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Toastmasters celebrates Christmas with toasts, table topics, and Christmas tunes

— On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Owahgena Chapter of Toastmasters International met for their 32nd Holiday Party at the Lincklaen House. Present were long-time members Jack Altmeyer and Cal Suarez accompanied by their wives Ann and Joyce, and Cathy Nagel. Other members Bonnie Bryans, Gayle Olivette, Tina Jacobs, July Lyrek, Pat Carmeli and newcomers Ann Jones (former candidate for County Clerk) and our current County Sheriff Al Reilly completed the table. All contributed to lively conversation and lots of laughs.

The meeting opened with a toast by current President Pat Carmeli and then continued with Table Topics where impromptu two-minute speeches were delivered on the origins of Reindeer Games, the history of mistletoe, funny holiday family traditions and Reilly's explanation of a partridge in a pear tree and his own peculiar Christmas mornings.

Bonnie Bryans then gave a five-minute speech on a Christmas kitten, given as a gift to her mother-in-law. Cathy Nagel spoke about Christmas, a holiday she “doesn’t like,” by reflecting on all the things she loves about it. And Reilly spoke about raising cattle the humane way — grazing on fresh grass in open pasture.

After singing a rendition of “Silent Night,” the members parted ways, all the wiser for their attendance, especially as Judy Lyrek proffered explanations for myrrh and the ingredients in figgy pudding.

Join Owahgena Toastmasters next time, which meets at 6:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at the Lincklaen House. The next meeting will be Jan. 10.

Pat Carmeli is the current president of the Owahgena Chapter of Toastmasters International.

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