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GENERAL EVALUATOR report May 13, 2014

Written By Mike Gorman

Start:

–        Meeting started just before12:05 p.m.; set-up incl. TM club banners & ribbons

–        Jim provided introduction of meeting chair, Shawn

–        Shawn, welcomed all, explaining the theme, ‘Accomplishments, Achievements and Accolades’

–        Third time attendee Margo confirmed she is joining the club; former member Cheryl spoke about her recent physical challenges and indicted she wants to rejoin the club

Summary of roles:

–        Isabelle provided a word of the day connecting in a descriptive way to the theme, PLUCKY

–        Darryl’s toast tied into the meeting theme

–        Bill’s variation on the joke with its celebration of negative accomplishments provided a theme foil

–        Jim led us in a round of Table Topics providing all participants opportunity to identify accomplishment milestones or perspectives; he did an excellent job of seguing between speakers, then concluded the session with a positive focused summary

Summary re G.E. report:

–        In addition to obtaining reports from Carine (Timer), Isabelle ( Grammarian), and Cathy (Ah-Counter), Darryl challenged us with a range of Quizmaster questions; Mike then provided G.E. perspective concerning the meeting set-up and activities, noting the positive A.A.A. theme

Other comments:

–        Congratulations to SHAWN for winning the vote as top Table Topics speaker!

–        Under Notices for the Good of Toastmasters there was a reminder concerning next week’s Executive meeting to be followed with the new Executive election in the club meeting

–        There was a short discussion about the forthcoming election, with Isabelle asking about the timing of exec meetings, and Bill and Mike commening about the semi-annual TLI sessions

–        Mike confirmed he will follow-up with Asma regarding her current status including re the executive

 

Meeting Highlights for April 23, 2014

Written By Jim Kelly

The meeting started a couple of minutes early and got off to a great start with a theme of “Positivity and Gratitude.” It was Carine’s first time as chair and she did a masterful job of cheerfully keeping the meeting moving at a good pace. Her introductions were well-prepared and well-delivered.

Mike kicked off the introductory part of the meeting with a propitious word and then led us in a good toast for our propitious perspective of positivity, giving us a good example of effective alliteration as a colourful grammatical device. Darryl, always ready with a joke, told us a comical one about an elderly couple out on a date. Cathy gave a very informative soapbox speech about 3 aspects of the Fair Elections Act after which we had a round table evaluation that everyone participated in giving Cathy much praise and a few suggestions for improvement. Isabelle punctuated our audible pauses and kept us on schedule as timer.

Darryl had some well-thought-out questions along the lines of the theme that all present propitiously participated in. Cathy won the best table topics award with her talk about her gratitude from a young age for the free offerings at the library.

Jim Kelly, General Evaluator

Nepean Wingtalkers meeting April 16, 2014

Written By Cathy

Start:

–        Meeting started just after 12:05 p.m.; set-up had been done for our executive meeting.  There was some confusion in setting up because the community center had been double-booked for both ourselves and a private school special event. Both groups co-operated to share the facilities.

–        Meeting Chair, Darryl, welcomed all with the meeting theme, “Seed now for summer growth”. He explained that this is a farming metaphor that can be taken literally or can mean “Hard work now pays off in the future.”

Summary of roles:

–        Asma introduced the word of the day, PENCHANT

–        Gerald led us in a Toast tie-in to the theme

–        Mike lightened our mood with two jokes about spring planting.

–        Jim led us in a round of Table Topics, all related to our theme in which members were asked to think fast. With little preparation time our members all gave creative answers to Jim’s questions.

Summary re G.E. report:

–        Mike (Timer) and Asma, ( Grammarian) and Gerald (Ah-Counter), gave their reports on how the members did in staying on time, using the word of the day and avoiding audible pauses and incorrect grammar.

–        Bill challenged our listening skills with questions on the content from our various speakers.

–        As General Evaluator, Cathy congratulated Darryl on being well organized and filling all the roles before the meeting started. She also commented on the creativity of the Table Topics session.

