FALLBROOK – The venue for the Fallbrook Village Toastmasters' installation dinner was festively decorated with tropical beach-themed favors, table centerpieces and participants dressed in beach attire, all to honor outgoing president Carole Hodges' favorite place to be.
The entrance hall buzzed with conversation as the Toastmasters' members and guests caught up with one another. VIPs included Fallbrook's own Lila MacDonald, Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce CEO, as well as Jackie Toppin, the chamber's director of membership.
A shrine, decorated with beachy items like corked bottles, seashells, a mermaid and a seagull, was set up at the entrance to invite guests to add their handwritten "message in a bottle" just for Hodges.
The evening was set to honor the club's accomplishments for the 2021-2022 year as well as install the new officers for the upcoming 2022-2023 year. The dinner was provided by the venue, Bakin' It Up Collective, a small bakery in town that caters and holds events on Main Street.
The business portion of the meeting recognized the outgoing officers and introduced the incoming officers. Jane Wassel, Toastmasters International Area Director for the Fallbrook club, performed the installation ceremony and got confirmation that each officer was committed to their newly appointed roles for the next year.
After a brief intermission, the group presented a lighthearted roast of Hodges and a playful skit to keep the guests entertained. This portion of the night did not diminish the emotion, the love, and the gratitude shown by the presenters on stage. Fun was had by all and it was a wonderful way to kick off yet another year of Fallbrook Village Toastmasters.
Anyone hesitant to commit to an evening among excellent company is challenged to attend a Toastmasters event, open house or even a meeting at least once to see what all the fun is about. While the path to becoming better speakers, leaders, and community members is of paramount importance as a Toastmaster, it is refreshing to kick back and acknowledge the successes along the journey.
If someone is interested in the Fallbrook Village Toastmasters Club, they can visit https://www.fallbrook.toastmastersclubs.org/, call VP for Membership Martiza Gonzalez at 760-415-8567, or visit them on Monday evenings from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at the Fallbrook Heritage Square – Ford Room, at 260 Rocky Crest Road.
Submitted by Fallbrook Village Toastmasters Club.