Recaps

Selling pinacolada tree comparisons

Selling pinacolada tree comparisons

Another fantastic evening at Cathedral City Toastmasters at our new COVID venue in Fendalton. ...

New Venue For An Amazing Club

New Venue For An Amazing Club

Tonight we moved in to our new venue and heard some amazing speeches. ...

Up for the Challenge!

On February 19that Cathedral City we had the well-organized and inspirational Hannah as our Toastmaster for the evening. She had stories of life lessons intertwined throughout her chairing of the evening, one even involving a water blaster. We then had Richard as grammarian with “CHALLENGE” as the word for the evening. Followed by Jan with … Up for the Challenge! Read More » ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year Cathedral City!!   Tonight our first meeting was kicked off with Diane as the toastmaster, a fantastic turn out and a packed line up of speakers!   Our first speaker was Carl with his speech titled “Happy New Year!!” all about his new years resolutions following his SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, … HAPPY NEW YEAR! Read More » ...

To INFINITY and BEYOND!

Tonight we had Toastmaster Nick in charge, leading us through the meeting. We began with a big congratulations to Sanna on her brand new baby boy! We wish her and her son all the best!! First up we had Philipp with a speech on rocket launching. “It’s not rocket science” – but it actually is! … To INFINITY and BEYOND! Read More » ...

Productive Procrastination & Crazy Family Christmas Photos

On our last official meeting for 2018 we had Dave Y as our Toastmaster opening the show. We got well under way with Nick as our one and only speaker. Nick’s speech was titled “Productive Procrastination” and was an explanation of how his procrastination lead to a last minute prepared speech. He spoke about types … Productive Procrastination & Crazy Family Christmas Photos Read More » ...

The Meta Game, Lush Lawns & Guitar Music filled Childhoods

On the 27th of November at Cathedral City we had Carl as our Toastmaster! After a few last minute changes he pulled together a stellar evening that had us all learning, growing and entertained.  JP was speaker one with “The Meta Game” which was an ideology he had been putting together from different gameplays such … The Meta Game, Lush Lawns & Guitar Music filled Childhoods Read More » ...

The E5 Area Tabletopics & Humorous Speech Contests!

This week, on the 20th of November Cathedral City hosted the E5 Area Contest for Tabletopics and Humorous Speeches. Four clubs came together and put forward their best speakers to compete! First came the table topics contest with the topic Treat Others as You Would Like to be Treated. The first speaker was Nic who … The E5 Area Tabletopics & Humorous Speech Contests! Read More » ...

Gratuity and Gettin’ Rid of Stuff!

Another great meeting for the books Cathedral City! ...

Missing Out, Minimalism & new Mantras’

Tonight at Cathedral City we held our second open evening! We kicked it off the right way with Tim as our Toastmaster!!  First up in our array of speakers was Hannah with “FOMO” (the fear of missing out) and if you weren’t here, you really did miss out! Hannah’s speech broke down the stages of … Missing Out, Minimalism & new Mantras’ Read More » ...

New Beginnings & Successful Endings

Tonight on this warm evening at Cathedral City, we had our ever enthusiastic Ellie as Toastmaster. She welcomed us to the meeting and let us into a superb night. First up we had Jonathon who presented us with his icebreaker speech “The Confession” – his confession being that he had once been a toastmaster before … New Beginnings & Successful Endings Read More » ...

Humorous & Table Topics Contests!!

Tonight Cathedral City held it’s annual humorous speech and table topics contents! Our humorous contest was chaired by long standing member Tim who did an outstanding job with Richard providing the perfect hilarious warm up speech “I didn’t choose the pug life, the pug life chose me” all about how his ambitions of owning a … Humorous & Table Topics Contests!! Read More » ...

SM, Vegas, Finland and a bit of Craft Beer!

Happy October Toastmasters! At Cathedral City we kick started our first meeting of the month jam packed with many memorable speakers and lots of laughs! We had Philipp as our Toastmaster and even with only one arm in action he had our meeting running smoothly with some solid left handed handshakes. Our first speaker was … SM, Vegas, Finland and a bit of Craft Beer! Read More » ...

MOI (hi there)

Moi fellow Toastmasters!   This week at Cathedral City we were lucky enough to have Sanna not only as Toastmaster this week but also as a speaker! She lead us through a well organised meeting, she gave us a great speech about the origins of the Finnish language. She ended her speech by getting Nick … MOI (hi there) Read More » ...

Helicopter Parenting, Rejection and a few Plastic Bags

This week we had the privilege of having Tamson in her debut as Toastmaster for the evening! She ran a well organised meeting with a theme of mindfulness of mental health which flowed throughout the evening. David gave us his second ever ice breaker about rejection and how it has shaped and lead him to … Helicopter Parenting, Rejection and a few Plastic Bags Read More » ...

The Joys of Parenting

The Joys of Parenting

Joys of Parenting and Universal Basic Income ...

Cheers!

Cheers!

Today we have celebrated Tim's achievements and the end of the Toastmasters Year. Let the New Year begin!:) ...

Speakathon – the speech bonanza ! \o/

Speakathon – the speech bonanza ! \o/

8 speeches from all walks of life in a day! From law and travel to home gadgets and healthcare. Everybody has learnt a tremendous amount of useful info, had lot's of fun and enjoyed some nibbles. ...

From holidays and happiness to Ashworts and AMSR.

From holidays and happiness to Ashworts and AMSR.

Full on meeting with 4 speakers, Grammarian and Table topics! ...

Welcome onto and back

Welcome onto and back

2 welcomes took place today. One welcome onto the stage from Ellie and one welcome back to Philipp who returned back from his travels. ...

Moscow and Christchurch: what’s the difference?

Moscow and Christchurch: what’s the difference?

Today, we have found out about differences and commonalities of life in Russia and New Zealand. Toastmasters truly unites the world. ...

Our Purpose and Personality

Our Purpose and Personality

The value and importance of the Purpose and Personality in our lives have been discussed today. See you all next week!:) ...

Laudable Lighting Design & Kindness

Laudable Lighting Design & Kindness

We have today learnt about the Lighting Design in Commerical Buildings and about the importance of being kind to ourselves. ...

