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

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This week’s theme is “Shopping.” 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.
REMEMBER!!!  Meetings on December 9 and 16th will begin at 6:30 p.m., ending at 7:50 p.m. We will not be holding meetings December 23 or 30. We will resume our usual meeting time of 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6.
Please join us for Mission Chapter’s annual Holiday Party on December 16. We will be sharing holiday memories and exchanging White Elephant gifts while enjoying a potluck dinner of pizza and other tasty treats!  Everyone is welcome – members, guests, spouses, kids!!
Toastmaster: Grace
Joke: Open
Speaking Tip: Lili
Speakers: Sol, Christine, Mary Jo
Table Topics: Alyce
General Evaluator: Stephanie
Evaluators: Wayne, Larry, Open
Word of the Day: Stephanie
Ah Counter: Stephanie
Timer: Open
Awardmaster: Open
Rooney: Dave
December 2, 2014 Meeting Notes
The theme of the meeting was “Spontaneity vs Preparation.”  Mary Jo was the Presiding Officer. There were 7 people at the meeting.
Speaking Tip: Mary Jo reminded us to consider the room that we’ll be speaking in. Think about it ahead of time, and also arrive a bit early to check on acoustics, stage setup, another details so that you are comfortable when you arrive for your presentation. 
Cindy’s speech, from the Interpretive Reading manual, was “The Ghost of Christmas Present,” an excerpt from Charles Dickens’  classic story, “A Christmas Carol.” The story related the tale of Scrooge’s visit by the Ghost of Christmas Present.
In her speech, “Oh No, Am I a Workaholic?” Lili shared her recent realization that work was taking over her life. After serious research via Google, Lili confirmed her suspicion and found some tips for workaholics to overcome their work addiction and put some perspective in their lives.
Mary Jo’s speech, also from the Interpretive Reading manual, was the Dr. Seuss story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Mary Jo channeled her inner voices to give us a dramatic reading of the popular Christmas story.
Word of the Day: Cindy gave us Argle-bargle, a real word that IS in Webster’s, and means copious but meaningless talk or writing, a term that she hopes will never be used to describe her meeting notes!
Awardmaster: Stephanie
 – Best Speaker award went to Mary Jo for her VERY animated reading of the story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
 – Ron won Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Mary Jo’s speech.
 – The award for Best Table Topics went Lili for her tale of the spontaneous creativity she summoned last Christmas when her oven broke in the midst of turkey preparation. If anyone is interested in learning how to steam a turkey on a stove, just drop Lili a note!
Ron’s Rooney lamented what he termed “Christmas Effluvient” created by retailers rushing the Christmas season. Putting out Christmas decorations early, and playing holiday music before Thanksgiving is even over! And all the songs are about snow, which we don’t even have here in SB!   

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