Meeting Synopsis: Feb. 2, 2016

 

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Theme: Empathy

Bests:

Best Speaker: Adena Sabins

Best Table Topics: Dean Kiefer

Best Evaluator: Suzanne Chambers

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Lou Theuringer, Danny Holmes

Word of the Day:

abject
adjective

1. (of a situation or condition) extremely bad, unpleasant, and degrading.
“abject poverty”
Synonyms: wretched, miserable, hopeless, pathetic, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, sorry, woeful, lamentable, degrading, appalling, atrocious, awful
“abject poverty”
(of an unhappy state of mind) experienced to the maximum degree.
“his letter plunged her into abject misery”

2. (of a person or their behavior) completely without pride or dignity; self-abasing.
“an abject apology”
Synonyms: contemptible, base, low, vile, worthless, debased, degraded, despicable, ignominious, mean, unworthy, ignoble
“an abject sinner”
obsequious, groveling, fawning, toadyish, servile, cringing, sycophantic, submissive, craven
“an abject apology”

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Agenda: See Role Substitutions for changes after Agenda was set.

Meeting Synopsis: Jan. 26, 2016

 

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Theme: New-Member Induction: Dean Kiefer

Bests:

Best Speaker

Best Table Topics:

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Jolene McGee, Danny Holmes

Word of the Day:

incipient
adjective
in an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop.
“he could feel incipient anger building up”
(of a person) developing into a specified type or role.
“we seemed more like friends than incipient lovers”
Synonyms: developing, growing, emerging, emergent, dawning, just beginning, inceptive, initial, inchoate; nascent, embryonic, fledgling, in its infancy, germinal
“the system detects incipient problems early”

Meeting Synopsis: Jan. 19, 2016

 

Heroes
Theme: Heroes

Bests:

Best Speaker: Lisa Des Rosiers

Best Table Topics: Kathy Hansen

Best Evaluator: Margaret Carson

Role substitutions: Suzanne Chambers for Adena Sabins as Evaluator 1

Guest(s): –

Word of the Day:

honor
noun

1. high respect; esteem.
“his portrait hangs in the place of honor”
Synonyms: distinction, recognition, privilege, glory, kudos, cachet, prestige, merit, credit; importance, illustriousness, notability; respect, esteem, approbation
“a mark of honor”
Antonym: disgrace
a person or thing that brings credit.
“you are an honor to our profession”
adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct.
plural noun: honours; plural noun: honors
“I must as a matter of honor avoid any taint of dishonesty”
synonyms: integrity, honesty, uprightness, ethics, morals, morality, principles, high principles, righteousness, high-mindedness; More

2. a privilege.
“the great poet of whom it is my honor to speak tonight”
Synonyms: privilege, pleasure, pride, joy; compliment, favor, distinction
“she had the honor of meeting the First Lady”
Antonyms: shame
a thing conferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement.
“the highest military honors”
Synonyms: accolade, award, reward, prize, decoration, distinction, medal, ribbon, star, laurel
“military honors”
a special distinction for proficiency in an examination.
plural noun: honours; plural noun: honors
“she passed with honors”
a class or course of degree studies more specialized than that of the ordinary level.
plural noun: honors
“an honors degree in mathematics”
a title of respect given to or used in addressing a judge or a mayor.
noun: His Honour; noun: His Honor; noun: Her Honour; noun: Her Honor; noun: Your Honour; noun: Your Honor
GOLF
the right of teeing off first, having won the previous hole.

3. (dated)
a woman’s chastity or her reputation for this.
“she died defending her honor”
Synonyms: chastity, virginity, maidenhead, purity, innocence, modesty; More

4. (in the game of BRIDGE)
an ace, king, queen, or jack.
possession in one’s hand of at least four of the ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps, or of all four aces in no trumps, for which a bonus is scored.
plural noun: honors
(in whist) an ace, king, queen, or jack of trumps.

verb
verb: honour; 3rd person present: honours; past tense: honoured; past participle: honoured; gerund or present participle: honouring; verb: honor; 3rd person present: honors; past tense: honored; past participle: honored; gerund or present participle: honoring

