Club Meeting Summary

Scale:  Underlined is the word of the day; bold face is the theme.  These summaries were begun at the collective suggestion of Sally Jones and Carol Walters; not all meetings nor all elements but just some highlights.  See what you may have missed.  Judy Groff, the secretary since July 2017, is continuing these, and some will be featured here.

  October 11th Meeting Summary: Columbus was our theme with Ivan Beggs as Toastmaster. Judy Groff was the only speaker, but she a 10-12 minute speech from the Better Club Series of manuals. “Delegate to Empower” was her title. She gave reasons why we don’t delegate and countered that with the awesome results in team building and leadership development if we can get over our own barriers. Judy gave personal examples of the risks involved if delegating is not done well, and the benefits of being forced to try using the process and seeing the results happen.

Karla Reese did a very imaginative Table Topics with the central theme being a mystery staged in a mansion. The first character, played by Ron, started things off in the Drawing Room. It was interesting and hilarious how Ron Climer and subsequent players used delegation in their response. Tucker Cox, Jackie Branscum, Carol Walters, Melinda Lowrance, Sally Jones and Don Groff all spoke from different points of view and different characters in the household. Everyone enjoyed the extra time devoted to Table Topics and Karla’s nicely developed format. (Submitted by TM Secretary Judy Groff)

   July 12, 2017:  All the new officers took over their roles today. Sally Jones was Toastmaster. She chose “Making the Most of Toastmasters” as her theme of the day. We would find out later how this would play out. Betty McCallister was our main speaker. She did a speech entitled “The Successful Negotiator.” She gave a very informative talk stressing how to get to the Win-Win position we all strive to achieve in every negotiation. Betty stressed that to be successful, you must know your own priorities, understand the problem, and know the needs of the other person. At the end, she did a demonstration of how to use the 6 step strategy to be successful.
Carol Walters did Table Topics and had three open ended questions that elicited entertaining responses.
      Following the meeting, a planning group met to organize an Open House meeting planned for August 23. More will come from this initiative at next meeting.
     Judy was presented the Advanced Communicator Bronze Certificate at the end of the meeting.

    The May 17, 2017:  This meeting was pulsating from the start, with TM Burton Hodges revealing that his mom let him avoid hypertension at an early age with an occasional staying home from school. She called it a “mental health meeting.” Speaker Don Groff shared his nurturing of container-grown flowers so that his audience could avoid flowers simply turning brown to die. Speaker Ron Climer shared secrets of success gleaned from attending real estate seminars: show up with enthusiasm, shut up and listen, and keep moving on. Sally Jones had table topic prompts dealing with “free doctors” like diet and the sun. TT responder Jeff Jones pivoted on how his “son” helps his health by being so enjoyable. What a wonderful way to start a less stressful day!