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!

Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contest: August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 Maverick Club Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests at Sun Valley High School – 13 total in attendance

Presiding Officer Michael M. led us through the pledge and club mission statement before introducing the Contest Chair Rahul I.


  • Since there was only one contestant for the Humorous Speech, Rahul I. motioned to appoint Mike B. as our club Humorous Speech representative. The motion was seconded by Emi and was approved by a vote of the membership present.


  • Contest Chair: Rahul I.
  • Chief Judge: Karen R.
  • Timers: Michael K. and Paul F.

Table Topics Contest:  

Question: If you could change anything, what would it be?

  • Contestant #1: Michael M.
    Michael talked about how cancer affected so many people and therefore, he wanted there to be a cure for cancer.
  • Contestant #2: Audrey D.
    Audrey talked about how on her recent trip to Europe, she was confronted about our presidential elections. She decided she would change our candidates.
  • Contestant #3: Liz S.
    Liz initially wanted to require licensing to have children, realized that would never happen, then decided a good compromise would be to offer parenting classes. Liz would teach people how to be better parents.
  • Contestant #4: Mike B.
    Mike decided that social media, like Facebook and Twitter, were doing damage to our ability to communicate and think critically so he would choose to do away with social media.

Contest Results:

  • 2nd Place: Mike B.
  • 1st Place: Liz S.

mike_second   liz_first

The contest was adjourned and Mike B. was introduced to practice his contest speech.

Mike B. “Some of My Best Friends”
Mike shared some stories from his animal friends at the Phoenix Zoo and how they had some very human-like characteristics.

A round-robin evaluation was provided for Mike’s speech.

Where did the vet stick that hand?!?!

Where did the vet stick that hand?!?!

Club Business:

  • Liz motioned to accept Jeff S. and Mike K. into membership. Rob seconded the motion. A quick vote of the club membership present passed the motion. Welcome to the Maverick Family, Jeff S. and Mike K.!

Toastmasters Moments:

  • Michael H. talked about being the Club Growth Director at the International Convention in Washington, D.C.  Some of his responsibilities at the convention were to attend district leader training and interviewing candidates. He had a great time at the convention.
  • Paul F. presided over the congregation at church. During his earlier run-through, he was a little nervous but when the time came, his Toastmasters training kicked in and he did very well, having memorized over 12 minutes of his presentation.
  • Liz S. talked about how Rob’s “KKK” (Kefir, Kombucha, and Kraut) speech changed her life. She had to create counter space for her kefir and in doing so, started decluttering her whole kitchen, which turned into decluttering the rest of the house. She’s already made several trips to Goodwill and is seeing great progress.

March 8, 2016 Maverick Club Contest

Sun Valley High School

Maverick held the International & Evaluation Contest

Brian Mosley was the guest speaker which we evaluated.  He told of his grandfather and father living out Hemingway’s advice.

International Speakers

Sheryl – One Horrible, Awful, No Good Very Bad Day

Michael – KISS s Keep it Simple Stupid – Smile

Lisa – with the winning speech “Don’t Drink the Poison!”

Evaluation Speakers




August 25, 2015 Humorous Speech Contest

August 25, 2015 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 19 in attendance

Presiding Officer Liz S.

Speech Contest

20150825_194120_resized20150825_194621_resizedMichael M., Don’t Get Your Panties in a Knot – Told the tale of growing up in a family of mostly girls so picked up bad word choice.  Third Place

Sheryl R., Take Another Step? – Delivered a day in the life of grandparents traveling with grandkids – Second Place

Audrey D., A Job and A Man – Discussed the two main questions she receives on moving from the Midwest to AZ – First Place Winner


Guest appearances

  • David D.
  • Kathy M.
  • Suzanne M.
  • Steve R.


  • Chair Person – DeeLynn S.
  • Chief Judge – Liz S.
  • Timer – Kathy M., Casey B.
  • Sergeant of Arms – Rahul I.

Business & Reports

Sheryl R. gave presentation of screen costs