Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 15, 2016 - Theme: A Tower of Giraffes

A Tower of Giraffes

Have you ever wondered where the phrase "a murder of crows" or a "tower of giraffes" came from? Lynn was our Toastmaster for the day and gave us the history of the naming of groups of animals as well as a number of other humorous and interesting other examples!

Our first speaker of the day was Uliana, delivering her Ice Breaker Speech. Her speech was entitled, "My Unforeseen Countries," and was a fascinating story of all of the different countries she has lived in and the languages she learned before coming to the United States. 

Nancy C. was our second speaker and shared her life-long story of discovering who she is and her happenstance entry into radio. From all of this developed her love of teaching and speaking. Her speech was entitled,"Finding My Voice, A Continuing Education." 

Nancy C.

Our third and final speaker was Amritha with "The Million Dollar Question. Her story was literally one "out of the mouths of babes" when her son asked her, "Are you giving up, Mom?" A cascade of soul searching questions and reflections emerged from this one innocent question. Amritha won best speaker of the day.

As usual, our Table Topics segment was high energy and had many hilarious moments. Kathy led with giving participants highly unusual and not often heard of names of things and asked them to speak about each. Randy, Barb, Becky and Julie did a valiant job of describing things they weren't really sure about. Becky won for best speaker!

Jim, Jean, Barb and Lynn

The big news of the day was the announcement that Barb had won the 2016 District 2 Division Director of the Year! Barb was presented this distinguished award at the 2016 Winter Conference. Congratulations, Barb! You bring a whole new level of Toastmasters accomplishment and dedication to our club. ♥

Our evaluators for the day were Robert, Anisha and Warren.

Our G.A.T.E. team was Jung as Grammarian, Janet as Ah Counter, and Jean as General Evaluator. The word of the day was winsome.
Public Speaking Northwest Club Members & Barb!

In attendance were: Amritha, Anisha, Barb, Becky, Janet, Jean, Jim, Julie, Jung, Kathy, Lynne, Nancy C, Nancy L, Randy, Robert, Uliana and Warren (17). Our guests were Anna and Sean. (2) 

Respectfully Submitted,

Nancy LaJambe, Secretary
Public Speaking Northwest


  1. Outstanding minutes/blog, Nancy! You did a fantastic job with a little help from your toastmaster friends.
    We are all so proud of Barb. She is a true champion!

  2. Fabulous write-up Nancy. I love our Toastmasters group. Every week I learn so much more.

  3. Nancy, thanks for capturing the entire essence of the meeting. You are so damn good at this.

  4. I always enjoy your minutes, Nancy.

  5. For me, as a new member, your blog is especially helpful to become familiar with meeting events and to learn about my fellow toastmasters-including putting names with faces. Thank you for putting this all together.

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