A New Year

December was a busy month for Maverick Toastmasters. I was away most of November and there was no meeting the week of Christmas. Maverick Toastmasters hosted a white elephant holiday party on December 12, 2017 in place of the regular meeting.

We started out the new year on January 2, 2018 with a group trip to see Zoo Lights. Our first official meeting of 2018 was January 9, 2018  with the topic of A Whole New World.

Earl Schreiner gave an amazing Icebreaker Speech at this meeting. Earl was born in Honduras and he has led such an interesting life that we are all looking forward to hearing his next speech. This was followed by Emi Bauer’s recitation of a passage from a novel written by Patrick Rothfuss. I enjoyed her interpretation so much that I bought the book.

The TLI leadership training is happening now! There is one more session in Phoenix on January 19, 2018 at 6p.m in Scottsdale.  If you have not already attended, I would encourage our officers to attend. I attended the first session. At TLI I saw a few old friends, plus I had the opportunity to meet some new ones. The best part of this experience was that I walked away with some great tips on how to enhance the Toastmasters experience.

On January 16, 2018 Maverick Toastmasters is hosting an open house. This will provide an opportunity for anyone who is curious about Toastmasters to meet the officers and ask questions before the regular meeting.

Maverick Toastmasters Open House:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:15 – 6:45pm.
Location is Sun Valley High School located on the NE corner of Lindsay and Gilbert Road in Gilbert.
Snacks provided compliments of Michael Milan from Oak for less.

I look forward to another year of great speeches, meeting new friends, and wonderful adventures with my fellow Toastmasters.

Happy New Year to all.

We Are Busy Enjoying The Season

A lot has been happening with our Maverick Toastmasters over the last month.  Not only are the temperatures dropping a few degrees, but the Maverick Toastmasters Club has been very busy.


At every meeting we present a word of the day.  Anyone who fails to use the word during the meeting would feed our beloved kitty with a nickel. Kitty had  a slight accident and is no longer able to perform her role. However, one of our members brought Piggy to join the group. Piggy likes to dress in her finest clothes and she is such a fan of Maverick Toastmasters that she even sports a Maverick tattoo!


Our very own Liz Shaw won the humorous speech contest at the area level and moves on to compete at the district level.  Way to go Liz!!!!

Michael Milan was presented with his Advanced Leader Communication Certificate.

Congratulations Michael!

On October 24, 2017 Maverick Toastmasters hosted their annual Spooky Tales Contest. This was a family friendly event with good food, fun, and everyone is welcome to sign up to share a scary story.  The MC was Elvira, also known as Liz Shaw. We owe a huge thank you to Liz for helping to make the evening so much fun!


We had some amazing speakers, and some incredible costumes.  The winning speech was delivered by a future Toastmaster, Riley Feld.  Her brother Jack Feld won best costume.  Additional prizes were handed out for Scariest costume, Creative costume, Guest Participation, and best overall costume. 

Upcoming events:


A Speech a Thon on October 31, 2017.

There will be a special presentation on first meeting in November to cover the new Pathways system that Toastmasters will be implementing.


Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

Ending August By Adding Some Humor

Maverick Toastmasters held it’s Humorous Speech Contest on August 22, 2017. We had the opportunity to listen to several seasoned speakers deliver speeches that had everyone laughing.

Participants were:

Sheryl Ross
Mike Becko
Liz Shaw
Michael Milan

Lauren Castillo
Sheryl Ross
Liz Shaw

Contest chair Deb Moore
Contest Manager Steve Feld
Chief Judge Emi Bauer

Although all of the speeches were wonderful, there can only be one winner.

The winning speech “Too Much Lettuce” was delivered by Liz Shaw

Congratulations to Liz on making us all laugh.

Maverick has a Spooky tales Contest on October 24, 2017. This is a family friendly event with food and good company. All are welcome to attend. The location and time will be published soon.

Having Fun While Enjoying The Journey

Public Speaking is one of the most intimidating things a person can do; but it is so much easier with the right people to support us.   The  comment I always hear from guests and new members about Maverick Toastmasters is how fun the meetings are and how much they enjoy  the positive energy in the group.  I could not agree more.  Maverick Toastmaster members encourage and support each other, which is  big part of our success as a club.

It is always so exciting to watch our members progress in their Toastmasters Journey. This week we recognized Michael Milan for attaining his Advanced Leadership Bronze certification.
Pablo Rodriguez delivered his final speech in the Competent Communicator Series.

Congratulations to Michael, and Pablo!!




Everyone loves to have fun and Maverick Toastmasters has some exciting events scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

On Tuesday night, August 22, 2017, Maverick Toastmasters will host a humorous speech contest. It will be a fun evening as we listen to speeches that make us laugh.

