Meeting – Tuesday 25 May 2010

Toastmasters were empowered by ongoing doses of encouragement this morning. The meeting’s  theme of courage was aptly supported by President Clinton’s opening quotes ” Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” and “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”

Another contribution, laced with the common thread of courage, was  Grammarian Joanne’s word of the day: “Plucky” – which means to be brave. A fantastic word that was used frequently during the course of the meeting. Nice work Joanne!

Displaying an act of bravery, was none other than Steve Daly who dived in head first to tackle his first Table topic. Well done Steve. Also, special mention to former member returning to the fold Helen Walker, who wowed everyone with ‘how it’s done’ when she spoke of the green grass (or lack of) back home. Welcome back Helen!

During the formal part of the programme, Ben delivered his 10th speech from the CC manual and finished strong with “Eyes on the Prize – something worth fighting for”. He related a personal analogy of  running the race to moving forward in life.  “Never give up, never give in – keep your eyes on the prize and you will win!”

During Bernadette’s speech, we learnt alot about Bernadette and her passion for New Zealand’s favourite sport. She was adorned with the purity of All Black pride, as she projected passion and sincerity to inspire everyone in the room, not just the die-hard Rugby fans. “Say I love you!” – was a potent phrase from her key message.  These words strike chords that resonate on and off the field. Well done Bern!

Finally, the re-election of the Executive committee was announced today.
All current members were re-elected for another term, with the exception of newest member Sean O’Dea who joins the team. The committee are looking forward to more exciting times for the second half of the year, including the celebration of the club’s twenty year anniversary coming up in July. 

What a fantastic morning we shared together! Looking forward to the next meeting on Tuesday 8 June. Go forth and be plucky!

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