Sergent at Arms: Danny de Hek:
Danny kicked off the meeting on time with a very warm welcome, he
showed us the exit door in case of emergency, reminded everyone to
leave their phone on but leave it on silence and introduced the
toastmaster of the day Caleb.
Toastmaster of the day: Caleb Vercoe
Caleb took the centre stage with a huge smile, started by announcing a
change to the meeting schedule, that there was no third speaker. He
went on to introduce the theme of the day “The Final Countdown”. He
has us what we are looking forward to and tasked us to pause for a few
seconds and think about what we are counting down to or looking
forward to. He continued reminding the audience about the theme
throughout the entire meeting.
Grammarian of the day was John MacVicar was welcomed to the stage by
the audience. He started by telling us what he was counting down to,
his nephew in Scotland just got out of brain tumour surgery and that
he is counting down to the time he can get some more news, and
introduced the word of the Day, “Alternatives” and it’s origins, which
was used throughout the meeting.
Natalie Perzylo introduced Grant Beattie who’s speech was titled, “A
collider scope of glow”.
Grant shared a story about a day that started like any other, but
ended with an experience that will forever remain in their memories.
His took us through their adventurous honeymoon trip to Argentina. He
shared their trip to see the glaciers in the Los Glaciers National
Park in Argentina, located in the vast Santa cruz province. He told us
about the sheer beauty of the glaciers and their surrounding, how they
hiked on the ice and rocks around the glaciers.
As they were planning to return to the base, they heard a distant
cracking sound, which sent ripple towards the lake across them. It was
the beginning of a cascade of events that even their guides had never
seen before. Slices of ice as big as a house plummeted, smashed into
the lake, sending a huge tsunami-like waves towards them. They stood
in awe of what they were seeing, mesmerised. They had no idea they
were in danger until they saw their guides dashing past them and
pulling them along to escape from the danger.
He concluded by telling us how the sheer power of mother nature he saw
on that day will always stay with him, as it serves as a reminder to
respect her and to do his bit to preserve her for future generations.
Anton McMulkin introduced Rachel Walton with her speech “Pip, Squeak
Rachel took us through an emotional journey of how Great Grand father
and Great uncle and how Pip, squeak and Wilfred entered their family
in the early 1900s. She started her speech by asking us to stop and
think about the streets we lived in, the street around them, to think
about all the men and boys, fit and health that lived on those streets
over the age of fourteen, to think about what it would look like to
see all those boys and men on the streets all emptied out and asked to
join the army.
Rachel shared the story of how her family members from Manchester went
through a war experience in the year 1914 against the Ottomans in
Gallipoli. Her Great Grand father named Rob signed up to join the
Manchester pows, which went on to form the Manchester regiment with
about 10,000 men. At the end of the war, less than 5000 of them lived.
She described how the Ottomans laid trick wires and mines in
preparation for the allied forces, how the British soldier were
initially leading the war against the Turks and even took prisoners of
war, but later suffered casualty from a counter-attack by the Turks.
During these war period, Pip, squeak and Wilfred medals appeared for
the first time. As a result of her Great Grand father’s injury from a
gunshot during that battle, he was awarded the medals. Pip as it was
known was a 1914/1915 war medal and pip was never awarded without
squeak, a British war medal or Wilfred, a victory medal.
Great Uncle Rob also signed up to join the military in 1914. In July
1917, he was sent also sent to fight in a battle of Passchendaele
against German allied forces. Again they also had a counter-attack,
the allied forces pushed the British forces to where they started. The
British forces again suffered a huge casualty of about 70%,
approximately 32,000 soldiers. Her uncle was also shot during this war
and she showed the audience the medals. Similar to her Great Grand
Father, he also got the pip, squeak and wilfred.
She concluded by telling us that what amazed her about the nature of
the battles was, how her Great Grand father and Great uncle both
survived their injuries, went back to the campaign of world war one,
survived the world war one, both returned back to the UK, got married,
Mark Glanville informed us about the member of our club that won the
international speech competition. Told us that she is eligible to
compete in the upcoming international world championship. Mark also
reminded members that they can still sign up to the upcoming improv
event and the upcoming breakfast hosted and paid for by the club.
Table Topics Master for the day was Kevin Cusack. Her’s was a great
“Agony Aunt” session and the topics were:
‘Decorating interior of the white house for Mr and Mrs Trump’ – David Clarkson
‘Whether the 29 Pike river mine victims should be rescued by the
government?’ – Sabine Parry
‘Do we need more police in Canterbury?’ – Helen McLeod
‘Debris from landslide, whether to get the rocks down and away into
the ocean’ – Gary Musson
‘Pets can harm people, should people love pet to the point of kissing
them’ – Isaac Tanner-Dempsey
‘Fidel Castro’ – Brett Snow
‘What is the future of newspapers’ – Roydon Gibbs
How would you have done with these impromptu topics? All part of the
fun at Boaters!
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