The regular meeting of the Big “D” Toastmasters on June 24, 2010, was called to order at 6:29 p.m. President-elect Diane Kirksey, ATMB, CL, give the inspiration and led the Pledge of Allegiance, and then Vice-President for Membership Chase Miller took over at 6:32 as presiding officer and Toastmaster of the Evening. The minutes of the previous meeting were not read.
Chase entertained and educated us on the theme of “Old School” for about ten minutes; occasionally throughout the evening, he successfully engaged us in audience participation.
Table Topicsmaster Jim Wolff, CTM, was enthusiastically welcomed to the lectern by the club in its customary manner and then asked questions of four speakers who were anything but passé. Angelo Pereira, CC, then gave his sequel to “The Long Road to Constantinople,” telling us how his intercontinental wedding and reception concluded in “The Longer Road to Brunei.” After the break, Eric Dyson, ACS, ALB, led in his distinct way the program from the Success/Leadership Series called “How to Conduct an Effective Meeting,” especially a business meeting. General Evaluator Victoria Perez oversaw the individual evaluations by Mac McAdams and Keri Boyce, CC, and then quite effectively evaluated the entire meeting.
The meeting’s awards went to Linda Martin, CTM, for Best Table Topic, Angelo Pereira for Best Prepared Speaker, Keri Boyce for Best Evaluation, and Eric Dyson for Outstanding Toastmaster of the Meeting. Angelo and Eric were especially recognized for have just become an Advanced Communicator Bronze and an Advanced Communicator Gold, respectively! Big “D” accomplishing the resulting “Perfect 10” in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) was then celebrated with cake and great fanfare. With the meeting now running a little behind, Vice-President for Education gave abbreviated thanks to everyone who made it happen. This makes three straight years Big “D” has achieved the DCP “Perfect 10” and for 4 of the last 5 years! It also makes us a President’s Distinguished Club for the fifth straight year.
Our guests were Clint, Shawnda Corker, former member Doris Bobo for the second time, Big “D” friend Wanda Campbell, and Past President Melody Hudson. The meeting ended at 8:35 p.m., and a very good time was had by all.