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.

Speeches:

  • 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!

Functionaries:

  • 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.

Awards:

  • 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.”

Your Book: September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 20 total in attendance including 4 guests

Meeting Theme: Your Book

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 4 guests, Michael then introduced Deb M. as the evening’s Toastmaster.

Guests

  • Visiting past president and newlywed Melanie C. (formerly Melanie R.)
  • Melanie’s “Arizona Mom,” first-time visitor Lucia
  • Student from CGCC Public Speaking class, first-time visitor Kianna
  • And a friend of Emi’s brother-in-law, looking-for-a-new-club occasional Toastmaster Keola T.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Audrey D. shared that she was video recorded at work!

Speeches:

  • Michael M. “Complaint Free World – Revisited”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #2: Organize Your Speech
    Two years ago, Michael gave a speech about the book, “A Complaint Free World,” by Will Bowen. At the time, he had taken the 21-day complaint free challenge and was able to achieve the 21-day goal. He learned some lessons through that experience:  it’s not easy (he experienced some backsliding, complaining about his “grandpa eyebrows” and losing a speech contest to Liz S.), some don’t care about his problems, and there are other things that can be done (in other words, tackle the problem and make progress). Michael challenged us to go complaint-free with him in October. Wear a wrist band and switch wrists every time you complain and try to avoid having to change wrists for 21 days straight.  (Evaluated by Paul F.)
  • Rahul I. “The Call from Nissan”
    Interpersonal Communication Advanced Manual, Project #3: Diffusing Verbal Criticism
    Before engaging in a role play with Deb M. about a real-world situation with an upset client, Rahul educated us on the five steps to diffusing verbal criticism with a customer: Listen more than talk, acknowledge the situation, ask careful, well-thought out questions, paraphrase what they say, and agree to established truths. (Evaluated by Emi B.)
  • Liz S. “The Most Common Mental Illness”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
    No, it is not depression, nor is it PTSD… it is anxiety. Liz may have felt anxiety due to the technical difficulties she suffered, not being able to get the computer hooked up to the projector, but she compensated nicely by showing us her laptop screen. As widespread as anxiety is, most people exhibit vague symptoms, like digestive problems, and consequently are often treated simply for the symptoms than the underlying cause of anxiety. Liz provided a few tips on coping with anxiety: the paradoxical method (giving yourself permission to feel anxious for just 30 minutes), make a plan (if that happens, then…), and, simplest of all, exercise. (Evaluated by Mike H.)

Table Topics:

  • If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?
    Emi B. said her autobiography would be titled, “My Transformation,” and would highlight the journey from agoraphobia to independence enabled by Toastmasters.
  • What was the last book you read?
    Melanie C. said the last book she read was “Contagious: Why Things Catch On,” that talked about why some You Tube videos go viral, because they go through all the “STEPPS.” Melanie would like to turn what she learned from this book into applications for her marketing job.
  • Audrey said the last book she read was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and asked what that said about her?
    Mike B. replied that it was pretty obvious… Audrey is most definitely born to run.
  • What is your favorite book that became a movie? Which was better?
    Steve F. said it was most definitely George Orwell’s “1984.” He said the book, which he still likes today, was superior to the movie, which had left out too much information.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Deb M.
  • Topicmaster – Audrey D.
  • General Evaluator – Pablo R.
  • Wordmaster – Mike B.
    Word of the Day:  braggadocio (noun) – the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave
  • Grammarian – Mike H.
  • Ah Counter – Sheryl R.
  • Timer – Casey B.
  • Word of Wisdom – Renee R.
  • Jokemaster – Renee R.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Michael H.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Melanie C.
  • Speech of the Day: Michael M.
  • Spark Plug Award: Renee R.

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!
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  • Everyone who Liz expected to renew has submitted their dues, except for newlywed Mike H. Congratulations, Mike H!
  • The Tonto Division Contest is this Saturday, 9:30 am, at Tempe Christian Church. Come cheer on Liz as she represents Maverick and Area T6 in the table topics contest!
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  • Renee will take meeting minutes in Emi’s absence next week.

