Meeting Minutes – 10.22.2020

Hi Everyone,

Turns out our meeting at 6:00 PM last night was at the exact same time as another major speaking event being held in Nashville. Even though we were facing some stiff competition, a significant number of members decided to show up and opt to catch the endless replay of querulous, debate highlights after the meeting. Even though we missed the debate, we were able to hold our own forum and address the issues of the day, thanks to Karan Bavandi as TTM. More about that shortly.

I was TM and also stepped in with a Thought of the Day which was a quote from The Notorious MT –

I then introduced our first speaker, Genevieve Kelly who did an excellent job with her Ice Breaker speech. We all got to know a lot more about our new member including the fact that she recently celebrated a birthday. This gave us a chance to sing one of those buffered, disjointed, Zoom versions of happy birthday later in the meeting. Probably not our best choral work but our hearts were in the right place. Great job, Genevieve!

I was the second speaker which meant I was spending an inordinate amount of time on our Zoom stage and could lead people to think I’m starved for attention. Not really. I only step up if nobody else volunteers and last night the open slot gave me a chance to do my Pathways, Level 3, Using Presentation Software, speech about How to Write a Really Good Speech (quickly). Hopefully, the group found the information, useful. I’ve attached the slides in case you would like to review.

Li Xin was our CE and he introduced our two skilled and insightful evaluators, Luis Hurtado and Blake Bolger in her first, turn in the role. Both did a great job and gave us news we can use as we strive to improve our skills.

The aforementioned, Karan Bavandi was up next as Table Topics Master and he provided a brilliant bit of counter-programming in the face of the Presidential Debate. Karan had designed questions that gave a few of our members a chance to address the issues of the day just like they were attempting to do down in Nashville.

  • Armando Yee took on climate change.
  • Len Kung gave us her thoughts on the economy.
  • Kenzi Rose weighed in on the state of education in this country.
  • Sam Nazarian told us about his ideas for health care.
  • I pontificated on the electoral college (yes, me again).
  • Luis Hurtado had a very creative way to improve our school systems.
  • And, Li Xin followed up with his experience with the Canadian healthcare system.
Now, here’s the list for next week:
  • Toastmaster – Karan Bavandi
  • Table Topics Master – Blake Bolger
  • Speaker #1 – Lauren Clayton
  • Speaker #2 – Len Kung
  • Chief Evaluator – Armando Yee
  • Evaluator #1 – Steve Evans
  • Evaluator #2 – Li Xin
  • Timer – Sam Nazarian
  • Grammarian – Kenzii Rose
  • Ah Counter – Genevieve Kelly
  • Thought for the Day – Tricia Lee
  • Joke Master – Genevieve Kelly
All in all, I think the country would be in much better shape if Silicon Speech ran the place.
Steve Evans
Secretary / VP Education