26 people attended the Boaters meeting on Friday 21 February, and were treated to another fabulous Toastmasters morning!
A big welcome to new guest Nathan and a welcome back to Nicola and Steve.
Greg McGeorge opened the meeting for us as our Sergeant at Arms and let us know about the historic role of a Sergeant at Arms i.e. to protect royalty.
Reece Hellings was our Toastmaster for the day, and the theme was ‘Winter Olympics’. Reece kept us well informed with interesting facts and figures about the Olympics, throughout the meeting.
Vivien, our Grammarian for the day, encouraged us to focus carefully on our pronunciation and to try and incorporate the term ‘Nailed It’ into our speaking for the morning.
Speaker 1, David Clarkson, delivered a promo for the upcoming Toastmasters National Convention, “The Sky’s the Limit”. This is being held in Christchurch 9-11 May. Registration can be made via the website www.toastmasters.org.nz/conventions and costs $90 if paid before March 2014, $110 if paid between 1 March and 1 April, and $140 if paid after April.
This event is a fabulous opportunity for us here in Chch as we get to hear fromÂ International President, George Yen, plus the best of the best from around NZ!
Speaker 2 was Geoffrey Robinson with his speech entitled “NRL” (National Rubgy League for those like myself who did not know). Geoff’s objective was to relay his enthusiasm for the game to the audience. He used some wonderfully descriptive language and included potential visuals you may see at a game (Sonny Bill with his shirt off!). He explained rules and a little of the history. His passion for the game shone through.
Speaker 3 was Frank Ansell who delivered his 10th speech! Well done Frank! Frank’s speech was entitled “To be a Leader” and his objective was to inspire the audience, particularly in terms of leadership within Boaters. Anyone who was duly inspired and would like to know more about the Boaters Leadership Committee, please see Frank or another committee member for details.
Table Topics Master was Deb McAlpine and she followed the theme of the Olympics.
First up was Kelvin Newman who asked to speak about ‘How important is winning? Would you have bowled under-arm in THAT match?’. No, he wouldn’t, he would have gone home and had a cup of tea!
Next up was guest Nathan with topic ‘Tell us about your personal best sporting achievement’. Nathan told us about winning the Golden Glove for South Island Boxing! We look forward to hearing more from Nathan in the future.
Next was Roydon Gibbs who was asked to tell us about ‘The best sporting moment in New Zealand’. Roydon let us know that was of course school yard bullrush!
Next was Brent Ruru telling us ‘What might the Olympics look like in the future? Brent factored in a drug which he assured us would not be detected in any drug test…viagara!
Following was Alan Calder who was asked to give an acceptance speech after his team had just won gold for the floor exercises in gymnastics. Alan dodged the explanations about why he was competing in the floor exercises by taking on the role of team coach.
‘Should professional sportsmen be able to compete at the Olympics?’ was the topic for Steve Mydlowski. Steve said yes of course they should, after all the hard work they had done to get there, they deserved to be paid for it.
Last up was John Kelly ‘If you were to make up a sports team of the group before you today, what would the sports be?’. John nicely tied some aspects of other people’s speeches into his table topic and concluded that we should be Nathan’s support team.
Toastie Award was won by Nathan. Well done Nathan!
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