Everyone needs a mentor

Meeting – Tuesday 9 November 2010

With all the laughter at the Danish Society Room this morning, the decibel level was probably at an all time high. Central park members enjoyed a ‘laugh-out-loud’ meeting.

Kudos to Madam toastmaster Brenda, who was the consummate professional as she handled last minute changes to the agenda like child’s play and introduced each speaker with stylish flare.

Grammarian Jo added the word ‘duplitous’ to our vocabulary and tickled our ears with exquisite uses of the English language when she reported back at the end of the meeting.

The theme of the meeting was ‘Mentors’ and formed the basis for questions during the table topics round. Steve Daly credited his parents as his best mentors. Coach Jones acknowledged former All Black Sir Fred Allen as a fine role model and esteemed his father as his personal favourite. Jo recalled the early days working for a news paper where mentors were represented at every level of the company. Eric delivered a heart-felt tribute to his daughter, one year on from her passing. He also paid his respects to Mother Theresa as a fine role model for women. Warwick shared how he mentored a young man in the ways of backyard cricket.

Club members were entertained in the second stanza with some humorous speeches. Ben ‘hit us with his best shot’ when he delivered “Be careful of what you ask for” and David took us all for a wild ride with his comical tale on extreme motoring.

During the official welcome, President Clinton inducted Central Park’s newest members, David Raven, Steve Daly and Warwick Sextus.

Lots of food for growth with the evaluations today. Many thanks to John, Bernadette, Steve Tupai, Glenn and Clinton for providing constructive feedback.

On the theme of mentoring, here is the quote of the day:

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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