We were all warmly welcomed to the meeting by Sergeant at Arms, John MacVicar who got the meeting underway and gave a great introduction of our Toastmaster for the day Claire Ruru.
Claire ran a brilliant meeting, she carried the theme throughout and introduced an interesting fact about â€˜On this Dayâ€™ between each speaker, we learnt about all sorts of different facts; from it being the day that the TV series M.A.S.H dis-banded to different famous birthdays including rapper Ice Tâ€™s birthday, born in 1958.
Claire noted the changes of the schedule for the day, including Brent Ruru, who stepped in at the last minute to fill the Grammarian role. Brent gave an entertaining introduction to his word of the day, totalling 85 characters! Being New Zealandâ€™s longest place name: Taumata-whakatangi-hangakoauau-o-tamatea-turi-pukakapiki-maunga-horo-nuku-pokai-whenua-kitanatahu, try saying that 10 times fast!!
It was a day of Ice Breaker speeches and we were treated to three fantastic speeches.
Louise Green introduced our first speaker for the day â€“ Lloyd Manson. Lloyd was presenting his first Ice Breaker speech and gave an entertaining speech around growing up in Bowenvale Valley in a big family; building tracks up the valley, ice skating on the ponds in Cashmere and lots of other ice skating trips around the country, including stories around different techniques for testing the thickness of the ice and near misses of nearly getting very wet and cold. It was a fantastic insight into Lloydâ€™s life growing up and look forward to hearing many more speeches.
Second introducer Hayden Coote introduced our second speaker for the day â€“ Louise Landess with her speech â€˜Remind me why Iâ€™m here againâ€™. Louise has been a member of Toastmasters since 2008, but has recently joined Boaters and this was her first speech with us. Louise has chosen to join the Pathways education route. Her speech was a fantastic Ice Breaker about her time in TM to date, with tales of her journey and snippets around her work and life. There will be many more entertaining speeches to come.
Third introducer Caleb Vercoe introduced our third speaker for the day â€“ David Pottinger with a re-hash of his original Ice Breaker speech he presented 7 months ago, he took on the recommendations from the first time he presented the speech and delivered a well-oiled speech. David delivered an entertaining speech of his life; from starting life in Ashburton, then moving to Christchurch, with school, rugby, university, travel, moving back to Christchurch, getting married and starting their own family. It was an entertaining speech with some great stories.
Table Topics Master was Sandra Chatterton, with some great topics:
- First topic was â€˜Most memorable dayâ€™ â€“ Kevin Cussack, was a bit stuck with choosing a day; Christmas, Birthdays, heâ€™s seen a few thousand of themâ€¦
- Second topic was â€˜Think back to the first day of High School or Collegeâ€™ â€“ Mo Yakubu, he got straight into the topic, Mo couldnâ€™t remember the first day, but gave an brilliant story when him and a mate lit a fire cracker in a class room and the trouble he got in when his parents found out.
- Third top was â€˜Having a time capsule to your last big partyâ€™ â€“ David Clarkson, he spoke about his wedding day, it ended up being a disaster with both his father and brideâ€™s father being unwell, all the preparation involved, being nervous. It was his biggest party, but not what he expected!
- Fourth topic was â€˜Have your life over again, what would you change?â€™ â€“ Courtney Tibbots, used the great delay tactic of repeating the question, but couldnâ€™t come up with anything so cunningly went back to the previous question of â€˜Having a time capsule to your last big partyâ€™ and told a great story around a weekend trip to Sydney for a friends party.
We had some fantastic evaluations; Mark Smith for speaker 1 Lloyd Manson, Sabine Parry for Speaker 2 Louise Landess, Natalie Perzylo for Speaker 3 David Pottinger, Vivien Cowey was the Table Topics Evaluator, Alan Calder with the Timers Report and Helen McLoed as the General Evaluator.
This meeting was Brent Ruruâ€™s final meeting and Sabine Parry gave a very nice send off.
It was an excellent meeting and thorough enjoyable.