A Tōhoku mother’s church relish

A quick-fire evening that was packed with variety, entertainment and learning opportunities.

Kenneth kicked off the evening with a day in history, very appropriately centred on today’s 3rd anniversary of the Japanese Tōhoku mega quake and tsunami.  Delivered in chronological sequence, Kenneth recounted the facts of how the world’s most costliest disaster unfolded now three years ago and the utter mayhem that was unleashed.

A day in history with Kenneth

A day in history with Kenneth

Next was Jennifer reading the Phillip Larkin poem “Church going”.  Beginning with some background on the text, Jennifer did a great job delivering this work – a first person encounter of an individual in an empty church and his scepticism with religion which eventually resolves into respectful admiration for the bigger questions in life.

Tonight was a big night for Marg as she delivered her 10th and final speech from the Competent Communicator manual.  “A mothers love” was a gripping retelling of a Canterbury family’s continuous upheaval and turmoil through sickness and several other incredibly unfortunate circumstances.  Yet amongst all this suffering, Marg’s speech to inspire really did deliver, as Marg described so beautifully how this stoic, humble mother turned everything around with her dedication and love for her family.  An incredible story and an incredible delivery.

Speaking to inspire, Marg shows how to do it well

Speaking to inspire, Marg shows how to do it well

In a detour from the agenda, our very own 2014 Area champion JP took the opportunity to practise his international speech for the division contest on March 29.  “Relish the Battle” was an engaging and motivational talk, based on JP’s encounter with the book the ‘Art of war’ and how he applied this book to transform his own life.  Brilliant.

JP relishes yet another battle

JP relishes yet another battle

Ade’s Table topics was a medley of epic proportions, as the story of a fishing trip gone wrong unraveled across four speakers.  Tim set the scene, explaining how the two fishermen had first realised all was not well from the calls of the seagulls, then sighting the massive storm which forced them to flee out to sea.  Ellie picked up when the boys smashed into the tiny sandy island (With a single palm tree) and were thrown head first into the sand from the boat, lucky to survive the impact.  Then Henry took over, telling how the men paced over the island, worrying about lightning striking the palm tree before stumbling across a secret trap door in the sand.  One boy fell while being lowered into the hole leaving the other on the surface now out of contact.  How was Dave going to wrap this up?  “Every tunnel has to go somewhere” asserted Dave.  And so the boy on the surface discovered footholds in the side of the tunnel and eventually climbed to the bottom, only to find that this was the only tunnel ever, to not go anywhere at all!  Dave!?!

Congratulations Jan on delivering another great evening.  Huge congratulations to Dave & JP for their respective wins at the Area contest last Saturday.  Congratulations to this evening’s five guests on making the first step in Toastmasters this evening.

See you all next time!