Theme: “Get off the couch”
Our Sergeant at Arms Mark Glanville stepped into the role and did a spectacular job. He made sure to greet everyone at the door, got us started on time and gave a warm and witty welcome to Alannah, our Toastmaster. He had us all laughing which set the tone for yet another great meeting.
Alannah Vickery, our Toastmaster for the morning drew the audience in immediately – with her fabulous green jersey and literally asking us to move forward and fill in the empty chairs at the front, which I thought was a great way to further connect speakers and listeners. Her theme “Get off the couch” encouraged us to get out and about within Christchurch this weekend and embrace all the amazing places and activities the city has to offer. Some suggestions included visiting the Botanical Gardens, the Art Gallery, the Italian Film Festival, checking out the changes in the CBD, heading to the hills for hikes and sights, and heading down to the beach to watch a sunrise or sunset.
Grammarian, David Clarkson revealed that he would be keeping an ear out for good and bad use of words and would deliver a report at the end. David had the opportunity to use extra time in lieu of a Table Topics Evaluator. He used this time to point out each speaker’s use of the words “so”, “um” and “and”. It was great to be reminded of how often we use these words and be encouraged to practice pausing instead of using these words to fill in silence. Well done to John Macvicar and Alana Bogart who spoke without using any of these filler words.
Natalie Perzylo introduced our first speaker, Louise Landess with her speech “Filling in the gaps”. Louise loves community. She spoke about how she made an effort to check in on her elderly neighbours following the Earthquakes and made some friends who she still keeps in touch with. She reminisced on seeing the Dance O Mat corner on St Asaph Street pre-Earthquakes and commended the team behind it on their efforts to fill in empty spaces since. Louise also spoke of a couple who have recently moved to her neighbourhood and have changed their fence which seemed to create a barrier between them and the community. The couple fixed a lovely seat out the front for passers-by and the elderly to sit and enjoy their ice creams. A very neighborly speech from Louise, who left us with the question “how are you filling in the gaps in your community?”
David Cooper gave an insightful introduction to our second speaker, Lloyd Manson with his speech “My Property Works – making my property work for you.” Lloyd used his speech to inform us about his business, My Property Works. The speech was very well supported with a power point presentation. He explained the purpose of My Property Works being to support property owners and investors to achieve financial and capital gain through making improvements to existing property. He showed us pictures of some of his amazing previous work and spoke about the range of services they offer including building and decontamination solutions amongst many others. Lloyd’s speech will be kept front of mind should I be speaking to anyone wishing to improve the value of their property – maybe even my own one day!
John Macvicar gave yet another very informative introduction for our third speaker, Sabine Parry. Sabine’s speech was called “Daisy and I”. She highlighted the array of different forms that we consume dairy – my particular weakness being cheese. Sabine talked us through some interesting facts about dairy consumption including how calves drink milk when they are young and are eventually weaned from doing so. Yet humans are the only creatures who go back to consuming milk once weaned from our mothers’. She had many other facts about the nutritional “value” of dairy which she supported with her use of power point. Sabine has been dairy free for 2 years, and says her body has a way of letting her know if she has consumed any. She urged the audience to listen to our bodies and to keep her friend Daisy the cow in mind.
Table Topics was run by Alan Calder with each topic relating to the theme of getting off the couch. Courtney answered the question “How will you be getting off the couch this weekend?” by speaking about plans to get out and go for a walk around Hagley Park and to see some friends. Alana Bogart answered “How are you or are you NOT a couch potato?” discussing the shows she is currently enjoying but also adding that she makes sure she is getting in her 10,000 steps every day. Lastly, Brett Snow was asked “What will you be doing this weekend?” which he had to answer using “couch” words – in an overly polite manner. He explained that he will be heading towards Mt Pleasant and will be taking photos with friends. A great Table Topics session.
We had fantastic evaluations on each speaker from Denise Ford, Anton McMulkin and David Pottinger. This was followed by David Clarkson’s fantastic Grammarian report. Deb McAlpine took on the General Evaluator role, giving very thoughtful commendations and recommendations. Terrelle gave the Timekeeper’s report.
As the meeting drew to a close, Club President Sandra Chatterton gave her Boaters Bulletin in which she commended Sabine on earning her triple crown of awards. Lastly, the Toastie Award was awarded to Lloyd for his speech. Well done Sabine and Lloyd!
Special mention for this meeting goes to the committee for coordinating the muffins and a brand new lectern! Another fantastic Boaters meeting.