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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sandy Springs 6-22-17 Toastmasters Meeting Recap

Our faithful Sergeant-At-Arms, Bud Otto, after opening the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, turned the meeting over to VPE & TM, Anastasia Pass.  Anastasia reviewed the roles and brought up new member, Una Richards, to present the Word of the Day - haply.  No one was successful in using the word during the meeting.  Hopefully, we will during the week!

Table Topics Master, Paige Kerr, entertained us with a very creative mental exercise.  We had to look around the meeting room and choose any object and commit to it.  When she called on each member and our 2nd time visiting guest, Shu Jackson, she posed a different question to each about why we took the object of our choice to a particular place, e.g. Crystal Reeves picked the projector and her question was "Why did you take the projector to a job interview?".  Shu Jackson picked the sconces and her question was "Why did you take the sconces to the zoo?"  David Kulze was a repeat winner of  Best Table Topics for his response to "Why did you take your object (the big wall clock) to the dentist?"  David had us convinced that the clock had chipped his tooth when he was trying to hang it on the wall and he thought the dentist would never believe it so he had to take the clock to show him and to get it fixed all in the same day....Good job, David!

After a brief but very talkative break, the first speaker, Crystal Reeves, was introduced by Evaluator, Reza Shah.  Crystal gave her 3rd speech in the Advanced Entertaining Speaker Series, which is a 5-7 minutes humorous speech.  She titled it "Him, Me & the DMV" and it was a very funny story with a definite DMV twist about what happened when she pursued a younger man!  In Reza's evaluation, he also told a short story of his own about his experience with the DMV and then gave Crystal solid constructive feedback.  The second speaker, Melinda Schmitt, volunteered to give a speech even though she wasn't on the docket and did a great job.  It was her 5th speech in four months and objective was using body language and gestures.  Entitled, "Retrain Your Brain" it was a very informative and thought-provoking speech about how we use our brain, particularly the frontal cortex, and how we need to learn to turn off our brains as we're much better served if we use creativity and meditation.  Ralston Medouze offered Melinda some very substantive feedback about what he observed about her body language and how it could be strengthened during a speech.  Both speakers did an excellent job but alas, both of them went over the time limit this week!  Best Evaluator went to Ralston Medouze.

Our guest, Shu Jackson, gave the club positive marks and we were so excited when she added that she's ready to join.  Anastasia surveyed the group about their interest in getting together one evening for dinner and drinks and it was thumb's up from everyone.  So, we'll look at the calendar and throw some dates out for consideration soon to make this happen!

Melinda Schmitt said as long as she's going to have help from Jim Owen and Anastasia Pass, that she's ready to sign on as our VPE for 2017-18!  Huge thanks from all the Sandy Springs Toastmasters.  We are fortunate to have you as our new Vice President of Education!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sandy Springs Toastmaster 6/15/17 Meeting Recap

Hello Current and Future Toastmasters!
We had a great turnout at our meeting today and lots of positive energy.  Our long-time member, Jim Owen, wore dual hats today handling the TM and GE role.  It always works out.  He introduced current VPE, Anastasia Pass, who reminded all the officers that their first training of the year is coming up this summer and also that we still need one or two members to step into the VPE role by June 30.  One member could take notes to write and publish the recap and another member could set, track and print the schedule.  It takes about an hour a week but is an important job to keep the club moving along the communication and leadership tracks. Or one member could do it all, Either way, looking for someone to take on this key leadership role this year.

Melinda Schmitt's Word of the day was "transmute" which was used throughout the meeting by several people.  Ralston Medouze was our ever so clever Table Topics Master and challenged all members with a test of their creativity.  He gave us names of actual but not well-known companies and asked us to tell the members what our companies did and how it's changing the world.  Company names such as The Boring Company, Silvernest, and Rebel Mouse.  Alex Brinkman won Best Table Topics for his hilarious tongue-in-cheek explanation of his company "Adore Me".  You had to be here to get the full impact!

Reza Shah gave his sixth speech, project Vocal Variety, entitled "Why".  It was an impromptu yet thought-provoking presentation of how critical thinkers should ask "why" questions more often when making decisions and discussing topics, especially during these politically turbulent times.  He also encouraged us to ask the "why" of seemingly redundant names that we give things, like "waste paper basket" instead of "bin" "sidewalk" and "horseback riding".

Anastasia Pass gave her 3rd speech in the Advanced Communicator Storytelling Series on the moral of the story entitled "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go", which was about her decision to run a marathon as a real personal mission during a difficult time in her life and ended with a twist on the tortoise and hare classic, stating that "slow and steady does win the race" but "preparation and volition accomplish the mission".

Crystal Reeves complimented Reza on how well structured his speech was and encouraged him to strengthen his use of vocal variety.  Bud Otto told Anastasia that he enjoyed her speech opening and close and how he felt most could identify with the crossroads in life she referenced.

Anastasia won Best Speaker and Bud Otto won Best Evaluator.  We had one guest, Shu Jackson, who said she was very impressed with the group's ability to think on their feet and wants to come back for sure.

Join us at 7:00am whenever you can!  Every week is a little different but always interesting.  Toastmasters could transmute your life if you just give it a try!