Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Meeting Minutes 5-3-16

Cromwell Community Toastmasters
Club 5908 ~ District 53
Tues May 3, 2016

Attendees:    Rob Dalo, Bill Sullivan, Danielle Payne, Winston Phillip, Andrew Watt, Phil Mason

: none

Business Meeting

Two members we tapped for possible executive positions for the upcoming year.

Nominations will be talked about next meeting.

Toastmasters District 53 Spring 2016 Conference 
Friday May 21, 2016 Social and Networking
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Conference
Sheraton Hartford Hotel @ Bradley Airport
Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
You can register through the District 53 website

Toastmaster Andrew Watt

Invocation Danielle Payne

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

Table Topics Andrew Watt
Everyone read an excerpt from one of Shakespeare’s plays and then discussed Shakespeare.

Bill Sullivan – A moment of honesty, I  never read Shakespeare. I don’t understand him and my mind drifts.

Winston Phillip – I never paid attention to him. I don’t understand it.

Phil Mason – I am with Bill. I don’t understand it. I find that I need to understand the language he used.

Danielle Payne – I was dreading having to read Shakespeare in AP English Lit class but luckily it didn’t fit into my schedule. I was so relieved.

Rob Dalo – My daughter is in the arts and she got me to experience theater and opera. Broadway is like nothing else. I went to see Romeo and Juliet. We ended up getting good seats but I fell asleep.

Andrew Watt – Sonnet 65 is my girlfriend’s favorite part. In ninth grade I was in the play Hamlet. That was the first time Shakespeare meant anything to me. It actually made sense because it lived through the great teacher that I had.

Speaker # 1:  Andrew Watt
Manual/Project: Competent Communicator, Project 6
Title: Becoming a Poet

Because of the small group size Andrew shared a sonnet of his and taught everyone how to write one. In about 15 minutes everyone had created their own sonnet. Each line has to have ten syllables and there is a pattern to the way the words rhyme. For a beginner, start with the rhyming end words and then go back and fill the rest in. Its ok if it doesn’t make sense. After about six to ten time of doing this you will train you brain and be able to write a sonnet from start to finish the regular way.

Speaker # 2:  Rob Dalo : 8:15
Manual/Project: Competent Communicator: Research Your Topic   
Title: The Four Questions

At Subway there is a specific way we go about interviewing employees. First we look over the application. The person is usually 16 years old, dropped off by their parent and very nervous. We look for them to be clean and well dressed. We only ask four questions. First, tell me about your family. Do they have anything positive to say? Second, what will (reference) say when I call him or her? Are they positive? Third, if I hire you and give you the day off, what will you do? Do they have an action plan or are they indecisive? Finally, tell me the story about the three little pigs. Are they excited and expressive or dull and boring? If they have a positive outlook we can train them.

Evaluator # 1: Phil Mason

We could not have done the activity with a larger group. You showed true TM skills by shooting it off he hip and improvising. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Evaluator # 2:  Danielle Payne

You did a great job of speaking without the chance to prepare. Your speech was very well organized with the four questions. It was also very interesting. To improve you could have established your authority on the topic. Talk about how long you have been working at Subway.

Officials’ Reports:

WordMaster: Rob Dalo

Invincible – adj. incapable of being
conquered, defeated, or subdued 

Everyone used it. Great job.

Timer:  Winston Phillip

Times given (some forgot to time for), See above.

Ah Counter: Phil Mason

Danielle Payne – ums, so like, so um
Rob Dalo – um
Winston Phillip - ums

Grammarian:  Bill Sullivan

Andrew Watt – clichéd terms

General Evaluator: Rob Dalo

Thank you for carrying the meeting Andrew.
Thank you for the signs Phil.

Closing: Andrew Watt

Bill finished his Competent Communicator. Congratulations.

Thank you everyone for a great meeting.

Next meeting: May 17, 2016

Respectfully submitted by
Danielle Payne, Secretary

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