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On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, Baer Field Toastmasters celebrated their 25th anniversary with a party at Hall’s Restaurant on Bluffton Road. It was made extra special, as it was the first time that an Area Governor (Patricia Knaebe), Division Governor (Robert Norris), and District Governor (Alan Shaner), were together at a local Toastmasters Club in many years.
After a delicious meal, Division Governor Robert Norris, read a proclamation from Mayor Henry declaring Tuesday, January 25, 2011, Baer Field Toastmasters Day and Mr. Norris then presented a toast to the club. David Wilkins, Toastmaster for the evening, offered the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. He then introduced club President, Linda Demorest, who gave a greeting to all and introduced dignitaries.
Toastmaster Wilkins introduced speakers for the evening. They included Matthew Ford, who emphasized, “You never become proficient at winning the race of public speaking until you run the road of practice.”  Linda Demorest did an interpretive poetry reading called, “From the Heart,” and District Governor Alan Shaner,   spoke on “digging in” with Toastmasters to grow ourselves communicatively and in leadership.
Berniece Wilkins lead the Topic Session and asked questions of older members regarding funny memories, how the Toastmasters has helped them grow, what it has meant to them career-wise, and what they remember of our founding.
After evaluations were completed, the floor was opened up for final comments from anyone present. Many offered further congratulations and best wishes for another 25 years of leadership and group growth.
Other guests included Doug and Karen Rydman, who met through Toastmasters; Jim Green; Toma Davis and his wife, Mary; Dr. Gisella Zukausky; Steve Walter; Rhonda Maller; Keith Hood, a past District Governor, and his wife, Sue; Marlene Purdy, past District 28 Governor; Chris Lane; and Dennis Osborn, a cameraman who taped the meeting for later presentation on Access TV.
Learning one other thing from the evening—don’t eat cake with blue icing when you are going to be on live television! That sent several people scurrying to try to clean up their blue teeth before speaking! All in all, it was a fun evening of celebrating and renewing of acquaintances.
If you would like to view the evening, it will be shown on Access TV, Channel 55 cable, at 10 am on February 25 and on Channel 57 cable at 10 pm on March 2.

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