Business and Professional Toastmasters

We are currently meeting every Friday at noon at La Fonda at Alamo Heights, 8633 Crownhill Blvd, San Antonio, TX. Guests are ALWAYS welcome.

Operating as usual

Business & Professional Toastmasters 06/09/2020

May 22, 2020--Rebecca is Toastmaster of the day, presiding over just 16 TM'ers, and no guests. Mike J.’s word of the day was “memories.”

Best Speaker today was Kirk, Best Evaluator Shawn, and Best Table Topic to Donna.

In a Table Topic, Donna said she misses getting her hair and nails done. But it’s better than when she broke her arm earlier this year and her husband had those duties.

Kirk said that under quarantine he could survive on quesadillas and pizza, since those are the only dishes that could be slipped under the door.

May 22, 2020--Rebecca is Toastmaster of the day, presiding over just 16 TM'ers, and no guests. Mike J.’s word of the day was “memories.”

Best Speaker today was Kirk, Best Evaluator Shawn, and Best Table Topic to Donna.

In a Table Topic, Donna said she misses getting her hair and nails done. But it’s better than when she broke her arm earlier this year and her husband had those duties.

Kirk said that under quarantine he could survive on quesadillas and pizza, since those are the only dishes that could be slipped under the door.

Business & Professional Toastmasters 06/02/2020

May 15, 2020 -- Doug was Toastmaster of the Day, Joseph’s Word of the Day was “converge,” the act of converging, moving toward union or uniformity. We had 15 of the usual suspects attending, and one visitor, M-V Dagan from a Toastmasters club in Austin.****

Pat spoke on “The Great Conundrum,” recalling two great calamities befalling the U.S. before the current crisis -- the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession of 2008. The latter, due to greed in the banking and mortgage business, knocked Pat out of business for two years. That reminded him of his grandfather who lost a thriving cotton business after the 1929 crash. The conundrum we face today, Pat said, is having to make the choice between health and monetary security.****

Someone (not clear who) quipped that one essential business should be liquor stores, “because the way this administration is running things, we all need a stiff drink.”****

Ed (who noted he is the only DTM senior to Doug) advised Zoom participants to please use good lighting for the camera. And if they use notes, place them behind the camera so it appears they are looking at the audience.****

Loren, Ballot Counter, reported that only half of the 16 meeting participants voted. It’s not that hard, everyone please vote!

May 15, 2020 -- Doug was Toastmaster of the Day, Joseph’s Word of the Day was “converge,” the act of converging, moving toward union or uniformity. We had 15 of the usual suspects attending, and one visitor, M-V Dagan from a Toastmasters club in Austin.****

Pat spoke on “The Great Conundrum,” recalling two great calamities befalling the U.S. before the current crisis -- the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession of 2008. The latter, due to greed in the banking and mortgage business, knocked Pat out of business for two years. That reminded him of his grandfather who lost a thriving cotton business after the 1929 crash. The conundrum we face today, Pat said, is having to make the choice between health and monetary security.****

Someone (not clear who) quipped that one essential business should be liquor stores, “because the way this administration is running things, we all need a stiff drink.”****

Ed (who noted he is the only DTM senior to Doug) advised Zoom participants to please use good lighting for the camera. And if they use notes, place them behind the camera so it appears they are looking at the audience.****

Loren, Ballot Counter, reported that only half of the 16 meeting participants voted. It’s not that hard, everyone please vote!

Business & Professional Toastmasters 05/29/2020

May 8, 2020 -- B&P still Zooming away. Barbara was Toastmaster of the Day. In his speech, Doug gave us the good news, that we are the top club in District 55. “Because we take care of our members,” he said. “We have been 10 for 10 forever. We are intelligent, convivial, and good looking.” He asked members to invite our friends so we can keep our top flight standing.

Ed evaluated Doug’s speech on B&P’s statistical progress, said he wanted to see some humor in the stats and graphics -- “maybe a little risque, like they did in the army,” Ed suggested.

Donna reminded us that her last name is pronounced sounding like ballerina, a very poetic mnemonic device.

