Left to Right: Wendy, Evone, Scott, Tom, Olu, Kimmer, Steve, Melinda, Kristin, Sopha, Rick, & Hilary. Thank you Terry!!
(but come back to us because we are the best!)
A letter from our esteemed President:
Dear Timbertalkers and Honored Guests,
I am proud to announce that last night, March 15, amid some very competitive and heartfelt speeches, our own Verlan LeBaron took first place in the International Speech Contest for Area 94! Please mark your calendars now for another exciting, informative, motivational (free) event.
Verlan will be competing at the next level: Sunset Division H
We also had a strong showing by Hilary Greenebaum in the evaluation contest!
It also says something about our club that five non-competitors came to cheer on our contestants.
That’s club spirit!
Your Prideful President,
On Feb 9, 2016 we will be meeting in a nearby Church Fellowship Hall to practice speaking using a stand up, lecture style podium!
Please join us at Calvin Presbyterian Church at NOON for a fun filled action packed meeting!
A group of us attended the Saturday conference, District 7 TLI -Mid-Course Corrections on January 23rd, 2016.
From the website: Mid-course corrections happen in every project or program. They give the stakeholders an opportunity to assess their progress towards a common goal. The same can be said about managing your club’s success. Are you on track to complete the year strong? Where can adjustments be made?”
I wasn’t sure what to expect but found an action packed day filled with discussion, new ideas, and excellent takeaways we can start using right away! Club officer updates, panel discussions, targeted sessions, lots of laughter, delicious food, and more!
Pictured left to right: Row 1: Kristin, Steve, Hilary, Row 2: Terry, Jennifer.
I got a sense of the wider world of toastmasters, particularly the leadership positions at the district and world levels, and the diverse advanced goals beyond the CC and the CL.
— Steve Schmitt, President
This weekend, five members of Timber Talkers attended the District 7 Officer Training Conference at Wilson High School. It was a lot of fun for everyone (approx. 230 people attended total). There were eight classes to choose from in the morning and seven classes in the afternoon. They fed us breakfast and lunch. We got to listen to many great speakers and class presenters. Terry Wood, VP Secretary/Treasurer
Whenever I attend a District training or conference, I’m reminded that the Toastmasters family is really a big one! Many, many great people are involved and because of this we have a positive impact on the world. Jennifer Anderson, Distinguished Toast Master (DTM), VP Membership
The conference was fun. I learned new stuff. There was tons of food. Thanks go to all the volunteer presenters who were willing to share their knowledge and experience! –Kristin WT, Sargent at Arms
I learned so much about our club and Toastmasters in general. It was an enjoyable day together, listening, learning, talking, eating, sharing ideas, and meeting new friends. ~ Hilary Greenebaum, VP Promotions
The conference was entirely volunteer led and organized from everything to food, registration, speakers, handouts, rooms, signage, and offers of support. Such a warm and friendly professional group! It was wonderful to see in action Toastmasters International values of Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence.
Maybe next conference you will join us?!
See you at the Fire House Tuesday @ Noon!
Our theme this week was yes! What a great way to start out the New Year! Tom organized Table Topics around that theme and asked participants what they would say yes to in 2016. Rick is going to build up a club, Lance is going to spend more time hiking with his family, and Scott is going to enjoy lots of good food – but in moderation of course! Terry is going to broaden his horizons and eat clean green smoothies, salads, and fruit. What will you say yes to this year?
Speaking of the New Year, Verlan gave a brilliant technical speech about balancing your business with a healthy life. He discussed how a business plan centered on your niche market, your sphere of influence, and past clients are the most effective places to spend time and money on building your business. Ultimately, it comes down to balancing health, happiness, friends, and family with our time, money, and energy. He reminded us to look at the big picture and to create a visual blueprint of our business plan. Wise words and excellent speech Verlan.
On a more domestic note, Hilary told the story of getting a feral 135 pound malamute and how the first few months were chaotic and challenging. Fortunately, Shasta turned out to be a great dog and lived until the ripe old age of 14. Her goal was CC speech #4 which focused on painting a picture with short, clear words.
