aahs.
Speaker 1 was Brent Ruru with his speech entitled ‘Waitangi Day 2014’. Brent has been keeping us informed throughout the past year about his family’s challenge to achieve certain items on their wish/dream/bucket list, the end date for completion (of the competition aspect of the challenge) being Waitangi Day 2014. Congratulations Brent on winning your family challenge! (and saving yourself the $10,000 that would have gone to one of the children if they had won!)
Speaker 2 was Sandra Smith, who presented an educational from the ‘Better Speaking Skills’ manual entitled ‘Creating an Introduction’. Sandra told us about the purpose of an introduction (creating a connection between the audience and the speaker) and reminded us that the focus of a good introduction is the following speaker who deserves to “have the stage set for them by the introducer”. It was a well planned and very informative speech.
Speaker 3 was John Kelly with a speech entitled ‘Grit’. John has been keeping us up to date with his HUGE goal of running a marathon a month over the course of a year. Today John talked about some of what is needed in order to achieve such goals…i.e. grit, that mental fortitude needed to keep going long after the body has told us it’s time to stop! John encouraged us to imagine a bucket, into which we poured our memories of making it through tough times, and to dig our hands deeply into this bucket and to fill our hands and our minds with the memories of past experiences when we are facing adversity. A truly inspiring speech.
“Strength is not how much you can handle before you break, it’s how much you can handle after you break”
Table topics were run by David Clarkson and the topic was Valentines Day.
Rodney Ford was up first and told us about ‘Politicians and Romance’
Next up Claire Ruru with her ‘1 year blind date’
and finally Steve Mydlowski telling us about ‘Giving and Receiving on Valentines Day’
Hayley won the Toastie award…well done Hayley!
I wonder, does anyone read my blog? In order to find out, I am going to award the first 5 people who tell me they have read the blog this week, with a chocolate fish! Email me on [email protected] and tell me you have read this blog!