Humor, Safety and Hobbits

Humor, Safety and Hobbits

Cathedral City has had a very fun meeting today and everybody has contributed to the great meeting full of humor and laughter. ...

Our “Miracle” Evening and the Bridge.

Our “Miracle” Evening and the Bridge.

Last meeting for Q3 with 3 excellent speeches. Look forward to the miracles in the Q4. ...

Swimming and Feedback

Swimming and Feedback

It has been another fun meeting at Cathedral City Toastmasters Club today. We have had 2 amazing speeches presented by Amanda and Nick, Toastmasters Promise from Richard and Educational from one of the founders of our club - Ellie. ...

Pandora’s Box Revealed

Pandora’s Box Revealed

Tonight we heard about hydrogen fuel cells and how to recover from a major injury. ...

Story-time and a Farewell

Story-time and a Farewell

Tonight's meeting was all about Dr. Seuss and Pandora's Box. ...

Ice-breaker and a Penguin

Ice-breaker and a Penguin

Tonight we heard an award acceptance speech and learned what it takes to overcome a fear of flying. ...

Welcome to 2018!

Welcome to 2018!

The Berlin Wall meets electric cars. ...

Ice-breaker Version 2.0

Ice-breaker Version 2.0

Tonight we heard a farewell speech and an ice-breaker from our club President! ...

Pathways Are Coming

Pathways Are Coming

Tonight we learned about the brand new Pathways education system coming to Toastmasters. ...

Earthquake Digital Archive and Road Safety

Earthquake Digital Archive and Road Safety

Tonight we heard about the Christchurch Earthquake Digital Archive and the disappointing road crash statistics of New Zealand. ...

Halloween Special

Halloween Special

Funny hats and bumble bees while eating in the dark! ...

Building a Speech 101

Building a Speech 101

Tonight we heard about leadership and learned 7 tips for writing a speech. ...

Back Room Meditation

Back Room Meditation

Tonight we heard a wonderful award acceptance speech and we learned about a meditation retreat. ...

Vitiate the Fear of Evaluations

Vitiate the Fear of Evaluations

Tonight we learned how to give great educationals and why getting made redundant at work isn't always the end of the world. ...

Divine Mindfulness

Divine Mindfulness

Tonight we heard about the benefits of thinking positively and the proper way to introduce a speaker. ...

Mentoring the Baby On Board

Mentoring the Baby On Board

Tonight we heard about being in the girl scouts, and why mentoring is so very important. ...

Choosing a Speech Topic 101

Choosing a Speech Topic 101

Tonight we heard an emotional story of loss. ...

Contest Winners!

Contest Winners!

Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests were held tonight. ...

Sleep Patterns and Microwaves

Sleep Patterns and Microwaves

We held a mock contest at Cathedral City tonight. ...

Body Building Turtles

Body Building Turtles

Tonight we heard about posing on stage and the excitement of scuba diving. ...

The Mathematics of Quilting

The Mathematics of Quilting

Tonight we heard about excelling in maths class and the basics of making a beautiful quilt. ...

Infected With the Power of Resistance

Infected With the Power of Resistance

Tonight we learned about veganism and the inspirational story of an elite athlete. ...

Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth

A fun tabletopics kept us warm on a chilly night. ...

Impromptu Speeches Galore

Impromptu Speeches Galore

The flow of electricity was explained and we learned when to quit our jobs. ...

Mindfulness of Bright Lights

Mindfulness of Bright Lights

Tonight we heard an ice-breaker speech about imposter syndrome! ...

And The Award Goes To…

And The Award Goes To…

Tonight we visited Africa and the art of evaluations was explained. ...

Words, Love and Ariana Grande

Words, Love and Ariana Grande

Tonight we learned the importance of loving ourselves. ...

Quitting Taxes

Quitting Taxes

Tonight we heard about the struggles of giving up smoking. ...

Failure at the Airport

Failure at the Airport

Tonight we learned about the Toastmasters roles and responsibilities. ...

Driving Lessons and Powerful Protests

Driving Lessons and Powerful Protests

Tonight we celebrated Mother's Day. ...

Elections 2017

Elections 2017

A new team has been chosen! ...

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Tonight we heard tales of bravery and resilience in the face of hardship. ...

Ice-breaker #3

Ice-breaker #3

Tonight we learned about the dangers of Hepatitis C. ...

Educating a Roast

Educating a Roast

Our President moves on to greener pastures. ...

Sugar Addiction and Bridesmaids

Sugar Addiction and Bridesmaids

Tonight we learned how to become the club that has gone where no club has gone before. ...

Joining the Army with a Crazy Cat

Joining the Army with a Crazy Cat

Tonight we heard a phenomenal ice-breaker speech. ...

Toddlers and Teenagers

Toddlers and Teenagers

A short but fun meeting, with social drinks afterwards! ...

Breaking the Language Barrier

Breaking the Language Barrier

Tonight we learned about home safety and how to appreciate imperfections. ...

The Last Day of Summer

The Last Day of Summer

Tonight things got hot and steamy (in a Finnish sauna). ...

International Speech Contest Feb 2017

International Speech Contest Feb 2017

Tonight we enjoyed the International and Evaluation Speech Contests. ...

Valentine’s Day for Famous Mining Engineers

Valentine’s Day for Famous Mining Engineers

The challenges of the mining industry and a historical figure we all need to remember. ...

Changing The World of Public Relations

Changing The World of Public Relations

Hearing loss and the power of Facebook marketing was explained. ...

Prolific hold-ups at the age of 21

Prolific hold-ups at the age of 21

Tonight we learned about the important tasks required when organising club contests. ...

Busy Night – First Speech, Tenth Speech and so much more.

Busy Night – First Speech, Tenth Speech and so much more.

Make sure you come along to see our speakers show off theirs skills. Remember all of our club members are just like you. They came to learn how to stand up in front of people and talk. Come check us out. See you there. ...

A Tribute to Christmas in Finland

A Tribute to Christmas in Finland

Tonight we heard a moving tribute and visited a frozen Christmas wonderland. ...

Change Your Perceptions About Boot Camp

Change Your Perceptions About Boot Camp

Tonight we were challenged to get up early and to reconsider our perceptions. ...

