Meeting Synopsis: April 12, 2016


Officer pins were a reward for training all 7 officers. From left, President Linda Murphy, VPE Laura Hepler, VPM Adena Sabins, VPPR Lisa DesRosiers, Secretary Kathy Hansen, Sergeant-at-Arms Rick Henderson. Not pictured: Treasurer Randall Hansen.

Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Kraig Kalisch

Best Table Topics: Margaret Carson

Best Evaluator: Martgaret Carson

Role substitutions: Rick Henderson for Kyle Chambers as evaluator

Guest(s):Lowell Carson

Word of the Day: turmoil

a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.
“the country was in turmoil”
synonyms: confusion, upheaval, turbulence, tumult, disorder, disturbance, agitation, ferment, unrest, disquiet, trouble, disruption, chaos, mayhem; uncertainty
“political turmoil”
confused, chaotic, in chaos, topsy-turvy, at sixes and sevens;
reeling, disorientated;
informal: all over the place
“Michel’s sudden death left the family in turmoil”

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Meeting Synopsis: April 5, 2016



Theme: Spring: New Beginnings


Best Speaker: Kathy Hansen

Best Table Topics: Aaron Theuringer

Best Evaluator: Lisa DesRosiers

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: vibrant

full of energy and enthusiasm.
“a vibrant cosmopolitan city”
synonyms: spirited, lively, full of life, energetic, vigorous, vital, full of vim and vigor, animated, sparkling, effervescent, vivacious, dynamic, stimulating, exciting, passionate, fiery; informalpeppy, feisty
“a vibrant and passionate woman”
antonyms: listless, dull
quivering; pulsating.
“Rose was vibrant with anger”
(of color) bright and striking.
synonyms: vivid, bright, striking, brilliant, strong, rich, colorful, bold
“vibrant colors”

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Meeting Synopsis: March 1, 2016


Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Kyle Chambers

Best Table Topics: Cyrus Murphy

Best Evaluator: Rick Henderson

Role substitutions: Kathy Hansen did not speak

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: Gregarious

(of a person) fond of company; sociable.
“he was a popular and gregarious man”
synonyms: sociable, company-loving, convivial, companionable, outgoing, friendly, affable, amiable, genial, warm, comradely; informalchummy
“he was fun-loving and gregarious”
antonyms: unsociable
(of animals) living in flocks or loosely organized communities.
“gregarious species forage in flocks from colonies or roosts”
synonyms: social, living in groups
“gregarious fish”
(of plants) growing in open clusters or in pure associations.

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Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 23, 2016



Theme: Looking Beyond the Horizon


Best Speaker: n/a (time issues)

Best Table Topics: Bonnie Anderson

Best Evaluator: Aaron Thueringer

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Lou Thueringer, Jolene McGee, Bonnie Anderson

Word of the Day:

a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
skill or ability in a particular field.
“he has excellent technique”
Synonyms: skill, ability, proficiency, expertise, mastery, talent, genius, artistry, craftsmanship; aptitude, adroitness, deftness, dexterity, facility, competence; performance, delivery; informalknow-how
“I was impressed with his technique”

a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.
“tape recording is a good technique for evaluating our own communications”
Synonyms: method, approach, procedure, system, modus operandi, MO, way; means, strategy, tack, tactic, line; routine, practice
“different techniques for solving the problem”


Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 16, 2016



Theme: Leadership


Best Speaker: Kraig Kalisch

Best Table Topics: TIE: Danielle Chambers, Margaret Carson, Lisa DesRosiers

Best Evaluator: Kathy Hansen

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Lou Theuringer, Jerene Miller

Word of the Day:


1. a large or excessive amount of (something).
“a plethora of committees and subcommittees”
Synonyms: excess, overabundance, superabundance, surplus, glut, superfluity, surfeit, profusion; too many, too much, enough and to spare; informalmore —— than one can shake a stick at
“a plethora of opinion polls”
antonyms: dearth

an excess of a bodily fluid, particularly blood.


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Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 9, 2016


Theme: None


Best Speaker: TIE: Adena Sabins and Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Guest: Bonnie Anderson

Best Evaluator: Rick Henderson

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Lou Theuringer, Jerene Miller, Bonnie Anderson, Jolene McGee, Lowell Carson

Word of the Day:

giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.
“the timing for such a meeting seemed propitious”
Synonyms: favorable, auspicious, promising, providential, advantageous, optimistic, bright, rosy, heaven-sent, hopeful; opportune, timely
“the timing for such a meeting seemed propitious”
Antonyms: inauspicious, unfortunate

favorably disposed toward someone.
“there were points on which they did not agree, moments in which she did not seem propitious”

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Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 2, 2016



Theme: Empathy


Best Speaker: Adena Sabins

Best Table Topics: Dean Kiefer

Best Evaluator: Suzanne Chambers

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Lou Theuringer, Danny Holmes

Word of the Day:


1. (of a situation or condition) extremely bad, unpleasant, and degrading.
“abject poverty”
Synonyms: wretched, miserable, hopeless, pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, sorry, woeful, lamentable, degrading, appalling, atrocious, awful
“abject poverty”
(of an unhappy state of mind) experienced to the maximum degree.
“his letter plunged her into abject misery”

