Our Sergeant at Arms, Terrelle Hegarty warmly welcomed our Toastmaster of the day, Brett Snow, with a song. A take on the KFC Hugo ad, what a great way to start the morning.
Our Toastmaster for the meeting, Brett introduced the theme for the meeting, “Enjoy the Journey” with a wonderful quote “A journey of 1000 miles starts with one step”.
He also noted changes to the agenda and got the meeting up and running by introducing the grammarian of the day, Vivien Cowey. Vivien picked up the words of the theme enjoy and journey for her words of the day. She would also look out for creative language and bad grammar.
David Clarkson introduced our first speaker of the day – Alannah Vickery, Alannah’s speech “The Cell Effect” discussed the issue of cell phone/social media use. She very effectively used a “baby” as a prop along with a great slideshow to illustrate how parents can come distracted from their children by the constant checking of cell phones and other devices. Her speech focused on how this can cause attachment issues for the child and how it will then affect teenage years and into adulthood. She also gave some very concerning statistics such as child drownings of under-five year olds has increased – a cause could be distraction of parents by cell phones. There are also mental health concerns, five or more hours a day on social media increases suicide rates. Positive feeling increased with less us. The message from this speech is for us all to reduce our device use so we are not detached from those around us.
Alana Bogart introduced our second speaker, Biddy Clements. Biddy’s speech was her icebreaker and was titled “Turangawaewae”. Biddy she had the quintennial upbringing in rural New Zealand coming from Timaru. She has great memories of spending time at her Grandparents and their love of sport. Her tertiary education focused on Environmental Science and Sociology. This lead her to her first job where she represented New Zealand at the United Nations. As many kiwis Biddy did her OE and experienced the strong bonds which unite kiwis aboard. She now works for Ngai Tahu and strongly believes in protecting indigenous rights. Â Biddy’s turangawaewae – stood and called home, has influenced her past and present journeys.
Grant Beattie introduced our third speaker, Rodney Ford. Rodney’s speech was titled “Pelham Blue Crazy”. This speech is project 10 of the Communication and Leadership manual. After a bit of a problem with the lectern Rodney explained his speech title. He explained to us theÂ pelham blue and then proceeded to bring out his guitar. This guitar was a Gibson, only 200 where made in the world; it even had a birth certificate! Turning the guitar over to show it back and the colour – this was Pelham Blue and one of the reasons he brought the guitar! Rodney than plugged his guitar into his amp and played the song “I’m Crazy”. We were having quite a musical morning!
Terrelle brought us back after a short morning tea for table topics.
The table topics master Royden Gibbs did things a little different. He had 9 dice that had pictures on them and asked that each speaker take the dice (after they were shaken) and weave a story from the pictures – starting with “Once upon a time..”.
Sabine Parry was up first; she went to a circus with magical potions!
Jenny found a treasure chest that was full of snakes and elephants.
Anton McMulkin speech was three boys in a park on a journey
Eve, our guest, spoke of trips to the beach and scaring her younger brother.
A great bunch of table topics speeches!
Evaluations were next Mark Glanville evaluated Vivien; Louise Green – Alannah; Steve Kennelly – Biddy. All were great positive evaluations.
Our Toastmaster Brett had many great quotes for the morning one being “Good company in a journey makes it seem shorter”.
Kevin Cusack was our table topics evaluator. Vivien came back to congratulate the speakers and evaluators on their great grammar and excellent descriptive words. Caleb Vercoe did the time keepers report.
Helen McLeod was the General Evaluator for the day; she gave a great overall evaluation with lots of positive comments. Another great Boaters meeting was had; lots of humour, positive comments and inspiring speeches.