August 23, 2016 Maverick Club Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests at Sun Valley High School – 13 total in attendance
Presiding Officer Michael M. led us through the pledge and club mission statement before introducing the Contest Chair Rahul I.
- Since there was only one contestant for the Humorous Speech, Rahul I. motioned to appoint Mike B. as our club Humorous Speech representative. The motion was seconded by Emi and was approved by a vote of the membership present.
- Contest Chair: Rahul I.
- Chief Judge: Karen R.
- Timers: Michael K. and Paul F.
Table Topics Contest:
Question: If you could change anything, what would it be?
- Contestant #1: Michael M.
Michael talked about how cancer affected so many people and therefore, he wanted there to be a cure for cancer.
- Contestant #2: Audrey D.
Audrey talked about how on her recent trip to Europe, she was confronted about our presidential elections. She decided she would change our candidates.
- Contestant #3: Liz S.
Liz initially wanted to require licensing to have children, realized that would never happen, then decided a good compromise would be to offer parenting classes. Liz would teach people how to be better parents.
- Contestant #4: Mike B.
Mike decided that social media, like Facebook and Twitter, were doing damage to our ability to communicate and think critically so he would choose to do away with social media.
- 2nd Place: Mike B.
- 1st Place: Liz S.
The contest was adjourned and Mike B. was introduced to practice his contest speech.
Mike B. “Some of My Best Friends”
Mike shared some stories from his animal friends at the Phoenix Zoo and how they had some very human-like characteristics.
A round-robin evaluation was provided for Mike’s speech.
- Liz motioned to accept Jeff S. and Mike K. into membership. Rob seconded the motion. A quick vote of the club membership present passed the motion. Welcome to the Maverick Family, Jeff S. and Mike K.!
- Michael H. talked about being the Club Growth Director at the International Convention in Washington, D.C. Some of his responsibilities at the convention were to attend district leader training and interviewing candidates. He had a great time at the convention.
- Paul F. presided over the congregation at church. During his earlier run-through, he was a little nervous but when the time came, his Toastmasters training kicked in and he did very well, having memorized over 12 minutes of his presentation.
- Liz S. talked about how Rob’s “KKK” (Kefir, Kombucha, and Kraut) speech changed her life. She had to create counter space for her kefir and in doing so, started decluttering her whole kitchen, which turned into decluttering the rest of the house. She’s already made several trips to Goodwill and is seeing great progress.