Monthly Archives: March 2016

Meeting Synopsis: March 29, 2016


Theme: Taxes


Best Speaker: n/a

Best Table Topics: Dean Kiefer

Best Evaluator: n/a

Role substitutions: Adena Sabins for Aaron Theuringer as General Evaluator

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: redeem

1. compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
“a disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech”
synonyms: save, compensate for the defects of, vindicate
“the whimsical artwork redeems the book”
compensating, compensatory, extenuating, redemptive; salvific
“the critics are hard-pressed to find anything redeeming about his latest book”
do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.
“they redeemed themselves in the playoffs by pushing the Detroit Red Wings to a seventh and deciding game”
synonyms: vindicate, free from blame, absolve
“he fully redeemed himself in the next race”
(of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil).
“the thief on the cross who by a single act redeemed a life of evil”
synonyms: atone for, make amends for, make restitution for
“you cannot redeem their sins”
save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.
“he was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God”
synonyms: save, deliver from sin, convert
“who shall redeem these sinners?”

2. gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
“his best suit had been redeemed from the pawnbrokers”
synonyms: retrieve, regain, recover, get back, reclaim, repossess; buy back
“Billy redeemed his drums from the pawnbrokers”

Agenda See Role Substitutions for changes after agenda was set.

Meeting Synopsis: March 22, 2016



Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Kraig Kalisch

Best Table Topics: Margaret Carson

Best Evaluator: Lisa DesRosiers

Role substitutions: Linda Murphy for Jolene McGee as Ah Counter/Vote Counter; Adena Sabins for Aaron Theuringer for Topicsmaster

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: Circumspect


wary and unwilling to take risks.
“the officials were very circumspect in their statements”
cautious, wary, careful, chary, guarded, on one’s guard; watchful, alert, attentive, heedful, vigilant, leery; informalcagey, playing one’s cards close to one’s chest
“she would have to be circumspect in her dealings with Catherine”

Agenda See Role Substitutions for changes after agenda was set.

Meeting Synopsis: March 15, 2016:
Club International Speech Contest

Meeting Synopsis: March 8, 2016

Secretary not present to record usual blog items.


Meeting Synopsis: March 1, 2016


Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Kyle Chambers

Best Table Topics: Cyrus Murphy

Best Evaluator: Rick Henderson

Role substitutions: Kathy Hansen did not speak

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day: Gregarious

(of a person) fond of company; sociable.
“he was a popular and gregarious man”
synonyms: sociable, company-loving, convivial, companionable, outgoing, friendly, affable, amiable, genial, warm, comradely; informalchummy
“he was fun-loving and gregarious”
antonyms: unsociable
(of animals) living in flocks or loosely organized communities.
“gregarious species forage in flocks from colonies or roosts”
synonyms: social, living in groups
“gregarious fish”
(of plants) growing in open clusters or in pure associations.

Agenda See Role Substitutions for changes after agenda was set.