Members present at the meeting were Joco, Harlon, Craig, Shankar, Antréa, Laura, and Tammy. Those members not able to make the meeting were Julieanna, Donna, Pamela, Michael, Robert, Sean, Mindy and Rey.
Laura started the meeting at 5:32 with the pledge of allegiance. Then she turned it over to our Toastmaster of the night, Tammy Perez. As Toastmaster of the night, it was her responsibility to introduce the day’s speakers. After the speeches conclude, she asks for the Timer’s report, requests ballots be counted for the best speaker and Table Topics speech, introduces the General Evaluator, asks the Ah-Counter for their report, asks the Grammarian for their report, and calls on the Vote Counter for results. She then returns control of the meeting to the President before the conclusion of the meeting.
Halloween was the theme of the night. This year was the first Halloween in 19 years to have a full moon. Full moons on Halloween are pretty rare. The last time there was a full moon on October 31, it was 2001 and before that it was 1955. The next one won't occur until 2039. In fact, the 21st century will only see six full moons on October 31: 2001, 2020, 2039, 2058, 2077 and 2096.
Tammy began the meeting by requesting the introduction of the meeting roles. Shankar described the role of WAG and gave Corpus as the word of the day. Next up was the General Evaluator who was Craig Sprout. The role of timer was carried out by Antréa Ferguson. Antréa, told us what the timer’s role is comprised of. She showed us the different backgrounds for the demonstration of the time limits. Laura told us about her role of Topics master as well.
There were fun facts given throughout the meeting about Halloween and first up was some trivia about the movie, Halloween. Did you know that Mike Myers' mask is actually a William Shatner mask? The classic 1978 horror film "Halloween" can be easily recognized in just one image: the psychotic Michael Myers in his iconic pale-faced mask. Without a doubt, that is one chilling look that has struck terror into the hearts of partying teens in slasher flicks. The movie was filmed on such a tight budget that the crew used the cheapest mask they could find: a $2 Star Trek Captain James Kirk mask. They spray painted it white and reshaped the eye holes, making William Shatner look incredibly creepy.
Our first speaker of the night was Joco, our club’s newest member. She has jumped right into the club activities and roles without any reservations and gave a speech on a topic she is passionate about, Rain Forests. Her presentation covered many of the benefits of the rain forests and highlighted the dangers of not protecting them.
The members present took a minute to give Joco some feedback in the chat while we learned another fun fact about Halloween. Day of the Dead should really be called Days of the Dead. November 1st, el Dia de los Inocentes, honors children that died, and family members decorate graves with baby's breath and white orchids. On November 2nd, el Dia de los Muertos, families honor adults who have died and place orange marigolds on grave sites. The original Aztec celebration actually lasted a month long but has become a festival merged with the Catholic All Saints' Day. Today's celebration is a mix of both Aztec rituals of skulls, altars to the dead, and food with Catholic masses and prayers.
We did not have a second speaker so next up was the timer’s report. Antréa let us know that Joco’s presentation was ten minutes and 45 seconds long.
Did you know that the term “Jack o'lantern" comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack? The story goes, an Irish man named Stingy Jack tricked the devil and therefore was not allowed into heaven or hell so he spent his days roaming the Earth, carrying a lantern, and went by "Jack of the Lantern." Lanterns used to be carved out of turnips, potatoes, and beets. Jack 'o-lanterns originated in Ireland. Once Halloween became popular in America, people used pumpkins instead.
Our Topics Master, Laura, then moved us into the table topics portion of the meeting. She said she chose Autumn topics because of the upcoming holiday. She asked us what favorite thing we did as a child that we would like to still do as an adult. Shankar said that he watched horror movies. Fall is a time of myths and colorful leaves in Luxembourg. There is a cozy atmosphere, and it makes you feel safe and warm inside with the decorations. Shankar spoke for one minute and 59 seconds.
Craig took the next question about camping. He was asked, Where is the farthest that you have traveled to camp? Craig said that he has camped on the North Shore of Ennis Lake. They gather almost every summer. He hopes to go to Cedar Lake in Montana where the water is deep, cold, and clear. Craig spoke for one minute and 27 seconds.
Joco was asked the question, What favorite fall tradition do you carry out each year and why? She said that their family members gather at Christmas and watch the same 5 to 6 movies each year. It makes her happy to reminisce and watch the films. Joco spoke for 57 seconds.
Antréa had the same question that Joco did. She said that she liked to play basketball in the fall. It also depended on where she spent her time in that season. Currently, they have a tradition of walking to look at decorations. Antréa spoke for two minutes and 22 seconds.
Tammy answered a question on what her perfect fall lazy day is. She said that she loves to spend time around a fire outside with friends passing time and chatting. Tammy spoke for one minute and 18 seconds.
Another fun Halloween fact: Interestingly enough, candy corn was originally called Chicken Feed. Candy corn is a more suitable title for this confection. Though many would argue that candy corn tastes like chicken feed, that's not how it got its original name. Created in the 1880s, it was sold to the masses at the turn of the century. Because corn is what was used to feed chickens, the creation was called "Chicken Feed" and the box was marked with a colorful rooster.
We received the timer’s report for the Table Topics speeches, then found out that Halloween folklore is full of fortune-telling and magic. Old English folklore about Halloween is full of superstition and fortune-telling that still lingers today, like bobbing for apples or avoiding black cats. During the 18th century, ladies would follow Halloween traditions that would "help" them find a romantic match. Additionally, women would: Throw apple peels over their shoulder hoping to see their future husband’s initials, or competitively bob for apples at parties because the winner would be the first to get married. One piece of folklore says that if a young unmarried person walks down the stairs backwards at midnight while holding a mirror, the face that appears in the mirror will be their next romantic interest. Another says that women would stand in a dark room with a candle in front of a mirror to look for their future husband’s face. Those traditions seem to have died out now.
The General Evaluator and speech one evaluator was Craig Sprout, who described his role, introduced his team, and started out by giving the evaluation of Joco’s speech. She started out well, looked at the camera and was vastly knowledgeable about the topic. She could improve on some of the slide creation where the motion in the slides was distracting. He said subtle movement is okay. The slides overall were very good. She used a lot of colloquialisms and he asked her not to say, I want to, just do it. Craig challenged Joco to use more vocal variety and to break the speech into points or beats that she can tell stories to. When she was excited about something in the speech, her voice went up, which was good. She may want to use a dramatic pause in her speech as well.
The WAG, Shankar, said that he caught one intent to use the word of the day by Antréa; he caught many ums and sos from Joco and one so from Tammy. No further uses of the word corpus were heard throughout the meeting.
The General Evaluator Then gave his report. We did not start on time. We need to make sure that our speeches are out of the manual. We need to be prepared, and ready to go at the beginning of the meeting. He then turned the meeting back over to the Toastmaster.
Since we were right in the throes of our general election, we found out that the White House is rumored to be haunted. The United States' most famous address has had several reports of ghostly appearances and eerie sounds! The most common ghost sighting is of Abraham Lincoln who has been spotted by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Sir Winston Churchill. Other paranormal guests include Andrew Jackson, David Burns and Abigail Adams.
The meeting was then turned over to our presiding officer, Laura Sanchez to close out the night, and we were reminded of the officers’ meeting right after the general club meeting. The meeting adjourned at 6:21 pm.
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Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club Secretary