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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sandy Springs 7-20-17 Toastmasters Meeting Recap

Hello Fellow Sandy Springs Toastmasters and guests!    Another great day at Sandy Springs TM! Many thanks to all of our members for pitching in for roles that needed to be filled and welcome to our newest members, Velma Trayham and Marianne Gudina!  So nice to have you with us and we look forward to getting to know you better.  We had a reverse meeting with speeches first followed by Table Topics.

Phillip Knight, long-time SS TM member, treated us to a speech entitled "Laboratory" which was a well-structured presentation about the long lasting impact of the 7-18-80 eruption of Mt St Helens. He cleverly wove into his story the laboratory of friendship that he and his friends shared when visiting together what has become the laboratory of Mt. St. Helens last week, 37 years later.  Steve Bragg provided a very insightful and detailed evaluation.

Reza Shah, who will soon be leaving us to move to Saudi Arabia, gave his 7th speech about "Discoveries" he's made about is life since the age of 4, articulately incorporating learnings from each of his senses.  Some of the learnings included his first concert at age 4 (Madonna), visits to museums and fish and chips.  David Kulze pinch-hitted as Evaluator and gave Reza some specific pointers on the strengths of his speech and valuable constructive comments on how he could strengthen his presentations.

Phillip Knight won Best Speaker and David Kulze Best Evaluator.

Table Topics Master, Ralston Medouze, challenged all members to questions about "favorites", e.g. favorite cheese, villian, sound, childhood memory, and time of day.  New member, Velma Trayham won Best Table Topics response.

Again, many thanks to all members for their dedication and valuable contributions.  Toastmasters is where Leaders are Made and we are all becoming better leaders.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Sandy Springs 7/13 Toastmasters Meeting Recap

7/20 ROLES:

Members:  Please review the roles below for the 7/20 meeting and do try your best to let Jim Owen, Melinda Schmitt and Anastasia Pass know if you will be able to fill your slot if you were not at this week's meeting!  Thank you so much!

TM: Jim Owen
TT: Ralston Medouze
GE: Paige Kerr
Speakers:  David Kulze, Phillip Knight, Reza Shah
Evaluators: Jeremiah Jones, 2 Open
Word: Open
Ti/V: Una Richards
Ah/Gr:  Open
Joke: Open

MEETING RECAP:

**Coming Up**

Next Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30pm is a District 44 Contest Judge Training. It will be held at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on 534 Fairburn Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30331.

Saturday, July 29 at 10am is a District 44 Chief Judge Training. It will also be held at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on 534 Fairburn Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30331.

Saturday, August 19 will be the humorous speech and evaluation contest. In order to participate, you must sign up by the end of July. 

If you are interested in any of these events, sign up online or reach out to Melinda Schmitt or Anastasia Pass.
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Last week's meeting was full of guests! We would like to extend a warm welcome to Catherine Wright, Denise Lyons, Velma Troyham, and our District Manager, Kerin Lester. We appreciated your presence and the glowing reviews you gave us. As District Manager, Kerin came to us looking for ways that she can help bring value to our club, instead she expects that our club will help bring value to the other clubs in the district. She appreciated our enthusiasm and energy. Go us!

Alex Brinkman created a fun environment with his Table Topics of Useless Yahoo Articles. Paige Kerr won best table topic with her creative use of showing our guests how table topics can be whatever you need them to be, especially if you can't think of anything related to the topic at hand. Bravo, Paige. Paige also won best speaker and David Kulze won best evaluator as they had no competition.

Everyone have a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday!
Melinda Schmitt, VPE