Did you know that America will spend $19 billion dollars on our loved ones this Valentine’s Day? “Happy Valentine’s Day” was the theme of our February 13th meeting. Shirin, our Toastmaster, opened the meeting with the history of Valentine’s Day and current-day gift purchasing facts. Alex gave his CC#6 speech on cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and the future of blockchain technology. Sam, the true romantic, took home the Best Table Topics ribbon this week explaining why he prefers Wine over Chocolate as a Valentine’s gift – it’s all about the passion.
On a business note, we decided to try to tackle the issue of e-mail correspondence. The following are the latest guidelines for confirming roles and transferring meeting information:
Our Website http://grubngab.toastmost.org is the PRIMARY means of communication
- Julie (VPE) will continue to populate the meeting roles on the website (~3 weeks in advance)
- Julie (VPE) will create a secure, members-only link on the website that will direct us to an e-mail list of all current GNG members. The list will be updated as new members join.
- Use the Website as primary means for communicating you’re NOT being able to attend a meeting. For an upcoming meeting you will not be attending, remove yourself from all assigned roles.
- If you are a Speaker, enter your speech Number, Title, and Time requirement on the website.
- If you want to fulfill and open role, do so on the website.
- If you want to accelerate your pace at completing planned speeches, sign up for the Back-up Speaker spot on the website.
- The Recap Officer will be responsible for making sure the next week’s Toastmaster role is filled and confirmed.
- The Toastmaster is responsible for making sure major roles are filled (e.g., Speaker, Evaluator, Topics Master).
- The Toastmaster will use the e-mail list (not the group e-mail) to contact only the people who have a major meeting role (e.g., a speaker hasn’t added their speech title to the website, the Toastmaster wants to embellish introductions).
- The Toastmaster will create the paper agenda and populate the back sheet with upcoming roles in the new format (a direct export from the website). The agenda no longer needs to be e-mailed to the group prior to the meeting.
Next week we will host our Club contest for the International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest.
The winners will advance to the Area Contest on Feb. 10. Let’s showcase our talented speakers and evaluators!
You can re-purpose a previous speech for the International Contest.
Let me know if you are interested in speaking or evaluating next week.
Below is a brief outline of the guidelines. I have included a link to the ballots so you will see what the judges are watching for.
International Speech Contest (International Speech Contest Ballot)
- To be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed at least six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual or the first two paths of any path in Pathways prior to the club contest.
- Speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
- A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
- Contestants must prepare their own speeches, and each must be substantially original. (Inspirational speeches usually are well received).
- Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
- Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.
Evaluations (Evaluation Contest Ballot)
- At the beginning of this contest, a five- to seven-minute test speech will be presented (Nancy).
- The test speech shall be either a contest-type speech, or taken from one of the assignments in the Competent Communication manual.
- Contestants are permitted to make preparatory notes during the test speech using materials of their choice.
- At the conclusion of the test speech, all contestants shall leave the room. They then have five minutes to prepare their evaluation using materials of their choice.
- After five minutes have elapsed, no further preparation shall be allowed and with the exception of the first contestant, who shall be called back as first evaluator, all others shall hand all written material to the contest sergeant at arms.
- Preparation material shall be handed back to contestants as they are introduced to present their evaluation.
- Evaluation contest speeches shall be from two to three minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute 30 seconds or more than three minutes 30 seconds.
Our first-time Toastmaster Alex kicked off this week’s theme – “Home” – with a funny story about his first experience buying a house.
Bianca gave a creative ice breaker speech using concepts from yoga as a metaphor for important events in her life.
Our Table Topics Master Jorge told us a story and gave us intriguing topics to discuss along the way.
Finally, AnnaLisa gave a thorough evaluation of Bianca’s speech.
Overall, we had 10 attendees at the meeting and every person either spoke during Table Topics or provided an evaluation.