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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Sandy Springs Toastmasters Recap 02/14/19 and 02/21/19 Roles


Hello Sandy Springs Toastmasters! A few announcements before the recap:

·       Parking at Campbell-Stone: It is ok to park in both Resident AND Visitor parking but NOT spaces marked RESERVED! We are working on formal permission to park in the lot next to the Campbell-Stone parking lot.

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 02/14/19 Meeting Recap

At exactly 7 am our Sergeant At Arms Bud Otto called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance.

Paige Kerr, our Club President, gave opening remarks and welcomed our guests Greta Newman, Errington Watkins, and Gar Bodenheimer. Paige then turned the meeting over to the Toastmaster of the Day Carlos Fuentes.

Carlos filled all the roles.

Etsehiwot Ezra gave the Word of The Day. Attractancy: The capacity, especially of a pheromone, to attract.

Carlos called Paige, who was also serving as the Table Topics Master of the Day, to the podium so she could lead us through the Table Topics portion of the meeting. Paige had prepared a fun set of questions revolving around the theme of Valentine’s Day. She asked questions such as “Tell us about a time you played cupid?” and “What would your month be like as a hallmark card executive?” Alan Magee won Best Table Topics Answer for his answer to the question “What would St. Valentine’s Day in the Middle Ages be like?”

The group took a brief five-minute break then reconvened. We had two speakers for the day, Andy Kallenberg and Greta Newman. Our first speaker Andy Kallenberg, who also happens to be one of our new members, gave his icebreaker speech titled “Success Narrative”. Ralston Medouze gave an insightful evaluation of Andy’s speech. Our second speaker, Greta Newman, was a guest speaker visiting us from The Knowledge Club Toastmaster in Marietta. Her speech was from the advanced manual titled communicating on Video Project #3- When You’re The Host. The setup was like a talk show. There was an interviewer and an interviewee. Greta had enlisted the help of one of our members, Etsehiwot Ezra, to help her with this project. Etsehiwot was the host of the show, therefore, she was doing the interviewing and Greta was the interviewee. The purpose of the interview was for Greta to promote her new book Share Joy.  Anastasia Pass gave an astute evaluation of Greta’s project.

Andy won Best Speaker and Anastasia won Best Evaluator.

Our club secretary Etsehiwot went over next week’s roles and then the meeting was adjourned.

ROLES FOR 02/21/19 MEETING:
  • Toastmaster: Ralston Madouze- confirmed
  • Table Topics Master: Una Richards- confirmed
  • Speaker: Paige Kerr- confirmed
  • Evaluator: Open
  • Ah/Gr: Open
  • Ti/V: Open
  • Word: Open
  • Joke: Andy Kallenberg


See you all on Thursday, Toasties! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 02/07/19 Meeting Recap and 02/14/19 Meeting Roles



Hello Sandy Springs Toastmasters! A few announcements before the recap:
  • Parking at Campbell-Stone: It is ok to park in both Resident AND Visitor parking but NOT spaces marked RESERVED! We are working on formal permission to park in the lot next to the Campbell-Stone parking lot.
  •  Bud Otto will be representing Sandy Springs Toastmasters and competing at the Area C36 Table Topics Contest on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 1 pm- 4 pm at Marta Annex, 2400 Garson Dr. NE, Atlanta GA. Come out and support Bud! If you need more information contact Una Richards or Etsehiwot Ezra.


Sandy Springs Toastmasters 02/07/2019 Meeting Recap

At 7 am, Bud Otto called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance. We had 17 people in attendance, 13 of whom were members and 4 were guests.

Our Club President, Paige Kerr, gave opening remarks and welcomed all our guests, Errington Watkins, Dan Collins, Gundeep Singh, and Gar Bodenheimer. Paige then turned the meeting over to the Toastmaster of the day, Jim Owen.

Jim filled all the roles.

Bud gave the word of the day. Dystopia- A society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

The setup of this meeting was a little different. Our regular meetings always have three parts to them, Table Topics, Prepared speeches, and then evaluation. However, this time, since our speaker for the day had to leave early, we had prepared speeches first, then Evaluations, and finally Table Topics.

Steve Bragg, a long time member of The Sandy Springs Toastmasters, gave a heartfelt and lighthearted speech titled “How I got prostrate with my prostate”. Steve talked about his recent battle with prostate cancer and his journey to finally being cancer free. His speech was motivational, informative, and touching. We were all grateful for his candidness. The group gave Steve an insightful evaluation.

Steve won Best Speaker.

The group took a brief five-minute break then reconvened. Jim called on the Toastmaster of the Day, Crystal Reeves to take over the meeting. Crystal’s Table Topics Theme was “Three Things”. She had very entertaining and thought-provoking questions prepared for us. Her questions ranged from “What are three things you can’t go without?” to “What are the three things you believe are important in a relationship?” Carlos Fuentes won Best Table Topics Answer. He was asked “Who are your three celebrity crushes?” to which he humorously answered, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Sandra Bullock.

Paige went over next week’s agenda. The meeting was adjourned.

ROLES FOR 02/14/19 MEETING:
  • Toastmaster: Carlos Fuentes- confirmed
  • Table Topics Master: Paige Kerr- confirmed
  • Speaker 1: Andy Kallenberg
  • Speaker 2: Magdalena Raj
  • Speaker 3: Greta Newman (guest speaker)- confirmed
  • Evaluator 1: Etsehiwot Ezra- confirmed
  • Evaluator 2: Crystal Reeves- confirmed
  • Evaluator 3: Open
  • Ah/Gr: Open
  • Ti/V: Open
  • Word: Etsehiwot Ezra- confirmed
  • Joke: Jeanne McDaniel- confirmed

See you all on Thursday, Toasties!