Archive for June, 2013

May 21 – Wildlife

Written June 6th, 2013
Categories: Meetings, Public Speaking, Toastmasters International

JohannesAs we usher in summer, our Toastmaster Kristine selected an appropriate theme—Wildlife. Kristine had just returned from a vacation in Mexico where she had several close encounters with exotic wildlife.

Our first speaker, Johannes, presented his Icebreaker entitled “What am I Doing Here?” We learned he is curbing his tendency to abandon goals. He is determined to improve his public speaking with Toastmasters.

Laura presented her ninth speech which fit in nicely with the meeting theme. In her presentation “Vitamin N,” Laura explained the need for the modern world to engage with nature as we evolve as high-tech creatures.

Tabletopics Master Franni asked participants to describe an animal without revealing its name. The group then guessed what the participant was describing. It was an entertaining session!

We were fortunate to welcome three guests. You are invited to visit West Seattle Toastmasters anytime—we don’t bite!

Johannes happily displays his Icebreaker ribbon.

We’ve Moved! Visit us at Emeritus Senior Living

New Meeting Location, Merrill Gardens

New Meeting Location, Merrill Gardens

We are no longer meeting at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW., in West Seattle

We now meet at Emeritus Senior Living, 4611 35th Ave SW, in West Seattle

We must say goodbye to The Kenney and the wonderful people there. A change in their schedule means that our 1st and 3rd (and sometimes 5th) of the month Tuesday night 6:30 slot is no longer available. We have been lucky enough to be able to move our meeting location to Emeritus Senior Living. A very large thank you to the Kenney for the beautiful meeting space and all the help we have received there over the years. It’s been great! And thank you to Emeritus for a gracious welcome.



April 30 – Speech-a-thon!

RuchiIcebreakerWhat a terrific Speech-a-thon! We had five back to back speakers: 4 Icebreakers and 1 advanced speech. There was something for everyone and Toastmaster Don held the meeting together like a pro.

In our first Icebreaker, Dom presented ” A Never Ending Story” where we learned he met the Pope, moved to the U.S. from the Philippines and worked for Boeing.

Lisa presented her Icebreaker entitled “Learning Adventures” which explained her love of learning, from landscape architecture design to mushrooms.

Ruchi explained her upbringing as a “nice” child and how that led to workforce challenges in her Icebreaker entitled “When Being Nice is NOT so Nice.”

Mike’s Icebreaker, “The Chicken Whisperer,” told of his journey from Queens, New York to the country in Vermont.

Mark presented a speech from The Entertaining Manual, an advanced project manual. Entitled “Don’t Cheat the Beginning,” he explained Frank Lloyd Wright’s design process on the Fallingwater home.

The wonderful thing about Toastmasters is the diversity of the membership and the variety of speech topics. This Speech-a-thon illustrated it perfectly.

Ruchi, one of the four Icebreaker presenters, displays her ribbon above.

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