Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes

Participants                    :      Louis Nizet, Tom Alvord. Phil Mason, Cheryl Mason, Praveen Nair, William Sullivan, Charles Hubert, Phillip Mason, Heather Turner, Brian Conte,
Guests                             :    John

Meeting Roles

Toastmaster                 :           Heather Turner
Invocation                    :           Heather Turner
Word Master                 :           Phillip Mason
Timer                           :           Praveen Nair
Grammarian                 :           Cheryl Mason
Ah Counter                   :           Charles Hubert
Table Topics Master     :           Tom Alvord
Speaker 1                     :           Brian Conte
Speaker 2                     :           Murugan Pachaiyappan
Speaker 3                     :           Tom Alvord
General Evaluator        :           Cheryl Mason
Evaluator 1                   :           William Sullivan
Evaluator 2                   :           Louis Nizet
Evaluator 3                   :           Charles Hubert

Business Portion

Our club President Louis Nizet started off the meeting by welcoming the club members and guests. Below are the highlights of the business portion of the meeting:
Ø  Welcome certificates awarded to our newest members : Brian Conte and Charles Hubert
Ø  Our VP for Education Joe Lenart has reached out to all members to provide him a list of all completed speeches for his records. All members are requested to respond to Joe Lenart’s email.
Ø  The Cromwell Community Toastmasters club and Middlesex Toastmasters club are having a Speech-a-thon on January 20th, 2011 at Cromwell town hall (7pm to 9pm). All members are encouraged to sign up for all the available roles and make use of this opportunity to get closer to completing their TM goals.
Ø  Our club is planning an “Open House” in February 2011. More details will be available soon. Heather Turner has agreed to take a lead in organizing this event.
Ø  Tom Alvord provided some details around the Mentoring program. Members are encouraged to reach out to Joe Lenart or Tom Alvord with regards to any mentoring requests / questions.

Education Portion

Word of the Day      :           Stalwart

Table Topics           :
We had a unique table topics session which was guided by one of our Stalwart member and Table topics master Tom Alvord. The goal for every member was to carry forward a conversation based on the last sentence spoken by a different member. The key part of the exercise was to have the ability to continue a conversation without asking a question. All the members thoroughly enjoyed this unique exercise.

Prepared Speeches & Evaluations

Speaker #1                   :           Brian Conte
This was an Ice Breaker speech and Brian provided us a fascinating introduction to his life and his interests.
Speech Number            :           1
Speech Length              :           4 – 6 minutes
Manual                          :           Competent Communicator
Objective                        :         To get comfortable in front of an audience for first speech
Title                                :         My Beach

Speaker #2                   :           Murugan Pachaiyappan
Murugan provided some unique insights into the difference between a Leader and a Manager
Speech Number            :           9
Speech Length              :           5 – 7 minutes
Manual                          :           Competent Communicator
Objective                        :         Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action
Title                                :         Leadership style
Speaker #3                   :           Tom Alvord
Couple of weeks ago Tom attended the TM conference and had the opportunity to listen to an accomplished and inspirations speaker Dana Lamon. Tom gave an inspirational speech based on Dan Lamon’s life.
Title                                :         Dana LaMon, My New Hero

Evaluations                  :          
Ø  The General evaluator for the evening Cheryl Mason guided us through the evaluation portion of the meeting
Ø  William Sullivan, Louis Nizet and Charles Hubert provided a very detailed and effective evaluation for the speeches
Ø  The Timekeeper (Praveen Nair), Word Master (Phillip Mason). Ah – Counter (Charles Hubert) and Grammarian (Cheryl Mason) also reviewed their reports for the meeting.

Conclusion                  :
The Toastmaster for the evening Heather Turner and club ex- President William Sullivan thanked all the members and guests for their participation. Our next meeting is scheduled on 12/21 at 5:15pm.

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