Other comments:

–        Congratulations to Gerald for winning our round of Table Topics

–        Under Notices for the Good of Toastmasters Jim noted that he had contacted Toastmasters International regarding downloading material from their website into our club’s dropbox.  As he thought, this would be infringement of Toastmasters copyright. He encouraged members to use the Toastmasters International website as there is a lot of useful information there. Cathy reminded members that the District 61 Spring Conference will be held on the last weekend of April.

 

GENERAL EVALUATOR report meeting March 26, 2014

Written by Mike Gorman

Start:

–        Meeting started just after 12:05 p.m.; set-up incl. TM club banners & ribbons

–        Meeting Chair, Shawn, welcomed all, noting the sports tie-in to the theme, ‘Spring Madness’

–        Guest Leanne introduced herself to the membership

Summary of roles:

–        Isabelle provided a positive-imaged, multisyllabled word of the day, INVIGORATE

–        Mike’s toast noted two sides of the theme, both as relating to certain sports and as relating to the ongoing wait for spring weather

–        Darryl’s joke used a variation of three wishes with a marriage-splitting twist

–        Cathy gave an informative and at times humourous advanced manual speech; it focused on the pros and cons of bacteria, i.e. good, health-protective types of bacteria vs. the unsavoury connotations of other bacteria exposure; Cathy included a very illustrative chart comparing cells to bacteria

–        Gerald led us in a simple (via basic household objects) and thus imaginatively challenging round of Table Topics; everyone participated

Summary re G.E. report:

–        Jim provided an excellent analysis of Cathy’s speech, noting how she brought ‘life’ as well as education to a potentially gritty subject matter

–        In addition to obtaining reports from Darryl (Timer), Isabelle ( Grammarian), and Mike (Ah-Counter), Mike provided G.E. perspective concerning the meeting set-up and activities

Other comments:

–        Darryl tested our listening skills with a diverse range of Quizmaster questions

–        Congratulations to ISABELLE and DARRYL for winning the vote as top Table Topics speaker(s)!

–        Under Notices for the Good of Toastmasters updates were provided concerning Bill’s and Jim’s speeches at Division contests this past weekend; CONGRATULATIONS to both for their efforts!

–        Guest Leanne expressed appreciation her warm welcome to the meeting, with the intent to return

General Evaluator Report March 12, 2014

Written By : Isabelle Robert

Before the meeting began, the room was all set up with the club’s banners and ribbons. Jim, the SAA, introduced this week’s meeting chair, Mike.

Mike began the meeting on time by introducing the meeting’s theme: “Taking a Break”. Although we were only 6 members present, Mike managed to have every roles filled. Some of us multi-tasked by taking on 2 roles.

Cathy, this week’s Grammarian, introduced the word of the day: respite. Mike was the most successful at using this new word.

Jim then presented a toast entitled “A Toast to our Mentors” which was evaluated by the whole group. Jim used personal stories in his toast which made it heartfelt. He had great gestures and was confortable and confident.

Mike presented a funny joke. Jim was the timer and I was the Ah-Counter.

Bill did a speech entitled “3 ‘P’s to Personal Best”. The 3 ‘P’s stand for:

1) Perception is reality,

2) Point of view, and

3) Personal respondability

Bill was also evaluated by the whole group. Bill made good used of the stage by moving around during his speech. We suggested however to use each side and the middle of the stage equally while presenting his speech. He had good gestures. Bill used personal stories to reinforce the main points of his speech. Jim suggested to entitle the second point ” Positive Attitude” instead of “Point of view”. Bill appreciated this suggestion.

Following Jim’s speech, we had a great Table Topics conducted by Cathy. We voted for the best table topcis and there was a tie between Jim and Bill.

Carine was this week’s quizmaster and she really tested our listening skills with challenging questions.

The meeting ended on time.