Discovering The Important Things In Life

Discovering The Important Things In Life

Tonight we heard a moving speech about what is truly important in life. ...

Bees Follow The Kettlebell Pathway

Bees Follow The Kettlebell Pathway

Tonight we enjoyed another amazing ice-breaker speech! ...

A Highly Motivated Wedding in Vegas

A Highly Motivated Wedding in Vegas

Tonight we heard about the importance of staying motivated and an exciting elopement in Las Vegas. ...

Earthquakes + Earthquakes = ?

Earthquakes + Earthquakes = ?

Tonight we had two speeches about earthquakes and a classic edition of table topics. ...

Categorise this!

Categorise this!

Tonight we celebrated Matt's amazing conclusion to his CC manual, and heard Sanna explain why we shouldn't categorise people. ...

Tuktuks, sharks and pneumonia patients

Tuktuks, sharks and pneumonia patients

Tonight we heard about travelling in Sri Lanka and Perth, and what it was like being a nurse in the 1980s. ...

Plastic Bags and the Six Minute Unit

Plastic Bags and the Six Minute Unit

Tonight we heard about the evils of plastic, the sneakiness of lawyers, and the cleverness of cats. ...

The Little Things in Life

The Little Things in Life

Club contests are put under the microscope. ...

Phobia of Lost Children

Phobia of Lost Children

This week we found out about the top phobias, what to do when you lose a child, and why we need to listen closely to a child's feelings. ...

Tectonic Plates of the Unconscious Mind

Tectonic Plates of the Unconscious Mind

Little known Olympics events "walking long jump" and "synchronised pairs javelin" also made an appearance. ...

Surveying Classic Literature

Surveying Classic Literature

To Kill A Mockingbird comes highly recommended and the recent club survey is explained. ...

Theme Night!

Theme Night!

Please have your boarding passes ready. ...

Coffee Addiction Meets Electrical Engineering

Coffee Addiction Meets Electrical Engineering

The history of coffee is explained, and we hear about the life and times of an electrical engineer. ...

Salubrious Superpowers

Salubrious Superpowers

The great Muhammad Ali is remembered and exciting changes are coming to Toastmasters! ...

Grandads and Earthquakes

Grandads and Earthquakes

Hannah gives an amazing icebreaker and Binaya discusses the changing times of Christchurch. ...

Curb carbs or call me Trev

Curb carbs or call me Trev

Tonight we learned about healthy eating and catching Kakapo. ...

Road Rage and Kinder Surprise

Road Rage and Kinder Surprise

Cathedral City's very first video recap! ...

Distinguished Club Program 10 / 10!

Distinguished Club Program 10 / 10!

The wonders of nuclear fusion and the pitfalls of cold-calling were on show tonight. ...

Surfing the housing crisis

Surfing the housing crisis

A fun night of surfboards, dodgy dealings, and unwanted tattoos. ...

Rocks, rocks, everywhere

Rocks, rocks, everywhere

The dark side of olive oil production and extended monologues in a QuakeBox ...

What was being served?

What was being served?

The weather outside was frightful, but David Knight was so delightful ...

Chasing reasons to go thinking in the midst of Nepal

Chasing reasons to go thinking in the midst of Nepal

You never know what you're going to get at our club & tonight was no exception! ...

A new committee elected

A new committee elected

We’re all set for the next Toastmasters year with a new committee elected and set to start from July 1. From left to right, our new leadership committee is: Dave Br (President), Ade (VP Membership), JP (VP Education), David K (VP Education), Jan (Secretary), Sergie (Treasurer), Matt (VP PR), Jane (Secretary). You may have noticed, … A new committee elected Read More » ...

PR Habits along the Routeburn Track

PR Habits along the Routeburn Track

A great night learning about PR, Habit forming and breaking and the pain of hiking the Routeburn Track. ...

Car washing the building contract in yoga pants

Car washing the building contract in yoga pants

Dirty cars, dodgy builders and downward dog. ...

Don’t be immutable

Don’t be immutable

This short night out, was full to the brim! ...

Yoga, houdini dogs … let’s talk about it

Yoga, houdini dogs … let’s talk about it

You never know what you're going to learn at our meetings. Tonight was no exception, with three thoroughly interesting key speeches. ...

Summer’s a plastic folk tale

Summer’s a plastic folk tale

This meeting was bursting at the seams! Everyone had a role, everyone had some cake and we all had some fun. ...

DIY, Psychology, A Musician and Midwifery in the Middle East… How do we fit it all in!

DIY, Psychology, A Musician and Midwifery in the Middle East… How do we fit it all in!

Another super fun night of laughing, great speeches and of course learning how to master the fear of public speaking. Come see us! ...

Caption that!  Race for an ice breaker

Caption that! Race for an ice breaker

Another ice-breaker night! This time it was Kahu's turn to kick off the Toastmasters programme. ...

How to G.R.O.W. and still have time to read the news

How to G.R.O.W. and still have time to read the news

Autumn has very much arrived here in Christchurch, but the chilly weather outside did not affect the warm atmosphere at this week's meeting. ...

First amazing contest of 2016

First amazing contest of 2016

Tonight saw Cathedral City Toastmasters hold the first International Speech contest for the year, and boy was it a doozy ...

Man’s most Canadian trump card

Man’s most Canadian trump card

Best night of the week? Has to be Tuesday. Has to be Ellie as our Toastmaster! ...

All zipped up inside a camouflaged tank

All zipped up inside a camouflaged tank

It was a shortened evening at Cathedral City Toastmasters tonight, with only a single speech and an ambitious 10 table topics ...

Social media, apartheid and nudist neighbours…all to the smell of fresh bread!

Social media, apartheid and nudist neighbours…all to the smell of fresh bread!

Where could you go on a Tuesday to hear about the pros and cons of social media, growing up in South Africa under apartheid, and the dangers of swimming naked in your home swimming pool? ...

A wasteful taste of endurance

A wasteful taste of endurance

It's great to be back! It's February already and the club is in full swing. ...

Selling bunny hops and organs

Selling bunny hops and organs

Welcome to 2016!
Come and see what we're up to. ...

