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Some of our brainiac members are interested in testing their recall of all things trivia - gasp! - with other people present at Venn Brewery in SE Minneapolis. Looks like they have lots of tasty sounding beers there. For food, there is a food truck scheduled but the taproom allows you to bring your own food if you'd like to do that instead.
Trivia starts at 6:00 PM. You may find people arrive around 5:30 to socialize and hopefully find a table. If you are new, look at some profiles of RSVP'ers on Meetup to help you find the group. (Mike won't be attending often so try a few other names)
!!! Parking is limited in this neighborhood. There are signs posted noting only two hour parking before 8:00PM so be careful. Arriving early may help in finding a spot but that may require you moving your car - don't get towed!. The picture (Venn diagram?) shows a cul-de-sac on E 45th St, just north of Venn, where there may be extra space but with the same 2 hr restrictions. It is a great time to check out the Blue Line with a light rail station just a parking lot away from the Venn.
This is a repeating event. You can just show up but an RSVP here would be appreciated just to help attendees connect. Have fun with whomever shows up. Winning is an added perk! Our historic Trivia group name is "No Dissonance, you have to back it up" - using it isn't a requirement but "Why not!".
Please follow CDC guidance. Currently, masks expected when not at your table, but things change too.
The group of people attending each week can/will change. There is no official host so have fun with whomever becomes your teammates that week.
Venn Brewing Company invites you to come out and play. Venn brews fantastic batches of beer, and once those batches are empty, that’s it. Each beer is a new, flavorful experiment. The taproom is literally a few steps away from the METRO Blue Line’s 46th Street Station, and rotating food trucks will do your belly right.
More details at triviamafia.com /venn
You’re invited to attend Freethought Toastmasters (http://freethought.toastmastersclubs.org/), a club of Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org/). Build your leadership and communication skills in a supportive, freethinking environment; a place where you will find familiar faces you know from Minnesota Atheists. (most club members do not RSVP on Meetup since they attend most meeting and coordinate through the 'Toastmaster' of the evening if they cannot attend, so don't let the low RSVP numbers dissuade you from attending)
Join us IN-PERSON or join us ONLINE! This meeting will be HYBRID, but we expect most participants to be there in person. For those wishing to join us on zoom, please use this ZOOM URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89851371791?pwd=WFZmcHgxZkw4bFJidWQ2c05kbEQ4Zz09
We open the party room at 6:00 PM for socializing before the meeting. We encourage zoom participants to join the meeting between 6:15 and 6:25 to socialize and iron out any technical issues. Use the meeting url to access the meeting, this will allow you to join via your computer or smartphone zoom app and will use your devices built in speakers/microphone/video. Message us or comment below if you need the call-in alternative.
• 6:00pm - The party room opens for in-person attendees, a meal is provided
• 6:15pm - Join the Zoom meeting for a pre-social
• 6:30pm - Freethought Toastmasters Business Meeting
~6:40pm - Toastmaster calls the meeting to order
~6:50pm - Scheduled Speeches
~7:25pm - Table Topics: impromptu speaking opportunity
~7:40pm - Evaluations
~7:55pm - Closing
• 8:00pm - Meeting Ends, optional post-social
The roles for this meeting are as follows:
| Role | Member | |
| ---- | ------ | --- |
| Emcee | Curt C |
| Speaker 1 | Frank E |
| Speaker 2 | Randall T |
| Evaluator 1 | Brian P |
| Evaluator 2 | Kat H |
| Grammarian | George K |
| Timer | Josh M |
| --- |
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. While in many other Toastmaster Clubs the culture deters any mention of religion, so atheists feel guarded and often stay "in the closet," this club provides not only training in public speaking, but also continuous education in topics of interest to atheists.
This club offers the opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics. We welcome people of all worldviews, but of course our members tend to be non-religious. We take current events seriously, but our politics range from capitalist to socialist, from liberal to conservative. Our ages run from the 20s to the 60s (and beyond).
If you decide to join, you can learn to be a better, more confident speaker. No matter what our worldviews, we are committed to mutual respect, tolerance, honesty, encouragement and constructive criticism. If you become a member, you will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver speeches regularly, and receive constructive evaluations of your speeches. It’s a great place to become comfortable as a speaker. With the help of other members, we learn to prepare and present effective speeches on a wide range of topics from humorous to serious. We also learn to think fast during our "Table Topics" sessions (impromptu speeches). We never know quite what to expect from our speakers, but we can always count on an interesting evening together.
As a club of Toastmasters International, we charge the standard rate with no additional club dues. To join Toastmasters, it costs $45 per six months (prorated depending on when you join) plus a $20 new member fee. The new member fee pays for the educational program and the general membership fee pays for district events (local educational sessions for the greater Toastmasters community), general overhead, and a Toastmasters magazine members can opt to receive in the mail.
Are you feeling SWAMPed? And you STILL can't overcome the feeling that you're missing time with others. Maybe you're a bit TENTative about meeting other Atheists. Perhaps you'd like to ask PIERCEing questions or just shoot some BS or BJ or KP. Do you have a HAWKEYE for details? It's all CAMPy fun and 'JEEP entertainment. COT your attention?
To answer some PRE-OP's, this is just for visiting O.R. perhaps filling a void - no ENLISTMENT necessary (well, maybe a Meetup RSVP). Fill your CANTEEN with some G.I. JOE or other favorite SWILL and NURSE it along for an hour. Go ahead, saunter up to the fuBAR and give your ORDERS (though no one is listening, just like in real life). You can enter RECOVERY later.
While some might share PRIVATE stories with a COLONEL of truth, most will be of the GENERAL kind, with some MAJOR variations - none requiring CORPORAL pun-ishment. Whether you CAPTAIN your own SHIP OUT of harbors or maybe you're a KLINGER-on'er, what passes by HOT LIPS stays here. If you're a POTTER or a TRAPPER - set your hobby aside for a bit. We can't all make it to PADRE Island but we can talk about our favorite escapes. Come and hear what others are doing lately - what's on your RADAR?.
So as to not be COURT-MARTIALED - Dis' Claimer: This event has NOTHING to do with "M.A.S.H." - the book or movie or TV show. Any association is completely incidental and does not reflect the views of our sponsors. This is a NON-COMMISSIONED plug for MN Atheists.
IN-COMING around 5:30 PM, every Wednesday; with occasional AWOL's.
Transitioning back to 2d Saturday!
The In Person Event: join us for friendly discussion of matters large and small. Topics range from current events, popular and unpopular culture, science, religion and you name it.
You probably know Pizza Luce for its great menu of unconventionally delicious pizzas and its many vegan-friendly choices, but did you know they also boast an amazing brunch?
The link below will tell you all you need to know about the Richfield Pizza Luce and provide you with another link to a map, so you'll be sure to find your way to a delicious brunch with the friendliest godless group you'll ever meet.
This meetup has been going strong since September 2012 (in-person or online)!
Hope to see you there!