With a Presidents Day theme, February's two favorite Presidents were the men of the hour at today's meeting. Lynne, our Toastmaster, shared several of their memorable and inspiring quotes.
"It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company." George Washington
George need not have worried about bad company if he had been a member of Toastmasters. He would have known the pleasure of being part of a diverse group of interesting individuals, who yet share the common goals of enhancing their public speaking and leadership skills.
"Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln
Another of Mr. Lincoln's timelessly pertinent remarks. All 20 of today's attendees knew their feet were firmly placed in the correct location. Three speakers stood firm, one for the first time, and shared their speeches . . . and a bit of themselves.
Before introducing today's Toastmaster, Jean gave the Treasurer, Joanne, a moment to announce that we've entered the dues collection period for the upcoming Toastmasters half-year. District 2 has some attractive dues incentive prize drawings for which we look forward to qualifying.
Grammarian ~ Pashmeena/Word of the Day: CHIME
Ah Counter ~ Deepanjali
Timer ~ Jean
With three speakers followed by three speech evaluators, the general Evaluator position went on hiatus today.
|Ah . . . Deepanjali|
|Work that timer, Jean!|
Jamie's 6th speech fulfilled the Vocal Variety project in our Competent Communication manual; Barb's evaluation applauded the manner in which his volume and pitch, as well as breathing and pauses, enhanced our interest and enjoyment in his talk.
Kyle, in his very first evaluation, praised Abe's speech for the entertaining manner in which he presented the body language project. He thanked Abe for making it easy for him to give his first evaluation. Indeed, Kyle appeared as comfortable as a seasoned evaluator.
|Elaine melted the ice.|
Elaine, as third speaker, gave her first speech, The Ice Breaker. She opened with her brief social media bio and transitioned into an expansion of those details which allowed the audience a deeper understanding of who she is. In only about six minutes, Elaine's Ice Breaker really spread the warmth.
Jan evaluated Elaine's speech with praise for her enthusiasm and ability to present details of her multi-faceted life in a way that inspired the listeners to feel as if they really know her.
OUR BLUE RIBBON WINNERS:
Best Speaker ~ Elaine
Best Evaluator ~ Kyle
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE DAY:
Thanks to Juliet for volunteering for this task. She then deserves extra credit for grace under pressure. The camera given to her acted up today and the memory card reached its maximum. In spite of near equipment failure, she coaxed many fine photos out of that wayward camera. Kudos, Juliet!
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Our club inspirational and evaluation contests will be held next Tuesday, February 26.
Dues collection is under way for the upcoming membership period: April 1 - September 30, and we want to qualify for the District 2 incentive prize drawings. Please see your Treasurer, Joanne, with either cash or checks payable to Public Speaking Northwest. Many thanks!
Please help all outstanding loaner CC and CL manuals find their way home. Bring them with you next week, or contact Joanne for alternate arrangements. Much gratitude!
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, JeanTracy@kidsdiscuss.com, 425.745.0022.