Grub N Gab Toastmasters – June 26 Meeting Recap

Thank you, everyone, for participating in an inspiring meeting “Journey of Life”.   Our Toastmaster, Tien reminded us that we get to decide the direction in life we want to live, thus not to be afraid to tackle uncertainty or fear.  Things might seem tough initially, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and if you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t walk run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.

Daniel delivered an innovative planning level 2 speech on Your Style of Mentoring.  He shared stories of his parents as his coaches and mentors.  His friends as his social mentors, especially his friend Nate, how he has thrived, overcame hurdles at a young age to self-funded himself to become an Ivy League graduate and successful professional.  An inspiring tale that all of us can learn and emulate.  Thank you, Daniel!

Alex led a brain-storming table topic segment, having Shirin, Sapna, Julie, Nancy, Donavan & Taj (Guests), and Daniel sharing their goals, plans, outcomes, and things that they are thankful for.  Daniel earned the Blue Award Ribbon on his thoughts about living life like there’s no tomorrow!

We also took the opportunity to celebrate and thanks Nancy for all her hard work and dedication leading our Club.  Nancy, we congratulate you and wish you the very best as you will begin your journey, your steps moving to Campbell, California!

In addition, Congratulations to all Grub N Gabbers, through your effort and commitment, we thrive and made it to President Distinguished Club!

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters – June 19 Meeting Recap

We had an exciting “Summer Vacations” meeting led by Toastmaster, Shefali Parekh.  Although the group was small, we managed to have a mighty fun time.   Our speaker, Julie Murphy, delivered a specialty speech on the “Fleet of Kia Souls”.  Her passion and enthusiasm for this product surely got the audiences attention.  A few facts about the Kia Soul: 1) Nice & Compact car 2) 31 miles per gallon 3) Electric car option 4) >100 cubic feet cargo space 5) 60/40 folding seats 6) Blind spot detection 7) And auto on/off headlight.  It’s the go anywhere car.  Great job on selling the product, Julie!

Dan led a stupendous Table Topics segment, having Heather, Tom (Guest, Heather’s son), Alex, Tien, Shefali, and Julie sharing their thoughts on travel destinations, method preferences, traveling tactics for kids, and dream destinations.  Alex’s humorous travel story and living in the OC earned him the Blue Award Ribbon!

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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?

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GNG April 03 Agenda

Hello Fellow Toastmasters,

I will be your Toastmaster for next Tuesday’s meeting.   The Theme is “Spring Cleaning” We have several openings awaiting for your participation.   Please sign up online or let me know.

Speakers (Daniel and Sam):  Please let me know your title of speech, manual, project # and duration.

Grammarian (Alex):  The word of day and an example, please.


General Evaluator:  Open


Topics Master:  Dan Mester

Speaker 1:  Daniel LaFranchi


Speaker 2:  Sam Oh

Backup Speaker: Open


Evaluator 1:  Shirin Lavaie


Evaluator 2:  Alexander Davis


Evaluator 3:  Open


Grammarian:  Alexander Davis


Vote Counter:  Heather Menchine


Timer:  Daniel LaFranchi


Officer Recap:  Nancy Schramm

 Thank you and have a great weekend!


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