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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sandy Springs 7/12 Toastmasters Meeting Recap and July 19th Roles

Sandy Springs Toastmasters Meeting Recap for 7/12/18
Note: This is a long one -- be sure to read to the end for next week's assignments and reply by Sunday, July 15

Crystal Reeves substituted for Bud Otto as Sergeant-at-Arms this morning and did an excellent job setting a positive tone for the meeting and our day.  

After a break for the July 4 holiday, 10 members (including Sharon Reid, who joined today!) plus our new Area Director, Rowen Andrade enjoyed today's meeting that included past President, Anastasia Pass, passing the gavel and awarding officer lapel pins and Toastmasters pens as well as the 2018 Club Leadership Guide to new officers. As a part of the installation of new officers, Anastasia reviewed each role's purpose and mission. The following new officers will lead the charge for the new Toastmaster year which runs July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019:
  • Bud Otto - Sergeant-at-Arms - arrives early to set up the room & our liaison with Campbell Stone!
  • Jim Owens -Treasurer - manages dues and our funds
  • Etsehiwot Ezra  - Secretary - writes the recaps and posts them!
  • Ralston Medouze - VP of Public Relations - in charge of our social media and website!
  • Una Richards - VP of Education -- manages the schedule/assignments!
  • Paige Kerr - President - helps us stay focused on individual and club goals!
  • VP of Membership is still open but Jim is also filling this role for now
Paige provided all members with their official Toastmasters lapel pin! She also made some announcements and comments before leading Table Topics. Paige encouraged members to connect, providing everyone with member contact information, suggesting that everyone add the members to their phone contact list. If a last minute conflict occurs, you can quickly text another member -- preferably the Toastmaster or President -- but when emergencies arise, who thinks of THAT?!  :)

Paige also shared a few particulars of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) and how Pathways is a part of the education requirement. Officer training, number of members and prompt dues payment is also factored into the DCP recognition!  Paige shared her brief experience with Pathways and all the officers will be learning more at officer training on July 21.  She encouraged everyone to get logged into Toastmasters International, complete the Pathways assessment and try it out! 

Members are also encouraged to take two action steps each Sunday:
  1. Respond regarding your role assignment to the Sandy Springs Toastmasters email group!
  2. RSVP on MeetUp!
A final note was about the members - our individual goals. Each of us needs to evaluate what we need and want from Toastmasters and let's help each other get it! Along those lines, Paige also mentioned that we should carry forward the Open House idea from last year's officer team. September might be a perfect time! More to come on this!

One other note: We've reorganized our file boxes to simplify our lives. One storage box has infrequently referenced materials: club constitution, copies of leadership guides, eval forms template, table topic ideas (for emergencies!), advanced speaker series brochures, guest materials, extension cord and some other supplies like a joke book! The small box now has everything we need for each week: Evaluation forms, gavel, voting slips, flipchart markers, guest book as well as TT, Speaker and Eval Award Certificates.  
BTW, we rearranged the room this morning too!  

Now for the Table Topics! Paige demonstrated how the Table Topic ideas file could be used in that emergency situation! She read from "chat" cards that offered a situation and question. Some examples were: If you were back in the 1850's, what one thing from today would you share? What historic park do you like the most and why? If you were writing a book, what would the topic be? These were very interesting and everyone got at least one vote! The winner was Colbi Ellison who shared his answer to the question about how he would use the letters in his name to create another name for himself! This was a perfect question for Colbi because he put a twist on the response explaining that you don't pronounce the "L" in his name. Until the 9th grade, Colbi thought his name was Cobi (without the 'l') because that how he heard it! And, to be clear, pronounce his name WITHOUT the 'l'! 