Thanks 2015, it’s been great

Thanks 2015, it’s been great

It was the end of the calendar year and the half-way mark for the toastmasters year ...

Awkward lions hunt bears in a hurricane wearing handerpants

Awkward lions hunt bears in a hurricane wearing handerpants

"Every week we come here, we laugh ridiculously and we go home again" remarked JP ...

Food and danger at the freezing works

Food and danger at the freezing works

It was another fun and action packed week at Cathedral City Toastmasters this week ...

Procrastinating early childhood

Procrastinating early childhood

We were in for a special treat tonight, with three excellent speeches, including one icebreaker! ...

Keys, locks, flags & leuvers

Keys, locks, flags & leuvers

Tonight was a whole lot of fun as two teams argued it out over the New Zealand flag referendum in Cathedral City's annual debate ...

Make the public wave connection

Make the public wave connection

This was one hearty meeting. Some hearty laughs, some good hearty topics and some moments close to our hearts too. ...

Earthquakes, Obesity and Rugby… Sacrilege!

Earthquakes, Obesity and Rugby… Sacrilege!

A fun filled evening as always. Speeches about terrifying earthquakes, Healthy living, Rugby and use of the word Sacrilege.
What more could you want? ...

What one has she must euphorically revive

What one has she must euphorically revive

It was a packed house tonight and so great to have what was almost the full crew along and to host our guests Luke & Stephanie ...

Five, Seven, Then Five – Syllables Mark A Haiku – Remarkable Night

Five, Seven, Then Five – Syllables Mark A Haiku – Remarkable Night

As always Cathedral City Toastmasters had a great night this week.
With Haiku, Heart Surgery, A reality check and some longtime listeners first time callers, how could it be anything but. ...

Nuclear hares in contention

Nuclear hares in contention

Combined Toastmasters meetings just don't get any better than this! Tonight we joined Christchurch Toastmasters en-mass over at their regular venue in Cashmere. ...

An epiphany!  Gorillas stop wasting water

An epiphany! Gorillas stop wasting water

This evening was jam packed with goodness. There was learning taking place left-right-and-centre as several people took on new roles and others extended themselves in all kinds of ways. ...

When am I going to be wrong?

When am I going to be wrong?

What an evening! Gripping, informative and bursting with entertainment. ...

Childhood memories of forgotten babies

Childhood memories of forgotten babies

Tonight’s contest must have set some kind of record, with nine contestants registered in the Table Topics Contest and five registered in the Humorous Speech Contest. ...

Change the perfect patching process

Change the perfect patching process

Change. It comes to all of us, and tonight Toastmaster Ade set 'change' to be the theme of the entire evening. ...

Morse, Metaphors and Mockingbirds

Morse, Metaphors and Mockingbirds

Super fun night this week. Very different to what we're normally used to. Come on in and see what happened. ...

Step into a universal distinguished surprise party

Step into a universal distinguished surprise party

The DTM award is the highest award a person can achieve through Toastmasters and tonight we celebrated this with Gary. ...

Foreign Nurse? Lakeside Holidays? Flag it…

Foreign Nurse? Lakeside Holidays? Flag it…

Such fun tonight! Journey's to the past, visits to the lake district and wholesome discussion about the ole NZ flag... Oh and some tome foolery too. ...

Put that new lung forward

Put that new lung forward

With JP in the hot-seat, this evening came with plenty of laughs and a few surprises too ...

Who will educate our young jet planes

Who will educate our young jet planes

Three great speeches, a bard and a fantastic round of table topics hardly left time for a cup of tea in the middle ...

That age old motivational poster

That age old motivational poster

We had a lot to celebrate tonight right at the end of the Toastmasters year ...

Something happened to Mother in another dimension

Something happened to Mother in another dimension

Our Toastmaster has clearly been feeling the chill judging by his attire tonight ...

Sustainable shiver me trifecta

Sustainable shiver me trifecta

"It might be cold outside, but it's definitely warm in here" began Toastmaster Dave Y in a truly figurative sense ...

The rising power of hullabaloo with impact

The rising power of hullabaloo with impact

"We're all here to practise and to learn" announced Toastmaster Tim as he welcomed what was a massive gathering of members and guests ...

Exemplary bald baby goats in a fishing marathon

Exemplary bald baby goats in a fishing marathon

With all our scheduled speakers unable to participate, Gary pulled together a great evening exemplifying the very qualities we aspire to master at Toastmasters. ...

Do you mind augmenting with Nottingham?

Do you mind augmenting with Nottingham?

"What an encouraging evening" summed up Ellie, our general evaluator for the night who had nothing but praise for the entire session ...

An alternative through the lens of the Batchelor

An alternative through the lens of the Batchelor

A monumental evening with two great speeches and a hilarious table topics hosted by Jan ...

Fairy-tales and other stories

Fairy-tales and other stories

"Rhapsodic" was our word for the evening, and the meeting was indeed a rhapsody of fun, learning, and fantastic story telling. ...

Canines, Peace and History

Canines, Peace and History

An evening of laughs and deep emotion. Take a look for yourself.



"Photograph by Mark Lincoln CC-BY-NC-ND" ...

It’s more than just Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous.

It’s more than just Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous.

Want to make more money on your next house sale. Or perhaps just want to know what kind of rock you just stubbed your toe on?
Then stop on by, because we have it covered. ...

Wet Exiting with Bertrand

Wet Exiting with Bertrand

Just when you thought all the mystery had gone from the world. Enter Ellie Young. ...

To this time of daylight

To this time of daylight

What do you do when your agenda's gone to the pack? You carry right on, Toastmasters style! ...

A bad day at the office, but it’s still your fault

A bad day at the office, but it’s still your fault

Tonight's meeting was Toastmasters perfection - a truly stirring speech and another that was enlightening, loads of entertainment and laughs and a whole lot of learning too. ...

St. Patrick’s Disney Trip, complete with Gobbledygook.

St. Patrick’s Disney Trip, complete with Gobbledygook.

Our Toastmaster for the evening Gary was in fine form, with humour and quick wit he made the evening flow with seamless ease. ...

Oh those troublesome rocks

Oh those troublesome rocks

Super-challenging tabletopics, a phenomenal ice breaker and an educational with a touch of meditation! ...

