Meeting Synopsis: March 29, 2016


Theme: Taxes


Best Speaker: n/a

Best Table Topics: Dean Kiefer

Best Evaluator: n/a

Role substitutions: Adena Sabins for Aaron Theuringer as General Evaluator

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: redeem

1. compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
“a disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech”
synonyms: save, compensate for the defects of, vindicate
“the whimsical artwork redeems the book”
compensating, compensatory, extenuating, redemptive; salvific
“the critics are hard-pressed to find anything redeeming about his latest book”
do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.
“they redeemed themselves in the playoffs by pushing the Detroit Red Wings to a seventh and deciding game”
synonyms: vindicate, free from blame, absolve
“he fully redeemed himself in the next race”
(of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil).
“the thief on the cross who by a single act redeemed a life of evil”
synonyms: atone for, make amends for, make restitution for
“you cannot redeem their sins”
save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.
“he was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God”
synonyms: save, deliver from sin, convert
“who shall redeem these sinners?”

2. gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
“his best suit had been redeemed from the pawnbrokers”
synonyms: retrieve, regain, recover, get back, reclaim, repossess; buy back
“Billy redeemed his drums from the pawnbrokers”

Agenda See Role Substitutions for changes after agenda was set.

Meeting Synopsis: March 22, 2016



Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Kraig Kalisch

Best Table Topics: Margaret Carson

Best Evaluator: Lisa DesRosiers

Role substitutions: Linda Murphy for Jolene McGee as Ah Counter/Vote Counter; Adena Sabins for Aaron Theuringer for Topicsmaster

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: Circumspect


wary and unwilling to take risks.
“the officials were very circumspect in their statements”
cautious, wary, careful, chary, guarded, on one’s guard; watchful, alert, attentive, heedful, vigilant, leery; informalcagey, playing one’s cards close to one’s chest
“she would have to be circumspect in her dealings with Catherine”

Agenda See Role Substitutions for changes after agenda was set.

Meeting Synopsis: March 15, 2016:
Club International Speech Contest

Meeting Synopsis: March 8, 2016

Secretary not present to record usual blog items.


Adena Sabins Is District Table-Topics Champ!




Meeting Synopsis: July 28, 2015


Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: TIE: Linda Murphy and Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Jason Hart

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions:Jason Hart for Danielle Chambers

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: unknown


Meeting Synopsis: June 23, 2015


Theme: The End is the Beginning.



Best Speaker: Andrew Engell

Best Table Topics: Adena Sabins

Best Evaluator: __________

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Celeste Engell and baby Gracie, Dave Engell.

Word of the Day:

Funner: Some English traditionalists claim that the only correct comparative form of the adjective fun is more fun, that the only superlative is most fun, and that funner and funnest are only appropriate in the most informal contexts. Adena said she was surprised to learn that it was a valid word, according to Webster. It means providing amusement; amusing or enjoyable. “it was a bigger and funner event.”

Adena Sabins, Suzanne Chamber, and Cyrus Murphy inducted as members; Daisy Pongrakthai voted in as new member.

Welcome back, Jason Hart!

Meeting Synopsis: May 26, 2015: Captivating Customer-Communication Workshop


Theme: Captivating Customer-Communication Workshop 

Bests: None. No voting.

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Daisy Pongrakthai, Adena Sabins, Nikole Orcutt-Morrison

Word of the Day:

Unprepossessing: adjective
not particularly attractive or appealing to the eye.
“despite his unprepossessing appearance he had an animal magnetism”


Meeting Synopsis: April 21, 2015



Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Kathy Hansen (default)

Best Table Topics: Lisa DesRosiers

Best Evaluator: Laura Hepler

Role substitutions: Laura Hepler for Connie Richart as General Evaluator.


Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:



1. an alphabetical list of names, subjects, etc., with references to the places where they occur, typically found at the end of a book.

COMPUTING: a set of items each of which specifies one of the records of a file and contains information about its address.

2. an indicator, sign, or measure of something.
“exam results may serve as an index of the teacher’s effectiveness”
synonyms: guide, sign, indication, indicator, gauge, measure, signal, mark, evidence, symptom, token; clue, hint
“literature is an index to its time”

a figure in a system or scale representing the average value of specified prices, shares, or other items as compared with some reference figure.
“the hundred-shares index closed down 9.3″

a pointer on an instrument, showing a quantity, a position on a scale, etc.

a number giving the magnitude of a physical property or another measured phenomenon in terms of a standard.
“the oral hygiene index was calculated as the sum of the debris and calculus indices”

3. MATHEMATICS: an exponent or other superscript or subscript number appended to a quantity.

4. PRINTING: a symbol shaped like a pointing hand, typically used to draw attention to a note.

5. short for Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

verb: index; 3rd person present: indexes; past tense: indexed; past participle: indexed; gerund or present participle: indexing

1. record (names, subjects, etc.) in an index.
“the list indexes theses under regional headings”
synonyms: list, catalog, make an inventory of, itemize, inventory, record
“he indexed his sources”
provide an index to.

2. link the value of (prices, wages, or other payments) automatically to the value of a price index.
“legislation indexing wages to prices”

Meeting Synopsis: March 31, 2015


Your club photographer accidentally deleted the photo of Kyle Chambers winning the Talk Up Toastmasters contest basket, but here’s Kyle without the basket and VPM Lisa DesRosiers.

Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Rick Henderson

Best Evaluator:n/a

Role substitutions: None


Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:



praise enthusiastically.

“he extolled the virtues of the Russian peoples”

synonyms: praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about/over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, acclaim, exalt, eulogize, adulate, rhapsodize over, rave about, enthuse about/over, overpraise; informalgo wild about, go on about, ballyhoo; formallaud; archaic: panegyrize