Next week, we are back to our regular agenda which includes a formal Toastmaster, Table Topics, Speakers and Evaluators!  Here are the roles for7/19/18:
  • Sargeant at Arms -- OPEN (unless Bud says he's coming)
  • Toastmaster: Philip Knight
  • Table Topics: Magalena Raj
  • Speaker 1: Etsehiwot Ezra
  • Speaker 2: Ralston Medouze
  • Evaluator 1: Paige Kerr
  • Evaluator 2: OPEN
  • Ah/Gr: OPEN
  • Ti/V: OPEN
  • Word: OPEN
  • Joke: Paige Kerr
Back ups for speakers are David Kulze and Paige Kerr.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sandy Springs 6-28 Toastmaster Meeting Recap and July 12 Roles

Hello everyone!  Hoping everyone has a safe and memorable celebration this July 4th!  Take time to remember how the story of our beloved country began and the wisdom of it's founding principles!
It has been my honor, pleasure and privilege to have worked with all of you this past year as one of the leaders and I am eager to see all the wonderful plans that our club's new President, Paige Kerr, will implement, wish her and all the officers all my best and pledge to support them however I can.  Thank you all for your support, your honesty and your commitment to the accomplishment of both your personal and our club's goals!   Warm regards, Stasia

Beginning July 12, our new Secretary, E Ezra, will be writing and posting all of the meeting recaps and working with Una Richards, our new VPE, to distribute the assigned roles.  Please help them each week by reviewing the roles and confirming availability as soon as possible.  This will help make the role of the weekly TM easier as well as help Paige run the ship!
Here are the current assignments for July 12. Again, please respond no later than Sunday evening if possible to confirm your availability.  If there is a date you would like to fill a role, please let us know that, too.

TM - Mitch Reiner
TT - Bud Otto
Speakers: E Ezra & Una Richards
Evaluators: Anastasia Pass & Jim Owen
Joke: Alan Magee
Word: Crystal Reeves
Ti'V:  Chris Ashkouti
Ah/Gr: Tom Mills
Also, reminder that our new officers will be installed by the past president with brief ceremony at beginning of the meeting

In the absence of our wonderful Sergeant-At-Arms, Bud Otto, our incoming President, along with help from member Steve Bragg, opened the meeting with our traditional Pledge of Allegiance.  Paige then introduced the Toastmaster of the Day, Anastasia Pass.  Anastasia was excited to fill this role in her last meeting as the club President.  She welcomed guest, Sharon Reid, and newest member, Magdalena, and invited them to address the members.  This meeting was a reverse meeting, meaning the Speakers went first followed by Table Topics in 2nd half.  After reviewing the roles, a brief break was taken to allow the evaluators and speakers to chat before the speaking segment.  

David Kulze introduced first Speaker, Tom Mills, to make his first speech which is always an Icebreaker.  Tom's speech, entitled "Who I Am" gave us a brief glimpse into 3 segments of his life and the sub-chapters within his life as a child, his teenage years and his adult years.  It was so appropriate for him to structure his speech around the theme of a book since Tom has worked in the printing industry for over 30 years.  David told him what he liked about his delivery of his very first speech and encouraging words of how he could strengthen his next speech. 

Anastasia introduce the second Speaker, Paige Kerr, who was giving her 9th speech entitled, "Print Version Unavailable".  This was a Power to Persuade project and Paige's goal was to convert tactile book readers to using tools that provide books and other written materials in digital form.  One member was convinced by her numerous arguments about the advantages of digital versions so her speech was a success!  The entire group took turns telling Paige what they liked about her presentation and how she could tweak aspect for more impact.  

David won Best Evaluator and Tom Mills won Best Speaker.  Congrats to everyone!

After a short break, Mitch Reiner, Table Topics Master, presented members and our guest with a series of very interesting questions all revolving around his family vacation experiences in Moab, Utah.  Mitch was very reflective about all he and his family learned and saw at the Arches and Canyonlands, particularly the shock of time in that location and all over the world. His questions ranged from "what fascinates you about space" to "what kind of dinosaur would you be".  Chris Ashkouti won Best Table Topics for his hilarious response to "what petrographs would you draw today to describe your life to future visitors".  Chris humorously explained the chaos happening in his family right now as they are preparing for his sister's September 1st destination wedding and his drawing would be a collage of craziness.  Thank you, Mitch, for sharing your experience and how it impacted you and for all the really original questions!
The club voted to combine the roles of TM and GE but today, E Ezra requested to serve as General Evaluator.  She reviewed the entire meeting from start to finish with accolades and thumbs up overall.   

Many thanks to all members for participating and fulfilling roles.  We look forward to getting to know Magdalena and also hope to see Sharon Reid again!   Also excited to learn that Alex Brinkman has recovered enough to take his planned vacation to Croatia and hopes to be back to visit us by the end of July!  

Have a great week and we'll see you Thursday, July 12, 7am!!!