Health Care & Chinese New Year Speeches Highlight NW Ohio Toastmasters February Meeting


The Northwest Ohio Toastmasters held a meeting on February 1 at Northwest State.

New member Nancy Michaelis of Napoleon, talked about life expectancy rising from age 40 to 80 over a 100 year period.

A number of factors include: safe water, sanitation, housing, refrigeration, and vaccinations.

Wendy Chan of Bryan and originally from Hong Kong, said that Chinese New Years is February 8 based on the lunar calendar. It will be the year of the monkey.

It is highly important to clean house before New years eve because children travel to their parents home for family meals. Other traditions include fireworks to chase away dragons and receiving money in exchange for blessings.

Table topics were conducted by Jane Hibbard of Stryker. Topics included most memorable night, what brings most comfort, favorite animal, and ambition.

Jane also provided an inspirational reading on “Horse Power” which reflects on using or inner strength.

Audacious was the word of the meeting. This adjective relates to being bold, daring, and inventive. Barb Steckly of Bryan, brought that information as grammarian.

Toastmaster Loretta Torres of Fayette, lead the meeting and greeted a guest also from Fayette. Larry Zuvers of Bryan, coordinated other members in speech evaluations along with reports on times and Ahs.

Guests are always welcome to attend Northwest Ohio Toastmasters’ meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Allied Health Building Conference Room H104 at Northwest State Community College south of Archbold. For more information contact Larry Zuvers at 419-636-2329 or


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