Meeting called to Order
With Carmy absent, Darryl tried on his new role as Sergeant at Arms for the evening and proved with some practice giving the gavel some hard raps on the lectern that he is going to excel in his coming role.
With the meeting open, Christiane took over the reins and welcomed the many guests for the evening, including returning guests Andrea, Jakob & Adrian as well as first time guests Gokul and Don.
Christiane also highlighted the exciting news that Casey had managed to squeeze in one last article as VPPR in the Bayside Star with a story about John. S and his achievement receiving his 45 years as a member badge.
With all that said Christiane handed over to Toastmaster of the evening, Annette who enriched everyone's knowledge on Good Health.
That is to say, she gave what most of the audience thought was reliable evidence based health tips, only to find out later in the evening that she had been telling jokes.
It was recommended during the evening that someone please bring some joke books along to the changeover dinner in the hope that Annette will win them and have some better jokes in the kitty for next time.
In case anyone missed out, the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades 😂😂😂
Marlene led the Toast for the evening. Marlene explained that health is not merely the absence of disease but incorporates diet, exercise, spiritual and social health. With that in mind Marlene toasted "To good health, in all its forms." (unfortunately there is no photo of Marlene for this segment as the blogger failed in her duties at the time..sorry!)
The word for the evening was "Quibble" and was presented by Trish. With Trish out of the running to win the word usage during the evening, Annette having the majority of air time managed to come out on top followed by a mere quibble by Darryl.
Round Robin was presented by Darryl who asked the audience what was more important for good health, diet or exercise?
Top responses were ditching both diet and exercise altogether and enjoying life, getting lots of sleep and doing hot yoga.
Limbering up regularly to be prepared for a Zombie apocalypse got a lot thinking too.
Eileen's speech was about mentorship and Eileen captivated the audience with her heartfelt speech where she took us on her journey of collecting mentors who modelled behaviour she wanted to emulate. She created a beautiful word picture of the treasure box she imagines she has, where all of these experiences are kept and where she can call upon if she ever needs help throughout life.
Eileen completed her final speech in level 2 as part of the Pathways program... Well done Eileen!!!
Eileens speech was evaluated by Gail, who was also thrilled with the word pictures Eileen produced throughout her speech.
Blake's speech was aimed at inspiring his audience. Blake imparted the wisdom of Google futurist Ray Kurzweil and took the audience Back to the Future with a look at what Ray believes will be the future for humans, which included the use of biotechnology, nanotechnology and ending with an upload of your brain onto a hard drive to live out your 1000 years in a virtual reality.
For all you readers out there, I took the time to google Ray Kurzweil and according to Wikipedia the man is 71 years old and judging by his pic he looks 20 years younger, so I reckon if nothing else Blake has inspired me to start drinking more green tea and find an alkaline water stockist.
Blake's speech was evaluated by Leanne.
"Utopia for Realists"
Peter presented a persuasive speech based around the book Utopia for Realists. Peter persuaded the audience to take in the research facts and see what providing good welfare to low income earners and free housing to the homeless can do to raise the living standards of entire communities. With proof that it actually works, how can you not be persuaded?
Peter's speech was evaluated by Casey.
Chris was surprised to find himself the presenter of the raffle, lucky for him Gail had some goodies on hand to raffle off, including some good healthy reads, a fluffy hotwater bottle "companion" and chocolates.
Trish was the lucky winner!!!
Leesa chaired the business meeting and even with some curve balls thrown with motion conflict managed to keep the meeting on topic, and with the help of time keeper Monica, in the time allotted.
Casey (filling in as secretary) was grateful to have Trish by her side to let her know when and if she needed to speak up.
Steven was Table Topics Master for the evening and got his 'victims' to discuss topics such as balding remedies, dark v milk chocolate and skin remedies.
For anyone who missed the meeting, the secret to a more youthful looking appearance is horse manure. So next time you go past a farm you should think about paying the $3 for a bag of pony poo, all you have to do is mix it with a bit of water and bath in and voila!
Jonathan imparted his wisdom, as well as a template to help Toastmasters with evaluations. Jonathan reminded Toastmasters to always keep the purpose of the speech in mind. When assessing the structure, vocal variety, body language, vitality etc you need to keep bringing it back to the purpose and evaluate if the presentation supports the purpose of the speech.
Jonathan reiterated the importance of evaluating the speech presentation itself rather than retelling the speech that's already been told
Jonathan is happy to share this template. Anyone interested in accessing it can email Jonathan.
Trish was Grammarian for the evening and although she stated that grammar is not her forte she gave an excellent summary of her favourite word pictures mentioned throughout the evening. Not sure if it was her favourite but "Spaghetti Blow-your-nose" did get a mention as a picture you'd rather not envision.
Chris evaluated the evening, he was particularly thrilled with the presenter of the raffle.
Best Speech - Eileen
Best Table Topic - Leanne
Best Evaluation - Darryl
Most Improved - Andrea (not yet a member, but a budding Toastmaster already)
The next meeting is the change over dinner on the 25th of June. All those wishing to attend need to let Blake know and pay prior, it's $20 for members and $35 for guests.
Can't wait to see you at the next meeting!