Of Cats, Strippers, and Open Houses

By Anna Eggemeyer and Jackie Lorrainne

Our second open house was held on March 18 in the Gingko room and brought in almost 30 attendees, including 12 guests! Members from Toast of WU also came to show their support. The meeting opened with Club President Jackie Lorrainne summarizing the Toastmasters organization and the club history, activities and events.

Mary Clemens gave her ninth speech, “One Step.” She motivated us to give more prepared speeches and explained how each speaking role equips us for the next one. With just one more speech, Mary will finish her Competent Communication manual.

Rosalind Early’s speech, “How to Throw A Party: Lessons Learned the Hard Way,” was a synopsis of the highs and lows of various parties she’s given, including one with a not-so-good-looking male stripper.

After the meeting ended, members and guests networked and enjoyed treats from Cheryl Holland and Barb Laudel.

At the March 11 meeting, Marcia Mannen gave her speech on “Mastery,” based on the book Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, by George Leonard. Marcia conveyed to the audience the importance of patience, living in the moment and that “everyday experiences deserve our attention.”

Kim Freels gave her speech, “Who I Am,” about her two cats, and the traits that she shares with them. “Like peanut butter and jelly,” Ernie and Ellie have their differences, but work well together.

During table topics, Steve Vance, our cameraman, spoke on the virtues of a broken chair in his house.