Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11/19/2013 Theme: Thanksgiving

Lynne was our Toastmaster today. She chose Thanksgiving as our theme. The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621.  The first settlers added their Christian beliefs to the Native American celebration.  In 1939  President Roosevelt was pressured into making the 3rd Thursday of November Thanksgiving so people could start their Christmas shopping earlier. However in 1941 Congress declared Thanksgiving a national holiday and set it as the 4th Thursday in November.
Karen was our 1st speaker today.  She completed project six from the Competent Communication manual.  The title of her talk was Learn to Live with It.  Karen spoke of how she has lived with chronic pain since she was twelve years old.  Chronic pain is considered the silent epidemic.  Seventy-six million Americans live with chronic pain. Thirty million of those have lived with chronic pain for a year or longer. Karen, being the remarkable individual that she is, has learned to live well with her pain. Karen now leads workshops to help others live well with their chronic pain. Thank you Karen.  You are an inspiration!
Kate was our 2nd speaker today.  The title of her talk was Gifts with Taste.  This was Kate's eight presentation from the CC manual.  Kate shared three simple tasty gifts that you can make for holiday giving. Kate emphasized that all homemade gifts should pass the KISS test.  Keep It Simple and Stress Free. Everyone enjoyed the samples of tasty treats that Kate shared.
Jim Nosh was our only guest today.  We always welcome guests to our meetings.  We hope you will be joining us soon.
No Meeting Next Week.  Our next meeting will be December 3rd.  Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Thanks for the meeting notes. Looks like it was another great meeting I'm sorry that I missed the meeting yesterday but I had a work meeting that got scheduled at the last minute that ran over into the noon hour.

  2. Wishing everyone one a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  3. We had two awesome speakers. It's amazing how the Toastmaster Program with its manuals for speeches, support from members, and excellent evaluations speed up each person's public speaking progress so dramatically.