Bolton Banter doesn’t take a break during the summer.  Our members keep on writing their speeches, giving their evaluations and otherwise working toward their goals.  Of course some are off cottaging, canoeing and otherwise enjoying the glorious weather.  We assume they’ll all come back with fabulous speech ideas.  That said, summer meetings are always interesting and our meeting on July 7th gave ample proof of that.  We welcomed Roger Caesar of Brampton Toastmasters.  Roger is the winner of the District 86 International Speech contest held this past April.  This win gives him the opportunity to compete in the semi-finals at the International Conference, to be held in August in Washington, D.C.  We were very fortunate to hear Roger deliver two presentations, “Buckle up, enjoy your ride” and “Leap of Faith”.  His evaluator, Neil Dunsmore gave us all further insights into what makes a speech inspiring, motivating and educating.  Best of luck Roger when you compete in Washington.

We heard excellent presentations from our own club members also, namely, Satya Robinson, Bart Burness and Zana Maksimovic.

We welcomed a great many guests this evening.  Thanks to Eva Britton, Dennis Sandford, Roger Caesar, Neil Dunsmore, Annette Lavigne, Ross McKay, Cal Lockhart, Daniel DeLorenzo, Willie, Dima and our Division M Director Dragana Vulpic-Bork for joining us this evening.

This evening we awarded ribbons only for Table Topics. Cal and Neil tied for the honour of best Table Topics speaker.

Our July 21st meeting featured an unusual twist.  Sergeant at Arms Phil Coakley directed us all to stand and recite the Toastmasters mission statement with him.  Amazingly we did so.  We remembered the words!

The photographer from Snap’d visited and we took turns posing for the camera.  We hope to see our smiling faces soon in Snap’d.  Look for the next edition at your newsstand.

We heard three very different presentations this evening. Tianna DeLorenzo explained the importance of animals to our lives, Zlata Proudlock talked about the ongoing battle of the bulge (ah, don’t remind us) and Phil Coakley, in a sales training speech, assured us we could learn to sell water to a dying man.  Indeed.

All ribbons were awarded this evening.  Eric Solowka was voted best Table Topics speaker and tied with Zana for best evaluator.  Zlata was voted best speaker of the evening.

It was indeed a full but fun July.  Enjoy the long August weekend and we’ll see you again on August 4th

Many thanks to Zana Maksimovic for her help in writing the news posts in June and July.  She did a great job.

Cheers – Lorraine Van Wagner, DTM, Webmaster