Crystal Reeves served as our Humorous Speech Contest Chair, coordinating the 3 speakers, judges, timers and distributing all of the documents and rules. Many thanks and a big round of applause to Crystal for all the time and energy she gave to this project! Our three contestants all had us laughing. Alan Magee gave the first speech entitled "Party of Four" which consisted of hilarious anecdotes about his experiences with "couples dating". Red flags like knoodling and queso gluttony brought out the chuckles, Paige Kerr's speech entitled "Six Minutes" was about the nightmares of Atlanta traffic and a very unique way of coping with it by assigning positive business qualities to driver's bad behaviors. Her determination to arrive alive and stay in the moment enhanced her humourous message. Bud Otto was the final speaker and his speech "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" compared the unhealthy and ugle world of smokers and smoking in the past and the negative effects that were seemingly ignored to the world of today's mostly anti-smoking environment evidenced by what Bud called the "leper colony" smoking rooms at the airport.
While the judges met, club members offered each of the speakers constructive and candid feedback on strengths and weaknesses of their presentations. The judges, Michael McConnell, Jim Owen and Duane Humphrey, met to go over their evaluations and determine the winner of our club contest. After deliberating, Bud Otto was announced as our first place winner and Paige Kerr won second place. All were encouraged to continue to hone their topic rich speeches and try again next year.
After the coffee break, Anastasia Pass led The Lost Art of Complaining Round Robin Table Topics session. Anastasia started the story and then passed it off to the next person at a rapid fire pace. Each person had to pick up where the last person left off and had to weave into their part of the story some kind of complaint. Paige Kerr won for best table topic response. We had one guest at the meeting, John Sears, Anastasia's youngest son, who was visiting from his home in Salt Lake City.
Next meeting we will sadly say goodby to member Duane Humphrey. We have all enjoyed getting to know him and been amazed by his speaking skills and the moving stories that he has shared. So it will be a bittersweet moment because while we're happy for him that he has new adventures ahead, he will be missed by all of us in the Sandy Springs Toastmasters.