-Call to Order by President:
TM S. Nagano congratulated TM Wong on successfully conpleting the Kochi Ryoma
Marathon. In addition, she informed the attendees that during this meeting the in-house speech contest would also be held. Introduction of Guests:There were no guests.
-Greeting by Toastmaster: TM
Adachi, the TM of the meeting, greeted everyone present at the meeting. She
also explained that before having the Speech Contest, there would be a formal
speech session to let TM Kamisaka give her 5th speech.
-Word Master: None
-Grammarian and Ah- Counter: None
-General Evaluator: None
-Timers: TM Hayashi and TM
-Table Topics Master: None
-Speech Evaluator: TM Tomonaga
-TM Hayashi and TM O`Dowd explained
the timing rules for TM Kamisaka`s speech.
-TM Kamisaka gave her 5th speech in
the CC Manual:
In her 5th speech from the CC Manual which
focused on body language entitled “Kochi my second home”, she talked about
coming to Kochi six years ago to study in university and how the experience
allowed her to learn many things. For example, the difficulties encountered
while living alone such as dealing with the NHK man and being unable to resist
the extremely delicious food from Kochi. She also talked about the best things
about coming to Kochi which were noticing an improvement in her English skills
as well as meeting and becoming friends with a slew of amazing people from all
over the world. Most importantly, Kochi has become her second home and she will
miss everyone who made her time there so special.
-Evaluation Session:Evaluator : TM Tomonaga
-In-House English Speech Contest:
-Roles of members:
TM Adachi and TM Kunisawa: Contest Chairs
TM Tsuchihashi: Gave Opening Address
TM Nagasaki: Chief Judge
TM Hashimoto, TM Tomonaga and TM Shinomiya:
TM Y. Nagano and TM Miyoshi: Tally Counters
TM Hayashi and TM O`Dowd: Timers
-The rules were explained and then the speech order was determined for the three contestants. Here was the order:
1. TM Sawada “Let`s enjoy Japanese home
cooking”, a speech talking about how difficult it is to actually cook authentic
Japanese home cooking.
2. TM Wong “What was I thinking”, a speech
about climbing a volcano in Chile called Villarica and what the experience
3. TM Cooley “Half of what you see”, a speech
about the spread of fake news and how to combat it.
-Before announcing the winner, TM Nagasaki had
the members do an exchange talk session which involved a small brainstorm and
presentation session about topics relevant to becoming better Toastmasters.
-The winner of the In-House English Speech
Contest was TM Cooley. She received the first place certificate from TM S.
Nagano. TM Cooley will represent Kochi Toastmasters Club at the Area Contest in
-At the end of the meeting, TM Kamisaka, who
was attending her final meeting, thanked everyone for making her feel welcome
at the club. She hopes that we will come visit her in Hiroshima in the future.
TM Nagasaki suggested changing the day of the
meetings from the 4th Monday to the 4th Sunday of the month for spring
meetings. This will be discussed further and a decision will be made soon.
During the session, TM O`Dowd challenged
the participants to answer her difficultquestions. This required the participants to think on their feet and use
humor or draw on personal experience.The list of speakers was as follows:
TM Kunisawa, `If rain had a smell, what would you want it to be?`
TM Wong, `Explain how Australia is better than New Zealand`
TM Yoshikawa, `Ifyou were a famous song
writer, what would your next big hit be about?`
TM Miyoshi, `Ifyou had a statue made of
yourself, what would it look like and where would you put it?`
TM Tsuchihashi, `If you could change the ending of any movie, which would you
-Timer’s Report & Voting
-Formal Speech Session :
each speaker was introduced by the Toastmaster of the meeting, TM Adachi also
told the attendees each speaker`s New Year`s Resolution.
Speaker 1: TM Hashimoto, her New Year`s Resolution is to
make as many speeches as possible. She redid her first speech from the `The
Entertaining Speech Manual` in order to give a more polished version of this
speech. Her speech titled `My Prayer` talked about the different reasons people
pray as well as her reasons for doing so. She went on to explain how, while at
a temple in Kyoto with her perceived soul mate, she struggled to come up with
the perfect prayer to write and instead wrote a prayer motivated by greed that
seemed to indicate she was attracted not by the person she was with, but by his
money. Overall the lesson she learned from that whole experience is that doing
something without a conscious effort will not be rewarded with a positive
Speaker 2: TM Y. Nagano, his New Year`s Resolution is to
go jogging at least once a week. He gave his 3rd speech in the Competent
Communicator Manual. The skill being emphasized was being clear and succinct in
order to `Get to the Point.`In his
speech titled`Just Stand by`, he talked about how when he receives a message,
there is no wording nor any letters and so he has difficulty understanding the
meaning. Using a story about spending time at the house of his wife`s family as
an example, he was able to show us how he can perceive the meaning of a message
through a series of events he is a part of. At the same time, he hoped that
through his story, we can all learn that sometimes it is better to `Stand by`
than to react.
Speaker 3: TM Shinomiya, her New Year`s Resolution is to
do whatever she wants to enjoy life to its fullest.She gave her first speech in the `Story
Telling Manual`. The skill being emphasized was to tell a folk tale in way that
is both entertaining and creates vivid imagery to the person listening to the
story. She chose a folk tale about a mischievous little fox named Gon. Gon was always
playing tricks on people. Until one day after inadvertently causing the death
of Hyoju`s mother, he tries to rectify the situation, by bringing gifts to
Hyoju`s house. Unfortunately, Hyoju thinks Gon is trying to trick him once more
and shoots and kills Gon.
