Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Meetings

This morning’s theme was ‘culture’

Toastmaster, Geoffrey Robinson spoke throughout the morning about his experiences travelling, the cross-cultural experiences he has had while travelling, and about his workplace being cross-cultural.

Grammarian Steve Kennelly shared with us some of the history of the word ‘grammarian’, challenged us to mind our umms, ahhs and fillers, and gave us the word for the day…quirky

Speaker 1 was Brett Snow with his speech entitled “Memories”. He was working from Project #5 in the Competent Communicator manual ‘your body speaks’. Brett gave a confident speech about his life growing up in Juneau, Alaska, and his move to New Zealand. He used humour and warmth to portray for us his memories of those times

Speaker 2 was Brent Ruru with “MAX – imum…Sailing Adventrue”. Brent’s speech was project #8 from the Competent Communicator manual ‘Being comfortable with visual aids’. Brett spoke about his adventure sailing with two older friends relocating a yacht from Waikawa Bay to Lyttleton. This was an inspiring speech and spoke about wisdom, strength and resilience.

Speaker 3 was David Clarkson with “Unexpected Evaluation”. This speech was project #3 from the Advanced Communicator and Leadership manual ‘Monodrama’.  He spoke about an Toastmasters evaluation which didn’t fit with his expectations of what a TM evaluation should be! This was a tough project, which David delivered well.

During the Boaters Bulletin, Barbara Miller requested that those interested in mentoring new club members to please be in touch with Deb McAlpine.

Table Topics was led by Alan Calder, and in keeping with the theme they were all based around culture.

Rodney Ford ‘What I like about the English’

Helen McLeod ‘What I like about the Italians’

Dennis McGrath ’What I like about the Maori’

Garry Musson ’What I like about the South Africans’

Alannah Vickery ’What I like about the Australians’

Roydon Gibbs ’What I like about the Swiss’

Nathan Najib ’What I like about the Egyptians’

Colin Clapp ’What I like about the people of Lichtenstein’

Brett Snow won the toastie award


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