Your Invitation to Mission Chapter Toastmasters June 23, 2015 Meeting

The theme for Mission Chapter’s 1,808th meeting will be “Inquiry.” 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.
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Toastmaster: Kristina

Joke: Wayne

Speaking Tip: Open

Speakers: Laura, Christine, Grace

Table Topics: Mary Jo

General Evaluator: Open

Evaluators: Ron, Alyce, Lili

Word of the Day: Matt

Ah Counter: Fred

Timer: Open

Awardmaster: Open

Rooney: Open

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June 16, 2015 Meeting Notes
The theme of the meeting was “Summer Solstice”  Mary Jo was our Presiding Officer. We had 17 in attendance including guests Jennifer, Cedar and Alex, and returning guests Annie, Matt and Iken.
 
Toastmaster: Mary Jo
Word of the Day: Kristina gave us “ebullient.”
Speaking Tip: Christine reminded us that eye contact is very important for speeches, and gave us some tips to help establish eye contact during a speech.
 
Speakers: 
  • In the speech, “A Great Business Course,” Wayne told the club about a class he recently took that provided entrepreneurs with guidance about starting a business. Wayne highlighted a few interesting items that he learned that will be helpful to him as he begins his own business venture.
  • Holly’s speech, “Custom Tailored Change,” was inspired by the book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing” by Bronnie Ware. In her speech, Holly shared those five regrets, and reminded all of us that life is short, we need to figure out what is really important to us and make changes necessary to focus on those things.
  • Ron recounted his very first “almost” speaking engagement and his subsequent career in Toastmasters in “Cast of Thousands.” Ron was sure he was going to die if he had to speak in front of a group, and joined Toastmasters shortly after that, in 1996. Although he found Toastmasters incredibly uncomfortable for quite some time, and often thought about quitting, he persevered. Support from club members and practice enabled him to become the outstanding speaker and mentor that he is today.  
Awardmaster: Christine
  • Best Table Topics went to Cindy for her comments about why it is pathetic that many people don’t use all the paid vacation time that they get from their employer.
  • Kristina won the award for Best Evaluator for her evaluation of Ron’s speech.
  • The award for Best Speaker went to Holly for her powerful speech about keeping your perspective in life and remembering what is really important at the end of the day.

Ron’s rooney was an issue that we all struggle with, opening those darned sealed plastic packages. They seem to be designed to make it as difficult, and potentially painful, as possible to open! 

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