GENERAL EVALUATOR report Mar. 5th, 2014

Written By Shawn Bent

Start:

–        Meeting started just after 12:05 p.m.; set-up incl. TM club banners & ribbons

–        Meeting Chair: Cathy, welcomed all with a backstory re coming up with the meeting theme, ‘Continuous Learning’, which was very apropos given our guest speaker

Guests:

–        Martin Presse: our guest speaker (originally from Edmonton) and a bestselling author and speaker. He is the author of the book, The Booya Guide to Public Speaking

–        Tara Fitzgerald: who was Martin’s guest

–        James Allan: a former member of the Nepean Wingtalkers club

Summary of roles:

–        Isabelle provided a challenging word: NEWFANGLED

–        Bill led us in a Toast tie-in to the theme

–        Jim did the Joke

–        Martin Presse did a very engaging and provocative speech on how to self-publish your own book. Presentation content included on how to write a book, how much time to spend on writing a book and how to position yourself as an expert in your chosen field.

–        Darryl led us in a challenging and thought-provoking  round of Table Topics, in which members verbally were asked to respond with theme-related experiences, with little prep time; as usual, our members rose up to the challenge

Summary re G.E. report:

–        Great meeting atmosphere – lots of people present!

–        Everything was set up on time and everyone pitched in for set-up and tear down (a real team effort!)

–        Great presentation by Martin Presse – everybody learned something new and took away something to apply to their personal and professional lives

Other comments:

–        Bill provided the test of our listening skills as Quizmaster

–        Under Notices for the Good of Toastmasters we discussed the Area Speech Contest (which was to be held that evening), who was in it and the option was open for club members to attend

 

Nepean Wingtalkers Meeting Highlights for February 26, 2014

Written By Jim

Table Topics Speech Contest

 

The Lead-up

It was a fabulous speech contest! First, it had started when Jim, a speech contest veteran, offered to organize the contest for the club, for a Competent Leader (CL) credit, and to be the contest Sgt-at-arms. Second, Cathy, our dedicated VP Membership who considers table topics the most valuable part of being a Toastmaster, had been the first one to volunteer to go in the contest. Next Carine, our newest club member, courageously stepped forward to compete and the contest was on. Then, our longest-serving club member, Gerald cheerfully took up the challenge and there were three contestants. The contest was on!

The Contest

Asma enthusiastically chaired the contest even though she had never even been at a contest before and got one more credit toward her CL. Mike, our trusty President, brought his years of leadership savvy to the role of Chief Judge and got credit towards his CL. Without hesitation, Isabelle immediately agreed to be the timer and Kowshy happily volunteered as ballot counter. Darryl, Bill, Shawn, and our guest Gerry, all graciously did key behind-the-scenes top-secret roles that kept the contest boat afloat until the last ballot was counted and the final results were announced.

In the end, Gerald placed first, Cathy second and Carine third, all admirably answering Asma’s thought-provoking question about success and happiness. It was a fabulous contest!

Afterwards

Gerald went on to Area Table Topics Contest and placed third. He qualified to compete at the Division level but unfortunately couldn’t make it.

Congratulations and thanks to all club members for your part in a fabulous contest that you gave 100% participation, effort and enthusiasm!

Footnote

Although we didn’t have an International Speech Club Contest, Bill and Jim went on to Area and Division levels to compete.

Jim Kelly, Club Table Topics 2014 Contest Organizer.

 

Nepean Wingtalkers Meeting Highlights for February 12, 2014

Written By Jim

Opening

Bill chaired the meeting and gave us a new variation on the Toastmasters Club Mission Statement to remind us of our meeting purpose. Gerald stepped up at the last minute to give us toast on the meeting theme of “Valentine’s Day.” Mike gave us a funny joke about a polar bear. Darryl volunteered to do the word of the day and had one in his back pocket that he challenged us with. “Cordate” means “shaped like a heart.” Gerald, as ah counter, referred to the clicker that raises our awareness of our ums and ahs as “our best friend.”

