Tonight we had our third virtual meeting via Zoom, with the theme of the night being ‘World Earth Day.’ We had an attendance of 18 people, including our long-time member Shirley Childs and area director Ashwani Mangla.
Helena gave a toast regarding the theme of Earth day, and explained the importance of being mindful and cherishing our natural environment. It was an emotional and touching toast.
Word of the night
Raj introduced us to the word ‘macrocosm’, which was defined as the whole of a complex structure.
Aanchal shared a humourous anecdote about the times her name was mispronounced. She has been called an angel, an uncle and achee! (sorry I sneezed while typing this)
Jonathan was the table topics master for the night, and he centred his questions around the theme.
Some of his questions included:
- What is something easy you could do tomorrow to start helping the environment?
- Would you rather live without a car or without paper for the rest of your life?
- Do you think it is your responsibility to care about the environment?
The members who were chosen answered these questions very creatively and it got everyone thinking about their role in helping save the earth!
For the 2nd half of the night, there were 3 speakers for the prepared speeches portion.
My 3 tests during self isolation – Helena’s speech was a candid and humourous insight into the struggles a mother can experience during self isolation. Helena’s soft but expressive style of speaking kept us engaged and we all were able to identify with aspects of her tests.
Know yourself – Clare’s speech topic was about her explanation of enneagrams, and her objective was to be able to respond effectively to disruptive audience members during her speech. There were several different distractions, including audience member’s interrupting and even a rogue screen-share, but nothing phased Clare and she completed her objective smoothly.
Habit change/life change – Alicia explained to us about the process of building habits and the impact’s it can have on one’s life. She spoke about her own personal weight-loss journey that ended up not only transforming her weight but also transforming into a 2nd career. Alicia then spoke about how the pandemic had improved her habits of cooking and childcare.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable meeting with great interjections from Shirley during the course of the night, advising us on Earth Day and reminding us to do our part for the environment!