President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, the formerly hirsute, Tom Drago. Tom explained the beard he sported last week was part of “No Shave November.” [We congratulate our Bank Compliance Officer for his efforts to raise awareness—and money—for cancer research.] He then asked each of the day’s participants to describe his or her respective role.
Daisy White in the Word Master role composed a challenging conundrum for her colleagues by choosing a consistently convoluted construction: comprise. Collectively, Fast Trackers conquered the comprised/composed conflict. Comprise means contain, and that “container” always comes first in a sentence.
Table Topics master Laura Hill, used the recent commercial spacecraft disasters as the launch pad for her questions. First, Alison Meeks contemplated whether or not those recent events would affect her willingness to become a space traveler. Alison, we learned is risk averse. Beau Patterson spoke about the one National Geographic trip he would choose. Beau swung right into his answer of “China,” where he will seek physical restoration from Eastern medicine when he can no longer swing a golf club. Finally, Jim Bremner told us his greatest adventure was his recent European trip from which he returned three pounds lighter. Jim discovered walking all day in the great ancient cities can negate the evening time spent sitting with pasta, croissants, gelato and more.
In the prepared speeches Charlie McOuat retold the parable he used on his first teaching trip to Ghana. The story of Biakpa and the Eagle enabled him to soar over any cultural barriers and teach English while instilling a concept of self-worth in his charges. Elizabeth Millen shared a different way to boost self-esteem by following a sensible approach to healthful eating. In addition to reaching long term goals, Elizabeth provided proven, medically sound advice for exiting the holiday season without the need for a resolution to lose the average five pounds most Americans gain in the last two months of the year. David Premo opened his speech with popcorn and Coke since they were the subjects of the first claim of successful subliminal advertising. He then focused on government-funded research into using social media to control the moods of populations both foreign and domestic.
David Premo won best speaker; Beau Patterson scored best Table Topic honors, and Helen Price took the best evaluator ribbon for her review of Elizabeth Millen’s speech.
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Calendar and Contests—Holiday Party, Holiday Meeting Cancellations, Improv, Coming events, spring contest, and dates for the coming months.
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|Roles for November 21||Members|
|WordMaster||Helen M Price|
|Ah Counter||Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL|
|Vote Counter||Brad Tadlock|
|TableTopicsMaster||Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL|
|Speaker #1||David Pautler, ATM-G|
|Speaker #2||Daisy White|
|Speaker #3||Maureen Korzik|
|Johnny On The Spot||Sharon Fisher|
|General Evaluator||David Premo|
|Evaluator #1||Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL|
|Evaluator #2||Chris Cassidy, CTM|
|Evaluator #3||Diane McMahon, CTM|