Oh no, lend me your triumph

Oh no, lend me your triumph

Time keeping was the theme of the night and Toastmaster Dave B really had us thinking right from word go when he declared that time was always fixed and only energy is variable. ...

What the rainbow was I thinking?

What the rainbow was I thinking?

It's always surprising just how much you can learn at one single Toastmasters evening and tonight was no exception ...

Did you know the art of bad news?

Did you know the art of bad news?

With 7 visitors, 15 minutes for Tabletopics, a speech, a bard and a grammarian the evening was well set to be both entertaining and an occasion to learn something! ...

Remembering Inchcape bus with letters

Remembering Inchcape bus with letters

Toastmaster Ellie had her entire audience wrapped around her little finger right from the get-go ...

Change your life, speaking with sharks

Change your life, speaking with sharks

We were told tales of sharks and the native wildlife of Stuart Island. We were all jealous. ...

We’re back with Mincs of Mice

We’re back with Mincs of Mice

We were back with a bang tonight with two great speeches, a neat round of table topics and lots of new faces! ...

That’s a wrap!  Thank you 2014

That’s a wrap! Thank you 2014

We wrapped up the year in style tonight with some great food, great fun amongst some great company. ...

Change resignation to green oak

Change resignation to green oak

Toastmaster Kathy was on fire tonight, running an ultra-smooth meeting right from the punctual start through to the graceful end. ...

Joyful Jubilations

Joyful Jubilations

‘Tis not quite the season but you would have been forgiven for thinking it was already upon us if you had been at toastmasters last Tuesday. Toastmaster Jennifer, first time in the role, did an excellent job of guiding the evening and encouraged many expressions of joy. ...

A muddy good mindset

A muddy good mindset

A shorter evening tonight to allow time for a social drink afterwards - short but high quality, very entertaining including some fantastic 'first times' as well. ...

Whodunnit and a bonanza of global destinations.

Whodunnit and a bonanza of global destinations.

Back into the main arena for the summer season, tonights meeting took us around the world and intrigued us with a murder mystery ... ...

A record positive evaluation

A record positive evaluation

Our stand-in Toastmaster was Dave B, who did a great job pulling together a truly memorable evening! ...

Are you a potato or a coffee bean?

Are you a potato or a coffee bean?

It was a short evening but a good one, with plenty of willing volunteers stepping up to fill gaps in the programme left by unforeseen absences. Ade became our impromptu Toastmaster, and did such a good job that you would have thought she’d had days to prepare rather than minutes! ...

Quiz Night. Oh Yeah!

Quiz Night. Oh Yeah!

We had a great night tonight quizzing it up! The competition was ferocious and hilarious.
Make sure you join us next time for an epic evening. ...

Anaesthetised stand-up concorde

Anaesthetised stand-up concorde

As our timer David said in his report, 'From burning planes to burnt chips, we've had it all'! ...

Swimming with smell-free blogs

Swimming with smell-free blogs

Tonight was one of those sink-or-swim nights! The odds were stacked against us with many people away, then access trouble to the building, but we eventually got going - we chose to swim! ...

Vegas Playas & would the Real Santa please stand up

Vegas Playas & would the Real Santa please stand up

Our Toastmasters were in fine form this week with everyone putting forward a great effort. ...

The glass is half full of golf shoes

The glass is half full of golf shoes

This evening had something for everyone. A good dose of laughter, some speaking experience, some of Jan's scrummy 'failed fudge' (Seriously Jan - it wasn't a failure!), a whole lot of applause and plenty of learning to match. ...

Praising shoe rhymes

Praising shoe rhymes

Oh what a night! Some great speeches, a whole bundle of laughs and a lot of learning. ...

Remembering a roadmap to confidence with experience

Remembering a roadmap to confidence with experience

Toastmaster Ade was bright, welcoming and organised - everything a good Toastmaster should be! With the speakers all lined up and all the seats filled she launched the evening right on time ...

Springing voxels have spiderism

Springing voxels have spiderism

"Spring has sprung!" began Toastmaster Margie with a smile. This was a warm and friendly Toastmaster meeting - a spring-feeling-spiderism-voxel-concoction of epic proportions! ...

A briefing with creepers

A briefing with creepers

Toastmaster JP kicked the evening off with relevance tonight. Relevance, because of the difference Toastmasters is making in JP's life now, with work, new job interviews and growth. We love to hear stories like this. ...

A clean sweep!

A clean sweep!

Dave Young took a clean sweep of the winter trophy collection tonight with two winning speeches! It was a massive evening with nine speeches in total, including several 'firsts' for people involved. ...

A revolutionary incident with insects

A revolutionary incident with insects

With a slow clock doing it’s best to start us late, a relaxed Toastmaster Gary took charge of the situation and launched the meeting with style and grace. ...

Double trouble cloud

Double trouble cloud

Toastmaster Chrissy was very excited when she saw the massive lineup of cars in the parking lot and people filling into the auditorium tonight. But we weren’t using the auditorium tonight, and the masses of people weren’t all coming to join our Toastmasters club! But we did have one welcome guest and some fantastic speeches. ...

Truthful moments

Truthful moments

It was time for a club health-check - this evening we took the opportunity to run the Toastmasters Moments of Truth program. Leading the session was Mike Johnson ATM who with a rich background in HR introduced himself as someone "who loves to work with people" and was clearly relishing the opportunity to work with Cathedral City Toastmasters to make us even better. ...

A Cocktail of Books, 27.5 and Chemicals

A Cocktail of Books, 27.5 and Chemicals

Choc-a-block evening we had this week. Toastmaster Ellie kicked us off by introducing our General Evaluator and our three speakers for the evening and a big reminder why it’s ‘THE BEST NIGHT OF THE WEEK!’. ...

Running out of a gritty version 2.0

Running out of a gritty version 2.0

“Grit.  It’s the fire in your belly that pushes you along” began CCTM President JP as he introduced the night with our new official Toastmasters agenda. “Which night is it?” asked Toastmaster Ellie – “The best night of the week” we answered back.  And indeed it was.  Fun & laughs, learning and inspiration.  But the first task of … Running out of a gritty version 2.0 Read More » ...

