Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekly Recap: "Analog" - June 19, 2013

Getting Started:

Club President Mike introduced our Toastmaster, Sushanah.  Here theme for the meeting was "analog" which she defined in its wave length form and related how our meeting would be a series of transmissions.   Clever.

October 10th’s ‘Word of the Day,’ imperative, was given to us by Grammarian Ryan. Imperative is defined as something absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable. Jeff found himself having quite a lot of fun with this word. I believe in his grammarian report Ryan chalked Jeff’s usage to four counts (to me it felt closer to twenty).  

SPEAKER 1: Anna M. – “All Fired Up”

Anna's speech about range fire was well researched and educational.   She focused on the problem of the noxious weed, cheatgrass.   The early-season growth habits of cheatgrass provide a competitive advantage by allowing it to grow tall and abundant before native species emerge.  Cheatgrass turns brown and dies by early summer leaving behind thick, continuous dry fuels and creating extreme wildfire hazards.

Though several components can affect flame length and fire spread, a typical cheatgrass fire on flat terrain with wind speeds of 20 miles per hour may generate flame lengths up to eight feet in height; the fire can travel more than four miles per hour. Grass fires are dangerous because they move quickly and grasses act as ladder fuels igniting larger and more volatile vegetation.

Great job Anna!

Here's what it looks like:

And here's what it does:

SPEAKER 2: Mike F. – “Father of the Groom”

Mike's son is getting married soon.  Toastmasters provided the perfect venue to practice his "toast" for his son and soon to be daughter-in-law.  Mike provided specific examples of how well he and his family have gotten to know the bride as the couple live with them now to save money for their life together.  Mike kept his composure and provided an uplifting speech.  Great job Mike with your Toast!!


The week’s Table Topics was provided by Topicsmaster Karen Groth, who gave us some great questions about kinship.  Evaluations were then delivered by Eric who evaluated Anna, and Chris who evaluated Mike's speech. Tyler served as General Evaluator. Jeff B delivered to us his Timer’s Report, and () did the same as our Ah-Counter.
  •  Best Speaker Awarded to Anna.
  • Best Evaluator Awarded to Eric.
  • Best Table Topics Awarded to Gerard.

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