Fall: September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 19 total in attendance including 3 guests

Meeting Theme: Fall

Substitute Sergeant At Arms Deb M. called the meeting to order and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. who led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before introducing Liz S. as the evening’s Toastmaster.

Guests

  • First time visitor Danica (long “a”)
  • First time visitor Praveen
  • Returning visitor and soon-to-be member Ali

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Pablo R. facilitated an event and was asked to give multiple last-minute presentations on topics with which he was previously unfamiliar. He credited Toastmasters with the confidence to rise to the occasion.
  • Michael M. said he felt like a “proud papa” at the Area Contest on Monday, during which Mike B. placed third in the humorous speech contest and Liz S. won the table topics contest.
  • Mike B. is thankful for the Toastmasters skills that enable him to frequently become the last minute facilitator at his networking meetings.
  • Liz S. informed us that the program where she works is being closed down and she is being reassigned to a position particularly due to the communication and leadership skills she’s learned through Toastmasters.
  • Renee R. used her listening skills then told her pastor she’d heard him use a filler. He took it well.

Speeches:

  • Mike K. “How Much Does an Elephant Weigh?” (a pick-up line to break the ice!)
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #1: the Ice Breaker
    We got to know Mike, getting glimpses of his upbringing as the child of Lebanese refugees who lived close to relatives and whose grandparents taught him morals and values. He founded his high school’s first robotics team and also enjoyed skateboarding and video recording their antics. A conversation with his chemistry teacher led him to majoring in micro-technology, which enabled him to get a job working at Intel here in Arizona. We’re so glad to have broken the ice with Mike K.!  (Evaluated by Sheryl R.)
  • Pablo R. “The Soundtrack of My Life”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #6: Vocal Variety
    If you missed this meeting, you missed a great performance by Pablo! Pablo took us through the journey of his life in song, starting with Sesame Street’s “Rubber Ducky,” on to some Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses, and Garth Brooks in college where country music saw him through his first heart break. In his young adult years, Ryan Adams and Alt Country saw him through his first marriage, divorce, and healing time.  We got to know many of the songs that saw Pablo through the milestones of his life. (Evaluated by Casey B.)
  • Renee R. “Traveling to Four States in Seven Days”
    Speaking to Inform, Project #1:  The Speech to Inform
    Renee reminisced about her trip from Arizona to Nebraska to visit her great-granddaughter Cora Hope, then their trip to Minnesota and on to Massachusetts. She hit traffic driving on to New Hampshire where she enjoyed meeting up with family at a wonderful Greek wedding where she danced and enjoyed a bonfire with s’mores. To top it off, she was privileged to witness Cora’s baptism and continued fellowship with family. (Evaluated by Mike B.)

Table Topics:

  • Friday was Harvest Moon that brings out the crazies. What odd or crazy event do you associate with the Harvest Moon?
    Paul T. told us that as a volunteer with the DPS, he can affirm that full moon nights do draw out the crazies. But, he said, Arizona crazies are nothing compared to New Jersey crazies! As temps cool, he hopes the crazies will opt to stay in.
  • Have you ever been caught by surprise due to a fall temperature change?
    Winona P. confessed that no, she hadn’t, but she did say she was a victim of the full moon the evening prior. She got boxed in by a van parked too close and had challenges pulling out of her space.
  • Tell us about your favorite fall festival.
    New member Steve F. said that Halloween was his favorite. He said he used to be the “grumpy old guy taking two kids around the block,” but since he discovered a house that had treats for kids and a baseball game for the adults, it’s not so bad.
  • Guest Praveen also answered Steve’s question, agreeing that Halloween was a fun time to take his six year old out, but he’s pretty sure the dental industry is behind the tradition.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Liz S.
  • Topicmaster – Deb M.
  • General Evaluator – Audrey D.
  • Wordmaster – Emi B.
    Word of the Day:  Temperate (adjective): having temperatures that are not too hot or too cold; emotionally calm and controlled; avoiding behavior that goes beyond what is normal, healthy, or acceptable
  • Grammarian – Michael M.
  • Ah Counter – Michael H.
  • Timer – Paul F.
  • Word of Wisdom – Paul T.
  • Jokemaster – Winona P.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Casey B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Winona P.
  • Speech of the Day: Pablo R.
  • Spark Plug Award: Steve F.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Liz moved to accept Steve F. into membership and there were so many seconds the secretary couldn’t decide who was first. However, Paul T. was sitting close to her and that was who she heard above all others, so Paul T. is officially credited with seconding the motion, which passed. Welcome to the club, Steve!
  • Executive committee follows the club meeting.
  • Treasurer Liz S. said this renewals season was the easiest on record. Of those expected to renew, we’re just missing Mike H. who had the nerve to get married during renewals time. Congratulations, Mike!!!
  • Mike K. was inducted as a member, led by VPM Winona P. and with Casey B. as a stand-in mentor.

