Our ever-faithful Sergeant-At-Arms, Bud Otto, after being out for a few weeks was back and had our room setup and organized to start the meeting on time with the Pledge of Allegiance. Club President, Alan Magee opened the meeting by referring to the new issue of Toastmasters Magazine and encouraged all members to read the interesting articles and valuable tips throughout the monthly publication. He turned the meeting over to Anastasia Pass, the VP-Education as well as the Table Topics Contest Chair and TM.
Instead of the standard TT segment of the meeting and prior to the official club TT contest, Anastasia gave a presentation on Table Topics Contest rules, roles, responsibilities and procedures that we would employ at the club level and that we can expect at the next level of competition. She went over the role of the Timers, Counters, Judges and Contestants. Resources and materials were previously circulated by Anastasia and Andrea Miranda, Contest Assistant. Members are encouraged to review these materials, especially the tips and strategies for getting better at Table Topics responses.
After enjoying some hot coffee and fresh, yummy donuts, compliments of Reza Shah, the three contestants drew for order of competition, all those who had roles were given their forms & the contest began. The brave contestants were Andrea Miranda, John Calloway and Alan Magee. An excellent job was done by all who served in special roles. Many thanks to Contest Assistant, Andrea Miranda; Judges, Bud Otto and Crystal Reeves (note that at next levels the identity of the judges will be confidential); and Timers/Counters, Reza Shah and Vanessa Lane. Our newest member, Lisa Borowsky, presented the Word of the Day, "prevail" and also learned a lot about focus and good listening as she filled the Ah/Gr role for the first time. We really appreciate that our guest, Tonya Woodrum, offered our club warm and very specific accolades. The Timers/Counters carefully tallied the Judge's ballots and gave the results to Contest Chair who proudly announced the winner of the contest. Congratulations to Andrea Miranda who will be representing our Club at the Area Level Contest on Feb. 11 at Spelman College! All members are welcome to attend the contest to cheer her on.
At our next meeting we will conduct the Club level International Speech Contest. In order to qualify as a contestant for this speech contest you must be a member in good standing, in a club that is in good standing and you must have given at least 6 speeches from the Competent Communicator Manual. Right now, Alan Magee, Bud Otto and Steve Bragg are slotted to give speeches but anyone who meets the aforementioned criteria is welcome to give a speech. Please contact Andrea Miranda, John Calloway, Anastasia Pass or Alan Magee if interested. It was a great meeting and again, many thanks to all members who pulled it all together.
Hoping that Friday, January 20th everyone takes at least a moment to pause and contemplate one of the greatest American traditions, the Inauguration of the President of the United States. We should be so proud that we show the world how the peaceful transition of governmental power can happen. May God Bless the U.S.A. See you next week.