GUI Leadership

GUI Leadership

One word Awesome. That’s what our Toastmasters meeting was like this week at Cathedral City Toastmasters. Our Toastmaster for the evening Dave got us underway by with a message about saving trees, it was a subtle point, but I think it was well received. Something to think about. He eased us into the meeting by … GUI Leadership Read More » ...

Egregious time for publicans to say goodbye

Egregious time for publicans to say goodbye

JP was our Toastmaster of the evening, who did an exceptional job of bringing the programme together when others were absent. Kenneth read a bard tonight of an XKCD post on Burning Pollen. The speech was delivered in great style and was scientifically hilarious, with magic language like “our cars are always oxidizing; we just try … Egregious time for publicans to say goodbye Read More » ...

Salient love for food & purple

Salient love for food & purple

What a salient evening!  Congratulations all on making it such a success. Tim began with a story about the terror of going impromptu in front of a green screen at work.  Then Jennifer introduced our word-of-the day “Salient” with great clarity & some good examples before setting us free on the challenge. Tasha was first up with … Salient love for food & purple Read More » ...

Ten out of ten!

Ten out of ten!

With another rain storm set-in over Christchurch and some of our members stranded in the flooding, the weather very nearly got the better of us.  But that was until Jennifer came to the rescue offering her living room just over the road for the meeting.  And what a great evening it turned out to be too. With everyone settled … Ten out of ten! Read More » ...

A toast to voluptuous changes

A toast to voluptuous changes

“Good frosty evening” began toastmaster JP as he welcomed his audience.  But this meeting going to be anything but than frosty – fun, engaging and warm might be better adjectives. But the madness began when Grammarian Ade introduced the word of the day Voluptuous.  Despite the initial giggles, we managed to prove how this word can be used appropriately to enrich a … A toast to voluptuous changes Read More » ...

Look for awkward cricket in the park

Look for awkward cricket in the park

“A relaxed evening” began General Evaluator Ellie with a smile, “But relaxed in the sense that I can see so many people stepping out, calmly enjoying the challenge and delivering on that challenge”. With three prepared speeches for the evening, tonight’s line-up was bursting with variety. Our first speech was an ice breaker from David, and he … Look for awkward cricket in the park Read More » ...

A persuasively fast mini-OE

A persuasively fast mini-OE

Tonight was what Toastmasters is all about. People taking first steps, people really extending their capabilities and with plenty of hearty laughs mixed in. Congratulations Kathy on pulling off such a warm and successful meeting. Kenneth’s icebreaker speech really hit the spot tonight. ‘A mini-OE’ was a great story of a post-tertiary-education journey from Roxborough, … A persuasively fast mini-OE Read More » ...

From takers to givers

From takers to givers

Tonight was the Cathedral City Toastmasters Annual General Meeting – that pivotal time of the year where our outgoing club officers report on the year that was, and we elect a new team of members for the forthcoming Toastmasters year. With a big smile, outgoing VP Membership Dave Y. was delighted to report on the 12 month … From takers to givers Read More » ...

Safety, Choices and Lies.

Safety, Choices and Lies.

A fire safety presentation, the illusion of choice, a running champion, rocks in your togs, fear factor-challenges and Rohit rides a tiger? It could only be another awesome night at CC Toastmasters! ...

Dreams, Heros & Circles of Gold

Dreams, Heros & Circles of Gold

It was a ‘meeting from heaven’ said general evaluator Ellie.  ‘Each speaker responded to the audience.  We all just clicked’. And the clicking did indeed start with Toastmaster Janet, who warmly welcomed us all and got the meeting running on time. First in the lineup was Kathy with her CC5 speech Follow your dreams.  What followed … Dreams, Heros & Circles of Gold Read More » ...

Inspiration and Time Travel

This week we changed it up a little at Cathedral City by hosting a graduation of Speechcraft, it was awesome! Gary kicked us off by welcoming us all and setting the scene before handing things over to the evenings coordinator Dave Young. Dave explained how our two speakers for the evening had just spent the … Inspiration and Time Travel Read More » ...

A technically simple night at the movies

A technically simple night at the movies

What a fantastic meeting we had on Tuesday night. With a mixture of technical speeches, interesting topics and good ole Toastmasters Tom Foolery, we had a great time. Ellie kicked us off as Toastmaster, reminding us that Tuesday is her favourite night of the week, of course we all felt instantly awesome and ready to … A technically simple night at the movies Read More » ...

Spectacular marriage setup with rhyme

Spectacular marriage setup with rhyme

Toastmaster Dave demonstrated the role perfectly, beginning the evening right on time in a welcoming manner. Grammarian Ade introduced the word of the day ‘Spectacular’ and derivatives ‘Spectacularly’ and ‘Spectacle’, before rounding off with a short poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, There was a little girl. Kathy had a great bard reading titled “Marriage isn’t … Spectacular marriage setup with rhyme Read More » ...

Live & flourish with Charles

Live & flourish with Charles

Tonight’s meeting was flourishing with variety, and people too as we had to pull in extra seats to accommodate our guests! Toastmaster Tim kicked off on time getting straight into the programme, beginning with a bard from Rohit. Sourced from a Time article written by Morgan Freeman, Rohit’s reading brilliantly described a humble yet courageous … Live & flourish with Charles Read More » ...

Moving beyond half spectrum

Moving beyond half spectrum

With rain lashing down outside, tonight’s meeting was a little quiet on attendance – but that didn’t stop us from filling the room with fun & hearty laughter. Quotes seemed to be the order of the evening for Toastmaster JP – armed with an impressive variety he rolled them out as the evening progressed. One … Moving beyond half spectrum Read More » ...

Top marriage volunteers celebrate the house

Top marriage volunteers celebrate the house

Ade launched us off right on time into what she promised to be another “Fun-filled evening”.  She couldn’t have been more correct! And the fun began with our grammarian Jan, who put forward the challenge to use the word ‘Celebrate’ during the evening. David gave a great reading from the book “World Volunteers” tonight.  Beginning … Top marriage volunteers celebrate the house Read More » ...

A Tōhoku mother’s church relish

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 … A Tōhoku mother’s church relish Read More » ...