Apple for the Teacher: September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 16 total in attendance including 1 returning guest

Meeting Theme: Apple for the Teacher

Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. who led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before reintroducing Rahul I. as the evening’s Toastmaster.

Before we get started…

  • Past member Paul T. submitted his application for membership and dues payment. Liz S. moved to vote Paul T. back into membership and though there were multiple enthusiastic seconds, Rahul I. jumped in there first. The vote to approve his membership was unanimous.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Newly re-admitted member Paul T. shared that he recently chaperoned a bus trip with a group of ROTC cadets and he was able to maintain order during the trip.
  • Audrey D. was called upon to present an impromptu speech at church and she felt very good about her three minute presentation that was free of fillers.
  • Rob played with a group at the Diamond Backs game and thanked Toastmasters for teaching him the discipline of timing since in music, “timing is everything.”

Speeches:

  • Paul F. “Water Competency – Making Water Your Friend”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #5: Your Body Speaks
    Paul said his relationship with water started out positively; he enjoyed swimming and more. But water can also be deadly. For example, as a child at a camp pool, he took in water and had to struggle to get out. At the age of 16 Paul took a water safety course and became a lifeguard, then went on to become a water safety instructor. Paul went on to challenge us to become more competent around water by striving to meet the American Red Cross‘s five water competencies: entering the water, getting to the surface, orienting to an exit, swimming for 25 yards, and exiting the water.
  • Michael H. “2977 Flags”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #9: Persuade With Power
    Michael’s speech inspired us all to visit the City of Tempe’s Healing Field. He described a visit to the field during 9/11 remembrances to see the 2,977 flags in honor of each of the lives lost on 9/11 and how each flag was labeled with the name of one of those lives. It was, Michael said, a great departure from the first world issues prevalent in the news today.
  • Emi B. “NAET Preliminary Autism Study”
    Speaking to Inform, Project #4:  A Fact-Finding Report
    Emi shared some staggering facts from the 2004 NAET Autism Study that had 88% of the test subjects moved from special education to regular education classes and had their diagnosis of autism removed by their family doctor or neurologist. She encouraged everyone to pass the word on to friends or family who had autistic children to look into participating in the current large-scale global study and provided contact information for her employer who is a participating practitioner.

Table Topics:

  • If you were to honor  a person who taught you a special lesson, who would that be and why?
    Deb replied that it would be her business law instructor, someone to whom she did actually send a card of thanks and acknowledgement.
  • Did you ever receive a gift in response to helping someone?
    Mike B. said that yes, he had received a little statue from a participant in one of his classes.
  • Tell about a time or situation when you felt an apple was deserved?
    Mike K. happily awarded Table Topic Master Sheryl R. an apple right then for putting up with being clicked repeatedly during her spiel.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Rahul I.
  • Topicmaster – Sheryl R.
  • General Evaluator – Casey B.
  • Wordmaster – Michael M.
    Word of the Day:  Acumen (noun): the ability to think clearly and make good decisions
  • Grammarian – Liz S.
  • Ah Counter – Audrey D.
  • Timer – Paul T.
  • Word of Wisdom – Renee R.
  • Jokemaster – Mike B.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Rob M.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Mike B.
  • Speech of the Day: Paul F.
  • Spark Plug Award: Paul T.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Welcome back, Renee! You were missed!
  • Mike B. will have his camera and background set up for PR headshots next week.
  • Liz reminded everyone that dues are due. $63 by check payable to Maverick Toastmasters, cash, or credit card.
  • Emi could still use help with the Area T6 contest on Monday. Click here to sign up.
  • Sheryl also has openings for roles at the Area T1 contest on Saturday afternoon. Contact Sheryl to volunteer.
  • Michael H. broke our hearts by announcing he will not be renewing his dues with Maverick.
  • Officers meeting is next week; submit officer reports by Sunday.

