And the Oscar goes to…

The 90th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, took place earlier this year on March 4th, 2018.   BUT, did you know that we have our very own Oscar at First Oakville Toastmasters?

You may have noticed that there is a coconut with hair and eyes mounted on a wooden pedestal with the name “Oscar” engraved on it.  If you are a newer member you are likely wondering what that is all about.  We did some digging and this is what we found out thanks to Sharon Jenkins and former member, Loreen Paterick.

The idea of the Oscar was that it be presented and awarded by the Table Topics Master to a Toastmaster who strayed from the Table Topic he or she was given.  The purpose was to encourage members to stay on topic and not just fill airtime.   It is meant to be a very lighthearted way to encourage members to stay focused and to deliver table topic speeches with purpose and especially on topic.

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The exact date of when the Oscar was introduced to our club is not clear but as I was scanning through our meeting minutes from April 1972, there is a mention that the executive was looking for a new “Oscar” indicating that they wanted to re-institute the award.  It has definitely been around since 1972 (at least).

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Our current Oscar is originally from Hawaii and he was picked up by a former member while travelling for business in the early 1990s.

It is not often that we see the Oscar awarded at a First Oakville Toastmaster meeting – but if you ever get a Table Topic question about innovation and you start talking about cats and someone awards you the Oscar, now you know why! : )

First Oakville Toastmasters has a lot of history and traditions and with so many new members, it is important to pass on the traditions and the stories behind them.  We also have another award called the Spark Plug.  Click here to learn more about the Spark Plug award.

** Thank you to Sharon Jenkins and Loreen Paterick for contributing this helpful information.

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