05.23.2019 Weekly Window

The theme of today’s weekly meeting was “homecoming” as we welcomed Dawn and Sally back after a couple weeks of vacation. We were also fortunate enough to have two guests join us, providing new faces and fresh perspectives!

Loni served as today’s grammarian, introducing the thematically appropriate Word-of-the-Day, odyssey. (Psst! Did you know we collect all of the words of the day over on our glossary page?)

Sally spoke about the value of team building, comparing her experience when planning and executing two different projects, one with team-building and one without. Because we were short-handed, Sally also served as Table Topics Master, providing three prompts related to homecoming.

Dawn’s finished Windsor chair

Loni spoke extemporaneously about how her home is defined by the presence of family. Our guest Vydia regaled us with a funny story about how a spontaneous (attempted) trip to visit Mexico left them temporarily stranded in the no man’s land at the U.S.-Mexico border. And Dawn treated us to a story her recent trip to a Mennonite community in Waco, Texas where she learned to build a Windsor-style chair starting from a log and using traditional techniques.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for this week’s meeting and a special thank you to our two guests, Vydia and Lena. We hope to see you both again!

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Dawn recently achieved Competent Toastmaster (CTM) and Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), having completed two Advanced Communication & Leadership Program manuals. Congratulations, Dawn!

  • Best Table Topics: Vydia

05.16.2019 Weekly Window


Despite a lower-than-average turnout this week, we still managed to hold a fun and inspirational meeting. Joann served as Toastmaster of the Day as well as speaker, delivering a speech from the Successful Club Series: Creating the Best Club Climate, which enumerated several ways that we can improve the quality of our chapter meetings, including:

  • Making a good impression
  • Welcoming guests
  • Showing new members we care

The completion of this speech counts toward the Advanced Leader Bronze award from the Advanced Leadership curriculum that pre-dates Pathways.

Loni volunteered as this week’s Grammarian, offering up a pair of antonymous idioms as this week’s “Word of the Day”: rose-colored glasses and jaundiced eye.

Allison served as this week’s Table Topics Master, prompting members with several great questions. Loni talked about wanting to develop her graphic design skills, being primarily self-taught. Naureen shared stories of growing up in Pakistan, climbing mango trees and chasing chickens. And Tina split our sides with an anecdote about beginning her journey as an aspiring ballerina by managing to get her head stuck between the mirror and wall-mounted bar of the dance studio where she was enrolled.

Next week, we look forward to welcoming back several currently vacationing members and hope to see you there, as well!

  • Best Table Topics: Loni
  • Most Improved Speaker: Tina