Saturday, June 1, 2019

Jun 1, 2019 Toastmasters Meeting

I was already on my way to our Toastmasters meeting at 2 pm, when I received a text message from Pres. Ching saying it will be moved to 3 pm instead.

Attending in today's meeting were (L-R): Seated: Leah Catapia, James Isaac Exequiel, Raul dela Vega, me and Ching Bognot. Standing: Jude Ola, Ed Ramirez, Venneth Santos (2nd-time guest), Glendy Artes and son, Leonzo Escolar, Pam Patacsil, Allie Marasigan (1st-time guest), Alvin Panghulan, Tanya Chloe de Guzman, Marilyn Malinao, Renzo Vergel de Dios, Sugar Loise Banez and Ellen de Guzman. Dolly delos Reyes was at the club meeting but had to leave early.

(photo credits: Leah Catapia)

Change in Meeting Time Today

Apparently, the change in the meeting time was announced by Ching because she was there early for the 2nd Division Council meeting with Anne, John Jucar, Ed, Dolly, Raul and Leah. She was informed by Cassalu staff that our meeting venue was occupied until 3 pm.

With the change in schedule, I decided to first drop by at the Robinson's Place in Las Pinas City. I always pass by this route and see this relatively new mall, but haven't seen the inside.

So with the delay of the meeting by one hour, I strolled inside the mall There was nothing too remarkable other than the free parking at the basement.

Table Topics Theme too Early?

It was a sweltering afternoon for the entire duration of our meeting, but the meeting theme was "Singing in the Rain." It was sort of odd thinking of "rain-related" topics when it was so bright and hot outside. Haha.

Rain has started in this month of May, but the rainy or wet season isn't official yet. Leonzo took on the role of Topicsmaster and there were three respondents: Raul, first-timer Allie and Cristina.

Five Prepared Speakers

We had five prepared speakers: Chloe (below), Pam, Marilyn (further below), Glendy and Jude. That's Ching at my right in the photo below as the General Evaluator. Chloe's mom, Ellen, was the meeting Timer.

Marilyn is a mentee of mine. I gave her some tips earlier this morning for her prepared speech this afternoon. Little did I realize that she was at the Makati Medical Center for a checkup while I was commenting online on her speech draft.

Over snacks of garlic bread, cheesecake and beef salpicao, we had a 15-minute break before proceeding to the Evaluation portion.

Rare Ah-Counter Role

Today, I took on an enviable role, away from the usual evaluation roles I take. I say 'enviable' because there's always a frenzy (word-of-the-day) of members who volunteer for the Ah-Counter role when the VP-Ed asks for volunteers.

I think a few of the members really liked the tip that I shared that could help minimize the utterance of 'ahs' and 'uhms". It's funny, because I saw that tip just shared today at the Toastmasters forum on Facebook.

The suggestion was simply to "breath silently" to replace the 'ah'. So when you have the urge to say 'ah', just replace it with a silent breath. In practice, it should simply appear and sound like a short pause to the audience.

The requisite group photo after the meeting.

Shown below is the program for today's club meeting.

And that's... a wrap!