Sergeant at Arms Kevin Cusack got us warmed up with some voice exercises before Toastmaster Kelvin Newman took to the floor.
The theme this week was ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ and Kelvin peppered the morning with though-provoking quotes and thoughts about what constitutes happiness.
Grammarian Deb McAlpine presented the word of the day…OOZE, and explained a little about onomatopoeia i.e. Â a wordÂ that phoneticallyÂ imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes, like Ooze!
Speaker One was John McVicar with a speech entitled “4 days in Terminal D”. He outlined his recent work-related trip to the US and his conference that took place in the depths of an airport terminal. An entertaining and fun speech.
Speaker Two was Rodney Ford with his speech “Stuff”, a reflection on the things we collect and store throughout life, why we do so and what on earth we are to do with the ‘stuff’ once it is collected. Whilst a speech filled with humour, it was also a sentimental look at the things that are precious to us.
Speaker Three was Ian Thornton who had the audience in laughter (albeit somewhat nervous laughter!) before he even began, with his speech title “Dreams: Wet or Dry”. There was a (slightly) serious message hidden there about our aspirations beginning with dreams. “Dreams are the seedlings of our reality” James Allen
Frank presented the Boaters bulletin and then after a coffee break, Vivien led Table Topics. Vivien followed the theme and all the topics were around happiness.
First up was Brett Snow who was asked to describe the happy place he goes to when faced with a dentist chair
Next Alana Bogart told us about her dream job and very cleverly tied in her table topic from the week before about picking up sticks!
Next Tina Mackie spoke about a charity she would chose to work with, in this case Blue Dragon
Frank Ansell told us about the ‘Hard Road to Happiness’ relaying some childhood memories of actual roads that were hard to drive on.
Geoffrey Robinson told us about what he would pursue even if it was hard and gave some visual food for thought with his images of the Rugby League team
Last up was guest Nicola (well done Nicola) telling us how winning the $16 Million Lottery would make her happy…travel to wind surf spots and helping out family members.
Kelvin ended with 8 things which have been linked with achieving happiness:
2. diet and nutrition
3. spending time in nature
4. contribution and service to others
6. recreation and relaxation
8. stress management
Ian Thornton won the Toastie award…well done Ian!