We had an intimate and exciting meeting August 8th. The theme was Gardening and Tien shared home grown cherry tomatoes with us. What a treat! Ernesto won the Best Speaker ribbon with his CC#7 speech on “The Back-country,” sharing the 10 essentials needed to make sure you are prepared for survival in the wilderness. Shefali gave her speech #3 from the Humorously Speaking AC manual. She encouraged us to seek balance regarding the “Fake News” – enjoy it for what it is, but don’t take it too far. Our potential new member, Frank, took home the Best Table Topics prize. If he could be a fruit or vegetable he chose the ambiguous tomato which he explained was the “equivalent to a smile.” We had excellent constructive criticism and encouragement from both of our evaluators, Jeanie edged out AnnaLisa for the Best Evaluator prize.