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We Cover A LOT of Territory

In General Meeting Commentary on March 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm

This *is* a blog, but for some meetings there *aren’t words*.

Suffice to say we are one crazy bunch!




In General Meeting Commentary on January 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Wordle: ChamberChatters

*This post was made from words contained in the December 31st blog and its respective comments.*  Click on it!

Words of December with compliments to our very own Kate:

In General Meeting Commentary on December 31, 2009 at 10:26 am

bon vivant

bon viveur





Dearest Kate:

Allow me to thank you for the *most excellent* luncheon that you prepared for our annual Chamber Chatters Christmas gathering.  Simply put:  It was Amazing!

When I first walked into your dining room, I was immediately struck by the lovely table decorations and formal place settings. In today’s hurried environment, it’s not often that any of us have the opportunity to sit  at a table prepared with so much care and artistry.  It truly was special and I would like to acknowledge the time investment involved in making the environment so beautiful.

Next, one might guess that with so many people to serve (we do have an amazing club don’t we?), the luncheon  may have been a pot-luck or some such thing.  Well, not in your house!  Every single Chamber Chatter member was served a mixed green salad, Chicken Marbella, rice, green beans, and dessert!  And dare I reveal publicly, champagne?! And perhaps some wine….   🙂

I could say… “Move over Martha.”

Or to Paula and Rachel “Watch your backs.”

But of course I won’t because those gals have got nothing on you!

Thank you!  Thank you!

to Chamber Chatter’s warmest smile

and most accomplished

bon vivant

bon viveur







-Wendy Goody

Chatting on The Green

In General Meeting Commentary, Resources on September 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm


This is why people join Chamber Chatters.  We love to shake it up!  On September 16th, we shook it up outside.


We walked down the street from our usual meeting place at the Chamber of Commerce office and held our meeting in the open air.


We had a fabulous time and heard three great speeches.  Here is what we learned:

1)  All else equal, when speaking outside, one must speak a fair degree louder than compared to an inside location.

2)  Just because the lecturn starts in the shade, does not mean it will stay in the shade!

3)  Buses, cars, and other vehicles going by are louder than one would otherwise imagine.  Plan to be interrupted by engines.

4)  Landscapers may be working in the area.  That means noise from hedge trimmers, blowers, and mowers must be added into the mix.

5)  We loved it so much, we’re going to do it again!  Despite the challenges, everyone came away quite enthusiastic about the meeting format.  It worked.  Being outside definitely worked.

6)  Bring sunglasses.




-Wendy Goody

Lemons >>> Lemonade. That’s the way, aha, aha, I like it, aha, aha!

In General Meeting Commentary, Speeches, Themes, Toastmaster Roles on June 28, 2009 at 9:59 pm


Our June 24th gathering to celebrate summer was a dooooooooooozy!  Kate not only brought in an Oreo kite, beach towels, and sunflowers…but she supplied homemade lemonade in her grandmother’s antique glass pitcher!  Now THAT’S a Toastmaster!!   Talk about a thorough spoiling of us members.  THANK YOU, KATE!  K.C. and the Sunshine Band would be proud!  🙂

And there’s something else on my mind.  Rachel spoke to us about the primary cause of our results in life, which is of course our attitude!!  She reminded us in her speech that attitude is comprised of our thoughts, feelings, and actions, which make up our circle of responsibility.  Great speech with awesome content!


And then Pat came up speaking about the curious life-role of being a grandparent – and how things have evolved over the years since she was a young parent.  Bottom line, some rules have changed!  BTW, ask her sometime about exactly how many grandchildren she has….I guarantee there’s a good story there!

Chamber Chatters, we just keep getting better and better!  Keep it up!

-Wendy Goody

P.S.  And here’s a reward for us all…

Kate’s Homemade Lemonade:

I first make a lemonade syrup, which is very handy to make lemonade by the glass.

For the syrup:

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 cup lemon juice

Boil the sugar in the water for 5 minutes. Cool, then add the lemon juice. Store in the frig.  To make a glass of lemonade, use approximately 2T. syrup to 8 oz. water. So, to make a pitcher, I just wing it. A little syrup…a bit of water…then taste! (It’s more like a cup of syrup to a pitcher of water). I think the mint sprig in the glass jazzes things up! – Kate


Oh Toastmasters Just Want to Have Fun!

In General Meeting Commentary on June 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm


We confess, it’s true!  We’re a sucker for the Reds!

In honor of our two newish members with British accents, Chamber Chatters held its semi-annual social lunch on June 3rd, 2009 at the Redcoats British Pub & Restaurant.


Redcoats gave us the room upstairs and Toastmasters simply followed the noise as they arrived.  No hostess needed!

Gary C. Smith, a guest Toastmaster, gave us a *Wonderful* presentation on “Stinkin Thinkin” and how to avoid it!

Gary’s recommended deodorant for STINKIN-THINKIN comes from the very wise Bear, Winnie the Pooh.

  • How can you get very far if you don’t know who you are?
  • How can you get what you want, if you don’t know what you got?
  • And if you don’t know which to do of all the things in front of you,

then what you’ll have when you are through is just a mess without a clue.

  • Of all the best that can come true if you know what and which and who.

Of course, if you want to hear the rest of it, you’ll have to ask him yourself!


Gary C. Smith


The rest of the story:

  • The cabbage, potato, and pea appetizer was ummmm…..odoriferous and/but was REALLY TASTY!  On the menu it’s called “Bubble and Squeek.”
  • Our British authority, Gail, exclaimed that Redcoats is exactly the kind of place one could stroll into alone and have a drink (very inviting environs) and that the Fish and Chips were quite tasty. Others concurred.
  • And the quiche wasn’t bad either.
  • It was Wednesday, but everyone wore their Sunday best.  Who knew Toastmasters could be so undeniably handsome???  Anne Marie looked smashing in her green blouse, Amy donned a cool black wrap,  and Trouser Queen Gail showed us her softer side, looking ever so svelte in a dress.  Dan sported a new summer inspired do, Robb, Terry, and Brian shone sharp in their dress shirts, Libby wore *yet another* most excellent necklace, Andrea brought out the quintessential spring get-up, Kate channeled Miss Manners with her perfectly pressed white blouse and black sweater combo, and Joey, Lanette, and Pat showed us that patterns and spring colors pair beautifully on blonds!  I joined the gals in black and will stop pretending to be Liz Smith RIGHT NOW!
  • Save the fact that Jane Austen did not stop by for quick hello and that we were missing some members due to work conflicts, it was a great outing indeed!
  • All this fun for the price of a Toastmasters membership!



-Wendy Goody

The Power of a Smile

In General Meeting Commentary on May 29, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Lanette and her stunning smile warmed the conference room this week. There is nothing like an authentic smile. Lanette has a WARM and authentic smile and she used it beautifully this week as she took front stage as Toastmaster.

There is a lesson in that smile. Here’s the lesson. Find your smile. Use it. It can warm a whole room. If you aren’t convinced come by our club and watch Lanette. You’ll see it, you’ll feel it, and you’ll be convinced, I’m certain.



Ding * Ding * Ding*

In General Meeting Commentary on May 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm

It had to happen. A particular brass “service please” bell made it to the meeting and we experimented with getting a DING by the Ah-Um Counter when we misbehaved with vocalized pauses. We were pretty good, but not perfect. 🙂 – Wendy Goody

The Dinger