Today's meeting, led by Jerry Weikle, began on time and was presided by VPE Serena Edwards. Alex Porter gave us a brief thought to start the meeting. Bill Battermann shared a (bad) joke. Alex doubled up as the Wordmaster, listening for the word of the day: "banal" (pronounced a multitude of ways, including rhyming with"canal" or "anal"). Sharon Davis listened for "ahs" and other filler words as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Bill also took up the role of Timer at the last minute.
Jerry's last minute theme was "All Stars" for the All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Serena led the table topics section with an all star, Dear Abby columnist. She gave unanswered Dear Abby questions and asked for advice:
1. "Dear Abby...I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober."
-Sharon answered that, instead of taking her husband to AA, she should keep alcohol in the house and go to bartender school to make good drinks. And also invest in some good insurance!
2. "Dear Abby...A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid-twenties. These two women go everywhere together and I've never seen a man go into their apartment or come out. Do you think they could be Lebanese?"
- Alex shared a joke about a guy who kept buying a girl in a bar drinks, even though she was a lesbian. He goes up and asks her how is Beirut?
3. "Dear Abby...I am a 23-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him."
-Gerry Fenner shared her advice to the young woman that her boyfriend should share the responsibility and if he can't, it's time to move on!
4. "Dear Abby...My forty year old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50 an hour every week for two and a half years. He must be crazy."
-Bill said that it's not a matter of whether you are crazy or not, it's about not getting any crazier. He shared that instead of reading his Bible, he went to a psychiatrist, but at least it's money not spent on wild living.
The two prepared speakers of the day were:
Hal Levin, whose speech titled, "Do You Mind? Taking Care of Your Mind," is #3 from the Competent Communicator manual.
Al Minter, who spoke on "When Continents Collide" #7 instead of Competent Communicator.
Sam Mullis evaluated Hal and Shyam Narayan evaluated Al. All speakers and evaluators qualified on time.
Guest, Marci Plati, commented on the meeting, saying it's her second or third time (Bill's guest) and she enjoys listening to everyone.
No other business.
Best Table Topics: Sharon
Best Speaker: Al
Best Evaluator: Shyam
Ah Stick: Al (for double clutching)
Meeting ended early at 9:40 a.m.