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Monday, February 11, 2019

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 02/07/19 Meeting Recap and 02/14/19 Meeting Roles

Hello Sandy Springs Toastmasters! A few announcements before the recap:
  • Parking at Campbell-Stone: It is ok to park in both Resident AND Visitor parking but NOT spaces marked RESERVED! We are working on formal permission to park in the lot next to the Campbell-Stone parking lot.
  •  Bud Otto will be representing Sandy Springs Toastmasters and competing at the Area C36 Table Topics Contest on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 1 pm- 4 pm at Marta Annex, 2400 Garson Dr. NE, Atlanta GA. Come out and support Bud! If you need more information contact Una Richards or Etsehiwot Ezra.

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 02/07/2019 Meeting Recap

At 7 am, Bud Otto called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance. We had 17 people in attendance, 13 of whom were members and 4 were guests.

Our Club President, Paige Kerr, gave opening remarks and welcomed all our guests, Errington Watkins, Dan Collins, Gundeep Singh, and Gar Bodenheimer. Paige then turned the meeting over to the Toastmaster of the day, Jim Owen.

Jim filled all the roles.

Bud gave the word of the day. Dystopia- A society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

The setup of this meeting was a little different. Our regular meetings always have three parts to them, Table Topics, Prepared speeches, and then evaluation. However, this time, since our speaker for the day had to leave early, we had prepared speeches first, then Evaluations, and finally Table Topics.

Steve Bragg, a long time member of The Sandy Springs Toastmasters, gave a heartfelt and lighthearted speech titled “How I got prostrate with my prostate”. Steve talked about his recent battle with prostate cancer and his journey to finally being cancer free. His speech was motivational, informative, and touching. We were all grateful for his candidness. The group gave Steve an insightful evaluation.

Steve won Best Speaker.

The group took a brief five-minute break then reconvened. Jim called on the Toastmaster of the Day, Crystal Reeves to take over the meeting. Crystal’s Table Topics Theme was “Three Things”. She had very entertaining and thought-provoking questions prepared for us. Her questions ranged from “What are three things you can’t go without?” to “What are the three things you believe are important in a relationship?” Carlos Fuentes won Best Table Topics Answer. He was asked “Who are your three celebrity crushes?” to which he humorously answered, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Sandra Bullock.

Paige went over next week’s agenda. The meeting was adjourned.

  • Toastmaster: Carlos Fuentes- confirmed
  • Table Topics Master: Paige Kerr- confirmed
  • Speaker 1: Andy Kallenberg
  • Speaker 2: Magdalena Raj
  • Speaker 3: Greta Newman (guest speaker)- confirmed
  • Evaluator 1: Etsehiwot Ezra- confirmed
  • Evaluator 2: Crystal Reeves- confirmed
  • Evaluator 3: Open
  • Ah/Gr: Open
  • Ti/V: Open
  • Word: Etsehiwot Ezra- confirmed
  • Joke: Jeanne McDaniel- confirmed

See you all on Thursday, Toasties!

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Sandy Springs Toastmasters Meeting 01/24/19 Recap and 01/31/19 Roles.

Hello Sandy Springs Toastmasters!

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 01/24/19 Meeting Recap

This past meeting was a little different. Since the club was hosting its Table Topics Contest, the meeting was set up into two parts. The first part of the meeting was conducted like our regular meetings up until the coffee break:

  • The Sergeant at Arms, Bud Otto, called the meeting to order promptly at 7 am.
  • The Vice President of Education, Una Richards, gave opening remarks, made announcements, and welcomed our guests.
  • The Toastmaster of the Day, Crystal Reeves, filled all the roles for the day.
  • The Word Of The Day was given By Ralston Madouze. Perfunctory- performed as a routine (average + boring). Perfunctory tasks would be like brushing teeth and showering.
  • Crystal turned the meeting over to The Table Topics Master of the day, Etsehiwot Ezra. Etsehiwot had a fun set of questions prepared. Everyone, guests included, was invited to participate.
  • At 7:30 am, the group took a small coffee break then reconvened.

On the second part of the meeting, the club hosted its first Table Topics Contest where the winner will advance to the Area contest on February 16th! There were no prepared speeches scheduled due to the contest.

  • 4 contestants- Bud Otto, Carlos Fuentes, Jeanne McDaniel, and Mitch Reiner- participated.
  • Each contestant had to answer the following question: “You've just created a holiday. Announce it to us: what does it commemorate, and how do we go about celebrating it?”
  • Jeanne won 3rd place. Bud won 2nd place. Mitch won 1st place. CONGRATULATIONS, MITCH!

Una went over next week’s agenda then the meeting was adjourned.

  • Toastmaster: Paige Kerr-confirmed
  • Table Topics Master: Jim Owen
  • Speaker 1: Crystal Reeves
  • Speaker 2: Steve Bragg
  • Evaluator 1: Etsehiwot Ezra-confirmed
  • Evaluator 2: Open
  • Ah/Gr: Open
  • Ti/V: Jeanne McDaniel
  • Word: Una Richards
  • Joke: Open

Have a great week and see you on Thursday, Toasties!

Etsehiwot Ezra