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.


  • First time visitor, Lauren D.
  • First time visitor, Cheryl C.
  • Return visitor, Praveen M.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Toastmaster Moments was not called for tonight.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.


  • Dominic, a returning guest


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


Our newest members with their mentors during our induction ceremony.


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


  • 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

July 28, 2015 Club Meeting Minutes

July 28, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 17 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz Shaw


Pablo Rodriguez, CC project 1, titled “Use the Force” introduced himself in this Icebreaker with many Star Wars connections.  Evaluated by DJ McMurray.

Mike Becko, CC project  5 How Your Body Speaks titled “Big Moves Mask Small Moves” encouraged us to practice basic card magic with him.  Winning evaluation by Casey Block.

Rob McLeod, AC Storytelling – project 4 “What’s Bugging You,” shared the touching tale of his wife’s answer to prayer through the Bug salesmen names.  Evaluated by Michael Heier.

Table Topics by Emi Bauer – Snake Oil

Guest appearance of Emi’s son Paul demonstrating the Snake Oil game.  Michael Fritz told the winning sale’s spin on the Alien Abduction Protection Blanket


  • Toastmaster – Winona Petersen
  • Grammarian – Michael Millan
  • General Evaluator – David Douglas
  • Timer – DeeLynn Southwick
  • Ah Counter – Rahul Iyer
  • Wordmaster – Liz Shaw brought us “charlatan”
  • Word of Wisdom – Sheryl Ross
  • Jokemaster – Michael Fritz

Business & Reports

Treasurer Michael Millan presented the Maverick Club projected budget for2016.  DJ McMurray made the motion to accept and Winona Peterson seconded it.

President Liz Shaw stated we will bring the Executive Committee Meeting minutes for presentation next week.