Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Chartering Ceremony - Watch City Club # 1367868

District 31 - Division C3 Watch City Toastmasters Club # 1367868
Chartering Ceremony at Nova Biomedical in Waltham MA!

Photo taken by Club President Paul MacDonald's camera with timer
- Paul is standing far right white shirt & red tie.

Among the many duties I have as the 2009-2010 District 31 Governor is to conduct a Chartering Ceremony for our newly chartered clubs in the District. This particulary noon time ceremony was a special treat for me today because as the 2007-2008 Lt. Governor of Marketing (LGM) the Nova Biomedical club suddenly "folded" which for me as the sitting LGM meant that I needed to make sure I charted another club to make up for the Districts club loss.

So you can image how elated when I got the email that Nova was going to recharter again!
I was excited to make the trip down Route 128 South to Waltham, Massachusetts. I asked how they came up with the new name and I found out that the club took a vote and decided to go with "Watch City" because the building across the street use to be the famous Watch City Company. (see facts below)

I presented the Chartering Certificate in a frame and a mini Toastmasters Banner - one in the photo to the Club President, then we handed out all of the Charter Member certificates and I also presented a Club Coach ribbon to Richard Baker for all his help with the club. There was pizza, cookies and Sparkeling Cider - and the club President Paul did a fine job making a TOAST!
Waltham is commonly referred to as Watch City because of its association with the watch industry. Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line. It won the gold medal in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The company produced over 40 million watches, clocks and instruments before it closed in 1957,_Massachusetts

The Waltham Watch Company, also known as the American Waltham Watch IOBNCo. and the American Watch Co., produced about 40 million high quality watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time fuses and other precision instruments between 1850 and 1957.


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