Sue Brown served as Toastmaster for the meeting of March 27, 2006, which was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Vice President for Education Doris Chernik. Simi selected the word elocution as the word for day, and some but not all of us did ncorporate elocution in our presentations - Sue used it at least three times. Silvia Vendettuoli led the Table Topics session around the interesting theme, Time as a Concept, and Vice President for Membership and Public Relations, Luigi Cavandoli, served as General Evaluator.
As the first Table Topics speaker, he took us back in time to the ancient city of Troy and the historical Helen and her suitor, while Marlene took us 100 years into the future and into space travel to planet Venus, which she envisions as a kind, gentle, and pleasant planet. Malcolm, when asked if given the opportunity to change something about our Earthly past, he recommended resurrecting some aspects of the societies of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries when people were more mannerly in their social practices. Barry, a guest and Mechanical Engineer originally from the China mainland, doesnt believe in reading palms or making tea leaf predictions but he did comment from his experience in China relating to predicting the future. Doris spoke reflectively about a trip around the world she and her husband took some years ago that was so memorable she wish she could relive it, and Silvia ended the session with some provocative questions: Is time real? Does time really have a beginning and an end? Maria Tam did a superb presentation of Speech #2, The Best Place to Retire, and Anna mesmerized the audience with humor in her presentation of Speech #5, Fax Facts. Jose told us about Greed in his presentation of Speech #5, (Your Body Speaks), which was followed by the evaluations, comments from our guests, and a brief business session before Doris adjourned the meeting.