May 27th Meeting Report

Hi fellow Toastmasters,
Thursday night was another riveting and entertaining Sierra Speakers meeting at the Schwab HQ building. 3 very experienced speakers, an enthralling table topics session and a good turn out of both regulars and guests made for a fun night all round.

Sergeant At Arms Elizabeth Cruz opened the meeting up with an interactive Q&A about holidays and Memorial day. The indefatigable and always engaging Anna Lien took over as our Toastmaster for the meeting, themed around paradoxes and ironies. Then our General Evaluator for the evening, Jennifer Rooke, introduced us to her trusty evaluation team before we got to the main event of the evening: The speeches.

Andrea Lo gave a moving speech about her grandmother Ming and the importance of family. This was Andrea’s 10th speech, so a huge congratulation to her on receiving her Competent Communicator award!

Richard Wilson gave us the “Speaking to inform’ speech from the advanced manual, with a title of “Chicago 1968”. A well researched and very well delivered piece about the politics, ‘Yippies’ and turmoil of Chicago.

And rounding of the organized speeches was Helen Chao with an entertaining and lively speech which used the difficulties of climbing as a platform to explain teamwork. Motivational and educational.

Next up, we had Michael Susko leading Table Topics. Michael is one of my favorite Table Topics masters and this meeting was no exception. The theme was problem solving and participants discussed how they have tackled, overcome or plain old ignored problems in the past. A good mix of experienced members and guests resulted in a fun round of impromptu speaking.

At the end of the meeting, William Chiu, a very welcome guest from Stagecoach speakers, won a prize for his lively Table Topics answer. Helen Chao won the best speech award and Richard Wilson won the Grammarian award for best use of word of the day. Congratulations to you all!

Overall, a fun and engaging meeting, as usual! Hope to see you all at Schwab for next week’s meeting…

Shaun

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