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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sandy Springs Toastmasters January 9 Meeting Recap and January 16 Role Assignments

Sergeant at Arms, Bud Otto, called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Club President, Una Richards welcomed us back from our holiday break. This is our first meeting of the new year and Una shared that one of her goals was to start living! This proved to be a great overall theme for the meeting.

Important News
Una also reminded the officers of the Toastmasters Leadership Training on Saturday, January 11 from 8 to 4 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead. Officer attendance is an important goal to meet in order to achieve Distinguished Club status. 

Kurt Hirshman has also stepped up to fill the Vice President of Public Relations role. Thank you Kurt! A member for only a few months, Kurt has already delivered several speeches and participated in many different roles. 

Vice President, Andy Kallenberg, reminded us that goals for the club also include member participation in Pathways and, as a part of that, giving speeches as well as taking on roles in each meeting. To that end, PLEASE take a look at the schedule that Andy has planned for the next six weeks and let him know if you have any scheduling conflicts right away!

Meeting Recap
Crystal Reeves served as Toastmaster. In addition to Table Topics, led by member, Paige Kerr, we had two informative speeches. Colbi Ellison delivered a speech on what he learned from the presentation that he practiced several times for this group which he then delivered to a non-profit organization. Colbi offered very helpful tips for us as Toastmasters such as presenting to another club, practicing dealing with distractions, speaking informally with the audience beforehand and be willing to let go of something you planned in order to meet the needs of the audience.

Magdalena Raj delivered an interesting and thought-provoking speech on the impact of quantum changes. She deftly took a highly complex topic and concept and applied it to how our behaviors and responses can change things at a quantum level.   

Andy evaluated Colbi's speech and Kurt Hirshman evaluated Magdalena's. Magdalena won for Best Speaker, Andy won for Best Evaluator while Anastasia Pass and Steve Bragg shared bragging rights for Best Table Topics!

Andy reviewed next week’s roles:
January 16 roles:
Toastmaster: Master: Andy Kallenberg - confirmed
Table Topics – Jim Owen - confirmed
Speaker 1: Kurt Hirshmanconfirmed
Speaker 2: Una Richards - confirmed
Evaluator 1: Magdalena Raj - confirmed
Evaluator 2: Paige Kerr - confirmed
Ah/Gr: Open
Ti/V: Open
Word: Open
Joke: Open

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