Left Brain – Right Brain: August 9, 2016 Meeting

August 9, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 18 total in attendance, including 4 guests

Meeting Theme:  Left Brain – Right Brain

Presiding Officer Michael M. led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before changing from his presiding officer hat to his Toastmaster hat.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Audrey D. was asked to run a Bible study at church and had no problems successfully leading the one hour study.
  • Emi B. recently used many of her Toastmasters skills dealing with and resolving a recent series of fraudulent charges on her credit card.
  • Rahul I. did well on his mid-year performance. It was mentioned that his leadership and communication skills had all improved.
  • Our guest, Dominic, said that observing and participating in our club meetings over the last few weeks has helped him with his on-camera school broadcasts.

Guests:

  • Angel’s son, Dominic, returned again – we so enjoy having him with us!
  • DeeLynn S. brought a guest, Paulette who seemed to really enjoy herself
  • Mike, a visitor from last November, returned to visit us again
  • Roya, Mike’s girlfriend

 Speeches:

  • Rob M., “WHAT A WOMAN!!!”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #6: Vocal Variety
    Rob paid homage to his mother, Joann, in his touching speech tonight. This amazing woman survived having five children in six years, with no car of her own, raising her “little dickens” and taking personal mental health moments like painting the walls or sending the children to take naps. She has been able to call three generations of children her “little dickens,” and prepares to celebrate her 83rd birthday this year.
  • Liz S., “Bang for the Buck”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #9: Persuade With Power
    In preparation for the dues renewals period where the dues increase take affect, Liz compared the Toastmasters program to the Dale Carnegie program. Whereas six months of membership with Maverick will be $63, or less than $2 per meeting, an 8 week Dale Carnegie program will coast $64.10 an hour. While some have heralded the Dale Carnegie program as “life changing,” Liz truly experienced life-changing progress thanks to Toastmasters, getting off her depression and anxiety medications and retiring her service dog.

Table Topics:

  • Sheryl R. was asked to share either a recent non-fiction book she’s read, or her favorite poet or children’s author. She talked about a romance novel she read recently, one evening starting her read at 7:00 pm and not putting the book down until after midnight. She could not remember the author’s name, which the audience agreed was evidence she was right-brained.
  • Pablo R. admitted that it was more apt he be voted “Most likely to get lost in a mall” than “Most likely to invent the time machine.” He talked about a recent shopping experience where he spent 45 minutes in the parking lot looking for his car. Everyone agreed he was most definitely right-brained.
  • Angel Y. was asked about her morning routine in selecting her outfit for the day, a silly choice of questions for the Table Topics Master to ask her, since she always arrives at meetings in her scrubs. She said before the scrubs, she wore military uniforms. In between, she admitted she did go shopping for a new wardrobe in preparation for working in real estate. Although Angel’s question and answer didn’t really reveal which hemisphere of her brain was dominant, she said she was right-brained.
  • Paul F. was asked how he prioritized and completed multiple projects. Paul said it all started with a nap, followed by making a list, followed by abandoning the list… His response indicated he was both right- and left-brained and Paul agreed.
  • Kay D. was asked what she would do to prepare for a free grand-prize trip to Hawaii. She said it started with losing weight so she could fit into her swimsuit, followed by careful wardrobe planning and estimating cash needs and how to get as many free drinks as possible during the flight over, clearly showing her left-brained mind.
  • Dominic was asked if he would prefer to be an actor in a theater production or the director. Dom admitted to preferring to do this his way and said he’d prefer to be the director. He felt that role would also enable him to exercise his creativity. Although, he would be okay with being an actor as well. The general consensus was that Dom was both right- and left-brained and mom Angel agreed.
  • Paulette was asked if she would prefer a trip to a science and technology center, or a guided tour of a 500 year old cathedral. She said she would like anything that enabled her to interact with children, and yet, she preferred it be nothing related to technology. Agreement was that Paulette is clearly right-brained.

