Celebrations 2011

May 6, 2011
Valley Town Toastmasters were invited to Kenrick Chin's 60th birthday party at his home.
Besides many members from our club, Kenrick's church choir also attended along with their musical instruments.
Karen Wood was the Master of Ceremonies and she commenced the programmed part of the party once everyone was nicely settled in.
Marie-Louise Kallsen was the Table Topics Master and ingeniously contrived musical topics from the 1950s nd 1960s.
At that point, the music started playing, the singing geared up and the laughter flowed.
After the "musical table topics", Kenrick was gently roasted by Gary Reid, then John Martin (supported by Tom Allen) who was then followed up by Tony Bratschitsch.
Thank you to Kenrick's family - spouse Julie and children Allison, Melanie, Patrick and Robert - for opening your home to us and for being excellent and gracious hosts!
Thanks to Grace Trushinski for sending photographs.

Barbecue Fun!
 June 23, 2011
What a way to "Laugh & Learn"!
Many Toastmasters and friends from different clubs joined us for our annual June barbecue.
They brought their good cheer from Brantford, Hamilton, Kincardine, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines to prove, once again, that we all belong to "one big club"!
Our District 86 Governor, Merri Macartney (DTM) , participated in our celebration and spoke to us about the great accomplishments that we have achieved in our district during the past year.
Merri's vision of "Soaring to Excellence" was a major driving force to accomplishing those many successes that we all enjoyed.
Many thanks to Jonathan Spiegel (DTM) for hosting almost 75 people in his back yard, including these enthusiastic dancers!
Congratulations to Ambitious City Toastmasters for finally getting rid of their dreaded "Ah Brush".
David T Shaw (DTM) is pictured giving "the last rites" to the Ah Brush before it was tossed into the barbecue pit.
Taking the place of the "Ah Brush" is the "Clear Speech" Trophy which was deservedly presented to long-time Ambitious City Toastmaster Ray Redbourne (DTM), left in photo, by out-going Ambitious City Toastmasters President David Harfield (DTM).
Even though this cake didn't last long, there's a lot more "Laughing & Learning" to come!
Thank you, everyone!

Barbecue Fun!
September 1, 2011
Valley Town Toastmasters held an in-club barbecue for its members and guests at Jonathan Spiegel's home.
The party theme was "The '80s" .
Our Master of Ceremony, Allyson Wenzowski, is pictured in the background of the right section of the photo as she was introducing our Table Topics Master, John Martin.
As always, we enjoyed a huge variety and volume of various foods and beverages - thanks to everyone's generosity.
Our Entertainment Chair, Daniel Salonen (also know as "Don Johnson" of Miami Vice, centre of the left photo), prepared a large selection of authentic '80's music.
Many thanks, again, to Jonathan Spiegel for hosting our September barbecue.