Cooking up a Tiramisu dictionary

Cooking up a Tiramisu dictionary

What a night, rainy and stormy outside with gales of laughter inside. Speeches Jennifer enlightened us to the origins of the modern dictionary and Samuel Johnson’s legacy to the English Language.  He was the father of the modern dictionary and we were introduced to words that no longer have meaning for us or others who have … Cooking up a Tiramisu dictionary Read More » ...

Seven leaders play whippet with relish

Seven leaders play whippet with relish

What a night!  Two contests, 8 great speeches and a clean sweep from one CCTM member.  But who took it out?  You’ll have to read on to find out First up was the Evaluation Contest, chaired by Ellie.  Evaluating a near immaculate speech by Carl Olkott, “Seven great words”, the four contestants were in … Seven leaders play whippet with relish Read More » ...

Eating torrid frogs with chocolate ants

Eating torrid frogs with chocolate ants

“Welcome to the best night of the week” began Toastmaster Ellie with a huge smile. And with that torrid introduction we all knew we were in for a great evening. Grammarian Jennifer introduced the word of the day “Torrid”, which turned out to be a very compatible word with definitions ranging from hot & dry, … Eating torrid frogs with chocolate ants Read More » ...

The world’s greatest multitasking goats

The world’s greatest multitasking goats

‘You’re not alive unless you’re challenging yourself’ was the theme of the night, introduced with style by Dave B. With the challenge set, we stretched ourselves over and over again, from first speeches, to long impromptu speeches and some other new approaches. Dave Y gave the first prepared speech of the evening, this time based … The world’s greatest multitasking goats Read More » ...

The signal & the couch

The signal & the couch

Why is Jennifer answering questions about recreational drugs? Thinking on your feet is what Toastmasters is all about, but this evening had some real challenges, not to mention a hearty laugh or two ... ...

Lost city or feisty bedtime story?

Lost city or feisty bedtime story?

Here it comes – the usual Tuesday recap, this time from a somewhat unusual Toastmasters evening, an evening which was almost dominated by guests! In the wake of a number of absences we shuffled the agenda around to fit and still made a corker evening of it. Toastmaster Tim was in charge beginning with a … Lost city or feisty bedtime story? Read More » ...

Trails formerly with rails and a girl’s best friend

2014 is well underway with another great evening lead by the very able Toastmaster JP, and featuring two brilliant ‘Visual Aids’ speeches, this time from both of our Brierlys. Ade was first with “Earrings are a girl’s best friend”. A picture of skill & confidence, Ade introduced her topic and unveiled her incredible collection of … Trails formerly with rails and a girl’s best friend Read More » ...

Surviving wolves with vegetables

Surviving wolves with vegetables

2014 kicked off with a hiss and roar, but why is Mr Mushroom giving a speech? ...

The big un-wrap

The big un-wrap

That's it. That's a wrap for 2013. Tonight was the end of year round-up - a chance to have a bit of fun with our wider Toastmaster friends and family.
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Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies

Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies

And just like that it was December. The home-straight for the year. But tonight’s meeting couldn’t be further from a wind-down, with two incredible prepared speeches, a manic table topics session and who could forget Inka’s incredible caramel slice! With Chrissy in the Toastmaster driving seat we started off in warm-Chrissy-style, on time, to what … Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies Read More » ...

Work-shopping

An evening of tips, tricks and traps – tonight’s workshop evening had something for everyone.  Running two concurrent tracks, we went from session to session, learning, discussing and taking notes along the way. Dave Y ran a practical mind-mapping session, showing by live example a neat way to plan and map out a full speech … Work-shopping Read More » ...

Parihaka & The Nod

From the powerful to the light-hearted, tonight’s session was engaging, fun & educational. Toastmaster Dave Brierly had punctuality in mind from the outset and with a concise introduction we were straight into Dave Young’s Bard, an account of one woman’s incredible experience and growth through Toastmasters. Tim started his new book tonight, speaking from The … Parihaka & The Nod Read More » ...

Engineering, new leaves & a ginger cat called chocky

The agenda was action-packed with three speeches, a 20 minute supper and a presentation to boot – and it was well worth every minute.  For those who haven’t heard, Dave Young took out the Toastmasters New Zealand Humorous Speech contest in the weekend.  Our Dave is the New Zealand Champion!  More details are on our … Engineering, new leaves & a ginger cat called chocky Read More » ...

Growing without notes, African icebreaking & Taiaha action

In the words of our general evaluator Dave Young, tonight was “professional, well presented and well prepared”. Well done all! It was a special occasion for Tim tonight, as he presented his final CC speech, “Growth”. Speaking on his own personal growth through Toastmasters Tim also achieved a new milestone, delivering the entire talk without … Growing without notes, African icebreaking & Taiaha action Read More » ...

Diwali MC & dreams around the dash

Toastmaster Rohit set us off tonight with a fantastic recount of what it was like to be MC for five thousand people at last weekend’s Diwali Festival. Well done Toastmaster Rohit! Tonight’s bard was from Marg, a great reading which uncovered some of the truths behind old wives tales. Marg showed us how a bard … Diwali MC & dreams around the dash Read More » ...

Desire of a real job with children

We shook things up a little with a chair-and-table approach to tonight’s meeting, lead by able-Toastmaster Scott. Inka warmed us up with an insightful reading on the mind and brain exercises, before Dave B introduced the word of the day Desire complete with a constable-grammarian persona. The audience of 15 was absolutely spoilt with two … Desire of a real job with children Read More » ...

Horsing around with football & gunpowder

A truely lively evening, with plenty of laughs, and as Jan pointed out in her evaluation, an almost reminiscent theme of our childhoods – explosions, childhood dreams, sports teams & flying beds. We had three blinding speeches tonight, all brilliant in their own right, for quite different reasons. Gary kicked us off with a magnificent … Horsing around with football & gunpowder Read More » ...

Illustrious bagology with knickers

Illustrious bagology with knickers

Tonight was an evening filled with evocative, beautiful language. Chrissy set the scene with her word of the day ‘illustrious’. Following on, Dave B delivered a bard rich with clever turns of phrase from a piece by Stephen Fry. The bard focused on language and helped seal the theme of language for the evening. Next … Illustrious bagology with knickers Read More » ...

