Weekly Meeting Minutes – March 23, 2021


I will send this out separately and update the WhatsApp group as well.

Here are the minutes from today’s discussion.   If you were not there, we would love your feedback on the questions we discussed.

We will have a business meeting on April 6th where we need everyone to attend so that we can vote on going to a Hybrid meeting format, as well as some budget items.  You cannot vote absentee, so even if you can only join for a little while, or by phone, please do.

Present: Jeanine, Dick, Nick, Peter, Aimee, Lois

Open Discussion: Why did you join Outspoken Toastmasters, and why do you stay?

Aimee – Joined because there were familiar people. She stayed because she has seen so many people come and grow, and now we are group of experienced toastmasters, as well as the new members who take on the challenge of TM. She loves that we have built a different culture through our social events.

Dick – He was a TM before and found us and felt we wee advanced.  He enjoys seeing the speeches and evaluations, and has fun. He belongs to a meet up group on photography with 50-60 people.

Nick – He fisrt heard about TM when he was looking to improve his public speaking and speaking in general.  His father came with him to his first meeting and he kept coming because it helped him with issues he didn’t even realize he had and has helped him grow. He stays becasue we keep helping and because we are supportive.

Peter – His first intro to TM was with Club Awesome in 2004 and learned about Ah Counters.  It was 2012 before he found Outspoken.  He came because it was a lunch club at Wings Plus and was convenient for him. He stayed because of the core group of experienced speakers that he has learned from. We usually have a good mix of people and enjoys the fresh perspectives from newer members. He uses TM to test new material. As Area Director he got to see other clubs and considers us an advanced club compared to others he visited.  Lots of leaders to learn from. He plans to be here for the long haul! He enjoyed the social events like the escape rooms as well and feels that helps to gel our group.

Jeanine – Started the club to be convenient for me.

Lois – She joined because she was at the top in her club.  She found menotrs inthis club to helpe with her business and TM.  It really is an advanced club and she can test material. She stays beause she loves the people and the time.

Key words that discribe our club:

Ability to mentor
different cultures
Test presentation material
Test new stories
Social events
TIMELY – 1 hour
Leadership Development
Effective and supportive evaluations
Leaders including International and District

Key take aways –

we have a lot of advanced members

Lois: maybe we pick one meeting a month and do an advanced workshop that we could invite people to.

If we start meeting back at Wings Plus, would you be able to join? Most on the call said late April to early May.

Those on the call generally feel that if we decide to go hybrid, we need to make that official and not make a public notice that we will revisit it before the next dues cycle.

We need to have an official business meeting in 2 weeks to vote on going Hybrid at the end of April, and discuss how we want to present ourselves.  It was generally agreed that we don’t want to change our status to an Advanced Club with TI, but we want to focus on having advanced speakers, leaders and evaluators.  We may also want to consider changing our meeting format to 2 speakers to allow for more time for feedback for the speakers each week.

If you have video cameras, tripod or a microphone that we might be able to use for a couple of weeks until wee see what we need to purchase, please let us know.

Evaluation Contest Meeting – September 29, 2020

In attendance: Derek, Dick, Brandon, Peter, Aimee, Nick, Greg F. Rhonda, and Jeanine
Guest: Amber Kelly from FAU Toastmasters.

We held our Evaluation Speech Contest

Amber Kelly was our Test Speaker for the day and she spoke on “COVID Scare.”

Jeanine Kinsey and Rhonda Sternberg were our contestants.

While the contestants were writing their evaluations, Greg led Table Topics.

Derek spoke about Aaliyah Mysterio
Aimee spoke about the Presidential Debate
Nick spoke about “What did you binge watch during quarantine that you would rather we didn’t know about?”

Our winners for the Evaluation Contest are:
Jeanine Kinsey – 1st
Rhonda Sternberg – 2nd

The Area contest is at 1pm on October 10th and Jeanine will represent us for the Evaluation Contest and Peter Palmer will represent us for the Humorous Speech Contest.

September 15, 2020 Humorous Speech Contest

Today we held our annual Humorous Speech Contest.

In attendance were Brandon Kinsey, Lois Margolin, Jeanine Kinsey, Andrew Bern, Greg Fuchs, Peter Palmer, Derek Rolle, Dick Linehan, Rhonda Sternberg, Benjamin Yen, Ching Mei-Yu

Contestants were:

Andy Bern “The Phone Call”
Greg Fuchs “Cats (not the musical)
Peter Palmer “Honey, Look What I Bought…”

Rhonda and Benjamin answered Table Topics Questions about their memories of 9/11.

And the winners are…

First Place – Peter Palmer
Second Place – Andrew Bern
Third Place – Greg Fuchs

Our Club Evaluation Contest is September 29th.

Our Area Contest is October 10th at 2pm

Weekly Meeting Minutes – July 14, 2020

In attendance today: Brandon Kinsey, Lois Margolin, Dick Linehan, Benjamin Yen, Jeanine Kinsey, Andrew Bern, Matt Kinsey, Nicholas Delfino, Greg Fuchs, Aimee Roger, Derek Rolle.

Today, we welcomed a new member to the club. Derek Rolle was voted in and is official now.

Andy spoke on Humor and Lois talked about communication in her organization.

Nick led us in Table Topics and encouraged our members to “color your world” with creative topics. Brandon won for convincing a blind lady why she should buy a Midway Blue Car.

Jeanine and Nick provided evaluations for our speakers.

Brandon reminded everyone that the District is holding a TLI on August 15th and everyone should attend if possible. We discussed the International Convention which will be free and held August 24th-29th, and we discussed assigning the club proxy for the International Business Meeting. Brandon and Jeanine can carry the proxies as the President and Secretary, but the club has agreed to assign the proxy to Matt Kinsey, DTM.

