Boaters Toastmaster Meeting Blog
18th May 2018
Theme ‘What’s the meaning behind it’
Roydon Gibbs started us off with the sound of a gong instrument as he said his voice wasn’t to well and introduced us to the Toastmaster Dion Abrahim.
Dion Abrahim introduced us to the theme of the meeting ‘What’s the meaning behind it’ He said each day that as the sun rises we need to get running just like the antelopes and lions do in Africa. Each animal has a meaning of why they do what they do i.e. Survival.
Sandra Chatterton introduced the first speaker Biddy Clements.
Biddy Clements gave us the speech ‘Ko wai ahau’ which translated from Maori to English means ‘Who am I’. So who is Biddy? Biddy has a family and runs a legal team at her work. She loves to travel and likes to take a yearly overseas trip to different places like Thailand and the Greek Islands. She also is an active relaxer which means she looks after a vegetable garden at home and also enjoys doing some creative cooking on Tuesdays each week. To manage her load Biddy uses the principle of life balance. She believes in the power of incremental change which is applying small changes weekly can make some huge differences in quality of life. Biddy challenged us to ‘implement incremental change in our lives’.
Lloyd Manson introduced the second speaker Vijayabalan Vellaisamy.
Vijay’s speech was – Don’t be afraid to fail. The quest should be actions like trying new things and learning from them. Most people wait for the perfect time to do things. There is no perfect time. Start now. Vijay has started his own IT business and mentioned about his past struggles in life and how important it is to have great mentors and people around who believe in you. Vijay summed it all up with a challenge ‘Don’t wait to Start. Start Now’.
Sabine Parry introduced the third speaker David Pottinger.
David taught us about Kiwi Saver and gave a PowerPoint presentation about the importance of putting money aside for retirement. Words of advice is to be sure to monitor which kiwi saver fund is being invested in as some return more than others. Switching to more profitable funds can make a larger difference to your retirement lifestyle. He also taught us about tax credits.
We then had a break which was followed by Table Topics and Evaluations.
Courtney Tibbotts was the Table Topics Master and the topics were all about origins. What are the origins of the following cities (Auckland, Wellington, Timaru, Christchurch, Dunedin). We heard from Louise Landess, Gary Musson, Sandra Chatterton, Lloyd Manson, and Alannah Vickery. Awkward Auckland, Windy Wellington, and Done in Dunedin were catch phrases from some of the Table Topic Speeches.
Evaluations on the speeches were provided by David Cooper, Caleb Vercoe, and Steve Kennelly. Commendations were given by each of the evaluators well as outstanding suggestions of ways to improve the speeches. Alana Bogart then evaluated the Table Topic speeches. Deb McAlpine gave us the Time Keepers report.
David Clarkson was the General Evaluator for the meeting. He gave fabulous feedback. David Clarkson’s tips were: the need to pronounce speakers names correctly, provide more background on the speakers and give the objectives of the speeches. Also, a reminder to toastmasters to speak to the Audience and not to their notes on the lectern. He had plenty of commendations about the improvement that the speakers have made in the club.
The Toastie award went to David Clarkson for the excellent commendations and recommendations that he provided everyone in his general evaluation.