Kindness [Meeting report of 2020-09-22]

Our club meeting on Tuesday, 22 September had an evening theme of “kindness”.

“Practice kindness every day with everybody and you will realize that you are already in heaven now”. Jack Karouac

We had a high-class and exciting meeting, with speech projects from three very talented and experienced club members. We were delighted to again have a number of international guests from India, the UK, and Tanzania. This is in my eyes one of the exciting pluses of meeting online, and we invite any international guests to come and join us as club members as long as we are online. We also were happy to welcome Manuel Gauss, the current president of the Heidelberg Toastmaster club, who added to the club evening by taking over the role of evaluator.

Speaker number one was Poorana. He gave an inspiring and moving speech, talking about a devastating event in his life that taught him something about recovering from trauma… that is, the power in finding something relevant, meaningful and good even in the worst of events. The second speaker was Jan-Phillip (JP), who told us in a most vivid manner of his enjoyment of crime novels and talked about two of his favorite characters from these thrillers. His was a highly entertaining speech, even if the content was far from our evening theme of kindness ;). The third speaker, Martin, had a speech project that involved not only a speech but also a question and answer period. The theme of his speech was “how to find peace of mind”. The question and answer period was lively and challenged Martin to go into more depth on the main points of his presentation.

The three evaluators for the evening were Manuel, Yingqi, and Oliver. The level of evaluations was also very high, and each of the evaluators did a commendable job in balancing observations about strengths and adding concrete points where the speakers could improve.

As Toastmaster of the evening, I had the opportunity to share a number of quotes on the personal and interpersonal benefits of just being kind to others. I felt that the theme was well received by all present, and for me personally this is one of the great strengths of our club: the members actively care about each other and we support each other in our personal and professional growth. And, this of course works best in a climate of “kindness”.

Thanks to all who attended for making this evening so worthwhile. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting in two weeks. And of course, we would love to have guests and potential new members, so bring any friends or colleagues you think might be able to profit from Toastmasters.

Our next meeting will be on 13/10/2020 at 19:15.

Here is the zoom link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/980755286?pwd=Znhwc3dCS1Y3Q1VMUFRQVzhsaHB4dz09

Best wishes,
Jeff Gordon.
(club President)

We love Summer![Meeting report of 2020-08-25]

Theme of the day: The joys of summer
Word of the day: torrid

We had a great summer evening and this time our Area Director visited our club.

Jeff Gordon started the evening by sharing his thoughts about the summertime. Martin was the Toastmaster of the Evening and he moderated the whole evening with so many quotes and thoughts about summer. That was really great. Thanks Martin!

Sybille was not only the Table Topics Master but also the General Evaluator of the evening. You did a great job Sybille! There were very interesting speeches today: Sriram again amazed us with his humorous speech about insurances in Germany, Poorana presented a proposal to improve the club website and JP delivered a great speech about his transformation in Toastmasters and how it helped him in his life. The speeches were then evaluated by Jeff Gordon, Piyali and Oliver respectively.

A big Thanks to Sabine for taking up the Time Keeper role!

Meeting Award Recipients:
Best Evaluator Award: Piyali
Best Speaker Award: JP

Thank you all for a lovely evening!

New guests are always welcome! Our next meeting will be on 08/09/2020 at 19:15.

Here is the zoom link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/980755286?pwd=Znhwc3dCS1Y3Q1VMUFRQVzhsaHB4dz09

We celebrated the Anniversary in style [Meeting report of 2020-08-11]

Theme of the day: Importance of marking anniversaries
Word of the day: aplomb

It was a great evening filled with great speeches and fun.

Oliver was the Table Topic Master and he brought interesting impromptu speech topics based on the theme of the day. In the prepared speeches session, Poorana shared his personal story about public speaking, Fangfang made us laugh and think through her humorous speech and Carl taught us how to flirt by understanding the science behind it. This was then followed by great evaluations from Martin Sturm, Jeff Gordon and Oliver.

Sybille played a great role as the Toastmaster of the evening. Thank you Sybille and Jeff Gordon for sharing valuable thoughts about the importance of marking anniversaries.

Thanks to all the role takers:
Ayokanmi Fatoyinbo: The time keeper
Sabine: The Ah Counter
Craig: The Grammarian

Meeting Award Recipients:
Best Evaluator Award: Martin Sturm
Best Table Topics Award: Sabine Schlenker
Best Speaker Award: Poorana

New guests are always welcome! Our next meeting is on 25/08/2020 at 19:15.

Here is the zoom link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/980755286?pwd=Znhwc3dCS1Y3Q1VMUFRQVzhsaHB4dz09

Here is a group photo from the zoom meeting:

#thehappyus

New member!

We are truly madly deeply pleased to welcome Sriram Sundar Rajan as a new member in our club. He has already amazed us through his ice breaker on the very first day. Such a humorous, well crafted and excellent speech!

A warm welcome to the Club Sriram and wish you a great success with your speeches in the future!

New Team!

The Toastmasters year has come to an end and it is our pleasure to welcome the new officers team for the upcoming year.

President: Jeff Gordon
VPM: Martin Sturm
Sergeant at Arms: Gerrit Hille
Treasurer: Jan-Philipp Esch
VPPR: Fangfang Chu 
VPE: Oliver Hauss
Secretary: Sybille Maas-Mueller

Congratulations and best wishes!