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Meeting every day for a week: Day 1

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As the new Toastmasters year started, I thought I would challenge myself with mini, reachable goals throughout the year. Goals are good. Reachable goals are better. Mini goals are the best. They give one instant feelings of accomplishment. Notice, I didn’t say “easy” goals.

My first challenge is the “Meeting every day for a week.” You may think this is easy, but remember, my job is 50-70% travel! So cut me some slack!

Below are the clubs meetings I attended and a thing or two about my experience that day. I encourage you to attend many meetings and share your experience.

Day 1: Saturday July 7th

New Horizons Toastmasters Club
Club #: 1360, Dist #: 07, Est: 10/1/1953
Bridge City Cafe Bridgeport Village
7211 SW Bridgeport Road, Tualatin, OR, 97062
Meeting Time: 8:00 am, Saturday
Club Status: Open to all

The one word that best describes today experience is “bondness.” I’m not talking about James Bond groupies. But rather a group of people that are connected to each other through a shared experience or familiarity.

As the meeting was ending, a nice gentleman came up to me and asked if the meeting was over. I said yes, but we meet every Saturday and he was welcomed to return next week. He said in a disappointing tone, that he was from Reno, NV and was on his way to the airport. He wished he had known about the meeting just a little sooner.

Of course my next question was if he was familiar with Toastmasters. The disappointing look instantly became a huge grin as he told he belonged to a club in Reno called Sierra Sunrise. At that moment, a “bondness” was experienced. It reminded me of the days when I would travel in uniform (US Navy) and how so many people who served in the military would come up to me. Or the instant “bondness” I would feel whenever encountering another active duty person in uniform.

Not to get all philosophical or even mushy here, but that’s one of the many aspects of Toastmasters I enjoy.  How the connections among total strangers cease to exist because of a shared association. No matter where you are or who you are if there is fellow TM’er nearby, you have an instant friend.

I don’t get to Reno much in work travels. However, the next time the opportunity arise, I plan on doing everything I can to schedule a work meeting on a Thursday so I can stop by the Gold N Silver Inn at 7am to attend the Sierra Sunrise Toastmasters meeting and to say hello to my new friend.

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Meeting every day for a week: Day 2

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Day 2: Sunday, July 8th

Babble-On Toastmasters Club
Club #: 608093, Dist #: 07, Est: 3/31/2004
Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst
935 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, OR, 97232
Meeting Time: 4:00 pm, Sunday
Club Status: Open to all

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius

Today’s experience can be summed up with “perseverance.” The Babble-On club had two visitors today, both of which are Toastmasters. What’s the big deal in that you ask? They both moved here from out of state. One from Alaska and one from California.

Needless to say, when moving across the state line (or jumping over a country and a few states) one has many oars in the water and it can be a stressful time. But when the waters calm and a person re-engages with Toastmasters, that shows perseverance.

It easy to give up. Make excuse. Oh, I’m too busy to join a club again. I have boxes still to unpack. Not these two ladies my friend. They value themselves too much. They know the value of investing in themselves. They have perseverance. And Babble-On has two new members. Rock on Babble-On. That’s four new members so far this month! DCP goal #7 checked off.

For those of you who meet re-engaging Toastmasters, just look up their email address and last name online. TI will automatically retrieve their membership number. Learn that too today thanks to PJ!

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Meeting every day for a week: Day 3

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Day 3: Monday, July 9th

At The River’s Edge Club
Club #: 9474, Dist #: 07, Est: 6/1/1993   
Terwilliger Plaza 2nd Floor, meeting room A
2545 SW Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR, 97201
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm, Monday
Club Status: Open to all  

Determination–the most important factor for success. Today’s lesson could well have been “drive the darn car Rose instead of riding the bike.” Perhaps then I would not have been late for my meeting today. But I have a side, mini challenge to ride my bike wherever and whenever I can.

Despite the hills, a few wrong turns, and the clock ticking, I was determined to make the meeting in downtown Portland (I live in SE, 7 miles away)! Okay, so I broke the TM rule of arriving a few minutes late, but the important part is that I didn’t give up. I worked harder (pedal to the metal). I took risks (who needs sidewalks). I learned lessons (read map).

As I sat in the meeting enjoying my sweet, sweaty moment of success, I was witness to a fellow member enjoying his sweet success. Fellow Babble-On member Mike just finished his 10th speech in the CC manual. Wahoo!

Mike’s achievement exemplifies results of determination. You see, Mike just joined Toastmasters a mere 4 months ago. He attends Babble-On every week and signs up for speaker every chance he gets. He truly works the program. He practices each and every one of his speeches week after week. No two speeches are the same.

More notably, he attended another club to reach his goal. He worked harder by preparing and delivering two different speeches two days back to back. He took risks by getting out of his comfort zone and attended another club as guest speaker. He learned lessons as he received an incredible evaluation by someone that has never heard him speak before. He was determined to reach his goal—the Competent Communicator award.

What are your goals? Whatever they are, be determined to reach them and enjoy the sweet feeling of success. Trek on my friends.

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Meeting every day for a week: Day 4

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Day 4: Tuesday, July 10th

Milwaukie Talkies
Club #: 1588493, Dist #: 07, Est: 3/4/2011   
Oregonians CU Community Room
6915 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukie, OR, 97267-2103
Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, Tuesday
Club Status: Open to all

I didn’t exactly learn any profound lessons today, which is good. I wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong impression about Toastmasters. Like thinking that every meeting is deep. In a therapeutic way that is.

