Monthly Archives: March 2015

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

Bests:

Best Speaker: Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Rick Henderson

Best Evaluator:n/a

Role substitutions: None

Guests:

Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:

extol

verb

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

Meeting Synopsis: March 24, 2015

 

Theme: Spring Planting

Bests:

Best Speaker: Kathy Hansen

Best Table Topics: Jay Lancaster

Best Evaluator: Joe Greco

Role substitutions: Jan Greco for Kraig Kalisch as grammarian.

Guests:

Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:

potpourri

noun

a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.
a mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley.

plural noun: potpourris; plural noun: pot-pourris

“he played a potpourri of tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan”

synonyms: mixture, assortment, collection, selection, assemblage, medley, miscellany, mix, mélange, variety, mixed bag, patchwork, bricolage; ragbag, mishmash, salmagundi, jumble, farrago, hodgepodge, gallimaufry

Meeting Synopsis: March 17, 2015

 


Theme: St. Patrick’s Day

 

Bests:

Best Speaker: Kraig Kalisch

Best Table Topics: Jay Lancaster

Best Evaluator: Lisa DesRosiers

Role substitutions: none

Guests:

Cyrus Murphy; Suzanne Chambers; Celeste Engell and baby Engell

Word of the Day:

assimilate

verb
verb: assimilate; 3rd person present: assimilates; past tense: assimilated; past participle: assimilated; gerund or present participle: assimilating

1. take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully.
“Marie tried to assimilate the week’s events”
absorb and integrate (people, ideas, or culture) into a wider society or culture.
“pop trends are assimilated into the mainstream with alarming speed”

synonyms: subsume, incorporate, integrate, absorb, engulf, acculturate; More
(of the body or any biological system) absorb and digest (food or nutrients).
“the sugars in the fruit are readily assimilated by the body”
synonyms: absorb, take in, acquire, soak up, pick up, grasp, comprehend, understand, learn, master;

2. cause (something) to resemble; liken.
“philosophers had assimilated thought to perception”
come to resemble.
“the churches assimilated to a certain cultural norm”

 

Meeting Synopsis: March 10, 2015

 

TooGoodTheme: Too Good to Be True* 

Bests:

Best Speaker: Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Connie Richart

Best Evaluator: Kathy Hansen

Role substitutions: Kyle Chambers for Danielle Chambers as Grammarian

Guests:

Cyrus Murphy; Suzanne Chambers; Aaron Theuringer

Word of the Day:

suggest

verb

put forward for consideration.

“I suggest that we wait a day or two”

Synonyms: propose, put forward, recommend, advocate; advise, urge, encourage, counsel
cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case.
“finds of lead coffins suggested a cemetery north of the river”

Synonyms: indicate, lead to the belief, argue, demonstrate, show; formalevince
state or express indirectly.
“are you suggesting that I should ignore her?”

 

*Impromptu theme suggested by Jay Lancaster during general evaluation. Largely referring to early-spring weather.

Meeting Synopsis: March 3, 2015

 

bombastic
Theme: n/a

Bests:

Best Speaker: Kathy Hansen

Best Table Topics: Kraig Kalisch

Best Evaluator: Lisa DesRosiers

Role substitutions: Suzanne Chambers for Michelle Lancaster

Guests:

Cyrus Murphy; Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:

bombastic

adjective
high-sounding but with little meaning; inflated.
“bombastic rhetoric”

Synonyms: pompous, blustering, turgid, verbose, orotund, high-flown, high-sounding, overwrought, pretentious, ostentatious, grandiloquent; informal: highfalutin, puffed up; rare: fustian