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What’s The Buzz # 1962

With the theme of the meeting being the Olympic Games, it made sense that the word of the day was excellent – and that’s exactly what this meeting was.  Our toastmaster, David Golan, gave us a great history of the competition.  While bringing up the classic names like Jesse Owens, and the new names like Michael Phelps, he reminded us that we are all looking for the birth of new legends. There w...
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What’s the Buzz # 1961

Our meeting on Wednesday, August the 10th provided all of us with some much needed perspective. The theme of the day was “The Interconnectedness of all Things,” and through his witty remarks, our Toastmaster, Chris OBrien, showed us just how random – and yet connected – all things are. The word of the day was Luminous, and the meeting proved to be just that.  Our Table Topics Master, Mary Lynn ...
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What’s The Buzz # 1960

The one thousand, nine hundred and sixtieth meeting of Black Walnut Toastmasters was green lights all the way.  Our illustrious Toastmaster, Distinguished Toastmaster Bud Brown, set our eyes on the past – looking to 1926, when on August 3rd traffic lights were installed at Piccadilly Circus in London.  It was the start of a well-coordinated meeting . Melanie Thomas led a riotous table topics se...
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What’s The Buzz # 1956

Since my term as Vice President of Public Relations is coming to an end the day after tomorrow, this will be my last entry for What's The Buzz (I have missed about 11 weeks anyway) Hopefully our incoming VP of PR will have many volunteers from our club offering to write three of these blogs in order to get credit toward their CL as an "Assistant to the Webmaster" in project 6 of the Competent Lead...
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Whats the Buzz # 1945

The Nothing Meeting # 1945 was like a flashback to the Jerry Seinfeld show.  It was a meeting about NOTHING. Our Toastmaster Chris insisted that this was not a reflection of his having wakened up at 3:30 this morning with the panicked realization that he had forgotten to create a them.  It was simply indicative of the idea of nothing which , not surprisingly, gets very little (one is tempted to ...
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Whats The Buzz # 1943 Tall Tales

A Tale of Black Walnuts The 2016 Black Walnut Tall Tales Competition took place this week with four of our biggest liars presenting histories that hardly happened. As is customary in our club, last year’s winner, Heather Landells was tapped to be the Chair of this year’s competition.  Heather acknowledged that she had plenty of help from our Assistant to the VP Education, David Golan and the res...
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Whats the Buzz # 1942

Problems: Obstacles? or Challenges? This week, our Toastmaster, Veli decided that the problem of people who had planned on coming to the meeting, missing it for whatever reason, was an opportunity to learn and grow.  She asked us if we thought of problems as obstacles or challenges (opportunities).  She told us about a time when she had been at risk of missing a train because she had slept in.  I...
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What’s The Buzz # 1941

MVP We started today's meeting with Toastmaster Matt getting insights on the Most Valuable Points that people have experienced from their association with Toastmasters from members present like Wayne who uses the skills he has learned in workshops and Sarah who took part in an Open House style meeting where members of the health group where she has her business spoke about their various disciplin...
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Whats the Buzz # 1939

Decisions: The weather Channel may have perpetrated a fraud upon us by their “winter storm warning” that was actually just informing us of an average snowfall of a mere 12 cm.  The result was attendance of only 13 members but didn’t deter two guests from joining the meeting. Our theme today was Decisions and our Toastmaster, Wayne inspired us to make the decision to forge ahead with plans and dr...
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Whats the Buzz # 1938

Desire, The Beginning Of All Achievement Our Toastmaster this week was Andrew who began the meeting with an impassioned encouragement to understand that to change your outcome, you need to change your thinking. This week we had only one speech but it was just as well because for once, we had a business meeting in our meeting and that gobbled up the time that would have been used by any two speec...
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