Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Toastmasters Support the Words of Tom Peters!

“Join Toastmasters! Oral communication skills count.” ~ Tom Peters is the author of The Pursuit of Wow!

Our toastmasters practice their oral communication skills with presentations, table topics, and evaluation skills. Our professional manuals are filled with helpful suggestions.

Barb, our president, welcomed Jamie, Barbara, Juliet, Jerry, Kate, Yanhong, Cindy, Ken, Lynne, Sam, Mihaela, Emery, Jan Z., Jan S., Cary, Kyle, Casey, Jean, Sam, and Sam’s guest, Tom.

Jamie, our toastmaster, gave the theme for the day, “Life Transitions.” He shared several of the transitions he and Cindy have experienced in the past few years.

Lynne, our sergeant-at-arms, opened the meeting by reading our mission statement. She also presented the word of the day, “Threshold,” to promote the theme.

Cindy, our invocater, gave an inspirational quote from Mother Teresa.

Our speaker, Barbara, gave her Ice-Breaker. She was born in Germany, lived in France, and went to boarding school in Britain. We learned she’s a world traveler and a biologist. She’s a fascinating person. We’re eager to learn even more about her.

Ken, Barbara’s evaluator, gave over 10 specific positives and his suggestions showed great understanding. Ken’s a master evaluator.

Kate, our table topic master, asked advice for her daughters and herself regarding which colleges to attend and how to face the empty nest facing her in a few years.

Pierce, Emery, Cindy, and Barb shared their wise thoughts.





Jean evaluated the meeting and noted the laughter, positive help, and wonderful feeling of joy throughout the meeting.


Mihaela, our timer, was so intrigued by each speaker that sometimes the timing lights stayed off. This prompted lots of laughter. Many of us have had the same experience as timers. 
The Blue Ribbon Winners!

Best Speaker ~ Barbara
Best Evaluator ~ Ken
Best Table Topics Speaker ~ Pierce

Congratulations to all!

Our photographer for this minutes/newsletter was Jerry Hughes. Thanks for the great photos, Jerry.

Our Picture of the Day:

Jan S.
 News We Can Use:

1. Our guest Tom is joining our club. Welcome Tom!
2. Kate will represent us at our Division Contest at the Redmond Library on October 18th. We are all welcome. Bring a friend.
3. Our District Conference will be held Saturday, November 10th at the Lynnwood Convention Center. There will be educational sessions, keynotes, contests and food! Conferences are so much fun.
4. Last but not least, we are having a Halloween Open House on Tuesday, October 30th from 12:00 – 1:00. Wear a costume and bring a friend and be prepared for a frightening time.

Respectfully Submitted, 

Jean Tracy, DTM ~ Secretary


  1. Let Toastmasters lift your speaking and leading skills and your spirits too.

    Jean Tracy, DTM

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  3. I eagerly attend each meeting. I don't want to miss a second of our time together!! Thank you Jean for reminding us of the laughter and relationship. Thanks to everyone for your contribution!!

  4. Even our shy and new members relaxed and joined in the laughter. It's such a joy to see.

  5. With all the fun and laughter our attendance is growning...we added two more tables to accomodate everyone this week!!

  6. Great meeting! Really enjoyed the experience!

  7. The meeting was full of excitement and fun. I enjoyed getting to know our new members and learning about their interest in Toastmasters.The pictures in the minutes real bring the meeting to life. The photographer did a great job.

  8. It was a great meeting! I really enjoyed Barbara's icea breaking speech!