Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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

Toastmasters teaches communication skills."The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Party Table!

Whether accepting a small favor, or even a small gift, well-developed communication skills help to raise that acceptance to the level of art. 

Our January 15 meeting was a Post-Holiday White Elephant Party. Going completely in Table Topics format, upon opening our White Elephant gifts, we each used our two minutes (and communication skills) to explain why this was our best gift ever.

Jean and Jerry
Our President, Jean, opened the meeting with Jerry. Mihaela, Cindy, Jamie, Pierce, Barbara, Juliet, Kathy, Lynne, Joanne, and three guests: Robert, Elaine, and Eugene in attendance.

Toastmaster Jerry
Jerry, our Toastmaster, reviewed the White Elephant rules, then played holiday tunes as he circulated among us with a basket of numbers which created our gift-choosing order.

Eugene and Jerry

While we selected our numbers from Jerry, we also filled our plates at the holiday-themed food table. It's just not a party without adequate snacks.

It was pot-luck today with everyone contributing to the bounty.

Assorted party shots follow:   

Does Pierce want the gift Juliet is choosing?

Pierce likes his own gift best.

Barb's Teddy Bear Pyramid
Jamie begins his talk while unwrapping.
Elaine's stylish shades
Robert stole his gift.
Lucky Eugene went first and last.
Cindy proves that a good time was had by all.
Our Photographer of the Day:
She worried that her "best gift ever" might be stolen, but she did not have to turn it over and got to take home the game ball.
News You Can Use:

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/Treasurer


  1. Joanne, you did a stellar job! It was fun and easy to read. Give yourself a pat on the back and a huge smile.

    Jean Tracy, DTM

  2. Thanks, Jean. My feathers are still ruffled over it not going as planned and on schedule. Did you notice, also, that the two posts showed up out of order? Thought I'd taken precautions to assure that this one from two meetings ago would appear second, and the post of this week's meeting would top the list as it should. Sadly, the most current meeting appears second as if it took place last week. My obsessive-compulsive side is bummed. Nevertheless, Mihaela took fabulous pix.

  3. You did a great job capturing the meeting, Joanne. I admire your willingness to take on this responsibility.

  4. Joanne did a fabulous job of multi-tasking. Did you notice that she was photographer, secretary, AND Ah-counter all at the same time?