Drug testing the NZ psyche

What an entertaining evening! But that’s what it’s all about – a good dose of fun and something to learn along the way. Congratulations to our speakers tonight, Scott & Rohit on two great presentations. Scott used toastmasters tonight as a test-run for a talk he will give on drug testing tomorrow at his work. … Drug testing the NZ psyche Read More » ...

Demonstrating health & safety with a white mouse

It was great to see so many people along to our demonstration meeting tonight. We deviated from the regular programme with M.C. Ellie giving our guests a friendly run-down on Toastmasters. Toastmaster Jan was next, setting a great positive tone for the meeting, introducing Grammarian Randal with his tongue-twisting word of the day ‘loquacious’. Tonight … Demonstrating health & safety with a white mouse Read More » ...

A supernatural omnishambles

An interesting & entertaining evening, headed up by Toastmaster Jonathan who kicked us off with a reflective & motivating reading from Marianne Williamson. Tim the Grammarian introduced the word of the day ‘omnishambles’, which only officially became a word last month. Randall took the floor next with some incredible tales of the supernatural in his … A supernatural omnishambles Read More » ...

Tenacious structure with email & upholstery

An all-round interesting, entertaining and educational evening. Toastmaster Rohit was captain of the ship and kicked us off introducing grammarian Ade with her word of the day “Tenacious”. Jan took the floor next with a captivating recount of her recent experience, renovating French furniture. Doing a fantastic job speaking without notes, Jan showed how simple … Tenacious structure with email & upholstery Read More » ...

Post-quake waves of fudge

It was a night of thoughtful and at times very moving speeches.  Some exceptional use of language – we clearly are a club of word-smiths. Tasha blew us away with her beautifully-crafted speech on post-quake Christchurch, capturing the mood, rebirth and even the language with this new city.  Then Scott took us on the search … Post-quake waves of fudge Read More » ...

A mother knows best, or does she?

A mother knows best, or does she?

What a great night it was last night with our first ever ‘official’ (judged and scored) Club Debate! My what a battle. With a moot like ‘Mother knows best for her child’ it was bound to get messy, and the teams did not disappoint. With Jan leading those in favour of the moot, she gave … A mother knows best, or does she? Read More » ...

July 23 Recap

With three major speeches in one sitting, tonight was as diverse and thought-provoking as an evening could be.  We traversed from Rohit’s fantastic analysis of the cons of TV advertising, to Tim’s technical session on mathematical kiwiana then to Tasha’s shocking and oh-so-captivating account of USA guns laws.  Table-topics was hilarious as Rebecca lead us … July 23 Recap Read More » ...

Impersonating Italian Churchill

Tonight was an all-round high quality evening. High quality speeches, high quality language and even some high quality impersonations. And the impersonations kicked off with a brilliant rendition of Winston Churchill’s famous WWII speech, complete with accent and Churchill-gestures. Hot on his heels was Jonathan with ‘Today in history’ which began at 2AD and wrapped … Impersonating Italian Churchill Read More » ...

August 13 Recap

With three speeches and six table topics tonight, Catherdral City Toastmasters was on fire with some brilliant performances complete with the usual seasoning of entertainment and at times laugh-out-loud comedy. Scott treated us to a great review of ‘The season of the Jew’ by Maurice Shadbolt, leaving us all wanting to pick up a copy … August 13 Recap Read More » ...

A humorous contest

Tonight was the 2013 Cathedral City Contest evening, and oh what a night! First up was the Table Topics competition with the topic of the evening, “A memorable moment in my life was …”.  We were treated to a variety of replies, from first encounters at the Vatican, to a chilly marriage proposal, university graduation … A humorous contest Read More » ...

July 30 Recap

Tonight was all about diversity & learning, with a whole lot of fun mixed in.  Randall blew us away with his tales of near death escapes, soaring with eagles & more in his hang-gliding second CC speech “In a world full of people only some choose to fly”.  Other highlights included an awesome session of kiwi … July 30 Recap Read More » ...

July 23 Recap

With three major speeches in one sitting, tonight was as diverse and thought-provoking as an evening could be.  We traversed from Rohit’s fantastic analysis of the cons of TV advertising, to Tim’s technical session on mathematical kiwiana then to Tasha’s shocking and oh-so-captivating account of USA guns laws.  Table-topics was hilarious as Rebecca lead us … July 23 Recap Read More » ...

A juicy trifecta

A juicy trifecta

What a night! We had the trifecta tonight at Cathedral City, With our three speakers Jan, Randall and Scott. We were treated to three amazing speeches that Inspired us, left us in awe and even a few dry throats (prelude to juicy eyes). What trio of speakers without a trio of awesome evaluators. Thanks guys! … A juicy trifecta Read More » ...

Smart dreams of shark underpants

Tonight was one of those great nights.  An enthralling icebreaker from Tasha on being stranded at sea in shark infested waters.  A captivating CC speech from Kathy, chasing her dreams of seahorses and a side-splitting bard from Gary on the merits of smart underpants.  Then who could forget the mad progression of table-topics that weaved … Smart dreams of shark underpants Read More » ...

Humorous flowers

Humorous flowers

A great night tonight. A real impromptu evening, with a few members unable to make it we had our Toast Master Dave Brierly step in with a humorous speech and Ellie giving an educational about a….Flower. Oh and an inspirational Bard from Inka. Also our newbies put in a solid effort, they are growing fast. … Humorous flowers Read More » ...

Pike viticulture gripes

Toastmasters tonight was one of those really memorable evenings. Scott’s icebreaker had us gripped, as he retold his stories on viticulture, Iraq, private investigation and more. Tarsha really moved the audience with her reading about the moment the Pike River Mine exploded. A great educational on the distinguished club program from Gary and a fun … Pike viticulture gripes Read More » ...

Vibrant stingray encounters

Vibrant stingray encounters

We had 12 members at our meeting last night with Gary leading the charge on Toastmaster. Tim talked about his recent public speaking success at his work then Dave B. launched into his grammarian role with Vibrant being the word of the night. Randall captivated us with a reading from Steven Hawkins ‘A briefer history … Vibrant stingray encounters Read More » ...