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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sandy Springs 7/19 Toastmasters Meeting Recap and July 26th Roles

Sandy Springs Toastmasters Meeting Recap for 7/19/18
Bud Otto, our Sergeant-at-Arms, called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance. We had a group of 9 members and 2 guests. Everyone was glad to see Bud back as he was out for several weeks recuperating from hip surgery.
Our club president, Paige Kerr, gave opening remarks and welcomed our guests Fran Cadden and Duane Humphrey. Paige had them tell us a little bit about themselves and answer in a few words why they wanted to do Toastmasters. Fran said she is recently semi-retired, had always wanted to come to Toastmasters and came to the meeting at the urging of her granddaughter who said: “go for it!”. As for Duane, he told us that this was not his first Toastmasters’ meeting; In fact, he used to be a member of our own Sandy Springs Toastmasters club. He will be joining our club again and attending our weekly meetings. Paige then went on to introduce our Toastmaster of the day, Chris Ashkouti.
Chris presented a great theme for the meeting: Be courageous and step outside of your comfort zone. Afterward, the word of the day was given by Sharon Reid, Pensive, which means thoughtful and reflective.
Chris called on Magdalena Raj who was the table topics master of the day. Magdalena had us step into a world of fantasy and mythology.  Questions such as “Mercury is the Roman messenger God known for his winged sandals- they move at lightning speed. If you had them for a day, where would you travel to?” and “Harry Potter had an invisibility coak help him. Spiderman had super strength and those cool webs. You can borrow one for a day, which would you use and why?”.  The best table topics answer, however, went to Sharon Reid, our newest member! She was asked which future Disney princess she’d like to be: Cinderella, who had to be a servant to her stepmother and stepsister or Rapunzel, who was locked away in a tower deep in the woods from when she was a little girl. Sharon, answered by saying that she would rather be Cinderella because Cinderella learned to be of service, therefore, she’d be humble when she became a princess.
The group took a brief 7-minute coffee break then resumed the meeting. Etsehiwot Ezra gave her 5th speech in 5 months titled “Lessons learned from my double injury”.  She talked about how the back to back injuries she sustained a year ago taught her to do everything in moderation, to stop and smell the roses, and that the come back was so much sweeter.  There was only one speaker, therefore, we quickly moved to the speech evaluation portion which was done by Duane. The members were so glad to see Duane again! He provided Etsehiwot an insightful evaluation.
Paige Kerr gave us a brief overview of a presentation she had to give on August 15th representing Sandy Springs Toastmasters to an association of engineers and architects. She solicited feedback from the members about presenting on overcoming one’s anxiety in public speaking. Paige reviewed the schedule for next week in the absence of the Vice President of Education, Una Richards.
Chris evaluated the meeting and the meeting was adjourned.
See below for the assignments and open roles!
Roles for Thursday 7/26/2018
·         Sargeant at Arms: Bud Otto
·         Toastmaster: Jim Owen
·         Table Topics: Crystal Reeves
·         Speaker 1: Etsehiwot Ezra
·         Speaker 2: Paige Kerr
·         Ah/Gr: Open
·         Ti/V: Open
·         Word: Magdalena Raj
·         Joke: Open

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