Toastmaster for the meeting was David Clarkson and the meeting’s theme was “Spring Splendour”.
The Grammarian was Mark Burtenshaw and his Word of the Day was “Vivacious” which was well used by speakers.
First speaker this morning was Denise Ford with her ‘Icebreaker Speech’ entitled “ A True Cantabrian”. This was an appropriate title as Denise’s forebears came to NZ on one of Canterbury’s 1st four ships, the Cressy. We learnt a lot about Denise who is a self-confessed ‘greeny’ - who has a love of the the bush, the beach and wetlands. This was a fine effort for her first speech.
Second ‘cab off the block’ was Mark Glanville with his speech “Gratitude”. This was a ‘vocal variety’ speech in which Mark ably demonstrated his vocal skills whilst encouraging us to succeed by having “an attitude of gratitude”. The key is to counter adversity by listing all those things we have to be grateful about, expressing gratitude to people when it’s appropriate and helping others.
Alana Bogart was the final speaker. Hers was a humorous speech entitled “The Consequences”. It was a review of how we deal with young children regarding the consequences of their actions. Children are great at outsmarting (educating) their parents. So it’s essential if we are to avoid those unwanted and unforeseen consequences that we set the boundaries for them so they feel secure, always stay calm to avoid extending bad consequences and keep our instructions simple so that our children can avoid what we know to be adverse consequences.
Table Topics Master today was Rachel Walton. Her’s was a great “Agony Aunt” session and the topics were:
‘What’s the difference between a wife and a mistress?’ _ Danny De Hek
‘Can a baby be born at 8lbs after 5 months? John MacVicar
‘Dogs or cats – which are the best?’ Duncan Murray (guest)
‘My boy’s 73 – how do I stop still chasing women?’ Roydon Gibbs
‘I joined the Navy to see the world – now how do I get out/’ Steve Mydlowski
How would you have done with these impromptu topics? All part of the fun at Boaters!
23/09/2016 written by David Clarkson
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