Each week we have such a range of topics. Each week members are working on different speeches with different goals and objectives. Everyone is moving along at their own pace in a warm, supportive, and fun atmosphere. Come join us and see for yourself how Timber Talkers can assist you to saying yes to more public speaking in the New Year! See you Tuesdays, @ noon, at the Firehouse.
The past two meetings have been all about closing down 2015, and opening up 2016. Hilary reminded us all that the symbol of doors and gateways represent opportunity, or a path, which seemed like an apt way to think about closing down this year and opening up our next year. There are so many iconic doors and gates!
Other things open and close as well:
Tom reminded us about the classic movie, The Bucket List, with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Two big, most important questions were: 1. What brings you joy? & 2. Do you bring joy to others?
That was the perfect segue to a heartwarming Table Topics discussion reflecting the theme of the day, presents. Participants shared an actual cool heavy chunk of naturally forming copper (very impressive), and the gift of life through the presence of a friend during a challenging time. A small child’s handmade sewing box was both a gift to a dear mother and gift to the son who learned she had kept it all those years when he found it years later. Other gifts included a 1970s walkie talkie radio device and a classic sewing basket that demonstrated that while we may not know that we want, those who really know us, know how to love and truly support us. Beautiful.
As we close out 2015, we wish you and yours the very best for a peaceful, happy healthy New Year. We hope that many wonderful doors open for you in 2016. Please join us at the Firehouse on Tuesday @ Noon! See you next year!!
What do the films Lethal Weapon and It’s a Wonderful Life have in common? Well, they are both in the top ten rated holiday movies and won our votes for the best of those top ten! This shows you what an oddly diverse, fun, and interesting group we are! Go to this site to learn more and read about the top 25 holiday movies.
We were treated to a whirlwind tour of holiday magic including a stunning and tearful rendition of A Polar Express. I swear, I did get teary. Thank you Scott. Then we heard fond memories about Tom’s cousin almost burning the house down on Christmas, and Parisjat’s comparison of American Christmas and Chinese New Year traditions (love the red envelopes! $$). In a more Toastmaster-ish mood, we heard Steve’s customized Night before Christmas poem and Kristin shared humorous speech tips from an expert Toastmaster. Terry asked us to analyze an infamous and hilarious speech… from the 1979 film Meatballs with Bill Murray. Lastly, we learned from Sopha how to donate goats and farm animals via World Vision, an organization dedicated to building a better world for children. Overall, an interesting, interactive and participatory meeting!
It was really nice to share delicious snacks and celebrate the “eating season” together. Please join us Tuesdays @ Noon at the Firehouse!
Yesterday’s meeting was a big success! First, we all laughed out loud (seriously LOL) hearing Verlan’s hilarious anxiety about preparing and attending Toast Masters on Tuesdays. Wednesday is a fantastic, glorious day … but Tuesdays… oh dear… well Tuesday are hard. He has such a great way turning things around and is just so dang funny!
We took a trip through history and heard about needless needles, or not. Acupuncture is quite interesting. Did you know that 6.5% of Americans have voluntarily tried acupuncture? Apparently, many sources say it is four thousand years old, but in Chinese medical textbooks from 300 BCE, there is no mention of it. Then around 90 BCE, there is some “needling” mentioned but this was using large needles to do bloodletting (agh!) and lance boils (ouch!). In fact, the technology to make thin steel needles didn’t exist until the 1600s. There is discussion it wasn’t Chinese at all but perhaps French, or the ancient Greeks, who knows? But people do say it works. Is that the placebo effect, or does it really work? Steve recommended that we question acupuncture in the face of what seems like widespread acceptance. He said, if we are thinking about any type of alternative medicine to read some skeptical, science-based articles about it. Or perhaps you think acupuncture is a jab well done?!
Table topics was lively with lots of lively participation and usage of the word of the day: Flaming. Hilary read a poem about the color green and Timber Talkers extemporaneously spoke about being green with envy, driving a green car, spending green backs wisely, scary green monsters, green foods both healthy and moldy (oh no!), and finally being green about the gills. A good time was had by all.
Next week Dec. 15, is our Holiday Festival with a special presentation of The Polar Express, a variety of festive 2-3 minute speeches, festive finery (that means brooches and festive garb guys), hopefully some festive finger food, and lots of fun. Please join us, Tuesday @ Noon, at the Firehouse!