Tonight was “Hat” night. It meant that all meeting roles were randomly drawn out of a hat, with the exception of prepared speeches. We didn’t know who was chairman, or who was the toastmaster hosting the speeches, or who were the evaluators. Some of the new members were thrust into a role they never did before, and it was a good way to try something new without the pressure of being perfect.
We gave a Toast to “Just Do It”. That was just what we needed to hear from Ross Richard.
The Word of the Night was “Bravo”, presented by Johnny Manolelis. The word has origins in the Greek vocabulary as well, and it means “well done”. He encouraged all the members to use the word during the meeting.
The Laughmaster by Ross Richard included an “Irish Lobsters” joke. When Ross gave us the punch line with the constable delivering the great news about the missing wife, we were laughing intensely.
The Table Topics session challenged us with thought-provoking questions about life.
- When was the last time you tried something new?
- What do you love and what are you doing about it?
- What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
- Which is worse, failing or never trying?
- What gets you most excited about life?
“Collecting Brilliant Ideas” was a facilitated discussion based on research done by Cherilyn Liu for her university.
“A Toastmaster’s Experience” by Johnny Manolelis was another facilitated discussion about how Toastmasters can help you achieve your goals in life.