December was a busy month for The Europeans! We had our regular meeting on Wednesday December 9, which conflicted with the District Christmas party. The following week we had our own Christmas party on Wednesday December 16, a week earlier than our usual meeting date. We only move our meeting date when there is a major conflict and things always seems to happen around the holiday time, so we were flexible!
December 9 was a full meeting with the installation of a new member, Elise. Nadia shared a very funny joke about a parrot which I have since repeated at least three times. (Thanks! I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of that joke!). We heard about the mentorship program which continues to be a very important part of the success of Toastmasters.
Gaelle led Table Topics and Janka, a third-time guest, took the blue ribbon. Alicia presented in French, Emanuelle presented an interview situation, and Serge gave an excellent presentation and took the blue ribbon for the night.
There was discussion about how to judge the speeches— whether it is for the “Best Speech” or the speech that best met the objectives of the speech. Pamela gave an excellent evaluation of Alicia and talked about the dance of the speech as a way to use body language. She took the Best Evaluation ribbon.
December 16, 2016
This meeting had a completely different feel to it because everyone came in bearing gifts for the gift exchange. We had a new member induction with Janka joining us. Elise gave the toast, which was for the challenging job of hiding all of the Christmas presents (a challenge I could relate to with 3 kids….). Janka told an elf joke that made me laugh out loud.
Odile was the Toastmaster of the evening. She had each of us present what the holiday season means to us which further put us in a festive mood. The gist of Odile’s story is that for her it is the scent of the tree, which her family cut down and used real candles as ornaments.
Alain was the Table topics master and he did a masterful job! He played judge and presented a case and one person was the defense attorney and the next was the prosecution! It was quite a heated debate as the topics revolved around Santa’s misbehaviors and the such!
Alicia took the blue ribbon.
There were two presentations. Yamina spoke first about vocal variety and then went on to talk about her recent experiences in Cuba, calling it a land of Contrasts. Christian spoke second about humor in computing… a very challenging subject for the non-techies in the crown!
Since there were only 2 speeches, there were no ribbons.
At the break we celebrated with a glass of champagne as the gifts were passed out by Emanuelle’s son. Then Odile had the challenging job to get us back on task!!
Peter evaluated Yamina, and as he put it, he did not “white wash” his evaluation! Emmanuelle evaluated Christian and formulated a well-structured evaluation.
Overall, we ended the year on a high note and we look forward to seeing everyone again January 13, 2016!
Safe holidays for everyone! Also note that the next contest for evaluations and speeches is in March in case you want to get a head start on your speech!!!