October 20, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

October 20, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 20 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw


Renee Russo, AC  – Project 5 – Speaking After Dinner, family cruise trip ending with broken neck of eldest son funeral report.   Evaluated by DeeLynn Southwick.

Michael Heier, REP 214 Building a Social Media Presence in  “Untapped Potential,” winning presentation of messages learned using Facebook to help set up for Speech Contest.   Evaluation by DJ McMurray.

Mike Becko, CC- “Obama Care Here to Stay” challenged us with shouldn’t we be caring for those who were unable to obtain insurance.   Winning evaluation by Liz Shaw.

Table Topics by Rahul Iyer with “Up in the Air”

  • David DeCelles shared glassless short-sighted Hot Balloon Ride over the African Savanna
  • Karen Russ encouraged one step at a time over rope bridge in Costa Rica
  • Rob McLeon won by Big Bad Wolf roller coaster ride with grandkids in Bausch Gardens
  • Pablo Rodriquez described sight from Observation Pod in Kuala Lampur

Guest appearances

  • Laura Baker
  • Dennis Palmer
  • Tyler Mills


  • Toastmaster – Michael Millan
  • Grammarian – Audrey Dieken
  • General Evaluator – Emi Bauer
  • Timer – Sheryl Ross
  • Ah Counter – Pablo Rodriquez
  • Wordmaster – Winona Petersen
  • Word of Wisdom – Rob McLeod
  • Jokemaster – Karen Russ

Business & Reports

October 27th Spooky Tales Contest


Adjourned 8:29 pm

October 13, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 14 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw masterfully led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before introducing our first-time Toastmaster.

Toastmaster Moments

  • David DeCelles used his table topics skills during a couple of phone interviews over the previous week.
  • Rahul Iyer used his Toastmasters skills to secure a new job!
  • Emi apologizes if she missed anyone else’s “moment.”

Guests (Our guests were all first-timers to Toastmasters!):

  • Steven T. – a student of CGCC instructor and Toastmaster Diane Shipman
  • Max D. –
  • Allan H. – a guest of our guest, Max


  • Rahul Iyer, Speaking To Inform Project #2: Resources to Inform, “When Automobiles Go KaBoom!”  Rahul educated us on the inner workings of an essential part of all of our vehicles – the airbag.  His speech was evaluated by Emi Bauer.
  • DeeLynn Southwick, The Entertaining Speaker Project #4: The Dramatic Talk, “Children. They Keep Life Interesting!”  DeeLynn Shared some amusing anecdotes inspired by some of the children in her life. Her speech was evaluated by Rob McLeod.

“High school dropouts” take a selfie during Michael Millan’s motivational speech

Table Topics

TopicMaster Liz Shaw had the Maverick members assuming challenging roles as the audience members (some of them may even have gotten a bit too rowdy!):

  • Michael Millan gave a motivational speech to high school dropouts, titled, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”
  • David DeCelles gave a motivational speech to cancer patients, titled, “It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn.”
  • Michael Heier gave a motivational speech to prisoners, titled, “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.”
  • Emi Bauer gave a [not-so] motivational speech to pregnant teens, titled, “You Can learn to Swim Without Getting in the Water.”
  • Audrey Dieken gave a motivational speech to refugees, titled, “Fake it ‘Til You Make It.”
  • Mike Becko gave a motivational speech to homeless vets, titled, “Go the Extra Mile.”


  • Toastmaster – Pablo Rodriguez
  • Grammarian – Michael Millan
  • General Evaluator – Mike Becko
  • Timer – Michael Heier
  • Ah Counter – Audrey Dieken
  • Wordmaster – Emi Bauer, channeling Sheryl Ross, with prerogative – a special right or privilege that some people have, which EVERYONE used!
  • Word of Wisdom – David DeCelles
  • Jokemaster – Michael Millan – Pirates who have hooks for hands should be careful rubbing their eyes!


  • Most Effective Evaluator: Emi Bauer
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Audrey Dieken
  • Speech of the Day: Rahul Iyer
  • Spark Plug Award: Michael Millan

Business & Reports

  • DJ McMurray gave a post-meeting table topics speech about why all Toastmasters should attend the District 3 Fall Conference in Wickenburg, AZ, November 20-22, 2015.
  • Rob McLeod talked about the upcoming (in just 2 weeks!) Spooky Tales event.

Adjourned 8:30 pm

September 22, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 14 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw thoroughly wet from Microburst as we entered!


Sheryl Ross, REP Path G Managing Change Project 4, titled “Change Anyone,” presented her AstraZeneca merge observations .   Evaluated by Michael Heier.

Liz Shaw, AC Specialty Speeches – Project 5 “Introduce the Speaker,” shared her personal experience in getting to know Emi.  Winning evaluation by DJ McMurray .

