Hello Fellow Toastmasters,
Last night ‘officially’ kicked off the new Toastmaster year with the installation of the new officers. The evening was a little too warm for comfort, but we had a great showing and an excellent meeting.
Thank you to the individuals who filled in roles last night, this is also a great opportunity to learn and exercise our leadership skills. Lucille started off the night stepping in for Invocation, followed by Michael who soon had us laughing with his witty joke.
Our Toastmaster for the night Terry was on point, ensuring that the meeting flowed well and transitioning smoothly from one part of the meeting to the next. Daniela was the Table Topic Mater and asked varying questions related to the last night’s theme ‘Secret.’ All speakers did well thinking on their feet, answering questions that were a bit challenging. The Table Topic session was followed by succinct and to the point evaluations by our Table Topic Evaluator George. His feedback included being mindful of your body language on stage, move with purpose, and use eye contact to engage the audience.
The refreshments last night were provided by Al, a big thank you! They were wonderful.
The second half of our meeting began with Angelica installing the new officers. All new officers (and proxies) were called up on stage, and she beautifully described each new officer’s role with an analogy of a book. The role of each officer relates to the parts of a book. In the end, we, including the members, comprise a book that we all ‘love to read.’ A great big thank you to our distinguished Angelica!
Following the installation we had two speakers. Lucile gave an impromptu and speech about the dam in Whittier, and informed of the dangers that can arise with heavy rainfall and poor maintenance of a dam. She gave a historical example of a dam in Pennsylvania that flooded and resulted in a disaster. Garvin was our second speaker and gave the audience one great piece of advice for life: learn to sell. He informed us that selling is all about the other person, and this can result in better relationships with others.
The evaluators soon took the stage to provide feedback for the speakers. Fabian evaluated Lucille’s speech and recapped her story while also providing pointers. Alex evaluated Garvin’s speech and provided a number of suggestions to improve his speeches in the future.
It was a warmer than usual meeting last night, but those in attendance can agree, we had a great time. Join us next week again for another great meeting. See you next time!