Pioneers: July 26, 2016 Meeting

July 26, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 18 in attendance

Meeting Theme:  Pioneers

Presiding Officer Michael M. led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments like a pro before introducing Toastmaster Karen.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Karen attended Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) and found the training to be better than she was expecting. Her greatest take-away was that the founding members of Maverick (including Emi, Liz, and Rob) put practices into place early as to set the club up for success and she was very thankful for that.
  • Michael H acknowledged how Toastmasters had helped him in varying aspects of communication, including becoming at reading and writing email messages. Toastmasters is not just for public speaking!
  • Liz told us how she had spent 30 minutes on the phone today with a pregnant heroine addict who her program wouldn’t serve, but she was able to get her into a detox program to help her and the baby.
  • Pablo was asked to put a presentation together three months ago that he’s had to present multiple times and he has been getting a lot of positive comments about it.
  • Michael M agreed with Karen that TLI was great and he is happy he is improving his leadership skills.


  • Wanda, a visiting Distinguished Toastmaster from Florida
  • Keyester, Wanda’s daughter, first time visitor
  • Jay, first time visitor
  • Lily, returning visitor
  • Dominic, returning visitor and Angel’s son


  • Emi B., “Officer Installation”
    Competent Communication Project #3: Get to the Point
    Emi ran through the responsibilities of the officers (who were present) and officially installed them into their roles.
    Officer Installation
  • Pablo R., “Aged Out”
    Competent Communication Project #7: Research Your Topic
    Pablo talked about the 600 or so teens who age out of the Arizona foster care system without being adopted. He shared some of their challenges (50% of girls end up pregnant by 19 and 25% of boys end up fathering a child by 19) and how we can help (for information about making a tax-deductible donation or on how to become an adoptive parent, visit
  • Mike H., “Fork ‘Em”
    Competent Communication Project #2: Organize Your Speech
    Mike talked about being a Sun Devils football fan, about the 1996 season, the 4th game 19-0 shut-out of #1 ranked Nebraska, and the heart-breaking loss to Ohio State in the 1997 Rose Bowl game.

Table Topics:

  • Angel answered the question of what should be invented in order for NASA to take the next step in the space program by talking about building a space ship and space program that would enable the Average Joe to be able to go into space.
  • Angel’s son Dominic talked about how the next generation of gaming should involve holographics that could be operated within the home without the use of special visors in reply to the question of what advances should be made in the gaming industry.
  • With regards to the medical field, Sheryl would like to see us better able to define optimal treatments for each different type of cancer, rather than the simple “let’s cut it out” generalized treatment.


  • Toastmaster – Karen R.
  • Topicmaster – DeeLynn S.
  • General Evaluator – Michael M.
  • Wordmaster – Michael H.
    Word of the Day: Incipient (adjective) – beginning to exist or appear in an initial stage
  • Grammarian – Angel Y.
  • Ah Counter – Deb M.
  • Timer – Liz S.
  • Word of Wisdom – Rob M.
    “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”  ~ Deepak Chopra
  • Jokemaster – Sheryl R.


  • Most Effective Evaluator: Rob M.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Dominic
  • Speech of the Day: Pablo R.
  • Spark Plug Award: DeeLynn S.

Business & Reports:

  • Liz S. distributed the budget for 2016-2017 for review and approval by the membership. The proposal had been approved by the executive committee and was ready for adoption by the club. One comment made was that it did not include a likely venue fee for the upcoming Spooky Tales Contest since Renee’s facility was not available.  A motion to approve the budget was made by Rahul I. and seconded by Rob M. The motion passed with no opposition.
  • Karen R. mentioned she would be adding the role of videographer to the schedule, assigning one of the week’s pinch-hitters. If there are no pinch-hitters on a given week, the videography responsibilities will be assigned to the night’s jokemaster.
  • Emi B. was reminded to take the timing lights home for repair.

Executive Committee Meeting – July 2016

Meeting called to order at 8:41 pm.

Attendance: Michael M., Mike B., Casey B., Emi B., Liz S., and Rahul I.


