This Week In Toastmasters | September 3 – 7

Hey everyone!

Paint yourself blue or red, get into an argument with your uncle about foreign economic policy and post a passive-aggressive message on facebook letting all of your friends know how you feel about the OTHER GUY running for President … IT’S THIS WEEK IN TOASTMASTERS!

Mr. President.

I don’t know about you, but every time I hear politicians giving speeches, I picture drunk college kids slinging late night pickup lines at the local dive bar in a sad attempt to get someone – anyone – to pay them some love/attention before last call.

“Hey America. You’re looking … mighty fine in those jeans. Want to get a beer and go to war? … I’m Bob Smith and I approve this message!”

Maybe I’m just cynical, but I’ve decided to throw my allegiance to the only political party out there worth anything anymore: baseball players. They’re just as effective as regular politicians, except they can run faster, and I’m guessing if they can figure out the intricacies of the infield fly rule, they can figure out foreign economic policy as well. If not … they can always hit people with bats, which would make C-SPAN interesting again and STILL be less violent than other congressional sessions I’ve seen.

Bastardo2012: Getting to “third base” with America.

To that end, I’m supporting Antonio Bastardo (RP-Phillies) for President in 2012. He’s young, he’s got a wicked fastball and, you have to admit, it would be pretty cool to hear the newsmakers saying “President Bastardo” for four years. Am I right or am I right?

Last Week in Toastmasters

If you missed last week, you missed a lot. Danae Wassinger, our Area 21 Governor, dropped by to check things out and watch us do our thing. She liked what she saw and she hopes to meet more of you on her next visit. Mike Warren started us off, talking about Intelligent Design, Vicky Wang followed with a speech about the Olympics, and Daniel Martinsen ran the clutch leg of the race with his presentation on Fantasy Football. It was certainly a diverse collection of speeches this week. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for this week.

What’s in store for this week?

I’m really excited for this week. Kalyan Ilipilla will give his ice breaker speech and The Fabulous Mr. Jonathan Frisbey is on the docket for his 6th or 7th CC speech. Also, after several years of involvement in Toastmasters, Jason Tseng (who was the VP-Ed before I even started Toastmasters) will finish his Competent Communicator with an inspirational speech about what Toastmasters has done for him. We’ll have the beginning and the end of the CC manual – The alpha and the omega – all in one meeting. It looks to be a lot of fun.

We might also have Table Topics. Here’s an idea. If you can mix references to Cotton Candy, Vodka, the Smoot-Hawley Tarriff, and Grizzly Bears act into YOUR Table Topics speech, you’ll win the “Antonio Bastardo Award for Speaking Excellence,” which is something to be proud of.

Don’t make us thump your skull for ya.

Autumn dues are…um…DUE September 30. We have a lot of people in our club and it would really suck for Liz to have to process everyone’s money right at the end of the month. Please bring your $42 to the meeting this week and make Liz’s day difficult RIGHT NOW (instead of at the end of the month). Also, don’t miss the deadline or we’ll send out the Official Toastmasters™ Goon Squad to procure your dues by any means necessary.

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