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.

Guests

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    Competent Communication Manual, Project #4: How to Say It
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President Deb M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports: