Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Meeting December 19, 2012

Scott lead the meeting this week as Toastmaster.

Christmas is in the air. The theme of the meeting had us all share wether we preferred online shopping or shopping in a store. We also learned about Tim's best Christmas shopping experience and that Julian is a boring online shopper.

The first speech of the day, oddly, was an Icebreaker from Julian. Oddly because Julian already gave his Icebreaker. However, he lost the evaluation for his Icebreaker on a plane months ago. So, he had to give the speech again.

Andy read from the story "Twas the Night Before Christmas." But, instead of reading through the entire story, he stopped short and started updating the story. We laughed and laughed as Andy told us how the story was way off in today's world.

What is a sugar plum anyway?

Robyne at Table Topics. There were weenies involved.

Tim as General Evaluator.

Our special Christmas Elf delivered candy canes when started his speech. 
Also, during the meeting, Julian was voted in as President. Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meeting December 12, 2012

Happy 12/12/12!

Our esteemed Toastmaster this week was Douglas. 

This week we welcomed two new members. Welcome Betty and Brandon! They were guests last week, but must have had and epiphany of how valuable Toastmasters can be for personal growth.

Robyne read again this week for another project in her Interpretive Reading manual. She read a very funny piece from a play called, "I Can't Think of it Right Now."

Robyne cannot think of it right now.
True to form, Gary, our second speaker, entertained us with his topic. Gary spoke to us about interesting items he has found over the years and told us stories about them.

Gary and a mystery item, the origin of which eludes college professors. 
Addition items in Gary's collection.

Tim was our Topicmaster this week. Tim asked asked some difficult questions about the precious moments in our lives. Some had the epiphany that they did not have just one to choose from.

Tim asks the questions.
Colton talks about his precious kids.

Tim gives his evaluation of Robyne's speech. 

Darrell's Grammarian report. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Meeting December 5th, 2012

Toastmaster: Robyne

At Robyne's office, this upcoming Friday is sweets day and that drives her mad since it is also Pearl Harbor Day. She did not quail from the subject. In fact, she brought a few pictures to raise awareness in remembrance of the events that will live in infamy. 

Colton started us off with his speech "Thoughts on Faith." I was his speech evaluator and before the meeting, Colton told me he was concerned he might lose the audience in the details of his speech. He gave me a few specific goals to evaluate. He did a great job with his speech and with achieving his goals.

Colton speaks while Tim jots down notes as General Evaluator.
The second speech is perhaps the bravest thing I have seen in Toastmasters. Before the meeting, Douglas agreed to give a 5-7 minute inspirational speech without knowing the topic before hand. Andy was to give him his topic as he was introduced. Douglas did a great job. I even learned the origins of insurance. 

Gary watches as Douglas wows us with his bravery.
Darrell, Douglas's evaluator, works on notes during the speech.
Tim gives us all pointers as the General Evaluator.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Toastmaster Leadership Institute - Fall 2012

Congratulations to us, Lubbock Downtown Toastmasters!

At the Toastmaster Leadership Institute today for District 23, it was announced that we are the only Lubbock club with 5 or more points towards the Distinguished Club Program! It is only half way through the year and we have half the points needed to be a distinguished club. Keep up the good work!

(I discovered later that Articulate will have 5 points after the TLI, but still, we are ahead!)

I was in attendance to accept the applause on behalf of the club.

The club also received a ribbon for our banner. Thanks to Tim's effort with WWJS Toastmasters, Lubbock Downtown Toastmasters received a Club Coach award! Yay Tim!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meeting November 28th, 2012

Toastmaster: Colton

Cowabunga Dudes! This week's theme was to count our blessing. In an odd combination, our word of the day was any surfer slang.

Colton, the man in charge.

Tim brought us some really though provoking words on how God sees time and how it is very different than we as humans see time. The speech was intriguing and enlightening. Entitled "Out of Time," the speech was the How to Say It project from the Competent Communicator manual.

Tim really driving home a point to Robyne. 

Michael also told us about various communication levels and how each one of us could become the guy who could walk into a room and be the life of the party with everyone. Colton joined him a little role play - as a body building graphic artist - for a demonstration. This completed Michael's Conversing with Ease project in the Interpersonal Communications manual.

Michael cracks up Colton with one of his examples. 
In comically related news, table topics were interrupted when a truck drove by with a huge ad on it for a kung fu vampire. The truck was so bogus, the distraction of an entire side of the room caused the speaker to stop his speech and ask what was going on. We all got a good laugh.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Meeting November 14th, 2012

Toastmaster - Michael

This week, we were privileged to have a couple of guests at our meeting. Thanks to both Scott and Jason for stopping by to see Downtown Lubbock Toastmasters - the best Lubbock Toastmasters club, if I do say so myself. 

The theme for the meeting was "Peanuts." Andy said he was pretty sure it was the cartoon and not the legume. In that spirit, he brought along his son, who is an exceptionally savvy Peanuts fan. We didn't know it at the time, but Andy had another very special treat in store for us well. 

Robyne read a very rousing speech for her Interpretive Reading Manual. She did an excellent job bring the passion out of a speech from one of our country's founding fathers to convince our country's leaders to go to war with England to gain our independence. 

Robyne reading a speach for her Interpretive Reading Manual

Table topics was very interesting this week. Gary brought a bag of random items from his desk. Then he had members of the club choose an item from the bag and then give a Table Topic speech about the item. The speaker needed to show they were savvy about the item.

Gary and his bag of tricks.
Colten's item came from the inventor of the hair clip. Apparently, the inventor's daughter complained about her hair getting in her face far to many times. 

Andy spoke very briefly about how his item was a reminder of the upcoming Christmas season. 

Michael's item came from days gone past, where we did not know the earth was round and plumbing pipes were oval. His item from the bag was used to connect these oval pipes.

