Your Invitation to Mission Chapter Toastmasters’ September 9, 2014 Meeting

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This week is our Evaluation Contest, with club members vying for a spot to represent Mission Chapter at the Area Contest being held on Saturday, September 20.  Come out and see how it’s done!!  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 Chair: Wayne
Judge: Ron
Counter: Grace
Timer: Mary Jo
Speaker: Jennifer
Evaluators: Christine, Cindy, Hanna, Himani, Larry, Lili, and Melisa are signed up, but the contest is open to anyone that would like to participate.
September 2, 2014 Meeting Notes
The theme of the meeting was “Work.” We had a great turnout for this meeting! There were 19 people at the meeting including new guests Caitlin, Brian and Julie, and returning guests Mary, Alyce, and Ruth!
Toastmaster: Grace

Hanna’s speaking tip was to know your material. You need to keep in mind that you’ll very likely know more about the topic than your audience, so try not to cram too much information into a presentation.

Dave scoured Webster’s to find an interesting and challenging word of the day with “repugn,” which means “to contend against or oppose.”


Wayne reprised his Humorous Speech contest entry, “The Cure for Senior Moments,” as a practice run in preparation for a contest at another club.  Good Luck Wayne!

Christine provided club members with information about Toastmasters’ various speaking certification tracks in her speech, “TI Educational Program.” Christine provided an overview of the program, and reminded us about the value of setting, and achieving, goals.

Alyce gave her Ice Breaker, describing her career with Boeing, and the people and events that brought her to Santa Barbara, including her son and retirement. One of her bucket list goals was to get back into Toastmasters after a hiatus of several years, and now she’s back! Great job Alyce!!

Liz did a fantastic job leading table topics, with participation from many attendees.

Mary Jo’s Rooney expressed the frustration of grocery store product placement practices of putting the sugary/salty/expensive/fattening things on the middle shelves within easy reach of everyone. The healthier and less expensive items are typically on the very top and very bottom shelves, presenting a problem for the “vertically challenged,” and people that have physical problems that make it difficult to get up and down.

Awardmaster was Lili

The award for Best Table Topics went to Ruth for her story about her achievement in developing a new music program early in her teaching career.

Himani scored the Best Evaluator award (again!) for her review of Christine’s speech.

Alyce was awarded Best Speaker for her Ice Breaker.

Grace reminded club members that dues are due – please give her cash or a check by the end of September.

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