Meeting Minutes – 04.22.2021

Len Kung
Club Secretary

It’s always a fun one when gathering at Silicon Speech!

President Alex is back in action to lead. Alex welcomed back our returning guest Sharlene. VPPR Luis revealed our new and improved agenda. That schedule is on point and time!

VP Steve walked us through the various achievements Silicon speech is on the road towards. We have ten more meetings before the Toastmasters year it up. Let’s get those speeches moving!

The Joke Master was Laila. Beethoven’s favorite fruit? Ba-na-na-na-naaa…

Laila is on double duty as our thought of the day as well. Laila chose a quote from Viktor Frankl’s, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Doing a deed, experiencing value, and suffering are the three points in the book. “In our response, lies our growth and freedom.”

First time Toastmaster was Hema. Hema beautifully led the meeting as if she’s been doing it for years. Great job, Hema!

Kenzii kept us on time with some colorful notepads. Reminds me of the in person “before times”.

Shar took on the difficult task of counting our ah’s and um’s.

Armando was our Grammarian. He chose the word “Volition”. It means the faculty of power of using one’s will.

First and only speaker of the evening was Blake. Her speech was entitled, “The Production Diet”. Over the course of her many years in production. Blake’s question to her fellow entertainment colleagues is “how was the catering? Blake mentions the long grueling hours and ever changing shifts on film sets. She looks forward to the craft and catering services.

Depending on budgets and location, food can vary greatly. Romania was limited on selection. The bigger the budget, the more options. Fun tip! You can ask for an, “around the world”, if you want a taste of everything. Blake mentioned that food fuels the moral, so feed your soldiers well, and they will thank you back. Thank you Blake, for your foodie trip down memory lane. Now I want an opened faced dill sandwich!

Next up, Chief Evaluator Luis introduced Karan.

Karan evaluated Blake’s speech. Karan said Blake had beautifully paced and presented her speech. Some may never know about the behind the scenes of production life. It was nice to get a glimpse. I second that!

Next on the agenda was Table Topics by Li. Li chose the theme, “Self-Reflection”.

Laila would be described as excited, hot headed, full of energy and a loving person.

Karan overcame some very difficult challenges. He protested during the 2009 election in Iran. Karan spent time in solitary confinement and his meditation gave him the tool to endure.

If money were no object, Sharlene would be generous. She would donate and sponsor people to take trips to places they have never been. Catching up on her reading would be great too.

Armando does not handle conflict well. He stays calm and let the situation marinate and meditate on it. It usually resolves itself. He tries not to get too wrapped up in it.

Shar ran into her ex-husband. They spent time catching up and she remembered that was something they did often in the past.

Kenzii recently crossed off a bucket list item. She went skydiving. She thought she would be more nervous, but was the complete opposite. Some of us had sweaty palms just thinking about heights.

Alex’s core strength is empathy. After some invasive questions from a client. They asked how can he work in the financial world, and be so kind? Alex is one of those rare ones. Special thanks to Alex’s parents! Great job!

Joelle took on the brave task of accepting her much needed surgery. It’s very different as a child when preparing for it. There are no lollipops and coloring books, but she took it step to step. Joelle will not be taking offers to jump out of a plane anytime in the future.

What would be the first thing Jed would do if he won the Lottery? He would be surprised because he doesn’t play it! He would set a foundation to help people and live by the mountain for skiing.

Steve’s most incredible moment was when his daughters were born. Heather was supposed to be a Peter or Scott. It didn’t matter because watching your child take their first breath is an amazing feeling.

Andy used to handle anger and frustration by holding it in. Growing up, he learned it’s a signal and it’s okay to let out a scream in the car when needed.

I was asked, What would I tell my past self? Live in the movement. Stop worrying about things I can’t control. Everything works out one way or another.

Who inspires Luis? Picasso. Simplifying things such as design is not as easy as it looks. Think Picasso’s Bull. Picasso can paint with great intricacy, but to simplify is something very difficult. Luis admires simplicity, but knows that simple is not simple.

That concludes the meeting. Special thanks to guest Sharlene for stopping by. I hope you consider joining and we look forward to getting to know more about you. Thank you to everyone for participating. Silicon Speech is the best buy in self improvement! Said a wise man (Steve). It’s true! Come join a supportive and friendly group of people in search of the same goals.

Now, here’s the list for next week:
  • Toastmaster – Len
  • Table Topics Master – Hema
  • Speaker #1 – Jaclyn
  • Speaker #2 – Andy
  • Chief Evaluator – Armando
  • Evaluator #1 – Alex
  • Evaluator #2 – Steve
  • Timer – Laila
  • Grammarian – Luis
  • Ah Counter – Karan
  • Thought for the Day – Kenzii
  • Joke Master – Karan

Don’t put away those winter coats just yet. Spring chills are here!
Have a great week!

Len Kung
Club Secretary