Last Thursday October 31 was both Halloween and First Oakville Toastmaster’s regular meeting night, and we didn’t reschedule!
Decorating Diva Eleanor Hayward set the tone, with Deborah Bartucci providing backup material. Photography and video was done by Peter West in his usual professional, almost invisible way.
Upon reflection, it was noticed that Frightening Fun mirrors our circumstances in Toastmasters itself. Speaking for myself, when I first joined several years ago, while I don’t like to admit it, there was an aspect of fright – speaking in front of other people is, ah, uncomfortable for new speakers. Yet, in a warm, supportive environment like First Oakville Toastmasters, the discomfort quickly turns to fun.
Consistent with the theme of Frightening Fun, for this night only, we had a special role – Allan Osborne as the Candyman; Allan generously dispersed Halloween goodies to the various meeting participants. Best Table Topic award went to Val Clements and Elaine Collins in a tie, Best Evaluator was Marion West, and Best Speaker was a tie between Arvind Dhar and Donald Knowles.
John Smissen gave a Special Speaking Out commemorating fellow member Esther Davis who passed away recently.
Nearly all members wore costumes and several members took it up to the next level – got into the character of the costume – your Chair was most impressed! Deborah Bartucci won The First Oakville Toastmasters 2013 Halloween Best Costume Award, taking home a bottle of wine.
We had a number of members encounter medical events this week, requiring some last minute juggling, especially on the last day. As a first time Chair, I was touched by how, when I reached to Club members, all immediately stepped up to help. It was a pleasure and an honour to be Chair of this team.
Area 52 Governor Donald Knowles reminded us that the Division L contest is Friday November 8 at the Dundas Town Hall, 60 Main Street, Dundas Ontario. Both of the Area 52 winners are from First Oakville. Please come out and support Dave Webster (Humourous Speech) and Peter West (Table Topics) this Friday November 8 at 7:00, with the contest starting at 7:15 sharp.
And a Happy, Silly Halloween at First Oakville was had by all!
~Chair Glenn Marshall
See the full photo gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/106186758@N06/sets/72157637189029246/