Recap of ETM Meeting of August 29, 2019
Professional and prepared, first-time Toastmaster Michelle Gray (pictured right) chose the nostalgic theme, “The Child Within Us,” for our August 29, 2019 meeting. Two new members gave their Ice Breaker speeches. Alan Bunce gave the first Ice Breaker, “I’m Not Stuck,” referencing the 1969 song by rock group Credence Clearwater Rival, “Lodi,” the Northern California area famous for its zinfandel wine. Alan’s speech came from the Innovative Planning path. He capped off his talk by toasting the audience with glasses of zinfandel wine from Lodi.
Katie McCabe (pictured left) gave the second Icebreaker speech of the evening, “The Day I Stopped Being Shy.” Katie’s highly personal story showed her vulnerability while showcasing her natural speaking abilities: appropriate gestures, professional stance, conversational speaking tone, and most of all, the ability to inspire her audience! Katy’s speech was taken from the Persuasive Influence path. Later, it earned her the Best Speaker ribbon.
Jason Rush delivered the third speech of the evening, “Hour of Code.” This was speech four from the path Presentation Mastery. Jason’s goal was to research and present, which he did with his usual passion and self-confidence.
Table Topics followed, and our TT Master Cathy Yavorsky asked a variety of questions related to childhood experiences. Mary Jo Preti (pictured right, above) took top honors for her imaginative little-girl-like answer. In fact, Mary Jo was a triple winner! Later in the evening, she earned the Enthusiasm award as well as the Best Evaluator ribbon for detailing the strong points as well as possible areas of improvement for Jason’s speech.
Other evaluators include Spencer Baylard, who critiqued Alan’s Ice Breaker, and Pat Rarus who reviewed Katie’s speech.
Our functionaries included new member Margaret Bergamin, who served as Uh Counter and Nivrutti Barhate (pictured right), our Grammarian, who chose a phrase rather than word of the day, “A Blessing in Disguise.” Lael Berry performed our Timer’s function, and Sean Kabo gave a useful educational tip.
We had good attendance, considering that this was the start of the Labor Day holiday. In addition, our guest, Nancy, promised to visit again soon.
Thanks to all who participated in this well-organized, energizing and fun meeting!