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Monday, May 22, 2017

Sandy Springs 5/18 Toastmasters Meeting Recap

President, Alan Magee, announced that our club achieved Distinguished Club recognition and need one more member to earn Competent Communicator or Competent Leader by 6/30 for us to achieve Select Distiguished.  Also reminded all that elections would be coming up on 5/25/17.

Alan turned the meeting over to Toastmaster, Andrea Miranda, who kicked things off by calling up Anastasia Pass for word of the day, "piquant", and Crystal Reeves for joke of the day about "Death & Taxes".  Table Topics Master was Darbie Saunders,  Since Darbie's son is turning two years old, the set of questions she cleverly created centered around all things birthday related, e.g. Pinterest - when planning for a birthday is it a blessing or a curse?  Party Favors - for or against?  What's the key to party planning?  Jim Owen won Best Table Topics for his response to how he celebrated his birthday when he was young. He had us all laughing as he humorously told us that he was a twin whose mother dressed his brother and him alike, especially on their birthdays and he blamed who he is today to some degree on what he referred to as this "warped childhood".

Our only speaker was Melinda Schmitt who gave her 4th speech entitled "I Choose To Cruise" in which she described the best facets of cruising and what has made her such a passionate fan.  Paige Kerr offered Melinda thoughtful and positive feedback on content, structure and presentation.

Before closing the meeting, Alan again reviewed the primary roles of the officers that we will be electing:  President, (serve a liaison with District, and oversee organization of club along with VPE and CFO); Vice President of Education (maintain schedule in Google Docs and bring copies to meetings, write and post weekly recaps in Google Groups and encourage members to earn their CC, CL and Advanced achievements); and Vice President of Marketing/Membership (monitor and devise methods of marketing our club and driving membership thru social media, special events, etc). There was some discussion which is to be continued, about electing Co-VPEs to split up the workload. Please contact Alan Magee, Anastasia Pass, Bud Otto or Jim Owen if you would either like to nominate someone for one of these leadership positions or if you are interested in running!  Elections will be held either 5/25 or at the latest, June 1st.

Many thanks to all the members who pitched in their time and talent and to our guest, Rosa Field, for getting us all together for a photo!
Photo L-R:  Guest, Rosa Field; President, Alan Magee; Paige Kerr; Darbie Saunders; VPE, Anastasia Pass; CFO, Jim Owen; Crystal Reeves; David Kulze; Melinda Schmitt; Reza Shah; Sergeant-At-Arms, Bud Otto; 

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