Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sep 1, 2018 Toastmasters Meeting

Our meeting today was graced by two new guests: Lita Hidalgo and Marlon Rodil. Two, Nelle and Marilyn, were second-timers. I even met Marilyn at the recently concluded Speakers Summit.

Shown below at today's meeting (L-R): (Front) Lita Hidalgo, Duchess, Marlon Rodil, Cristina & Duchess' kids, Loise BaƱez, (Back) Me, Leah, Nelle Sy Cirujales, Marilyn Clear, Grace de la Rosa, Mark Nuqui, Alvin Panghulan, Ed, and Ching.

(photo credits: Cristina Yung)

No Attendance in August

I realized that I haven't attended any meeting in August. In the first meeting on Aug 4, 2018, I attended the minsitry's OGF (On Going Formation) or annual renewal. This was at the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Posadas, Sucat.

The second meeting was supposed to be on August 18, but then it was rescheduled to August 25 to give way to the Speakers Summit where I was a resource speaker.

On the rescheduled meeting on August 25, I did my club visit at Alabang Community Toastmasters Club. That was the last club visit in the first round of club visits in my area as Area Director.

Full House of Speakers

We had a full house of speakers today: five table topics respondents and six prepared speakers. It was no wonder that we went overtime with our club meeting. It was almost 6 pm when we finished. Our time at our venue in Gather is supposed to be 3 pm to 5 pm.

In the photo below, as the General Evaluator, I was listening intently to Leah who gave her Ice Breaker speech in Pathways. And yes, I was feeling cold where I sat.

New Portable Sound System

Today, everyone was pleasantly surprised to see the new public-address system that Ching brought to the club meeting. As she said, it will be an advanced club project. That's another item I will need to bring as Sergeant-at-Arms.

Thankfully, it was there today. For the 3rd or 4th time, it rained hard and there was so much noise from the rain pounding on the roof. The first time it rained hard, we had to borrow the venue's portable speaker and they wanted to charge us for its use.

That's one reason Ching bought it - the rain. Another reason is the noise that come from nearby establishments like restaurants and other shops. Our venue is located in a commercial area.

Shown below are Ed and Duchess using the portable sound system. The system comes with a couple of wireless microphones (Duchess is holding one).

Duchess and Ed delivered the dual-credit speeches of "Presenting an Award" and "Accepting an Award", respectively. These are the last two advanced speeches from the Special Occasions manual. I was the evaluator for both speeches.

Fortunately, I was able to catch the roles for today's meeting before I left home. Upon learning the speeches are from the the Special Occasions manual, I immediately looked for my old manual and found it.

I studied the objectives and requirements really well and I believe I was able to give a substantial evaluation to the two speeches.

Here's a scanned copy of today's meeting program.

And that's... a wrap!