Meeting Minutes – 02.18.2021

Len Kung
Club Secretary

Another successful Silicon Speech for the books!

Our President was unable to attend. No fear, our fearless leader is here. Steve Evans. The man of many hats took the stage and opened our meeting with style.

Evan introduced our new payment system of the ye old Paypal. He reminded us all that the dues are due! Don’t forget to pay those dues.

Karan was our Toastmaster of the evening. He introduced our functionaries with a calm only a yogi can possess.

Genevieve gave us a lovely thought of the day. “Build on failure” -Johnny Cash.

Joke master of the evening was Steve Evans. Let’s just say, Michelangelo painted us a nice picture.

Our meticulous Ah counter of night was Shar.

Jaclyn kept us all on time by being our Timer.

Evan was the Grammarian and chose our word of the day. That word was “Toady”. Toady is someone who tries to please people in order to gain a favor.

Our first speaker of the night was Azita. Azita talked about project management and how getting a Webinar started is a lot more challenging than expected. She gave a couple examples to get over those obstacles. Mastery complex is something one must overcome. Taking two steps out of two hundred is a start, but starting is the hardest part. Azita painted a picture of her family dinners in disarray. With an upbringing like this, it’s hard to start new habits. Do we have the same family Azita? Great speech! Always nice to hear your calming voice.

Second speaker of the evening was Andy. Andy gave us a much improved redo of his first speech. Like Azita, Andy is dealing with project management. His explanation of the waterfall effect was much clearer. Andy’s camera angle was top notch and he dressed to impress. Awesome speech Andy!

Armando was our Chief Evaluator of the night. He introduced our Evaluators Jed and Genevieve . They gave some excellent comments to our speakers. I believe this was Jed’s first evaluation role. Great job Jed and Genevieve !

Next up was Table Topics. Since President Alex could not make it, Steve stepped up yet again.

Blake appreciated her art teacher for taking the time and lending an ear to a teenager in need. Shout out to Matt Baker. You made a difference.

Laila had the best time in Pakistan growing up. Her neighborhood snake charmer would make his visit and Laila loved the dancing snakes. Her mom? Not so much.

Calvin recently got married. Congratulations! He’s hoping to travel to Europe when this whole pandemic thing ends.

Li values honesty and good work ethics. His co-worker became his co-pilot while learning to drive on the freeways. A good deed never goes unnoticed.

Genevieve appreciates honesty. She values it because she is an honest person. No filters here.

Rafael had a few choice words for our former President. Yes, we did pardon his French.

Shar’s meaning of life is Enthusiasm. This is so true.

Jed is sustained by his family and friends. Jed is a new father so family has new meaning. He’s trying not to take himself too seriously.

Jaclyn believes mankind’s greatest enemy is mankind. With the good, comes the bad. It’s a double edge sword. Totally agree!

Evan wished he spoke up when other kids were being bullied back in his school days. With time comes maturity.

I said hero’s are all of us. With kindness, we are making this a better place.

In closing, We had a great meeting! Special thanks to Calvin. Welcome back! And Steve for taking on multiple roles. Thank you Treasurer Evan for reminding us that dues are dues. Don’t mind the toady people trying to get a discount. I’m looking your way Armando.

Thank you to everyone who joined our meeting. You make these meetings the highlight of my week. I hope you all feel the same way. Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a windy one! See you next time!

Now, here’s the list for next week:
  • Toastmaster – Laila Aitken
  • Table Topics Master – Genevieve Kelly
  • Speaker #1 – Jaclyn Lineback
  • Speaker #2 – Evan Pawelk
  • Chief Evaluator – Li Xin
  • Evaluator #1 – Calvin Lui
  • Evaluator #2 – Andy Eftekhar
  • Timer – Blake Samuelle
  • Grammarian – Rafael Macho
  • Ah Counter – Azita Sachmechian
  • Thought for the Day – Karan Bavandi
  • Joke Master – Maryam Ashouri
Len Kung
Club Secretary