Dia De Los Muertos: October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 13 total in attendance including 3 guests

Meeting Theme: Dia De Los Muertos

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 2 guests, Michael then assumed the role of the evening’s Toastmaster.


  • Return visitor, Praveen M.
  • Past member Leks D.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • Mike K. said he met his new team of 80 the previous day and was able to introduce himself to them without using fillers and using his table topics skills.
  • Sheryl R. returned to a previous employwer and was warmly greeted by her colleagues. Last Thursday she visited another club and ended up giving an impromptu 5-7 minute speech titled “Explosions.”
  • Rahul I. kept his cool during a Q&A session at work!
  • Michael M. thanked the club for our thoughts and prayers and flowers sent over the previous 2 weeks following the sudden loss of his father-in-law. He also told of being able to speak well at his aunt’s suprise birthday party in Cali.


  • Paul F. “Life Lessons I Didn’t Learn in the Classroom”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #6: Vocal Variety
    Paul imparted some lessons he’d learned as a cabbie paying his way through college in Chicago: stay with it, even when it is difficult; people will look out for you; and stretch yourself out of your comfort zone. He treated us to some great anecdotes along the way.  (Evaluated by Mike H.)
  • Casey B.. “Meditation Matters”
    Competent Communication Manual, Project #9: Persuade with Power
    Casey listens to podcasts by Tim Ferriss, who encouraged his listeners to take a 10-day meditation challenge; breathing and bringing the mind back after it wanders. Tony Robbins also teaches techniques for focusing on the heart and less on the brain, but also on gratitude. Dr. David Schnarch’s techniques of self-soothing have also influenced Casey. He challenged us to not be afraid of meditation; to take 10 minutes a day for the next 10 days and see how it could change our lives. (Evaluated by Sheryl R.)
  • Winona P. “The Raven, by Edgar Alan Poe”
    Interpretive Reading Advanced Manual, Project #2: Interpreting Poetry
    Winona treated us to a reading of Poe’s “The Raven,” complete with excellent pacing, vocal variety, and cadence. (Evaluated by Emi B.)

Table Topics:

  • Which of your relatives would you like to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with?
    Rob M. said he’d like to introduce his newest grandson born today to his 4th generation great grandfather Alex McLeod, who brought his wife and children to the United States via ship.
  • What food would you use to keep deceased relatives happy?
    Cheryl C. said for her mother-in-law she would put out sticky buns, rice, and char siu bao, in honor of all that she had to go through for her family.
  • How does your family reminisce about late family members?
    Lauren D. said she loves how her family celebrates; by placing high importance on passing memories on through the telling of stories at gatherings and holidays.
  • How will you celebrate Dia De Los Muertos next week?
    Audrey D. probably will not celebrate the event, along with Halloween which is just not her thing, but instead reminisced about celebrating her friend Randy’s reappearance after a 3 year absence and how she celebrated his life after he lost a battle to Huntington’s Disease.


  • Toastmaster – Michael M.
  • Topicmaster – Liz S.
  • General Evaluator – Renee R.
  • Wordmaster – Rahul I.
    Word of the Day:  cadaverous (adjective) – resembling a corpse; pale, thin, bony
    “He had a cadaverous appearance.”
  • Grammarian – Michael K.
  • Ah Counter – Paul T.
  • Timer – Pablo R.
  • Word of Wisdom – Steve F.
  • Jokemaster – Audrey D.


  • Most Effective Evaluator: Emi B.
  • Best Table Topics Speaker: Cheryl C.
  • Speech of the Day: Paul F.
  • Spark Plug Award: Winona P.

President Michael M. closed out the meeting.

Business & Reports:

  • Emi B. moved to vote Cheryl C. and Lauren D. into membership and Liz S. seconded the motion. The motion passed. Welcome aboard, Cheryl and Lauren!
  • Spooky Tales!

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