Words of the Day

Meeting Synopsis: Dec. 15, 2015

 

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Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker: Margaret Carson

Best Table Topics: Laura Hepler

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

paean
noun
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

 

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Theme: Advent Adventures

Bests:

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:

emergence
noun

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”
BOTANY
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”

Meeting Synopsis: Dec. 1, 2015: New-Member Induction

 

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Theme: Margaret Carson Induction

Bests:

Best Speaker: Lisa DesRosiers

Best Table Topics: Linda Murphy

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions: none

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

grace
noun

1. simple elegance or refinement of movement.
“she moved through the water with effortless grace”
synonyms: elegance, poise, gracefulness, finesse; suppleness, agility, nimbleness, light-footedness
“the grace of a ballerina”
antonyms: inelegance, stiffness

courteous goodwill.
“at least he has the grace to admit his debt to her”
synonyms: courtesy, decency, (good) manners, politeness, decorum, respect, tact
“he at least had the grace to look sheepish”
an attractively polite manner of behaving.
plural noun: graces
“she has all the social graces”

2. (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
a divinely given talent or blessing.
plural noun: graces
“the graces of the Holy Spirit”
the condition or fact of being favored by someone.
“he fell from grace because of drug use at the Olympics”
synonyms: favor, approval, approbation, acceptance, esteem, regard, respect; More

3. a period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favor.
“another three days’ grace”
synonyms: deferment, deferral, postponement, suspension, adjournment, delay, pause; More

4. a short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal.
“before dinner the Reverend Newman said grace”
synonyms: blessing, prayer of thanks, thanksgiving, benediction
“who would like to say this evening’s grace?”

5. used as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
“His Grace, the Duke of Atholl”

verb
verb: grace; 3rd person present: graces; past tense: graced; past participle: graced; gerund or present participle: gracing

1. do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one’s presence.
“she bowed out from the sport she has graced for two decades”
synonyms: dignify, distinguish, honor, favor; enhance, ennoble, glorify, elevate, aggrandize, upgrade
“the occasion was graced by the president”

Meeting Synopsis: Nov. 17, 2015

 


Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker

Best Table Topics: Trey Russell

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: Randall Hansen for Daisy Pongrakthai as Table Topics Master

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

panglossian
adjective

1. characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.

Meeting Synopsis: Nov. 10, 2015

 


Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker: Suzanne Chambers

Best Table Topics: Kyle Chambers

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: Cyrus Murphy for Trey Russell as Ah/Vote Counter; Kathy Hansen for Daisy Pongrakthai as Evaluator 1

Guest(s): Margaret Carson

Word of the Day:

parade
noun

1. a public procession, especially one celebrating a special day or event and including marching bands and floats.

Synonyms: procession, march, cavalcade, motorcade, spectacle, display, pageant; review, dress parade, tattoo; march past
“a Memorial Day parade”
a formal march or gathering of troops for inspection or display.
synonyms: procession, march, cavalcade, motorcade, spectacle, display, pageant; More
a series of people or things appearing or being displayed one after the other.
“the parade of Hollywood celebrities who troop onto his show”

2. a parade ground.
BRITISH
a public square or promenade.

BRITISH
a row of stores.
“a shopping parade”

verb
verb: parade; 3rd person present: parades; past tense: paraded; past participle: paraded; gerund or present participle: parading

1. walk or march in public in a formal procession or in an ostentatious or attention-seeking way.
“officers will parade through the town center”
Synonyms: march, process, file, troop
“the teams paraded through the city”

Meeting Synopsis: Nov. 3, 2015

 




Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker: Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Kraig Kalisch

Best Evaluator: Kraig Kalisch

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Pam Snider

Word of the Day:

fiat
noun
a formal authorization or proposition; a decree.
“adopting a legislative review program, rather than trying to regulate by fiat”

synonyms: decree, edict, order, command, commandment, injunction, proclamation, mandate, dictum, diktat

“a political union imposed through imperial fiat”
an arbitrary order.
“the appraisal dropped the value from $75,000 to $15,000, rendering it worthless by bureaucratic fiat”

Meeting Synopsis: Oct. 27, 2015

 

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Theme: Scary Stories

Bests:

Best Speaker: Suzanne Chambers

Best Table Topics: Linda Murphy

Best Evaluator: Lisa desRosiers

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Trey Russell, Pam from Rural Resources

Word of the Day:

ghoul
noun
an evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on dead bodies.
a person morbidly interested in death or disaster.

