Friday, January 11, 2013

Public Speaking Northwest Honors the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Toastmasters teaches leadership skills. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our meeting today included 2 speakers who overcame challenges. 

Our president, Jean, presided over the meeting with Lynne, John, Jamie, Mihaela, Kate, Juliet, Jerry, Kyle, Abe, Ana, Joanne, Barb, and Ken in attendance.

Lynne opened the meeting with a smile and our mission statement.

Our Grammarian, Juliet, gave "Habitual" as the word of the day. We had to use when speaking or pay a quarter.

Kyle told us how his toast in Colombia at his best friend's wedding went. Kyle gave the toast in Spanish.


Jerry was our timer.


John, our first speaker, shared his four point method on how he lost 200 pounds since last year at this time. So inspirational!

 Jamie evaluated John's presentation with praise for his organization, visual props, and delivery.


Abe, our second speaker, gave his ice breaker show how he is building a house using the bricks people have thrown at you. Amazing speech!

Barb evaluated Abe's talk with enthusiasm about his handling of the emotional nature of his speech, his gestures, eye contact, and his delivery without notes.


Ana, Table Topics Master, presented a pinwheel of topics. Joanne told about one of her bad habits and made us laugh. 
Joanne choosing a Table Topic from Ana

Our Blue Ribbon Winners:

Best Speaker ~ John
Best Evaluator ~ Barb
Best Table Topics ~ Joanne

Our Photographer of the Day:

News You Can Use:

1. Our Open House White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on January 15th. Members are asked to bring a wrapped gift worth $5 or less. Each member will explain, in table topic format, why the gift they chose is just what they wanted. Jerry will create a team for decorating the room and bringing tasty snacks.
2. Our club inspirational and evaluation contests will be held on February 26th.

 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,

Joanne, Secretary



  1. Joanne deserves praise for her first blog as secretary. Congratulations, Joanne!

  2. Many thanks, Jean! It was a pleasure to participate in this, my first club blog post, after such an upbeat and inspirational meeting, two splendid speeches, wonderful evaluations, and a New Years themed Table Topics. If only time had allowed more selections from Ana's pinwheel. Nevertheless, she came prepared for any & all contingencies. Bravo!

  3. It looks like we have the right person taking over the blog! Well done Joanne.

  4. Congrats, Joanne, for such a great start! Very well done, speakers of the day! Mihaela

  5. Many thanks & kudos to Jean and Joanne for making this transition. WELL DONE! Great minutes!

  6. By the way . . . a learning curve is involved. Now that I've been through this first blog I realize I must keep a list of every attendee (no more relying on memory). My very sincere apologies to Pierce for leaving his name off at the beginning of the post.

  7. A seamless transition into the new year!! Great job Joanne!!