Today’s visitor was Christopher Rodriguez. Come back soon, Christopher!

May 8, 2020 -- B&P still Zooming away. Barbara was Toastmaster of the Day. In his speech, Doug gave us the good news, that we are the top club in District 55. “Because we take care of our members,” he said. “We have been 10 for 10 forever. We are intelligent, convivial, and good looking.” He asked members to invite our friends so we can keep our top flight standing.

Ed evaluated Doug’s speech on B&P’s statistical progress, said he wanted to see some humor in the stats and graphics -- “maybe a little risque, like they did in the army,” Ed suggested.

Donna reminded us that her last name is pronounced sounding like ballerina, a very poetic mnemonic device.

Today’s visitor was Christopher Rodriguez. Come back soon, Christopher!

Business & Professional Toastmasters 05/26/2020

May 1, 2020-- Happy May Day to everyone, and especially to the 21 B&P members who Zoomed into this meeting. Ed was Toastmaster of the Day. Best Speaker ribbon to Shawn, Best Table Topic to Bob, Best Evaluator to Dan, and Spirit Stick to Joseph.

Rebecca, evaluating Liz’s speech, congratulated her for correctly using an apostrophe in the possessive “Liz’s” in her slide presentation. Word nerds are hard to please and are always happy to find examples of proper grammar and punctuation.

Keng, Table Topics Master, gave challenges to sell unusual items not usually found on Ebay.

May 1, 2020-- Happy May Day to everyone, and especially to the 21 B&P members who Zoomed into this meeting. Ed was Toastmaster of the Day. Best Speaker ribbon to Shawn, Best Table Topic to Bob, Best Evaluator to Dan, and Spirit Stick to Joseph.

Rebecca, evaluating Liz’s speech, congratulated her for correctly using an apostrophe in the possessive “Liz’s” in her slide presentation. Word nerds are hard to please and are always happy to find examples of proper grammar and punctuation.

Keng, Table Topics Master, gave challenges to sell unusual items not usually found on Ebay.

B&P Toastmasters, April 24, 2020 05/17/2020

April 24, 2020 -- Bob was Le Toastmaster du Jour, the theme he chose was “Fitness or Fatness" -- that depends on how well you keep a social distance between the couch and the refrigerator. Word Master Elia chose colloquy...didn’t seem like anyone used it. Pat won Best Table Topic, Shawn won Best Evaluator, Jan was our Best Speaker, and the Spirit Stick went to Joseph.

April 24, 2020 -- Bob was Le Toastmaster du Jour, the theme he chose was “Fitness or Fatness" -- that depends on how well you keep a social distance between the couch and the refrigerator. Word Master Elia chose colloquy...didn’t seem like anyone used it. Pat won Best Table Topic, Shawn won Best Evaluator, Jan was our Best Speaker, and the Spirit Stick went to Joseph.

Business & Professional Toastmasters Zoom Meeting 04/24/2020

Apr. 17, 2020-- David was our Toastmaster of the Day, and Luis’ Word of the Day was vanilla -- flavored with the extract of the vanilla bean; or plain, conventional, or ordinary. This was our fourth meeting on Zoom and it went very smoothly.
And our ribbon winners were -- Best Evaluator Rebecca, Ruth had Best Table Topic, and Kirk won the Best Speaker ribbon. Hooray!

Apr. 17, 2020-- David was our Toastmaster of the Day, and Luis’ Word of the Day was vanilla -- flavored with the extract of the vanilla bean; or plain, conventional, or ordinary. This was our fourth meeting on Zoom and it went very smoothly.
And our ribbon winners were -- Best Evaluator Rebecca, Ruth had Best Table Topic, and Kirk won the Best Speaker ribbon. Hooray!

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTERS 04/13/2020

Apr. 10, 2020 -- Another Bloomin’ Zoomin’ Meetin’, and well attended, with 19 members and two guests. Luis was Toastmaster of the Day. Doug’s Word of the Day was “fast,” appropriate for those abstaining from eating on this Good Friday.

Speaking of Doug, many thanks for his help in setting up the video conferencing, and now for adding security measures (to prevent Zoombombing).

