Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Public Speaking Northwest Honors the Words of Anne Morrow Lindberg

Toastmasters teaches communication skills. "Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." Anne Morrow Lindberg

Jean, our President, opened the meeting with Kyle, Jamie, Mihaela, Abe, Casey, Lynne, Ken, Kate, Elaine, Barb, Joanne, two guests: Deepanjali and Pashmeena, and Area Governor, Tammy Preuss in attendance.

Barb, Jean, Lynne, Area Governor Tammy Preuss, Ken, and Joanne

After a brief ceremony where Tammy inducted officers into their new positions, Jean turned the meeting over to the day's Toastmaster, Kyle. His theme today was "endeavor" and all that entails. Kyle's first turn at Toastmaster was a successful endeavor, indeed. 

Toastmaster Kyle
Three-quarters of the GATE Team today were: Jamie as Grammarian, Joanne as Ah-Counter, and Mihaela as Timer.
Mihaela & Joanne

Jamie selected "exacerbate" as the Word of the Day. All who spoke needed to use exacerbate at least once in order to avoid paying a twenty-five cent fine. Jamie also listened for correct grammar usage. Joanne listened for ahs, ums, and similar fillers, charging five cents per occurrence; she also doubled as photographer. Mihaela kept her eye on the clock and worked the lights in order to keep speakers on time. The GATE Team endeavors to listen actively and attentively to the oral communications of its fellow Toastmaster members. 

Abe made his second speech today, sharing with us how he takes inspiration from the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a positive role model we might all endeavor to emulate.

Kate's fourth speech, complete with acronym, also gave the audience a fine example of a proactive approach to use in our interactions with others when filling the role of advocate.

Barb evaluated Abe's speech, praising his outline of five topic headings, which he posted for us, and his transitions between them.

Jean expressed enjoyment of Kate's gestures and the emphasis they brought to the points of her talk.

Although the officer induction ceremony used time that might have allowed for a General Evaluator, the fourth member of the GATE Team quartet, Casey, as Topics Master, had time to call on two members for Table Topics.


Casey, what was that book you were using?

Abe and Lynne answered some fun questions from that mystery volume.

Ken and Kyle
Ken endeavored to encourage new and prospective members to earn their Ice Breaker certificates by diving right in and moving that first speech into the "done" column.

Abe and Jean
In a fitting punctuation mark to Ken's announcement, Abe then received his Ice Breaker certificate.

Our Blue Ribbon Winners:

Best Speaker ~ Kate
Best Evaluator ~ Barb
Best Table Topics ~ Lynne

Our Photographer of the Day


News You Can Use:

Our club inspirational and evaluation contests will be held on February 26.

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/Treasurer


  1. Great job, Joanne. The speeches this week were very inspirational. It's amazing how much we can learn and ENJOY from a 5 minute speech!

  2. Thanks, Barb. Yes, both Abe and Kate hit home runs. They distilled the most salient points and made their brief speeches sing!

  3. Joanne, you hit another home run yourself. It takes extra effort on your part to include the pictures in our blog/minutes/newsletter. Thank you for your great spirit.

    Jean Tracy, DTM