Catherine Lautenbacher did a superlative job as Toastmaster. She moved the meeting along with grace, efficiency and humor with her opening remarks, reminding us that “this date in history” Pete Townsend was born and precisely how he came about with the lyrics to the Who’s hit song, My Generation. Word of the Day was offered by Bud Otto: dally
Reza Shah, our Table Topics Master, spurred by his admiration for the United States’ election process and voting privilege, served up only one thought provoking question that each of us had to answer. We were to state one word that encapsulated what we want from our next President. After the last participant, Reza recited the entire list, concluding that it would be difficult for any one person to fill our high expectations. Bud Otto won for best table topic response “freedom”.
Paige Kerr graciously provided hot coffee and juice to the group.
The patriotic theme continued with Bud Otto’s Storytelling Project speech entitled “Summer of 61”. Most of us were expecting a story of a lazy day on the beach but instead, we were given a well-told recounting of Bud’s experiences during Marine basic training at Paris Island with all the superlatives and local “Marine” color sprinkled throughout. We felt like standing up and saluting as he cleverly closed by playing a bit of a military tune on his iPhone while proudly finishing his story with his graduation from Basic. Semper Fi!
Without any preplanning on Bud and Anastasia’s part, the USA theme was again prevalent in Anastasia Pass’s speech entitled “Navy SEALs – Born or Made.” This was the first in her four-part series about this group of elite warriors. Since the #7 speech in the CC is a Research Project, Anastasia cited several different sources about the making of a Navy SEAL, including anecdotes about her son, David Sears, a retired Navy SEAL Commander.
Crystal Reeves gave a very detailed and helpful evaluation of Bud’s speech. Darbie Saunders evaluated Anastasia’s speech, commenting on how she doesn’t think anyone has ever done a series of speeches and she thought that was really fun and unique. Anastasia won Best Speech and Crystal won Best Evaluator.
Vanessa Lane performed the General Evaluator role for a second week in a row. Darbie did double duty as Ah/Gr and Jon Martindale handled the Ti/V duties.