Topics Master Loren asked what will you do when the quarantine is lifted -- Pat has a hankering for Chinese food; Shawn misses the weekly “patio crawl,” a moving party around his neighborhood; and Rebecca is thinking of her next big trip, maybe even to China!

Apr. 10, 2020 -- Another Bloomin’ Zoomin’ Meetin’, and well attended, with 19 members and two guests. Luis was Toastmaster of the Day. Doug’s Word of the Day was “fast,” appropriate for those abstaining from eating on this Good Friday.

Speaking of Doug, many thanks for his help in setting up the video conferencing, and now for adding security measures (to prevent Zoombombing).

Topics Master Loren asked what will you do when the quarantine is lifted -- Pat has a hankering for Chinese food; Shawn misses the weekly “patio crawl,” a moving party around his neighborhood; and Rebecca is thinking of her next big trip, maybe even to China!

04/08/2020

BUSINESS & PROFESSONAL TOASTMASTERS

04/08/2020

Business and Professional Toastmasters

Mar. 13, 2020 -- A full house today with 24 club members and four guests, despite being Friday the 13th AND worries about the coronavirus. Toastmaster of the Day was Monique, and Rebecca’s Word of the Day was byzantine, meaning excessively complicated. (Did she pick it because Istanbul is one of her favorite cities?)
Dave’s speech was titled “Confessions of a Hypochondriac.” He’s been going to Hypochondriacs Anonymous, and he said the hardest part was admitting that he did NOT have a problem.

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTERS 04/08/2020

Mar. 13, 2020 -- A full house today with 24 club members and four guests, despite being Friday the 13th AND worries about the coronavirus. Toastmaster of the Day was Monique, and Rebecca’s Word of the Day was byzantine, meaning excessively complicated. (Did she pick it because Istanbul is one of her favorite cities?)
Dave’s speech was titled “Confessions of a Hypochondriac.” He’s been going to Hypochondriacs Anonymous, and he said the hardest part was admitting that he did NOT have a problem.

Mar. 13, 2020 -- A full house today with 24 club members and four guests, despite being Friday the 13th AND worries about the coronavirus. Toastmaster of the Day was Monique, and Rebecca’s Word of the Day was byzantine, meaning excessively complicated. (Did she pick it because Istanbul is one of her favorite cities?)
Dave’s speech was titled “Confessions of a Hypochondriac.” He’s been going to Hypochondriacs Anonymous, and he said the hardest part was admitting that he did NOT have a problem.

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTERS 04/07/2020

March 6, 2020 -- Toastmaster of the Day was Naomi; General Evaluator was Monique; evaluators were Kirk, Dave, and Keng; and speakers were Doug, Dan, and Bob. A good meeting was had by all!

March 6, 2020 -- Toastmaster of the Day was Naomi; General Evaluator was Monique; evaluators were Kirk, Dave, and Keng; and speakers were Doug, Dan, and Bob. A good meeting was had by all!

04/07/2020

April 3, 2020 -- Business & Professional Toastmasters 3rd Zoom Meeting
We had 21 members present plus two visitors -- James Falcon from Canada; and District Director Wafae Owen, who told us we are a Platinum Club. Yes!!!

Business & Professional 3rd Zoom Meeting 04/07/2020

April 3, 2020 -- We're getting better at this Zooming business. Doug was Toastmaster of the Day. Dan's Word was personalia -- biographical or personal anecdotes or notes.

Best Speaker was Elia, who told of returning from a vacation last year to learn she had breast cancer. "Why me?" was her first reaction. Only when she reframed the question as "Why not me?" did her attitude change, and she could use the experience to enjoy all the miracles of life.

In Michael's speech he recalled a lesson from his grandfather, a U.S. Army colonel who participated in the Nuremberg trials. He said to always ask "do the ends justify the means."

Best Evaluator was Monique. Best Table Topic was from Jan, who said she had a hard time finding an analog clock -- what's with all this digital stuff?.

Donna was timer, and in lieu of the electronic timer she held up a bunch of asparagus for green, a banana for yellow, and a tomato for red. Very clever, Donna!

