World Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters hosted two recent open houses on June 9 and June 30.
The first open house was June 9 and featured guest speaker Ed Archangel, first place winner of this year’s District 25 Spring International Speech Contest.
The second open house on June 30 featured a Fourth of July Celebration. Long-time club member Bob Conrad presented a humorous history of how Grand Prairie Toastmasters became “World Renowned. “Back in the mists of time in some foggy bottom on a grand prairie, were some folks called BABBLE-onians, for they babbled on without form and no purpose of communication function. There arose from this flat, foggy prairie a man with a vision–a man with a stentorian voice and a sartorial demeanor. His name was Ron Smith; he transformed the BABBLE-onians. Ron had them join Toastmasters, and lo, the babble took form and had function . . . it had become COMMUNICATION! And Toastmasters said, ‘This was good.’ “
Also presenting was guest speaker and second place winner of this year’s Division C Spring International Speech Contest. Sara Boepple gave her contest speech, “Unseasonable Weather: Are You Really Ready?” Boepple’s stirring speech conveyed the power of prayer, hope, love, compassion and faith with her effective and skillful use of vocal variety, gestures and pauses.
At the end of the June 30 Open House, three new members joined World Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters, bringing membership to 20 members. WRGP ended the Toastmaster year with a BANG with the club once again achieving the President’s Distinguished Club status for the 2014-2015 Toastmasters year.