Having Fun While Enjoying The Journey

Public Speaking is one of the most intimidating things a person can do; but it is so much easier with the right people to support us.   The  comment I always hear from guests and new members about Maverick Toastmasters is how fun the meetings are and how much they enjoy  the positive energy in the group.  I could not agree more.  Maverick Toastmaster members encourage and support each other, which is  big part of our success as a club.

It is always so exciting to watch our members progress in their Toastmasters Journey. This week we recognized Michael Milan for attaining his Advanced Leadership Bronze certification.
Pablo Rodriguez delivered his final speech in the Competent Communicator Series.

Congratulations to Michael, and Pablo!!

 

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Everyone loves to have fun and Maverick Toastmasters has some exciting events scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

On Tuesday night, August 22, 2017, Maverick Toastmasters will host a humorous speech contest. It will be a fun evening as we listen to speeches that make us laugh.

On Tuesday September 5, 2017 Maverick will be hosting a speech-a-thon. All members are invited to participate and everyone is welcome to attend.

On October 24, 2017, Maverick Toastmasters will be hosting a Spooky Tales speech contest. This will be a family friendly evening with food, fun, and spooky stories.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Maverick Toastmasters Summer 2017

Maverick Toastmasters is a group that encourages members to improve speaking skills in a positive supportive environment. I must say that it has been an exciting Summer for Maverick Toastmasters.

In June, Maverick Toastmasters celebrated three years as a Distinguished Toastmaster Club. The celebration was at Gilbert Historical Museum with good food, great company, and some guest speakers from District 3.

In July, the new officers for 2017 to 2018 Maverick Toastmasters stepped into their new roles:

Steve Feld- President
Ashley Barnett -Seargent at Arms
Deborah Moore – VP of Education
Lauren Castillo – VP Membership
Cheryl Cheng – Secretary
Bob Rinne – Treasurer
Rahul Ayer – VP of Public Relations

On August 22, 2017 there will be Humorous Speech Contest hosted by Maverick Toastmasters. The Location will be at Sun Valley High School on Lindsay and Southern in Gilbert Arizona. Feel free to attend and hear some great speeches!

On October 24, 2017 Maverick Toastmasters will be hosting their annual Spooky Tales Speech Contest. It will be an evening of costumes, great food, good company, and some spooky stories! Watch for more information on this in September!

Rumor has it that on Halloween night Maverick Toastmasters will host a speech-a-thon. All are welcome to come listen to some great speeches! More to come on this in September.

Meet Our Members Series: Rob M.

Meet Rob M.

rob1rob2When and why did you join Toastmasters?

I joined in May 1998 on the invite of a fellow City of Chandler worker and friend

In your opinion, what makes the Maverick Club special? / Why did you choose to join Maverick Club?

I joined Maverick as a Club Sponsor, which was a goal toward getting my Distinguished Toast Master award. After accomplishing that goal I was still impressed about how much I was growing at every meeting. I just had to stay as a dual member of my original club and Maverick Toastmasters.

What has been your most significant accomplishment within the Toastmasters program to date?

Achieving my Distinguished Toastmaster award has been my biggest achievement thus far.

How has Toastmasters helped you in other areas of life?

While I was a Chief Officer for Chandler Fire Department, I saw a vast improvement in my abilities to be more succinct when teaching or giving reports at staff meetings.

Who has influenced you the most so far in your Toastmasters journey?

There have been so many, however, a Toastmaster named Ann Gammons helped me bring my club from 3 members to a thriving club today of 23 members.  She never gave up!

Anything else you’d like to add?

Toastmasters changes lives! I have seen the most timid person in the world become an awesome speaker who no longer fears speaking in public and who can take on any challenge. That’s why I will continue in Toastmasters as long as I have breath!

Election Day!: November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 21 total in attendance including 3 guests

Meeting Theme: Election Day!

Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. After calling for Toastmasters Moments and greeting the 3 guests, Michael then introduced Audrey D. as the evening’s Toastmaster.

Guests

  • First-time visitor Ashley B.
  • Returning visitor Peter S.
  • First-time visitor Chad

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Emi B. shared how she was able to meet with Paul’s school principal and articulate her concerns in order to resolve some issues.
  • Deb M. shared that she had a great time at her first District Conference.

