Your Invitation to Mission Chapter Toastmasters’ October 7, 2014 Meeting

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This week’s theme is “Toys.” 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: Grace
Joke: Open
Speaking Tip: Larry
Speakers: Liz, Ron, Mary Jo
Table Topics: Stephanie
General Evaluator: Azim
Evaluators: Himani, Dave, Wayne
Word of the Day: Open
Ah Counter: Lili
Timer: Cindy
Awardmaster: Open
Rooney: Sol
September 30, 2014 Meeting Notes
The theme of the meeting was “Aunts and Ants.”  Mary Jo was the Presiding Officer. There were 12 people at the meeting.
Toastmaster: Larry regaled us with useful information about ants, such as the origin of the word, going way back to ancient times. Most people probably didn’t know that there was a Sanskrit word for “ants.”
Speaking Tip:  Himani reminded club members to come to the meeting prepared, and if you find that you cannot attend a meeting where you have signed up for a role, you should contact the someone at the club so they can assign your role to someone else. This preparation will help get the meeting off to a timely start. (As a side note – you can contact the Toastmaster for the meeting and/or Club Secretary Cindy if you find that you need to miss a meeting where you are expected to perform a role)
Word of the Day: Cindy provided “wheedle,” which most members managed to fit into the meeting – even as Cindy was presenting reports at the close of the meeting.
Wayne will be Area E3 in the division humor contestant, giving his presentation “A Cure for Senior Moments.” He presented his speech again for practice and to obtain suggestions for improvement from other members.Grace’s speech, “Embarrassment,” reminded us that everyone does things that are embarrassing, but these events are typically bigger in our own minds than they are to others.Mary Jo’s speech, “How to Sell a Book,” was a role play in which Mary Jo demonstrated her sales skills in selling a book about hiking to Larry.

Alyce’s brought a new spin to Table Topics by asking members to create a story, or at least a sentence using homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings.

Liz’s Rooney bemoaned the supermarket practice of moving things around frequently. This is not an accident, Research has shown that when stores move items around customers end up buying more because they come across “new” items (to them at least) that they are compelled to purchase. Liz‘s solution? Create a group effort to protest and get these stores to stop this practice!

Awardmaster: Liz

Best Table Topics went to Ron for his story around homophones pray and prey, where he prayed that his Jack Russell terrier wouldn’t prey on skunks.

Cindy received Best evaluator for her evaluation of Grace’s speech.

Best Speaker when to Grace for her observations about what embarrasses people, and how this can be a positive.


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