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Friday, March 16, 2018

Sandy Springs 3-15-18 Toastmasters Meeting Recap & Roles for 3/22

Hello all:
It was another fun meeting for SS TM Club!  Anastasia Pass, President, gave a quick overview of the upcoming rollout of the new and exciting TM Pathways learning program which will officially begin May 15, 2018; and encouraged all to review the basic info she emailed and that is also available on the TM International website.  We are going to have a Pathways Ambassador visit our club in April to give us our initial training and we would like as many members to attend as possible.  Please let Anastasia Pass know asap if you would be available April 5th, April 12th or both She also reminded everyone to bring their Leadership and Communication Manuals to every meeting so that we can log your progress towards Competency Goals.  Lastly, a discussion was held about the role of the Ah Counter/Grammarian.  It was decided by majority vote that we will now have the person assigned to that role give members instant feedback via a clicker, bell, or some other audible tool whenever a filler word is used, e.g. "Ah", "Um", "you know", "so", etc.  Usage of Word of the Day as well as proper word or sentence structure will still be given in the final Ah/Gr report.  The reason we agreed important to do this until the club votes otherwise, is so that we felt this was the most effective way for all of us continue to improve our communication skills. 

Anastasia introduced the TM of the day, Colbi Ellison, who reviewed the roles and called on Bud Otto to give us the Word of the Day - confabulate.  (Congrats to our 2 members who were able to weave into their remarks - Una Richards and Steve Bragg!)

Table Topics Master, Una Richards, had a variety of words in a hat for us to pull from and each answer was to start with the words, "The problem today is (the word randomly selected)." Some of the words included social media, gun control, colleges, parents and taxes, which all made for interesting responses.  Colbi Ellison won Best Table Topics for how he responded to "the problem today is global warming" - which he proposed was not actually global warming but rather how global warming is reported on. 

Our sole speaker of the day was Bud Otto, who speech was similar to an icebreaker. He touched on the 4 things that greatly influenced his attitudes, perspectives and life path - family, education, activities and environment. Crystal provided Bud very helpful feedback about the strengths of his presentation as well as how he might strengthen his future ones. 

Our well-prepared and articulate Toastmaster, Colbi, closed the meeting with a substantive overall review of the entire meeting.

Please review the roles and CONFIRM your availability or lack thereof, no later than Sunday, March18, with either Anastasia Pass or next week's TM, Crystal Reeves.  Many thanks and hope everyone has a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!
TM/GE: Crystal Reeves
TT: Darbie Saunders
Speakers: Colbi Ellison; Steve Bragg
Evaluators: Jeremiah Jones; Paige Kerr
Scribe: Una Richards (Scribe: takes notes during meeting to write brief recap. Emails to Pres or VPE)
CLE: Any officer in attendance

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sandy Springs 3-8 Toastmaster Mtg Recap & Upcoming Roles

Hello All:
Please review the assigned roles below for the 3/15 meeting and please confirm your availability asap but no later than Sunday, March 11.  Thanks in advance!  PLEASE: Remember to bring your communication and leadership manuals to every meeting and have an officer sign off on your speeches and leadership roles!!!  The meeting Recap follows the role assignments. 

3-15 Roles:
TM - Colbi Ellison
TT - Una Richards
Speakers - Bud Otto, Chris Ashkouti
Evaluators - Crystal Reeves, Jim Owen
Ah/Gr - Alan Magee
Ti/V - Anastasia Pass

SPEAKERS FOR 3/22 Meeting: Colbi Ellison & Steve Bragg

If you weren't there today, you missed another great meeting!  Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sergeant-At-Arms, Bud Otto, the President, Anastasia Pass, introduced the theme of the day - Springtime.  She welcomed guests and invited Area Director, Kerin Lester, to say a few words about the new TM Pathways program which will be officially rolled out in our club on May 15 of this year.  We are in the process of scheduling a Pathways Ambassador to make an introductory presentation to our group prior to that date.  Anastasia also updated everyone on the recovery of member, Alex Brinkman, from his broken femur, asking all to continue to keep him in thoughts and prayers.  His full recovery will likely take a full year.  Kerin Lester pointed out that with the new Pathways program, Alex could actually do a presentation from his computer while he's recuperating in Ohio!

Anastasia turned the meeting over to TM of the day, Alan Magee, who told us a story of how he was so happy to successfully apply all he's learned from being in Toastmasters to a lunch and learn presentation he ended up at the last minute having to make.  Alan reviewed all the roles and invited Bud Otto to present the word of the day: Hubris, a noun meaning arrogance, high-level of egotism.  Table Topics Master, Anastasia Pass,  challenged members and guests to series of questions related to the theme of "new" - new starts, new thoughts, new actions - all in alignment with Spring.  There was a tie for Best Table Topics between Bud Otto and Andrea Miranda.  Bud's answer was to hike the Appalachian Trail to a question about what is one new thing that he would like to pursue.  Andrea's question was do you think you fear or embrace change.  She said that depended on what the change was but closed with a story about a clunker of a car she became particularly fond of after initial resistance and therefore, concluded she embraces change!

First Speaker was Paige Kerr, giving her 8th speech project - using visual aids.  The title of her speech was "My Tenth Year".  The first visual aid she used was the American flag, leading us all to believe we were going to hear a patriotic speech.  But, oh contraire, the American flag was her clever way to transition into how saying the Pledge of Allegiance at her very first TM meeting transported her back to 5th grade and being 10.  Other visual aids she used were a photo of President Nixon, a scar on her chin, a photo of Pappagallo shoes and a teeny tiny leather skirt she wore back in 5th grade.

Second Speaker was Colbi Ellison whose speech was called "Should college athletes be paid?" He packed into three minutes a very thought-provoking argument about the issue of a corrupt NCAA that brings in about a billion dollars on March Madness and why he feels that the work force that brings in that revenue should be paid.  He left us with a challenge to visit #justpaythekids and decide for ourselves.

David Kulze evaluated Paige's speech with solid feedback and Una Richards provided keen insights to Colbi for his speech.  Paige won Best Speaker and David won Best Evaluator.

Many thanks to all members for filling all the roles and to the guests for participating in table topics.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, 7:00am sharp!