Sgt at Arms – Caleb Vercoe
Caleb began with some excitement to say this is Hayden first time as TM.
He then took us through the house keeping rules.
Toastmaster – Hayden Coote
Hayden introduced the theme for the day Memorable Jobs. One man’s dream job was to be a
John McVicar is a doctor and Hayden welcomed him to the floor as Grammarian.
Grammarian John McVicar
Memorable is the word of the day.
Definition is something that deserves to be remembered. Memorabilia, memorandum memory we
come across with computers. Memorial we remember people or events. Memorial Day in the USA
remembers those that died.
Intro 1 Kevin Cusack
Project 7 of the CC Manual. Key topics were covered and the title of Grants speech “What bike is for
Grant, using a PowerPoint for the first time took us through different bike types. Grants daughter
Henrietta loves to ride on the front of mum and dads bike. Grant and his family recently rode the
ghost trail on the West Coast leaving his daughter behind with grandparents.
Speaker 1 -Grant Beattie
“What bike is for me”. Grant used the overhead projector with colourful photos. He explained the
different types of bikes for trails, Cross Country Riders, 4wd tracks and hilly climbs.
Trail Riders,- Bigger trail features and obstacles. Full suspension have wider tyres. Like taking a 4wd
Down- hill riders – get driven to the top and ride to the bottom. Big speeds, chunky tyres for bigger
drops. Need full protective clothing.
Hardtail or full suspension bikes. Heavier more expensive but more comfortable. What wheel is
best? 26 old school 27.5 New school 29” cross country and trail ride.
What is your budget? 1500 hardtail, full suspension $3k, upgrading components: brakes, gears,
suspension can add thousands.
Alloy vs Carbon can improve performance, but is it worth it?
1. What do you want the bike for?
2. Hard tail or full suspension
3. Try before you buy.
Intro 2 Brad Lewis-Lake
Intro Mark 2 nd speech on Pathways. Memorable job using his professional expertise going running
funeral homes. Been at home using his ride on lawn mower.
Speaker 2 -Mark Glanville “The shape of me”
Mark began in the funeral industry when he was 17. One day after a weekend out there was a knock
at the window. He got up and let this person in. He learnt his brother had been killed in a car
accident. That put me in the position to understand the course that he was about to go on. He
found the course therapeutic and he how to help people overcome grief. Moved to Auckland with
his new wife. After 4 months how to multiple jobs at once. Returned to Christchurch then pushed to
start my own business. That saw me working for 11 funeral homes in the South Island whilst their
directors went on holiday.
The most memorable place I went on these trips was Alexandra. Sometimes busy but often quiet.
rode the Central Otago Rail Trail. He loved it down there in the winter skating until he broke his arm.
Life was quite intense with grieving and the stress of his job his alcohol intake was increasing. He
was still stuck. He looked at himself and stopped drinking. This taught him to grow and get to bigger
things in life and he has now his own business and lives and works in his most memorable job.
Into 3 Garry Musson
Garry introduced Brett who has been with Boaters for many years. Brett is a great liver of life. Been
to a few festivals “The Holi Festival” A lot of colour involved. Brett has been to the wild food festival
and ate mountain oysters. Bretts speech fitting in the theme. Motivational speech, Uplifting speech.
Work and hussle
Speaker 3 Brett Snow
5am in Alaska snow outside half a metre and I had to get up and deliver newspapers. 15 minutes of
light during the day. Parents taught him how important is was to work. The family all helped. Brett
worked to get to scout camp. To hussle is an important thing to do. Bretts first job, it memorable
because he could feel it in his bones.
In NZ he continued to learn the value of work. A windmill had been put up and there was a trench
dug with the hose laid. He was paid 10c per metre to fill in the trench. He later learned to sell the
eggs from the farm and the vegetables they grew. Climate here more suitable to work in Alaska.
Returned to Tuan and worked in the fast food industry in his high school years.
He learnt Spanish and lived among the poorest people. They were happy despite their financial
situations. He learnt that happiness is a state of mind. His interest took him m back to school to
learn about computers. He learnt about team work. He and his brother brought a duplex property
and rented it out. Later returned to NZ and returned to education. He now repairs laptops and pcs
In closing we learn that life isn’t easy. Sticking to it and common sense.
TTM Jenne Robb
Tell us about your experience in a job when you wore this item. (Items in a bag)
Claire pulled out a medal. Memorable job as baby sitter. 3 kids under 5 and paid 30c an hour. First
day fell off a chair, the other child threw sand in my face. Another job in a diary. A lady came in and
bought about 20 items. She overcharged them by $20. The medal gave me the confidence to take
Caleb pulled out an ugly mask. One of my first jobs was at a Kindergarten where his mother worked.
He was 10 and thought it would hilarious to scare the children with the mask. The second time at
UNI which was masquerade. He turned up in a pig head which turned out to be looking very strange
compared to everyone else.
Brad pulled out a hair net. Memorable jobs tip top bakery in Wairakei Road. Had to wear one of
these hats in the factory, as a 15 year old he used to eat bread that fell off the racks. He got kicked
off for being too slow due to the eating.
Terrelle got a blonde wig to wear. Wig brought back many memorable moment. First job as a
student. Hired and fired on the first day, apprentice hairdresser. Sweeping the floor. Expected to
wash an elderly ladies hair. Only 14 and easily distracted. Picked up hair removal. Gave her the wig
and off she went. Man wanted a bowl cut. He needed a wig too.
Now we have carless days, should have hairless days?
Evaluator #1 Helen McLeod
Commended Brent for the power point presentation.
Would have liked info on more bike types. Researched his topic well.
Effective use of comparisons.
Evaluation #2 Rebecca Clements
Commended Mark for the use of the stage. Used the stage well. Obvious you had done this before.
Openness and vulnerability about your journey.
Used um a bit recommend to pause instead of um.
Challenge yourself – personal goal no notes. Tone was good but use gestures to bring it together.
Evaluation#3 Sabine Parry
Recommend choice of words, vocal variety and expressions.
Challenge him to use the stage more. Sabine demonstrated how to do this.
Commend Brett on his sincerity conviction and enthusiasm.
TTE Denise Ford
Spoke generally about each speech and gave each speaker CRC.
Timekeepers report David Clarkson
3 people slightly overtime
General Evaluator Alana Bogart
Great organisational start and nice to invite people to breakfast or a coffee after the meeting.
Important to use reference to the Pathways objectives when introducing speakers. It tells the
audience what angle the speaker is coming from.