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
Tuesday May 29, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Meeting Theme

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Toastmaster of the Day:
Alexander Glenn Davis
Introduces the: Grammarian, Timer, Vote Counter and Speakers
General Evaluator:
Tien Duong, ACB
Explains the importance of evaluations. Introduces Evaluators. Asks for Grammarian report. Gives overall evaluation of the meeting.
Topics Master:
Julie Murphy, CL CC
Heather Menchine
Annalisa R. McLafferty
Backup Speaker:
Saurabh Goyal
Shefali Parekh, ACS, ALB
Shirin Lavaie, CC
Leads word of the day contest.


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Vote Counter:
RoseMary Puhr
Nancy Schramm, ACS, ALB
Officer Recap:
Julie Murphy, CL CC


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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.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters – May 8 Meeting Recap

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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.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters May 1 – Meeting Recap

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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.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters – April 24 Meeting Recap

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Our club meeting started on time. With having only five members attend this week, each member stepped up taking multiple roles. No doubts, our club members are always in good spirit!

The theme of our meeting was “Seasons of Life.”  Our Toastmaster of that Day, Heather Menchine shared a personal story about her parents, after some strong persuasion they moved to a new house a a 10 minutes’ drive from her place.  She discussed how she is embracing her life with these good changes.

We had two speakers in our meeting: Saurabh and Bianca.

Saurabh’s objective was to entertain and indeed with his speech “Me In my 20s” he was able to tickle our members! His speech was evaluated by Tien and she provided some great feedback.

Bianca’s objective was to make audience believe in her speech and definitely was all prepared with statistics to persuade everyone. She discussed the local news channel group “Sinclair Broadcasting company,” which accounts of 70 percent of national news stations!

We had impromptu Table Topics session with Word of the Day, Thrive.  Bianca and Tien talk about the new things they want to bring in their life, which they really liked or wanted to do in past and bring that as part of our theme “Seasons of Life”

At the recommendation of our Toastmaster of the Day, we had no voting, and everyone was a winner this week!

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters – April 17 Meeting Recap

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Our theme this week was birthdays.  Our speaker, Daniel, discussed springing into summer. He discussed the importance of exercise and it can provide a lower resting heart rate.  Daniel explained according to studies walking 10 minutes 3 times a day has more benefits to our heart than 30 minutes of continuous walking.  Also high intensity work outs such as regular aerobics or strength training can help us maintain a lower heart rate. Exercise can help you sleep better and have less stress.  He also discussed how fat leaves your body.

We had remarkable table topics session with great use of our Word of the Day, commemorate.  We shared memorable birthdays, bad birthdays, and our dream dream birthdays.

Word of the day was . Our first time Toastmaster, Dan Mester did an excellent Job!

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