- Theme: Reunions
- Toastmaster: Donna G
- Word of Day: Blindside
- Guests: Daniel S. (visiting Toastmaster), Elizabeth S. (returning guest)
- New member: Cynthia K
- First timer: Tim S (Topic Master)
- Best Table Topics: Elizabeth S.
- Most Improved: Amy G
- Best Evaluator: John W
- Best Speaker: Terry H, “Union of Pirates”
Visiting Toastmaster Daniel Steenerson presented his winning District 5 Central Division International Speech, “Rock Star.” Daniel will be competing in the International Speech Contest during the Spring Conference on April 30 2016. Good luck Daniel!
- Theme: Elvis Presley Live
- Toastmaster: Terry H
- Word of Day: Nostalgic
- Guests: Cynthia K (returning guest & visiting Toastmaster), Jill B (visiting Toastmaster), Laurie S (visiting Toastmaster), Augusta (returning guest), Mona (visiting ESL student), Jaimide (visiting ESL student)
- Best Table Topics: Laurie S (guest)
- Most Improved: Annie J
- Best Evaluator: Annie J
- Best Speaker: Nancy J, “This could be you: A roadmap to aging”
Nancy J brought two of her English as a Second Language (ESL) students to our meeting. What better way to learn to speak and listen than through Toastmasters? Nancy will be leaving for Maine in May, but will return again in the fall. We will miss her!
Visiting Toastmaster Jill Badonsky presented her winning District 5 Southern Division Humorous Speech, “There Ain’t No Ballerinas in Hip Hop.” Jill will represent our Southern Division in the District 5 Humorous Speech Contest during the Spring Conference on April 30 2016. Good luck Jill!
This week featured special guest-star Toastmaster Kara D with a theme of “Shine”! And shine is what we did, with Word-of-the-Day “Selfie”, a previous Word-of-the-Year winner from the Oxford English Dictionary.
John S glowed as Topicsmaster as he asked members to share their experiences with immunizations, rainfall, pictures you wish you hadn’t taken, stand-up paddle boards (adroitly avoided by Mark Imhoff), and Santa Ana winds.
For prepared speeches John W (me) started off with a contest for using Social Media to promote Toastmasters. After a long hiatus, returning Toastmaster Casey DeLorme transformed from man-about-town into a married father as he delivered a professional speech he is preparing. This was followed up by Alan H with “Managing Your Paradoxes”. (Alan, I still say that even one of your slides would make a full advanced manual speech. You just have too much interesting information for one speech.)
Best Table Topics: Dorinda M (guest and returning Toastmaster)
Best Evaluator: Lynn P
Most Improved: Megan S
Best Speaker: Casey DeLorme (also a returning Toastmaster)
On April 29, our guest speaker Norbert Haupt gave a speech called I’m a Bookstore Mooch. CEO by day, and Blooger and Artist by night, he enjoys writing book and movie reviews and describes himself as critical thinker who often writes on current issues as well.
Many of you asked for his website. Since he also wrote a blog on his visit to Toastmasters, I thought I’d pass on the website to you. Take a look, and drop a note, or visit the rest of the website.
Thanks again for welcoming him as our Guest Speaker. Next week, Jim Tucker, winner of the Area 12 Contest will be giving us his speech. You don’t want to miss this meeting, nor the opportunity to learn from a world class speaker!
And of course, don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 27 when Sheryl Roush comes to our club with her Sparkle Presentations workshop.