Finding life’s balance

Meeting – Tuesday 17 January 2012

Our president Marlene kicked off the Central Park Toastmasters’ year with a highly spirited and motivational opening address on “Finding life’s balance.” She was closely supported by Ruth who provided further inspiration through a number of soul-enriching quotes:

“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box”
Italian proverb

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. “
Robert Fulgham

Formalities/Notices

Special guest: Marisa
Apologies: Jo, Mohammed, Nick, David

Club Officer training dates:

  • Saturday, 4 February at 8:30am at the Fickling Centre, Mt Eden
  • Tuesday, 7 February at 6pm at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Balmoral

Tony Hartigan took the Toastmaster’s promise and was inducted into the club by Clinton. Welcome Tony!

Our grammarian, the witty and wonderful Warwick, brought unity to the fold by promoting the “Word of the day” HARMONY – a word that was well utilised throughout the meeting.

Table topics

During the table topics round, Marlene posed some thought-provoking questions for the year ahead.

Ben spoke of two goals to enhance health and well-being, as well as relationships; Jeremy sought to find more balance through meaningful travel experiences; Steve D shared some of the holiday projects he’s been chipping away at;  Tony gave us the secret of happiness from a magic moment on the beach with his son and John struggled to recall ever having a “worst holiday” experience , so naturally he focused on the positive.

Glenn F & Brenda worked in unison to evaluate the table topic participants and provided them with some positive feedback.

Formal speeches

After the break, we marvelled at Marieke’s presentation on coronary blockage. She was in her element. She presented some really fascinating facts, using visuals aids to maximum effect, helping her audience to better understand a fairly complex topic. Impressive stuff! Marieke’s speech was evaluated by Steve D. 

Clinton was next up and had us in the palm of his hand from the beginning when he asked the hard questions: “What’s wrong with this picture? Do you work to live or live to work? ” Clinton spoke on the importance of work-life-balance and painted some gruelling pictures to drive the message home. His speech was later evaluated by Nadene.

During his report, our timer Raj added to the theme of balance by sharing the thought:  “Learn how to play.”

Many thanks to our general evaluator Glenn L for presenting his views of the entire programme and evaluating all those who had not been evaluated. Also to Ruth for conducting a fantastic meeting in the Toastmaster Chairperson role. 

What a great start to the year! See you at the next Toastmaster gathering folks! Live life and live it in balance!

“The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.”
Plutarch

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton

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