I first marked my calendar in February 2017 to attend a meeting, and that was after several months of prodding my a business colleague who has been attending Toastmasters in New Jersey for years. We are both journalists and both need and want to be better public speaker than we are. I finally took the plunge last week and so glad I did. Bill and Cheryl made me feel welcome from the second I walked in the door. I also felt like I had connected with another wonderful group of people on the island. Toastmasters will benefit me in my mission to become a more confident public speaker. But doing it on the Vineyard is something special too. Looking forward to doing my ice breaker on the 24th
Could the meeting have been any better?! We had 5 newcomers who enthusiastically joined in by taking an unfilled functionary role and/or table topic, answering a question on the day's theme in 1-2 minutes. The 2 prepared speeches were both on the topic of Toastmasters, a simulated radio talk show and a testimonial which served equally well as an Icebreaker speech, the first speech a new toastmaster gives by way of an introduction. The break was lively with members and guests getting to know each other. Those attending looked forward to the next meeting on 5/24 with 2 or 3 newcomers planning to give their Icebreaker speech.
We had such a fun time with our more informal, party game approach that we plan to do it again, next time with refreshments! Bill led the way with another fascinating bio of a little known yet influential personality in history, the father of the computer, Alan Turing. Those who missed his speech may wish to research how this eccentric mathematician was instrumental in bringing the defeat of the Nazis and how his preoccupation with a particular fairy tale influenced his mode of death and the name and logo of a famous computer company. Bill's speech was followed by a round robin of Table Topics in which each person answering a question related to the theme of the day, "Another Opening of Another Show," then posed a question to the person of their choice. We had a local newspaper personality as our guest and invite the public to join us at our next event on Wednesday, June 3 at 5:30 pm. Participation is optional and entertainment is guaranteed. Don't miss out on the fun!
Our Open House was a resounding success! We celebrated the 90th Ammiversary of Toastmasters International and had guests from the community, the Upper Cape Club and the District. Doug Sheadel, our District Governor, was featured speaker, giving a history of Toastmasters International. Bill Glazier spoke about the benefits of being a toastmaster through his own personal testimonial. Y S Kim, Lieutenant Governor, led us in a lively round of Table Topics that included our guests and two of our guests tied for the award of Best Table Topics Speaker. It was a convivial evening with much discussion over refreshments and resulted in 2 new members and a returning member.
I attended the April 1st Meeting and found it very educational, enjoyable, and attended by a very congenial group of people, all wanting to improve their speaking skills which is why I was there. I will definately be at the next meeting.
The meeting was educational, interesting and fun. A brief lesson in entering dues payments online proved successful for the new Acting Treasurer! The membership campaign is off to a flying start with new promotional materials including business cards with our new meeting place and time, invitations and posters to our 5/6 Open House, Bill's speech honoring Gino Oriama, coach of the UConn women's basketball team kept the audience captivated with his humorous and little-known anecdotes and trivia about Oriama's background and career and the origins of basketball. Table Topics, centered around the theme of "All Things April," were actually quite hilarious, from Lory's account of an elaborate April Fool's prank gone awry to Rick's experiences with his family's annual Easter egg hunt. Our club members have proven themselves to be great story tellers. Come join us at our next meeting on April 22 and be entertained. Better yet, join us as a club member and hone your skills in the art of speech craft. You may surprise yourself with a newfound talent.
The meeting was stimulating and fun. As one of the featured speakers, speaking on "The Last Lecture" of Randy Pausch, I was appreciative of the support of those in the audience and the positive feedback of my evaluator. I learned a lot from the other speaker's presentation on MV's role in WWII and was motivated to read the recent book by Tom Dresser as a result. Table Topics was lively as each of the participants spoke about his favorite April holiday, which happened to be Patriot's Day. The room was inviting and spacious and the attendees were friendly and upbeat. I look forward to the next meeting on April 1 and am pleased at the time change which moved to the earlier time slot of 5:30-7 pm.