Meeting Synopsis: Oct. 6, 2015

 

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Theme: Harvest.

Bests:

Best Speaker

Best Table Topics:

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: Randall Hansen for Daisy as Ah/Vote Counter

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

yield
verb

1. produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product).
“the land yields grapes and tobacco”
(of a financial or commercial process or transaction) generate (a specified financial return).
“such investments yield direct cash returns”

2. give way to arguments, demands, or pressure.
“the Western powers now yielded when they should have resisted”
synonyms: surrender, capitulate, submit, relent, admit defeat, back down, climb down, give in, give up the struggle, lay down one’s arms, raise/show the white flag; informalthrow in the towel, cave in
“the duke was forced to yield”

give in to, give way to, submit to, bow down to, comply with, agree to, consent to, go along with;
grant, permit, allow;
informalcave in to;
formalaccede to
“he yielded to her demands”
antonyms: resist, defy
relinquish possession of (something); give (something) up.
“they might yield up their secrets”

Synonyms: relinquish, surrender, cede, remit, part with, hand over; More
cease to argue about.
“I yielded the point”
(especially in a legislature) allow another the right to speak in a debate.
“I yield to the gentleman from Kentucky”

NORTH AMERICAN
give right of way to other traffic.
(of a mass or structure) give way under force or pressure.
“he reeled into the house as the door yielded”
synonyms: bend, give, give way
“the floorboards yielded underfoot”

noun: yield; plural noun: yields

1. the full amount of an agricultural or industrial product.
“the milk yield was poor”

Meeting Synopsis: Sept. 29, 2015

 

Learning

Theme: Learning

Bests:

Best Speaker:Daisy Pongrakthai

Best Table Topics: Tie: Kyle and Suzanne Chambers

Best Evaluator: Linda Murphy

Role substitutions:Kyle Chambers for Jason Hart as Ah/Vote Counter.

Guest(s):n/a

Word of the Day:

erudite

adjective

having or showing great knowledge or learning.
synonyms: learned, scholarly, educated, knowledgeable, well read, well informed, intellectual; intelligent, clever, academic, literary; bookish, highbrow, sophisticated, cerebral; informa: lbrainy
“our erudite cousin, Norma”

Meeting Synopsis: Sept. 22, 2015

 

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Theme: Change

Bests:

Best Speaker: Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Kathy Hansen

Best Evaluator: Kathy Hansen

Role substitutions: Cyrus Murphy for Jason Hart as Ah/Vote Counter; Lisa DesRosiers for Adena Sabins and as Timer.

Guest(s):n/a

Word of the Day:

adapt
verb
make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.
“hospitals have had to be adapted for modern medical practice”
synonyms: modify, alter, change, adjust, readjust, convert, redesign, restyle, refashion, remodel, reshape, revamp, rework, rejig, redo, reconstruct, reorganize; customize, tailor; improve, amend, refine, tweak

“we’ve adapted the procedures to suit their needs”

become adjusted to new conditions.
“a large organization can be slow to adapt to change”
synonyms: adjust to, acclimatize oneself to, acclimate to, accommodate oneself to, attune to, conform to, habituate oneself to, become habituated to, get used to, orient oneself in, reconcile oneself to, come to terms with, get one’s bearings in, find one’s feet in, acculturate to, assimilate to, blend in to, fit in to
“he has adapted well to his new home”

alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage.
“the miniseries was adapted from Wouk’s novel”