Monthly Archives: February 2015

Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 24, 2015


Happy 137th Birthday, Ralph Smedley (Feb. 22)

Happy 137th Birthday, Ralph Smedley (Feb. 22)

Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: n/a

Best Table Topics: Lisa DesRosiers

Best Evaluator: Lisa DesRosiers

Role substitutions: none


Cyrus Murphy; Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:


having or showing zeal.
“the council was extremely zealous in the application of the regulations”

Synonyms: fervent, ardent, fervid, fanatical, passionate, impassioned, devout, devoted, committed, dedicated, hard-core, enthusiastic, eager, keen, overkeen, avid, card-carrying, vigorous, energetic, intense, fierce; literary: perfervid

“a zealous worker”

Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 17, 2015


Theme: Step Up to the Plate


Best Speaker: Trace Brookeover

Best Table Topics: Connie Richart

Best Evaluator: Jason Hart

Role substitutions: Grab Bag meeting: Jason Hart as Grammarian; Lisa DesRosiers as Ah/Vote Counter; Connie Richart as Timer; Linda Murphy as Evaluator; Kyle Chambers as Table Topics Master; Jay Lancaster as General Evaluator. All other roles as on agenda.


Cyrus Murphy; Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:



characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.
“an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor”

Synonyms: austere, self-denying, abstinent, abstemious, self-disciplined, self-abnegating; simple, puritanical, monastic; reclusive, eremitic, hermitic; celibate, chaste
antonyms: sybaritic

ascetic; plural noun: ascetics

a person who practices severe self-discipline and abstention.

Synonyms: abstainer, puritan, recluse, hermit, anchorite, solitary; fakir, Sufi, dervish, sadhu; archaiceremite

Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 10, 2015 – Spring 2015 Speech Contest

Laura Hepler served as Contest Chair and Toastmaster; Kathy Hansen served as Chief Judge; Jay Lancaster was Target Speaker; Area C3 Governor Greg Bridgewater and Division Governor Ed Newman were on hand and helped as functionaries and bestowing awards.

Guests: In addition to Ed and Greg – Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers, Linda’s friends Terry and Barbara, and Heidi the forester.

Meeting Synopsis: February 3, 2015: New-Member Induction


VP Membership Lisa DesRosiers congratulates new member Kraig Kalisch on his induction into the club.

Theme: Ask Me About Toastmasters


Best Speaker: Lisa DesRosiers

Best Table Topics: Trace Brookeover

Best Evaluator: Laura Hepler

Role substitutions: None.


Cyrus Murphy; Suzanne Chambers, Trace’s friend Noah

Word of the Day:


the whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general, usually taken as consisting of syntax and morphology (including inflections) and sometimes also phonology and semantics.
synonyms: syntax, sentence structure, rules of language, morphology; linguistics
“the editors of this newspaper need a refresher course in grammar”

a particular analysis of the system and structure of language or of a specific language.

a book on grammar.
plural noun: grammars
“my old Latin grammar”