Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 21,2014 Theme: Chinese New Year Festival

Yanhong was our Toastmaster today. She chose Chinese New Year celebration as the theme. This is the longest and most important  Chinese celebration. The dates change every year but they are always the first 15 days of the year of the Chinese calendar. This year it will be January 31st to February 18th. It is clebrated with family feasts and fireworks. People wear red clothing because red symbolizes fire which according to ledgend can drive away bad luck.

Linda was our fisrt speaker.  She completed project 4 in the CC manual.  The title of her speech was: Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dance.  There are 55 ethnic minorities in China.  Their dances reflect emotion and tradition. Using her computer, Linda showed us vivid pictures of Chinese ethnic minorities life and dance traditions. Linda also thrilled us by demonstrating herself some of the beautiful dance movements.

Kate was our 2nd speaker.  She completed project 10 in the CC manual. The title of her speech was Footprints. Kate shared that by overcoming a physical challenge, it mentally prepared her to achieve any goal she wanted.  Kate couldn't swim more than a lap in a pool, had never ridden a bike with gears and had done very little jogging. However in 2003 she completed a triathalon. This accomplishment changed her thoughts from "I can't" to "I can if I really want to."

Jean our VP of Education shared with us what judges are looking for in the upcoming international speech and evaluators contest. So far Ash and Kate will compete in the speech contest, but we need volunteers for the evaluation contest. If interested sign up on our duty roster.

Jim Dosh was our guest today.  He liked us so much he decided to join our club.  Welcome Jim!  Whether they join our club or not, guests are always welcome.  Hope to see you at our next meeting.


  1. Kate, your blog minutes were so interesting. As our secretary, it is clear you listen well. You shared the enthusiasm and joy that our toastmaster meetings provide. I appreciate you.