Outside Today’s Lugubrious News…

Today at Toasting Excellence Toastmasters, we reviewed the “Moments of Truth” This is a great yearly review we do as a club to check in with how we are doing in key areas that help keep our club healthy. It is hard to face the truth of where we fall short sometimes, but when we know what areas need bolstered up, it helps us each become stronger. Adele did a wonderful job at leading us through the process.


Thank you, Willie, for your great service as toastmaster, well done. Mark used his new stop light backgrounds as timing lights, and the Word of the day was Lugubrious meaning mournful, sad or gloomy. We enjoy having themed meetings and today’s theme was “The News”


We are looking forward to next week’s open house with special guest speaker, PJ Kleffner, DTM. He is one of my favorite speakers and leaders, recently stepping down after successful service as District 7 Director through the first year of Covid times! Let’s Welcome PJ to our Toasting Excellence Online Event, Wednesday October 27 at Noon:05!

Author: Brent Smith

I began Toastmasters in 2002. Initially, I wanted to improve my presentation style in Spanish, and helped organize Oregon's first Bilingual Spanish-English Club. Since then, I have grown more comfortable in leadership, presentation, and personal communication! As a visitor to other clubs and a participant in several speech competitions, I was able gain confidence in speaking in front of various unfamiliar groups, develop an idea for a diverse audience, and gain a great network of friends around Oregon and the globe! As Area 41 Governor in 2013-2014 (Called area director now), I gained leadership experience and relationships that will last a life-time!! Toastmasters boosted me in my profession as a Chiropractor, business owner, church leader as well as my family life! I stay in Toastmasters to keep my communication skills sharp and to continue to broaden my network and skills. I completed my first pathway, Effective Coaching in April 2022.  I am very glad I stayed in Toastmasters as learning to use Zoom and online meetings with Covid has been a great benefit to me.  I also love running, hiking, and fishing with family. I look forward to continuing my quest to grow and help you achieve excellencee through Toasting Excellence. I have been blessed with an opportunity to help coach a struggling club and help build Dallas Toastmasters. I am also taking the opportunity to lead as an Area Director again and help other clubs build their programs. This has provided valuable connections and networking. I was able to give my first paid speech to Willamette Writers and donate the funds back to the organization for membership scholarships. I think you will find Toastmasters quite beneficial! Come check us out!! Brent.

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