Your Invitation to Mission Chapter Toastmasters March 31, 2015 Meeting

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This week’s theme is “Duct Tape.” 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.
Mission Chapter will be putting together a gift basket for the raffle at the upcoming Division Contest on April 11th. If you feel inspired to contribute a chocolate bar, truffles, chocolate cookies or anything else in this family of “food” please bring it to this meeting.
Toastmaster: Ron
Joke: Open
Speaking Tip:  Cindy
Speakers: Wayne, Kristina, Christine
Table Topics: Alyce
General Evaluator: Cindy
Evaluators: Mary Jo, Grace, Sol
Word of the Day: Open
Ah Counter: Azim
Timer: Azim
Awardmaster: Open
Rooney: Fred
Division contest is April 11, check in at 10:00 a.m., speeches begin at 11:00 a.m. Please let Mary Jo know if you plan to attend as we are looking for judges.
March 3, 2015 Meeting Notes
The theme of the meeting was “Nowrooz – New Day.”  There were 12 people at the meeting, including guest Matt.  Welcome to our newest Mission Chapter member, Fred!! 
Toastmaster: Azim

Speaking Tip: Wayne outlined a standard format for composing and delivering speeches, which centers on keeping things simple. Wayne has some upcoming speeches where he will elaborate on this topic.

Liz’s Word of the Day was vernal, which means of or related to Spring.

  • Mary Jo‘s speech, “Organizing Your Speech,” offered several tips to keep in mind when creating a speech. She described the Rule of Three: focusing on three points in the speech rather than trying to cover 5 or 6 ideas. She suggested creating an outline for the speech, and when filling in the outline – start from the middle!  Figure out what you want to say, and build from there. Remember to use anecdotes and humor to gain and keep the audience’s attention!
  • Alyce delivered a dramatic rendering of the story of Henny Penny’s efforts to warn the King that the sky was falling to illustrate the perils of misplaced trust in her speech, “Who Can You Trust?”
  • In his speech, “Add More Oomph!” Sol related his impressions of the recent area Tall Tales contest, noting that some of the stories could have been “bigger,” more dramatic and outlandish. Sol gave some examples of speeches from his lengthy tenure in Toastmasters  to illustrate his point.
Awardmaster was Cindy
  • The award for Best Speaker went to Alyce for her speech about using caution when trusting people.
  • Ron received the award for Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Alyce‘s speech.
  • The Best Tabletopics award went to Liz for her description of what she likes to do in the Spring.

Ron’s Rooney bemoaned the horrible music played at his local Trader Joe’s. Ron has come to believe that there is a conspiracy afoot – Trader Joe’s employees see him coming and put on particularly awful music.


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