Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 13, 2014 Theme: Birthdays

Today we celebrated our club's eleventh birthday.  On May 19, 2003 Jean Tracy founded Public Speaking Northwest. We celebrated with refreshments including cupcakes and birthday wishes. Jean was presented with a dozen roses..... one for each year of the club and one to grow on.

Alice was our first speaker. She gave her Icebreaker titled My Most Memorable English Experience. Alice spoke about how hard it was for her to learn English when she moved from Taiwan to the United States. It wasn't until she worked 18 hour days in Alaska that she finally became proficient. Alice learned that many blessings are hidden among challenges.

Ash was our second speaker. She completed project 7 from the CC manual. The title of her presentation was Solidarity in the 21st Century: Hashtag Activism. Ash gave us a detailed explanation of how Twitter/hashtags work. It is a conversational tool. It connects ordinary people with people in power.

Please excuse the brevity of/inconsistencies with today's blog. This blogger was joyfully distracted throughout the meeting with the most adorable guest to ever  attend our meeting! Our Toastmaster Barb brought her beautiful four month old granddaughter Jenny to the meeting. This blogger was privileged. to hold Jenny during the entire meeting.  Young or old guests are always welcome.


  1. Kate always does such a good job of capturing the activity and essence of our meetings. I enjoyed Alice's and Ash's speeches, I learned from both.

  2. I'm sad to be missing everything! It's always so much fun and a great learning experience! Thank you Kate for the wonderful blog updates! I'm looking forward to being back in June! ~Elaine~

  3. It was a nice celebration and meeting

  4. I felt honored by the celebration.

    Kate not only decorated the party, brought delicious cupcakes, and held baby Jennifer, she also brought the roses and wrote the blog. Kate, you are so generous.

  5. Thanks so much for all your help, Kate --
    with the meeting, the baby, and the blog!