Meeting Minutes – 06.11.2020

Hi Everyone,

It was a great meeting last night at least for me. I have to admit that I was under the influence of whatever the anesthesiologist gave me prior to wrist surgery earlier in the day. Not sure what it was and probably shouldn’t find out. In short, it was a lovely afternoon. Here’s what I recall, leaving out any obvious hallucinations and, by the way, were there a lot of new haircuts on-screen last night or was that just my imagination?

President Len Kung began the meeting with club business and, after my call for candidates for the upcoming election was met with an awkward silence, she quickly moved to the joke and thought portion of the proceedings. Marisol Zumaeta and Li Xin did a great job with material covering puzzles (relatable during the quarantine) and how movies, unlike reality these days, have to make sense. Len then introduced our Toastmaster, Lauren Clayton who skillfully lead us through the Agenda with poise and grace.

Len Kung was our first speaker and she gave a speech which began with a simple story about a trip to the supermarket with her mom and closed with a very poignant observation about how much we can learn from the lives our parents have lived if we take the time to see the world through their eyes. It could be a great contest speech.

Len was followed by something I wish all Toastmaster clubs could see right now. Luis Hurtado showed us how to give to professional, effective, online presentations so we don’t come off as some bibulous bumpkin. He began by taking us down a river to illustrate how, in the online world, we can be anywhere and do pretty much anything because we’re the director, crew and star of our presentation. He then talked about everything from what camera to buy to the importance of keeping your slides super simple. Less is more. News we can all use!

Up next, Alex Schams and Armando Yee dug deep and gave two very insightful evaluations followed by Karan Bavandi, our Table Topics Master, who asked questions about the Bill of Rights, a hot topic these days. I think the general consensus that emerged was, Power to the People!

Then we heard great reports by our functionaries, a very succinct meeting evaluation by Chief Evaluator, Azita Sachmechian, roles were filled for next week and we ended the meeting at exactly 7:00 PM. Who was that timer, anyway?

Now, here’s the list for next week:
  • Toastmaster – Karan Bavandi
  • Table Topics Master – Len Kung
  • Speaker #1 – Azita Sachmechian
  • Speaker #2 – Alex Schams
  • Back-up Speaker – TBD
  • Chief Evaluator – Luis Hurtado
  • Evaluator #1 – Li Xin
  • Evaluator #2 – Sam Nazarian
  • Timer – Armando Yee
  • Grammarian – Lauren Clayton
  • Ah Counter – Marisol Zumaeta
  • Thought for the Day – Alex Schams
  • Joke Master – Sam Nazarian
Steve Evans
Secretary / VP Education