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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sandy Springs 6/14 Toastmasters Meeting Recap and 6/21 Roles

Hello and Happy Father's Day to all of the dad's out there!  Please review the 6/21 roles below and confirm your availability asap. If you'd like to fill one of the Open roles, please let us know that, too!  Many thanks.

TM –Bud Otto
TT – Ralston Medouze
Speakers – Andrea Miranda, Crystal Reeves, E Ezra. 
Evaluators- OPEN
Ah/Gr – OPEN
Joke – OPEN
Word – OPEN

6/14 recap: 

Our TM, Jim Owen, called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. He then gave us a brief but interesting history lesson on our nation's first Father's Day. He told us how Europe has been celebrating the day, on March 19th, since the middle ages but the US didn't start celebrating it until the year 1972. 

Our new president, Paige Kerr, took the stage and went through the schedule of the day. She announced that we will not be having a Toastmasters meeting on July 5th. E Ezra gave us the Word of the Day, disneyfy!  Try  using that one!  

Paige introduced our Table Topics Master of the day, Crystal Reeves. Crystal's theme for Table topics was "Three things". Her thought-provoking questions ranged from "If you were going on a long trip, what three foods would you experience most?" to "Who are your three celebrity crushes?". All the answers were entertaining but  Steve Bragg won Best TT for his response to "Tell us three things you would do if you were not afraid?".  Steve told us that he's tried just about everything - skydiving, motorcycling, driving race cars. You name it, he's done it. He has no fear and has tried it all but closed by saying the one thing that he would try if he could go back in time would be to storm the beaches of Normandy on D Day. Maybe. 

Jim reviewed the schedule for the month.  As previously stated, we will not have a meeting on July 5 but will resume on July 12 when our new Officers will be installed. He then turned the meeting over to the General Evaluator, Paige Kerr. 

Special recognition needs to be given to our newest member, Tom Mills.  He took on the Ti/V role for his first time and handled it like a pro!  Also need to give high fives to Bud Otto, our ever faithful Sergeant-At-Arms, a role that is often taken for granted.  Bud was out this week and everyone had to scramble to set up and clean up - a task he gets there early every single week to handle with ease.  Thank you Bud, Tom, and all of our great members! 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sandy Springs 6/7 Toastmasters Meeting Recap and 6/14 Roles

Please review the roles below and respond to all no later than Sunday night, June 10, to confirm your availability.  Also, if you’d like to make a speech in the next few weeks, please let Anastasia Pass know what date.  NOTE:  Important message for you to read at end of the recap.  Have a great week!
June 14 Roles:
TM – Bud Otto
TT – Crystal Reeves
Speakers – Chris Ashkouti, David Kulze, Una Richards
Evaluators – Paige Kerr, Jim Owen
Word – Alan Magee
Joke – Steve Bragg
Ah/Gr – OPEN
Ti/V – Tom Mills
Scribe – E Ezra
June 7 Recap:
After SAA, Bud Otto, opened the meeting with our traditional Pledge of Allegiance, our President, Anastasia Pass, held the elections for the new slate of officers who will be officially installed at the July 12th meeting.  Huge thanks to all the members who even considered accepting the challenge to take on leadership roles with our Club.  Congratulations to our new Sandy Springs Toastmasters 2018-19 Officers:
President: Paige Kerr
VP of Education: Una Richards
VP of Public Relations: Ralston Medouze (2nd Term)
Treasurer: Jim Owens (11th Term!)
Sergeant-At-Arms: Bud Otto (9th+ Term!)
Secretary: E Ezra
VP of Membership: No one member but rather all of us will fill this role!
After elections, Toastmaster of the Day, Paige Kerr, received applause for her new role and set the theme of the meeting. Bud’s Word was “galoot” (several members used so you try it!) and Tom Mills presented a timely World Cup soccer job.  Paige then introduced Jim Owens to lead Table Topics.  Jim challenged all members to a series of questions related to movies, such as our favorite all-time movie, favorite comedy, how we handle phone users at the movies, tavern theaters or not, etc.  Una Richards won Best Table Topics for the story she shared of how growing up in Jamaica her grandmother thought movies were the work of the devil. So she and her friends would sneak out whenever they could to watch a movie sitting on benches in a small, humble venue. That experience made her thrilled to come to America and whenever she wanted, spend an entire day in a theater with huge screens watching back to back to back movies.
E Ezra, the first of two speakers, gave her 3rd speech which was working on getting to the point.  The title of her speech was “Back Pain? Check the Position of your Pelvis”.  She explained the bad news and good news about back pain caused by sitting for long periods of time. Then E used her Crossfit training expertise to demonstrate exercises and stretches that can help alleviate hip flexor tightness.  Anastasia Pass gave her high fives for covering her general and specific main ideas.  Stasia thought that next time E  does demo might want to invite everyone to gather closer prior to giving her speech and to also strive to keep speech within time limits.
Second and final speaker was Ralston Medouze, who gave his 7th speech entitled, “Perseverance”.  He cleverly used his newest endeavor to emphasize how important it is in any aspect of life, especially education, when learning something new to not give up if too hard or have one or many failures in the beginning, as he threw a ball back and forth between his hands, because eventually, you will reach your goals.  He reminded us that this cycle happens with each new step in our learning journey, as he begane throwing 2 balls back and forth and then by the close of his speech was competently juggling 3 balls!  Una Richards told Ralston she thought that he reached his objectives and she was very impressed with the structure, content and delivery of his story.
Ralston won Best Speaker and Anastasia won Best Evaluator. 
Don’t forget to explore all of the options in the new Pathways Program at and choose some goals to pursue.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please look at your Communicator Manual.  If you only have 1 speech left to achieve your CC, we implore you to do June 14 or June 21 so that it will help our Club achieve Distinguished Club.  The last page in the manual will need to be completed and signed with all info before we can submit. The same goes for the Leadership Manual.  Look at the back page of the manual and if you’ve done the roles and are close to achieving your CL, please sign up for the roles or jobs you’re missing so that we can also submit by June 21st!  We so appreciate your commitment to improving your skills and help our Club be the best it can be!