Friday, May 27, 2011
This past week, Brooks’ Thought of the Day was a very interesting speech that focused on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge dates back to 1892. The words “under God” were not included until 1954 by a Joint Resolution of Congress signed into law by President Eisenhower. There have been multiple court challenges to the addition of those two words, but the law has been upheld. It seems that if you don’t want to say “under God,” then you have the right to not say it. Very interesting thought of the day, Brooks!
If you are in the role of “Thought of the Day,” you also lead the club in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A few of our members are not American citizens and aren’t as familiar with the words. If you fall into this category, it still is easy to start the pledge! Just face the flag and say “I pledge allegiance,” and the rest of us will take it from there. By the way, in Electric Toasters no one is required to recite the pledge – it is optional.
By VP of Education, Jason Kent
Friday, May 20, 2011
We’ve been blessed with a lot of new members in the past few weeks! What that means is that recently there have been meetings with one or more members that do not have a speaking role. Those are the people that should be called on for Table Topics. This way, everyone who attends the meeting will get a chance to speak.
When you are Table Topics Master, make a list of the meeting attendees that do not have a speaking role, and call on them during Table Topics. It is better to assign table topics by calling on people than by asking for volunteers to field a question. Also, if we have guests at the meeting, the Table Topics Master should ask them before the meeting if they would like to field a question – that way they’re not put on the spot during the meeting.
By Jason Kent, VP of Education
Monday, May 9, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Another Electric Toasters lunch will be happening tomorrow. See below for details. I'm looking forward to seeing you at lunch tomorrow and feel free to invite friends!
1012 Southwest Morrison Street, Portland
Noon - 1pm
By Laurel Vallarta, VP of Membership