Grub N Gab Toastmasters Dec. 5 Recap

The theme of the meeting this week was staying young. Tips for staying young are 1. Live honestly 2. Eat slowly and 3. Lie about Your Age.  In keeping with the theme, our Word of the Day was vigorous.

We had two great speakers Alex and Heather. Alex’s speech was about high cost of internet in US vs. the other countries.  He also discussed price gouging by major internet providers.

Heather’s speech was about American Music Award that she attended with her family. She stated the biggest stars were a Korean boy band BTC.  Despite their star power, media didn’t mention their name and when they were performing the cameras were turned off.  The media instead focused on Pink and Christina Aguilera, who received only moderate applause.

Tuesday December 12, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Toastmaster of the Day:
Nancy Schramm, ACS, ALB
Introduces the: Grammarian, Timer, Vote Counter and Speakers
General Evaluator:
Shirin Lavaie, CC
Explains the importance of evaluations. Introduces Evaluators. Asks for Grammarian report. Gives overall evaluation of the meeting.
Topics Master:
Sapna Patel
Julie Murphy, CL CC
Nady Mettias
Backup Speaker:
Alexander Glenn Davis
Tien Duong, ACB
Sam Oh
Leads word of the day contest.
Vote Counter:
Annalisa R. McLafferty
Jeanie T. Scott
Officer Recap:
Shefali K. Parekh, ACS, ALB

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Nov. 28 Recap

Gratitude was the theme of our November 28 meeting.  Jeanie, our Toastmaster, encouraged us to combat the negative thoughts we often have about ourselves by offering every member three specific and thoughtful reasons why she is grateful for us. It helped us all look at ourselves in a positive and different light.

We had two excellent speakers.  RoseMary won the Best Speaker ribbon with her Ice Breaker speech. Using organization, PowerPoint slides and humor, she eloquently explained her love for learning.  Sam’s speech, American Dream, was a personal tale of gratitude juxtaposed by the story of another less fortunate Mr. Oh.

Our best Table Topics winner was Gorje who shared his experience co-teaching a course on Financial Peace and the gratitude he felt knowing how much the gift of a mattress was appreciated by one of his workshop attendees.

Sapna took home the Best Evaluator ribbon offering with her thoughtful evaluation of Sam’s speech.

Thanks everyone for such an uplifting meeting. Happy Birthday Sam and thank you Jeanie for an excellent theme – I am grateful for your openness, positivity, and infectious enthusiasm.


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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Nov. 21 Recap

This week, we had four guests (Sergio, Jorian, Leo and Katrina) attend our meeting.  Rosemary, a first-time Toastmaster, inspired us with her coming adventure of taking “Road Trips” during her Thanksgiving holiday.  She did a great job facilitating the meeting!  Jeannie shared tips and ideas on “How to be More Creative and More Productive” through her ‘Body Speaks’ speech, describing distraction is the biggest threat to productivity.  Did you know that each time we get distracted, it takes 23 minutes for our brains to get back to their normal mode?  For this reason, setting aside 90 minutes of quiet, undistracted time to focus on an important task each day, can help us achieve better productivity.  Meanwhile, Alex shared his hobby and passion for treasure hunting, through his How to Say It speech “Is There Still Buried Treasure?”.  He hopes one day to discover gold coins and/or an engagement ring in the parks or at the beach.  Jeannie also stepped up to spearhead the Table Topic segment, having Sam, Leo, and Julie share their favorite and weirdest road trip experiences.  Saurabh and Julie gave detail and constructive feedback to Jeannie and Alex for their speeches.  We had a fun and successful meeting, where Jeannie, Julie and Sam took home the blue ribbon awards.

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Let’s us be thankful and cherish what we have today.  See you all next week!

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Nov. 14 Recap

Heather did a great job as a Toastmaster, she had everybody occupied with the theme. Everyone stated what like about Thanksgiving traditions and their favorite food. Our speaker Hulyn Jin, an assistant professor at XMU University in China gave us great information about school. The university located in Fujian, China, was built in 1921 and is one of the top schools in China. The cost of tuition is $4,000 per year undergrad, $4,600 for master and $5,200 for PhD.  Meanwhile, the cost of living in China is approximately $460 dollars per month, the weather is warm and the food is delicious. Click here to learn more about the entry requirements.  Overall meeting was great we had six people participating in our Thanksgiving-themed table topics.  Jorge gave excellent evaluation for Hulyn Jin’s speech.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Nov. 7 Recap

This week we had an excellent Toastmaster’s meeting.  It was so wonderful to see so many returning guests.  Our toastmaster, Julie, picked “Winter Fun” as the theme of the meeting and we had a great time talking about gelid weather and activities during Table Topics.  Julie also did an educational speech on the Toastmaster’s education program which was a great reminder for all of us to think about our goals.  Click here to see Julie’s presentation.   Our newest member, RoseMary won best table topics.  All in all it was a great meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone next week.

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Grub N Gab Toastmasters Oct. 31 Recap

Thank you everyone for a Spooktacular meeting this week.  We had a highly informative presentation from our guest speaker Lee Lance regarding Toastmasters upcoming Pathways program expected to roll out in our region in December.  Pathways is a resource rich, competency based program that will provide us access to a variety of online resources to complement delivering speeches.  The new program will have a series of paths that enable us to customize our learning plan.  There are currently 95 projects to pick from and more are expected to be added over time.  The new program will maintain the same great club experience Toastmasters is known for.

You will have the opportunity to switch to the new program or continue with the current program for two years once Pathways rolls out into all regions.

We will discuss more at upcoming meetings, however, in preparation for the roll out, visit to setup your Toastmasters International username and password if you have not already done so.

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