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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.


  • 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.

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.”


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.



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.

Executive Committee Meeting – August 2016

Meeting called to order at 8:44 pm.

Attendance: Michael M., Mike B., Emi B., Karen R., Deb M., Winona P., and Rahul I.


Officer Reports:

Vice President Education (Karen & Deb)

  • Karen will be replacing Michael H. as Chief Judge for next week’s contest; Michael will mentor her instead.
  • September 6th will be the next possible speech-a-thon date, if there ends up being low attendance planned for that week. Emi offered an alternative of a grab-bag meeting where assignments – speakers included – are drawn from a bag at the meeting. Emi participated in a grab-bag meeting at Valued Voices and it went REALLY well and was educational for all.
  • Deb is training as new VPE. Karen will have her start scheduling now, under supervision, so she’ll understand the process. She has great plans for updating the spreadsheets.
  • Spooky Tales is rescheduled for November 1st and plans are in the works to have it at the Gilbert Historical Museum. Winona will be the chair, taking point on signing up speakers and food contributions and coordinating decorations. There was a discussion on adding an impromptu exercise to the event, such as a group story with table topics timing.
  • Michael H. plans to do the Moments of Truth module for the November 22nd meeting.
  • Pablo volunteered as chair for the Christmas party this year.

Vice President Membership (Winona)

  • No attendees for orientation tonight.
  • First time guest Jeff submitted his application tonight.
  • Winona will follow up with Paulette.
  • Karen suggested changing new member induction ceremony to the same week as orientation so it can be promoted as a package. Emi so moved, Winona seconded and the motion passed.

Vice President Public Relations (Mike B.)

  • Mike will offer photography services over the next 2-3 weeks. Some headshots need to be retaken.
  • He plans to do a new video to promote Spooky Tales and an announcement in the papers.

Vice President Mentoring (Casey absent)

Treasurer (Liz absent)

  • Renewals letters to go out on September 1st.
  • Audit Committee will meet at Rio Rico restaurant this Sunday at 1:00 pm.
  • Emi made an addition error on the dues schedule for August/September and it needs to be fixed for the guest packets.

Secretary (Emi)

  • Emi to resend profile request to clarify this is a PR effort and should focus on the positives, for publishing on the club website.

Sergeant At Arms (Rahul)

  • Hospitality committee on haitus.
  • Venue search will resume after club contest. Trying to find something within a block or two.
  • To address the issue of the lack of interest in the SAA role, Emi suggested having the SAA open the club meetings (call to order, pledge, mission statement, introduce presiding officer) so the position can be sold as a weekly opportunity to speak in front of the club.

Club Success Planning:

  • 2 CC’s:  Audrey 8/16/2016, Casey 12/31/2016
  • 2 CC’s:  Pablo 6/30/2017, Liz 6/30/2016
  • 1 AC: Winona 9/6/2016
  • 1 AC: Rahul 3/31/2016
  • 1 CL/AL/DTM: Rahul (CL) 12/31/2016
  • 1 CL/AL/DTM: Michael M (ALB) 12/31/2016

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.

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.

Meet Our Members Series: Emi B.

Meet Emi B.
headshotWhen and why did you join Toastmasters?

My father was a Toastmaster in Hawaii and when I visited him with my infant son back in the late 90’s, I had the opportunity to visit his club with him as he practiced his speech for the Regional International Speech Contest. At the time, I was in a fairly deep depression and was in the process of developing agorapobia. I knew at that first visit that Toastmasters was something I needed. It took a visit by my father for me to finally visit my first club in Arizona and by that time, I had full blown agoraphobia, even having an anxiety attack at church and having to leave the service early. I didn’t join that club first and my father left. Not too long after that, I finally hit bottom and realized it was time for me to do something. I had my husband put me in the car and drive me to another club meeting and as he sat right outside the meeting room with our toddler son, I committed to joining. That was in July of 1999. Today I am a healthy, fully functioning human being, completely cured of my depression and agoraphobia, with a job and who enjoys the company of others.

In your opinion, what makes the Maverick Club special? / Why did you choose to join Maverick Club?

I didn’t just “join” the Maverick Club, I helped to create it. At my last club (which was also my first club), I felt as though I were being held back by some of the other members. I wanted to put a larger emphasis on mentoring and that vision was not shared by the officers there. So a fellow refugee of that club and I started Maverick and together we were able to build into the culture a strong mentoring program right from the beginning, along with an emphasis on having fun and building friendships and camaraderie… the things that make this club special and something I look forward to every single week. On those rare days that I have to miss a meeting, I feel as though I’ve missed a visit with the family.

What has been your most significant accomplishment within the Toastmasters program to date?

I’d like to say that starting Maverick was my most significant accomplishment within the Toastmasters program, but that wouldn’t be true. My most significant accomplishment would be a tie between walking through the door for the first time and signing my name on the application form. To say I was unhealthy at the time would be an understatement but I knew what I needed to do… I needed to join this club.

How has Toastmasters helped you in other areas of life?

Outside of the Toastmasters club, the skills I’ve learned have helped me speak up for myself, nail job interviews, resign from one of those jobs with grace and strength, accept criticism from others, even when they’re presented negatively, without feeling the need to defend myself, and evaluate and incorporate feedback from others.

Who has influenced you the most so far in your Toastmasters journey?

I’ve had many official and unofficial Toastmasters mentors over the years but one of them is fellow Maverick, Liz. She helped guide me through one of the most difficult personal challenges in my life and since then has talked me off many ledges. She continues to challenge me to set higher standards for myself.  What more could you ask for from a friend and mentor?