But boy howdy did we have a fun meeting this morning! Did you know that the American High School tradition of proms is just now coming about in England? Yep, Division Governor Simon Broad said so himself. He should know given that’s his native land.

Another tradition that has yet to be discovered across the pond is yearbooks. How barmy is that? Fear not, Simon scheming of ways to make a buck off of this missing American culture. That’s the spirit Simon and another American way. Free enterprise! Good luck mate. Please wait until July 1, 2013 to launch your new business. 

This month must be traditional for clubs to gain new members ‘cuz Milwaukie Talkies is charming them folks. Simon officially joined today and rumors have it that past District Governor Cathey Armillas will be joining next week.

Way to go Milwaukie Talkies!

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Meeting every day for a week: Day 5

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Day 5: Wednesday, July 11th

Capital Toastmasters Club
Club #: 693720, Dist #: 07, Est: 6/30/2004   
Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State St, Salem, OR, 97310
Meeting Time: 5:30 pm, 2nd Wednesday
Club Status: Open to all  

Ceremony, celebration, and correctional facility. Not exactly words that are commonly used together in the same sentence (no pun intended) but that’s what tonight’s meeting at Capital Toastmasters entailed. For those of you who don’t know, the Capital Toastmasters Club is a prison club at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Tonight we held ceremonies inducting the new club officers, the new Area Governor (Bill Roll) and the new Division Governor (Ron Edgemon). The club also conducted a ceremony inducting its newest members which consisted of the new members pledging to follow the Toastmasters Promise AND the club members pledging their support back to the new members. This 360 degree of promises is one of the reasons this club thrives year after year.

Another reasons for the club success is how they celebrate and acknowledge members achievements. Recognition is an agenda item! Members are presented with certificates and ribbons that were voted as “Best Speaker”, “Best Evaluator”, and “Best Table Topics” from the previous month’s meeting. Then the big celebration happens when a member achieves a new Toastmasters education level award.

Many clubs may not take ceremonies and celebration very serious, but they are an important factor in the Toastmasters program. I believe they are key contributing factors in the Capital Toastmasters Club success year after year.

If your club as slacked off a bit in these areas, I encourage you to put it on the agenda. Just try it out for a few months and see what happens. It’s human nature to crave appreciation of a job well done. A simple form of recognition can have an amazing effect in boosting performance and morale.

P.S. Check out the news article on how this club thinks out the box.

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Meeting every day for a week: Day 6

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Day 6: Thursday, July 12th

Marylhurst Toastmasters
Club #: 5588, Dist #: 07, Est: 10/1/1998
Marylhurst University
Villa Maria, West Linn, OR, 97068
Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m., Thurs
Club Status: Open to all

Today was about appreciation. Appreciating those in your lives today and the past.

Before the meeting our District PRO, Lisa Hutton, and I met for coffee. Lisa stepped in last year mid-term as PRO to fill a void and enthusiastically agreed to continue this year.  I appreciate a person that steps up to help without regards to getting credit. I enjoy a quiet moment over coffee with folks who give unselfishly.

Then it was onto the Marylhurts meeting where two new members shared fond memories of their mother and grandmother. Olya, who is from the Ukraine, shared an old family recipe on how to make borscht that her mother perfected. The secret is in the ingredients and the order in which you cook them. Buy me coffee and I’ll bring you copy of the recipe!

Then Nicole shared a heartwarming story of her grandmother, referred to as babo, who moved here from Bulgaria when Nicole was a little girl. Her love and appreciation of babo made me think of my own mema (my grandmother).This was Nicole’s ice breaker speech. I put a secret alert on the club’s website for when she gives her next speech. It was that well written and delivered. I don’t want to miss it.

I finished out my evening enjoying dinner with an old friend, immediate past district governor, Deveny Bywaters. Neither one of us could believe it had been a whole two weeks since we last talked. Going from daily talks to zero, zip, zilch, nada is weird. Not sure how we did it. Oh yea, she went to visit her new grandbaby in Utah; and I have been busy making mini challenges.

So my lesson to share with you is to take time out of your busy schedule to appreciate those around you. In fact, make it a daily habit to show your appreciation whether it is to your family, friends or coworkers. When you do, you will make lasting memories. Who knows, 20 years from now, a Toastmasters may pay tribute to you and share with others how you made difference in their lives; showing their appreciation.

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Meeting every day for a week: Day 7

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Day 7: Friday, July 13th

American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter Club
Club #: 5352, Dist #: 07, Est: 6/17/2002   
American Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR, 97227
Meeting Time: 12:00 p.m., Fri.
Club Status: Open to all

Whew! I almost didn’t make my goal. But thanks to the one and only Friday noon club that met today, I was able to meet my challenge—attend a Toastmasters meeting every day for 7 days in a row. Thank you American Red Cross!

I was originally going to attend a 6:30am meeting but the work calendar suddenly showed a conflicting meeting. Who the heck schedules me for a 6:30am PST webex on a Friday morning? An account manager with east coast clients.

The big lesson for today is …..do not blindly accept calendar invites while traveling in another time zone. Love my coffee in the morning but not at 4:30am. (it takes me a while to wake up and be human enough to present to clients.)

There you have it folks. I met my challenge. Big thanks to all those that help me along the way and shared in my experience. Can’t wait to see my new friends on my next visits.

I encourage you to visit one of these clubs or go out and visit any of the clubs in our district. There is a meeting every day of the week, morning, noon, and night. Well, except for Friday nights. Not yet. I’m working on that!

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