Fun Meeting Ideas – Comical Courtroom Caper

FUN Meeting Ideas

By Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director

One of the most important ways to build a great club is by having fun, inclusive and engaging meetings. While every club’s personality is different, the most successful clubs have a nice balance between structure and laughter. Every month we will try to share a different idea on how you can add some FUN to your meetings.

COMICAL COURTROOM CAPER MEETING:

Comical Courtroom Caper

Try to allow 1-3 weeks preparation for this meeting to assign roles and give details of the topic and proceedings.

Choose a member to be the defendant, real or imagined, and assign a crime to them. One of the members portrays the character on trial. The meeting can be fun if the charges are something funny. For example, they could be charged with stealing the cookies from the cookie jar, Santa Claus damaging a roof, or Popeye selling steroid enriched spinach.

You can also search google for: “Worlds Dumbest Criminals”, or click the following link for other great ideas from Reader’s Digest. http://www.rd.com/funny-stuff/worlds-dumbest-criminals-politicians-bosses/

Assign members to be the bailiff, judge, lawyers, news reporters, and conduct a mock trial. Vote for or against acquittal. The charges against the accused and the description of the scenario are handed out a week or two before the meeting. The two prepared speeches are the opening arguments by the prosecutor and defense attorney. Table topics is the testimony of the witnesses. News reporters will offer feedback on the opening remarks and testimony.

The judge is the general evaluator who oversees the entire trial meeting. Give each evaluator 2-3 minutes to comment on the speakers opening remarks and witness testimonies.

Typical 1 Hour Meeting Agenda and Roles:

  • Toastmaster: The Bailiff – Introduces all roles and keeps meeting moving
  • General Evaluator: The Judge – Oversees the meeting and adds final FUNNY verdict
  • Timer: Times all roles
  • Wordmaster: Same as always – Try to have a legal or trial theme.
  • Grammarian: Same as Always – Try to have a legal or trial bias.
  • Ah Counter: Same as Always
  • Speaker 1: Prosecuting Attorney – Opening Arguments (5-7 Minutes)
  • Speaker 2: Defense Attorney – Opening Arguments (5-7 minutes)
  • Table Topics Master: Randomly selects 3 – 4 witnesses for testimony – for or against
  • (1-2 minutes each)
  • Evaluator 1: News Reporter – Offers feedback on Speaker 1 (2-3 minutes)
  • Evaluator 2: News Reporter – Offers feedback on Speaker 2 (2-3 minutes)
  • General Evaluator: Delivers final role reports and verdict

Have fun with the roles. Take liberties to exaggerate and enhance testimony. Encourage members to add insight and humor throughout.

Most importantly, engage all members, use CC or advanced manual speeches to fill the speaking roles if possible… and have FUN.

If you have a FUN Meeting Idea that you would like to share, please send your ideas to Keith Maderer at KeithMadererDTM@gmail.com. If your idea is selected, it will be printed in the newsletter, and shared on the District 65 Blog.

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