Toastmasters plan open house in Kapalua

“Beat the January Post Holiday Blahs – Join Toastmasters Open House” is the theme of an informational meeting and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kapalua Resort for people who want to learn more about becoming confident speakers.

Toastmasters will take participants through a demonstration meeting describing each of the roles members play in a meeting. These include: toastmaster (master of ceremonies), jokemaster, grammarian, ahh counter, timer, table topics master, presenter and evaluator. Veteran toastmasters Kahu David Kapaku, Mandy Woulfe (who won recognition in recent district competition), Carolyn Belsom and Club President Mike Lanzo will be featured speakers.

Toastmasters provides a time-proven system that takes members through a 10-talk program of skill development aimed at building confidence and offers an advanced communication series as well, according to a news release. The part known as “Table Topics” gets members on their feet speaking at virtually every meeting. With Table Topics, members draw a topic randomly and speak about it spontaneously for two to three minutes. Open house participants who want to draw a topic will be invited to try.

The reception, including pupus and a door prize drawing for a free membership, will be held at Kapalua Resort Club at the Kapalua Activity Center on Office Road just off Honoapiilani Highway.

Those interested in learning more and attending the reception can contact Membership Chair Sara Foley at 667-0589 or