On Tuesday September 5, 2017 Maverick will be hosting a speech-a-thon. All members are invited to participate and everyone is welcome to attend.

On October 24, 2017, Maverick Toastmasters will be hosting a Spooky Tales speech contest. This will be a family friendly evening with food, fun, and spooky stories.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Maverick Toastmasters Summer 2017

Maverick Toastmasters is a group that encourages members to improve speaking skills in a positive supportive environment. I must say that it has been an exciting Summer for Maverick Toastmasters.

In June, Maverick Toastmasters celebrated three years as a Distinguished Toastmaster Club. The celebration was at Gilbert Historical Museum with good food, great company, and some guest speakers from District 3.

In July, the new officers for 2017 to 2018 Maverick Toastmasters stepped into their new roles:

Steve Feld- President
Ashley Barnett -Seargent at Arms
Deborah Moore – VP of Education
Lauren Castillo – VP Membership
Cheryl Cheng – Secretary
Bob Rinne – Treasurer
Rahul Ayer – VP of Public Relations

On August 22, 2017 there will be Humorous Speech Contest hosted by Maverick Toastmasters. The Location will be at Sun Valley High School on Lindsay and Southern in Gilbert Arizona. Feel free to attend and hear some great speeches!

On October 24, 2017 Maverick Toastmasters will be hosting their annual Spooky Tales Speech Contest. It will be an evening of costumes, great food, good company, and some spooky stories! Watch for more information on this in September!

Rumor has it that on Halloween night Maverick Toastmasters will host a speech-a-thon. All are welcome to come listen to some great speeches! More to come on this in September.

June 28, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting

June 28, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 16 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz S

Theme: “Picnics”


Sheryl R, AC Specialty Speeches Project 5 Introducing the Speaker – “Handling Introductions” related motivation, and past achievements in presenting the speaker Emi.  Evaluation by DeeLynn S.

Emi B, AC Interpretive Speeches Project 2 Interpreting Poetry – “The Highway Man” emotionally moved us in this winning reading of this famous poem.  Evaluated winningly by Rob M.

Table Topics of picnic memories and dreams brought by Karen R.

  • Michael M transport us to his ideal picnic in CA with his family reunion
  • Winning TT Casey colored the atmosphere with Red Rocks in CO in special concert
  • Deb hiked us along the river with her dogs in Zion National Park for her favorite site
  • DeeLynn packed her picnic basket with cold chicken, grapes, apples and nuts for her hike in Utah
  • Pablo H invited us all to a grilled Mexican fiesta for his favorite picnic
  • Michael H2 wanted baseball, fireworks and Cracker Jacks at his favorite event
  • Angel Y smilingly described the picnic necessities of a CA beach and her boyfriend as her favorite
  • Liz S preferred 4 wheeling over hiking with a cooler loaded with salad and sandwich fixings.
  • Mike B interpreted a famous picnic picture asking “Who is watching the children?”
  • Renee R always brought out the red and white checkered tablecloth under her red cups to keep the tradition alive

Guests – Matt and from Singapore Jung


  • Toastmaster – Renee R
  • Grammarian – Pablo H
  • General Evaluator – Michael H1
  • Timer – Mike B
  • Ah Counter – Casey B
  • Wordmaster – Michael 2 drug us into “procrastination”
  • Word of Wisdom – Casey B
  • Jokemaster – Deb M

Old Business & Reports

New Business

New president Michael Millan introduced to club

Adjourned 8:30 pm

June 21, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting

June 21, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 18 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz S

Theme: “Summer is Here”


Michael M, CC Project 3 Get to the Point – “Where is the Love?” called for respect for President James Madison reporting on his biography.  Winning evaluation by Mike B.

Rob M, CC Project 3 Get to the Point – “All in a Day’s Work” taught us in this winning speech a little of the regular day in the life of a firefighter.  Evaluated by Winona F-P.

Table Topics of summer memories brought by Pablo H

  • Karen’s recollection of Grease with its summer treats brought us some heat
  • DeeLynn got stuck in summer school – at a competitor’s school even!
  • Bill’s favorite summer movie was Rocky so he invited all outdoors for a tussle
  • Rahul won describing the white sandy beach in Vietnam while downing fresh summer seafood
  • Mike H2 almost got talked into singing as he shared his wild youth drinking at the bar
  • Liz stated the only worthy summer music is the Beach Boys and told us how she shared it

Guests – Bill, Zack and John


  • Toastmaster – Sheryl R
  • Grammarian – Mike H2
  • General Evaluator – Renee Russo
  • Timer – Michael H1
  • Ah Counter – Liz s
  • Wordmaster – Angel melted us with “incalescence”
  • Word of Wisdom – Rahul I
  • Jokemaster – DeeLynn S

Old Business & Reports


New Business

Held short EC meeting to verify TLI and succession plan in place.  Thanked all for received monthly reports.

