61 Never Looked So Good
It was a spectacular evening as First Oakville Toastmasters celebrated their annual Charter Party.
61 never looked so good. The room was spectacular, and the crowd was dressed to impressed. There was a lovely mix of former members, current members, some very brand new members and a few that will be joining our club shortly.
The Charter Party committee followed the long tradition of having the head table piped in so beautifully by Mike Cuffe, and with what is called, “paying the piper” with a shot of whiskey. This tradition really took my breath away. Literally, the whiskey was strong enough to give me that extra “je ne sais quoi” to get through the evening of emceeing.
We were so pleased to be amongst the company of our District 86 Director, Cathy Hershell, DTM, Kristina Johnston, DTM, Program Quality Director District 86 and Lou Mulligan, Area 87 Director.
We were also pleased to have Councillor Ralph Robinson from the Town of Oakville join us for this auspicious occasion.
We were also very fortunate to have a number of Past Presidents in attendance:
Marion West, Peter West, Dale Fisher, Hal Shaw, John Smissen, Jennifer Czerniak, Linda Rossi, Adrian Scott and Mark Molder.
While meeting locations, standing committees, and roles have changed over years, one important thing remains the same and that is that First Oakville Toastmasters is a group of fun-loving, professional individuals from diverse backgrounds who take the Toastmasters educational program and our growth seriously. We have been supporting and developing each other for over 60 years with deep respect for the Toastmaster core values which are integrity, respect, service, and excellence.
It was an evening of looking back with gratitude at our rich history and looking forward with vision and determination as we continue to build our club’s legacy because after all, WE ARE 1st Oakville Toastmasters.
The main event of the evening was the second round of our club level International Speech Contest.
Congratulations to all our contestants: Cheryl Etherington, Allan Osborne, Fei Sun & John Smissen. It was a very competitive performance for all 4 members that competed. It was particularly remarkable and noticeable how much the speeches had improved and catapulted in delivery and stage presence since the first round of the contest earlier in January.
A big congratulations to Fei Sun for winning first place and the best of luck moving forward in the Area Contest on February 21st, 2018. Congratulations to John Smissen for placing second.
A big thank you to our Contest Chair, Adrian Scott and Chief Judge, Linda Rossi and to our contest judges. Thank you also to all our contest officers: Roy Campbell, Luke Jin, Tanouja Rama, Samantha Tam, Rosa Rodriguez and Vlad Gappasov.
This year our club was very lucky to have generous sponsors to help support the event.
A big thank you to councilor Ralph Robinson, Hal Shaw from Intelligent Office & Cheryl Etherington, CGA, CPA Accounting.
And of course, our door prize duo Alonso Mendizabal and Cheryl Etherington collected a number of generous door prizes from our sponsors: Rapid Aid, Taste of Colombia, Your Health Wellness Centre, Cedarhouse Spa, Marishka Glynne, Very Valero, & Hal Shaw.
The Annual Charter Party is a very unique and phenomenal tradition that has been carried out year after year and it was an honour to be the Chair & emcee for this event. It would not have been a success without the 2018 Charter Party Committee, also known as the Party Planners Extraordinaire:
Cheryl Etherington, John Smissen, Alonso Mendizabal, Samantha Tam, Allan Osborne, Mark Molder, and Linda Rossi.
Thank you to Peter West for your remarkable attention to detail and catching some phenomenal moments in pictures. View these spectacular photo moments here!
Finally, I would like to recognize some of our newest members who attended and supported this event Veronica Costa, Vlad Gappasov, Roy Campbell, Firas Farah, Marcela Placha, Rebecca Cao (joining soon) and recent guest, Lina Wu. Joining Toastmasters is not just about working on your public speaking, it’s about sharpening your networking skills, building friendship and being part of a community, and I think we did just that.
Cheers to First Oakville Toastmasters! 61 never looked so good!
Rebecca Valero Club President 2017-2018 First Oakville Toastmasters Club #2245