Northwest Ohio Toastmasters Meet At Northwest State


VR LOGO - WEBAn icebreaker and a Shemitah speech highlighted the NW Ohio Toastmasters meeting April 6 at Northwest State.

New member Wendy Chan of Bryan provided her first speech. She used three glass blocks with the separate letters of I, C, and E. The I was about herself. She is originally from Hong Kong which is 12 hours ahead of Ohio time. She had been in South Carolina before coming to Bryan. For the last six years she has worked at Anderson Vreeland in Bryan. The letter C stands for Christ and the Catholic Church. And E is for excited and exercise in her life.

Larry Zuvers of Bryan reviewed the book “The Mystery of the Shemitah” by Jonathan Cahn. Shemitah is the final year of a seven year cycle. The Shemitah year starts and ends mid-September. It is the year of release when land is not used and all debts are cancelled.

The author relates ancient and modern history events that relate to the Shemitah. In 586 BC the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and the Israelites exiled. However in the Shemitah year of 1967, the Jews retook Jerusalem in a six day war. The end of a Shemitah year is also connected to the 2001 World Trade Towers collapse and resulting stock market crash. Seven years later was the 2008 stock market crash at the end of a Shemitah year.

The end of the current Shemitah of 2014-2015 will be this mid- September. The book also ties in the two blood moons of 2014, a solar eclipse, and two more blood moons in 2015, with the last one to be in this September. This particular eclipse cycle has only happened six times in the last 2,000 years.

Cahn indicates that the economic power of the United States is retracting due to the society moving away from the countries foundation in God.

Karen Lyke of Whitehouse lead table topics. Members had quick, short responses to her questions. This included how to plan for the end of the world, wisdom to pass on, what you would have liked to learn sooner, advice ignored, and learning from children.

Rebecca Loveless of Fayette, who is also the club president, was Toastmaster and related her recent trip to Long Beach, California. Jane Hibbard of Stryker led the meeting evaluation with most members providing critiques of speeches. An inspirational close from C. S. Lewis was provided by Andy Lyke of Whitehouse. He also was the joke master.

Darlene Sheperd of Bryan was timer and grammarian. The featured word was Resolve or Resolution which means to determine with purpose. Barb Steckly of Bryan, secretary, was also the Ah counter.

This club and a Defiance Club will have a special next meeting on Thursday, April 23, instead of the regular meeting on April 20. There will be a number of Tall Tales speeches at 6:30 pm in room H104 at Northwest State. The public is invited to attend.

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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