Thursday, September 11, 2014

Laughter and Applause Sept. 6, 2014

Sept. 6, 2014—If you were standing outside, you’d have wondered what all the laughter and applause was about.

Al Minter opened our meeting as the Sergeant at Arms, Joyce Preston  as Presiding Officer and General Evaluator, Phyllis Kombol as Toastmaster of the day where “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants” was the theme for our dozen attendees, including returning guests Joyce O and Stephen.
Kemp Edwards, who doubled as Timer, offered a Thought of the day (from Joel Osteen) that challenged us not to think so much about what will be as what you are now, as even God announced himself as the great “I AM” not the “I will be.”

Georgia Carlton started us laughing with a joke about a couple who died on the way to get married, and then contemplated both marriage and divorce possibilities in heaven, to the dismay of St. Peter. Jerry Weikle challenged us to use our word of the day: burgeon, and he listened for creative uses of the language as well, and ended up pointing out some of the unintentional “fur” and “tuh” usage he heard in place of “for” and “to.” (Another one: gonna for going to.) He challenged us to be aware of these.

Serena Edwards’ Table Topics questions asked Paul Junior about what gets him upset (not being able to communicate as well as he’d like), Kemp Edwards’ about his perfect job (full time ministry), Joyce Preston’s about whether technology lives up to its promises (not so much), and Jerry Weikle about persons from history he’d like to know (many). Our winner was John Shepherd, the mad scientist, who created audience participation opportunities telling us about his newest invention, the space-time continuum machine.

In our prepared speeches, Sonny Tolbert explained Successful Negotiation from the advanced Interpersonal Communication manual.  After he explained principles, he enlisted John to role play a car purchasing negotiation that erupted into unexpected humor from some unintentional miscommunication, and included a Q&A session for more audience participation.

The kid from St. Louis, Al Minter, won best speaker by sharing lessons learned from his compassionate teacher mother, his father who taught him diverse skills, and the Dominican Drill Sergeant Disciplinarian Catholic nuns. The imagery his stories called to mind some of our own childhood memories.

Georgia Carlton wandered off the beaten path a bit evaluating Al, so went over time. Paul Junior won Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Sonny’s presentation, demonstrating his improving speaking skills.

Joyce reminded us to try to not acknowledge the ah bell, and that the evaluation is to be about the speaker’s skills, not the content of the speech. She also reviewed the line-up for 2 weeks ahead and reminded us that this coming Saturday is the Humorous and Evaluation club contest, from which 2 members can advance to the area contest.

In other news, John may be missing a couple meetings as he is having cataract surgery first in one eye and then the other. We thought we might just avoid his path if he wanted to try driving without being able to see….though it might be better if someone just went and picked him up and drove him to the meeting!

Kemp took home the Ah stick, as we came in “on a wing and a prayer” about 10 minutes after the hour. Several of us then visited Gerry Fenner and the Fit Focus group display in the parking lot next to Rotary hall.
                                                                                           This blog entry written by Phyllis Kombol.

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