Sunday, April 28, 2013

Simply Speaking Minutes
Colorado Community Church
April 25, 2013
Our meeting at Colorado Community Church began with Margaret Seyers  leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance before introducing our Toastmaster for the evening, Pete Hazlet.
Our theme was “Celebrate”, very fitting with the all stars we have in our club.   The word of the day was “epitome”  - a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
Inspirator Deborah Frauenfelder got us moving and singing with the final chorus of “Celebrate” by 3 Dog Night.  Again, very fitting with all the winners among us.
First speaker Concetta Palmieri gave a speech entitled “We are Family” talking about the differences between hers and her fiance's families.  Neither family has ever met.  His is quiet, soft spoken.  They don’t shout unless someone is in mortal danger.  Hers, on the other hand, is not quiet.  It’s quite normal to have a conversation with someone in a different room, sometimes even on different floors.  We need a follow up speech to see how things turn out.
Second speaker, Will Osagiede asked “ What is the Price of Beauty”  in his speech.  He told us that beauty is constantly being defined and that only 4% of the women worldwide consider themselves beautiful.  In the part of Nigeria where he is from a woman must put on a lot of weight to be considered pretty, where as in the U.S. a woman must be very thin to be considered pretty.  He ended by saying his view is that it’s what’s on the inside that makes a person beautiful.
Third speaker, Margaret Seyer earned her Advanced Leadership Bronze with her presentation from the Successful Club Series.  It was an educational speech covering the physical and the relational climates and how they create a welcome atmosphere for members and guests.  She also covered what makes a club move smoothly like volunteering, help with set up and resetting the room when we are done.  Congratulations, Margaret!
Table Topics master Gigi De Gala called on several people to participate.  Using an edition of The Aurora Sentinel as her inspiration, she called on Will Osagiede, Darryle Brown, guests (and now a new member) Matt Dudzick, and Xiao Lang.
Sherry Thomas was our General Evaluator. Sherry defined success as not being perfect, but facing one’s fears and she told Margaret she did that with her speech tonight. She has come a long way and should be proud of her self.  She reported that our meeting started on time.  Sherry congratulated Deborah on some good moves in her inspirational moment.  
In her evaluation of Concetta, first evaluator Connie Akins thanked her for being in the club.  Her topic was the perfect yin and yang of quiet and noisy in describing the two families.  Concetta’s use if voice and acting out scenarios were great.  Connie told Concetta this was a beautifully funny speech that would be great for a speech contest.  Connie also suggested Concetta use her evaluator to assist her if she decides to use this in a contest.
Second evaluator Darryle Brown told Will that his speech title was a great way to open the speech.  Pointing out the stark contrast between the Nigerian culture’s and the U.S culture’s idea of beauty was very poignant.
Time Keeper Kelli Malcom reported that all Table Topics participants were in time.  Will and Concetta were in time, as well as the evaluators.
Ah Counter Darryle Brown reported that there were few uh’s and ah’s.
Grammarian David Bounds said he was not the epitome of a grammarian, but he did hear the word of the day used.  He noted some great phrases, including “emotional stuffers” used by Concetta.
Our Quizmaster Monica Alvidrez did a great job testing our listening skills.
Awards went to
Best Speaker: Will Osagiede
Best Table Topic: Matt Dudzick
Best Evaluator: Darryle Brown
Present at the meeting:Monica Alvidrez, Darryle Brown, David Bounds, Margaret Seyer, Pete Hazlet, Will Osagiede, Deborah Frauenfelder, Xiao Lang, Kelli Malcom, Gigi De Gala, Concetta Palmieri, Sherry Thomas, Connie Akins.
Our guests for the evening were Matt Dudzick and Margaret Seyer Sr.
Simply Speaking is invited to the May 29 Aurorators meeting at Empire Beauty School.

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