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Spring is in the Air

Member Blog by Alannah. Spring is in the air with daffodils full, Christchurch’s parks and gardens proving that summer is on its way. Spring change was the theme at Boaters Friday morning via ZOOM. Toastmaster Steve did an excellent job at keeping us entertained with stories of Spring. Gerald spoke about Gamblers Guide to Negotiation, ... read more.

Sun going behind a stormy looking cloud over a lake with a straight gravel road beside it

Toastmasters – a lockdown journey

Member blog by Roydon Gibbs. Alannah Vickery led us as Toastmaster with some interesting quiz questions to keep us engaged this week. Did you remember the Beatles concert in Christchurch was in 1964? Or that the Christchurch Commonwealth games were in 1974? With our move this week from Level Four to Level Three Craig Mason ... read more.

Speaking in Covid-19

Why let a pandemic stop the progress! Just like last year, the Boaters club has pushed through Level 4 lockdown and is now pushing through Level 3 lockdown. We have been hosting our regular Toastmasters meetings on Zoom and they have been immensely fruitful. We all know the world is changing and becoming far more ... read more.

Fast-paced for 7am on a Friday

What a fast-paced 7 am start to the day this was! The morning kicked off with Sabine’s speech ‘Different Sides of Me’. An experienced Toastmaster who took the opportunity to share a side to her that not many had seen before. Sabine’s humorous delivery coupled with well-timed slideshow pictures captivated us as we delved into ... read more.

Something new for Boaters!

The theme for the latest Toastmaster session was “Do Something New” and that’s exactly what Roydon did, introducing the meeting in the form of an aircraft safety video, winning him this week’s Toastie award. Lance who is a building manager gave us an educational 7-minute speech on the process of building a new home and ... read more.

The Toastie Award

What is the infamous toastie award? It is an award given out once at every meeting to a speaker that has done extraordinarily well. How did it start? David explained the interesting origin story of the Toastie Award. It was many years ago when the club was in trouble, the venue kept changing due to ... read more.

Captured in collage

This week’s member blog was done in collage style – some pictures really do speak 1000 words. read more.

International connections with Toastmasters…

Member blog by Colin Hampson. Bravo to all who attended our meeting last week including our visitors both online and in person. We were lucky enough to have a visitor join us over Zoom all the way from Japan. He was interested to see how we run toastmasters meetings in New Zealand. Hopefully, we have ... read more.

Man taking photo of person presenting on a large screen via Zoom

Saving the world, one speech at a time

Member blog by Max Delaney. Steve Kennelly was our Toastmaster for the morning, exploring the meeting theme of the Winter Solstice. He presented different winter themed facts and got us looking forward to the longer days as we head towards summer! Corinne Bataille started us off with a research speech on food systems that can ... read more.

Notebook, printed agenda and chocolate bar wrapper on a chair

Coming to you live from…

Member blog by Aaron Gale. “A television newscast” was the theme chosen for today’s meeting by our Toastmaster for the day, Alana. Alana bravely moved outside of the standard meeting format, to encourage each assigned role to be part of the newsroom team – whether in the studio or roaming. Gerald gave the meeting an ... read more.