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!

Money: August 30, 2016 Meeting

winonaAugust 30, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 11 total in attendance

Meeting Theme: Money

Vice President Membership Winona P. led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before introducing Toastmaster Rob M.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Paul helped direct those at a memorial service this week.
  • paulRob utilized listening skills refined at Toastmasters during a conversation with his wife.
  •  Sheryl attended a club contest today and though they were unprepared, she convinced a few of them to participate and the club had a successful contest.
  • Pablo was approached to start a new club at his place of work.
  • Liz negotiated insurance coverage for one of her program’s new participants and through that developed a solution to a recurring problem.



  • Deb M. “Social Motivation”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #3: Get to the Point
    Deb was inspired by the book “The Influencer.”  She described a process she went through with a troupe of girls and their parents as they worked together to build a parade float, dividing the backdrop into 3 seconds so each girl had a section to decorate; and what to do with the single trophy they had won, opting to have all names engraved on it and displaying it at the school where they met.
  • Casey B. “What an Adventure!”
    Entertaining Speaker Advanced Manual, Project #1: The Entertaining Speech
    A friend convinced Casey and a few others to go on a hike to Devil’s Chasm that turned out to be a series of problematic circumstances: an hour of travel on a dirt road with no signs of life, climbing up a rock face and nearly slipping off, nearly being crushed by a falling boulder, and finally giving up on reaching the Native American ruins.
  • Mike B. “Some of My Best Friends” or “A Few of My Close Friends,” depending on who you ask
    Practice run of humorous contest speech.
    Mike retold his contest speech, featuring antics from a handful of his animal friends at the Phoenix zoo.

Table Topics:

  • Which is it better to donate: time or money, and why?
    Audrey challenged us to go ahead and give money when we were able to, but encouraged us further to make donating time a priority.
  • What is something you’ve done right that you’re proud of?
    Pablo talked about giving back to the community because he believes “that children are our future; teach them well and….” He is particularly proud of his work with Guitars Not Guns and Junior Achievement.
  • What is something you would change about the student loan process?
    In not so few words, Emi basically said she wouldn’t change anything. She believes in being responsible and robpaying back loans, working hard for your own education rather than expecting someone else to pay it for you or simply forgive your debt.
  • The secretary missed Rob’s question but his answer was that to give sacrificially benefits everyone.


  • Toastmaster – Rob M.
  • Topicmaster – Michael H.
  • General Evaluator – Sheryl R.
  • Wordmaster – Pablo R.
    lizWord of the Day: Fiduciary (adjective): of, relating to, or involving a confidence or trust; (noun) a trustee
  • Grammarian – Winona P.
  • Ah Counter – Liz Sh.
  • Timer – Emi B.
  • Word of Wisdom – Audrey D.
  • Jokemaster – Liz S.


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

emiVice President Education Karen R. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Immediate Past President Liz presented the President’s Distinguished Club ribbon to the club.
  • Then Treasurer Liz announced the kickoff of dues renewals.
  • Emi and Sheryl presented their Home Club of the Area Director ribbons to the club.
  • Next week (the day after Labor Day) will be speech-a-thon day.
  • Karen called for a motion to pay $75 to the Gilbert Historical Museum for the venue fee for the Spooky Tales Contest on November 1st (that is $25 an hour for 3 hours). Liz so moved and Pablo seconded. The motion passed.



Aviation: August 16, 2016 Meeting

August 16, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 16 total in attendance, including 4 guests

Meeting Theme:  Aviation

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

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Rahul I. participated in an unsolicited telephone interview.
  • Deb M. was selected as a juror and was happy to report that she felt comfortable speaking in front of everyone.
  • Audrey D. started training and did very well.
  • Our guest Paulette was thankful for having already learned the importance of self-discipline with timing while at a recent meeting.


  • Angel’s son, Dominic, returned again and served both as videographer and wisdom master
  • Paulette loved us so much last week she returned for more
  • Jeff visited for the first time tonight and submitted his application by the end of the night
  • Phyllis, Paul’s wife, came to see what he’s been doing on Tuesday nights


  • Angel Y., “Alternative Healing”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #2: Organize Your Speech
    Angel shared her healing experiences at the Merritt Center in Payson, run by Betty Merritt for combat veterans. While there, she experienced three different types of alternative healing practices: Yoga Nidra, which utilizes that state between wake and sleep and benefits greatly those with conditions such as PTSD, sleep and mood disorders, and trauma; Cranial Sacral Therapy, which helps to alleviate the pain from physical injury and helps those with emotional and psychological distress; and Reiki, energy and touch treatment that helps to alleviate tension and stress and creates an environment for healing and emotional well-being.
  • Audrey D., “Giving and Receiving”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #10: Inspire Your Audience
    Audrey earned her Competent Communicator Award in style, inspiring us to become better givers of money and time and receivers of grace. She reframed the saying, “You’ve got to give until it hurts,” to “Sacrificial Giving” as modeled by her late grandmother and the widow’s offering of Mark 12. Audrey went on to reframe the saying, “You’ve got to give to get,” to give to be energized and to learn how to receive.
  • Sheryl R., “Opposition”
    Persuasive Speaking Advanced Manual, Project #4: Addressing the Opposition
    Sheryl gave us some insights on how she met and dated her husband Steve in college, with her family background in accepting what you’re told without question versus Steve’s family background of challenging and questioning everything. She continued on to talk about the specific issue of scripture vs science and how many conflicts are actually a conflict between science and tradition, rather than science and scripture. Through this story, Sheryl led to us to the concept of questioning, studying, and thinking for ourselves. Following her presentation, she expertly facilitated a Q&A session then concluded nicely by encouraging us not to settle for tradition or theory but to study and think.

