Meeting Number 1000 – 28/02/2020
When I accepted the job of organising our Meeting 1000 Celebration event, I said “I’m the worst at organising this sort of thing”. My wife is astounded to hear that I used to host and run small banquets when I was a student in Dunedin. This I would cater for 10 to 20 guests a full 3 course meal. How did I manage to do that. Even reflecting on that I was also surprised.
How did I do that?
It’s preparation, preparation and preparation. Ideas were gathered and it seemed easy from there.
Then help running ideas passed other brains …then into it. Others are in your corner and they help.
Hiccup number one sending the invitations with email addresses exposed. Note to self: Don’t rush these things. Nor underestimate the time to get this done.
The replies came in. I was moved by the comments ….really moved
“ Please pass on my apologies for the meeting. I would love to attend but I moved to Scotland early last year.
Joining Boaters was one of the best decisions I ever made. The journey I took with the club had an immeasurably and profoundly positive impact on my life. The confidence I gained helped me in both my personal and work life.
I have been a member of other toastmasters clubs, but Boaters is different. I felt energised and motivated at Boaters, something I have not felt at any other club.
What you have at Boaters is special. Treasure it.
I will always be grateful for the time I spent with Boaters, and the opportunity I had to get to know such wonderful people.
Congratulations on reaching 1000 meetings
“I really enjoyed my time at Boaters and got an amazing amount out of my time there. I looked at joining a club here, but unfortunately the time doesn’t fit in with my hours.
It’s funny why different people join Boaters, although it feels like chaos at times, it is great club.
Now it was real. Of course the morning session can be a proper meeting but the evening is to be same but different . I thought more like a Roast and Toast session would be a good way to keep it familiar to old and current members.
But also give us some chance to also toast and roast like Table Topics and contribute in your on way reflect on Boaters it’s history and give us all context of our history.
Now that it has taken shape the venue is sorted things are relatively known. It’s up to us all to show up and fit into place the morning and evening celebration.
Thus what needs organising is not as daunting as I first stated. I suppose the proof will be in the pudding on how the day goes.
But I am assured and brim with the supportive whanau that Boaters culture floats. This event will not sink.
Kia kaha Boaters; past , present and future members.