Kate was the Toastmaster. She chose inspirational quotes as the theme to motivate us in our new year's resolutions or any new endeavor. She shared quotes from politicians, professional athletes and celebrities. A quote by Arthur Ashe stated: "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." Kate related this to Toastmasters. Some our best speeches come from knowledge we already have. Toastmasters is about developing and fine tuning our leadership and speaking skills.
Our first speaker was Linda. She completed speech #3 in the CC manual. Linda spoke about the college entrance exam in China called Gaokao. It is a very harsh exam that can determine a student's future. She shared information on its history, structure and benefits.
Our second speaker completed speech #4 in the CC manual. She spoke of courage. She spoke of challenges she courageously dealt with as a child, college student and young adult. She shared that sometimes courage doesn't roar. Sometimes courage is just getting out the door.
Both our speakers taught us something new. Our diverse group enriches all of us with their knowledge and life experiences. We start where we are, share what we have and move forward together. Come join us next week. Guests are always welcome.