9/28/16: You Don't Know, What You Don't Know

Morningstars Toastmasters Meetings on CoastMind the gap” is a phrase that continues to ring in my ears long after my travels to England. It was an audible and visual warning issued to rail passengers to take caution while crossing the horizontal, and in some cases vertical, spatial gap between the train door and the station platform.

And it sums up the Morningstars meeting on Sept. 28.

Our fearless leader for the morning, Sandy W. expressed the viewpoint that the phrase “I don’t know” is the key to opening the door for knowledge expansion. By admitting a lack of knowledge, we can seek sources to fill that gap.

The theme was carried further by an inspiration from Frank. C., encouraging us to “fill the gap” and make connections in our world with new information.

Our speakers for this morning gave us a dose of information while encouraging us to step outside of our normal comfort zones – minding the gap of where we are and where we are going:

Sheila C., giving an impromptu speech on “Breaking Habits,” encouraged us to stop believing everything we think. She shared a four step plan to change the way we approach habits, such as purchasing chocolate bars at the checkout stand, and how to rewire our mentality for future success.

Our new VP of Ed, Neil B., delivered a Project 9 speech (Persuade with Power) that focused on “how we are all in this together.” “This” meaning Toastmasters and how we can strategically accomplish our CL and other milestone goals with one another.

Katherine S. also delivered a powerhouse #9 speech about stretching and growing outside of our Toastmasters comfort zone. She is leading a new session once a month at the Arts Building for Toastmasters and the public to talk about their passions. Click here for more details.

Announcements

New Sergeant of Arms Voted In
Guy F. has tossed his hat into the executive board ring as the new Sergeant of Arms following Neil’s move to VP of Education. A big round of applause to John G., who has offered to help train the new executive member.  Congratulations, Guy!

SEWN Fall Business Fair This Saturday
The Sunshine Coast Toastmasters Clubs will be presenting at the SEWN (Self-Employed Women’s Network) Business Fair on Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt. The event is free to attend. Click here for details.

Area Contest This Sunday
Contestants from the three area clubs on the coast will face off in the Area Level Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest this Sunday (Oct. 2) at Davis Ball Hall (5123 Davis Bay Rd) at 2pm. Arrive early for good seats. Doors will be closed for speeches. MORE

Fall Open House Scheduled for October 19
Our annual breakfast open house is scheduled for Wednesday October 19 as part of Open House Week with Toastmasters. Bring a friend and a baked goodie to the meeting! Click here to download the pdf flier or here for the image to share on social media!

Get Off the Page Course – Oct. 19
Katherine S. will be offering a workshop at the Arts Building on Oct. 19 at 7pm to help writers get off the page and in front of an audience. Bridging the gap between the written  and the spoken word art forms. For more information, please click here.

Sign-Up for Next Week’s Meeting
I (Weegee S.) will be chairing a next week’s meeting on Oct. 5 under the theme “Rainy Days and Mondays.” To get you in the mood, here is a link to the Carpenter song that inspired the theme.

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