Northwest Ohio Toastmasters Club Conducts Regular Meeting At Northwest State

The Northwest Ohio Toastmasters club met on April 7th for its regular meeting at Northwest State Community College. Sue Stamm of Whitehouse served as master of ceremonies (Toastmaster) to conduct the meeting. Sue reflected on change as related to her new job, home, and location.

Karen Lyke of Whitehouse provided an editorial speech entitled, “Label the Truth, Label GMOs”. She related how biotech corporations are fighting against labeling products that have genetically modified organisms. Taking genes from one species and putting them into other species leads to health problems. This can cause or aggravate allergies, and digestive or nutritional issues. Purchasing locally grown organic food can avoid these problems.

James McNeil of Bryan talked on how to use the new NW Ohio Toastmasters’ website. It can be accessed at It is user friendly and provides information about Toastmasters in general and specifically about the local club. There are also links to other sites.

Brent Sines of Ney coordinated the table topics. Several members responded to their perspective on inspirational thoughts such as miracles from difficulties, getting started to succeed, and accepting change.

‘Poignant’ was the challenge word of the day that members used in their presentations. It was provided by Loretta Torres of Fayette. This word describes feelings that are sad, intense, or distressing. Barb Steckly of Bryan provided inspirational thoughts of: ‘Do something today that shows what you can do’. Barb was also the general evaluator reviewing how the meeting was conducted.

Speech evaluations were provided by Rebecca Lovelass of Fayette and Larry Zuvers of Bryan. Jeff Mumaw of Bryan reported on the number of distracting sounds such as “ah” that were used during the meeting. Darlene Shepherd of Bryan timed the speeches to limit saying too much.

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 on State Route 34. For more information contact Larry Zuvers at 419-636-2329 or Also Like Us on Facebook at Toastmasters Northwest Ohio or website at

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