Officer Reports:

Vice President Education (Karen absent)

  • Liz appreciated how Karen has scheduled out the entire year, planning for quarterly speech-a-thons following three-day weekends
  • There will be an emphasis on presenting modules this year, which benefit the club by instructing members on how to improve meetings (Successful Club Series), the basics of public speaking (Better Speaker Series), or leadership skills (Leadership Excellence Series), and it benefits the presenters by earning credit toward Advanced Leader awards. To date, Michael H. and Michael M. are scheduled to present module speeches. Karen will be approaching others with this opportunity as well.
  • Karen will need to present upcoming non-meeting dates (for example, December 27th) to the club membership for a vote of approval to cancel the meetings for those dates.
  • Liz will talk to Karen about creating a “videographer” role, or perhaps assign that task to the jokemaster or wisdom master. Emi will assume responsibility for uploading the video files to the YouTube channel.

Vice President Membership (Winona absent)

  • Emi recently purchased large quantities of folders from Staples at a good price and will assemble guest packets and orientation packets to be ready next Tuesday as we are out of both.
  • Need to recruit a back up for the VPM role for dates Winona is unable to attend.
  • Note Smedley Membership Campaign will be August 1 – September 30. This is a great opportunity for a member to earn credit in the Competent Leadership manual, project #8. We’ll need to open this up to the membership to discover who needs to complete this project.

Vice President Public Relations

  • Mike issued a heartfelt public apology for the tardiness of his report.
  • Mike’s equipment was stolen and with is the headshots he took a few months back. He plans to retake photos the end of August.

Vice President Mentoring

  • Casey also issued a public apology for the tardiness of his report but one-upped Mike by doing some pushups for us.
  • The question was posed of what the qualifications of being a mentor were. Emi suggested someone who has given the first three speeches and has cycled through each of the functionary roles, but also someone who displays confidence and a willingness to serve in this capacity.  Those who currently have no assigned mentee may definitely be approached for recruitment as a mentor.
  • The possibility of Casey publishing a club newsletter article about outside events was raised.


  • Liz just received the treasurer supplies and will be reviewing everything. It was already noted that the checkbook was missing and Michael will get that to her.
  • Michael’s and Liz’s roles need to be exchanged at the bank. They will need to print out an officer list to take with them to the bank.
  • Liz will send out last year’s budget. Requests for changes to line items need to be submitted to her by Sunday, July 24th so she will be prepared to present the budget to the club next week.


  • Working on uploading the officer reports for the last year to the website. Emi asked Liz if she still had agenda files she could email and will ask Sheryl for minutes.

Sergeant At Arms

  • Needs to recruit an assistant for those days Rahul is either unable to attend or won’t be able to arrive early, and someone to prepare as successor.

Meeting adjourned at 9:22 pm.

Il Bel Paese: July 19, 2016 Meeting

July 19, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 16 in attendance

Meeting Theme:  Il Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country)

Presiding Officer Michael M. led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments like a pro before introducing Toastmaster Emi.

  • Liz told us that for her company’s 30th anniversary event, the kids got to assign awards and she was the proud recipient of the “Most Culturally Eclectic” award
  • Rob encouraged us to read the article titled “Six White Lies Presenters Tell Themselves” from the most recent copy of the Toastmaster Magazine (link will be added when available)
  • Mike B gave a speech this morning and got great compliments and questions of how he was able to give a presentation without notes, which gave him the opportunity to tell others about Maverick and Toastmasters!
  • Sheryl shared that she is enjoying being an Area Director, having completed two of her clubs’ officer installations, and encourage everyone to consider applying for the position next year


  • Paul T, returning guest / former club member / soon to be club member again – he promised!
  • Lily, a first-time visitor?


  • Paul F., “A Giant Tsunami is Still Making Waves”
    Competent Communication Project #4: How to Say It
    Paul talked about the Boomers Generation and how they affected the church (an emphasis on youth programs, the rise of the megachurch, and introducing rock-n-roll style music) and how they have redefined “retirement.”
  • DeeLynn S., “A Work In Progress”
    Competent Communication Project #1: The Ice Breaker (her second one)
    DeeLynn described her journey from being a victim, to being a survivor, to being a thriver.
  • Michael H., “Pacific Aero Products Company”
    Competent Communication Project #7: Research Your Topic
    Michael gave us some fascinating facts and historical information about the Pacific Aero Products Company, known today as Boeing.

