I’ve self titled this blog perched in the corner, as I’ve perched myself on the bar stools, towering over everyone else perched in the dark corner, whilst we all encountered the first slightly chilly morning of Autumn.
Vivien expertly starting preparing us for turning our Heat Pumps from Cooling to Heating, as the start of the autumn chill has come a month or 2 early this year.
Steve Kennelly took us all through a backwards Grammarian – instead of teaching us to use the word ‘Good’ he challenged us to NOT use the word ‘Good’. Our Grammarian 3 weeks gave us a word map of words to use. Steven himself looked at his notes from the last time he was General Evaluator – he used good 13 times! 2 Fantastic, 1 Great.
Craig Mason – Great stuff on your first Introducer role Craig, you did a fantastic job getting up and introducing Denise with a bit of humour about why on ear Denise might be jealous of Wellingtonians. Is it the wind, the rain, no it’s the birds that are in their backyards.
Denise Ford – Predator Free 2050. 1) What is it? Getting red of introduced pest (rats, possums, Mustelids) through a connection of efforts already underway and develop further techniques. 2) Why? The pests we have in NZ love to eat eggs, kill chicks, fruit off trees/insects essentially taking away the food source of native animals. Who doesn’t want to have more of our beautiful native birds in NZ. 3) What can we do? Join a trapping group or Get involved in trapping program on public land. I’m rather interested now in trapping more, for more information check out the below websites
- Predator Free NZ https://predatorfreenz.org/
- Department of Conservation https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/predator-free-2050/
- Traps NZ https://www.trap.nz/
David Cooper – Introducer #2, David did an exemplary job of introducing Sabine who jumped in last minute whilst praising Sabine for completing her 5th step in the pathways program, trailblazing far above chasing pack!
Sabine Parry – Is it too late? Who is worried about pollution, air quality. How can we help is it stop driving, avoid diesel, don’t fly, no more fires? Sabine’s plan is to stop consuming diary or beef products, and here are some facts to educate us why this is Sabine’s plan. Per litre of milk, 800L of water is used for irrigation in the American market (could be much higher here in Canterbury with all our irrigation). They say each cow produces 50L of methane. Livestock takes up 18% of the calories we eat but 83% of farmland also removing meat and diary from all consumption farmland could be reduced by 75%.
Natalie Perzylo – Our introducer #3 did a brilliant job of not using the term “good” morning. Natalie had a good laugh about not being able to connect during the week but had some great links and background on Louise Landess
Louise Landess – Pathways is a-maze-ing. We have heard recently about Louise’s leadership style and Louise was going to use this to guide us through Pathways. Louise’s recommendation for Pathways was to spend time on this to click everything and just explore the website. There has been a helpful addition added to the Boaters Facebook page with some guidance on how to use this. TIP – if you see the button ‘Options’ click on this, it’s the best button on the system.
Post our break we come back to Table Topics lead by Alana Bogart
- Roydon was first up speaking about Thanksgiving and why it was not celebrated so much in NZ – Roydon talked around the alternative options we celebrate because we didn’t have the historical events that occurred in NZ. Let’s find enough excuse to celebrate more often
- Caleb spoke on when should we celebrate Halloween in NZ – I choose not to celebrate it in NZ at all.
- Christine was our third table topics on if I was an Autumn leaf what would I be – Christine did a great job in mulling it over with us
- Lloyd was our forth speaking to renaming Autumn. His choice was ‘Get Ready’ season – instead of leaving it too late, how about we just get ready early instead of last minute
Speech evaluations were completed by Imedla, Sandra and Alannah all gave brilliant summaries of our speakers this morning, whilst giving us all tips on how we can collectively get better whilst giving our speeches more impact. It’s always a good reminder to follow the tips given by the evaluators to apply them to yourself.
Table Topics evaluation was completed by David Clarkson – David gave a great breakdown of each speaker. I especially appreciated his Roydon stage dance. Gave us all a good laugh.
David Pottinger gave us all a full review of the entire meeting for everyone who has spoken but yet to be evaluated. A large congratulations on everyone getting their volume up with all the background noise that was in the meeting room. The recommendation David gave for the specific speakers where something we can all apply to our speaking.
Thanks all for another good meeting – Look forward to seeing you all again next Friday – enjoy the start of Autumn all!