Speeches:

  • Mike K. “Losing You to You”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #2: Organize Your Speech
    Mike presented an entertaining speech on the mind of the procrastinator and his struggles with writing his speech. Procrastinators have to deal with “the instant gratification monkey,” rather than the “rational decision maker,” then as the deadline approaches, the “Panic Monster” takes over.   (Evaluated by Rahul I.)
  • Pablo R. “Hybrid Process Ownership”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
    Coming soon. (Evaluated by Paul F.)
  • Renee R. “Every Thursday”
    Speaking to Inform Advanced Manual, Project #2: Resources for Informing
    Renee shared about her weekly activity of volunteering for the AWANA program at her church, the age groups it covers, and what they do there.  (Evaluated by Rob M.)

Table Topics:

  • What would you do to increase voter turnout?
    Steve F. would offer FREE BEER! and ice cream to everyone!
  • What is your slogan and how did you come up with it?
    Kay D. said for her run for Dog Catcher, her slogan would be “Save the bees!”
  • Your presidential opponent is Arnold Schwarzenegger… what would you say to him?
    Liz S. said that after she pointed out that his birth certificate invalidated him as a candidate, she would declare her campaign slogan as “America: For Everyone.”
  • Give us your presidential acceptance speech.
    Rahul I. thanked everyone for his 1% win and said we will all work together to build a United States we all want with our shared values.
  • Your presidency is under investigation for stealing cookies. How do you respond?
    Cheryl C. fully admitted to her mistake but promised to replace them with even better cookies.
  • Give us your presidential farewell address.
    Lauren D. acknowledged the loving and caring attitude displayed in the lunch room when a dilemma was resolved with cooperation and sacrifice for others.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Audrey D.
  • Topicmaster – Michael H.
  • General Evaluator – Michael M.
  • Wordmaster – Deb M.
    Word of the Day:  demagogue (noun) – a person, especially a political leader, who gains popularity by raising the emotions of people
  • Grammarian – Casey B.
  • Ah Counter – Emi B.
  • Timer – Sheryl R.
  • Word of Wisdom – Liz S.
  • Jokemaster – Steve F.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Rob M.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Lauren D.
  • Speech of the Day: Pablo R.
  • Spark Plug Award: Steve F.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Officers’ meeting next week; reports are due by 6 pm on Sunday.

Dia De Los Muertos: October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 13 total in attendance including 3 guests

Meeting Theme: Dia De Los Muertos

Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. After greeting the 2 guests, Michael then assumed the role of the evening’s Toastmaster.

Guests

  • Return visitor, Praveen M.
  • Past member Leks D.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Mike K. said he met his new team of 80 the previous day and was able to introduce himself to them without using fillers and using his table topics skills.
  • Sheryl R. returned to a previous employwer and was warmly greeted by her colleagues. Last Thursday she visited another club and ended up giving an impromptu 5-7 minute speech titled “Explosions.”
  • Rahul I. kept his cool during a Q&A session at work!
  • Michael M. thanked the club for our thoughts and prayers and flowers sent over the previous 2 weeks following the sudden loss of his father-in-law. He also told of being able to speak well at his aunt’s suprise birthday party in Cali.

Speeches:

  • Paul F. “Life Lessons I Didn’t Learn in the Classroom”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #6: Vocal Variety
    Paul imparted some lessons he’d learned as a cabbie paying his way through college in Chicago: stay with it, even when it is difficult; people will look out for you; and stretch yourself out of your comfort zone. He treated us to some great anecdotes along the way.  (Evaluated by Mike H.)
  • Casey B.. “Meditation Matters”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #9: Persuade with Power
    Casey listens to podcasts by Tim Ferriss, who encouraged his listeners to take a 10-day meditation challenge; breathing and bringing the mind back after it wanders. Tony Robbins also teaches techniques for focusing on the heart and less on the brain, but also on gratitude. Dr. David Schnarch’s techniques of self-soothing have also influenced Casey. He challenged us to not be afraid of meditation; to take 10 minutes a day for the next 10 days and see how it could change our lives. (Evaluated by Sheryl R.)
  • Winona P. “The Raven, by Edgar Alan Poe”
    Interpretive Reading Advanced Manual, Project #2: Interpreting Poetry
    Winona treated us to a reading of Poe’s “The Raven,” complete with excellent pacing, vocal variety, and cadence. (Evaluated by Emi B.)

