Toastmasters – 3rd Meeting

Susan started the meeting promptly on time. Ann led us in the Invocation and Pledge. We had a number of guests at this meeting, which is exciting to see. I hope they enjoyed themselves and will consider coming back next monday. After welcoming the guests, Susan went on to call up Mark, who was the evening’s provider of humor.

I found Mark’s joke to be rather funny. The story centered around Mark as he was receiving from the previous night’s St. Patrick’s Day “festivities.” In the story, Mark found himself at a gas station filling his car up with a little bit of gas. While he was at the pump, he noticed another man was filling his car up. This other man caught Mark’s eye because he was smoking a cigarette while he filled his vehicle with the flammable fluid. Just about the time that Mark had this thought, the man’s arm was engulfed in flames. Mark came to the man’s aid and managed to help him put the fire out. Mark went into the gas station and was looking to buy some burn creme for the man, when a police office came pulling up outside. The police office began to arrest the burn victim. Mark went to the police officer and politely asked, “why are you arresting this man?” The officer replied, “because he has an illegal fire arm.”

After Mark’s joke, Susan went on to introduce who was playing the different roles for the evening. Tammy Lowe played the role of the Word Master/Grammarian/ and Ah-Counter. Tammy’s word for the evening was, “obsess.” Mark played the role of Timer, filling in for Weixin Lu. Susan was the General Evaluator. After the introductions were done, Susan welcomed the Toastmaster, Toby Pugh.

Toby enthusiastically approached the podium and called up the only speaker for the evening, myself. My speech covered my journey through college and how I came to join Toastmasters. The transcript of my speech can be found here.

After my speech, Hyancithe led the Table Topics portion of the meeting. Hyancithe’s questions centered around the theme of St. Patrick’s Day. His first question was, “Have you ever attended a St. Patrick’s Day Parade? If so, how did you like it?” Ann was called on to answer this question. Ann stood up and took the podium and gave a wonderful answer. She talked about attending a parade and took her poodle, Talula. She mentioned attending a parade in Ireland…I imagine that was a blast!

The next question in Hyancithe’s arsenal of questions was asked of Nam. The question was, “if your birthday was on March 17th, how would you celebrate?” Nam mentioned that he had never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, but he may consider it next year. He steered the question towards talking about how much he enjoys fishing. It was nice to hear a person speak about a hobby in which they enjoy so much.

Toby was asked how he felt about the environmental impacts of dying bodies of water green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Toby’s feelings were that if the water can be colored in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment, then “party on!”

Hyancithe asked Tammy about her favorite season. Tammy doesn’t care too much for the “extreme” weather seasons of winter and summer. Of spring and fall, Tammy prefers spring because of the renewal seen in nature. She mentioned she had bought a new house and is looking forward to seeing what springs up in her yard/garden.

One of the guests was asked the fifth and final question of Table Topics. Martin was asked about his favorite tune. Martin told the group that he really enjoys Christian music. This brought Table Topics to a close. Susan took the podium and called for the evening’s only evaluator, Ann.

Ann delivered a scathing review of my speech…I’m just kidding. Ann had good things to say about Brian’s speech. She seemed to enjoy the changing tones of the speech, saying it was, “mysterious,” and “funny.”

Once Ann was done, the Timer and Ah Counters gave their account for the evening. I can’t recall specifics of the times given, but all of them were within the specified time limits. Tammy was a very good listener, as she found numerous examples of “ahhs” tucked away in people’s speeches. I think Toby was one of the few that went unscathed by “ahhs.”

Wearing her president’s hat, Susan did make a comment that the podium should never be left empty at a Toastmasters meeting. The person calling another to the podium should remain behind the podium until the other gets there. There should be a seamless transition of power.

The meeting was adjourned on time. Roles were assigned for next week. I don’t recall all of the roles, but I do know that I will be playing the role of the Word Master/Grammarian/ Ah Counter, and Mark will be giving his Ice Breaker.