Your Invitation to Mission Chapter Toastmasters’ August 26, 2014 Meeting
The theme of the meeting is “Humor!” Tuesday’s meeting is our annual Humorous Speech contest! 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/Contest Chairperson: Cindy Judges: Grace and Ron Timer: Mary Jo Speakers: Larry, Lili, Wayne, Subha, Melisa It’s our annual speech contest and while we have several members signed up for speeches, we encourage EVERYONE to come to the meeting with a funny story. These don’t need to be long, 3-5 minutes is perfect. Just enough time to talk about the time that the cat chased your dog up a tree, or when you were abducted by aliens and taken to another universe where your were forced to explain the logic behind the U.S. election system…or you can just make something up. It will be an especially entertaining meeting – please join us!! —– August 19, 2014 Meeting Notes The theme of the meeting was “Hometown.” Mary Jo was our Presiding Officer. There were 11 people at the meeting. Toastmaster was Ron Joke Master Wayne amused us with a story about the way married couples’ communications change as they grow old together. Melisa issued a challenge to the club with her word of the day, “loam,” which is a type of soil that is especially good for plants to grow in. Speakers: Sol shared some useful information about writing in his speech, “Breaking up is Good to Do.” Sol spent many years in advertising and sales, and provided the club with tips about how to write copy to get, and keep, people’s attention. In preparation for our upcoming Humorous Speech Contest, Larry got the club involved in his speech about how people perceive humor, and the role that culture and politics can play. Mary Jo’s speech, “Sleeping Around,” was a collection of horror stories about guest accommodations in a variety of locations, including her son’s home! Wayne took a novel approach to table topics at this meeting that tested everyone’s ability to improvise. He started a story, and each club member added a few sentences to the story before handing it off to the next person. Mary Jo’s Rooney expressed her distress when restaurants change menus, or worse – have the nerve to go out of business! She has been very effective at reversing change in some cases. After throwing a small tantrum at The Habit, the restaurant put their chocolate shake on the menu. Undoubtedly to avoid further embarrassing displays from other chocolohics! Awardmaster was Liz Cindy received the Best Tabletopics award for her ending to Wayne’s tabletopics story. The Best Evaluator award went to Himani for her evaluation of Mary Jo’s speech. Mary Jo was awarded Best Speaker for her treatise on pathetic living conditions forced upon travelers.