Grub N Gab Toastmasters June 20 Recap

Our theme for June June 20 was Young At Heart.   We had one speaker outstanding speaker Shirin.  Since her speech was 20-40 minutes we skipped Table Topics this week.

Shirin presented speech four from an Advanced Communications manual, “Longevity and 4 Cities Where People Live 4 Cities the Longest.”

People live the longest in:

  1. Okinawa, Japan
  2. Ikaria Greek Island
  3. Loma Linda, California
  4. Nicoya, Costa Rica

Okinawa Japanese is home to the largest population of centenarians in the world and longest disability-free life expectancy in the world. Okinawans practice is hara hachi bu, that encourages people to eat only until they are 80 percent full.

Ikaria Greek Island, which is the “island where people forget to die.” Ikaria is home to centenarians who enjoy long lives without fear of dementia and chronic age-related diseases. Ikarians take time to nap each day, which helps reduce their risk of heart disease by 35 percent.

Loma Linda is home to many Seventh-day Adventists who don’t smoke, drink alcohol or consume caffeine. They typically live eight to ten years longer than the average American. Researchers believe they have their religion and faith to thank for those extra years.

Those who live Nicoya, Costa Ricado also tend to live longer than those in the rest of the county.  They are healthier and less-stressed overall, due in part to plan de vida having a sense of purpose in life through strong community and familial ties.  They live a life full of vegetables, laughing and playing and faith.  Having a purpose in life can lead to long longevity.

Click here to see Shirin’s presentation to learn more.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters June 13 Recap

Our theme this week was Ignite Change.  Our Toastmaster Tien shared a story regarding working with difficult people.

We had two great speakers.  Jeannie, delivered project four from her Competent Communicator Manual, “Can Heroes’ Ignite Change in Adults?”  Jeannie shared a fond memory regarding how she used to pretend to be a superhero with her siblings.  When we are young, we admire superheroes’ qualities.  When she saw Wonder Woman, this re-ignited her superhero admiration.  She ponders, what’s wrong with pretending again, would it make the world better – if we could be anything, what would it be?

Meanwhile, Heather delivered project eight from her Competent Communicator Manual, “J.K. Rowling – A Story of Hope and Inspiration.”  Heather considers herself a mild Harry Potter fan and discovered the series when she was on bed rest while pregnant.  The concept for Harry Potter came to Rowling while she was stuck in a four-hour train delay and living in poverty.  Rowling received 12 rejections for her manuscript before a publisher was willing to give her a chance.  Rowling is now one to richest women in the world and dedicated to helping others.

During our Table Topics session, we discussed what we would change and how and what changes we are most fearful of.  Shirin discussed that she would be a farmer.  Sapna, meanwhile, discussed her friends getting married, however, realizing there’s a new adventure at each step.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters May 30 Recap

“Memories That Make You Smile” was the theme of our meeting on May 30. Saurabh, our Toastmaster, started off the meeting by asking his functionaries to share a recent memory.  Sam gave an entertaining and introspective speech where he touched on the concepts randomness, control, and real and imagined constraints using a Starbucks Card, Operation Baby Lift, and the story The Elephant &The String as examples.  Shirin won best table topics sharing her favorite memory of when she and her sister found $55 floating in the ocean.

We have more memories ahead.  Congratulations to Caroline who welcomed her new son Daniel on May 14th and to Shefali who is getting married on June 10th!

Please also welcome our new officers Heather (Secretary) and Saurabh (VP Membership)

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters May 23 Recap

This week’s meeting theme, “My Favorite Kind of Quiet” was led by Shefali.  A few popular ideas of quietness to help decompress and rejuvenate our bodies and minds were sleeping, gardening, reading, playing chess and community service.  AnnaLisa delivered her eighth speech, “OC Food Bank”.  Did you know that one in eight Californians struggle with “food insecurity,” and one of five children in the Orange County area at risk of hunger each day?   Click here to view AnnaLisa’s presentation regarding how we can volunteer at the OC Food Bank.  We have the power to help; giving back to the community we live in!

For a first-timer evaluator, Sapna did an excellent job providing AnnaLisa with feedback!

Meanwhile, Nancy sparked a fun table topic session having Sam, Sapna, Jeannie, Saurabh, Zhijie Liu (our guest), and Bidhan share their views on how to de-stress.  It was a close call, however, Bidhan won the blue ribbon award describing that he will be volunteering this weekend to prepare and serve food for 600 people at a community church.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters May 16 Recap

We had a small meeting on May 16. Attendees were Heather, Julie, Anna Lisa, Saurabh, Sapna, and Jasmine.

Julie was the Toastmaster and had a theme of Cards Against Humanity. It was a funny and sometimes coarse card game that she played with her mother over the weekend.

Jule was also the speaker at this meeting. She discussed benefits of Club Leadership and the different roles of leadership you can take in Toastmasters to be more involved in your club. Below is an outline of the roles and click here to learn about the transferable skills you can learn.

Here are the different roles that are available in Toastmasters.

President – Executive officer, sets the tone of the meeting, ensures all officers are trained, is good at organizing and time management, and works well with people

Vice President of Education – Maintains the schedule of speakers and roles for each meeting giving everyone a chance to speak by planning the meetings

Vice President of Membership– Responsible making our members feel welcome, host and organize open houses, deals with event and planning management

Vice President of Public Relations– Maintains the club website, in charge of media relations and graphic design

Secretary– Responsible for all supplies we need, adds new members to TI, ensures that all members are up to date, take meeting minutes

Treasurer– Responsible for paying bills and maintain budget for events

Sergeant of Arms– Responsible for having a room every week where our club can meet, and greet members and guests

If you want to know more about these roles, please see your Toastmasters Competent Communication manual and look on page 76 to see if you would be interested in filling in any of these roles.  The term for these roles are six months at a time and July is when the next officers will take office. LACE training for officers will be June 10 so please let Nancy or Julie know if you are interested in any of these roles.

Sapna was our Topics Master for the meeting and everyone got to go up more than once for Tabletopics. We heard some funny funeral stories in addition to answering Sapna’s questions.

Saurabh was our General Evaluator and Heather evaluated Julie’s speech.

We had a great and hilarious meeting this week and we hope to see more people next week.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters May 9 Recap

Thank you everyone for a fun meeting this week.  Our theme was “self-care is not selfish.”  Deb reminded us to not let the battery run out before we take time to indulge in “kind self-care” such as a message or workout as well as “reflective self-care” such as a meditation or a walk.

Nancy delivered speech three from the Advanced Communicator Manual, Technical Presentation, “How Botox Works.” Nancy explained that Botox is diluted Botulinum toxin. The Botulinum toxin interferes with the communication between our nerves and muscles, therefore, the muscle cannot contract (is relaxed).  When Botox is injected into facial muscles, the muscles relax and wrinkles go away temporarily.

During our Table Topics session, we discussed self-care tips such as setting boundaries, relieving stress with a pedicure, power naps and visiting a senior center with a dog.

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