Grub N Gab Oct. 31 Preview – Halloween

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday. Our theme this week is “Halloween.” We will have a presentation on the new Toastmasters education program rolling out this year.  Feel free to dress up, we will vote for the best costume.

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 Oct. 24 Recap

This week’s theme “National Food Day” was fun and light-hearted.  Our Toastmaster Deb shared healthy snacks of hummus, pita, tomato, basil and mozzarella.  She inspired our Table Topics Master Saurab to create humorous questions about food, which resulted in passionate responses from our members.


Our one and only speaker was Julie who gave an informative speech about a new car, the Kia Soul.  She did a great job delivering a speech without relying on written notes and used a miniature car model as a unique visual. 


Heather carefully evaluated Julie’s speech, and Marc was selected as the winner of the best Table Topics with his humorous response about his love of spicy food.




Grub N Gab Toastmasters Oct. 17 Recap

Our October 17 meeting theme was “Cause for Passion.”  Sapna was our Toastmaster, Speaker #1 and vote counter.  She took home the Best Speaker award for her CC#4 speech “Follow Your Passion for a Cause,” encouraging us to have passion for a cause and  to support it anyway you can – “everyone can make a difference.”  Nady gave his CC#2 speech on “The Digital Health Revolution” describing how advances in technology (e.g., Smartphone Aps, Fit Bits, and smart drug delivery devices) have revolutionized the way pharmaceutical companies can monitor clinical trials.  Our guest Jorge won the Best Table Topics ribbon for the second time in a row explaining how he made “one small difference” by giving a personal thank you note.  Deb’s evaluation of Nady’s speech won Best Evaluation and Alex gave his very first Toastmaster speech evaluation. Great Job everyone and thank you to our one returning and four new guests for participating in the meeting.

Here are links from Sapna’s speech:

Grub N Gab Toastmasters Oct. 10 Recap

Our October 10 meeting theme was “The Best Part of Fall Harvest.” Bidhan’s  advance communicator speech on “Shopping” captivated the audience as he described the heartwarming story of a late evening shopping trip with his son.  With only one planned speech we had a lively round of Table Topics.  One of our four guests, Jorge, won the Best Table Topics ribbon for described a fall vision engrained in his memory: a beautiful woman being photographed against a brilliant backdrop of changing fall leaves on the Sepulveda Pass.  Nady was Bidhan’s speech evaluator and gave valuable constructive feedback. Thanks everyone for a great meeting.


Grub N Gab Toastmasters Oct. 3 Recap

Despite technical challenges at the beginning of the meeting, we rallied together for a fun and productive time this week.

Our theme this week was mindfulness.  We opened the meeting with a mindful practice.  Saurabh also shared that Diana Winston has podcasts to help us being more mindful.

Alexander’s delivered speech number three from his Component Communicator Manual, What is Apostile?  An “apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.  Click here to see his presentation to learn more.

Meanwhile, Tien delivered project three from the Advanced Communicator Manual, technical presentations, Playing God – Geoengineering.  Tien discussed that Geoengineering is deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change.  Did you know that many counties participate in cloud seeding programs?  Click here to see her presentation to learn more about the side affects.

During our Table Topics, led by Nady, we discussed is we are born mindful or trained to be mindful, the differences between two children and that celebrities are mindful by using their name to raise awareness.