Weekly Meeting Minutes – July 6, 2021

We had another fantastic meeting today.

We had 16 attendees today:
• Aimee, Andy, Ben, Derek and Robert were on line (Merla was on but dropped off and was not included in the total)
• Brandon, Dick, Greg, Lois, Matt, Nick, Peter, and Rhonda were on site
• We had 4 guests today – Lexy, Ann and Vickie were on site (Merla was on but dropped off and was not included in the total)
Nick spoke on the never ending debate on Apple vs. Android
Lois presented an overview of her new role as Club Growth Director

Matt led Table Topics with some extremely interesting archaic words which provided us with an entertaining session

Aimee evaluated Nick and Rhonda evaluated Lois.

Best Table Topics speaker was Lexy Semino.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Sternberg
Club Outspoken Club Secretary

June 8, 2021 Weekly Meeting and Club Elections

We had a fantastic meeting today with 13 members and 4 guests.

In attendance were Aimee, Andy, Ben, Brandon, Dick, Greg F., Jeanine, Matt, Nick, Peter, Rhonda and Robert.

Guests were:

On-site: Dorrette Keen, DTM

On-line: Carlos Romero (Aimee’s guest), Dawn Williamson (on-line search) and Gary Perry (dropped off)

We held our elections today.

The Club Leadership Committee nominated the following individuals:

                President: Aimee Roger

                VPE: Jeanine Kinsey

                VPM: Lois Margolin

                Treasurer: Lois Margolin

The slate was approved unanimously.

Brandon called for nominations from the floor for each of the following positions.  All were uncontested and the secretary was instructed to cast a vote for each one:

                VPPR: Robert Rizzo

                Secretary: Rhonda Sternberg

                Sgt. At Arms: Nick Delfino

The business meeting was adjourned at 12:14 and the weekly meeting started.

Matt spoke on “Improvement Through Positive Coaching”

Andy ran Table Topics.

The following people spoke:

  • Robert
  • Derek
  • Rhonda
  • Peter
  • Jeanine
  • Matt

Derek evaluated Matt’s speech.

The best Table Topics speaker was a tie between Matt, Peter and Derek.

Club officer training is June 19th and an email will go out to all club officers.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:00 PM.

Weekly Meeting Minutes – May 4, 2021 (First Hybrid Meeting)

Welcome to this Historic Meeting for Outspoken Toastmasters!

Present: (On-Site) Ashley, Brandon, Dick, Greg F., Jeanine, Lois, Matt, Nick, Peter, (On-Line) Aimee, Andy, Ben, Dick
Guests (On-Line) Ivan and Natasha

Aimee spoke on “Why a Home Birth”

Greg Fuchs led Table Topics: Everyone spoke for Table Topics except Aimee and Lois. We did not vote today, but will begin voting again next week.

Lois provided feedback for Aimee.

Today’s meeting went well for our first Hybrid meeting. We will be making changes to next week so that hopefully we can cast the On-Line attendees to the big TV and hear them better as well.

We will be adding 2 new roles to our agenda and need people to sign up for those roles as well as our usual ones:
Timer will be split into 2 roles: On-Site and On-Line
Zoom Master will monitor the Zoom Room and Chat Window

Stay tuned for more as we continue to learn and tweak the hybrid experience to make it effective for everyone.

Weekly Meeting Minutes – April 27, 2021

Present: Dick, Jeanine, Lois, Andy, Peter, Aimee, Nick, Matt, Brandon

Guest: Katherin van den Heuvel, Fred Roger, Lauren Cook

Jeanine shared “Lessons from Leadership”
Andy shared “Is it Real, or Is It a Dream?”
Lois practiced her campaign speech

Andy Bern led Table Topics
Nick – What did you learn recently that changed the way you live?
Matt – What is your fondest memory from the past 3 years?
Aimee – What are the primary components of a happy life?

