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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sandy Springs Toastmasters March 26 Meeting Recap & Roles for April 9, 2020


All meetings will be held via Zoom going forward on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Next 2 meeting dates are: April 9 and April 23, 2020


Today’s meeting was via Zoom. This was our second virtual meeting. The group agreed to hold meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month going forward.

Kudos again and thank you’s to member, Magdalena Raj for setting up the Zoom meeting using her account.

Sergeant at Arms, Bud Otto began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Paige Kerr served as Toastmaster. Anastasia Pass served as Table Topics Master. Her theme was leadership and she posed questions such as: What qualities does a great leader have?: How do good leaders inspire?; Who do you feel is a great leader and why?  Anastasia also asked us each to share how the COVID-19 situation is impacting us personally. 

Crystal Reeves gave a touching and timely speech about being creative and learning new things. She tied the topic very effectively to the situation we all find ourselves in and inspired us to do more. For even more inspiration, she played a few chords on her banjo for us and renewed her commitment to learn how to play better.

Members evaluated the meeting. Most agreed this is a very doable way to meet, though already miss our in-person meetings!

April 9th roles:

Toastmaster: Crystal Reeves - confirmed
Table Topics: Jim Owen - confirmed
Speaker 1: Andy Kalbaugh - confirmed
Speaker 2: Open
Evaluator 1: Open
Evaluator 2: Open
Ah/Gr: Open
Ti/V: Open
Word: Open
Joke: Open

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Sandy Springs Toastmasters March 19 Meeting Recap & March 26 Roles



ALL MEETINGS VIA ZOOM GOING FORWARD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! 

Today’s meeting was via Zoom. This was our first virtual meeting.

Kudos and thank you’s to member, Magdalena Raj for setting up the Zoom meeting using her account. Magdalena prepared well for the meeting as she had previously attended another Toastmaster group Zoom meeting and shared the experience and ideas.

We followed as many existing protocols as possible and discussed how to adjust for this medium. For example, instead of applause, we waived our hands! The meeting was less formal; however we discussed ways to maintain some of our formalities to ensure that speakers are provided a proper platform to speak without interruption. That said, it was a fun meeting and we are in the learning mode.

Next steps will include:
·        Obtaining a Zoom account ($150/year) for the club.
·        Continuing to use Magdalena’s account until then. She will set up recurring meetings for us. Link to follow. 
·        Establishing a protocol slide in order to ensure these meetings are effective and efficient!
·        Determining how (or even if) we continue the “voting” on Table Topics, Speakers and Evaluators.

During this meeting, Sergeant at Arms, Bud Otto said the Pledge of Allegiance. Magdalena served as Toastmaster. Magdalena asked great questions such as: Who would you like to be right now? Who would you not like to be right now? With the exception of toilet paper (J), what one thing do you miss not having?

Members evaluated the meeting. Most agreed this is a very doable way to meet, though already miss our in-person meetings!

March 26 roles:

Toastmaster: Paige Kerr - confirmed
Table Topics: Anastasia Pass - confirmed
Speaker 1: Open
Speaker 2: Open
Evaluator 1: Open
Evaluator 2: Open
Ah/Gr: Open
Ti/V: Open
Word: Open
Joke: Open