Grub N Gab Toastmasters – May 29 Meeting Recap

Thank you everyone for joining us for a dreamy meeting this week.  Our Toastmaster of the Day, Alex, shared what our dreams mean. For example, our teeth falling out usually senses a lack of control.  Dreams can be caused by anxiety, PTSD or epilepsy.

Congratulations to AnnaLisa for delivering her 10th speech to complete her Competent Communicator manual! One of her favorite quotes in “Nothing is sat last sacred but the thoughts of your own mind,” Ralph Waldo Emmerson.  AnnaLisa inspired with a story of Ling and through Integrity, he was selected as the heir to the throne.  Click here to read the story.

Sapna shared details from her volunteer trip to Thailand.  The volunteer activities included, reforestation, teaching English to school children and elephant health checks.  Sapna shared how inspired she was to see the children’s dedication to learning.  The students often walk two hours to get the school and live in dorms during the week.  They also don’t have modern luxuries such as books, so they learn though visual demonstrations.  Sapna encouraged us to visit to select a volunteer project that inspires us.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters – May 22 Meeting Recap

Our theme this week was Brain Health.  Our Toastmaster, Saraubh,  created a wonderful presentation about brain heath and what to do to keep your brain healthy (eating well, reading and exercising the brain). We had two speeches.

Our first speaker, Daniel discussed the many different leadership styles – authoritative, democratic, pacesetter, innovative, and charismatic.

Our second speaker, Julie congratulated Daniel of being one of the first in Founder’s District to complete a Path in Pathways and demonstrating excellent leadership.

Heather, our Table Topics Master generated fantastic questions regarding brain health.

Saurabh closed with meeting with a great quote, “thoughts are just a small part of who we are. Unfortunately they are so dominant in our consciousness that they can end up over the whole show”.

Also, thank you everyone for selecting an outstanding leadership team for the 2018/2019 Toastmasters year.  Although, we still need a volunteer for Secretary.

  • President – Julie
  • VPE – Alex
  • VPM – RoseMary
  • VP PR – Heather
  • Treasurer – Tien
  • Sargent At Arms – Shefali

Grub N Gab Toastmasters: May 15 Meeting Recap

This week, we had two guests Shaun Veran and Sebastian Lopez join us for an entertaining “Summer Vacations” meeting led by our Toastmaster, Shirin Lavaie.  She provided us with facts and tips regarding popular vacation destinations.  Did you know that Brazil offers their working citizens a stunning 41 days of holiday pay per year?  Conversely, United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day.  A few frequently visited vacation places in America are Boston, Bar Harbor Maine, Sonoma wine country, Seaside Oregon, Seattle, and Teton National Park.

RoseMary’s informative, humorous presentation on “Get To The Point Already” described the four communication styles.  They can be direct, initiating, supportive and/or analytical.  Which style do you normally use?

Meanwhile, Saurabh took us for a ride with his family to Yellow Stone National Park.  So glad we all arrived home safely! Congratulations Saurabh on winning the Blue Award Ribbon!

Our first-timer Evaluator, Daniel, and Table Topic Master, Alex, did a great job providing feedback, which  promoted an exciting impromptu brainstorming discussion.

Time is precious!  What is your plan for this summer vacation?

Club Officer Roles Overview

Below is a brief summary of officer roles.  For a detail overview of each role, click here to read the club officer handbook!

President Overview

This officer is the chief executive officer responsible for supervision and operation of the club. The president sets the tone for the club and provides helpful, supportive leadership for
all activities.

Vice President of Education

This officer is responsible for scheduling members for meeting roles and and making sure each member has the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. 

Vice President of Membership

This officer manages the process of encouraging guests to become members by maintaining the guest book, guest packets and following up with guests after the meeting.

Vice President of Public Relations

This officer promotes the club, club events and helps maintain the club website.


This officer maintains club records, manages files, handles club correspondence and takes the minutes at executive committee meeting.


This officer is the club accountant. The treasurer manages the club bank account, writes checks when approved by the executive committee and deposits dues and other club

Sergeant at Arms (SAA)

This officer keeps track of physical inventory. The SAA arrives early to prepare the meeting place and stays after to stow all club equipment.

Grub N Gab Toastmasters – May 8 Meeting Recap

Thank you everyone for a great meeting this week.  Our theme this week was jumping over hurdles.

Daniel discussed the hurdle of buying a house in Orange County.  He suggested that we be knowledgeable, take advantage of first time home buyer credits, get pre-approved and perhaps most importantly pick the right agent.  Click here to see his presentation.

Nancy, delivered her Ice Breaker in Pathways, re-introducing herself.  Nancy interwove how technology has progressed as she took us on a journey from her childhood through today.  She also shared that she plans to embark on another life journey by re-locating to Campbell, California, to be closer to her elderly mom.  Nancy has promised to come back to visit us often!

During our Table Topics session, we discussed the power of positive influence, using those around us as a sounding board and having patience instead of rushing.

Club officer training will be held June 16 at Chapman University.  Registration is opening for the training soon.  We need to elect our next round of officers.  Be on the lookout for an overview of the roles and the benefits of being an officer.

Grub N Gab Toastmasters May 1 – Meeting Recap

We had a small but mighty meeting today with five members and two guests.  Everyone stepped up and took a role or participated in Table Topics.

Our Toastmaster Nancy picked the theme “Tech tips” and inspired us to stay up-to-date with technology.  She shared tips on easy ways to try new technology and avoid becoming a “Technophobe” (our Word of The Day).

Keeping in line with the theme, Nancy also gave a speech on how to use our club website better.  She walked us through the steps to add our own comments in the blog and manage our weekly RSVP process.

Sam stepped up as an evaluator for Nancy and gave her great tips.  She is going to take his suggestions and give the same but improved speech next week.

Lastly, Saurabh was our Table Topics Master and led our impromptu speaking portion with thought provoking tech-related questions.  One of our guests, Annie, did a great job and walked away with the winning topics master ribbon for the day.