Grub N Gab Toastmasters Dec. 19 Recap

This week’s theme “Christmas,” came just in time for the fast approaching holiday.  Shirin, our Toastmaster, enriched us with the legend of Santa Claus and Rudolph Reindeer.  Believe it or not, Santa Claus was created by the New York Historical Society and appeared in the United States in 1804.  Rudolph Reindeer, however, was not chosen to be Santa’s helper until the 1930’s.

We had two guests (Shawn and Julio) and three awesome speakers.  Sapna won the Best Speaker Award with her Your Body Speak speech, sharing her pet peeves on “Strange Traditions” and cooking shows.  Bidhan’s touching story using a Window as a parable of life.  He encourages us to have an open mind, continue learning new things, and live a meaningful life.  Shefali’s humorous speech, Kids Just Say It, was a personal story of her niece and nephew.  It described children’s honesty, innocence and imaginative mind.

Alex brought home the Best Evaluator Ribbon offering supportive and constructive feedback to Bidhan’s speech.

Thanks everyone for a fun and lively meeting. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy, joyful 2018!

Our next meeting will be Jan. 2.


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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Dec. 12 Recap

This week we had a very fun and exciting Toastmasters meeting.  Our Toastmaster, Nancy, picked “Self-Awareness” as the theme of the meeting and we had a great time talking about communicating with colors during table topics.  Julie also did a speech on “One Speech Contest for 2017/2018” which was a great reminder on how we can broaden our networking and skills by entering speech contests.  Alex won best table topics.  All in all it was a great meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Grub N Gab Toastmasters Dec. 5 Recap

The theme of the meeting this week was staying young. Tips for staying young are 1. Live honestly 2. Eat slowly and 3. Lie about Your Age.  In keeping with the theme, our Word of the Day was vigorous.

We had two great speakers Alex and Heather. Alex’s speech was about high cost of internet in US vs. the other countries.  He also discussed price gouging by major internet providers.

Heather’s speech was about American Music Award that she attended with her family. She stated the biggest stars were a Korean boy band BTC.  Despite their star power, media didn’t mention their name and when they were performing the cameras were turned off.  The media instead focused on Pink and Christina Aguilera, who received only moderate applause.

Grub N Gab Toastmasters Nov. 28 Recap

Gratitude was the theme of our November 28 meeting.  Jeanie, our Toastmaster, encouraged us to combat the negative thoughts we often have about ourselves by offering every member three specific and thoughtful reasons why she is grateful for us. It helped us all look at ourselves in a positive and different light.

We had two excellent speakers.  RoseMary won the Best Speaker ribbon with her Ice Breaker speech. Using organization, PowerPoint slides and humor, she eloquently explained her love for learning.  Sam’s speech, American Dream, was a personal tale of gratitude juxtaposed by the story of another less fortunate Mr. Oh.

Our best Table Topics winner was Gorje who shared his experience co-teaching a course on Financial Peace and the gratitude he felt knowing how much the gift of a mattress was appreciated by one of his workshop attendees.

Sapna took home the Best Evaluator ribbon offering with her thoughtful evaluation of Sam’s speech.

Thanks everyone for such an uplifting meeting. Happy Birthday Sam and thank you Jeanie for an excellent theme – I am grateful for your openness, positivity, and infectious enthusiasm.