Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Meeting Minutes 5-17-16

Cromwell Community Toastmasters
Club 5908 ~ District 53
Tues April 17, 2016

Attendees:    Rob Dalo, Crystal Storo, Bill Sullivan, Danielle Payne, Sheetal Patel, Phil Mason, Winston Phillip

: Emily, Matt

Business Meeting

Toastmasters District 53 Spring 2016 Conference 
Friday May 20, 2016 Social and Networking
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Conference
Sheraton Hartford Hotel @ Bradley Airport
Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Email Hollie Rose if interested

There are two more meetings with the current officers
June 7, 2016 is officer elections
June 21, 2016 is new officer inductions

Current nominations
President- Sheetal Patel
Vice-president of Education- Danielle Payne
Vice-president of Membership- Winston Phillip
Vice-president of Public Relations- Heather Turner
Treasurer- Andrew Watt
Sargent at Arms- Phil Mason
Immediate Past President- Hollie Rose

Charlie Hubert is doing better. He has had trouble getting a ride.
Don Ostertag has moved to Arizona.

Toastmaster Winston Phillip

Invocation Winston Phillip

Winston read the Toastmasters International Club Mission Statement:
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Table Topics Danielle Payne
Talk about ad from telephone book

Home Security Ad
1:51 Rob – There is not security system in my home. I leave my keys in the ignition and never lock the doors. If someone wants to get into my house they will. A security system only inconveniences me.

Aspen Dental Ad
1:25 Winston – I sat in on a dental class procedure. They were talking about the differences in digital versus analog picture. Digital is cheaper and faster. It also gives a better picture. I was scared but I hope they learn well.

Mortgage Ad
1:02 Phil – I am in contracting. When people get mortgages it is good for me because they may be remodeling their homes. They will call me and I will have business. It is a good time to buy a home because rates and prices are down.

Direct TV Ad
0:45 Matt – The only show I watch is House of Lies on ShowTime. My friend had Direct TV and it was a nightmare. They jack up the prices and have poor service. I would go with Xfinity.

Pluming Ad
0:43 Emily – I work at an engineer contracting building. If your pluming is messed up you will know it. This ad is worth the money they are open on weekends. If your shower or toilet is clogged you will need them. Often the engineer will get in trouble even if its not their fault.

Coffee Ad
1:59 Sheetal – Coffee is not good to me but tea is. There are many different kinds of tea. Particular people have particular types of tea. In northern India tea is popular. Different parts of India have different preferences on everything: tea, language, dressing and staple foods as well as temperature.

Waste Removal and Recycling Ad
1:21 Bill – Waste removal is so important. What if they didn’t pick it up every week? My dad used to tell me to pour the old car oil down the drain. Now there is a sticker on the drain that says it drains to the creek. We didn’t have recycling when I was a kid.

Speaker # 1:  Crystal Storro:  6:45
Manual/Project: Competent Communicator / Ice Breaker
Title: 2nd Time Around

I have been in Toastmasters for five years and have come a long way. For my first speech I was very nervous and was reading off a piece of paper. I had a hard time but I forced myself. By my 10th speech I  was much more confident. Toastmasters is about what you get out of it, feedback in a critical way. I taped my 10th speech. Today Tom Alvord came across the file and sent it to me. I’m proud. I had no notes but I did pace. I was able to see that I am more confident. Push yourself to the next level. We are all in fear and are figuring it out but I can embrace it. I am who I am because of Toastmasters.

Speaker # 2:  Phil Mason: 3:49
Manual/Project: Competent Communicator / Vocal Variety
Title: You Never know What’s Ahead

I bought a Challenger a few years ago. A friend of mine had a much more powerful one. I used to see him from time to time. It has been about 6 months since we saw each other when I ran into him in Home Depot. He said that he sold his car and had broken his neck. On Block Island he was riding around on a moped when some kids ran out in front of him. He swerved into the grass to avoid the kids and landed on his head. He woke up to see a bunch of surgeons who happened to be nearby. He was picked up by a helicopter and was in rehab for 6 months. The day I saw him was the first day  he had been out. You never know what’s ahead. Be safe and pay attention.

Speaker # 3:  Rob Dalo: 7:08
Manual/Project: Competent Communicator / Visual Aids
Title: Visual Aids That Have Guided My Life

I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book helped me explore what I wanted to be by beginning with the end in mind. I spent over one week concentrating on my personal mission statement. I will use these symbols to guide me at crossroads and road blocks. I came up with symbols and these helped me get when I am today. The symbol I focus on most in one circle in the middle with five circles around it. This represents my wife and my three daughters going out to dinner the day before each of my daughters go off to college. My two older daughters have gone to college and soon is will be Katie’s turn. This is very special to my wife and I. It is the culmination of 20 years. Visual aids are everywhere and they have guided me to this point in my life.

Evaluator # 1: Phil Mason 1:48

This is your second Ice Breaker. It was great to see what you have learned. At first you were nervous. It is great for the guests to see how you have grown. You did not have much time to prepare and crafted it on your feet. “You are who you are because of Toastmasters.” Great job.

Evaluator # 2:  Bill Sullivan 2:45

This is your second time working on a CC. The topic was vocal variety which you used when describing the crash. I would like to have seen more. You also could have described the car more. Don’t saw the title in your speech. You could start by asking what types of cars everyone has and then talking about the horsepower. It was a great story and I felt really bad. Great job.

Evaluator # 3:  Crystal Storro 2:47

Thank you for the impromptu speech. You have evolved. We joined Toastmasters at the same time. Great message. You talked about something near and dear to you, your daughters. You showed the symbols and we connected with you. The last picture was very emotional. I felt something in my throat. I want to hear more. You have one more speech to go for your CC.

Officials’ Reports:

WordMaster: Rob Dalo

a lack of social grace

Timer:  Hollie Rose

Times given, See above.

Ah Counter: Emily

Winston – “um” - 3 repeats
Crystal Storro – 3 “um” – 2 “you know” – 1 repeat
Phil Mason – 1 “ah” – 1 “um” – 4 “you know”
Danielle Payne – 1 “um”
Rob Dalo – 6 “um” – 2 “you know”
Bill Sullivan – 1 “ah”
Matt – 1”ah” – 3 “um”
Sheetal Patel – 1”ah” – 1 “um”  

Grammarian:  Sheetal Patel

Crystal Storro – “him and I” should be “he and I”
Rob Dalo – “hook line and sinker”

General Evaluator: Rob Dalo

Tonight was Winston’s first time as Toastmaster. Great job Winston. Thank you.
Danielle Payne- Next time just pick someone for table topics instead of waiting for people to volunteer
Phil Mason – Thank you for the signs

Closing: Hollie Rose

Toastmasters District 53 Spring 2016 Conference 
Friday May 20, 2016 and Saturday, May 21, 2016 Conference

Next meeting: June 7, 2016

Respectfully submitted by
Danielle Payne, Secretary

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