Grub N Gab Toastmasters Sept. 26 Recap

The theme of our Sept. 26 meeting was Traditions. Heather gave speech number nine form here Competent Communicator manual, persuading us to add Lisbon, Portugal, to our bucket lists.

Alexander won the Best Speaker ribbon with his humorous speech on “How to Use Craigslist and Live to Tell About it.”

Our Best Evaluator was Sapna who evaluated Alex’s speech and Jeanie won best Table Topics explaining why the bachelorette party is and outdated wedding tradition.


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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Sept. 19 Recap

This week’s theme “Disaster Preparedness” was very appropriate given recent national and world events.  Our Toastmaster, Julie, discussed the importance of being prepared for a disaster such as an earthquake.  She passed out a helpful basic emergency kit checklist prepared by “Ready OC– Orange County’s emergency preparedness resource” and inspired us all to either start or update our own emergency kit.

Our one and only speaker was Shefali, who gave a humorous speech about her beautiful Indian wedding ceremony.  She shared colorful photos of the big day and explained the importance of different rituals throughout the ceremony.

Our Table Topics Master, Heather provided thought-provoking table topic questions related to disaster preparedness, and Ernesto Yzaguirre carefully evaluated Shefali’s speech.  Overall, the meeting ran very smoothly according to our general evaluator Shirin Lavaie.

We also took a club photo with Woody the Traveling gavel.  Follow the adventure via Instagram using #fdwoody

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Sept. 12 Recap

This week’s meeting was different, the theme was “Our Chapter.”  Our Toastmaster, Nancy, discussed the history of Toastmasters, including the vision of Ralph Smedley, who founded the organization 93 years ago.  For example, Toastmasters used to be only open to men.  We took the time to record our one minute video for the Smedley Chapter One – 93rd anniversary International Project.  Our video will be ready by Sept. 14.

We had only one speaker Sapna, who joined us after a break.  Her speech topic was “A Pet’s Purpose,” she gave lot of good information regarding why we should adopt a pet, where we should adopt from, the benefits you will receive along with the benefits you will give to the world by adopting.

AnnaLisa evaluated Spana and shared her wish to adopt a pet for herself!

We were joined by a guest Melissa who is from the Advertising field.  She joined our club to become bold in her job! Great choice Melissa!

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Grub N Gab Sept. 12 Preview – Our Chapter

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday. Our theme this week is Our Chapter.  What do we mean by Our Chapter?  Well, we will be having a brainstorming session about the one minute video we will be preparing for the Smedley Chapter One – 93rd anniversary – International Project.  Our club, “Our Chapter,” is the product of the vision Ralph Smedley had 93 years ago. Let’s reflect on what makes our club unique, and how we fulfill our mission “to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.”

Please be sure to bring a government-issued photo id and we will meet you in the lobby.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Sept. 5 Recap

Our theme this week was “Jet Lag,” led by AnnaLisa, who has been experiencing it firsthand since she recently traveled to Europe.  A few tips she shared to overcome this struggle were using the online app Entrain, leaving home well rested, taking a sleeping pill and reserving at least one day for recovery upon returning home.

Meanwhile, Deb described her love for strawberries in a vocal variety speech “Strawberry Farms Forever.”  We had so much fun, we felt that we were there at Tanaka Farms in Irvine with Deb.

Our impromptu Table Topic Master, Saurabh, led a fantastic session having Julie, Nady, AnnaLisa and Bidhan, share their stories on trip planning, activities and we would do if we missed our flight.  We not only had lots of fun, but also enriched our vocabulary with a few interesting words.  They are appetizing, finagle, muddled and hydroponically.

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