Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Teaches the Words of Indira Gandhi!

Toastmasters is the place where leaders learn to lead. "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles: but today it means getting along with people." - Indira Gandhi

Public Speaking Northwest teaches members how to lead while enjoying  warm friendships.

Barb, our president, welcomed Pierce, Abe, Ana, Joanne, Jan, Ken, Kathy, Jamie, Kyle, Lynne, Joanne, and Jean. 


Pierce, our Toastmaster for the day, used "Persistence" as his theme for the day followed by inspirational thoughts on the word. Pierce is a toastmaster "Pro" and led the meeting well.


Joanne, as Grammarian, chose "Tenacious" as the word that everyone had to use when they spoke today.


Kyle, our First Speaker, spoke about "Persistence in the Game of Disc Golf." His 3 points included:
1. Face the Foe - the golf course and become its friend.
2. Focus on the task at hand. Tell yourself, "I can do this."
3. Realize where you are is where you are. Continually conquer each step and move forward. He ended with a quote, "Talent gets you to the top. Character (persistence) keeps you there."

Jan evaluated Kyle's talk with praise for his use of space, eye contact, organization, and good analogies.

Our second speaker was missing. Pierce asked for a volunteer. Joanne agreed to give her Ice Breaker and it was terrific. We saw of glimpse of her tenacious spirit as she described her first and last ski trip. She fell off the T bar heading up the slopes, tripped and fell off the chair as she was supposed to land. She had to roll over to avoid being trampled on by the skiers from the following chair. She fell several times on the icy hill, landed upside down, and need the ski patrol to bring her down the rest of the way. With frozen hands and frozen eye lashes she survived. 


Ken evaluated Joanne and praised her for taking up the challenge to give her first talk, her gestures, storytelling abilities, and her courageous spirit in taking this opportunity to speak.


Kathy, as Table Topics Master, asked Lynne, Ken, Abe, and Jamie seasonal questions about Macy's Parade, football, home decorations, and waiting in the cold for Best Buy's Black Friday store to open its doors.

 Abe won table topics. He demonstrated waiting to crash the doors of Best Buy for his new ipad.


Lynne, as Sergeant-at-Arms counted the votes for the Blue Ribbon winners.


 Ana, our humorist told a super joke about the difference between the words "complete" and "finished."

The Blue Ribbon Winners Are:

Best Speaker: Kyle
Best Evaluator: Ken
Best Table Topics: Abe

Today's photographer was Jan. Thank you Jan! 

Picture of the Day! 

 News We Can Use:

1. Joanne, our newest member, will be our Treasurer in January. Thank you, Joanne!
2. Next Tuesday, December 4th, there will be an Officer's meeting at 11:00 AM.

If you'd like to join us for polishing your presentations, developing leadership skills, and making friends, we welcome you.

 We meet every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 PM. You'll find us at the Seattle Times Building in Bothell, Washington ~ 19200 120th Avenue NE. Feel free to bring your lunch.

To find out more contact: Jean Tracy,, 425.745.0022.

Respectfully submitted,


Jean Tracy, DTM


  1. Joanne has jumped in with both feet. She deserves our appreciation. Thanks, Joanne.

    Jean Tracy

  2. If you have missed meeting with the Toastmasters, you have missed a heap of fun people and interesting stories!!

  3. It was so good to see some people who haven't been able to come lately!

  4. Table Topics was lively. Enjoyed Ken and Abe's animated answers. Table topics is such an opportunity for new people to speak without preparation. It is just plain fun. I would like to have more Table Topics, if time permits. Jan Skoog

  5. Having fun in Toastmasters is a great thing and having fun with a great group like Public Speaking Northwest is even better.

  6. I loved the stories of the two speakers of the day and the fun of the Table Topic speakers! Mihaela