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2015/2016 EET Awards!

Each year Early Edition Toastmasters selects three club members who have excelled in their growth as a speaker and leader, through their dedication to themselves and willingness to assist others to achieve their goals.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!
2016-awards From left: Rookie of the Year Larry Clay; Toastmaster of the Year Sandy Bell; Most Improved Toastmaster Stacey McGahey

Each of them went above and beyond, making leaps in both their speaking and leadership skills. They now have earned themselves a place in EET history!

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TWISI – September 10, 2012

Happy Friday fellow toastmasters, its my pleasure to present the TWISI from last Mondays marvellous Early Morning meeting.

The meeting was opened by the shinning Susi Vasseur, who welcomed our four guests and introduced the mornings chair, Sandy VanDeKinder. Our theme for the meeting was “Unfamiliar”. Sandy’s introduction was fun and light with some useful tips for us all! From there we moved to the introduction of the support rolls for the day. First up, one of our newest members Victoria Keddis as Ah Counter, who had a very clever intro using her prop crutch to explain the use of crutch words. Brilliant visual! Grammarian Caroline Hannah gave a wonderful introduction and came up with a fantastic word of the day, which was used by almost everyone! (Really wish I had written it down!!)

Timer, Renuka Kumar was very well prepared with a thorough explanation of her roll for us all. With the support rolls introduced, we had our funny bone tickled by Trudy Merrell, were inspired by Sheila Allison’s Thought of the Day, and then moved into a wonderful round of Table Topics hosted by Topics Master, Brett Lauritzen. We heard from Susi Vasseur, yours truly Trevor Marples, as well as two guests and soon to be members! Evaluators Christine Steward and Nancy Coats, provided valuable feedback and were very encouraging to all of the contestants.

Before the break, Sandy VanDeKinder presented our Presidents Distinguished Club for last year to our current president Duncan Robinson, who gave a great off the cough acceptance speech!

After what may have been the longest break we have ever been afforded during a regular EET meeting due to being ahead of schedule, Toastmaster Alistair Brown prepped us for the prepared speeches. This weeks line up consisted of Jonathan Moxness who provided us with tips for a better vacation slide show with his speech  “Your photos are lovely, but I don’t care”. Very funny, and very true!. Caroline Hannah got us thinking about how to have a successful open house next month, with some audience participation and volunteering for bringing food, greeting guests, and a reward offered of a $25 gift card (later suggested by Jonathan Moxness) for who ever brings the most guests!

Our final speaker was Lorill Drummond, who playfully discussed the very common fear of the dark! It was a real treat watching one of Lorill’s best speeches yet!

Evaluators Duncan Robinson, Brett Lauritzen, and Sheila Allison provided very clear and valuable evaluations for each of the presenters.

Finally, the general evaluation from Trevor Marples was jaw droppingly stunning, and we wrapped up at 8:30 right on the nose! A fabulous meeting all around! Thank you everyone for your contribution to an energized start to the week!

Trevor Marples

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TWISI – August 20

At our meeting themed “Summertime and the Living is Easy” the members assembled in our smaller summer time meeting room thanks to Nancy and Christine for setting up since there was some confusion regarding the Sgt. At Arms.  The meeting began with introductions from the many guests at this week’s meeting and there were some requests to fill the weeks vacant rolls and then we were off to another dazzling meeting.

The energetic easy living support team, Susi, Trevor and Darcy all explained how they would be monitoring all of the speakers for the day’s meeting.

To create some summertime laughs Sheila asked us some questions to determine if we adults were smarter than a first grader.  We all had a good laugh at the comparisons of the adult answers to the first grader answers.

Next it was on to Table Topics with Christine.  Christine had a different challenge for each of the Table Topic speakers on top of the standard question for each of them.  We all enjoyed each of the challenges which were presented to the members by the six Table Topic Speakers.  After each of the Table Topic speeches were completed Lorill and  Susi provided very detailed evaluations for each of the Table Topic Speakers.

