Grub N Gab Toastmasters Aug. 15 Recap

Thank you everyone for a fun meeting this week.  Nady, who was a first time Toastmaster, selected Traditional Childhood Games as our theme this week.  He opened the meeting showing us some of the games he used to play in Egypt including marbles, jump rope and jacks.

Julie presented Project 1 from the Public Relations manual, a goodwill speech for Toastmasters International.  She provided tips to overcome our fear of public speaking.  Click here to see her presentation.

During our Table Topics session, we discussed how to get kids to play outside instead of video games, our favorite childhood game, fun games to play with co-workers and the importance of making exercise fun for kids.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Aug 8th Recap

We had an intimate and exciting meeting August 8th.  The theme was Gardening and Tien shared home grown cherry tomatoes with us.  What a treat!  Ernesto won the Best Speaker ribbon with his CC#7 speech on “The Back-country,”  sharing the 10 essentials needed to make sure you are prepared for survival in the wilderness.  Shefali gave her speech #3 from the Humorously Speaking AC manual.  She encouraged us to seek balance regarding the   “Fake News” – enjoy it for what it is, but don’t take it too far.  Our potential new member, Frank, took home the Best Table Topics prize. If he could be a fruit or vegetable he chose the ambiguous tomato which he explained was the “equivalent to a smile.” We had excellent constructive criticism and encouragement from both of our evaluators, Jeanie edged out AnnaLisa for the Best Evaluator prize.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Aug. 1 Recap

This week we had three guests join our meeting (John, Ryan, and Frank).  Our meeting theme was “Invest In Yourself” led by Nancy.  As we are busy taking care of family and work, we often forget to take the time to do things for ourselves.  Nancy reminded us to allocate time to “invest in ourselves.”  She has invested her time in joining pottery classes for fun and relaxation.  She also sets goals to expand her business skills.  Shirin delivered an awesome and entertaining sales-pitch, recommending Malta as the “Best Place to Retire.”  Malta is a tiny island between Sicily and North Africa.  The weather is warm with over 300 days of sunshine.  Shirin’s speech was well-researched:  including cost of living, health-care, food, public transportation, and entertainment.  She ensured us not to worry that the Maltese speak fluent English.  We will fit right in.  Shirin has us sold on visiting Malta!  Saurabh gave a detailed evaluation providing Shirin with tips to further enhance her presentation.

Meanwhile, during the Table Topics portion of our meeting; Julie, Shirin, John (our guest), and Shefali shared their views on investing in their health, building self-confidence, reading educational books, and choosing to be happy.  John did a stupendous job winning the Blue Ribbon Award!

We, Grub N Gabbers, are always open to improving our meeting.  Our General Evaluator, Julie, encouraged us to think of ways to better communicate confirming functionary roles so that we are not overwhelmed with emails and filling vital roles at the last minute.  If you have suggestions, please send them to Julie!

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters July 25 Recap

Thank you everyone for a fun-filled meeting this week.  Our theme was Zoo.  Shirin, our Toastmaster, opened the meeting, asking everyone to name their favorite zoo animal.  Growing up, she used to save her money for trips to the zoo.

Our one speaker, AnnaLisa persuaded us to take up bowling, the most popular recreational sport.  According to AnnaLisa, anyone who can roll a ball, can bowl.  Better yet, join a bowling league and make some new friends.  You could even bowl at lunch.  Leagues range from $89 a night to as low as $25 a night but some provide a fashionable ball and shoes as well as the opportunity to bowl in Las Vegas.  Click here to see AnnLisa’s presentation for more details.

During our Table Topics, we discussed the importance of zoos for conservation and awareness as well as shared stories of animal encounters.  We also discussed our favorite animals and who our spirit animal would be.

Shirin closed the meeting sharing her recent visit to Annenberg PetSpace, which saves animals from high risk shelters.  Miraculously, Shirin left without adopting a cat.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters July 18 Recap

Travel Tips was the theme for our club meeting held on July 18. Our club President started the meeting and gave control to Heather Menchine who took the Toastmaster role the day before! Heather has planned a three week trip to Europe with her family and shared great tips about travel.

She provided tips on how efficiently you can pack your bags and calling your banks/credit card companies in advance of your travel.  She also shared that her son, who is just 14, traveled alone to North Carolina.  Heather guided him to avoid interacting with suspicious people and how to avoid pick pocketers.

Nady Mettias, our first speaker, delivered his Ice Breaker speech.   Although, Nady looked fully confident in his speech and he was no doubt pretty witty which took everyone’s attention during his speech. Nady introduced his family and shared about his personal and professional background.

Deb Evans, our second speaker, discussed “How Effective is Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.” She started off by asking everyone who is aware of Emotional Quotient, connecting immediately with everyone and give good information about the same. She also compared Emotional vs Intelligence quotient.  Deb ended her speech by a beautiful quote by Amaya Angelou.

We had fun Table Topics session, conducted by Shirin, who asked questions related to our travel. Our guest John won the ribbon for best Table Topics as he shared his experience of quickly learning Thai language when he traveled down there on his honeymoon.

WOD was Trot and most members were able to use the WOD, trotting around the room. 🙂

Best speaker was awarded to Nady

Best evaluator was Annalisa, who evaluated Deb.

Overall, everyone participated in our fun meeting this week.  We finished on time despite initial logistics issues in the beginning.

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