Hello DBA Toastmasters,
Last week, we had a “spook-tacular” meeting! Toastmaster Edward Joseph led the meeting titled, “Your Favorite Television Show.” We were reminded of our past and present favorite television shows that varied from fun game shows to ridiculously fake, yet entertaining, reality TV shows.
Our first speaker, Jordan Odo, delivered his speech titled, “Eight Snowisms.” Since October 31st marked his eighth anniversary since first seeing snow, Jordan communicated eight learned lessons, or “snowisms,” that he acquired through his own experiences. His eight snowisms are: (1) walk slowly, (2) give yourself double the amount of travel time, (3) learn to laugh at yourself, (4) expect to be disappointed, (5) expect to have a snowball thrown your way, (6) get used to extreme temperatures, (7) clear your sidewalks, and (8) take the time to watch the snow. While communicating his snowisms, Jordan reminisced of his fun – and sometimes frustrating – encounters with snow, and supplemented them with light and humorous stories.
The audience members shifted gears when our second speaker, Tina Bae, delivered her speech focused on encouraging members to vote. Tina confessed a secret that she never voted before, but announced that this year will be her first. Through her voluntary participation in a political organization called KANU, Tina learned that her voice counts. The organization focuses on educating people, helping them make informed political decisions, and emphasizing that voting is important. Tina feels that KANU’s project is really meaningful, especially since it encouraged her to vote in the upcoming final election.
Our last speaker, Doran Chavez, told a Halloween Tale called “La Llorona (The Weeping Woman).” It is a Hispanic culture legend that he learned from his grandfather. The story, based in Mexico, is of a beautiful woman named Maria who fell in love with a man and had two children. The man eventually fell out of love with Maria and moved on to marry another woman. Hearing this news, Maria was outraged. She took her anger out on her children by throwing them into the water. Later realizing what she did, Maria jumped into the water and drowned herself, too. Because of her actions, Maria was rejected from Heaven. Today, her spirit is known to wander rivers and lakes in search of her children. People of the village claim to have seen Maria’s spirit, so children are warned not to go out at night to avoid being attacked by Maria’s unsettled spirit.
Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and even dressed-up in last week’s meeting! Looking forward to yet another fun meeting on Wednesday!