Area toastmasters hold meeting in Oconomowoc

September 5, 2018

OCONOMOWOC -- Oconomowoc Toastmasters 834 held their Aug. 23 meeting at Waukesha State Bank in Oconomowoc.

President Adam Plummer called the meeting to order. There were 15 members in attendance. Pam Gutsche provided the invocation. Toastmaster Bernice Hoppel had an end-of-summer theme and told some quotes that came from football.

Word master Deborah Thornburg provided the word for the evening, “self-compassion,” meaning “extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure or general suffering.” Joke master Bill Hogan told a joke about an arrangement of flowers delivered to the wrong location.

Table topics master Mary Tylicki called on Steve Ziobro to answer the question, “Dear Abby: What do I do with green tomatoes?” Joan Genske was asked, “Dear Abby: Now that summer is over where to go for summer treats?” Pam Gutsche responded to, “Dear Abby: How should I celebrate Octoberfest?”

Andy Hansen was the first speaker and his speech was titled “60 Bad Days,” explaining that everyone has 60 bad days a year. The second speaker was Adam Plummer, giving his speech titled “Death by Scrabble.” This was a reading done for a Toastmasters Pathway requirement.

General evaluator Karen Thornburg called on Ted Fuller to evaluate Andy Hansen’s speech and Donna Fuller to evaluate Adam Plummer’s speech. Hansen was awarded best speaker for the night along with Donna Fuller for best evaluator and Joan Genske for best table topics.

Ellen Bohn gave a report on the club’s participation in the Relay For Life of Rock River. Club members raised $1,250 for the American Cancer Society. Refreshments were provided by Ted Fuller.

The Oconomowoc Toastmasters meet every first and third Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be held at Aurora Medical Center Summit at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pabst Conference Room.

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