Your Invitation to Mission Chapter Toastmasters’ August 5, 2014 Meeting

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The theme of this week’s meeting is “Listen.” Bring a guest, or here is your invitation to come as a guest (no need to RSVP, just show up). Guests can invite guests too. Here is the link for location and time.
Toastmaster: Larry
Joke: Hanna
Speaking Tip: Ron
Word of the Day: Surya
Ah Counter: Hanna
Timer: Grace
Speakers: Cindy, Mary Jo, Ron
Table Topics: Dave
General Evaluator: Christine
Evaluators: Open, Liz, Wayne
Rooney: Lili
Awardmaster: Subha
July 29, 2014 Meeting Notes
The theme of the meeting was “Cats and Dogs.” Mary Jo was our Presiding Officer. There were 13 people at the meeting.
Toastmaster: Ron
Jokemaster: Liz told a series of cat jokes, closing with a personal story about a rag doll cat’s reign of terror.
Speaking Tip: Christine addressed the challenge of making transitions during a speech. Her suggestion? Use questions to transition between points – this will engage the audience by embedding a call to action within speech. Christine gave us some examples of how to do this.
Word of the Day: Cindy – Intrepid – fearless and adventurous
Tuesday’s meeting was extra special with THREE ice breaker speeches from Surya, Subha and Hanna!
In his ice breaker speech, Surya shared stories about his bi-coastal childhood in New Jersey and California, including time in Goleta, and a move to India in his early teen years. His time in India made him come to appreciate what he has and to focus on his goals. He found that while change may be very difficult and not always fun, it shapes who you and helps you learn about yourself and become stronger.
Subha’s ice breaker described transitions she has made in her life: growing up in India, coming to the U.S. to complete her doctorate in physics, and creating her family and career.  Now that her kids are in college, Subha is looking forward to her next transition.
Hanna gave the third ice breaker speech of the evening. We learned that Hanna grew up near San Diego, and had a very happy childhood – with the exception trash day!  After graduating from UCSB, Hanna has done very well in the insurance business, and is now contemplating her next career move.  
Rooney: New Carpinteria resident, Christine, is discovering the joys of commuting between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, finding that 3 p.m. southbound rush hour is consistent – even on Saturday and Sunday.
Awardmaster: Mary Jo
Speaker: All of our “ice breakers” were honored with an award for outstanding speeches.
Liz took the Table Topics award for her description of Pilgrim, a cat that won over the family despite nighttime toe attacks.
The Best Evaluator for the evening was Grace, for her evaluation of Surya’s ice breaker.

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