We’ve ended 2022 with another excellent speaker and our annual holiday party. The Toastmaster for this special event was our VP-Education and event co-chair, Julie Broady, DTM, IPDD-100.
The festivities kicked off with keynote speaker, Sterling Hawkins, who spoke about chasing discomfort to accomplish our goals, dreams, and inspirations - #NoMatterWhat. In fact, he coined the movement, #nomatterwhat, as a way for people to truly navigate the ups and downs in working towards their goals. When chasing discomfort, we can grow and achieve things we’ve never thought possible. Sterling also connected this approach to Toastmasters as we face the challenges and opportunities ahead - especially for our leaders.
Next, Kathy Hughes, DTM, PQD-F, led the singing of "The 12 days of 407 Holiday Cheer." Both in-person and remote participants were broken into groups and given a line from the customized song. After a few minutes of practice, everyone regrouped and sang their respective lines that celebrated each district. CJ Frey, DTM, IPDD-5 then led our Toastmasters Bingo. Rosario Delfin, CGD from District 100, won twice! Jesse Oakley III, DTM, PRA, ID-2, won the online bingo contest. The white elephant gift exchange was led by Christine Brady, DTM, PDD-F. The holiday party concluded with toasts from Jesse Oakley III, DTM, PRA, ID-2, Randie Ellington, DTM, PDD-57, Ray Brooks, DTM, PID, AS and Tom Jameson, DTM, PDG-12.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year.