Nov 4th Meeting Report

This week’s meeting was a top notch affair, even by Sierra Speakers standards! A great turn out of guests, new members and old faces alike and a distinct new format with not one but two toastmasters in Michael Guerin and Steve Aitkins.

Vladimir “The Great” Gostrer gave us a lively opening in his inaugural Sergeant at Arms performance before handing over to the dynamic duo Toastmasters, followed by the evaluations introduction but our General Evaluator, John Angelico.

Then the main event of the evening – the organized speeches.

Kathy Fiorio gave her second speech at Sierra Speaker, entitled “Crossing Cultures”. With a level of speaking far beyond what her speech number would suggest, Kathy regaled us with stories of near death experiences and singing policemen in Beirut.

Next up we had Valdimir back up, giving us his third speech entitled ‘Jungle Boogie’. A nail biting and hilarious tale of river rafting, jungle trekking, injuries and jubilation all in the dead of night in Laos!

For our final speech, we were honored to have Tony Saccardi give us his  Division winning “How I learned to love the bomb” humorous speech in which he had us in stitches over his ant battling, date wrecking antics. Tony is an advanced speaker who made great use of vocal variety and physical gestures to enhance his speech and it was great to have him visit Sierra Speakers. Good luck in the District contest Tony!

Table topics gave some of our guests a chance to speak, as well as some old hands (good to see our ex-President Helen back in action!)

Andrew Reed, Keith Hoang and Shaun Abram were the speech evaluators and Matt McCabe, Brian Cutter and Tim Ryan rounded out the evaluation team in the the functionary roles.

Thanks to everyone for coming and a special thanks to all our guests including Claire Solomon, Susie Ansaldi, Norma Rivera and Kourosh Zamanizadeh.

We have no meeting next week due to Veteran’s Day, but keep an eye out for an email from Prez Steve about drinks on Wednesday night…

VP of PR

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