District 14, Division D, Area 44, Club 1713
Record of Meeting
Date: June 6, 2012
Location: East Cobb Government Center
Theme: “In The Good Ole Summertime”
Call to Order:
Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Tom Nixon
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:
Tom extended a big thanks to Charlene for hosting the end of year party. Tom shared a recent
experience attending a Kennesaw MBA program and his conversation with a retiring teacher. The
professor shared that the greatest thing about participating in the Executive MBA program is that you will
not be the same person when you leave as when you first joined. The professor shared that the best part
about teaching for 40 years is seeing that light come on in a student. Tom sees a parallel in this at
Toastmasters and hopes we will all experience it.
Since first meeting in July is on the 4 , we will move that meeting to July 11 . Rosalyn is sending out
inquiries for attendance.
General Meeting Begins:
Humorist: Anna Kingmen Grammarian: Dave Brookmire
Vote Counter: Pinar Samur Timer: Vikas Singla
“Ah” Counter: Ilene Steinberg Videographer: Sandy Weaver Carman
Word of the Day: Laconic
Table Topics: Theme “In The Good Ole Summertime”
Table Topics Master – Rush Netterville
Question 1: Some like the mountains and some like the beach for summer get aways. Which do you like
Ilene Steinberg likes the beach. She grew up at Coney Island and although the sand and surf are not the
prettiest, it is the home of the original Nathan’s hot dogs and has much entertainment. There is a “big fat
laughing lady” mannequin, the oldest wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone, and indoor arcades. When she
was little her grandfather used to sneak her away and they would take the subway to Coney Island. She
has fond memories of this.
Question 2: When summer comes along, what is the best way to keep motivated at work?
Dave Brookmire says it is a good idea to think of the worst boss you ever had and then think of ways to
publicize this. Recently a boss at a global company had a letter mailed to all those in the “C” suite
sharing his inadequacies. Now Dave is helping him restore his credibility. Good thing to keep in mind..
Question 3: When children are away from school, what activities do you recommend to keep them
Vikas Singla has two children. The youngest enjoys removing her diaper during nap and finger-painting
with the contents. His three year old enjoys using his computer when Vikas steps up from his desk. This
usually results in unwanted edits or deletions. Vikas recommends summer camp but is proud to share
that on Sunday’s at his house, he holds Daddy camp. Vikas spends Sunday mornings taking the girls for
breakfast and then on outings to the park or pool. He hopes they remember these days as they grow
Question 4: You have a neighbor who has invited you to a summer party. You don’t want to go. What is
the reason you cannot go?
Sandy Weaver Carman has two Siberian Huskies who are shedding. It is called “blowing their coat” and
it looks like snow. Recently her neighbor invited her to spend the weekend at their one bedroom cabin
with them and their preschooler (and leave the dogs at home). Sandy declined as they would be “snowed
All table topic speakers qualified.
“Where Am I From? See if You Can Guess” – Gokhan Samur
(Manual: CC Speech #1: Ice Breaker; Time: 4 - 6 min)
To begin speaking before an audience
To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
When Gokhan is asked where he is from, he tells people to guess. Some people think he is from Italy
(which he likes because of the reputation Italian men have). Gokhan is from Turkey and education
brought him to the US although it took a little while. In Turkey you must take a test similar to the SAT to
be admitted to college. Gokhan scored 7 out of 1.5 million on the test and so his education would be
completely paid. The problem was that Gokhan missed the application deadlines for most schools. He
was having fun in Turkey so decided to stay. Then he decided to pursue a PhD. He again waited until
the last minute but was accepted at Carnegie Mellon, UT Austin and Georgia Tech. The nerd
mathematician in him decided on Georgia Tech. After graduating he accepted a job in Richmond,
Virginia but shortly before going, met a beautiful girl, who would become his wife. In 2009 he moved back
to Atlanta and now we are lucky to have both Gokhan and Pinar as Toastmasters.
“To Trampoline or Not To Trampoline” – Dr. Yale Nogin
(Manual: CC Speech #2: Getting Used To Public Speaking; Time: 5 - 7 min)
Select outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand speech
Present a clear message with supporting material for each point
Use appropriate transitions
Create strong opening and close.
“Do you take a chance on the trampoline or take the safe path?” Many parents are faced with this
question, right up there with “Do you keep soda in the house?”
Not very long ago Yale was cornered by his four children and asked for a trampoline. After performing
research, he found that 20% of childhood injuries occur on a trampoline. However, the kids wore him
down and he decided to go for it. He picked up the trampoline and spent the day putting it together,
complete with a safety net. It has delivered hours of fun for the kids. They even added a hose and
turned it into a water park. So the bottom line in his opinion is that a trampoline is still safer than keeping
soda in the house.
“My Journey to the Top of the Mountain” – Richie Deason
(Manual: CC Speech #5: Getting Used To Public Speaking; Time: 5 - 7 min)
Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message
and achieve your speech's purpose.
Make your body language smooth and natural.
Richie shared the story of his hike to the top of Long’s Peak in Colorado. He allowed himself to be talked
into it by his brother in-law. They had to start at 2:30 a.m. to ensure they were back down by
midafternoon to avoid possible rain storms. In making the trek, Richie realized that climbing a mountain
parallel’s your journey through like. It is all about how you measure success. Half way up you can look
back to see where you have been. No matter how well you prepare you will face adversity that you must
overcome. At one point they reached a key hole that had to be entered to get to the top. On the other
side was a ledge and the winds were 70 mph. Other climbers were turning back. However, a few came
down and told Richie’s group that once you move forward on the ledge a little ways, the wind dies down.
Three of Richie’s group of 5 decided to try it and they made it to the top. However, the journey does not
end at the top. They had to come back down which can be more dangerous than going up. Slipping and
sliding, out of water and out of breath, they finally arrived back at base at 9:30 that evening. The
satisfaction of reaching the destination completed the journey.
“An Everlasting Constant in a Changing World” – Daniel Jourdan
(Manual: Advanced Manual, Speaking to Entertain; Time: 7 - 9 min)
DJ likes stupid jokes. His sister even teased him that she thought he would grow out of it but apparently
not. So she bought him a t-shirt with a dumbass on the front. DJ is a little concerned that he is aging.
He turned grey this year. He has started snoring. He even snores himself awake! He shared with us a
picture of Viagra but did not provide much commentary on this topic. His eyes are getting worse and this
year he was told he needed bifocals. So he decided to begin running. One mile into it, as he was losing
his breath and thinking of walking, a young blonde teenager came running, or rather gliding, out behind
him. There was no way this young girl would overtake him. DJ turned on the burners and made it all the
way home. When he looked back, she was not there. She must have turned off earlier. What DJ
realized was that when he told himself he can’t, he couldn’t. You can trap yourself into complaining or
propel yourself into greatness. Self talk makes the difference!
Gokhan Samur, Yale Nogin and Richie Deason qualified.
Evaluators and Evaluations General Eval Mack Miller
Evaluator for Speaker #1: Gokhan Samur Debbie Field
Evaluator for Speaker #2: Dr. Yale Nogin Lisa Goodman
Evaluator for Speaker #3: Richie Deason Charlene Anderson
Evaluator for Speaker #4: Daniel Jourdan Roslyn Dodell
All evaluators qualified
General Evaluation: Mack Miller
A reminder to turn off cell phones, do not leave podium until you are replaced. The agenda needs to
have speech time and objectives.
Most Enthusiastic Helper – Anna Kingmen
Best Table Topics – Vikas Singla
Best Evaluator – Roslyn Dodell
Best Speaker – Dr. Yale Nogin