Toast Master Helen McLeod
Helen’s theme was “Change”
Sergeant at Arms, David Pottinger, made a special welcome to Area Director, Brian Preddy
Grammarian Kevin Cusack
Kevin expertly recited a Shakespearian extract, with no reference to notes and no hint of hesitation.
Speaker 1 Denise Ford “My Favourite Things”
Second icebreaker, delivered with no notes
Father’s family came from England on one of the first ships
Mother born on West Coast, family from Tasmania
Son and grandson, not so much into the outdoors
1. Waiatu, where her great-uncle lived a hermit lifestyle, now a historical place
2. Travis Wetlands, abiding passion since childhood
Speaker 2 Alana Bogart “A job is a job”
Lived on a farm, first job – corn detassling
Other peoples’ first jobs:
Friend: Made clucking noises in a paper mache chicken and pushed eggs out of its bottom!
Brad Pitt: Handing out flyers dressed as a chicken
Matthew McConaughey: Travelling chicken coop cleaner
Megan Fox: Working at a fruit stand, had to promote bananas on Fridays, dressed as a
Alana concluded with humourous reasons people didn’t go to work, and left jobs
Speaker 3 Hayden Coote “Change is as good as a holiday”
The theme was life since a return to study
Hayden made reference to his first icebreaker, about his previous life in the fishing industry.
After a pre-course on business, signed up to do a Bachelors degree
First year one of the hardest years of his life.
Second year, got financial help with cadetship from Ngai Tahu
This led to an offer of full-time employment. Hayden now enjoys being in a corporate
institution and helping members, and hopes to finish his studies this year.
Table Topics Master Caleb Vercoe
Caleb advised speakers that the evaluator would be looking for a good conclusion
What was your last big change? Vijay Velliasamy
What would be the one change you would most like to see in New Zealand?
Tells us about the biggest change that Boaters brought to you? Rodney Ford
You have two years left, what do you want to change? Brian Preddy
Brian provided feedback at the end of the meeting.
First impressions when he visited Boater in 2008 were unfavourable – didn’t feel he was
Now feels this is the best club he has visited
Commented on swearing – we got away with using s**t, used in the context of speech
Encouraged use to support the area contest
The Toastie award was presented to Alana by Vivien Cowey