Michael talks about ancient plumbing parts. 
Our guest Jason also braved an item from the bag. His item was clearly a piece of one of Scott's failed experiments. Normally Scott's experiments go well, but this one went so awry that the part ended up on Gary's desk.

Finally all that was left was Andy's evaluation of Robyne's speech. In keeping with the theme of the day, Andy spoke like the teacher from the Peanuts during his evaluation. Once he had started some theme music on his phone, he only said "Wah wah woh wah wah." His evaluation was still helpful to Robyne because he held up signs to close caption what he was saying - complete with pictures from the cartoon.

Andy's evaluation. While contemplating for a moment, he holds up a sign with his thoughts. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meeting October 31, 2012

Toastmaster: Gary.

With a meeting on Halloween, we expected some phantasms. Julian provided a flashing skull lantern, but real ghostie-types surfaced.

Being the only speaker of the day, Julian had all the time he needed to speak about his favorite holiday on the day of the holiday. His speech, "A Very Special Halloween Costume," came from the Competent Communicator manual. In recent years, Julian started wearing costumes again - regardless of the fact he is almost 40-years old. But, it was the wig he found on the a particular Halloween where he was bald from being treated for cancer that started the interest.

Robyne played our phantasmic Topic Master. She chilled us by asking Darrell what his favorite costume was as a kid. Michael said he preferred treats to tricks. And Colton, the Man, thrilled us with the tale of an old man who ran out of candy and offered mustard and relish for Trick or Treating.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Speech Contest

On October 13th, Lubbock held the Evaluation and Tall Tales area contests for both Areas 61 and 62. Downtown Lubbock Toastmasters did not send anyone to compete in the contests, but we did contribute. 

Downtown Lubbock Toastmasters is the home club for Area 62 Governor. She presided over the contest. 

Evaluation contests need target speeches to evaluate. The target speech on this day was delivered by  Julian from Downtown Lubbock Toastmasters.

Julian, Robyne, and Jeff at the Evaluation Contest for Area 61/62

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Meeting October 10, 2012

Toastmaster Robyne

Who knew Tim was a disc jockey? Disc golf that is. Tim spends most of his lunches playing disc golf and told us about some of his equipment. Now, we can all run to the store and gear up!

Colton told us how we can effectively discipline our children. He gave us advice for what to do to get our children to obey us, but at the same time cautioned us to be sure to pour love into them at the appropriate times as well.

Today's meeting was running long, so we forwent Table Topics.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Meeting September 12, 2012

Toastmaster: Michael O

This week’s meeting was full of surprises, including a special many Table Topic speeches including tattoos – and not the visual kind.

Robyne spoke from the Entertaining Speaker manual. Her speech humorous, “Ruthless and Unscrupulous,” was the Make Them Laugh project in the manual. Robyne recounts an incident with her daughter’s perception of a middle-aged biker. She also treated us to the particularly humorous imagery of an incident at her work.

From the Competent Communicator manual, project 6 on vocal variety, Andy’s speech is entitled “Traditions.” He asked us to think about our own traditions and relayed some of his own, such as the Intestinator. We all have traditions, even if some of those around us do not share them to the same extent. Andy implored us to cherish our traditions and always remember: Colton is the man.

Michael took on table topics in lieu of a missing working member. Through his questions, we found that one of the biggest surprises Colton experienced was adopting a child. Gary was surprised with the way his retirement was announced to his boss and he would rather give surprises than receive. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Meeting September 5th, 2012

Toastmaster: Debbie

Full/Blue Moons were the topic of the day this week. Much lunacy ensued, but definitely no cacology.

“Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: Why I believe Introverts Make Better Extroverts” was the title of Julian’s speech. From Project 4 of the Competent Communication manual Julian told us all how introverts can plan and adapt to integrate into society and rule the world with their calming nature.  

Darrell’s speech, called “Dissing Dysfunction in the Workplace”, touted the merits of Zachary Wong’s book Human Factors in Project Management. Darrell gave us a few ideas on handling interpersonal problems at work. The speech was Project 5 from the advanced manual Persuasive Speaking.

Both speakers were in time and Julian won the votes.

During Table Topics, Scott told us a few more facts about the moon. He asked Andy if he believed the full moon created lunatic behavior, to which Andy replied that it did bring the circus to town in North Carolina. Tim told us he had wrongly judged a book by its cover in a coworker, but everything worked out fine. Douglas told us about his favorite first day of school – where his dad told the school Douglas would not be attending and took Douglas dove hunting instead. Everyone loved Douglas’s speech so much that he won Table Topics this week. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Meeting August 29th, 2012

Toastmaster: Steve

Michael T. and Douglas put together something unique for the two speeches this week: they teamed up to practice their combined speeches and video presentation for the United Way.

In Table Topics, we learned that Steve is a huge proponent of the United Way, that Michael O. agrees with Steve, and that Julian tends to sleep in on Labor Day. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meeting August 15th, 2012

Toastmaster: Julian

This week, the meeting was a little thin on working members, so Julian got to concatenate the roles of Toastmaster and Table Topics together, getting to pass the meeting baton to himself a number of times.

Speaker 1: Debbie.

Debbie’s speech, entitled “Outgrowing Aging”, was the Speaking to Inform project from the Advanced Communication manual. She showed us her secret to looking young. In the speech she showcased the RE9 product line from Arbonne – complete with demos of the products.

Speaker 2: Robyne.

Robyne spoke to us as the Area 62 Governor and asked us think about what we want to get out of Toastmasters. She challenged us to get more out of Toastmasters by trying to serve in the club or by mentoring others.

In Table Topics, we learned why Darrell finally has a favorite color, what Debbie would do with 320 million dollars, and how Robyne’s day was going.