Grub N Gab Toastmasters July 25 Recap

Thank you everyone for a fun-filled meeting this week.  Our theme was Zoo.  Shirin, our Toastmaster, opened the meeting, asking everyone to name their favorite zoo animal.  Growing up, she used to save her money for trips to the zoo.

Our one speaker, AnnaLisa persuaded us to take up bowling, the most popular recreational sport.  According to AnnaLisa, anyone who can roll a ball, can bowl.  Better yet, join a bowling league and make some new friends.  You could even bowl at lunch.  Leagues range from $89 a night to as low as $25 a night but some provide a fashionable ball and shoes as well as the opportunity to bowl in Las Vegas.  Click here to see AnnLisa’s presentation for more details.

During our Table Topics, we discussed the importance of zoos for conservation and awareness as well as shared stories of animal encounters.  We also discussed our favorite animals and who our spirit animal would be.

Shirin closed the meeting sharing her recent visit to Annenberg PetSpace, which saves animals from high risk shelters.  Miraculously, Shirin left without adopting a cat.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters July 18 Recap

Travel Tips was the theme for our club meeting held on July 18. Our club President started the meeting and gave control to Heather Menchine who took the Toastmaster role the day before! Heather has planned a three week trip to Europe with her family and shared great tips about travel.

She provided tips on how efficiently you can pack your bags and calling your banks/credit card companies in advance of your travel.  She also shared that her son, who is just 14, traveled alone to North Carolina.  Heather guided him to avoid interacting with suspicious people and how to avoid pick pocketers.

Nady Mettias, our first speaker, delivered his Ice Breaker speech.   Although, Nady looked fully confident in his speech and he was no doubt pretty witty which took everyone’s attention during his speech. Nady introduced his family and shared about his personal and professional background.

Deb Evans, our second speaker, discussed “How Effective is Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.” She started off by asking everyone who is aware of Emotional Quotient, connecting immediately with everyone and give good information about the same. She also compared Emotional vs Intelligence quotient.  Deb ended her speech by a beautiful quote by Amaya Angelou.

We had fun Table Topics session, conducted by Shirin, who asked questions related to our travel. Our guest John won the ribbon for best Table Topics as he shared his experience of quickly learning Thai language when he traveled down there on his honeymoon.

WOD was Trot and most members were able to use the WOD, trotting around the room. 🙂

Best speaker was awarded to Nady

Best evaluator was Annalisa, who evaluated Deb.

Overall, everyone participated in our fun meeting this week.  We finished on time despite initial logistics issues in the beginning.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Meeting Recap – July 11th 2017

Ice Cream was the theme of out July 11th Meeting. Marianne kicked-off the meeting with a personal story about how she once worked for a gourmet ice cream company and shared the key to creamy ice-cream: (1) high butterfat content, and (2), a fast freezing rate.  She also encouraged us to try Creamistry where they use liquid nitrogen to freeze your ice cream right in front of you.

Jeanie was our only speaker. In preparation for an upcoming presentation, she gave a speech on “Beating The Clock: A Secret Way Anyone Can Invest in Real Estate.”  The topic peeked everyone’s interest and brought lots of questions to the table.  Heather’s thorough evaluation will help Jeanie prepare for the event. They’re going to love it just as much as we did!

Shirin lead a lively round of ice cream themed table topics and shared some interesting facts about ice cream’s history. We learned that George Washington spent $200 on ice cream one summer. Our new member, Nady, took home the Best Table Topics Ribbon for sharing why he doesn’t like food trucks and why hand-churned ice cream may not be worth the effort. He used the word of the day and had no filler words; pretty good for his first meeting.

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