After a quick break the prepared speeches portion of the meeting began with introductions made by Caroline for the two speakers for the week.  John Beck and Jackie both made a very energetic speeches to EET and both demonstrated just how strong speakers they both are.

After these moving speeches evaluations for both of the two speeches were presented by Trevor and Alistair.

Next reports were presented by the support team, and a quick evaluation of all of the rolls which hadn’t been evaluated yet was presented by Brett.

Another great meeting everyone…and this is The WAY I Saw It!


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TWISI July 23, 2012

The gavel hit the lectern with a bang and Sgt at Arms Carolle McIntosh began the meeting right on time.  With a theme like “Recharging Your Battery” introduced by Chairman Susi Vasseur we were off to an enthusiastic start.  With a great mix of humor and wisdom Susi introduced her role and advised us to “rev our jets and bounce back”.
Guest George Hatch was welcomed to the group and the support roles were introduced with Carolle taking on  additional roles as Ah Counter and Humorist, reminding us about the crutch words we need to watch for besides the “ahs and ums” with “so” being a big offender.  Carolle’s humorous speech had us all in stitches as she described the symbiotic relationship of cows, crows and the resulting bull.  Trevor, doubling as Timer gave us his Thought for the day reminding us of the need to “regenerate” and to remember the power of the sun in our lives versus the negative impact of stress.  Grammarian Duncan treated us not only to the word of the day “Re-Create” but provided each member with synonyms and challenged us to use them also in our presentations.  What fun!
Table Topics Master Caroline Hanna “re-created” the role by playing music as the basis for each of her questions, playing a tune from her I-Pad and matching the musical question to the demographic of the selected speakers:  Duncan, Trevor, Carolle and Susi.  Evaluator Nancy Coates commented on her enjoyment of Dunan’s response to a John Travolta Classic, referring to the difference in his own life in 2012 (biking athlete) compared to 1978 when the focus was “how many girls can I pick up”!  Trevor spoke of how hearing Bob Marley always puts him in good spirits and reminds him of carefree summers in Osoyoos.  Rick evaluated TT speakers Carolle and Susi commenting on Carolle’s cool dance moves from watching Grease 8 times.  Susi’s speech began with “Wow do I have a story” which set the stage for her tale of the piece “Save a Horse and Ride a Cowboy”!
Next up after the networking break, Christine Stewart introduced her Toastmaster role with a reminder of the importance of sending Feedback notes which she referred to as a “wonderful gift we can give to others”.  Our prepared speakers of the day provided us with fascinating and diverse presentations.  Brett Lauritzen shared with us his first trip to Hawaii with wonderful clarity, humour and personal anecdotes that were descriptive and inspiring.  Alastair was next up, wearing his Tilley fishing hat.  He proceeded to enthral us with a fish tale reminiscent of Moby Dick:   huge waves, riptides and life and death struggles!  When Alastair disappeared crouching behind the podium below decks, we were right there with him!  And yet the tension was relieved by true Alastair understatement when we laughed out loud at his grumble that he was determined to go down lashed to the boat so his family would not have to wait 7 years to collect his insurance!  (I don’t recall that Ishmael had that thought but then I don’t think he was an accountant)!  Jackie MacLean was next up.  After stepping in as a prepared speaker at the very last Minute Jackie  presented a very inspirational speech entitled “ Do you Add Value to People’s Lives?”  Jackie’s speech was indeed inspirational and a credit to her skill and experience that she was able to deliver such a great speech on short notice.  Jackie told us that great leaders add value and  “need to love people with genuine compassion”.   Three tools that every leader needs are Head , Heart, and Hands working together.
Prepared speech evaluators Caroline, Duncan and Rick offered positive feedback, and  tips for improvement leading by example in their demonstration of the qualities of great evaluators.
General Evaluator (yours truly) provided feedback on the meeting and to those participants not yet evaluated.  The Winner Ribbons went to Susi for Table Topics, Jackie for Prepared Speeches, Rick for Evaluator and another entertaining and informative meeting ended with the final bang of Carolle’s gavel!

Sheila Allison

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