Meeting Minutes – 07.01.2021

Len Kung
Club Secretary

A new team reigns supreme, at Silicon Speech!

The meeting opened with our new President, Steve. He opened the meeting by welcoming his new leadership team and fellow guests. Steve also mentioned the leadership understudy program. Learn a little more about the officer roles and benefits it has to offer. It’s not as difficult as you think. It takes teamwork to make the dream work!

Big announcement! Silicon Speech is officially President’s Distinguished, thanks to Alex’s speech last week which pushed us through the finish line. Woot woot!

The Toastmaster was Alex. As a former President, I would say he did an excellent job.

Thought of the day was by Sarah and I. Sarah always finds light at the end of a tunnel. I may forget words, but I learn by doing.

No jokes tonight folks.

Timer was Rafael.

Ah counter was Jodi. We may need to budget in some more pens for this role.

Grammarian was Steve. Steve chose the word “felicitous”. It means well chosen or suited to the circumstances.

First and only speaker was Sharlene. Sharlene performed her Ice breaker speech. She talked about the importance of speech growing up and how silence was praised as a child. Over the years, she had to learn to speak up if she wanted to make friends and get what she wanted. A couple of simple phrases changed Sharlene’s outlook in life dramatically. Such phrases as “Yes”, “Gum please” and “we live over there” gave way to an unforgettable summer with neighbor kids and Ice cream truck goodies. Talk about nostalgia! Sharlene took us down memory lane and it was magical. Spectacular speech! We can’t wait to hear more.

Shar evaluated Sharlene. Shar enjoyed the stories and the topic of importance of speaking up.

Extended Topics Topics was Karan. Karan chose the theme “history”.

Jodi said she’s been reading a lot about homo-sapiens. People are conquerors. She would love it if people could work together instead of dominance.

Ananta has been influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly comes to mind when I think about historical figures. Women in horror has intrigued me lately. The book was written in 1818 by an 18 year old. Women have been more involved in horror over the years and so have their depictions in film and literature. Girl power!

Hema values the idea that every human has equal value. Love that!

Rafael thought history was written in stone. Perhaps we should revisit it because it’s been rewritten over time. Never a bad idea to question.

Alex has Warren Buffet on his mind. Alex recalled what Buffet mentioned during a speech five years ago. He said there is an untapped potential regarding women in the market. Agreed.

Lou said three rights make a left. Be considerate and pick up after yourself. The world will be a little bit better. Maybe someday, the Earth can have nice things.

Li learned about the Dalai Lama in a very different context than we do here in America. Perhaps we need to look into both sides and make decisions with an open mind versus a closed one.

Shar used to be a historical guide for Mt. Misery.

That’s all from me! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Special thanks to Sharlene for her amazing Ice breaker speech. Thank you Jodi for your pen’s sacrifice. Don’t forget we have Study Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

Hold your doggo’s tight! And wave those American flags high! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! See you next time!

Len Kung
Club Secretary