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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.”