Don’t miss the International Speech and Table Topics Contest on March 6th at Palmetto Electric. Supper will be at 6 p.m. followed by the contest at 7 p.m.
President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Rosemary then relinquished the lectern to Toastmaster of the Day, David Premo who invited the various members to describe their roles. Word Master Dee Ouellette selected an especially appropriate word for her colleagues. A solecism is an error in spoken or written form. Solecism also refers to an improper action or breech of decorum or etiquette.
Solecism, first used in the middle 1500’s, was a derogatory reference to the dialect of the inhabitants of Soli, a city in Cilicia, who spoke an incorrect form of Attic, which was the main dialect of Greek. It is understandable why the inhabitants of Cilicia strayed from classic Attic. At various points in history the region, now part of southern Turkey, was variously controlled by Greece, Italy, Persia, The Armenian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.
Table Topics Master Kathy Diello delivered a smorgasbord of topics. Charlie McOuat, told of why he is looking forward to daylight saving time. Additionally, Charlie noted that the number of heart attacks spikes the day following each of the two annual changing of the clocks. Fran Reed knew without hesitation that her favorite movie was Coal Miner’s Daughter, which she studied in a college course on script writing. David Paulter explained if he were to produce an award program, it would be for ordinary people overcoming the sort of personal problems that, while not major in nature, can present a person with a turning point in his or her life.
Prepared speakers this morning included Elizabeth Millen telling the stories behind the covers of her publications. With images and narrative, she explained some of her favorite cover illustrations in a way few if any of her readers could deduce. Her selection ranged from the works of famous artists to one done by an Alzheimer’s patient. Whatever the disease had taken from the woman at that stage of her decline, she retained her talent and sensitivity.
Maurren Korzik was next on the agenda. A recent trip through the Panama Canal prompted her study of the 50-mile long man-made waterway considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Maureen recounted the initial failure of the French effort, followed by numerous U.S. missteps until president Teddy Roosevelt took control of the Isthmus of Panama and ultimately made the 400-year old dream a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After enormous cost of lives and money, the canal opened in 1914 connecting the two largest oceans. At one point in the transit, ships are 85 feet above sea level.
David Paulter took home the Best Table Topic ribbon. Tom Drago garnered top evaluation honors for his comments about Elizabeth’s cover story. Maureen Korzik won best speech of the day.
March 06 Meeting Roles
Members Signed Up
|ToastMaster||Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL|
|Ah Counter||Helen M Price|
|Grammarian||Diane McMahon, CTM|
|Vote Counter||Tom Drago|
|Timer||Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL|
|Speaker #1||Charlie McOuat, ATM-S|
|Speaker #2||Daisy White|
|Speaker #3||Chad Beauchamp|
|Johnny On The Spot||OPEN|
|General Evaluator||David Premo, CTM|
|Evaluator #1||Cindy Foster, CTM|
|Evaluator #2||Maureen Korzik|
|Evaluator #3||Rosemary Staples, ATM-S, AL|