Table Topics:

  • Which of your relatives would you like to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with?
    Rob M. said he’d like to introduce his newest grandson born today to his 4th generation great grandfather Alex McLeod, who brought his wife and children to the United States via ship.
  • What food would you use to keep deceased relatives happy?
    Cheryl C. said for her mother-in-law she would put out sticky buns, rice, and char siu bao, in honor of all that she had to go through for her family.
  • How does your family reminisce about late family members?
    Lauren D. said she loves how her family celebrates; by placing high importance on passing memories on through the telling of stories at gatherings and holidays.
  • How will you celebrate Dia De Los Muertos next week?
    Audrey D. probably will not celebrate the event, along with Halloween which is just not her thing, but instead reminisced about celebrating her friend Randy’s reappearance after a 3 year absence and how she celebrated his life after he lost a battle to Huntington’s Disease.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Michael M.
  • Topicmaster – Liz S.
  • General Evaluator – Renee R.
  • Wordmaster – Rahul I.
    Word of the Day:  cadaverous (adjective) – resembling a corpse; pale, thin, bony
    “He had a cadaverous appearance.”
  • Grammarian – Michael K.
  • Ah Counter – Paul T.
  • Timer – Pablo R.
  • Word of Wisdom – Steve F.
  • Jokemaster – Audrey D.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Emi B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Cheryl C.
  • Speech of the Day: Paul F.
  • Spark Plug Award: Winona P.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Emi B. moved to vote Cheryl C. and Lauren D. into membership and Liz S. seconded the motion. The motion passed. Welcome aboard, Cheryl and Lauren!
  • Spooky Tales!

Academics: October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 13 total in attendance including 3 guests

Meeting Theme: Academics

Substitute Sergeant At Arms Paul T. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, Vice President Education Deb M. After greeting the 3 guests, Deb then introduced Winona P. as the evening’s Toastmaster.

Guests

  • First time visitor, Lauren D.
  • First time visitor, Cheryl C.
  • Return visitor, Praveen M.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Toastmaster Moments was not called for tonight.

Speeches:

  • Sheryl R. “You Thought What?”
    Success/Communication Series: Mental Flexibility Module
    In pursuit of her Advanced Communicator Gold Award, Sheryl led us through an exercise in mental flexibility, challenging us to look at things differently. The exercise included pairing up to read a scenario and decide whether statements that were made were provable or not based only on the information provided in the scenario.  (Evaluated by Deb M.)
  • Steve F. “How Many Snowflakes Does It Take to Build a Snowman?”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #1: The Ice Breaker
    Just as each snowflake is unique, so too do our experiences make each of us unique. Some of Steve’s experiences include growing up in Denver, Colorado, going to college and majoring in accounting, traveling around the world and moving to Arizona, creating a family of a wife, two kids, and 3 dogs, and being involved in successful businesses culminating in his current career as a business coach. (Evaluated by Casey B.)

Table Topics:

  • If you could tach a class, what would it be and what would be on the syllabus?
    Rob M. said it would definitely be emergency management and safety.
  • What was the most memorable project, paper, or presentation?
    Paul T. said that was his speech done for the humorous speech contest as Chewbacca where he disqualified for coming in under time after forgetting an entire section of his speech.
  • What critique would you give of our educational system?
    Mike K. said he would promote greater equality in the system with increased use of technology.
  • Describe your favorite leader or professor.
    Guest Lauren D. said her AP Psychology teacher in high school provided greater examples and created an enjoyable class. She was saddened that this teacher lost a battle to cancer two years later.
  • What was the most worthless class you ever took?
    Returning guest Praveen M. said there was no such thing as a worthless class; there is always some application for knowledge.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Winona P.
  • Topicmaster – Paul F.
  • General Evaluator – Liz S.
  • Wordmaster – Emi B.
    Word of the Day:  pedant (noun) – a person who annoys other people by correcting small errors and giving too much attention to minor details
  • Grammarian – Paul T.
  • Ah Counter – Renee R.
  • Timer – Rob M.
  • Word of Wisdom – Michael K.
  • Jokemaster – Paul T.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Casey B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Praveen M.
  • Speech of the Day: Steve F.
  • Spark Plug Award: Paul T. for taking on the Sergeant At Arms role for the week

Vice President Education Deb M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Spooky Tales Event 6:30 pm on 11/1 at the Gilbert Historical Museum!
  • Flowers were sent to Suzanne M.’s family service on behalf of the club.

