Monthly Archives: December 2015

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”

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


Theme: Margaret Carson Induction


Best Speaker: Lisa DesRosiers

Best Table Topics: Linda Murphy

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions: none

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:


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: 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”