By Cindi and Jack Finlay
We met at Vesuvio on September 9, 2013. There were 29 attendees including 13 guests. Our new President, Antonio Meza, opened the meeting, thanked the Executive Committee for their hard work and announced the Humourous Speech Contest to be held on October 7.
Peter Kenton toasted the traditional “Re-entry in Paris”. David Logan then gave us the “word” of the day, “incongruent”.
For his speech tip, Bob Mohl stressed the importance of eye contact and asked us to raise our arms and establish direct eye contact with him. Antonio then invited Bob to continue as Toastmaster of the Evening.
Antonio Meza, gave his eight speech entitled “Advice from Kirk and Spock”. He used PowerPoint and a projector to explain the process of traditional thinking and how to use one’s brain to make the right decisions.
Rory Wheeler completed his tenth speech from the Basic Manual and is now a CC or Competent Communicator. In his “A Tale of Two Ships”, he told of being forced to leave Zimbabwe, his birthplace, with only two suitcases and starting over in a new country. He concluded that material belongings are far less meaningful than one’s experiences, education and relationships.
In “Let’s Get Personal” David Logan spoke from the advanced manual “Storytelling”. He told us about driving from Accra, Ghana to the frontier at Alubo to attend a business meeting. However, he missed it because the driver got lost in the jungle. The next time David promised to take the plane!
We then voted for the best speech.
Following the prepared speeches Table Topics Master Cindi Finlay entertained us with her “for or against” subjects inviting contestants to draw a card. Peter Kenton was against “Taking a cruise” for fear it would be boring. Also, he’s a lousy swimmer!
“For or against censorship in the movies”, Marc Yoshikawa evoked different periods of his life but finally confessed he’s a free soul and against any type of censorship. Ed Cameron was against “Buying on the Internet” which cannot be trusted. Some of the worst films he’s seen were bought on the internet.
After some bad experiences with mice and rabbits, Rose Marie Burke was against “Having pets” and Jean Delaunay was against “Living on a boat” due to various dangers and the humidity.
After voting for the best Table Topics contestant, we paused for dinner and then began the next segment, Evaluations.
Elizabeth Dancet evaluated Rory on his tenth speech; Jean evaluated David; and Ed evaluated Antonio.
The other members of the Evaluation Team gave their reports. David as Stumble Catcher and Wordmaster, was followed by Marc, the Timer. After his personal appraisal of the evening, our General Evaluator, Sean Ryan, asked for member and guest reactions. The guests’ comments were very positive.
The winners were then announced:
Table Topics – Marc Yoshikawa
Best Speech – Rory Wheeler
Best Evaluator – Elizabeth Dancet
September 23, 2013 at Vesuvio Restaurant