Tuesday, November 5, 2013

11/5/2013 Theme: Voting

Kathy was our Toastmaster today. Since it was Election Day,   "Voting" was our theme.  Kathy explained that the first Tuesday of November was chosen as Election Day for several reasons.  November was selected because harvest work was done.  Tuesday was picked because many people had to travel a day to reach the polls.  Since many people would not travel on Sunday because of religious beliefs, Monday was not an option. 

We just had one speaker today. Ash gave her third presentation from the CL manual. The title of her talk was " The Journey of 4000 miles".  Ash spoke her journey to Washington so she and her fiance could legally marry and raise a family.  Growing up gay in the south was not easy.  Yet Ash had lived in the same area for 13 years so she had to leave behind friends and family, professional and volunteer work that she loved.  Her fiance moved here in April to start working for the Seattle Police Department.  However Ash had a job contract to fulfill so she could not move until June.  Ash drove the 4000 miles by herself.  She stopped to see a few sights along the way, but she took the journey by herself.  It wasn't easy, but it led to her new life of freedom with her fiance.  We also so glad that Ash's journey led her to our club! 

We had a little extra time today so Jean our President shared notes from the Area Governor's visit.  Most comments were quite favorable.  However it was suggested that the Toastmaster doesn't speak while members are writing notes and to put a little more constructive critiques in our evaluations.

We didn't have any guests today, but hopefully next week  you will  join us. Guests are always welcome.  We look forward to seeing you.

Please Note:  There will be no meeting on November 26th due to the unavailability of our meeting space.


  1. Good summary, Kate. We welcomed Linda as our newest member. Her positive energy and enthusiasm is a gift for all of us.

  2. Thank you, Kate. Enjoyed Ash's speech. It will be my turn next week!

  3. Thanks for the good summary Kate. Sending a warm welcome to Linda!!