Emi Bauer, REP Path G -Level 3 Focus on the Positive, “It’s been a Wonderful Couple of Weeks” won with her journaling.  She shared honest observation on what has been the harder parts of being positive during the past two weeks. Evaluation by Michael Fritz.

Table Topics by David Douglas with an unusual twist on “Online Education.”

  • Pablo Rodriquez intriqued us through his Skype Dog Training course
  • Michael Fritz won with his expensive Spy Training expansion models
  • Karen made us smile with her Mafia training on How to Rob a Bank
  • Rahul Iyer made a stab at helping parents with training on handling hostile teens


  • Toastmaster – Emi Bauer
  • Grammarian – Mike Becko
  • General Evaluator – Leks Dominion
  • Timer – Renee Russo
  • Ah Counter – DeeLynn Southwick
  • Wordmaster – Casey Block
  • Word of Wisdom – Michael Fritz
  • Jokemaster – Rahul Iyer with Bulletin Bloopers

Business & Reports

Sun Valley High School request of Facebook “Likes” was presented by DeeLynn Southwick

EC 9/18 minutes were read and approved.  Motion by Renee Russo with second by Casey Block

Adjourned 8:26 pm

October 6, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

October 6, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 14 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw

Induction Ceremony for Karen Russ and Pablo Rodriquez


Our newest members with their mentors during our induction ceremony.


Karen Russ, CC IcebreakerProject 1, winning speech revealed her love of travel with some exciting unexpected family trips.   Evaluated by Liz Shaw as the winning evaluation.

DJ McMurray, CC Project 8 Get Comfortable with Motions in  “13 Ranking Motions,” whetted our appetites for her upcoming presentation.   Evaluation by Michael Millan.

Emi Bauer, REP- “Coming Soon to a Maverick Meeting” teased us in what she will be discussing at a later meeting.   Evaluation by Rahul Iyer.

Table Topics by Winona Petersen with “Last Minute,” making up solutions in immediate problems

  • Michael Heier introduced Japanese guests gaining moments to prepare to as host
  • David DeCelles adlibbed Boy Scout vs. bear problem
  • Nydia won with her fallen skirt stage solution
  • Sheryl Ross cleaned the toilets at the wedding

Guest appearance

  • Nydia was a first timer


  • Toastmaster – Casey Block
  • Grammarian – Michael Heier
  • General Evaluator – DeeLynn Southwick
  • Timer – Mike Becko
  • Ah Counter – Sheryl Ross
  • Wordmaster – Rahul Iyer brought us “dilatory – slow to act or intending to cause delay”
  • Word of Wisdom – Pablo Rodriquez
  • Jokemaster – Liz Shaw

Business & Reports

Mike Becko made a motion to vote in David DeCelles as member.  Winona Petersen seconded.

October 17th at Tempe Christian Church – Speech Contest

October 27th Spooky Tales Contest at Renee’s Club House

Adjourned 8:30 pm

September 29, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

September 29, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 18 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw


Leks Dominion, CC Inspire Your Audience – Project 10, titled “Hope is the Catalyst to Move Out of the Holocaust of Life,” won comparing the tale of his progress moving from death in his family and the atrocities of the German Death Camps.   Evaluated by Casey Block.

David Douglas, AC The Entertaining Speaker project 2 – Resources for Entertainment,  “Help Wanted” made us chuckle taking off on the chick sexing job.  Winning evaluation by Mike Becko.

Table Topics by first timer Pablo Rodriquez with “The Day I Met Elvis.” Only he didn’t.

  • Michael Heier would have loved to visit with Benjamin Franklin
  • DeeLynn was proud of not fawning
  • DJ McMurray would like to question Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
  • Rahul Iyer won by ending his discussion of meeting with Kissinger and Obama amidst gales of laughter with the line “He didn’t recognize me.”
  • Karen Russ would have loved to talk with Laura Ingalls or her teacher sister
  • Emi Bauer wanted to talk to Albert Einstein about his troubled schooling years

Guest appearance

  • Ryan and Patrick Slusser


  • Toastmaster – First timer Audrey Dieken
  • Grammarian – DeeLynn Southwick
  • General Evaluator – Liz Shaw
  • Timer – Michael Millan
  • Ah Counter – Michael Fritz
  • Wordmaster – Michael Heier brought us “symbiosis – the living together of two dissimilar organisms”
  • Word of Wisdom – Karen Russ
  • Jokemaster – Emi Bauer

Business & Reports

Division Contest playoff Oct 17th at Tempe Christian Church

Audrey Dieken represents us at the Humorous  Contest September 30 at Western International

Adjourned 8:29 pm