October 11, 2016

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October 11, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – ? total in attendance including ? guests

Meeting Theme:

Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, Vice President Education Deb M.

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Toastmaster Moments:

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Table Topics:

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President Deb M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

Happy World Animal Day!: October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 13 total in attendance

Special acknowledgement to Liz S. for taking the minutes while the secretary was out camping! Speaking of the delinquent secretary… minutes will be caught up with over the next several days.

Meeting Theme: Happy World Animal Day!

Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. There were no guests to greet so after calling for Toastmasters Moments, Michael introduced Toastmaster Pablo R.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Liz S. started her new job as a case manager helping people move forward in their lives.
  • Pablo R. will be going to Philadelphia to present at a divisional project meeting.
  • Sheryl R. was late to the meeting because she got a new job. Congratulations, Sheryl!!!
  • Mike K. got a promotion to manager at Intel – congratulations, Mike!!! – unfortunately it will now conflict with Maverick meetings.

Speeches:

  • Deb M. “My Chair At Work”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #4: How to Say It
    Deb shared how ergonomics and the computer work to eliminate wear and tear on the body, decrease absences, and improve productivity. She discussed sitting versus standing desks and that you only need to stand 60 minutes a day to see benefits. Plus it’ll even help your moods!  (Evaluated by Paul T.)
  • Mike H. “VAREP
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #3: Get to the Point
    Mike talked about the Veteran Association of Real Estate Professionals. You don’t need to be a veteran to join; you just need to have a passion for helping vets get housing. Though VA loans haven’t changed much since they were instituted in 1944, VAREP has worked to change applications so that all vets have the opportunity to use their VA loan rights. They are now working on requiring lenders to educate them on the 3 types of loans so they can see the power of the VA loan.  (Evaluated by Renee R.)

Table Topics:

  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
    Mike K. said he would be an eagle so that he could gain a new perspective, sense of freedom, strength, and independence.
  • Which animal from a movie or TV show is your favorite and why?
    Paul F. said he liked flipper and Rin Tin Tin. He really enjoyed how smart dolphins and dogs are in these shows.
  • You are an exotic animal unknown to mankind; describe yourself, where you live, and your daily activities.
    Liz S. described herself as a large tree-dwelling marsupial who is both lazy and smart.
  • Describe your pet growing up.
    Steve F. had a goldfish that he liked to talk to. When the fish died, he got Goldie 2, but he didn’t like that one as well.
  • Would it be good of all animals could talk to us?
    Sheryl R. cited Eddie Murphy movies that demonstrated how talking animals would not be a good idea.
  • Choose between being an elephant or a lion.
    Rahul I. would choose to be the pachyderm because they have a prodigious brain and it is the symbol of wisdom.
  • Choose between being an elephant or a donkey.
    Winona P. said she was going to go with write-in candidate, Lion. She loves their flexibility, lack of shame and guilt, and they’re comfortable in their own skin.
  • If you could bring back one extinct animal, which would it be and why?
    Pablo R. is a Jurassic Park fan so he would bring back T-Rex because he’s a stud; all other dinosaurs fear him!

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Pablo R.
  • Topicmaster – Michael M.
  • General Evaluator – Winona P.
  • Wordmaster – Sheryl R.
    Word of the Day:  banal (adjective) – trite, unoriginal, uninspired… though the word of the day DID inspire a lengthy discussion of the word’s pronunciation.
  • Grammarian – Paul F.
  • Ah Counter – Rahul I.
  • Timer – Liz S.
  • Word of Wisdom – Mike K.
  • Jokemaster – Mike K.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Paul T.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Steve F.
  • Speech of the Day: Mike H.
  • Spark Plug Award: Paul F.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Maverick’s 6th Annual Spooky Tales Speech & Costume Contest will take place at the Gilbert Historical Museum on November 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm. There will be potluck dinner, speech & costume contests. Bring friends and family! Donations are needed & sign up for the potluck!
  • Deb went over next week’s schedule and the theme will be “Explore and Discover.”