1. regard with great respect.
“Joyce has now learned to honor her father’s memory”
Synonyms: esteem, respect, admire, defer to, look up to; appreciate, value, cherish, adore; reverence, revere, venerate, worship; informalput on a pedestal
“we should honor our parents”
antonyms: disrespect
pay public respect to.
“talented writers were honored at a special ceremony”
Synonyms: applaud, acclaim, praise, salute, recognize, celebrate, commemorate, commend, hail, lionize, exalt, eulogize, pay homage to, pay tribute to, sing the praises of; formallaud
“they were honored at a special ceremony”

2. fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement).
“make sure the franchisees honor the terms of the contract”
Synonyms: fulfill, observe, keep, obey, heed, follow, carry out, discharge, implement, execute, effect; keep to, abide by, adhere to, comply with, conform to, be true to, live up to
“he honored the contract”

Meeting Synopsis: Jan. 12, 2016: Open House

 

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Theme: Open House

Bests:

Best Speaker

Best Table Topics: n/a (all under time)

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): 7 guests: Jo D. Anderson. Ed King, Marcie Hayden, Jared McGuire. Aaron Theuringer, Dean Kiefer, Jolene McGee

Word of the Day:

tenacity
noun
the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip.
“the sheer tenacity of the limpet”
Synonyms: persistence, determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose, tirelessness, indefatigability, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, patience, purposefulness, staunchness, steadfastness, staying power, endurance, stamina, stubbornness, intransigence, obstinacy, obduracy, pertinacity

“she practices her gymnastics routine with the tenacity of a bulldog”

the quality or fact of being very determined; determination.
“you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys”
the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.
“the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record”

Agenda: See Role Substitutions for changes after agenda was set.

Meeting Synopsis: Dec. 15, 2015

 

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Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker: Margaret Carson

Best Table Topics: Laura Hepler

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

paean
noun
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

 

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Theme: Advent Adventures

Bests:

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:

emergence
noun

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”
BOTANY
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

 

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Theme: Margaret Carson Induction

Bests:

Best Speaker: Lisa DesRosiers

Best Table Topics: Linda Murphy

Best Evaluator: Adena Sabins

Role substitutions: none

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

grace
noun

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
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”

Meeting Synopsis: Nov. 17, 2015

 


Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker

Best Table Topics: Trey Russell

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: Randall Hansen for Daisy Pongrakthai as Table Topics Master

Guest(s): None

Word of the Day:

panglossian
adjective

1. characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.

Meeting Synopsis: Nov. 10, 2015

 


Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker: Suzanne Chambers

Best Table Topics: Kyle Chambers

Best Evaluator:

Role substitutions: Cyrus Murphy for Trey Russell as Ah/Vote Counter; Kathy Hansen for Daisy Pongrakthai as Evaluator 1

Guest(s): Margaret Carson

Word of the Day:

parade
noun

1. a public procession, especially one celebrating a special day or event and including marching bands and floats.

Synonyms: procession, march, cavalcade, motorcade, spectacle, display, pageant; review, dress parade, tattoo; march past
“a Memorial Day parade”
a formal march or gathering of troops for inspection or display.
synonyms: procession, march, cavalcade, motorcade, spectacle, display, pageant; More
a series of people or things appearing or being displayed one after the other.
“the parade of Hollywood celebrities who troop onto his show”

2. a parade ground.
BRITISH
a public square or promenade.

BRITISH
a row of stores.
“a shopping parade”

verb
verb: parade; 3rd person present: parades; past tense: paraded; past participle: paraded; gerund or present participle: parading

1. walk or march in public in a formal procession or in an ostentatious or attention-seeking way.
“officers will parade through the town center”
Synonyms: march, process, file, troop
“the teams paraded through the city”

Meeting Synopsis: Nov. 3, 2015

 




Theme: None

Bests:

Best Speaker: Laura Hepler

Best Table Topics: Kraig Kalisch

Best Evaluator: Kraig Kalisch

Role substitutions: None

Guest(s): Pam Snider

Word of the Day:

fiat
noun
a formal authorization or proposition; a decree.
“adopting a legislative review program, rather than trying to regulate by fiat”

synonyms: decree, edict, order, command, commandment, injunction, proclamation, mandate, dictum, diktat

“a political union imposed through imperial fiat”
an arbitrary order.
“the appraisal dropped the value from $75,000 to $15,000, rendering it worthless by bureaucratic fiat”