First Hybrid Meeting of 2023 a Success!

Hello, friends!

I’m excited to share with you all about our recent hybrid meeting at Sunrise Toastmasters. We had a great turnout, with some members joining us in person at the Standards Insurance Building and others connecting virtually via Zoom.

During the meeting, we were treated to two wonderful speeches from our members. First up was Heather R., our VP of Membership, who gave a heartfelt book report. She shared insights from “Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results,” and described how we can create cultures of compassion in our organizations. Her talk left us feeling inspired and motivated to bring more empathy into our daily lives.

Our second speaker was Faye K., one of our newer members. Faye gave a touching talk about the aging process, using a beautiful metaphor to describe the different ways we can relate to aging. Her eloquent words resonated with both our in-person and online audiences, keeping everyone engaged throughout her speech.

Overall, our hybrid meeting was a resounding success. We loved having the opportunity to connect with members both in person and virtually. It’s amazing to see how technology has allowed us to stay connected and engaged despite the challenges of the pandemic. We’re grateful to have the flexibility to meet in whatever format works best for each of us.

At Sunrise Toastmasters, we’re committed to helping each other improve our public speaking skills and connect with one another in a supportive community. We’re proud of our members for delivering such fantastic speeches and for embracing the hybrid format with enthusiasm.

If you’re interested in improving your public speaking skills and becoming a part of a welcoming community, we encourage you to check out Toastmasters. We’re confident that you’ll find a supportive environment that will help you grow both personally and professionally.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Sunrise Toastmasters

Merry Christmas from Sunrise Toastmasters

Hey there Toastmasters enthusiasts!

I hope this post finds you well, and that you’ve been sharpening your public speaking skills. Speaking of skills, the members of Sunrise Toastmasters in Portland, recently had a joyous Christmas party. We had an absolute blast, and I wanted to share the details with you.

Our club, like many others, has been gathering both online and in-person to practice our public speaking skills. It’s been an interesting journey, and we’ve all grown tremendously since joining the club. We decided to celebrate our progress with a festive get-together at Ernestos, an Italian restaurant in Portland.

The atmosphere at Ernestos was warm and welcoming, which made it the perfect spot for our gathering. We mingled and caught up with each other, sharing stories of our latest speaking engagements and personal victories. It was so nice to connect with each other in person, and it felt like we were one big family.

Of course, no party is complete without delicious food, and Ernestos did not disappoint. We enjoyed a wide variety of mouth-watering Italian dishes, with fresh sandwiches and salad. It was the perfect opportunity to relax, let loose, and indulge in some tasty treats.

We also held a round of holiday-themed Tabletopics, which was a big hit! Kamran won the competition this year with his outside-the-box overview of ethics. It was great to see everyone put their public speaking skills to the test in a fun and supportive environment.

All in all, it was a wonderful event that brought us all closer together. We celebrated our progress, shared some laughs, and enjoyed some delicious food. It was the perfect way to close out the year and ring in the holiday season.

If you’re thinking about joining Toastmasters, I highly encourage you to do so. You’ll meet some amazing people, learn new skills, and have a lot of fun along the way. And who knows, maybe next year you’ll be the one taking home the Tabletopics prize at the Sunrise Toastmasters Christmas party!

Until next time,

Sunrise Toastmasters

Celebrating Our Two New Members

Greetings fellow Toastmasters!

I’m excited to share some great news with you – Sunrise Toastmasters has two new members! Please join me in warmly welcoming Faye K. and Kamran H. to our growing community.

Faye is a passionate massage therapist, entrepreneur, and nature enthusiast. Her love of nature is evident in her work as the author of “Walking in an Ancient Forest,” an interactive story designed to help you relax your body and bring peace to your mind. You can learn more about Faye and her work at

Kamran, on the other hand, is a project manager, magician, and behavioral science enthusiast. He is also an avid runner, reader, and meditator. Kamran’s diverse interests and skills make him a valuable addition to our club. You can connect with him at

We’re thrilled to have Faye and Kamran join us in our quest to improve our public speaking skills. Already, they’ve shown a great deal of enthusiasm and have made significant contributions to the club. Their unique perspectives and experiences will undoubtedly enrich our meetings and help us all grow as speakers.

Sunrise Toastmasters is a welcoming community where everyone is encouraged to learn, grow, and support one another. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far and are excited to continue our journey with these new members.

If you’re interested in improving your public speaking skills, consider joining Toastmasters. Our meetings are both fun and challenging, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of people who share your passion for communication.

Once again, please join me in welcoming Faye and Kamran to Sunrise Toastmasters. We look forward to getting to know them better and learning from their unique perspectives.

Cheers to growth and new beginnings!

Sunrise Toastmasters