Meeting 909 – 16th March 2018, theme St Patrick’s Day.
Our Sergeant at Arms, Mark Smith gave the Toastmaster of the Day, David Pottinger a great introduction – David was a bloody good kiwi and the man is a saint! David Pottinger, his first time as Toastmaster, introduced the theme for the meeting St Patricks Day.
First up was the grammarian of the day, Deb McApline who talked about the plight of the Orangutan and her time at a sanctuary in Borneo.
Steve Kennelly introduced the first speaker of the morning, Sabine Parry. Sabine’s speech was titled “Feeling overwhelmed try this”, and was project two from the speaking to inform manual. She gave great tips to for those of us who procrastinate! She shared a fantastic strategy on how to break down a task into achievable steps.
Dion Ebrahim introduced our second speaker, Anton McMulkin. Anton has moved onto Pathways and this was his icebreaker speech. Anton revisited his previous icebreaker speech “My morning routines”. He explained how he followed the SAVERS routine developed by Hal Elrod – Silence, Affirmations, Visualisation, Exercise, Reading, Scribing. A very inspirational speech by Anton.
Louise Landess introduced our third speaker of the morning, Alan Calder. Alan has been in Toastmasters for 20 years and is now taking on the challenge of Pathways. This was Alan’s icebreaker – “In a blink of an eye”. Alan gave us some insights into his life; moving from Riverton when he was a young child to growing up in Christchurch. Alan finished with “live is short make the most of everyday’, very sound advice.
Our Table Topics Master Terrelle Hergarty treated us to a little Irish jig before she got into the explanation of table topics and how they are a mini speech which should have a beginning middle and end. Terrelle said that the topics would be mundane household chores and the speakers should try to make them exciting!
First up was Allannah Victory with the topic of ‘Hanging out the washing’. Allannah concluded her speech by saying she loved washing hanging in the sun because it made the clothes smell of sunshine.
Next up with the topic of “Ironing” was David Clarkson. He irons his own shirts having been taught by the Sisters of the holy faith. David does all the ironing since his wife ironed his army trousers with the seam the wrong way!
Our third table topic speaker was Sandra Catterton with the topic “Putting out the rubbish”. Sandra spoke to us of how she has family with small children staying and that nappies piled up in the rubbish making it rather smelly. Pretty hard to make that topic exciting!
Mark Smith was the final speaker with the topic of “Cleaning the toilet”. It seems that Mark does not clean the toilet and that we should feel very sorry for his poor workmates!
All in all, a great bunch of table topics and speech’s which created plenty of laughs.
Evaluations were next: Courtney Tibbotts evaluated Sabine, Lloyd Manson evaluated Anton and Alannah Vickery evaluated Alan. Everyone gave great commendations and thoughtful recommendations. Vijay did one of the hardest evaluating jobs – Table Topics, he gave some positive feedback to our speakers.
Vivian Cowey gave us a run down on the timing of the meeting – everyone did well and we were on time.
Louise Green was our General Evaluator; Louise showed her amazing experience as a Toastmaster by giving an in-depth and very thoughtful evaluation. I really liked her comment about the lectern – “don’t let it define your position”, this is something that many of us (especially the less experienced) suffer from!
Sandra Chatterton our President came up and gave the Boaters Bulletin.
Great work was done by our Toastmaster David, he gave some interesting titbits about St Patrick’s day one being; 13 million glasses of Guinness are drunk on the day – only twice as much as normal! Anton was awarded the Toastie award for his inspirational Speech. Another great Boaters meeting was had.