Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Meetings

Who chose Rhyme Time as the topic of today’s session?

Who I ask, I do, I do, I do.

Steve, the Grammarian, asks “What is a rhyme, a correspondence of sound?”

What is its function? A familiar pattern can be used as mnemonic device- memory- which can be useful to Toastmastees…

Steve read his own poem that minded me of The Cat in Hat by Dr Seuss.

Louise Green used great rhymes to introduce our 1st speaker Daniel McKirdy who title his speech You Know You Have Health Cover.

There was a stealth of wealth that came from his speech. Did you know that the top insurance claims are for spinal surgery, heart surgery and knee surgery? Nor did I !

John Macvicar introduced Bee Bathish who’s speech Honduras Box was about convincing us to eat sustainably. How do you do that, you ask?

First, by eating ethically produced food. Basically, how much water and energy does it take to produce grains and/or meat. I did a bit of research and found that “If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” David Pimentel, professor of ecology in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Secondly, consider Justice. Are farm workers and animals exploited to produce the food you eat? Consider buying from Fair trade and other ethical stores

Thirdly, Health. The closer you are to the production of food, the better it is for your health. Go to the Farmer’s Markets around Christchurch and support our farmers!

Trade offs are between all three. Start reading your food labels!

Terelle Hegarty introduced Garry Musson who’s topic was 10/80. The controversial topic of “do we do a drop or don’t we’. Garry explained what 10/80 was, and what it does to our unique NZ flora and what would happen if we didn’t use it. A bit of a curly topic. Garry started being anti 10/80 to now considering its possible use. What I didn’t know was that 10/80 doesn’t last in the environment because it’s water soluble.

These speeches were a bit on serious side for Rhyme Time but the Table Topics brought us closer to children’s rhymes. Each speaker had to combine the rhyme to give us a 1.5 minute speech. First it there was me, Natalie Perzylo who had to think why Jack and Jill couldn’t go up the hill. Rain Rain Go Away, Alanna Bogart got out the rain boots and Denise had to explain her spider phobia because of Miss Muffet.

Mary Had a Little Lamb- and Sandra had a Schnauzer (called George Clooney.)

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, and Jennifer’s painting was put together by her father.

Boaters Bulletin given by Sabine Parry

· Breakfast meeting Dec 16

· Improv at Court Theatre- Dec 15

· International contest

· Division G table topics- workshops

· Website is getting a make over

David, the timer, had the last great rhyme On time, How sublime!


14/10/2016 written by Natalie Perzylo

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