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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sandy Springs 5-25 Toastmasters Meeting Recap

President, Alan Magee, introduced Marianne Gudina, our Club's Area Director and invited her to say a few words.  Marianne congratulated us on being a steady and diligent club who have achieved 5 of the 10 TM goals.  She also gave a quick snapshot of the new Pathways program that TM International will be rolling out to our Region in December.  For more info, go to this link.  Marianne also mentioned that the next training sessions for new officers will be July 15.

Alan proceeded with the election of our 2017-18 Officers.  Jim Owen will continue as the Treasurer; Bud Otto as Sergeant-at-Arms; Anastasia Pass was elected President and Ralston Medouze will be VP of Public Relations.  Offices remaining to be filled are the VP of Education, the VP of Membership and Secretary/Co-VPE.  We are still looking for members who are interested in these roles. All offices must be filled before June 30 as the term of office begins July 1.  Please contact Anastasia Pass or Alan Magee if interested. Your time and talent is invaluable to the success of our club!

The meeting was then turned over to TM, Crystal Reeves, who welcomed our 2 guests, Krista Cutcliff and Gelisa Beard. Reza Shah gave us a very interesting Word of the Day - "memoriter". Table Topics Master, Ralston Medouze, challenged all comers to a question related to several obscure holidays celebrated in May, e.g. Favorite Beverage Day, National Chocolate Chip Day & Star Wars Day.  David Kulze won for his matter-of-fact response to an Escargot Day question.  David gave us the sage advice that we should try snails because they just taste like butter and garlic vs. trying crunchy and dry chicken feet.

Our first speaker, Reza Shah, gave his 4th speech entitled "Why Ben Carson Should Come to TM". With dry humor, he gave a commentary on Ben Carson's speech delivery methods and how they drastically fall short of TM standards.  Alan Magee's speech from the Storytelling series, was entitled "Forbidden Love".  He kept the intrigue going in his opening sentences and then confessed that alas, that forbidden love is coffee.  He described how he came to love coffee so much and all the wonderful things about it.  Bud Otto and Anastasia Pass told the speakers what they liked about their presentations and how they might strengthen them.  Alan won Best Speaker and Anastasia won Best Evaluator.  For being her first time as GE, Melinda Schmitt gave a very succinct and positive overview of the entire meeting, as well as suggestions of what we might do to improve our meeting. The guests gave us candid and encouraging remarks about how much they enjoyed their visit to our club.  We invite them to return and join.  Their contributions will be valued and appreciated just as all of our current members are.  Thank you to everyone who filled a role this week.  Just a quick reminder to bring your manuals to the next meeting so that we can give you credit for the leadership roles you filled and help you achieve your Competent Communicator and Competent Leader goals.

Happy Memorial Day!  Be sure to take time to honor and thank all those who gave their lives for our freedom and all the men and women who are serving and sacrificing today. God bless you all.

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