Archive for March, 2014

March 18 – Signs of Spring

Written March 26th, 2014
Categories: Meetings, Public Speaking, Toastmasters International


It’s Spring, at least on paper, and Toastmaster Sue gets us to think about what makes us feel like it’s Spring.  Is it the crocuses, or the sneezing and watery eyes?

For speech #3 from the Persuasive Speaking Manual, Phil spoke on “The Impending Crisis of the South”.  The audience became the Republican Party in the mid 1800’s. His argument was about the crisis of slavery in the South and the opportunity that the Republican Party has to influence the nation to abolish slavery. Phil gave several examples of the time to support his argument and encouraged the party to print copies of a book on the topic and distribute it to voting white men.

Lisa, for her Speech #7, researched and presented “The NEPA Process”. NEPA stands for the National Environmental Protection Act. Lisa gave the historical context of the law and the events leading up to it being signed into law by President Nixon in 1970. She explained the environmental impact statement (EIS) and used the examples of both Love Canal and the Duwamish River.

Since we were short a speaker, Bruce agreed to give an impromptu speech.  Prior to Lisa’s speech the members and guests were asked to think of topics for Bruce to think about. Bruce chose “The Joys of Owning Cats” which turned out to be a bit of a satirical title. He gave a humorous speech with three main points 1) cats don’t adapt 2) the cult of personality and 3) economics of Versailles.

Table topics master Sandra, who did not grow up with Spring as we know it, asked the speakers questions about Spring as they know it.

Our next meeting, April 1st, is our club’s anniversary and the theme will be our history.  Don’t be a fool and miss it!  See you there!

Bruce talks about his favorite kind of pet

March 4th – Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Written March 9th, 2014
Categories: Meetings, Public Speaking, Toastmasters International


On March 2, Dr. Seuss would have turned 110 and Toastmaster Amie celebrates his work by being her best Toastmaster self because “Today you are you!  That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!”

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”  For her Speech #8 Emily used visual aids to explain some critical elements to a successful hike. She looked the part and pulled items out of her backpack to give her speech structure.

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” Christine, for her Speech #4, spoke about all of the stereotypes of the Northwest. She talked about the Pemco Insurance commercials and how it can take some time for someone from out-of-town to understand what it means to be a Northwest native.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!” Joel’s Speech #2 taught us that correlations exist with everything and they are very important for how we make decisions and understand the world around us.  He gave examples through the use of visual displays of data such as info graphics, graphs, lists and pictures.

First time Table topics master Yan used her new found love of Dr. Seuss to inspire her questions to our brave speakers.

Not sure what great theme we have in store for our next meeting, March 18th, but remember, “Today is good.  Today is fun. Tomorrow is another one.”   See you there!

New member Marja

All quotes from Dr. Seuss


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