Our Toastmaster for the day was David Cooper and the theme for the meeting was ‘Christmas Trees’, Anton McMulkin was the Sergeant at Arms and Lloyd was the Grammarian – with a brief information about the Pohutukawa tree (New Zealand Christmas tree).
Our first speaker Kristy Lawler was introduced by Sabine Parry, and the title of her speech was “Hope”. In her speech, she talked about the top three places she adores in New Zealand, Lake Tekapo, East Coast road and Victoria park track. It was her last speech at Boaters before her relocation to Australia. She ended by encouraging us to experience something new in New Zealand this summer.
Our second speaker was Natalie Perzylo, she was introduced by Claire Ruru, Natalie’s speech was titled “Viva la Vida (Live the life)“, which was a speech about the experience she had during her recent trip to Mexico. From her experience of the dead festival, buskers to her encounter with the Mayan history. She finished by encouraging us to show interest in the stories people have next time we see someone that came back from a holiday because you never know what stories they will bring back.
The third speech was from Louise Green introduced by Hayden Coote. The speech title was “Artificial Super Intelligence”. Louise’s speech was a continuation of a previous speech about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Louise started by giving a brief overview of artificial intelligence, how the current implementation of AI is narrow and only good at solving specific problems. She then talked about how Artificial superintelligence will be the most dramatic thing on earth that will be incredibly powerful. She left us with a pondering thought; who will be in control of the Artificial Super Intelligence, considering that it will be far ahead of humans and given its power, it could be the last thing humanity will ever build.
Then, we had a bulletin from the President of the club, Brent Ruru. He reminded those that haven’t paid the $5 for the upcoming breakfast to do so at the end of the meeting if they can. He encouraged us to put on a Christmas cap and be ready to talk about what made you a better person this year at the breakfast meeting. He finished by encouraging members to get started with the new Pathway via the Toastmasters website.
Table topics were run by Courtney Tibbotts with a Jingle bells theme. She had great topics such as Ideal Christmas getaway, Christmas feast, favorite Christmas memory and so on. It was a great session.
Overall, the meeting was filled with good vibes and closed by David Cooper presenting the Toastie award to Kristy Lawler. He then played “We wish you a Merry Christmas” song and wished us all a Merry Christmas.