Tragicomedy Toastmasters Meeting

Thursday November 23, 2023 8:00 PM EST



Presiding Officer Alyssa Tan, ACB, CL
Opens meeting and introduces Toastmaster.

Presiding Officer Role Description


1) Please make sure you all meet with Alondra for your Pathways. TI is changing its system and approach to Pathways. If your educational achievements don’t get entered as completed, you might not get credit for those presentations.
2) Our Zoom link is changing from Harvard to Columbia in the coming weeks.
3) Likewise, Joseph’s graduate student email is changing to an alumni alias that forwards to

First-time guest(s):

1) Abeer Suhail
2) Lara Miller
3) Michael Maglia

Newest member(s):

Valerie Richardson

Meeting Roles

Toastmaster Joseph Esler, DTM
Explains theme and introduces supporting roles.

Toastmaster Role Description



Timer Nadia Lam

Timer Role Description

Grammarian/Ah-Counter Joseph Esler, DTM

Grammarian/Ah-Counter Role Description

Word of the Day:

quid pro quo (kwĭd′ prō kwō′)

n. pl. quid pro quos also quids pro quo: Something that is given in return for something else or accepted as a reciprocal part of an exchange.

“This Friendsgiving, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours in a quid pro quo instead of backstabbing you.”

Body Language Monitor Carol Stead, EH4, IP3, PM1, ACB, CL

Body Language Monitor Role Description

Quizmaster Lucy Giammarco, EH1

Quizmaster Role Description

General Evaluator Alondra Sánchez, EH5, CC, CL

General Evaluator Role Description

Table Topicsmaster Alondra Sánchez, EH5, CC, CL

Table Topicsmaster Role Description

Humorist/Inspirationist Carol Stead, EH4, IP3, PM1, ACB, CL

Humorist/Inspirationist Role Description

Prepared Presentations (e.g., speeches, stand-up comedy routines, films, etc.)

Toastmaster introduces presenter(s).

Presenter 1 Alyssa Tan, ACB, CL
Presenter 2 Lucy Giammarco, EH1

Presenter Role Description

Pathways Project Evaluation Forms

Table Topics (e.g., impromptu speaking, improv comedy games, etc.)

Toastmaster turns meeting over to Table Topicsmaster.
Table Topicsmaster introduces Table Topics Participant(s).

Table Topics Participant 1 Alondra Sánchez, EH5, CC, CL
Table Topics Participant 2 Valerie Richardson
Table Topics Participant 3 Nadia Lam
Table Topics Participant 4 Lara Miller (guest)
Table Topics Participant 5 Michael Maglia (guest)
Table Topics Participant 6 Abeer Suhail (guest)

Table Topics Participant Role Description

Volunteer ahead of time to participate in Table Topics by signing up above!


Toastmaster introduces evaluator(s).

Evaluator 1 Alondra Sánchez, EH5, CC, CL
Evaluator 2 Joseph Esler, DTM

Evaluator Role Description


Toastmaster calls for reports from supporting roles.

Body Language Monitor
General Evaluator


Toastmaster makes closing remarks and turns meeting over to Presiding Officer.

Presiding Officer asks first-time guest(s) to share feedback and adjourns meeting.

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