Boaters meeting 29/9/17: the theme was “Myths” (symbolic story telling)
Sergeant at Arms Rebecca Clements made a fine start to the meeting.
Area Director Brian Preddy and 2 visitors were present and 24 members.
Toastmaster – Alana Bogart ran the meeting with her theme of myths; only cats figured, go figure!
Grammarian was Caleb Vercoe – Grammar myth “Can I start a sentence with a conjunction? “ He was bought up saying ‘no’, but in fact it can – it’s just a matter of preference – e.g. we can start with a ‘but’ or ‘because’ (which was the Word of the Day).
Greg McGeorge humorously introduced Mark Glanville whose speech, “Thrown in the Deep End” was about how one reacts when asked to be a celebrant at a funeral. It’s an honourable humbling experience but needs to be done well with respect. Think about the Eulogy, use of music, audio visual presentation, who wishes to speak (avoiding repetition), use of haka, a guard of Honour, as well as your own words. Script the funeral, check it out with the family and liaise with the funeral director. If you are in doubt about your ability to do it then get a professional celebrant in to take your place.
Sabine Parry introduced Brett Snow with his advanced manual speech “Enjoy the Journey”. He started with a “bang!” Happiness in life is about enjoying the journey. Hence choice of a family vehicle is most important. It’s got to be dilapidated (to avoid theft) but utilitarian enough in his case to ensure a family of 10 was catered for. It was a van ‘with an open door policy’ – you never know when it will open. The solution to this was ingenious – a high tech rope solution. The ground visibility (through the floor) was another feature that added to the family’s experience.
Alan Calder introduced David Pottinger speech “Tasman Series Memoirs 1968-1971”. He covered his father, Bill’s, participation in photographing the motor racing series. It was a pictorial presentation starting with his grandmother’s Austin 10. There were great shots of the races reflecting a simpler time before health & safety interfered. His was a photography hobby saw his photographs go worldwide, especially photographs of the racing and its celebrities, eg. Jacky Stewart and Graham Hill. Those photos ended up in a book that Bill had published, a lasting memento of this time.
Brent’s Presidents notices covered Sandra Chatterton’s experience at the recent leaders meeting and some house-keeping matters. Competent Communicator award certificates were given to Sabine Parry and Mark Glanville to mark their first major achievement in Toastmasters.
Table Topics were lead by Rodney Ford. Negotiating to keep NZ Great again, what’s your bottom line for the negotiation? Alannah Vickery – said ban plastic bags. Clare Ruru – bring back honesty and no back biting in Parliament. Courtney Tibbots – make politics fun by having compulsory comedy sessions once a month. Brian Preddy immigration – shut the door for 2 years because it’s a fragile country. Mo Yakubu – incentives to bring in electric cars to avoid pollution. David Clarkson would legislate for a smile to be compulsory nationwide first thing every morning.
Evaluators were Sandra Chatterton, Vijay Vellaisamy, Brent Ruru and Grant Beattie; the time keeper was Helen McLeod; and the meeting was evaluated overall by General Evaluator, Natalie Perzylo.
The Toastie Award for the meeting went Rebecca Clements and Clare Ruru for organizing the Sgt at Arms role so effectively.
A great fun filled, entertaining and informative meeting well lead by Alana Bogart.