Pot of Gold issue # 2 Club #: 596103
Letter from the Editor Tips and Tricks Meetings International Speech and Table Topics Contest Speech Entertainment
Happy New Years ladies! I'm pleased to deliver our second issue of Pot of Gold. First, I would like to send a warm thank you to our Exicom Team, headed by our wonderful President Randa Shalan CC, ALB for leading us in the right direction. Speaking of (New Years) I have mentioned in one of my table topic speeches that I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions, because often they are too unrealistic and hard to
reach, but it is important to remember that the a new year doesn't have to mean one drastic change; it can be many small decisions that will ultimately turn you into a new you. Think of this time as a chance to reflect on past year’s behavior, and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. Here are some tips from the American Physiological Association that can help. 1. Make resolutions that are achievable 2. Make one change at a time 3. Talk about the changes you will to achieve with friends and family so they can help you through it 4. Don't be so hard on yourself if you can't see a resolution through This issue will also include tips on last minute scrambles, especially for Toastmasters of the Day, we've all been there! You'll also find pictures of our past meetings, as well as the International Speech and Table Topics Contest. I'm also pleased to announce you'll find a beautiful speech below by Hadil Barghouti, entitled Less Is More. And, let's not forget the entertainment section I look forward to compiling the most!
Last Minute Scramble It’s an hour before you meeting starts , you’re the Toastmaster of the day and you’ve just received word that two of your three speakers cant make the meeting. Suddenly you're faced with a last minute scramble! How can you ensure a successful meeting? • Add slots to your meeting assignments; such as roles for backup Toastmaster, speaker, and general evaluator • Encourage members to always have a manual speech prepared • Create a list of activities • Invite a guest speaker • Invite a contest winner or a speech contestant • If at all possible, never cancel a meeting
Meetings Our first meeting was fresh, informative, and a great chance to see every one after the New Years. The meeting was colorful as well, we arrived to a beautifully decorated room with New Year's masks and whistles. We started of the meeting with our sergeant of arms Liz Hanna calling the meeting to order. Then floor was handed to our President Randa Saifi Shalan who welcomed back our members and guests and wished us a prosperous year ahead and informed us that we were awarded with: the President Distinguished Club, The Ruby Award for 40+ Members, Lead & Win Award, and the Smedly award
The induction portion followed, Khouloud Karadsheh inducted our newest member Hiba Manna. The floor was handed to Karen Mashini, who was, as usual, eloquent in delivering her ideas
The portion started with the funny and witty Liz Hanna, followed by the informative Rima Shaer and our boldest new member Hiba Manna who did her icebreaker.
The meeting then followed with a break and our President surprised us with a beautiful and delicious cake.
On the 22nd of January we had our second meeting of the year. Our president Randa Saifi Shalan started of the meeting by greeting the members and guests. Khouloud Karadsheh inducted a brand new member Layla Bississo
Toastmaster of the Day Maha Kawar did an amazing job; she was prepared as always. She introduced the theme of the day "friendship" and "inspiring" as words of the day. The speaking portion started and we had four inspirational speeches. Followed by a great table topics session by Dalia Farouki
The evaluation team headed by the great Sahar Fatayerji did a phenomenal job.
On February 5th 2017 our club held the International Speech and Table Topic Contest. We had great attendance from all of our members as well as guests from other clubs.
I want to give a big thank you to all the organizers and the members who were involved to make content successful All the speeches were phenomenal.
International Speech contest Winner: TM Josephine Gammoh. 1st runner up: TM Randa Shalan
Table Topics contest: Winner: TM Dalia Farouki 1st runner up: TM Reema Alami. 2nd runner up: TM Hiba Manaa
The speech below is by the wonderful Hadil Barghouti (Less is more ) When Less is More! I have a friend; or used to have a friend, whom I have met thirteen years ago on an online discussion forum. She lived in the US and I had recently moved to Amman. We had many things in common so we became quite close. Now, this friend would shower me with gifts sent online on
occasions and no occasions alike. At first, I thought she was generous. But after receiving a large suitcase with baby clothes, complete with 3 pairs of shoes, socks, ribbons, and other accessories upon having my first child, I started feeling uncomfortable. Her ‘generosity’ was indeed overwhelming. I was overwhelmed and that is when our relationship started taking a steep downturn. I didn’t know why at the time, but I started feeling uneasy around my friend. I couldn’t explain my discomfort and the coldness that started rearing its ugly head into our conversations. I felt indebt. I felt that no matter how much I try to give back, I will still not even come close to her level of “giving”. Not because I could not afford it, rather, because reciprocating this craziness didn’t seem right. There was something aggressive about it, even repulsive. But I was unable to give it a name. I felt that behind the gifts lied expectations that I could never meet, because simply I didn’t know what they were! But they were there! Like an elephant in the room. One day while reading a random article Elizabeth Gilbert, the famous mastermind behind “Eat, Pray, Love” had written for Oprah Magazine I was able to diagnose my friend’s syndrome and my attitude towards it. My friend’s syndrome had a name; it was ‘overgiving’. And to put it lightly, it was toxic! There is a thin line, as I’ve come to understand, between generosity and overgiving. To quote Gilbert she says: “Generosity is neither entangling nor aggressive, because the generous person doesn't expect anything in return. Whereas the overgiver expects to be petted, feted, praised and loved for the rest of time. Nothing emotionally toxic there!” This overgiving is becoming an epidemic in the way we raise our children and grandchildren. We tend to shower our little ones with toys, clothes, shoes, candy, trips, play dates, activities they’re enrolled in, and the list goes on. Personally, I happen to know some parents who make sure each kid is enrolled in at least 5 different activities. And I really wonder where they find the time or energy to do that. Let alone, how excruciating that must be for that child! Does he/she get to enjoy or master ANY of these activities? We think that as long as we can afford something (or can’t) we’re obliged to give it to them, even when they don’t need it. Especially when they don’t need it! We believe that by swamping their time and space our kids will grow to be selfsufficient, confident, content, responsible, and grateful. And to our dismay, these children will grow to be the exact opposite! Our overgenerosity has exploited their little world of innocence, joy and discovery; we are sabotaging an essential learning
process. While we think we are being dream facilitators, we are in fact destiny disruptors. We’re depriving them of life’s greatest pleasures; ones found in simplicity. One of my life’s mottos is a quote by Leonardo Da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”, and I try my best to apply it to every area of my life. Most of the time, giving a child your undivided attention, homemade pancakes on Friday morning uninterrupted with smart devices, a brisk walk in the park; taking their little hands and showing them the world, exposing them to people’s sufferings will teach them how to be grateful for what they have, and how to give back. We would be giving them something money can never buy, that is called “wholeness”. When a child learns that compassion, kindness and respect are their greatest possessions, they will never need anything else. Gibran said it beautifully: “you give but little but when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” When you give a friend care, love, presence when most needed, or an honest word of advice when they’re struggling, trust me, it will keep any friendship alive and healthy. Genuineness doesn’t come in an expensive wrapping, nor does it come as an expectation in disguise! The key here is balance. It’s when less is more!
Super food Spinach Salad
Salad: • 1 1/2 cups organic spinach leaves • 1/2 avocado, sliced into pieces • 1/3 cup organic cherry tomatoes, sliced in half • 1/3 cup organic blackberries • 1/3 cup raw pecans • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds Dressing: • 1 Tbsp coldpressed extra virgin olive oil • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • Sea salt and pepper to taste In a large bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. In a mason jar, add all of the dressing ingredients. Shake the jar well until all of the ingredients have been combined. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad. Toss the salad so all of the ingredients are coated with the dressing.
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