It was an interesting meeting with an address by the area governor and an induction of new members plus the new business session and three speakers and we ended pretty close to on time.
Some members are going to have to remember that dinner meetings start early and it’s a worthy challenge to arrive on time. Coming in late is disruptive.
There were several opportunities where speakers could have been much more concise and we should look at those opportunities in the future.
In addition to inducting the executive, the area governor talked about the new branding of Toastmasters from the International headquarters which was influenced by the organization’s growth in Asian countries and thus the reduction of English from the brand.
In private the area governor mused out loud that it might be time to form another club in the Oakville/Burlington area. With First Oakville likely to hit 50 members before Christmas and I’m thinking 60 by year’s end we’ve got to do something.
Having this many members makes for a dynamic and exciting Toastmaster club but it limits the opportunities for members to speak and participate.
And of course what would a visit from the area governor be without a pitch for the fall conference which is coming to London, Ontario on the weekend of Nov. 25. For $220, which includes meals, it’s a pretty good deal and a fun weekend away.
(In photo: Left to right – Toastmasters Eleanor Hayward (Secretary), Elaine Collins (VP of Public Relations), Area Governor Carol Todd-Skuce, Glenn Marshall (Sgt.-At-Arms), Linda Rossi (VP of Education), David Webster (President), Heather Cunningham (VP of Membership) and Tyler Bayley (Treasurer).