ATTENDING MEMBERS:  Binh Nguyen,  Judy Castellon, LaVonne Catron, Rowena Donaldson, Terry Donaldson, Sam Wong, Maureen Bastedenbeck, Chris Foley, Rocki Chaparro, David Tabora, and Lucy Kaye.  No guests were present.

New Sergeant at Arms, David, started the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag.  President, Chris Foley welcomed us wished us all a Happy New year.  He immediately passed the gavel to Sam, Toastmaster of the Day, who shared some thoughts about resolutions.

Our first speaker was Lucy Kaye , who competed her Competent Communicator manual with speech #10, sharing a listing of all the speeches she made throughout the year and what it has meant to her to be a Toastmaster.  Since so many of us have witnessed her growth, it was definitely inspiring.

David Tabora gave his fourth speech Principles to Follow When Playing Chess.  Most of us are aware of  the game of chess, but not proficient players, so this was very informative.

Rowena led Table Topics;  Maureen, LaVonne and Rocki participated and Rocki won the ribbon of the day.

As today’s General Evaluator, I invited Terry to evaluate Lucy.  Terry was very complementary, making note of the difference between her Ice Breaker Speech, which was somewhat hurried, and this speech, which was extremely professional and passionate.   Judy evaluated David’s speech and pointed out that he was able to keep us interested, even with a rather involved topic.

Chris and Laura gave reports as grammarian and timer, respectively.

Sam wrapped up the meeting with a suggestion that rather than make resolutions, we strive to avoid major regrets, namely,

  1.  I wish I’d had the courage to live my life true to myself, rather than doing what others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t spent so much time working so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings, to let go of grudges, fear and hatred and had been  more willing to forgive.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with friends
  5. I wish I had let myself be happier…since happiness is a choice.

At the end of the meeting, Sam indicated that he has the TLC website up and running at

President, Chris closed the meeting,   commenting that we’re off to a great start for 2014.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Bastedenbeck

Roles for next week:  Toastmaster-LaVonne, Speakers-Chris and Rocki, Table Topics-Terry, General Evaluator-Sam, Evaluators-Binh and Connie, Timer-Maureen, Grammarian-Rowena

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