Speaker 4: TM S. Nagano, her New Year`s Resolution is to
swim a 100 km in a year. She gave an Advanced Communicator level speech in which the
skill being emphasized was to give a fact finding report. She chose to talk
about the secret and often misunderstood world of lottery and gambling. For
many people, playing the lottery is not perceived as gambling, but rather as a
moment of pleasure that is heightened by the possibility of winning lots of
money. Unfortunately, the reality is that when you play the Japanese lottery
system, you have less chances of winning than many other lottery systems around
the world. This is something that not many people know. TM S. Nagano, not only
gave anin depth analysis of the lottery
system by backing up her information with statistics, she also was able to
answer with confidence the questions she was asked during the Q and A session.
Evaluator 1: TM Tsuchihashi
-Reports : ,
Grammarian, Word Master
General Evaluator’s Comments
by Toastmaster -Award Presentation
Presided TM Nagano announced the winners: Best TTSpeaker: TM Wong, Best FS Speaker: TM Y. Nagano
and TM S.Nagano, Best Evaluator: Since
two of the four were disqualified, no one was selected.TM Shinomiya also received an award for her
contribution to District 76. -Business
Session : Next meeting we will have the In-House International Speech
This is the tentative agenda for the next regular meeting & In-house speech contest. Please let me know if changes are necessary. Contestants, please send your speech titles to the contest chairs.
--- DATE&TIME: 19:00-21:00, Monday, February 27, 2017
VENUE: Room 2, Sogo-Kenkyu Building, Kochi University
Date: November 28th 2016
Location: Kochi University Asakura Campus
Attendees: TM Nagasaki, TM Kunisawa, TM Sachi Nagano, TM Tomonaga, TM Hayashi, TM Shinomiya, TM Miyoshi, TM Sawada, TM Yoichi Nagano and TM Cooley
Guests: Ms. Piper O’Dowd(3), Mr. Okazaki(1)
Absentees: TM Kitaoka, TM Tsuchihashi, TM Hashimoto, TM Wong, TM Rai, TM Machida, TM Kamisaka, TM Adachi, and TM Kumon
* 19:00; Call to Order and Opening Remarks by President TM Sachi Nagano:
I`d like to call the 125th Regular Meeting to order. I`d also like to introduce our 2 guests, Piper O’Dowd and Mr. Okazaki as well as our toastmaster for this meeting, TM Sawada.
* Introduction of Guests: Piper and Mr. Okazaki made slight bows.
* 19:03; Greetings By the Toastmaster of the meeting, TM Sawada:
Welcome to the meeting. I hope you will enjoy the meeting by participating. The meeting has three parts: Table Topics, formal speeches and evaluation.
* Word of the Day by TM Sachi Nagano: TM Sachi Nagano introduced the word `mes-merize`. It is a verb meaning to capture the complete attention of someone.
* Introduction of the Evaluation Team by TM Kunisawa:
-Timer: TM Miyoshi
-Vote Counter: TM Shinomiya
-Ah Counter: TM Shinomiya
-Grammarian: TM Piper
* 19:10; Table Topics Session presided by TM S. Nagano: TM S. Nagano encouraged the participants to remember to use “mesmerize” in their speech. The speakers were to find and tell good points of a person or a thing.
TM Y. Nagano found good points of US President elect, Donald Trump, Piper found good points of Ryoma Passport, TM Hayashi found good points of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, TM Sawada found good points of forgetfulness, TM Shinomiya found good points of an aging society, TM Kunisawa found good points of US President candidate, Hilary Clinton, TM Miyoshi found good points of a New Year’s eve, and TM Nagasaki found good points of a small-number-attendees meeting.
19:45; Formal Speech Session presided by TM Sawada:
-TM Cooley did her 9th speech titled “Skin Deep”, Persuade with Power, in the Com-petent Communicator Manual. The speech objectives were;
* To sell your audience on a thing, an idea, a concept, or an opportunity
* At the end of your speech, ask for a sign from your audience that they are sold.
This speech was about how people with tattoos, especially from foreign countries, often get them for reasons that are highly personal and not related to being a crim-inal. You don’t have to like tattoos, and I don’t feel it is necessary to change laws regarding them, but please give people themselves through actions, not appearance.
-TM Tomonaga gave a speech titled “It is good to be bilingual” from the Advanced Manual on Technical Briefing #6 .
Being bilingual seems to be a good thing. Bilingual people can interact with foreign people seamlessly in other country. In addition, a recent study showed that being bilingual is good for our health, especially for brain heath, Let’s keep learning for-eign language and maintaining our mental health.
20:00; Evaluation Session presided by TM Kunisawa:
-Evaluator for TM Cooley: TM Nagasaki
-Evaluator for TM Tomonaga: TM Y. Nagano
* 20:10, Evaluation Team Reports:
-Ah Counter` Report: TM Shinomiya
-Grammarian`s Report: Piper
-Word Master`s Report: TM S. Nagano
-General Evaluator`s Report: TM Kunisawa
* 20:20; Sharing and Awards (Given by TM S. Nagano):
-TM Y. Nagano won the “Best Table Topics Award”.
* 20:30; Business Session presided by TM Nagasaki:
The following roles were decided for the next meeting:
-Toastmaster of the meeting: TM Nagasaki
-Word Master: TM Piper
-General Evaluator: TM Tomonaga
-Timer: TM Hashimoto
-Table Topics Master: TM Y. Nagano
-Vote Counter: TM Shinomiya
-Ah Counter: TM Miyoshi
-Grammarian: TM Wong
-Formal Speech: TM Tsuchihashi, TM Kitaoka, TM Kunisawa, and TM Piper O’Dowd
-Speech Evaluators: TM S. Nagano, TM Hayashi, and TM Cooley, and TM Adachi
* 20:50; Additional Table Topics Session: Find good points of the person next seat.
* 21:00; Meeting Adjourned