2. (of a person or their behavior) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing.
“an abject apology”
Synonyms: contemptible, base, low, vile, worthless, debased, degraded, despicable, ignominious, mean, unworthy, ignoble
“an abject sinner”
obsequious, groveling, fawning, toadyish, servile, cringing, sycophantic, submissive, craven
“an abject apology”



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Meeting Synopsis: Jan. 19, 2016


Theme: Heroes


Best Speaker: Lisa Des Rosiers

Best Table Topics: Kathy Hansen

Best Evaluator: Margaret Carson

Role substitutions: Suzanne Chambers for Adena Sabins as Evaluator 1

Guest(s): –

Word of the Day:


1. high respect; esteem.
“his portrait hangs in the place of honor”
Synonyms: distinction, recognition, privilege, glory, kudos, cachet, prestige, merit, credit; importance, illustriousness, notability; respect, esteem, approbation
“a mark of honor”
Antonym: disgrace
a person or thing that brings credit.
“you are an honor to our profession”
adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct.
plural noun: honours; plural noun: honors
“I must as a matter of honor avoid any taint of dishonesty”
synonyms: integrity, honesty, uprightness, ethics, morals, morality, principles, high principles, righteousness, high-mindedness; More

2. a privilege.
“the great poet of whom it is my honor to speak tonight”
Synonyms: privilege, pleasure, pride, joy; compliment, favor, distinction
“she had the honor of meeting the First Lady”
Antonyms: shame
a thing conferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement.
“the highest military honors”
Synonyms: accolade, award, reward, prize, decoration, distinction, medal, ribbon, star, laurel
“military honors”
a special distinction for proficiency in an examination.
plural noun: honours; plural noun: honors
“she passed with honors”
a class or course of degree studies more specialized than that of the ordinary level.
plural noun: honors
“an honors degree in mathematics”
a title of respect given to or used in addressing a judge or a mayor.
noun: His Honour; noun: His Honor; noun: Her Honour; noun: Her Honor; noun: Your Honour; noun: Your Honor
the right of teeing off first, having won the previous hole.

3. (dated)
a woman’s chastity or her reputation for this.
“she died defending her honor”
Synonyms: chastity, virginity, maidenhead, purity, innocence, modesty; More

4. (in the game of BRIDGE)
an ace, king, queen, or jack.
possession in one’s hand of at least four of the ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps, or of all four aces in no trumps, for which a bonus is scored.
plural noun: honors
(in whist) an ace, king, queen, or jack of trumps.

verb: honour; 3rd person present: honours; past tense: honoured; past participle: honoured; gerund or present participle: honouring; verb: honor; 3rd person present: honors; past tense: honored; past participle: honored; gerund or present participle: honoring

1. regard with great respect.
“Joyce has now learned to honor her father’s memory”
Synonyms: esteem, respect, admire, defer to, look up to; appreciate, value, cherish, adore; reverence, revere, venerate, worship; informalput on a pedestal
“we should honor our parents”
antonyms: disrespect
pay public respect to.
“talented writers were honored at a special ceremony”
Synonyms: applaud, acclaim, praise, salute, recognize, celebrate, commemorate, commend, hail, lionize, exalt, eulogize, pay homage to, pay tribute to, sing the praises of; formallaud
“they were honored at a special ceremony”

2. fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement).
“make sure the franchisees honor the terms of the contract”
Synonyms: fulfill, observe, keep, obey, heed, follow, carry out, discharge, implement, execute, effect; keep to, abide by, adhere to, comply with, conform to, be true to, live up to
“he honored the contract”

Meeting Synopsis: Dec. 15, 2015


Theme: None


Best Speaker: Margaret Carson

Best Table Topics: Laura Hepler

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

1. A song of joyful praise or exultation.
2. A fervent expression of joy or praise: “The art … was a paean to paganism” (Will Durant).
3. An ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo.

Meeting Synopsis: Dec. 8, 2015


Theme: Advent Adventures


Best Speaker: Kathy Hansen (Default)

Best Table Topics: Kraig Kalisch

Best Evaluator: Rick Henderson

Role substitutions: Linda Murphy for jason Hart as Evaluator 1; Kathy Hansen for Adena Sabins as Speaker 1

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:


1. the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed.
“I misjudged the timing of my emergence”
Synonyms: appearance, arrival, coming, materialization; advent, inception, dawn, birth, origination, start, development, rise
“the emergence of a new generation”
the escape of an insect or other invertebrate from an egg, cocoon, pupal case, etc.
“the parasite’s eggs hatch synchronously with the emergence of the wasp larvae”
an outgrowth from a stem or leaf composed of epidermal and subepidermal tissue, as the prickles on a thistle plant.

2. the process of coming into being, or of becoming important or prominent.
“the emergence of the environmental movement”
Synonyms: appearance, arrival, coming, materialization; advent, inception, dawn, birth, origination, start, development, rise
“the emergence of a new generation”