Table Topics:

  • Karen R. was asked if she had a fear of heights or a fear of flying. She started out saying that with how frequently she flies, that wasn’t a fear for her. And while she started out saying she didn’t really have a fear of heights either, she eventually admitted that she might have a problem with a transparent walkway at the top of a tall building.
  • Mike B. was asked to share what brings him a sense of joy and magic like one might feel while flying. Mike told us that as a boy growing up, his father would often take him flying while doing all kinds of tricks, and he grew to love the rush of the experience. Because of this, he also enjoys roller coasters, which mimics the feeling of being in the air.



  • Toastmaster – Paul F.
  • Topicmaster – Winona P.
  • General Evaluator – Rob M.
  • Wordmaster – Karen R.
    Word of the Day: Soar (verb) – to increase very quickly in amount or price; to fly or sail often at a great height by floating on air currents; to rise quickly upward to a great height
  • Grammarian – Deb M.
  • Ah Counter – Mike B.
  • Timer – Rahul I.
  • Word of Wisdom – Dominic
  • Jokemaster – Karen R.


  • Most Effective Evaluator: Emi B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Karen R.
  • Speech of the Day: Sheryl R.
  • Spark Plug Award: Dominic, for being wisdom master and videographer

Business & Reports:

  • Congratulations to Audrey on earning her Competent Communicator Award! She received a standing ovation for achieving this milestone.
  • Club Speech Contest is NEXT WEEK!!!  Functionaries are still needed and there is still room for additional contestants. Contact Rahul now to sign up.
  • Officer meeting follows club meeting.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.”


    • 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.


    • 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.

August 18, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

August 18, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 19 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw


Leks Dominion, AC Humorously Speaking – project 1 Warm Up your Audience,  “A Date from Hell,” won Best Speaker weaving a tale of the Internet Lies uncovered when face to face.  Evaluation by Rahul Iyer.

Emi Bauer, CC project 8 – Get Comfortable with Visual Aids, “A Thousand & One or Somewhere in the Neighborhood,” spoke of what you can do with a piece of paper as she amazed us by making the origami swan expected in a Japanese wedding while speaking about the pressures of getting ready for the event. Winning evaluation by Michael Millan.

Table Topics Thanks for Being a Friend by Rob McLeod

Rob McLeod made us all think and desire to speak on the difference accounts of our friends.  DJ McMurray won with her commendation of Toastmaster friends.  Also took the Spark Plug Award.

Guest appearance of David DeCelles in 3rd visit


  • Toastmaster – Michael Heier
  • Grammarian – Mike Fritz
  • General Evaluator – Sheryl Ross
  • Timer – Winona Fox-Petersen
  • Ah Counter – Pablo Rodriguez
  • Wordmaster – DJ McMurray gave us “cohort – group showing a particular association”
  • Word of Wisdom – Liz Shaw
  • Jokemaster – Renee Russo

Business & Reports

Next week will host the Humorous Contest.  We verified each position filled for a contest.

July 14, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 15 in attendance

Business & Reports

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw


Rahul Iyer, completing CC project 10, “Watch Out for the Geek!” presented a list of famous people who grew up as geeks with a word picture of some of those challenges.  Evaluated by David Douglas.

Renee Russo, AC – The Entertaining Speaker project  4 Dramatic Talk titled “Stacie” described from the decision of picking a younger friend through some of the stretching moments of the friendship.  Evaluated by DeeLynn Southwick.

Liz Shaw, CC – Project 3 Get to the Point titled “Maverick Toastmasters 2015-2016 delivered her vision of our upcoming year and how committees could positively impact our club.  Evaluated by Michael Millan.

Table Topics – Running for Office

Pablo Rodriguez took the prize


  • Toastmaster – Casey Block
  • Grammarian – DJ McMurray
  • General Evaluator – Michael Fritz – wants agenda 10 minutes before start
  • Timer – Audrey Dieken
  • Ah Counter – Michael Heier
  • Wordmaster – Audrey Dieken brought “cavil”
  • Word of Wisdom – Pablo Rodriguez
  • Jokemaster – David Douglas
  • Guests –  Suzanne Millan