April 3, 2020 -- We're getting better at this Zooming business. Doug was Toastmaster of the Day. Dan's Word was personalia -- biographical or personal anecdotes or notes.

Best Speaker was Elia, who told of returning from a vacation last year to learn she had breast cancer. "Why me?" was her first reaction. Only when she reframed the question as "Why not me?" did her attitude change, and she could use the experience to enjoy all the miracles of life.

In Michael's speech he recalled a lesson from his grandfather, a U.S. Army colonel who participated in the Nuremberg trials. He said to always ask "do the ends justify the means."

Best Evaluator was Monique. Best Table Topic was from Jan, who said she had a hard time finding an analog clock -- what's with all this digital stuff?.

Donna was timer, and in lieu of the electronic timer she held up a bunch of asparagus for green, a banana for yellow, and a tomato for red. Very clever, Donna!

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTERS 04/03/2020

Feb. 28, 2020 -- Mark was our intrepid Toastmaster of the Day, and Loren’s Word of the Day was “fair.” Okay, fair enough! Mike shared his story of misfortune with us, he's been in pain ever since his replaced knee needed re-replacing after a year. It started to twinge most recently at the end of a 26-day cruise. The theme of Mike’s speech was “Team Collaboration,” in this case meaning getting a second opinion from the medicos.

Feb. 28, 2020 -- Mark was our intrepid Toastmaster of the Day, and Loren’s Word of the Day was “fair.” Okay, fair enough! Mike shared his story of misfortune with us, he's been in pain ever since his replaced knee needed re-replacing after a year. It started to twinge most recently at the end of a 26-day cruise. The theme of Mike’s speech was “Team Collaboration,” in this case meaning getting a second opinion from the medicos.

Congratulations!!! 04/02/2020

Jordan Hawk weds Lauren Earhart. Best of luck to a beautiful couple!

Jordan Hawk weds Lauren Earhart. Best of luck to a beautiful couple!

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTERS 03/31/2020

Feb. 21, 2020 -- A poignant meeting theme this week, “Farewell to Helen Hunter.” Helen is moving to Corpus Christi. Doug was Toastmaster of the Day, and Joseph’s Word of the Day, appropriately, was “ding.”

Feb. 21, 2020 -- A poignant meeting theme this week, “Farewell to Helen Hunter.” Helen is moving to Corpus Christi. Doug was Toastmaster of the Day, and Joseph’s Word of the Day, appropriately, was “ding.”

03/31/2020

Business & Professional Toastmasters

Mar. 27, 2020 -- Shawn presided over our second Zoom meeting, which went very well for the 20 members and one guest virtually present. Bob won the Best Speaker ribbon for a song/speech about Jim, a homeless man he once knew; Helen, Best Evaluator, offered Bob advice on storytelling; and Louise had Best Table Topic for her balanced opinion on the U.S. president. Barbara’s Word of the Day was impossible, “incapable of being or occurring.” Rebecca, in her speech, recommended that we “go underground” together virtually, to “pour a drink and chat.” And Mike warned us about what could happen “when a dream vacation (to Venice) turns into a nightmare of lost luggage and missed connections.”

Business & Professonal Toastmasters 03/12/2020

Feb. 14, 2020 -- Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine was the word of the day from Albert. Toastmaster of the Day was Rebecca. Barbara wondered whether Valentine’s Day is for men or for women. In any event, she said her husband came through with flowers and candy.

Feb. 14, 2020 -- Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine was the word of the day from Albert. Toastmaster of the Day was Rebecca. Barbara wondered whether Valentine’s Day is for men or for women. In any event, she said her husband came through with flowers and candy.

03/09/2020

B&P's own Shawn Townley won the Area H45 contest in both the International Speech competition and Table Topics Competition (Mar. 4, 2020). Congratulations, Shawn! L-R Larry Brown, Area H-42 Director, Rikkita Hughes DTM, Division H Director, Shawn, and Michael J. Falato, Area H-45 Director.

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La Fonda Alamo Heights Restaurant, 8633 Crownhill Blvd
San Antonio, TX
78209

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