Michael McConnell performed the TM role and did it so effectively that the meeting adjourned 15 minutes early!
The word of the day was "fauve" which was cleverly used by at least one or two members during the course of the meeting. Catherine Lautenbacher recited from memory a funny joke about how you really can't "take it with you."
Phillip Knight challenged the group with a random series of Table Topic questions ranging from "Tell us what's better, intelligence or common sense" to "If your hero knocked on your door, who would that be and what activity would you do with them?" to "What did you always get in trouble for when you were growing up?" The questions elicited heartfelt, funny and insightful responses. Anastasia Pass won Best Table Topics without answering her own question but instead answering at least 5 of the other questions. Timer Jim Owen might say "you had to be there!"
Kelly Marble went above and beyond with the more than generous amount of donuts, coffee and juice that she provided!
Vanessa Lane took on the GE role and moved the group smoothly thru the speaking and evaluation section of the meeting, closing with her overall meeting evaluation.
Karen Walker gave an entertaining speech entitled "Once Upon A Time" which was a delightful story of person whose passion for reading and creative writing started early in life, was put on the back burner while rearing a family and is now coming back full circle. The twist at the end was that the story was about Karen.
Crystal Reeves gave her 10th speech which was entitled "Life Changing". It was an inspirational speech about how Toastmasters truly did change her life. Following the speakers,
Bud Otto and Paige Kerr offered valuable positive evaluations and a few improvement tips to the two speakers. Crystal Reeves won Best Speaker award andPaige Kerr won Best Evaluator award.