Functionaries:

  • Toastmaster – Michael M.
  • Topicmaster – Emi B.
  • General Evaluator – Rahul I.
  • Wordmaster – Michael H.
    Word of the Day: Copacetic (adjective) – very satisfactory
  • Grammarian – Angel Y.
  • Ah Counter – Pablo R.
  • Timer – Deb M.
  • Word of Wisdom – Paul F.
    Paul shared some wisdom from the book, Axiom, by Bill Hybels.
  • Jokemaster – Kay D.

Awards:

  • Most Effective Evaluator: Audrey D.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Sheryl R.
  • Speech of the Day: Liz S.
  • Spark Plug Award: Paulette

Business & Reports:

  • Michael H. put out a call for contestants and functionaries for the August 23rd club contest. He will be chief judge and Rahul is the contest manager. Interested members can talk to either of them.  Don’t forget: you can receive manual credit for participating in the humorous speech contest; it would make a good project #5 or #6. The speech needs to be 5-7 minute and have a beginning, middle, and end (it should not simply be a series of jokes like a stand-up comedy routine).
  • Emi B. reminded everyone next week is new member orientation in the adjacent room, starting at 6:30 pm.
  • Michael M. added that next week is also the executive committee meeting following the club meeting. Please submit officer reports to the officer email address by Sunday night.
  • Liz made a motion for Deb M. to take the VPE role starting when Karen becomes no longer available – the precise date to be announced. Michael H. seconded the motion and the motion was approved by the club membership.

Vacations: August 2, 2016 Meeting

August 2, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 15 souls braved the torrential downpour, including 1 guest

Meeting Theme:  Vacations

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

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Emi B. did her one hour presentation at ITT Tech again and this time deliberately left her notes at home (the last time it was by accident). She skipped one small section but overall was happy with how she did.
  • Mike B. was called upon to give a last minute presentation at his networking group last week. He did very well, as we knew he would.

Guest:

  • DSCN0883All other prospective guests were scared off by the storm, but Steve, a guest from Mike B.’s networking group, was brave enough to make it.

 Speeches:

  • Michael M., “Becoming a Distinguished Club”
    Successful Club Series Module
    Michael reviewed what it will take for Maverick to continue its legacy of being a President’s Distinguished Club. He included a lot of great personal anecdotes.
  • DSCN0885Rahul I., “Car Trouble”
    Interpersonal Communication Advanced Manual, Project #2: The Successful Negotiator
    Rahul’s speech had 3 parts: a brief speech on the skill of negotiating and the different types of outcomes, a role play with Mike H. where one was a dealer maintenance customer service representative and Rahul a customer with a car with a failing transmission; and a Q&A on the role play scenario.
  • Table Topics:
    • DeeLynn S. was asked what her dream vacation would be if neither time nor money were factors. She talked about a trip she had heard of about 30 years ago – going to Turtle Island and being cooked for by a personal chef, having a private bungalow and private beach… all for the bargain price of $20,000 for two weeks.
    • Liz S. was asked whether she would take a 30 day trip to Europe or the far East. She said that she had always wanted to visit Scotland and Greece, but economic conditions being what they were, she’d opt for Scotland. She envisioned herself staying in a castle, perhaps one that was haunted. She concluded by letting us know she’d been saving up for a trip to Ireland but she was going to change that to Scotland.
    • Karen R. was asked what the worst vacation she ever took was. She started off teasing that it was a trip she’d taken with “Uncle Mike B.” but quickly confessed it was a trip to Green Bay, WI she’d taken as a college student where everything went wrong from having to shovel snow to get out of their driveway, to being late getting the airport, to having to turn the plane around as it approached the airport in Green Bay, and even more.
    • Deb M. was asked what the biggest surprise she’d ever gotten while on a vacation was. She talked about a trip from Orlando to St. Martin by way of San Juan. They ended up not being able to catch a flight out of San Juan and ended up just hanging out at the airport when a stranger suddenly greeted them with enthusiasm and engaged them in conversation.  It was a pleasant surprise.
    • Our guest Steve took on the question of whether he would choose to visit Southern Europe or Scandinavia. He said he would choose to go back to Scandinavia and told us a fun story of his last visit where, even though his physical features resembled the locals, he was clearly “the runt of the litter.”