Nick evaluated Jeanine
Aimee evaluated Andy
Matt led the evaluation for Lois

Best Table Topics Speaker was Aimee

Remember that next week is our first Hybrid meeting with some of us in-person at Wings Plus.
Please RSVP to me if you plan attend in person so that we can control the size of the room until we are sure how many we can safely have in the room.

Weekly Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2021

Present: Andy, Jeanine, Brandon, Matt, Lois, Peter, Ben, Greg, Nick
Guest: Robert Rizzo

Business Meeting:
We need to replace to of our officers. Our VPM, Sonali, has resigned because she is moving, and Peter has resigned as VPE due to health issues.

Thank you Sonali and Peter for all that you have done to support the club. Peter will be remaining with the club as a member, and we will miss Sonali.

Lois nominated Jeanine for VPE and she accepted. Jeanine was unanimously approved.
Jeanine nominated Lois for VPM and she accepted. Lois was unanimously approved.
We are looking for officers for the coming term. Please contact Aimee or Brandon if you are interested.

Business meeting concluded at 12:08

Andy spoke on “Single Focused team”
Matt spoke on “Why I Bike”

Jeanine led Table Topics.
Tell us about a discovery you made – Nick
Tell us about your favorite Edgar Allen Poe or detective story – Robert
Where would you go if you had a mobile home? – Brandon
What scientific discovery has inspired you the most? – Peter

Robert evaluated Andy and Lois evaluated Matt

Best Table Topic speaker is Peter

Don’t forget to register for the District 47 Annual Conference happening next week.

Weekly Meeting – April 13, 2021

Present: Andy, Jeanine, Ben, Peter, Greg, Matt, Brandon, Lois, Nick
Guests: Beth Ramsay, Robert Rizzo

Jeanine spoke on “Handicapable – Focus on the Positive”
Robert gave an Ice Breaker
Loise spoke on “Get a New Glass”

Brandon led Table Topics
Ben – Is there really a problem with the number 13?
Greg – Tell us about a time when you a team accomplished an impossible task.
Peter – Tell me about something in your life that you spent way too much time doing.

Beth evaluated Jeanine
Greg evaluated Robert
Matt evaluated Lois

Best Speaker: Lois
Best Table Topics Speaker: Peter
Best Evaluator: Beth

District Conference is April 28 – May 1 – register today!

Special Business Meeting and Regular Weekly Meeting April 6, 2021

Present: Andy Bern, Brandon Kinsey, Jeanine Kinsey, Dick Linehan, Greg Fuchs, Peter Palmer, Aimee Roger, Matt Kinsey, Derek Rolle, Benjamin Yen,

Guests: Katie van der Huevel (Aimee’s guest), Induria Paul, Latoya Rankine, Ernesto Williams, (Derek invited 3 guests)

Business Meeting

Sonali has resigned from VPM and is leaving the club due to a move. If you are interested in being VPM for the remainder of the term, please reach out to Brandon or Aimee so that we can hold a special election 2 weeks from today (April 20).
If you are interested in serving in a role next year, please reach out to Aimee as we are starting to put together that slate as well.

2 Weeks ago, the club had a discussion about going hybrid with a vote to be held today.

The Executive Board met and came up with several proposals to present to the club today.

We have approximately $1700 in the bank.
There is a proposal to purchase a Zoom room for the club at $150 for the year.
If we approve going hybrid, we need to discuss purchasing equipment to run hybrid meetings.
Thank you to Dick for donating some equipment that we will go through.

There is a proposal to purchase microphone, camera and laptop to go hybrid. We would start by borrowing equipment until we know exactly what we need with the purchases being made in the next couple of months.
Ballpark prices for equipment are:
Laptops starting at $600
Camera designed for conference at $200
Wireless Microphones start at $150 and we may need more than 1.
Total estimate for equipment could be about $1000.
We will also need someone to set up the equipment each week, and it needs to be easy to set up.

There is also a motion to waive club dues for anyone that joins the club between now and Sept. 30. This does not include renewals.

