Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Meeting Minutes November 19, 2013

Cromwell Community Toastmasters
Club 5908 ~ District 53
November 5, 2013

“Go Big or Go Home”

Attendees:    members attended:  Bo Bogart, Micheal Brillas, Robert Dalo, Miroslav Grajewski, Cheryl Mason DTM, Phil Mason CC, Donald Ostertag, Sheetal Patel, Hollie Rose CC, Crystal Storo CC, CL, Heather Turner ACS, Andrew Watt and Carmen Jenkins.

Guest: John Hart

Business Meeting:
The meeting was called to order by Donald Ostertag.  New name tags were distributed to all members. President Crystal Storo CC, CL had all the club members introduce themselves and tell how long they’ve been members of Cromwell Community Toastmasters.  Crystal went over the Distinguished Club Program goals. Cheryl Mason DTM was presented with her 7th (WOW) CC award.  Congratulations Cheryl!  John Hart told the club his reason for coming to Toastmasters and shared with us that he is joining tonight
Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Hollie Rose CC

Invocation: John Hart   -  Toastmaster Mission Statement.

Word Master:  Micheal Brillas
Word - of - the - Day:  Ubiquitous – to be found everywhere

Table Topics Master:  Cheryl Mason DTM
Theme:  Cheryl‘s questions came from a special deck of cards designed for asking Table Topics questions.  Phil told us of his dream house.  He builds houses and has seen all sizes and styles but his ideal would be on the Connecticut River.  It would have a boat house underneath filled with high powered boats.  When asked where, out of any place in the world he would like to spend New Year’s Eve Miroslav told us about last New Year’s Eve in Quebec City.  He described the big blizzard and all the snow and thought maybe this year warm sunny Florida would be a good choice.  The holiday that Micheal would like to celebrate every six months is the 4th of July.  Simply put, he likes to blow things up. An exciting new ride at Disney that Rob would like to create had the rider getting a sensational manicure while riding past ubiquitous displays of shoes and having ghost shoes appear on their feet. When asked how he cheers himself up when having a bad day, John told us he is fortunate to have an office door, he closes that door and plays music and/or games.  Don shared that his ideal high temperature would be 75 degrees but thinks his wife would prefer 45 to 50 degrees.

Speaker # 1:  Crystal Storo CC
Manual/Project: Educational Leadership Series/Project 6 Building a Team
Title:  Team Spirit! 
Crystal defined team and differentiated between leaders and managers; leaders motivate and managers coordinate. She told us why teams are important and described some factors in building a team - being genuine, including everyone, and open communication.  Team building is important for moral, “Nothing great was ever achieved without motivation.”  Crystal hung up three foot wide sticky note showing the composition of TEAM –Together Everyone Achieves More.

 Speaker # 2:   Andrew Watt
Manual/Project: Competent Communicator/Project 4   How to Say It
Title:  Why I Love Sewing   
Teaching at a school where children can design and construct things to learn how the world works, Andrew noticed that mostly boys signed up for certain courses.  Wanting to know how to get more of the girls involved he paid attention to what interested them and he decided to learn to sew. After taking some lessons he constructed a lunch bag and pencil case.  He now has a 3:1 ratio of girls to boys in his sewing group.  As satisfying as that is he has also made his own Hallowe’en and Renaissance Fair Costumes and finds, to his surprise, that he loves sewing.

 Speaker # 3:  Sheetal Patel
Manual/Project:  Competent Communicator/Project 7   Research Your Topic
Title:  Corporate Social Responsibility   
Outsourcing and globalization started growing in the 1970’s; factories are ubiquitous in China and the United States.  Sheetal spoke of problems caused by outsourcing including slavery, transit and pollution. She spoke of social, health and environmental auditing.  After listing four reasons for Corporate Social Responsibility she stated there are now 7.125 billion people on this planet and everyone has a stake in Corporate Social Responsibility. 

General Evaluator: Heather Turner ACS

Evaluator # 1:  Rob Dalo

Evaluator # 2:   Phil Mason

Evaluator # 3:  Bo Bogart

Functionary Reports:

Ah Counter:  Miroslav Grajewski

Grammarian:  Andrew Watt

Timer:  Don Ostertag

In closing Crystal thanked everyone for coming.  John said he enjoyed the meeting and filled out a member application.  It was another great meeting!  Now is the perfect time to sign up for roles for our next meeting.

Next meeting: December 3, 2013.

Respectfully submitted by
Bo Bogart, Secretary

[Posted by Hollie Rose CC - VPPR]

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