Soapbox

Our president, Mike, gave us an excellent fun, interactive 8-minute soapbox on how to pick a speech topic. We all shared our experiences, ideas and insights on how we each go about creating our speeches. We all felt encouraged to go out and work on our next speeches.

Table Topics

Bill gave us great table topics along the theme of the meeting and had cheerful banter in between table topics that kept us entertained. During table topics Carine had good eye contact; Darryl used humour talking about gifts of diamonds, chocolates and gas cards; Gerald told us of the same card given two years in a row; and Mike, in his 3rd meeting role, changed gears from his hilarious joke and gave sincere personal examples in his talk instead of his usual humour.

Evaluation

Shawn gave a good timer’s report reminding us of each table topic speaker’s subject along with their times. All-in-all it was a fun meeting as usual.

Jim Kelly, General Evaluator.

 

Meeting Highlights February 5, 2014

Written By : Cathy Chalykoff

Start:

The set-up was completed and meeting started just after 12:05 pm. There were fewer members than usual attending so all took on more than one role. All roles were filled and leadership manuals exchanged before the meeting started. Our Toastmaster for this week, Kowshy, welcomed us and introduced the theme for today: cooking.

Summary of roles:

Darryl introduced the word of the day “Gastronome” and gave us a toast. Bill lightened the mood with a joke about chicken legs.

Jim gave a very informative speech about MOOC’s, that is, online courses in fulfillment of Project 5 in the competent communicator manual.

Mike led a round of table topics that challenged our creativity in designing reality cooking shows directed at specific audiences.  Our members proposed several innovative concepts that sadly, will never make it to air.

Summary of GE report:

Cathy introduced Bill for the evaluation of Jim’s speech. She then collected reports from the timer, grammarian and ah-counter and commented on the creativity and challenge of Mike’s table topics. She encouraged the members present to spread the word about how Toastmasters has helped them and to invite people to come to our meetings. Mike suggested that we should invite people for our March 5th meeting with our guest speaker.

Other:

Under Notices for the good of Toastmasters, the change of location of the make-up TLI to the Bridge Church in Kanata was noted. Plans were made to have our club speech contests on February 26th. The area contest will be March 5th hosted by the Barrhaven Toastmasters.

 

General Evaluator Report Jan. 29, 2014

Written By Mike Gorman

Start: –

  • Meeting started just after 12:05 p.m.; set-up incl. TM club banners & ribbons
  • Meeting Chair, Isabelle, welcomed all with a backstory re coming up with the meeting theme, ‘Winter Vacation’

Summary of roles: –

  • Darryl provided a challenging, multisyllabled word of the day, HORNSWOGGLE
  •  Cathy led us in a Toast tie-in to the theme
  • Mike revealed a pair of headline-type jokes
  •  Cathy led the educational discussion among attendees concerning how to identify speech ideas, as well as matching potential concepts (including based on work experience) to the parameters of manual objectives, while considering the audience; she will email to all members the basics of ‘writing a speech in 15 minutes’
  • Jim led us in a tricky round of Table Topics, in which members verbally were asked to respond with theme-related experiences, with little prep time; as usual, our members rose up to the challenge

Summary re G.E. report: –

  • In addition to obtaining reports from Asma (Timer) and Darryl ( Grammarian & Ah-Counter), Mike provided G.E. perspective concerning the meeting set-up and activity; also, while the educational discussion went somewhat over time, it was generally agreed that this was time well spent
  •  Mike noted the enhanced visibility of the word of the day (Darryl) by including borders & colouring

Other comments: –

  • Carine provided the test of our listening skills as Quizmaster
  • Under Notices for the Good of Toastmasters there was discussion about potentially holding a club contest in advance of the March 5th Area speech contests (and March 5th meeting appearance of our guest speaker Martin Presse)
  • Congratulations to CARINE for winning the vote as top Table Topics speaker!
  •  Congratulations also to ISABELLE for a successful first time as meeting chair