    Functionaries:

    • Toastmaster – Casey B.
    • Topicmaster – Mike B.
    • General Evaluator – Emi B.  ….wow, power to the B’s!
    • Wordmaster – Deb M.
      Word of the Day: Terminus (noun) – the end of a travel route (e.g. bus or train); final goal or finishing point; a post or stone marking a boundary
    • Grammarian – Sheryl R.
    • Ah Counter – Angel Y. & DeeLynn S.
    • Timer – Paul F.
    • Word of Wisdom – Angel Y.
      Angel talked about the teamwork utilized by a flock of geese.
    • Jokemaster – Mike H.

    Awards:

    • Most Effective Evaluator: Rob M.
    • Best Table Topics Speaker: Our guest, Steve
    • Speech of the Day: Michael M.
    • Spark Plug Award: Angel Y.

    Business & Reports:

    • Emi asked everyone willing to please complete a photo release form and submit it to her so that she can post photos on the blog and on Facebook. She will not post photos of those who do not submit a release form.
    • Emi also announced she has openings for Assistant Area Director, as well as for Contest Manager and Chief Judge for the September 19th Area T6 Contests. Contact Emi for more information or if you are interested.
    • Karen announced and distributed flyers for the August 23rd club humorous speech and table topics contests.
    • Karen also announced she will be leaving us soon since her husband has gotten a job in Florida. She will continue in her role of VPE for as long as she can, but the position will become available soon, so please consider volunteering for the role. We will most definitely mourn the loss of Karen as a member of our club.

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.

Guest:

  • Dominic, a returning guest

Speeches

  • 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.

Functionaries

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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

October 6, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

October 6, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 14 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw

Induction Ceremony for Karen Russ and Pablo Rodriquez

october_induction

Our newest members with their mentors during our induction ceremony.

Speeches

Karen Russ, CC IcebreakerProject 1, winning speech revealed her love of travel with some exciting unexpected family trips.   Evaluated by Liz Shaw as the winning evaluation.

DJ McMurray, CC Project 8 Get Comfortable with Motions in  “13 Ranking Motions,” whetted our appetites for her upcoming presentation.   Evaluation by Michael Millan.

Emi Bauer, REP- “Coming Soon to a Maverick Meeting” teased us in what she will be discussing at a later meeting.   Evaluation by Rahul Iyer.

Table Topics by Winona Petersen with “Last Minute,” making up solutions in immediate problems

  • Michael Heier introduced Japanese guests gaining moments to prepare to as host
  • David DeCelles adlibbed Boy Scout vs. bear problem
  • Nydia won with her fallen skirt stage solution
  • Sheryl Ross cleaned the toilets at the wedding

Guest appearance

  • Nydia was a first timer

Functionaries

  • Toastmaster – Casey Block
  • Grammarian – Michael Heier
  • General Evaluator – DeeLynn Southwick
  • Timer – Mike Becko
  • Ah Counter – Sheryl Ross
  • Wordmaster – Rahul Iyer brought us “dilatory – slow to act or intending to cause delay”
  • Word of Wisdom – Pablo Rodriquez
  • Jokemaster – Liz Shaw

Business & Reports

Mike Becko made a motion to vote in David DeCelles as member.  Winona Petersen seconded.

October 17th at Tempe Christian Church – Speech Contest

October 27th Spooky Tales Contest at Renee’s Club House

Adjourned 8:30 pm

September 15, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting minutes and officer reports from the September 15, 2015 meeting are available on the club website under Member Resources > Officer Resources > Officer Reports.

All members are invited to attend Executive Committee meetings and contribute to the discussions. The next officer meeting will follow the October 20, 2015 club meeting – feel free to attend!