We had an extra special meeting today, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Dawn first having joined Toastmasters, a momentous accomplishment. We celebrated with cake and strawberries! Congratulations, Dawn!
Usamah graciously fulfilled the role of Toastmaster-of-the-Day, selecting the theme "Happiness" and explaining that the root of the word -- hap -- means luck or chance. As our Grammarian, Joann opted to highlight the differences between the two related words, sympathy and empathy.
Loni gave a short presentation on the three main objectives of our web site: Recruiting, Member Recognition, and Information Sharing, along with a call to action for all members to consider ways they might contribute to the web site's development. For those interested, the PowerPoint presentation is available for download here.
Asad joined our chapter and even delivered his Icebreaker speech, "Introduction to Me." His introductory speech included advice to never stop learning and to use teaching others as a source of personal growth.
As our Table Topics Master, Karl borrowed inspiration from the recent live-action release of Disney's Aladdin and asked volunteers to speak about the three wishes they would ask for, were they to encounter a magic genie of their own.
Christine volunteered first, explaining that she would forego the traditional wish for riches in favor of success for her son, good health, and world peace.
Asad didn't let having delivered a full-length prepared speech deter him from participating in Table Topics today, wishing that his parents lived close to him, that everyone in the world should know Project Management (who wouldn't wish for that?), and that he could take the genie up to heaven with him.
Joann used her three wishes to eliminate Houston traffic, add more green space to the city, and to have her own personal aircraft to commute to and from work (no doubt some of that green space would come in handy as a personal landing pad).
At the end of the meeting, Sally passed around a sheet with assignments for members to serve as Toastmaster-of-the-Day for upcoming meetings. Please be sure to check when your assigned meeting will be so you can feel comfortable and adequately prepared. And don't forget that, as Toastmaster-of-the-Day, you get to select a meeting theme!
- Best Table Topics: Asad
- Most Improved Speaker: Asad
- Best Evaluator: Sally
- Best Speaker: Loni