Commitment – Jan 11, 2016 Meeting Recap

This past week our Toastmaster Jay started the meeting off with a great speech about commitment. This was Jay’s last week with us for a while, as he is heading back to Vietnam.

The rest of the meeting was busy, with three unique speeches in very different styles. Mireille, in just her second speech,  left us with a wonderful New Years message, with her new mantra of loving more and judging less. Next was Olga with her 4th speech. Olga spoke about how difficult challenges make us better. Great job Olga! And last but not least, Mark spoke from an advanced manual about being an effective salesperson. In the end, WES ended up buying a solar powered toaster! To end the evening, our big Table Topics winner was our guest, Camila! Congrats!

Overall, it was a lot of fun!

If you miss the meeting, check out Mireille’s speech:

Next meeting, Luke is our toastmaster with 2 speakers, Louise Bark and James Tran.

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2016 Christmas Party






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Following Through – January 4, 2017 Meeting Recap

Welcome back.

Don’t make 2017 another year of unfinished resolutions, make it a year of revolution!  In our first meeting of the year, Toastmaster Wes,  encouraged us to commit to our goals and follow through. This way, we can turn our resolutions into achievements not just wishes..

We had two speakers, Sarah and Jill.  Each presented a thought provoking speech about a common unavoidable fear: people and death. Whether our fear is real or in our imagination, they both agree the best way is to face it.

Our Table Topics Master, Mark, tested our impromptu skills and commitments at the same time by asking us about our New Year’s resolution.  Everyone did phenomenal but it was Kelly who knocked our socks off! Congrats Kelly!

img_0236Our ATW! (a.k.a. Awesome Toastmaster Wes)


Sarah telling us about her ‘good friend’.


It was a standing ovation!


Jill triggering our thoughts on ‘the final day’.


Kelly, a member from Go Getters Toastmasters, took home the winning ribbon!


To warm up, we went for pho! With James taking this lovely picture.

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Happy Holidays! See you on January 4, 2017


LTVM wishes everyone, ’Happy Holidays!’  Joyeuses Fêtes! Felices Fiestas!  Hạnh phúc ngày lễ  節日快樂 Masaya pista opisyal  Laethanta saoire sona Trevlig Helg!  행복 휴일 Forhe Feiertage Sarbatori Fericite! חג שמח

See you soon!  Meeting resumes on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm.   Questions? Email us at

Only for January 4th: meeting is at Lilian H. Smith Library 239 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1R5.  Auditorium room, basement.



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Resiliency – November 23, 2016’s Meeting Recap

Returning member, John Kjarsgaard, was our host this meeting.  As a toastmaster, he shared his story of resiliency with his past employment.  Despite of going through a series of unfortunate layoffs and events, John accepted his situation and bounced back again and again. Clearly, an excellent example of resiliency!

We had two speakers: Lydia and John Kjarsgaard.  Lydia got us thinking out about our consumption of genetically modified organism (GMO).  Some studies suggest that GMO can be harmful but actual scientific research is lacking.  For this reason, Lydia encouraged us to advocate for more research to be done so we as citizens can make informed decision with GMO before it is too late.

Speaker John Kjarsgaard spoke about his first date with the lady of his life.  Like a prince in the 21st century, he had to go through several obstacles before meeting his princess.  This included travelling 12,558km, dealing with customs and luggage issues, boating over the typhoon, confronting obnoxious taxi drivers and finally overcoming his skeptical thoughts.  Was it all worth it? Certainly he would say, as he is now happily married.

Then, we had Stanley, leading the tabletopics session, where he gave everyone a chance to share their stories about various topics.    Wes got our vote with his ‘almost third place’ experience.  Another demonstration of resiliency!   Congrats Wes!

Next meeting, Be will be our toastmasters with three speakers: Jose, Louise Guo and Wes.




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