Adjourned 8:200 pm

June 7, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting

June 7, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 15 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz S

Theme: “It’s Only a Dry Heat”


Alan H, CC – Project 5 Your Body Speaks in “The Jump,” airlifted us into his tale about sky diving as he unrolled the steps to learn how.  He included special places he jumped also.  Evaluation by Pablo R.

Kay D, CC “Your Teachers Were Right” discoursing on correct posture with its benefits.  Evaluation by Michael H.

Audrey D, CC Project 9 Persuade with Power – “Volunteer!” deflated 3 excuses (No time, talent or opportunity) for not doing this.  Then she shared websites to help us get started in a place we would enjoy.  Evaluated winningly by Liz S.

Table Topics brought by Pablo R

  • Michael M’s way to cope with the heat is to spend more time in the pool
  • Scott won sharing his favorite activity to avoid the heat
  • Mike B described his favorite drink – something Moscow served in a copper cup
  • Sheryl’s favorite drink in the hot weather was ice cold milk over Coco Puffs

Guest – Scott, Mark


  • Toastmaster – Liz S as Renee went missing
  • Grammarian – Michael M
  • General Evaluator – Rahul I
  • Timer – DeeLynn S
  • Ah Counter – Rob stating our winning error overwhelmingly was “SO!”
  • Wordmaster – Sheryl sizzled with “piquant”
  • Word of Wisdom – Michael M
  • Jokemaster – Rob M

Old Business & Reports


New Business

EC meeting to reschedule later

Adjourned 8:30 pm

May 31st Speechathon

May 31, 2016 Speechathon at Sun Valley High School

Presiding Officer Liz S

We had some wonderful speeches but I can only give a few comments as I was evaluating Alan’s Icebreaker while we moved along.  Here are some highlights:

  • Emi instructed us on the Gatepoints of electrical flow through our bodies
  • Liz provided 5 Points of Evaluation2) Mention type of speech4) Tell what besides meeting the objectives was great about the speech
  • 5) Always provide a summary
  • 3) Provide a challenge
  • 1) State speaker’s name
  • Sheryl facilitated a discussion on what type of events could we provide to raise the level of our conversation with the nominations of:
  • Host a debate, join together at a bar, have another speech contest, party at a pool, try a bonfire, have a slumber party, travel in a Progressive Dinner (homes or restaurants), participate in a painting party, and finally bowl.
  • Alan told of traveling through 100 countries with the difficulty prejudice and hatred makes now for safe exchanges.
  • Rob demonstrated making Kefer and then handed out excellent instruction sheets on this probiotic
  • Michael H noted that in Marketing Toastmasters we think outside the boxServeGrow as we push ourselves in new areas
  • Pray – talk – reflect – meditate
  • Share our story
  • We share communication
  • Paul reminded us of important parts of listening
  • a) Reflect carefully watching our tone as we repeat back what we heard, b) validate the speaker, c) show empathy
  • Renee shared the excitement of meeting her great granddaughter

Table Topics was skipped

Guest – Scott

Functionaries’ roles were minimized as most toastmasters spoke and evaluated.


Adjourned 9:20 pm

May 24, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting

May 24, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 16 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz S

Theme: “Hail to the Class of 2016”


Michael H2, CC Project 1 Ice Breaker – “Hello My Name is…” gave a blitzkrieg smattering of his life including family members, locations and favorite girl.  Evaluation by DeeLynn S.

Rahul I, AC Interpersonal Communication Project 1 Conversing with Ease “Welcome  to the Vatican”  included a role play with Paul demonstrating the 4 levels.  Evaluation by Sheryl R.

Liz S, CC Project Persuade with Power – “Do You Want to Feel Better?” taught us in this winning speech the reason why we needed inflammation for healing.  Evaluated winningly by Emi B.

Table Topics brought by Rob M on Valedictorian graduation speeches (from REAL colleges)

  • Casey’s college specialized in music
  • Blair’s winning topic matriculated the Poultry
  • Kay’s college courses included business to help keep track of that cannabis

Guest – Scott, Rosie & Blair


  • Toastmaster – Michael H1
  • Grammarian – Angel Y
  • General Evaluator – Pablo Rodriquez
  • Timer – Casey B
  • Ah Counter – Kay D
  • Wordmaster – Paul F graduated us into “matriculate”
  • Word of Wisdom – Sheryl R
  • Jokemaster – Casey B

Old Business & Reports

Great report from Tempe’s Spring Conference with Michael voted in as Club Growth, Rob receiving his DTM and audience tears from Liz S International Speech.

New Business

Canceled EC meeting to reschedule later

Adjourned 8:30 pm