A new Toastmasters year started 1st July. Lakeshore Speakers had our first meeting on the 4th as a full member of the Toastmasters family.
On the 28th June we had 5 of our Club Officers attending the Club Officer Training. The Club Officers have also had their first Executive Meeting planning and deciding how to best run Lakeshore Speakers. I have the privilege to be the President of this enthusiastic group.
As you may recall we no longer can use MicroCity as our regular meeting room. The 4th July meeting was hosted by Max at the Red Hat offices in the centre of Neuchâtel, in the main post building. The venue was fabulous as it has highceilings with an amazing staircase entrance and an overall nice welcoming feel. I hope this location can be one of our options for use in the future.
Our two speakers of the evening were Christophe and Mario. Christophe gave his 9th speech from the CC manual. He explained the importance of having a vision, not only for business but also in our personal life and his call to action was that we all should prepare our own vision statement. Mario gave an educational about what the Distinguished Club Program is. By introducing us to Toastmasters’ “Alphabet-Soup” he clarified what all the CC, CL, ACB, ACS, ACG, ALB, ALS, DTM, DCP actually mean. He also pointed out that we have the opportunity to reach the “President’s Distinguished Club”-award with actually not so much effort more let it just come “organically”.
Lucia and I were brilliant in our evaluations, with helpful comments on how to make the speeches even better and with encouraging words of praise to the speakers and we kept to our time-limits.
Caroline took the lead over the Club Business part of the evening and introduced the new role as “Apéro-Master. As the Sergeant at Arms she is responsible for bringing the apéro. She wants to create more leadership in her role and therefore decided to delegate the task for the apéro. Sam jumped on the occasion and will be the “Apéro-Master” who brings us an amazing apéro for the 18th!
Alexis was the TTM and gave us challenging projects on how to answer closed questions. Kudos to our guest, Douglas, who spoke eloquently first about how he liked the meeting and then how and why he came to be named Douglas.
Ingrid was the TME and she made the meeting flow rapidly and efficiently. The report team Caroline (Timer), Kathrin (Grammarian) and Max (ah-counter) prepared clear and useful reports.
I must also mention that in the days that followed, our banner arrived!
Our next meeting is on the 18th July. We will meet at the Neuchâtel train-station offices. Details how to get there is on the Easy-Speak agenda.
Be Bold, Be Courageous and BE BRILLIANT!