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Friday, September 23, 2016

Sandy Springs Toastmasters Club Sept. 22 Meeting Recap

After Bud Otto opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, and made a few opening remarks, he introduced the VPE, Anastasia Pass who welcomed everyone and then turned the meeting over to the Toastmaster of the day, Jan von Rensburg.  Jan has been a member for 4 years and though very busy with his career, it's always a treat when he attends and once again, did not disappoint with his wit and leadership.  Jan handed the baton to Vanessa Lane who conducted our Table Topics.  Vanessa challenged each attendee with questions about Fall & Autumn, Pumpkins, Pie, October Fest and other seasonal questions.  Paige Kerr won Best Table Topics response for her very animated and enthusiastic response which included rum and cokes and cheering on GA Tech football.

After a quick coffee break, compliments of Anastasia Pass, the speaking portion of the meeting began with GE Reza Shah introducing Evaluators.  The first speaker was Catherine Lautenbacher, giving her 8th speech about the history, ease and many benefits of using kettle bells.  As she pointed out, "sitting" is the new "smoking" health hazard and picking up a kettle bell or two at work or home is a great way to remind your muscles what they're supposed to do.  A great presentation as always. The second speaker was Phillip Knight who's career is also very demanding.  So when Phillip participates, it's always worth being there. Phillip's speech was his 3rd in the Advanced Communicator Bronze track and was about "pulling the thread" of stories in history that interest you. He challenged all of to find a piece of history that fascinates us and to dig into it to make it come alive and mean more than dates and places.  Michael McConnell offered Catherine positive and constructive feedback on her speech and brand new member, Andrea Miranda, told Phillip what she felt were the strong points of his speech and a couple ways to strengthen it. Catherine Lautenbacher won the Best Speaker Award and Andrea Miranda won Best Evaluator.

Jim Owen reminded all present that it is important for each of us to pay our fall Club dues.  Anastasia announced that we will be doing an Improv Workshop at our October 6th meeting and iinvites everyone to attend what surely will be a fun and unique meeting.  Many thanks to all who filled a role at this meeting and all meetings.  Our members are the lifeblood of our Club and their enthusiasm and contributions benefit not only the entire group, but improves their leadership and speaking skills as well!  Win, win!

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