Greg asked if we go hybrid, is it permanent? The club consensus was that we would make the commitment and if it does not work, it would be a new vote later.
If we are going back in person, we discussed the last week in April or the first week in May. Wings Plus is ready for us and has no minimum requirements.
Peter said that he feels that Hybrid is not going away, and it will be a learning experience for the club, but he feels it is a wise investment.
Aimee agreed that this is a good place to learn skills we need to use elsewhere.
Andy mentioned that in the April TM Magazine, there is an article about running Hybrid Meetings.
Derek is all in for hybrid so that he can stay active with our club.
Andy is also remote now in Tampa and hopes to stay active via hybrid.

Are we committed to going hybrid? Unanimously passed
Our first hybrid meeting will be May 4th.
Matt made a motion to approve up to $1100 to purchase software and equipment for hybrid meetings to be purchased at the discretion of the President, VPE and Treasurer. Greg seconded. Unanimously passed.
Do we want to waive club dues for new members for the remainder of this dues cycle? The motion unanimously passed.

The business meeting closed at 12:28.

Derek gave a speech honoring Ernesto Williams

Andy was our Table Topics Master:
Peter – What has life taught you recently?
Ben – What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
Matt – Where do you find inspiration?

Greg evaluated Derek’s speech
Best Table Topic Speaker was Peter

Weekly Meeting Minutes – March 30, 2021

Present: Dick, Jeanine, Aimee, Brandon, Nick, Ben, Peter, Derek, Andy, Lois
Guests: Robert Rizzo, Navardo Rolle, Latoya Rankine, Janique Turnquest, Robert Duvalier, Induria Paul, TM McKenzie, Tesha Smith, Monique Laing, Everkell Laguerre

Derek spoke on “A man never walks alone”
Andy spoke on “Visual Presentations”

Ben led Table Topics:
“How can it be possible?” Brandon
“If animals could talk, what would you talk to them about?” Dick
“Describe your perfect day” Peter
“Would you rather be poor or ugly?” Jeanine
“What is your favority pizza topping?” Nick

Jeanine evaluated Derek and Robert evaluated Andy

Best Table Topics Speaker was Brandon

Register for the Virtual District Conference April 28-May 1. It is FREE!
Next week is our Special Business meeting – please be sure to attend so you can provide your input. We also have space for 2 speakers and all other roles

Weekly Meeting – March 16, 2021

Present: Matt, Dick, Brandon, Ben, Nick
Guest: Robert Rizzo

Matt’s project was “Managing a Difficult Audience” and he spoke on canceling last year’s International Convention. His time was 11:50 Nick was our Table Topics Master
Dick – Should there be tougher penalties for driving while distracted? 1:37
Brandon – What are the all necessary elements for the perfect road trip? 1:50
Matt – What is your dream car? 1:30
Robert – If the highest speed limit is “x”, why do we allow manufacturers to sell cars that go twice as fast? ~1:01
Benjamin – Should passengers be allowed to touch the radio or A/C? 1:38
Nick – What are your thoughts on graduated licensing? 2:18

Ben was our General Evaluator
Robert evaluated Matt – 4:00

Next week’s meeting is a special meeting where we will be looking at the vision for Outspoken Toastmasters. We need as many of you there as possible to be part of this discussion. We also have a couple of budget items to vote on and need a quorum.

The Division B Contest is March 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Be sure to register to attend.

Weekly Meeting Minutes March 9, 2021

Present: Jeanine, Brandon, Greg F., Rhonda, Andy, Dick, Nick, Lois,

Word of the day: skulk – to move in a stealthy or furtive manner

Andy spoke on “Kleiman”

Greg led Table Topics:

What I found out too late was – Dick A stranger would never guess that I Lois
I can’t stand – Nick
I absolutely love – Rhonda
If I could work for any company in the world, it would be – Andy
If I received a $1400 stimulus check I would – Jeanine
If I could do it all over I again, I would – Greg

Rhonda evaluated Andy

Division B Contest March 27 at 10:00 AM Link: https://bit.ly/DivisionBContest2021
District Virtual Conference is April 28 – May 1. Stay tuned for more details.