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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 08/23 Roles and 08/16 Meeting Recap

Hello, Sandy Springs Toastmasters! Please confirm your availability for 08/23/18 as soon as possible by replying to all.
Roles for 08/23/2018:
  • Sergeant at Arms: Bud Otto
  • Toastmaster: Ralston Medouze
  • Table Topics: Paige Kerr
  • Speaker 1: Bud Otto
  • Speaker 2: Chris Ashkouti
  • Speaker 3: Una Richards
  • Evaluator 1: Michael McConnell
  • Evaluator 2: Alan Magee
  • Evaluator 3: Open
  • Ah/Gr: Anastasia Pass
  • Ti/V: Crystal Reeves
  • Word: Mitch Reiner
  • Joke: Open

Sandy Springs Toastmasters Meeting Recap for 8/16/18:
Our Sergeant-Arms, Bud Otto, Called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance.
Paige Kerr, our club president, gave opening remarks and called Una Richards, our club Vice President of Education, to give us the club announcements. Una announced the following:

  • Our club will be inviting our district’s Toastmasters Pathways Guide a second time around to come and give an overview of pathways within the next couple months.
  • Members are strongly encouraged to log into the toastmasters website and take the pathways self assessment as well as watch the videos explaining what pathways is and how it works prior to our district’s Toastmasters Pathways Guide’s visit.
  • If members have any questions regarding pathways, please reach out to Una.

Una turned the meeting over to our Toastmaster of the day- Anastasia Pass. Anastasia welcomed our returning guest, Wright, to the meeting and told him to introduce himself. Wright told us that he used to be a member of Toastmasters a long time ago and not only was he a member but he also served as officer and has held all the positions except for president. He will be joining our club because he would like to finish the Competent Communicator Manual he started years ago, when he was a member of toastmasters, so he can get started with the advanced level. 
Anastasia’s Theme for the day was “Triple D”. The three Ds stood for direction, determination, and destination.
Anastasia called on Millicent St. Claire to give the word of the day, Integrity- The quality of being honest and having strong principles. “She is a woman of great integrity.”
Anastasia then called on the Table Topics Master of the day, Steve Bragg. Steve’s theme for his Table Topics questions was “Cars”. He told us the reason he chose the theme was because everyone is familiar with the topic AND he just bought a new car therefore he thought the theme was fitting for the day. Steve had prepared a very well thought out set of questions that ranged from “Could you imagine living without a car?” to “Is the stick shift dead?” to “Have you ever had a road rage incident?”. Crystal Reeves won Best Table Topics Answer for her hilarious answer to the question “Would you ever be into self-driving cars?”. Crystal answered by saying that she is one that is slow to warm up to new things and that if she wanted to ride in a car with someone not paying attention then she would ride with her husband.
We had no speakers therefore Anastasia gave her evaluation of the meeting and turned the meeting over to Paige. Paige went over the schedule since Una, our VPE, who usually fulfills this role at this time had to leave early. The meeting was then adjourned. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 08/16 Roles and 08/09 Meeting Recap

Hello, Sandy Springs Toastmasters! We have a new system for signing up for roles. The link was sent out via email a couple of weeks ago but if you haven’t checked it out already, here it is:

We will start using it soon, therefore, the more familiar you are, the better. You can find a brief explanation and a how-to guide at the bottom of this email.

As for the upcoming meeting on 08/16/2018, we’ll still be using the old system where we confirm our availability via email. That being said, please confirm your availability for 08/16/18 as soon as possible by replying to all.

Roles for 08/16/2018:

·         Sergeant at Arms: Bud Otto
·         Toastmaster: Anastasia Pass
·         Table Topics: Steve Bragg
·         Speaker: Chris Ashkouti
·         Evaluator: Sharon Reid
·         Ah/Gr: Una Richards
·         Ti/V: Jim Owen
·         Word: Millicent St. Claire
·         Joke: Open

Sandy Springs Toastmasters Meeting Recap for 8/09/18:

Bud Otto, our Sergeant At Arms, called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance. It is so nice to see Bud attending meeting regularly, he had been out for several weeks recovering from hip surgery and all the members had missed having him around. 12 people attended our meeting, 8 members and 4 guests!

Our club president, Paige Kerr, gave opening remarks and welcomed our guests Karen, Wright, Suzette, and Jeanne. Karen and Wright, are residents of Campbell Stone. They live across the hall from each other and they both wanted to come and check out our club. Karen and Wright want to get to the advance level therefore want to get started working on their Competent Communicator Manual as soon as they can.  Our third guest, Suzette, was Sharon’s sister. She tagged along with Sharon so she could also check us out. Jeanne, our fourth guest, came to our meeting through the encouragement of her boss. She wants to do toastmasters because she wants to reduce the amount of Ums she says whenever she gives a presentation at work. Paige then went on to introduce our Toastmaster of the day, Etsehiwot Ezra who also goes by “E”.  

E called on Una Richards to give the Word Of the Day, Extemporaneous- unplanned, impromptu, or unrehearsed.

E then called on our Table Topics Master of the day, Anastasia Pass. Anastasia’s theme for her Table Topics questions was “Back To School”. She had question that had us all reminisce about our time in school. Anastasia asked questions such as “Tell us a story about one of your teachers in grade school/high school/or college?” and “If you were a member of a school board and were asked to weigh in on whether students should wear uniforms or not wear uniforms, which way would you vote?”. Bud Otto won Best Table Topics Answer. He was asked “What was your back to school ritual?” and Bud answered with a  humorous anecdote about his Catholic school adventures and misadventures which somehow involved nuns, clickers, pranks, and getting in trouble. He had us all laughing!

The group took a quick break and reconvened after a few minutes. Crystal Reeves was our speaker of the day. Her speech was from the story telling advanced communication manual. Crystal’s speech was titled “The Initiation”. It was a speech about her adventurous journey to becoming a member of the Arctic Ocean Toe Dipping Club. Crystal did a great job in capturing our attention right from the beginning and keeping us hooked all the way through the end.  Una Richards gave a substantive evaluation of Crystal’s speech.

Crystal won Best Speaker Of The Day and Una won Best Evaluator Of The Day.

Una Richards, our club’s Vice President of Education, went over next week’s roles and then the meeting was adjourned.

See y’all on Thursday!


This google sheet allows members to select their role for the upcoming week. That information auto-populates our agenda template.

1. On the first worksheet: Upcoming Meeting Dates & Roles, select your name from the drop-down menu for the corresponding role.

2. Don't do anything on the Member tab; that's what populates the drop-down menu.

3. The Weekly Agenda will auto-populate for the role you selected.

If the formulas in the cells on the Weekly Agenda sheet are broken, the agenda won't automatically fill in, but that's an easy fix that we can teach you.

In any case, the new goal is for members to select their assignment by a certain date prior to each weekly meeting. The TM, whoever selected that role, only needs to print the agenda.

We can keep up with history too. Another club has had great success with this. Let us know what you think!