Monthly Archives: October 2015

Meeting Synopsis: Oct. 27, 2015



Theme: Scary Stories


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:

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

Colville Toastmasters at Fall 2015 Conference


Colville Toastmasters was well-represented at the District 9 Fall Conference. Laura Hepler delivered a “Trailblazer Talk” presentation. Kathy Hansen oversaw the conference as Program Quality Director and emceed the Awards Ceremony. She also earned a Triple Crown award and was the top education-away winner in the district with 8 awards. Big winner was Adena Sabins, who was the District Table-Topics Champion and won 3rd place in the Humorous Speech Contest.

Adena Sabins Is District Table-Topics Champ!




Colville Toastmasters at Fall 2015 Division C Contest


Adena Sabins placed 2nd in Humorous Speech and won the Division Table Topics Contest. Area C3 Director Laura Hepler was a functionary at the contest.

Meeting Synopsis: Oct. 6, 2015



Theme: Harvest.


Best Speaker

Best Table Topics:

Best Evaluator:

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

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:


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”

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



Theme: Learning


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.


Word of the Day:



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




Theme: Change


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.


Word of the Day:

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”