Boaters Toastmasters

Toastmaster club. District 72, New Zealand. Rakaia Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Madras Street, Chch.


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Dark times loom…

BLOG by Maria Vasquez Idea : 90% Maria – 10% chatGPT Writer: 10% Maria – 90% chatGPT Title : Capturing the Essence: AI as a Co-Author for Non-Native Speakers Bienvenidos to my Toastmasters journey! I’m Maria Vasquez, a proud Latina living in New Zealand, navigating through the beautiful English language—one Toastmasters meeting at a time. ... read more.

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What a friend we have in cheeses

Today’s cheese themed meeting was a terrific example of how and why AI and Zoom can be welcome additions to the Toastmasters whānau. So why cheese? Well, because as Kori our Toastmaster of the week stated as a matter of fact at the start of the meeting, “Who doesn’t like cheese?” Sharing the joys of ... read more.

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Go on, back yourself!

  Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain This week’s blog is a reflection on our Open Day meeting, or – because in reality every meeting is open to anyone who’s curious to see what ... read more.

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

This was the theme for our meeting with our Toastmasters sculpting the meeting with Monty Python and John Cleese quotes and skits. There was an Icebreaker from one of our new members titles ‘40% Jorge’… who is 40 and living until he is 100! Lots of laughs, fun and a wonderful slide presentation. A speech ... read more.

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What’s on your Bucket List?

What’s on your Bucket List? Was the theme set by Fraser our MC for the day. As He introduced us to the various speakers today, we learned one of the bucket list items that each person had. He started by informing us that his one desire was to visit the ancient site of Petra and ... read more.

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Member blog by Kori Jones: On a chilly Friday morning, amidst the crisp air, a group of eager individuals gathered for another enriching session at Toastmasters. The energy was palpable, and the room buzzed with anticipation. Led by a dedicated team of role players, each person in attendance was set for a morning of learning, ... read more.

Childhood Dreams: When I grow up I want to be…..

Starting from a chilly morning of -2, it was nice and warm in the Rakaia room. Sergeant at Arms Roydon got us started with the matter of facts interspersed with a bit of humour. Toastmaster Kori welcomed us, along with new member Aaron and visitor Julian, with the theme of “Childhood Dreams: When I grow ... read more.

Loud Clothing Friday

A cold Friday morning got a vibrant splash of colour at the recent Boaters Toastmasters meeting. The theme of ‘Loud Clothing Friday’ was led by Richard Smart, who donned the Toastmaster’s hat for the first time. The meeting was entertaining with stories of Boaters members fashion mishaps… you had to be there. Shaun Jacob revisited ... read more.

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Reflections on my Pathways journey

Ever wondered what goes in to completing a Pathway? For his final speech as a Boater, outgoing member, Gerald Hartley gave us a stunning overview of the projects completed and lessons learned throughout the course of his Dynamic Leadership Pathway. Here’s a transcript of his speech, along with the timings he used as a guide. ... read more.

Fear and courage

Dan Vann was the man and toastmaster today at our Boaters meeting, leading us with the compelling theme of Fear and Courage. Ian Thornton relaunched his Toastmasters journey with his third Ice-breaker titled ‘TBC’ (to be continued). Louise Landess  told about a blog she is launching which will be celebrating great stuff being done in ... read more.