June 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes




Brookdale Paulin Creek


Start Time: 12:12 pm

End Time: 1:11 pm


11 Members: President MeL Konrad, VP Education Brian Buckman, VP Membership Bert Rangel, VP PR Holly Young, Sergeant at Arms Kelly Cunneen, Treasurer Mark Burchill, Secretary Frank Moraes, Dan Schell, Gabriel Cox, Harry Holland, and Steve Domkowski.

1 Guest: Matt.


  • President: MeL Konrad
  • Toastmaster: Frank Moraes
  • Table Topics: Bert Rangel
  • Grammarian: Kelly Cunneen
  • Timer/Ah Counter: Dan Schell


Brian Buckman: “The Rest of the Story” — Dynamic Leadership Path — Level 2
      Evaluated by MeL Konrad.

Mark Burchill: “Roasting Frank” — Advanced Communication Manual: Roast Speaking
      Evaluated by Gabriel Cox.

New Business

The group is moving its meetings to Sonoma County Tourism:

Sonoma County Tourism
400 Aviation Blvd #500
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1182

Next Meeting

2 July 2019


Mark motioned that we accept the new meeting location. Gabriel seconded.


The group voted on the new meeting location. It was unanimous in favor.


Kelly banged the gavel. Sounds like a folk song, doesn’t it? You know, like John Henry. Maybe I’ll write something since this is my last set of minutes for Noon Toastmasters.

And while I’m on the subject, I really appreciate all the cards and letters you all have sent me. It is a great hardship to give up this rewarding position. But the truth is that I can’t deprive MeL of this great opportunity to do the minutes. She beat out 15 other people who wanted to bask in the glow of being Noon Toastmasters secretary. I just hope she realizes that the groupies can be overwhelming at times.

President’s Remarks

Currently, MeL is president of the club. And we had some real business at this meeting: we’re moving.

And the new location is great! You can find out more on the blog. The club voted on the change. It was unanimous. It’s always unanimous! I thought about arguing for holding future meetings in Holly’s car, but I held my tongue.

Toastmaster: Frank

MeL introduced yours truly as Toastmaster. I talked about how the new drugs my doctor has me on were making me feel foggy. But as the meeting progressed, that went away. I have a theory about this. I’ve felt that same way in the past and my doctor told me it was stress. So I think I was stressed because I hadn’t prepared as much as I really should have.

Word of the Day: Bombastic

You all may know how much I hate the use of foreign words and phrases for the Word of the Day. I know: I seem like a cosmopolitan guy. And I am! If I could afford it, I’d live in Paris. But I have a hard enough time pronouncing English!

So I playfully introduced χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα as the word of the day. Yes, there were gasps. But then I changed it to “bombastic.” Here are some of the responses:

  • MeL: Shaggy has a song where he rhymes “bombastic” with “fantastic.”
  • Holly: I make it a point to avoid working with bombastic clients.
  • Mark: The first bombastic politician I remember was the guy who banged his shoe on the table, Nikita Khrushchev.
  • Kelly: “Bombastic” is a word I use all the time but don’t really know what it means.
  • Matt: There is more chance of me being Shaggy than bombastic.
  • Harry: I’m feeling less hip-hoppy after that. Bombastic? I don’t know.
  • Gabriel: Our new meeting place is bombastic.
  • Steve: Bombastic: Trump.
  • Bert: I’m going to give a bombastic speech at our new location at Sonoma County Tourism.

Thought of the Day

Holly gave the thought of the day: “Never turn down your ambition because someone else doesn’t like the volume.” But it made me wonder: what if the ambition of someone else is to lead a nice quiet life?!

Village People

Speaker: Brian

Brian spoke about the founding of the YMCA as a way to keep baseball players in shape during the off-season. He even did the hand signals. It was a good speech following off the Paul Harvey formula, “The rest of the story…”

But… Brian, there’s no need to feel down. I said, Brian, pick yourself off the ground. I said, Brian, ’cause you’re in a new town. There’s no need. To. Be. Unhappy.

Speaker: Mark

Mark is finishing his Advanced Communication Silver, which means that he has given a number of specialized speeches. And today was perhaps the most unusual: a roast of me.

I was slightly fearful because I embarrass very easily and obviously and I feared I would change the room color like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I don’t know if I did.

It was a very funny but ultimately sweet speech. It’s interesting to see how other people perceive you. Based on Mark’s roast: bizarre but friendly and mostly harmless. Thanks, Mark!

Table Topics: Bert

Bert was in charge of Table Topics.

What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done for somebody?

Gabriel: Duty is where you are on guard for 24 hours. I guess when I helped out by doing someone else’s duty.

What is your best vacation memory?

Kelly: I’ve been on so many vacations. I feel like I’m on vacation now. It never ends.

What book has had a big impact on you?

Dan: It’s a book I just recently read, I think it’s called Winterdance and it’s about the Iditarod.

Who do you look up to?

MeL: My father who I thought of last Sunday.

Speaker #1 Evaluation: MeL

MeL said she didn’t like sports so when Brian started his speech she cringed. But as he spoke, that all went away. She said she liked the opening and Brian’s casual style. The transition into the main part of the speech could be more direct.

Speaker #2 Evaluation: Gabriel

Gabriel loved Mark’s speech. He said the jokes were good, it was well organized, and he liked the props Mark used. He also said that even though it was a roast, it didn’t feel like an attack.

Grammarian: Kelly

Kelly pointed out some phrases she liked:

  • Brian: “Started in 1890 and it remains unchanged today.”
  • Mark: “facetious.”
  • Frank: “Mark was nicer than he should have been.”
  • Gabriel: “I like to be victim.”

Timer/Ah Counter: Dan

  • Matt: 3 but/ands
  • MeL: 3 ahs, 2 ums, 2 sos, 5 but/ands
  • Frank: 1 ah (Dan was clearly grading me on a curve.)
  • Gabriel: 3 ahs, 2 ums, 3 ya-knows, 1 so
  • Steve: nothing (Steve replied: “I didn’t say anything!”)
  • Holly: 1 ah
  • Brian: 3 ahs, 1 um, 6 sos, 4 but/ands
  • Mark: 1 ah
  • Bert: nothing
  • Kelly: 1 ah, 1 um, 1 ya-know, 1 well, 2 but/ands, 2 “other.”

We didn’t do timing. As Robert Marley said, “Time is an ocean, not a garden hose. Space is a puff of smoke, a wisp of cloud. Your mind is a flying corn snake hovering through all the possibilities.”

And I handed the meeting back over to MeL.

Wrap Up

MeL wrapped up her final meeting as the president of Noon Toastmasters. At least this particular tenure. She really has been a great president — organized, encouraging, and effective.

Mark was brought before the group because he just completed his Advanced Communicator Silver.

And with that, we start a new year of Toastmasters!


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