Share a Favorite Recipe – Toastmasters Meeting 11/21/12

Aloha DBA Toastmasters,

Last week, Toastmaster Eddie Joseph led our meeting; we had an unusual one.  Since we were approaching the long holiday weekend, just a handful of our members showed up.  Speaking slots were unfilled, which led a couple of our present members to fill roles and speak on the spot without preparation.  They represented what it is to be a true Toastmaster!

Our first speaker, Renee Thomas, delivered her speech titled, “Are you getting the most out of your avocados?”  She spoke about the many different varieties of avocado grown all over the world–two hundred of them grown locally in Hawaii–and the many uses that one can get out of the fruit.  Renee analogized the avocado to wine.  The fruit ages and ripens, and contains a variety of flavors.  It can be prepared in a variety of flavorful ways.  Avocado can be rolled in sushi, placed in a vegetable salad, grilled for a burger, or spread over a healthy sandwich.  Additionally, the fruit can be used as a facial mask that naturally moisturizes and lightly exfoliates skin, and it can be used for medicinal purposes.

Michael delivered an off-the-cuff speech centered on the history of Toastmasters.  He showcased his uncanny ability to remember facts to educate the group of Toastmasters, including when the organization began, where it began, and who started it.  Further, Michael spoke of the club that he is a member of – the Ala Moana Toastmasters club – and it’s history, which dates back to 1948.  Over the years, Toastmasters International has grown rapidly.  There are over 13,000 clubs in over 117 different countries worldwide.  People around the world gather in an effort to become better public speakers.  Michael believes that this makes the world a better place to live.

Our third speaker, Eddie Joseph, also delivered an off-the-cuff speech centered on perfume.  He informed the group of the history of perfume and the content contained within all fragrances.  Although perfume comes in a variety of scents and colors, all fragrances consists of three molecules: the top note, middle note, and base note.  The top note consists of small and light molecules that evaporate quickly.  It is the scent perceived immediately upon application of the perfume.  Often the top note consists of ginger aroma and other citrus fruits.  The scent of the middle note emerges just as the top note dissipates.  The middle note is also known as the “heart” note because it is the main body of the perfume that takes longer to evaporate.  Finally, the scent of the base note appears at the departure of the middle note.  The base notes bring depth and solidity to the perfume; it, along with the middle note, comprises the main theme of the perfume.  After listening to Eddie’s speech, our members are now prepared to ask educated questions the next time they plan to purchase a bottle of perfume (perfect timing for the upcoming holiday season)!

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s meeting!  See you all on Wednesday!

Cara Hiyakumoto

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