President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Rosemary then welcomed four guests, two of whom were return visitors. She reminded us that on three days this year, our regular meeting location is not available and that she is working to secure an alternate location. The first such day will be February 27. The alternate location will be announced shortly. She then introduced Toastmaster of the day, Charlie McOuat, who set the theme for the meeting in remembrance of Martin Luther King.
The word of the day Alison Meeks, Word Master, selected is no riddle. The original Greek ainissesthai, however, meant to speak obscurely or in riddles. From there it was a short step to creating the noun ainigma, referring to riddles. In English, we know an enigma is a person, phrase or thing that is difficult to understand or explain.
Table Topics Master Beau Patterson noted the proximity to MLK day and framed his questions accordingly. Marilyn Hayes spoke of inspiration. Chad Beauchamp opined about dreams. Jodie Randisi, whom you may recall as our gracious target speaker from last August’s evaluation contest, fielded the question about “peace.” Peace, she assured us, emanates from faith.
During the prepared speeches David Premo, beginning the Technical Presentations manual, briefed the attendees on the nature of viral infections, as opposed to bacterial, fungi and yeast. He focused mainly on the current flu epidemic, cold season, and the continuing Ebola outbreak.
Thursday evening, an alert went out notifying everyone of an opening on the speaking list. Rex Gale stepped up without hesitation—and thanks go to the others who offered to do so. What a great club this is that a number of people rise to the occasion even to fill last minute speaking slots with less than a day’s notice. Rex provided a definition of, and a recipe for, true happiness based on a song from his childhood.
Jodie Randisi took home the first place ribbon in Table Topics from her first meeting back as a renewed member of Fast Trackers. David Premo garnered top speech honors, and Paul Glick won the best evaluator ribbon for his review of Rex Gale’s speech.
Roles for January 23 Meeting
Members Signed Up
|ToastMaster||Chris Cassidy, CTM|
|Ah Counter||Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL|
|Grammarian||David Premo, CTM|
|Vote Counter||Daisy White|
|Timer||Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL|
|Speaker #1||Jane Jude, ATM-G, AL|
|Speaker #3||Fran Reed|
|Johnny On The Spot||Beau Patterson, ATM-S|
|General Evaluator||Helen M Price|
|Evaluator #1||Charlie McOuat, ATM-S|
|Evaluator #2||Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL|
|Evaluator #3||David Pautler, ATM-G|