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Friday, May 25, 2018

Sandy Springs 5-24 Toastmasters Meeting Recap

May 24 Meeting Recap:
After our Sergeant-at-Arms, Bud Otto, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, our President, Anastasia Pass, asked if all would consider serving as an officer for our club in the coming year.  You can either nominate yourself or be nominated.  Elections will be on 6/7.  If you cannot attend the meeting on 6/7, we will let you know the candidates so that you can let us know your vote.  She also encouraged everyone to educate themselves on Pathways since we are now eligible to begin using this new program. (Optional for members who joined before 5/15. Mandatory for those who join after 5/15.)

Toastmaster, Chris Ashkouti established the theme of the day - Life is short and we must try not to take our relationships for granted.  Parents of good friends of his were driving to vacation destination when they were in a very bad car accident.  The mother is good but the father has a long journey ahead.  So he encouraged all of us, especially over the upcoming weekend, to slow down, text, call or visit your loved ones and tell them you love them right now.  Chris then introduced E Ezra to conduct Table Topics.

E decided to lead us on a journey of well-planned questions all related to Travel.  Questions ranged from "if you had to pick a theme cruise to go on, what theme would you pick?", "if you had unlimited budget, where would you go and who would you take with you?".  Chris Ashkouti won for his response to "What is your fondest memory of traveling with your father?"  His answer was his father isn't the easiest person to travel with because he has a hard time relaxing.  But, he continued, what he'd really like to see in regards to travel would be a new travel dating app that could link up singles with singles real-time while they were onboard the plane!  This was E's first time as Table Topics and pulled off like a pro!

Mitch Reiner gave his 2nd speech entitled 20/80 rule.  It was a thought-provoking topic about how it would be good if politicians (and people in general) could begin working together on the 20% that they agree on rather than the 80% they differ on.  He supported his idea by first pointing out how Nathan Deal and Kasim Reed were polar opposites and yet because they first focused on what their similarities were, together they were able to achieve several goals that were of great value to Georgians.  David Kulze gave an insightful evaluation.

Bud Otto's speech had the same title as the book "You Buy, You Die, It Pays". It was a story filled with many colorful word pictures about the timeline and transitions in his insurance career.  Alan Magee provided Bud substantive feedback.

Congratulations to Mitch Reiner who won Best Speaker and David Kulze for Best Evaluator. 

Let's all remember the true reason for Memorial Day.  Visit a cemetery. Thank a soldier for their service. Keep all of our military families in your prayers!

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