Please remember to sign up for next week’s meeting at http://outspokentoastmasters.org/rsvpmaker/toastmasters-meeting-2020-07-21/

July 7, 2020 Meeting Minutes

In Attendance:

Jeanine Kinsey, Brandon Kinsey, Dick Linehan, Sonali Ravindrakumar, Andrew Bern, Aimee Roger, Nicholas Delfino, Rhonda Sternberg,

Word of the day: Cantankerous

We had 1 prepared speaker today:

Brandon Kinsey provided his vision for the new year.

Focus on Member Incentives to keep our membership up as a club since that has been the primary reason we have missed being Distinguished over the years.

Education goals – getting at least 4 members to Levels 1 and 2, 2 members to level 3 and 2 members to Levels 4, 5 or DTM.

Jeanine provided Table Topics.  We learned about 5 unique degrees that we could earn and used pennies to pick 4 years to have members talk about a year.  Everyone got a chance to play today, including Jeanine.

Lois evaluated Brandon and gave him so great feedback on his speech today.

The International Convention is August 24-27 and will be completely free and online.


Be sure to sign up for next week’s meeting at www.outspokentoastmasters.org

Outspoken Toastmasters finishes 2019-2020 with a bang!

June 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM, we will hold a special workshop on “The Characteristics of Effective Leaders” to help one of our members complete their Advanced Communicator Gold. It will be held via Zoom and everyone is welcome.

June 30, 2020 marks 10 years to the day since Outspoken Toastmasters was chartered. 

We hope to have a big party later this year when we are able to come together in person, but this coming Tuesday, we are going to celebrate virtually, and we would love to have you join us.

Our meeting starts promptly at 12:00 noon, so please join us a few minutes early to visit, and we finish promptly at 1:00 PM, although I hope my club will forgive me if we run a little long this one time!

If you would like to join us for either of these events and need the Zoom link, please contact Jeanine Kinsey at 954-778-0599.

May 12th Club Officer Election Results

Outspoken Toastmasters held it’s annual officer election today.

The following officers will take over on July 1, 2020:

President – Brandon Kinsey, DTM
Vice-President Education – Peter Palmer
Vice-President Membership – Sonali Ravidrakumar
Vice-President Public Relations – Aimee Roger
Secretary – Jeanine Kinsey, DTM
Treasurer – Lois Margolin, DTM
Sgt. at Arms – Benjamin Yen

Our Area Director, Janelle Calnick was present to induct our new officers.

May 21, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes and Election Results

The club held it’s official elections for the 2019-2020 Toastmasters Year today.

The nominating committee was chaired by Immediate Past President, Lois Margolin.

The slate was presented as:

President: Jeanine Kinsey
Vice President Education: Ashley Baillio
Vice President Membership: Sonali Ravindrakumar
Vice President Public Relations: Yara Damiati
Secretary: Jasmine Greene
Treasurer: Lois Margolin
Sergeant at Arms: Benjamin Yen

The vote was unanimous and the officers will take over on July 1, 2019.

Meeting Minutes for January 22, 2019

We had a very full house today with 5 guests!

Matt Kinsey spoke from the Dynamic Leadership Level 4 Building Skills Manage Change. His title was “Change, Change, Everywhere there’s Change” and he was evaluated by Lois Margolin.

Greg Fuchs spoke from the Presentation Mastery Level 2 Learning Your Style Understanding Your Communication Style. His title was “Greg’s Communication Style” and he was evaluated by Rhonda Sternberg.

Brandon Kinsey spoke from the Visionary Communication Level 5 Demonstrating Expertise Develop Your Vision. His title was “Visions of a Path: and he was evaluated by Sonali Ravindrakumar .

Donnette was our Table Topics Master and she called on 2 speakers today.
Dick spoke on his Favorite Song and Jeanine spoke on her Worst Job.

Our winners today were:
Best Speaker: Greg
Best Table Topics: Dick
Best Evaluator: Lois

We had 5 guests today.
John returned for another week.
Adam, Yara, Janice and Kastle were all first time visitors and it sounds like we might see them all again next week.

Don’t forget to register for TLI if you want to learn more about being a Toastmaster:
Miami is 1/26 – https://toastmastersd47.regfox.com/2019-winter-tli-miami
Broward is 2/2 – https://toastmastersd47.regfox.com/2019-winter-tli-broward
West Palm Beach is 2/16 – https://toastmastersd47.regfox.com/2019-winter-tli-west-palm

Our Table Topics Contest is February 5th and our International Speech Contest is February 19th. Sign up to compete or help with a role as soon as possible.

Have a great week!

January 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Great meeting today!

Aimee Hoalt have a speech on “Turning Cold Calling into Warm Calling” from the Persuasive Speaking Manual – Conquering the Cold Call Project.  She was evaluated by Matt Kinsey.

Brent Baillie gave his Ice Breaker today titled “My Chicken Story.”  He was evaluated by Jeanine Kinsey.

We had three Table Topics speakers:
Aarin talked about candy as a healthy food choice, Alex talked about famous people he met and Donnette talked about what career she would have if she had the requisite talent.

Our winners today were Aarin for Table Topics and Matt for Evaluator.

We had 3 guests today: Greg, Tangi and John.  John will be visiting us the next couple of weeks while he is here from New York.

Don’t forget to sign up for TLI on 1/26, 2/2 or 2/16 and learn more about being a Toastmasters Officer and lots of other fun subjects.

Our Club Table Topics Contest is February 5th and our International Speech Contest is February 19th.  Let Brandon know if you plan to compete, or can help out in one of the supporting roles on those days.