Report on the 117th Regular Meeting @ Okubo Chiiki Center, August 6, 2015
The regular first-week-of-the-month meeting started with the English session as usual, led by TMOE (Toastmaster of the Evening) W, who was assigned this role for the first time. The small room was full of regular members plus a guest.
First, TM ST announced the Word of the Evening, ‘Tasteful/風情がある,’ which he tried to get us to use in our speech. Then, some regular members who were assigned their roles such as timer, grammarian, Ah-counter, vote counter etc. explained to the guest how they would support the meeting.
Tonight, we had a brand-new session, ‘Jokemaster,’ in which a speaker presents English jokes around the world. TM S, the first Jokemaster, introduced us to a type of joke called ‘blonde jokes,’ based on the stereotyped thoughts about women in the US. Every joke was simple and so funny that we burst into laughter many times. He also gave an example from ‘Jewish jokes,’ which of course made us laugh but at the same time wonder if it was really ok to say such a thing as a joke… These kinds of sensitive jokes make us think about the background of the societies. Thanks to TM S, the Jokemaster section had a good start.
Next, two speakers delivered their prepared speeches. TM T made a well-organized and informative speech about how we can get a better and more effective technical support in case of PC troubles. TM H presented the basics of American jokes with a lot of funny examples, which moved us to laughter again and gave us some hints to understand English jokes. After their speeches, TM K and TM O gave their feedbacks on the speeches and encouraged the speakers by giving some good points and one suggestion to further improve the speech.
Tonight’s Table Topic master was TM LT. He asked us to give a good excuse for some embarrassing situations, like being late for the meeting and forgetting your spouse’s birthday. Three members, put to on the spot, created their unique excuses humorously. The audience enjoyed all their impromptu speeches.
Reported by/文責 General Evaluator/総合論評 M月