Shady Cool Forest is Perfect Location for Annual Timber Talkers Outdoor Speaking School!

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Just a short walk from the firehouse, above the bridge in the photo, we walked on a paved trail for about five minutes, crossed a smallpark 3 creek and emerged into lovely Jack Parr Park! We set our chairs up in a semi-circle under the trees and had our usual Super Duper Toast Masters Timber Talkers Meeting!

Neither small dogs, lawnmowers, nor crying children distracted us as we practiced our speaking and listening skills. Melinda spoke about pythons in Florida, and Tom spoke about an inspirational poem delivered by a recent Harvard School of Education Graduate. Table Topics were a hoot; there were owls mentioned, fires, Robin Hood, tree houses, and more all in the spirit of lively sylvan erudition!

*** Please join us Tuesdays at noon at the Firehouse! ***


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07 Jun 2016

June 7th, 2016: Annual Timber Talkers Outdoor Speaking School!

We’ll be meeting in Jack Park, which is adjacent to the fire station. Just west of the parking lot is a circular gathering place – but we won’t be meeting there! No, we’ll be following the walkway a few hundred feet more…across the wooden bridge…over the creek…veering off to the right…and into the beautiful shady area of giant trees!

This means you’ll want to bring a folding chair or picnic blanket of some kind. I’d also recommend bringing a notebook or something else sturdy upon which to write.

Please note: We will not be able to utilize technology!

Tom is working on the schedule, so when it comes out, plan your role in a low-tech, outdoors-friendly format.

Your Toastmaster for this Tuesday is Jennifer Anderson

P.S. If the forecast changes, we still have the room reserved and will be able to move indoors.

03 Jun 2016

Happy 20th Birthday Timber Talkers!

Happy 20th Birthday Timber Talkers!

Happy 20th Birthday Timber Talkers!

Left to Right: Wendy, Evone, Scott, Tom, Olu, Kimmer, Steve, Melinda, Kristin, Sopha, Rick,  & Hilary. Thank you Terry!!

03 May 2016

Congratulations VERLAN!!

For more info about our fabulous recent speech contest, and other District news, please check out Facebook:

(but come back to us because we are the best!)


*** Please note: May 10, 2016 we are spreading our wings and speaking in a L A R G E space. Come ready to practice and play! We will be meeting in a nearby Church Fellowship Hall.

Please join us at Calvin Presbyterian Church at NOON, 5/10/16, for a fun filled action packed meeting! 10445 SW Canterbury Ln. Tigard, OR 97224

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I am that guy!

19 Apr 2016

Area 93 & 94: Toastmasters International Speech & Evaluation Contest!

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

April 16, 2016 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tektronix Buiiding 38 Auditiorium
Zworykin Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

We also had a strong showing by Hilary Greenebaum in the evaluation contest!

Congratulations to our competitors!  You truly represented our club well.

It also says something about our club that five non-competitors came to cheer on our contestants.

Verlan Rocks the Speech Contest!

L-R: Division Director Ginger Killion, Verlan, Contest Chair and Toastmaster Dottie Driver

That’s club spirit!

Your Prideful President,

16 Mar 2016

3/15/2016 Open House! Open to all interested individuals; come learn about Toast Masters!

Please join us for a free, fun Open House!

Please join us for a free, fun Open House!

22 Feb 2016

Feb 9th, 2016 *Location Change* This Day Only!

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! 

10445 SW Canterbury Ln

Tigard, OR 97224

26 Jan 2016

Mid-Course Corrections: January 23rd, 2016

A group of us attended the Saturday conference, District 7 TLI -Mid-Course Corrections on January 23rd, 2016.

Our conference agendaFrom 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!

District 7 Homepage

2. 1.23.16 6d522456-ce04-497a-a4ec-f4463f4b1b10Pictured left to right: Row 1: Kristin, Steve, Hilary, Row 2: Terry, Jennifer.

Members said:

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! 

Kristin and Terry: The rest of us didn't get the memo to wear blue!

Kristin and Terry: The rest of us didn’t get the memo to wear blue!

We are eating more lunch!

Enjoying lunch in the High School Cafeteria!

24 Jan 2016

Yes! Yes! Yes!


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.

100_0428On 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.

13 Jan 2016

Happy New Year! + Reviewing our Bucket Lists

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!

  • Massive stone India Gate, in New Delhi as well as Gateway of India, Mumbai
  • There is the chilling metal-work gateway at Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Gates of Argonath, from the Lord of the Rings
  • The hot gates of Thermopylae,
  • The Brandenburger Tor, symbol of Berlin, and Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile in Paris
  • There are many iconic doors as well,  including #10 Downing Street, Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door, & Bilbo Baggins round door  – who can forget that?!

Other things open and close as well:

  • Ears work best when open, as do parachutes, hearts, and minds.
  • Mouths work best sometimes quiet; sometimes speaking.
  • Books, windows, locks, jars, bottles, boxes and luggage all open and close or store important stuff like air and olive oil! Yes – we also got to hear all about olive oil and it was amazing. Who knew there was such controversy? Thankfully, Kristin gave us a list of better olive oils to use!
  • Locks, cabinets, drawers, zip lock baggies, and envelopes also open and close. The list is endless.

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!!


01 Jan 2016
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