Written by William, member of Morningstars and current Area 73 Governor.
The theme for the day was “Capture the Wind” and the meeting was ably chaired by Cathie, our Toastmaster for the day.
Word of the Day: Evocative
I always feel welcome walking into the Toastmasters meeting as our Sgt. At Arms, John greets me, shaking my hand and smiling.
Our new member, Judy Lynn carried out the Timer role for first time and while she said she felt challenged, she did an excellent job for her first role, ably assisted by her mentor Sandy.
We had a guest, Bonnie, who was invited by Johanna.
The Inspiration was given by Sheila, who quoted Mark Twain “It takes me a about 3 weeks to prepare an impromptu speech”. Also, “20 years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did. Cast off the bowlines.” Sheila’s toast was “to our next 20 years”.
There were 3 speeches.
Johanna presented a speech from the Storytelling Advanced Manual and told a story about a trip she took to Murdochville, Quebec. She demonstrated great facial expressions and vocal variety and inserted wonderful humour. She easily transported us into her story and put us in her pocket for the journey.
The 2nd speaker was Frank who spoke of our creative drives. It was his no. 2 speech in the Competent Communicator manual. Frank is colour blind and took up painting as a hobby, much inspired by an art teacher when he was young. He took us through the journey of his art education and what he terms “his scribbling”.
The 3rd Speaker was Sharon who presented a project from the Successful Club Series and provided insight into the DCP, the Distinguished Club Program. She explained the 10 areas of the program and presented it in a very expressive and enthusiastic style, finishing up with a challenge to the members “what part are YOU going to play in this program”? She emphasized that the program is very much a team effort that takes place each toastmaster year from July 1st to June 30th.
Excellent evaluations were given from Toastmasters Kate, Ben and William.
Kay provided the meeting with a joke that made the meeting erupt in laughter. She and Larry are vying for the title of “best joke teller” in the club.
Larry as General Evaluator provided feedback on the full meeting and provided his unique insights into the meeting and the roles with his usual good humour.
There was a lot of enthusiasm and “good cheer” in the meeting with a continuing sense of fun. Another great Morningstars meeting.
What a great way to start the day.
Dec 10 we are having a special open house… with treats! All are welcome.