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Friday, March 9, 2018

Sandy Springs 3-8 Toastmaster Mtg Recap & Upcoming Roles

Hello All:
Please review the assigned roles below for the 3/15 meeting and please confirm your availability asap but no later than Sunday, March 11.  Thanks in advance!  PLEASE: Remember to bring your communication and leadership manuals to every meeting and have an officer sign off on your speeches and leadership roles!!!  The meeting Recap follows the role assignments. 

3-15 Roles:
TM - Colbi Ellison
TT - Una Richards
Speakers - Bud Otto, Chris Ashkouti
Evaluators - Crystal Reeves, Jim Owen
Ah/Gr - Alan Magee
Ti/V - Anastasia Pass

SPEAKERS FOR 3/22 Meeting: Colbi Ellison & Steve Bragg

Recap:
If you weren't there today, you missed another great meeting!  Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sergeant-At-Arms, Bud Otto, the President, Anastasia Pass, introduced the theme of the day - Springtime.  She welcomed guests and invited Area Director, Kerin Lester, to say a few words about the new TM Pathways program which will be officially rolled out in our club on May 15 of this year.  We are in the process of scheduling a Pathways Ambassador to make an introductory presentation to our group prior to that date.  Anastasia also updated everyone on the recovery of member, Alex Brinkman, from his broken femur, asking all to continue to keep him in thoughts and prayers.  His full recovery will likely take a full year.  Kerin Lester pointed out that with the new Pathways program, Alex could actually do a presentation from his computer while he's recuperating in Ohio!

Anastasia turned the meeting over to TM of the day, Alan Magee, who told us a story of how he was so happy to successfully apply all he's learned from being in Toastmasters to a lunch and learn presentation he ended up at the last minute having to make.  Alan reviewed all the roles and invited Bud Otto to present the word of the day: Hubris, a noun meaning arrogance, high-level of egotism.  Table Topics Master, Anastasia Pass,  challenged members and guests to series of questions related to the theme of "new" - new starts, new thoughts, new actions - all in alignment with Spring.  There was a tie for Best Table Topics between Bud Otto and Andrea Miranda.  Bud's answer was to hike the Appalachian Trail to a question about what is one new thing that he would like to pursue.  Andrea's question was do you think you fear or embrace change.  She said that depended on what the change was but closed with a story about a clunker of a car she became particularly fond of after initial resistance and therefore, concluded she embraces change!

First Speaker was Paige Kerr, giving her 8th speech project - using visual aids.  The title of her speech was "My Tenth Year".  The first visual aid she used was the American flag, leading us all to believe we were going to hear a patriotic speech.  But, oh contraire, the American flag was her clever way to transition into how saying the Pledge of Allegiance at her very first TM meeting transported her back to 5th grade and being 10.  Other visual aids she used were a photo of President Nixon, a scar on her chin, a photo of Pappagallo shoes and a teeny tiny leather skirt she wore back in 5th grade.

Second Speaker was Colbi Ellison whose speech was called "Should college athletes be paid?" He packed into three minutes a very thought-provoking argument about the issue of a corrupt NCAA that brings in about a billion dollars on March Madness and why he feels that the work force that brings in that revenue should be paid.  He left us with a challenge to visit #justpaythekids and decide for ourselves.

David Kulze evaluated Paige's speech with solid feedback and Una Richards provided keen insights to Colbi for his speech.  Paige won Best Speaker and David won Best Evaluator.

Many thanks to all members for filling all the roles and to the guests for participating in table topics.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, 7:00am sharp! 

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