Jerry Marino gave us several interesting and unique things to do in San Diego this weekend to say farewell to Summer at our Aug. 29 meeting. Highlights were the speeches delivered by Rod Hamby (Bad is Good), Angelique Hood (Inside the Dream), and Amy Gilstrap (The Effective Salesperson). Rod Hamby was voted Best Speaker, Diana Bergman – Best Topics, and Hal Slater – Best Evaluator! We had several guests (remember, we need more members!) and it was an interesting way to say farewell to the pseudo end of summer.
News of Note:
Our Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contests are next Thursday, Sept. 5. If you are not participating please attend to help out with functionary duties and provide an exciting audience for the speakers.
We will begin a Speechcraft training for new and prospective members starting Oct. 3. More to come on that.
Semi-annual dues are now due (is that redundant?). They are $63 for club and Toastmasters International, $65 if paid by credit or debit card. You can pay at our meetings or send your dues to 1160 Hunter Stree, San Diego, CA 92103.
Let’s fill the room at Café Coyote next week for our contests – “Let the Games Begin” with Mark Imhoff as Contest Chair and Toastmaster and Alan Hoffmanner as Chief Judge.
We had an inspiring “Across the Generations” themed meeting hosted by Jaci Feinstein. Highlights were Amy Gilstrap’s “Don’t Touch That” Table Topics, speeches by “The Old Pros” Beth Bateman, Hal Slater, and Terry Hewins, and several new participants in the Sept. 5 Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests.
It was another inspiring meeting with speeches from Ly Bernal, Jaci Feinstein, and Mike Ruthenberg. Congratulations to all and especially to Mike for completing his CC. The badge is in the mail Mike! And this is the launching pad for additional growth from advanced manual speeches!
We will have our humorous speech contest and evaluation contest in the club on September 5. Polish up that funny speech and step up to the plate to deliver a homerun…or at least a single. Or step up and evaluate our contest speaker. Let me know if you would like to participate. Be advised that we need at least 5 participants in each event so if we don’t have enough participants in the near future you may be “volunteered” for the position. Isn’t it better to be prepared than to be “volunteered”?
Coming up next meeting Mark Epstein will treat us to “Contest Challenge” as he leads his team through another exciting Voyagers meeting. It’s a good time to invite a guest…feel free to give out those Voyagers business cards and invite a friend, acquaintance, or business associate.
Beth Bateman was the Toastmaster and she took us on a fun voyage through 27 of her top activities to do in San Diego in the Summer. We had a rollicking Table Topics session in which our guest Emilia took home the ribbon for her contribution about lying on the hot sand on the beach.
We had three wonderful speakers – Leslie Leonardo doing her ice breaker speech (CONGRATULATIONS!!!!), Angelique Hood telling us about her trip to New York, and Justin Salbato reading and acting out a funny folk tale. Leslie took home the ribbon for best speaker!
Terry Hewins was General Evaluator and as usual, he had to do it with a twist. We had five evaluators reviewing three speeches. Mark Shapiro’s evaluation of Ms. Hood’s speech got the nod for best evaluation of the day.
Join us next week as Toastmaster Justin Salbato leads us on a Blast from the Past.