Grub N Gab Toastmasters June 27 Recap

The theme this week was Summer Vacation! We had a small meeting probably due to the fact that everyone was on Summer Vacation!! Everyone did a great job by performing multiple roles this meeting.

We had one of the most interesting meetings of the year with Nancy presenting from Skype in Campbell, California!.  It was fun to be able to see and talk to her throughout the meeting!

Tien had a great theme of Summer Vacation where she told us of her summer vacation to the Amish country (Pennsylvania Dutch) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and then going to visit New Jersey to check out the beach on the other side of the country. We can’t wait to hear about the Mushroom farm that Tien is planning to visit over in Pennsylvania!

Nancy had a great presentation about Aesthetic Trends through Skype! The statistics are quite staggering with millennials getting plastic surgery now. There has been huge increases in plastic surgery, surgical and non surgical from 1997 to 2015 and then another staggering increase from just 2016 to 2017 – all pretty much thanks to social media and having to look perfect for those INSTAGRAM pictures! What surprised us is that Breast Implant removal has increased by 36 percent!

Here at Allergan, Nancy explained we definitely have job security if the millennials keep getting plastic surgery.  Americans have spent over 1.5 billion dollars in the past year alone on plastic surgery! Liposuction is still the number one procedure for both men and woman!  We hope to see more presentations through Skype soon.

Saurabh had a great speech on New Beginnings, where he talked about his mother, who was a helicopter mother and would run around and do everything, who had huge issues with weak bones and knee pain and eventually had to have two knee surgeries, especially because the first one was done wrong.  He talked about once she got her second surgery where both knees were replaced, she was given new life.  She could not stop smiling and walking, and started a new journey with her new knees, and she has returned to her helicopter ways and walks every day and uses the gift she was given!

AnnaLisa was in charge of Table Topics where she asked Shirin and Heather questions about summer vacation.  Dream vacations and any superstitions that need to be done when traveling.

Our next meeting is on July 11 as we are off for the 4th of July holiday. Hope to see everyone again at that meeting!!

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters June 20 Recap

Our theme for June June 20 was Young At Heart.   We had one speaker outstanding speaker Shirin.  Since her speech was 20-40 minutes we skipped Table Topics this week.

Shirin presented speech four from an Advanced Communications manual, “Longevity and 4 Cities Where People Live 4 Cities the Longest.”

People live the longest in:

  1. Okinawa, Japan
  2. Ikaria Greek Island
  3. Loma Linda, California
  4. Nicoya, Costa Rica

Okinawa Japanese is home to the largest population of centenarians in the world and longest disability-free life expectancy in the world. Okinawans practice is hara hachi bu, that encourages people to eat only until they are 80 percent full.

Ikaria Greek Island, which is the “island where people forget to die.” Ikaria is home to centenarians who enjoy long lives without fear of dementia and chronic age-related diseases. Ikarians take time to nap each day, which helps reduce their risk of heart disease by 35 percent.

Loma Linda is home to many Seventh-day Adventists who don’t smoke, drink alcohol or consume caffeine. They typically live eight to ten years longer than the average American. Researchers believe they have their religion and faith to thank for those extra years.

Those who live Nicoya, Costa Ricado also tend to live longer than those in the rest of the county.  They are healthier and less-stressed overall, due in part to plan de vida having a sense of purpose in life through strong community and familial ties.  They live a life full of vegetables, laughing and playing and faith.  Having a purpose in life can lead to long longevity.

Click here to see Shirin’s presentation to learn more.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters June 13 Recap

Our theme this week was Ignite Change.  Our Toastmaster Tien shared a story regarding working with difficult people.

We had two great speakers.  Jeannie, delivered project four from her Competent Communicator Manual, “Can Heroes’ Ignite Change in Adults?”  Jeannie shared a fond memory regarding how she used to pretend to be a superhero with her siblings.  When we are young, we admire superheroes’ qualities.  When she saw Wonder Woman, this re-ignited her superhero admiration.  She ponders, what’s wrong with pretending again, would it make the world better – if we could be anything, what would it be?

Meanwhile, Heather delivered project eight from her Competent Communicator Manual, “J.K. Rowling – A Story of Hope and Inspiration.”  Heather considers herself a mild Harry Potter fan and discovered the series when she was on bed rest while pregnant.  The concept for Harry Potter came to Rowling while she was stuck in a four-hour train delay and living in poverty.  Rowling received 12 rejections for her manuscript before a publisher was willing to give her a chance.  Rowling is now one to richest women in the world and dedicated to helping others.

During our Table Topics session, we discussed what we would change and how and what changes we are most fearful of.  Shirin discussed that she would be a farmer.  Sapna, meanwhile, discussed her friends getting married, however, realizing there’s a new adventure at each step.

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