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Friday, April 21, 2017

Sandy Springs Toastmasters 4-20 Meeting Recap

Please review the roles below for Speak Up Sandy Springs  4/27 Toastmasters meeting and confirm with Anastasia Pass or Jim Owen if you can fill your role or want to volunteer to fill one!  Hope to see you there!
TM: Jim Owen
TT: No Table Topics for this week's meeting!
Speakers: Alan Magee, Bud Otto, Michael McConnell, Anastasia Pass
Evaluators: Paige Kerr, Crystal Reeves, need one or two more
Ti/V: Ralston Medouze
Ah/Gr: Lisa Borowsky
GE: Andrea Miranda
Word &/or Joke: John Calloway

4/30 Meeting Recap:

Our faithful Sergeant-at-Arms, Bud Otto, opened the meeting with the pledge.  VPE/TMAnastasia Pass, reviewed the roles for the day and reminded everyone about several TM items:  April 29th Storytelling Seminar & District Conference in Midtown, May 12-13 If interested, contact Anastasia or google on Toastmasters.org; She also mentioned upcoming club officer nominations and voting for new slate of officers for Sandy Springs Club - If you have any interest in serving as a Sandy Springs Toastmasters Officer for 2017-18, please contact Anastasia or Alan.  Lastly, Anastasia announced that at the 4/27 meeting we will have 4 speeches from the officers from either the Better Speaker Series or Successful Club Series.  It will be a fun and informative meeting for sure.

Guests Sean Dane-Kellog and Brian Hocieniec arrived and introduced themselves and looking forward to seeing them again. They were good sports participating in the Table Topics and gave us very candid feedback at the end of the meeting.  It was a pleasure to meet them.

Word of the day from Melinda Schmitt was "reiterate".  Bummer that no one successfully used during the meeting but hopefully did during the week.

Anastasia turned the meeting over to Table Topics Master, Bud Otto, who gave each member and guest a choice of an acronym or a slogan to work their magical response on.  We learned that acronyms are particularly challenging for this but guest, David Kulze, rose to the occasion and won the award with his response to the acronym, S.C.U.B.A.  Instead of what you would expect, David explained that SCUBA was a new shorthand to be used in texts or twitters meaning "Saturday Can U Be At..."  It was a really fun Table Topics session.

We broke for coffee as usual, but for now we've decided to not have members go to the expense of bringing coffee.  Instead, the club is either going to bring coffee to be used in the Campbell Stone brewers or Campbell Stone will provide the coffee.  If we provide, no cost to members.  If Campbell Stone coffee, anyone who drinks a cup just needs to chip in 50 cents to cover Campbell Stone cost.

Crystal Reeves stepped up to be Evaluator for the only Speaker of the day, Paige Kerr.  This was Paige's 6th speech "Vocal Variety" project, entitled "If I Were Miss America", in which per usual, Paige entertained us with her amusing and intriguing book report on Pillars of Earth by Ken Follet. As always, Crystal provided Paige with positive and insightful feedback on the strengths and what she liked about her presentation.  Paige Kerr won Best Speaker and Crystal Reeves won Best Evaluator. 

Jeremiah Jones, the GE for the day, was surprised with a gift card from the club, wishing him all the best on not only the upcoming birth of his first child but also on his finals next week at Mercer! Jeremiah then gave a very substantive overview of the meeting overall and suggested that all members and guests watch the Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy entitled "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are".

Next meeting is 4/27. See you then~

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