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By Ferrin Lauve
     Charter President
     Redmond 2828 Toastmasters


The official date of our Redmond 2828 Charter banquet was September 30, 1978. I was the Charter President and Jerry Torell the VP of Education. 
We had met every Saturday morning since May, 1978 for Breakfastas a 
pre club to invite prospects,  at Blazes Broiler Restaurant on Redmond Way and Willows Road. I was a member of Seattle General Toastmasters, but several of us were Jaycees who were familiar with the Speak Up program. Jerry Torell was knowledgeable about Toastmasters in the Philippine Islands 
while serving in the US Navy.
We starting talking about Toastmasters and finally brought up the subject to District Toastmasters Officers who thought we were crazy about starting a club on Saturday morning. They thought it would not work. 
Nevertheless, the District Governor and I believe the Division or Area Governor at the time came to our initial meetings during the summer and help, Harry Wolfe & George Meininger, helped us organize the club. We got some original supplies from the Seattle General Club where I was a member and officer.
We got our initial members by calling every member on the Jaycee roster to come to our summer meetings. Our first meeting had seven in attendance. 
Bill Yeend of KIRO was our first Sgt at Arms. Dale Carlile was our first paid member who paid his dues before he went to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Dale has attended each 10 Year Reunion, but never attended a weekly meeting.
We grew to 40 members in the first six months of our existence and were awarded the Most Inspirational Club in the District.  The current International President, Hubert E. Dobson, visited our Club the first year in the Turkey House in Redmond to present a national award to Robert H. Lee who had served as National VP and was diagnosed with cancer.
We got kicked out of the Turkey House for putting holes in the wall when we pinned some charts on the wall.  We moved to the Bar in Denny's in Redmond, then to the old Royal Fork in Kirkland, to the Women's Center in Kirkland, a short time at the Congregational Church in Kirkland and finally to Group Health in Redmond where we stayed until our move to Washington Cathedral in Redmond.


Edited by Jerry Torell & Ferrin Lauve

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