Your Book: September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 20 total in attendance including 4 guests

Meeting Theme: Your Book

Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. After greeting the 4 guests, Michael then introduced Deb M. as the evening’s Toastmaster.

Guests

  • Visiting past president and newlywed Melanie C. (formerly Melanie R.)
  • Melanie’s “Arizona Mom,” first-time visitor Lucia
  • Student from CGCC Public Speaking class, first-time visitor Kianna
  • And a friend of Emi’s brother-in-law, looking-for-a-new-club occasional Toastmaster Keola T.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Audrey D. shared that she was video recorded at work!

Speeches:

  • Michael M. “Complaint Free World – Revisited”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #2: Organize Your Speech
    Two years ago, Michael gave a speech about the book, “A Complaint Free World,” by Will Bowen. At the time, he had taken the 21-day complaint free challenge and was able to achieve the 21-day goal. He learned some lessons through that experience:  it’s not easy (he experienced some backsliding, complaining about his “grandpa eyebrows” and losing a speech contest to Liz S.), some don’t care about his problems, and there are other things that can be done (in other words, tackle the problem and make progress). Michael challenged us to go complaint-free with him in October. Wear a wrist band and switch wrists every time you complain and try to avoid having to change wrists for 21 days straight.  (Evaluated by Paul F.)
  • Rahul I. “The Call from Nissan”
    Interpersonal Communication Advanced Manual, Project #3: Diffusing Verbal Criticism
    Before engaging in a role play with Deb M. about a real-world situation with an upset client, Rahul educated us on the five steps to diffusing verbal criticism with a customer: Listen more than talk, acknowledge the situation, ask careful, well-thought out questions, paraphrase what they say, and agree to established truths. (Evaluated by Emi B.)
  • Liz S. “The Most Common Mental Illness”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
    No, it is not depression, nor is it PTSD… it is anxiety. Liz may have felt anxiety due to the technical difficulties she suffered, not being able to get the computer hooked up to the projector, but she compensated nicely by showing us her laptop screen. As widespread as anxiety is, most people exhibit vague symptoms, like digestive problems, and consequently are often treated simply for the symptoms than the underlying cause of anxiety. Liz provided a few tips on coping with anxiety: the paradoxical method (giving yourself permission to feel anxious for just 30 minutes), make a plan (if that happens, then…), and, simplest of all, exercise. (Evaluated by Mike H.)

Table Topics:

  • If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?
    Emi B. said her autobiography would be titled, “My Transformation,” and would highlight the journey from agoraphobia to independence enabled by Toastmasters.
  • What was the last book you read?
    Melanie C. said the last book she read was “Contagious: Why Things Catch On,” that talked about why some You Tube videos go viral, because they go through all the “STEPPS.” Melanie would like to turn what she learned from this book into applications for her marketing job.
  • Audrey said the last book she read was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and asked what that said about her?
    Mike B. replied that it was pretty obvious… Audrey is most definitely born to run.
  • What is your favorite book that became a movie? Which was better?
    Steve F. said it was most definitely George Orwell’s “1984.” He said the book, which he still likes today, was superior to the movie, which had left out too much information.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Deb M.
  • Topicmaster – Audrey D.
  • General Evaluator – Pablo R.
  • Wordmaster – Mike B.
    Word of the Day:  braggadocio (noun) – the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave
  • Grammarian – Mike H.
  • Ah Counter – Sheryl R.
  • Timer – Casey B.
  • Word of Wisdom – Renee R.
  • Jokemaster – Renee R.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Michael H.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Melanie C.
  • Speech of the Day: Michael M.
  • Spark Plug Award: Renee R.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Maverick’s 6th Annual Spooky Tales Speech & Costume Contest will take place at the Gilbert Historical Museum on November 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm. There will be potluck dinner, speech & costume contests. Bring friends and family!
    spooky_tales_2016
  • Everyone who Liz expected to renew has submitted their dues, except for newlywed Mike H. Congratulations, Mike H!
  • The Tonto Division Contest is this Saturday, 9:30 am, at Tempe Christian Church. Come cheer on Liz as she represents Maverick and Area T6 in the table topics contest!
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  • Renee will take meeting minutes in Emi’s absence next week.