Elaine was our Toastmaster today. Exercise is near and dear to heart, because professionally she puts on body building workshops. Throughout the meeting she shared the benefits of exercise, the least of which is losing weight. Besides being Toastmaster, Elaine received 3 awards today. She earned her Nickel award for completing her 5th speech last week. She received the Meetup Star award for consistently using Meetup to post about our club.
Pierce was our first speaker today. He gave his own introduction which focused on how he went from despair to renewed hope and faith. The body of his talk explained his conviction that he believes everyone can achieve greatness through service. He had a very powerful conclusion in which stated: "Surrender yourself to service and greatness will surrender to you."
Karen was our second speaker today. She completed project 1 from the Specialty Speeches Manual which was an Impromptu Speech-Chosen by You. Karen gave us a very inspirational talk about committing to walking 60 miles a month. This was no easy task, but she literally did it one step at a time. Today was her one year anniversary of walking 60 miles a month. The benefits Karen gained from walking included: improved health, increased personal confidence and many new friends.
Today's meeting was special because we had several guests. Members from Karen's walking group came to show support. Two guests accepted an invitation from our member Pat and one guest found us via our Meetup post. Guests are always welcome, so weather you are personally invited or just come across this blog, don't hesitate to join us.