Speaking our Minds with Passion, Respect, and Confidence!

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Listed below our Club Announcements is our latest weekly meeting snapshot to give you a flavor of the challenging, thought-provoking, and FUN times to be had at a Contrarians Toastmasters meeting.


Tuesday February 9, 2016
Theme: Prostitution
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States


Tuesday February 2, 2016
Theme: Marijuana Legalization
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

Well the February 2nd meeting had a wonderful whiff of fun and was loaded with interesting speeches and answers from our Table Topics participants. Rich gave a Speech about Freedom, Chandra about Diamonds and Steve about inventions that have moved our society forward over the years. Sara lead the stoned table topics segment with multiple respondents. Eventually the winners were announced as follows: Best Speech: Steve Higgy, Best Evaluator: Nick, Best Table Topics: Fernando. Looking forward to next week: Prostitution. Drugs, Sex and...the Contrarians!


Tuesday January 26, 2016
Theme: Presidential Election Debates
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

Tuesday January 19, 2016
Theme: Alien Nation...the truth is out there
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

Tuesday January 12, 2016
Theme: Veganism
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

Tuesday January 5, 2016
Theme: The Art of Love and Money - Contrarians Club Open House Potluck!
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States
Guest Speaker Todd Creager will be coming to speak on the Art of Love and Money. Great event with 50 attendees! Food was awesome, special thanks to Alicia for organizing the Potluck food, Sara for scheduling and organizing the event and special thanks to our newly installed president, Jeremiah who displayed his leadership in the face of being forced to get people out of the venue in a timely manner!

If you would like to know how the meeting went, check out our Meetup group and see what attendees commented! http://www.meetup.com/The-Contrarians-Toastmasters/events/224468231/


Tuesday December 15, 2015 @ 6:45PM
Theme:  War on Christmas?
Address4531 Bryan Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

         Apparently there is a war on writing Snapshots! I am sure that this will be fixed with our new Executive Committee starting their term                     January 1, 2016. It was a fun meeting from what I remember and that is that Alicia was Table Topics Master and Jeffrey won Best Table             Topics. It's been so long he almost forgot what that felt like. I wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone in the club for their                         contributions to this great organization. Looking forward to another successful year of growth and we will miss members lost due to                     changes in their lives or our club location and schedule. Please join us at our New University Park address next year: University Park, 1             Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States. We will be kicking off the new year with a Contrarians Club Open House on                         Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 from 6:30PM-8:00PM.


Tuesday December 8, 2015
Theme: The Refugee Crisis
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

At the Contrarians, you can always expect the unexpected. At the instant that you think it can’t get any better, it does. That’s the heart of our club - the laughter, the amusement, the kindness.

Tonight, Angela once again showed her brilliant depth and sweet elegance. She did not ask any leading questions; instead, she maintained a respectful and sensitive demeanor. She was the best choice for Table Topics Master, and an inspiring one to boot.

Since she became the Vice President of Membership, Sara has wanted to do an open house. Her idea finally came to fruition. To celebrate a new year, a new term, and a new location, we will host an open house January 5, 2016. High-fives to Sara for making this happen!

Our second speaker, Nayan, always chooses topics that speak to the heart. Soulful, his remarks generate a lot of smiles in the room. We’re glad to have him as a member.

Jeff, serving as Toastmaster, did a splendid job. Our attendance wasn’t very high, probably due to the upcoming holidays, but he made sure that every role was filled.

At the Contrarians, every meeting is better than the last. Come check us out - you won’t regret it.

- Mellodee

Wednesday December 2, 2015
Theme: Dogs vs. Cats
Address4531 Bryan Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

Wednesday November 18th, 2015
Theme: Facebook
Address4531 Bryan Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

November 12th, 2015
Theme: The Monkeysphere
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

With a theme such as The Monkeysphere, there was question marks in my head over what the heck The Monkeysphere could be. Soon as the meeting started Jeremiah answered the question in his opening speech. The Monkeysphere is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships and care about. The number being 150 people.

After the insightful opening thought Jeffrey did not hesitate to share his prepared speech about Change. Jeffrey explained that while turning 40, it can be difficult to accept change but in the right mindset one can welcome change for the best givien great examples of why change has affected him in a positive way.

Jeremiah again took the floor as Table Topics Master. He had us each write on a piece of paper the worst job we could think of. He then had had each of us pull a paper from the bag and have us create an impromptus speech as to why such job was the best job in the world. Each member went up explaining why such job was perfect for them which had us laughing in tears over each one of the members answers.

Throughout Table Topics we heard the benefits of being a pooper-scooper, a proctologist, a president, a pharmaceutical salesman, etc. We also heard about catching crabs, the medical cure for crabs, eating dribble meat, why Mellodees open door policy, incorrect American ideas about China & Iran, as well as, Johns story about a terrible accident and two dollar bribe to get into heaven.

After settling down from Table Topics, Angela gave Jeffrey his speech evaluation. He had good pointers on how to make his speech more impressionable.

Overall the the meeting was great and I cant wait to go again.

- Fernando

November 4th, 2015
Theme:  Equal Opportunity
Address4531 Bryan Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612, United States

You just never know what exciting things will be happening at a Contrarians Toastmaster meeting.

Tonight we began with a short but lively display of limbo as our President was welcomed to the stage. Several members and a guest took turns getting limber under a broomstick as the audience members cheered them on. 

Our opening thought on the evening’s theme of Equal Opportunity, was powerfully delivered by Max on why exclusivity should be eliminated.

Long time member Wayne was our Toastmaster for the evening guiding us through our speech segment. We enjoyed three incredible speeches given by Farzad, Chandra and Jeffrey. Each speaker shared important, heartfelt and unique messages that were informative as well as entertaining. 

Our impromptu segment called Table Topics was run by Nayan who asked important questions related to our Equal Opportunity theme. We heard from both members and guests during this fun and exciting portion of our meeting. 

General Evaluator, Alicia, introduced our evaluators for the evening. Roxanna, Bob and Rich each gave their assigned speaker valuable feedback on what they did well during their speeches and what they could improve upon in the future. 

After an entertaining ah counter report from Jeremiah and grammarian report from Paula, plus an overall evaluation of the meeting given by Alicia, our Toastmaster Wayne held our closing ceremony and introduced the winners of each segment. Congratulations to Chandra for Best Speaker, Rich for Best Evaluator and Paula for Best Table Topics. 

Come join us in person for the full Contrarian experience!

~ Alicia

For past meeting snapshots, please re-visit our 'Meeting Snapshot Archives' page