Never thought I would be involved as support for a marathon. Ended up being a half marathon so I needn’t of worried about being able to last the distance. Mark Glanville was tested early as Sergeant at Arms; the room was locked but Mark came through and we started on time. Grant Beattie was Toastmaster and had a theme of ‘New Adventures’. Grant had personal info relating to the theme for each speaker that was used in his introductions, a nice touch.
Being a ½ marathon, four speakers were lined up. First off was Daniel McKirdy with ‘Silver Linings’ (CCM Project 3). Great speech where Dan talked about what is happening in his life and there is plenty going on. For a start he has recently started his own insurance business and talked about the stresses and strains of doing this. It was capped off with Dan announcing he is now a first time dad! Congratulations Dan, we wish you all the best.
Next was David Cooper with ‘Success by Meditation’ (CCM Project 10). This speech got me thinking. David encouraged us to use the power of positive meditation. Imagination goes hand in hand with meditation and we often do this without realising it. David encouraged us to stay focused and challenged us to meditate on good things as this will open our hearts.
Third speaker was Charlene Hails with ‘Zambezi 1, Charlene 0’ (CCM Project 5). After raw adventure, excitement and a challenge? Go white water rafting down the Zambezi, it ticks all three boxes. Awesome scenery, people and treks to and from the river. Do you want to take on Creamy White Buttocks, Three Ugly Sisters & The Mother, then this ride is for you. The way Charlene described the rapids, like being on a roller coaster and feeling the water under the boat, being capsized and having to look for people and paddles, great fun! Perhaps running a marathon would have been less demanding. Felt like I was there, can I tick this off my bucket list?
Last up, Garry Musson with ‘To Shoot or Not to Shoot’ (Non-manual speech). Garry faces a dilemma. The culprits have been warned but keep offending, what is one to do? Shoot them! Sounds drastic but Garry took us through the problems he is having with Pukeko’s. Puke’s are destructive and aggressive and are actually classified as pests. They decimate his ducks and geese, not to mention the garden. Garry took no pleasure in shooting one but has 29 left! Even though he is mortified at having to take drastic action, he will harden up and take the fight to them. Good luck Garry, let us know the outcome sometime.
Being a ½ marathon we had time for 5 Table Topic speakers with David Clarkson standing in for Danny who was sick.
Thanks to the rest of the support crew, Evaluators Jenn Chowaniec, Mark Glanville, Kevin Cusack and Brent Chatterton, Table Topics Evaluator Helen McLeod and Time Keeper Alannah Vickery.