Table Topics

  • Sheryl R. assumed the role of Marco Polo and promoted her hometown of Venice
  • Deb M., a reformed member of the mafia, tried to encourage us to visit Naples
  • Visitor Paul T., AKA Caesar Augustus, described the beauty of Rome and how well the citizens honored him
  • Liz S. took us on a virtual tour of her vineyard, complete with wine tasting and seafood, while eschewing pasta as cliche
  • Michael M., a member of the famed Medici family, encouraged us to move our businesses to Florence
  • Rob M. told us that the wealthy homes ripe for plunder are what attracted him as a pirate


  • Toastmaster – Emi B.
  • Topicmaster – Rahul I.
  • General Evaluator – Mike B.
  • Wordmaster – Liz S.
    Word of the Day: Picturesque (adjective) – very pretty or charming, having pleasing qualities, strikingly graphic or vivid
  • Grammarian – Rob M.
  • Ah Counter – Michael M.
  • Timer – Mike H.
  • Word of Wisdom – Deb M.
  • Jokemaster – Mike H.


  • Most Effective Evaluator: Casey B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Liz S.
  • Speech of the Day: Paul F.
  • Spark Plug Award: Rahul I.

Business & Reports

  • Executive Committee (club officer) Meeting will begin 10 minutes after the club meeting adjourns.
  • Renee will be on inactive status through the beginning of September due to family issues. Keep her in your thoughts!

Adjourned 8:30 pm

Cool Places: July 12, 2016 Meeting

July 12, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 17 in attendance

New presiding Officer Michael M. led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments like a pro before introducing our Toastmaster.

Michael M.'s first "real meeting" as President of Maverick

Michael M.’s first “real meeting” as President of Maverick

Toastmaster Moments

  • Audrey D. has a new job (whoo-hoo!) and is looking forward to leaving for her vacation soon.
  • Renee R. ended up being hired as a care giver after having a conversation with another resident of her retirement community.
  • Michael M. experienced his first non-Maverick Toastmasters meeting by visiting Blu at their recent anniversary party. He found it to be a very eye-opening experience.


  • Dominic, a returning guest


  • Deb M., “Deborah”
    Competent Communication Project #1: The Ice Breaker
    Deb told us about her jobs, her movement around the country and world, and much more.
  • Casey B., “Living with ADD”
    Competent Communication Project #7: Research Your Topic
    Casey presented a very educational speech on ADD. He provided facts on the brain, qualities of individuals with ADD, and challenges those with ADD face. He provided a lot of personal examples.
  • Mike B., “Why Zoos are Important to a Community”
    Specialty Speeches Advanced Manual Project #1: Impromptu Speaking
    Mike provided his evaluator with five different topics to choose from and she chose to hear why zoos are important to a community. Mike proceeded to present an impromptu speech highlighting five different breeding programs active at the Phoenix Zoo, leading listeners to understand that zoos serve to preserve species.

Table Topics

  • DeeLynn S. answered the question of what the most extreme thing she’d ever done to get cool by describing living in northern California and going to beaches there and visiting Anchorage, Alaska during Christmas week, after admitting she hates the cold. We learned that there is, in fact, such a thing as “a dry cold.”
  • Karen R. answered the question of what the coolest place she’d ever gone to as a teenager by talking about going to camp during her teenage years.
  • Renee R. answered the question of how to dress for the heat by talking about regularly wearing cut sleeves and short pants.


  • Toastmaster – Audrey D.
  • Topicmaster – Liz S.
  • General Evaluator – Rahul I.
  • Wordmaster – DeeLynn S.
    Word of the Day: Vortex (n, plural vortices) – whirling mass of water, air, or flame
  • Grammarian – Paul F.
  • Ah Counter – Mike H.
  • Timer – Angel Y.
  • Word of Wisdom – Pablo R.
  • Jokemaster – Pablo R.


  • Most Effective Evaluator: Emi B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: DeeLynn S.
  • Speech of the Day: All 3 speakers went overtime!
  • Spark Plug Award: DeeLynn S.

Business & Reports

  • Toastmasters Leadership Institute (officer training) will be on Saturday, July 23rd
  • Executive Committee (club officer) Meeting will be held next Tuesday following the club meeting. Please submit officer reports to Michael M. by Sunday at 6:00 pm.
  • Contests: Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests
    – Club Contest will be held in August. Contestants and Functionaries will be needed; contact Karen to volunteer.
    – Area Contest will be held on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Monday, September 19th, at 6:15 pm. Emi will need volunteers for functionary roles.
  • Karen will be sending out Member Interest Surveys soon; please complete and return in a timely manner.

Adjourned 8:27 pm