If you didn’t attend the Division H Open House last Wednesday, you missed an evening of fun! Our VP of Education Loni Malinao ably represented our club for the many guests who were present. Her charming smile and bubbly attitude no doubt won many converts! Hopefully we will see the fruits of her work at the next Toastmasters meeting.
National Speakers Association Chapter President Jim Carrillo was the the Toastmaster for the event. He opened the meeting with a story about the beginning of his long relationship with Toastmasters. Jim greeted all the attendees warmly and made them feel right at home. The brave souls who introduced themselves to the audience were rewarded with a gift card redeemable at the Toastmasters International Shop.
The Open House was conducted in the format of a regular meeting with usual functionary and speaker roles. Toastmaster Jim Carrillo was masterful in going over the agenda for the evening, being careful to define each role. He discussed all the minutia of how to incorporate the use of the Word of the Day “Delight” to ending the meeting on time.
Our keynote speaker was Immediate Past District Governor Mike Barsul, who gave a 5 – 7 minute speech on using the right tools to give a speech. Mike used the analogy of baking a cake. While baking a cake you have to use the right measurements for each ingredient if you want the cake to be a DELIGHT and not a DISASTER. The point of Communication, Mike said, is to motivate, encourage, and inspire others.
As the meeting came to a close, several of the guests commented on how they were delighted by the friendliness and support of Division H Toastmasters. A few of the guests told Loni they plan to pay a visit to Peninsula Toastmasters!
And finally, we again thank Loni for doing such a great job at the Open House. We are blessed to have her as our VP of Education! Be sure to say “Thank You” the next time you see her! Be sure also to support her at the Area Contest in March!