On January 26th, Roosevelt Island Toastmasters gathered at Ion's Corner Cafe at Vernon Blvd and 36th Avenue. We meet twice a month for our regular meetings, and twice a year we gather for a dinner party. This was our winter party. It was a very pleasant evening, with lots of catching up, since many of the guests were old friends and some were former-members of our club. Arlene served as the Toastmaster for the evening, graciously hosting and guiding us through a fun exercise. Since we had decided on a "Global" theme, each of our tables took a continent (Europe, Africa, Asia, The Americas) and prepared a short presentation in which every person participated. The presentations were delightful, funny, and lively! There was singing, trivia, and story-telling. The dinner and dessert were lovely too, and I especially enjoyed the polenta with sour cream and the fried-donut with yogurt for dessert.
Our next meeting is Monday, February 9th, at 8pm in the Rivercross Community Room. There will be 3 prepared speeches--based on the assignments in the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Manual. Each speaker will present a speech that utilizes a skill in public-speaking, such as "Organize Your Speech" or "Get Comfortable with Visual Aides." The speech topics get very interesting, because we have a very diverse club. I've heard speeches about Azerbaijan and Fiji, as well as first aid for babies and many other topics. I always learn something new because our members give unique presentations based on their own interests. I have my own business, Atlantico Books, which imports books from Brazil and Portugal for consumers in the USA. Toastmasters has helped me to improve my communication skills and gain confidence when I speak with vendors and clients। If you are curious about what Toastmasters can do for you, please come and visit! I hope to see you soon.
--Posted by Elena Como, Member of Roosevelt Island Toastmasters since 2006