August 7, 2018 Meeting

We had a great meeting today, and missed those who were sick and traveling.

Our Toastmaster and Theme Master for the day was Dick Lineham and our word of the day was “Lectern, not Podium.”

We had two speakers:

Zarraz Quick gave a speech on “Visualizing Your Thoughts” which was the Demonstration Talk from the Speaking to Inform Manual. We learned how to map out our thoughts in preparation for a speech, meeting or event.  She was evaluated by Andy Bern.

Jeanine Kinsey gave a Competent Communicator Manual, Persuade with Power speech titled “Participate in the International Convention.”  She shared here experiences from four conventions, why we should consider going to a convention, and how we can participate in this year’s convention even if we cannot travel to Chicago.  She was evaluated by Matt Kinsey.  If you want to purchase the On-Demand programs, check out the options at https://www.onlineevent.com/toastmasters.

Table Topics were run by Benjamin Yen and kept us all on our toes.

Brandon Kinsey spoke on “I’ve never thought about…” and ended up telling us to defeat an Artificial Intelligence invasion/takeover by asking a computer this same question.

Rhonda Sternberg answered the question “I doubted…” and talked about how she doubted her confidence in Toastmasters and at the gym, but doesn’t anymore because she knows she will get there in her own time.

Miko Liou was given the topic “It convinced me that…” and talked about how joining Toastmasters and watching other people convinced her that she can improve and become a better speaker.

Sonali Ravindrakumar also talked about “It convinced me that…” and talked about raising her son on a milk free diet.

Our Table Topics winner was Brandon Kinsey.

Brandon talked about the Distinguished Club Program and how each of us plays a role in the club goals.  If you did not reply to his email from a couple of weeks ago with your goals, please do so as soon as possible.  He shared that he expects at least 4 people to achieve a Level 1 and 4 people to achieve a Level 2.  As part of the conversation, several people indicated that they plan to get all the way to Level 5.  Aimee challenged them all to be first and has a Gold Medal for the first person to get to Level 5.

Aimee spoke briefly about our next social event and it was agreed to do something in September.  This might be mini-golf.  There was also discussion about doing a Cultural Dinner with Table Topics as a family fun event.

We had one guest today, Shakeem Lewis, who put in his application to join.

We look forward to seeing you all next week!

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