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February 25th, 2015
Theme: Foreign Aid
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February 11th, 2015
Theme: Social Media
Tonight meeting was full house. In addition to 15+ members, we also had total of 8 guests. We were very excited when two of our guests filled-out the application to join our club tonight. Couple of other guests also showed interest to join our club, and received the toastmaster information package from Marlene.
Our toastmaster Bob made sure the meeting went smoothly without any hiccups. We had two speakers tonight.
First speaker was Daniel Brudner. This is his 1st speech; the ice breaker speech. He focused on how he set goals and achieved several things in his life. He was so confident on the stage, it didn't even feel like this is his first speech. Needless to say, he won the Best Speaker ribbon for the day.
Second speaker was Nori. This is his 2nd speech. He explained how he prepared for 60 days, and completed his 1st 5K marathon. He also explained the challenges that he has to overcome during his preparation. His speech was very inspiring.
During our table topics segment, our table topics master Marlene came very well prepared. She had several interesting questions for the participants. One of the question was: You have to break the news about Kim Kardashian posing nude. How would you break this news on twitter, and what would you say?. Another question was: If two people were fighting in front of you at a Target store, will you take a video of that and post it on youtube?. We were also thrilled to see 3 of our guests volunteered and participated in our table topics segment. Fernando won the best table topics ribbon for the day.
If you are planning to come to our meeting as guest, we encourage you to participate during table topics segment. It is totally optional. You can participate only if you feel comfortable. If not, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy our meeting.
The evaluation segment was headed by our General Evaluator Ramesh. The 1st evaluator was Sean, who evaluated Daniel's speech. Sean was so encouraging, and pointed out how comfortable Daniel was on his icebreaker speech. His evaluation was very positive, supportive, and gave more validation to Daniel that he has started the CC manual on the right track.
The 2nd evaluator was Fernando, who evaluated Nori's speech. Fernando was very smooth, and pointed out all the great things that Nori did today. He also gently recommended an area of improvement for Nori. Fernando was very comfortable and confident as an evaluator, at the same time he was very supportive of the speaker. This earned him the Best Evaluator ribbon for the day.
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February 4th, 2015
The meeting today was rather small with 11 members and 2 guests.
The theme for the meeting was Patriotism and our opening thought was given by Matt.
Nick was this evening’s toastmaster and helped run a smooth and fun meeting.
We had one speaker with a prepared speech. It was project #7, Vocal Variety, titled “Speaking in Storms”.
The speech was about introverts versus extroverts, and the fact that right now society praises the extrovert, undervaluing the power introverts can bring to the table. The speech was praised as his “best speech by far” among all the past projects by his evaluator Ramesh. Sean has made impressive progress during his time with Toastmasters.
Our word of the day was “surreptitious”, and it had to be used during Table Topics, in order to qualify for winning.
Ramesh then evaluated Sean’s speech and praised his improvement, his topic and his decision not to use any notes. At the close of the meeting Nick announced the winners. We didn’t have a best speaker today, because Sean’s speech was 3 seconds short, and therefore didn’t qualify, so decided our strict timer. Anyway, drumroll for the winners: Marlene with her Top Gun story won best table topics, and Ramesh won best evaluator. Today was lots of fun.
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Theme: Generation X and the Millennials
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Theme: The Afterlife
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