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

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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 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.

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.

Weekly Meeting – March 2, 2021

Present: Nick, Lois, Ben, Jeanine, Brandon
Guest: Diana Rodriguez

We did a random drawing at the beginning of the meeting to assign roles.

Diana – What Life Lesson did you learn the hard way?
Lois – What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?


TT Master and Timer

Table Topics:
Jeanine: Are there any animals that make you uncomfortable?
Ben: Is a dog rreally man’s best friend?
Nick: What would he tell himself last year at this time about the Covid situation?

Diana spoke to us about the Division B Contest on March 27 at 10 AM.

The district is looking for presenters for the Spring Conference. You should have received an email about this.

Weekly Meeting Minutes, February 23, 2021

Present: Lois, Jeanine, Brandon, Ben, Peter, Dick, Derek, Nick, Brandon, Andy

Lois led us in an exciting body language experiment today. Get up and move! The entire meeting was done as charades so that we could practice using our body language to communicate on zoom.

Jeanine: It is raining and I got a flat tire
Peter: Saw a cat and started sneezing
Derek: Got a call that he won a car
Andy: Take a drink only to discover it is pure vodka
Nick: Puppet Show
Ben: trying to sleep and a mosquito is bothering him
Bradon: Trying to drive a stick shift and doesn’t know how
Peter: Not enough sleep and just finished a race
Andy: Got a call from a friend and are very intested
Nick: Got a call about going on a surpise trip
Ben: Anxious because he hasn’t prepared for a test

Jeanine: Nervous
Peter: Annoyed
Ben: embarrased
Nick: Sad
Andy: sick
Ben: Cheery
Nick: Frustration
Peter: Shocked
Andy: Hopeful
Jeanine: wondering

Nick: running a race
Ben: mountain climbing
Andy: swimming
Peter: Golfing
Jeanine: watching an exciting show

Peter and Nick did an improv scene about an exterminator called to a restaraunt

Division Contest is March 27th.

Weekly Meeting Minutes – February 16, 2021

Present: Andy, Jeanine, Dick, Derek, Lois, Ben, Peter, Aimee, Nick

Andy spoke on “You are not funny”
Lois spoke on “My Husbands is Collecting on My Life Insurance”

Peter led Table Topics:
Aimee – Tell us about the best vacation you ever had
Ben – The worst place you’ve been to in Taiwan
Andy – The family vacation that you took that turned into the Griswald Vacation
Lois – The place that you really want to travel to, as if you’ve already been there

Jeanine evaluated Andy and Nick evaluated Lois.
Best Table Topics Speaker was Lois

Make-Up Officer Trainings are happening this week if you need to take training.
March 27 at 10 AM – Division B Contest.
Dues are due now. Lois has emailed invoices to everyone. Please pay or contact Lois directly.

February 9, 2021 Weekly Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dick, Jeanine, Brandon, Aimee, Ben, Peter, Derek, Andy, Nick, Brandon, Lois

The board has proposed that we waive the local dues for the club for the April dues renewal cycle.
The motion passed.

Brandon spoke on “A Beginner’s Guide to DnD”
Jeanine spoke on “What makes you laugh?”

Greg Fuchs led Table Topics: Speed dating

1 Do you prefer a Diner or a 5-star restaraunt? Peter

2 What would your older self tell your younger self? Derek

3 What are your three favorite all time movies? Andy

4 What is your favorite music genre? Aimee

Andy evaluated Brandon and Ben evaluated Jeanine

Best Table Topics speaker was Derek

Tonight is the Area 20 Contest where Peter will compete in the Table Topics and the International Speech Contests.
This weekend is the TLI – all officers who have not been trained yet should attend and all members are welcome.

Dues are due for April 1. Lois will be sending out invoices for $45 each – please pay those as soon as possible.