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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 8/10 Meeting Recap

Our President, Anastasia Pass kicked off the meeting reviewing the latest Toastmasters magazine. In it there was a discussion of adding fun and games into the meetings. Anastasia brought up the idea of having a pink pig (bank) that people have to fill if they don't use the word of the day or giving away spark plugs to those who brought a *spark* to the meeting. We all could use more fun (especially at 7 in the morning!)

Anastasia then led us in a group activity meant to sharpen our observation skills. These skills are necessary for providing excellent evaluations. It was quite an eye opener! As it was a flipped meeting, Melinda Schmitt followed the group activity with her speech on Universal Childhood Passions. Paige used an article out of the toastmasters magazine to sharpen her evaluation skills. 

Crystal Reeves led us in a round of Table Topics assigning questions about vacations. Steve Bragg won for the description of his Disney hell vacation. Who knew that was even possible?

Sailaja Narukula returned as our guest again this week. It was great to see her smiling face.

Everyone have a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sandy Springs 8/3 TM Mtg Recap

August 10th Roles:
Speakers:  Steve Bragg (20 minutes)
Evaluators: Group
TM: John Calloway
TT: Crystal Reeves
GE: Andrea Miranda
Word: Open
Joke: Open
Ah/Gr: Ralston Medouze
Ti.V: Open

Do not reply to this message to confirm your role (in an attempt to not overwhelm everyone's email). Please confirm your role by sending an email directly to John Calloway (, Melinda Schmitt (, or Anastasia Pass ( We have numerous open roles. Let one of us know which role you would like to fill. Remember to consult your Competent Leadership manual and see what roles you have left to fill to receive your CL award! 
August 3 Sandy Springs TM Meeting Recap:

Hello Fellow Sandy Springs Toastmasters and guests!    

Our Vice President Education, Melinda Schmitt kicked off the meeting reminding us that the humorous speech contest for District 44 is on August 19. Volunteers are still needed which is a perfect opportunity to cheer on our very own Paige Kerr who will speak at this event. It's also a great way to get closer to reaching your Competent Leadership award. Please mark your calendars and see the attachment below for more information.

Jim Owen led us in a round of Table Topics assigning questions that you might hear during an interview. Great practice for those of us in need of refreshing our interview skills. New member, Velma Trayham won for her answer on the positive way she expects people would describe her. 

Una Richards gave her first speech, the Ice Breaker! Although she claimed to be nervous, she did a fabulous job and we celebrated her accomplishment by presenting her with some Ice Breaker Mints. Congratulations, Una!

We welcomed two guests this week, Sailaja Narukula and Ivy Nnakabonge. We were grateful for their presence and look forward to seeing them at future events.

Everyone have a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday!