November 11th Meeting

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Toastmaster CC Mickey B. brought us back to the "Happy Days" TV series and the realization that happy days are not stuck in the past. Our three speakers gave inspiring speeches. TM Melanie R. started out with a reminder that you never know and it's best not to judge people. TM Stephanie M. followed up with a powerpoint presentation explaining the importance of taking care of our veterans. CC, CL Allison B. gave an eloquent PresTony award presentation as a specialty speech. Table topics master ACB Shiny W. kept the happy days theme going with questions about what color and what things made people happy. General evaluator CC Alex E. reminded the club of the importance of keeping evaluations positive and receiving feedback well.

November 4th Meeting

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Congratulations to Jyo P., DTM, for winning first place at the District 50 evaluation contest last Friday! Mike T., TM, led the meeting as a first-time toastmaster of the day with the local theme of Dallas. We heard two great speeches from Mickey B., CC, and Brian T., ACB. Mickey talked about similarities with his father and lessons learned. Brian talked about three major differences with traveling to Europe, rather than traveling within the states. Ed M., ACS, ALB, asked table topics participants about their favorite Dallas whereabouts, leading to some fun Dallas facts.

Lisa S., CC, led the evaluators to provide constructive feedback to the speakers. At the end of the meeting, the nominations committee chair, Sarah W., CC, ALB, presented the slate of officers for January to June 2014.  The club voted to accept the following slate of officers!

October 28th Meeting

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Members arrived early and in costume and disguise for the Halloween through the Ages themed meeting. Jyo shared the 2000-year-old tradition of celebrating All Hallow's Eve. TM Sofia O. shared her first speech with the club about coming from Colombia to OU to study. TM Wen K. spoke of the benefits of quitting smoking from improving your health to not being told "you stink." TM Melanie R. related her experience with a plumbing project gone awry as her mommy's little helper. CC Lisa S. detailed a motivation model and spoke of the importance of emotional IQ.

The table topics featured tricks and treats with some superstitious questions from ACB, CL Rick G. The evaluators gave helpful evaluations, and in turn, found themselves evaluated by the general evaluator ACS, ALS Hugh D. At the end of the meeting, we voted in a new member, Larry D. Welcome to the club!

October 21st Meeting

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Toastmaster Melanie R. led an inspiring meeting about the intrinsic value of members and toastmasters. We heard three speeches over a range of topics. Toastmaster Janak P. spoke about his experiences at the state fair including: seeing the brand new Corvette Stingray, eating fried butter and nutella, and watching an ostrich race crash. Toastmaster Mark R. shared the value of recording your speeches and watching them later to evaluate or share with family and friends. Competent communicator Alex E. shared a folktale from Ireland with three advices including honesty is the best policy.

The table topics section hosted by toastmaster Susan B. coincidentally brought out great answers about the intrinsic value of certain people and which values were most important. As always, we received great feedback from our evaluators about using the stage and easing away from the podium. Our general evaluator, competent communicator, competent leader, Allison B. reminded us that we can request to be buzzed for "ahs" during speeches, if we want to. The night closed out with feedback from our guest and ribbons awarded to the best of the night.

October 14th Meeting

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We voted in two wonderful new members. Welcome to Sofia and Durai! The meeting, led by first-time toastmaster Stephanie, was fabulous as the theme suggested. Max gave a speech about his 40 years in Toastmasters from the Successful Club Series. Rick talked about a proposed street user fee to recoup expensive maintenance costs for the city. Jyo taught us how step by step, we can reach our goals and achieve the competent leadership educational award and beyond. Table topics served a gallimaufry of questions from fall favorites to how to recover from a fall in life. The evening rounded out with evaluations that covered sharing more personal stories with the audience and making gestures more meaningful among other helpful suggestions. Be sure to confirm your role

October 7th Meeting

The toastmaster of the evening Mark brought in a stack of board games and plenty of energy. The speakers kept up the energy with three great speeches. Patrick gave his tenth inspirational speech, which earned him the Competent Communicator educational award. Suguna discussed her first out-of-county vacation experience when she lost her son and found him safe after a search. Brian explained one of the original bio fuels, trees, which can be chipped up, then used to generate electricity to power your toaster.

Lisa explored peoples' experiences growing up playing games with table topics questions. After, the evaluators provided positive feedback to the speakers, and club members gave a brief round robin evaluation of each speaker.

September 30th Meeting

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We had a full evening Monday night with four speeches. Stephanie educated us about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Max discussed the roots of terrorism and the division of countries. Hugh previewed his upcoming one-hour speech about success. The final speech was by Shiny about her favorite tale of the tortoise and the hare.

September 23rd Meeting

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We could not have pulled off the contest without all of the wonderful helpers who came early and stayed late to ensure the contest ran smoothly. Many thanks to our illustrious Past International President, Pauline Shirley, who served as the contest master.

Our club contestants gave strong performances for their humorous speeches and evaluations. We are proud to send on our first place winners to the Area 24 Contest on October 5, at 7 p.m. Come cheer them on at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce building!

September 16th Meeting

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Last Monday's meeting was action packed! Club members voted to have our permanent meeting location at the Champions School of Real Estate. Our club now has a place to call home. Members also voted to include a $1 per month increase in dues. Be sure to give or send your check to the Treasurer Aaron M. Dues are now $54 and needed before the end of September.

We had two wonderful speakers. Competent communicator Lisa S. informed us about the antibiotics and growth hormones present in the food supply. Advanced communicator bronze Jeff W. had us reconsider reality with a theme from The Matrix.

September 9th Meeting

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Last Monday's meeting featured two speeches, tough table topics, and supportive evaluations. Competent Communicator Allison B. gave a toast to Preston Persuaders, to which members raised their drinks. Competent Communicator Alex E. spoke about tips to work with engineers.

The table topics master Max R. gave thought-provoking questions and a debate-style question with two members taking on opposite sides about healthcare. The evaluators rounded out the night giving helpful suggestions and approbation.