Greetings fellow Coasties,

This week was our very last meeting for the year, and was handled expertly by our 20 year veteran member Dave DuRee (aka Snoopy). Dave set the theme as ‘Mystery Meet’ and we were all given our roles spontaneously at the door. Each person had only a small amount of time to prepare for their role and share with the group.

Table Topics was given to Gary Edkins, our prodigal jokester and Insurance agent (he somehow managed to squeeze that in there when he spoke). Each question was as impromptu as the answers, and Linda Swift won Best Table Topics.

Our two speakers today were Dr Brad Shapiro and myself, who were told at the door we would be speaking. Dr Brad gave a speech about the myths of common cold, and how we can wor towards wellness. I gave my theory of Minimalism and letting go of non-useful possessions. I was also honored to be voted Best Speaker for the day.

Our two evaluations today were handled by CW Gruenig and Linda Swift. Linda also took the Best Evaluator prize, making her a double winner today!


A special thank you to Michael and Patti Whelan or hosting our Christmas Event last saturday. They welcomed us into their beautiful home and an enjoyable evening was had by all. Thanks also to Michele, Dave and everyone else who helped setup for the event. (By the way, is anyone on this email list a Virgo..?)

I’d also like to thank you all for making 2013 a wonderful year for our club. We have had many new people join us during the past year, and all feel like they’ve fit into our family immediately. It’s a wonderful gift to be surrounded by such positive, uplifting supportive people. Next year will be another year of self improvement and fun, so rest up and get ready for more Coastmasters adventures starting January 9th, 2014!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Daniel Midson-Short
Coastmasters Club President