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.

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