Welcome visitors and members! 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
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Theme: California Dreaming
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February 19th, 2014
Theme: Oscar Ceremonies
What is the difference between a true Oscar ceremony and Irvine-based quasi-Oscar one? The glamorous celebrities speak and also get paid; our Contrarian members speak and improve.
This week’s meeting, the theme of which was “Oscar Ceremonies,” was exceptionally humorous. Our Table Topics Master, Lynn, was very creative; she randomly matched well-known Hollywood names with unexpected roles. Her conduct of the Table Topic engendered numerous giggles and laughter. Our guests were absolutely touched off in our meeting. They were so engaged that they all took on opportunities to speak and laugh with all Contrarians.
In spite of last-minute assignment, our Toast Master, Alicia, marvelously managed the meeting to ensure that important roles were filled. Thanks to her marvelous leaderships, our meeting was run without major hiccups. Alicia truly shone as a fantastic moderator.
Even though Contrarians obviously have much more speaking practice to keep up with true Tinseltown stars, our members have no less joy in our quasi-Oscar meeting.
Come and join us some day!
February 12th, 2014
Theme: Do Not Call Me A Liar!
Tonight’s Toastmaster’s theme was “Do Not Call Me a Liar!”
We had a great attendance by the members along with six guests. Our Word of the Day was “ingenuous,” which means innocent and unsuspecting, which paired perfectly with the theme.
Niem was our Toastmaster, keeping on time with each segment.
We had two speeches tonight. Lynn gave a powerful speech of her friend being diagnosed with cancer a second time. Her speech was titled, “Cancer.”
Niem gave the second speech for the night. He had a PowerPoint presentation to help aid his speech titled, “Obama Care Made Easy.” He went over some misconceptions of Obama Care and gave some clarity to the plan.
Carolina led the Table Topics segment. She had great questions! Some of her questions included what were the biggest lie that we have told our parents and significant others. All the speakers gave humorous answers keeping it fun and playful. The questions brought us back to our younger days!
During the business segment of the meeting, Wayne introduced the budget for the next six months and the club voted and approved it.
CJ, our club president, awarded Sanjay the Distinguished Membership Award. This April will be 5 years that Sanjay has been a member of Toastmasters. Congratulations!
If anyone is interested in checking our club out, please come to our next meeting!
February 5th, 2014
Theme: Sex Drive
Sex Drive! How can you beat that for a topic – it can take you as far down the road as you want to go. And with CJ at the wheel of this particular Table Topic, we took a marvelous route all over the map!
Lauren was our Toast Master, debuting in this role. We had three prepared speeches to be given, so she launched the speaking segment without further ado. Bob Bowles was the first speaker, his speech (#3 from the CC) was titled “Hippydom Revisited.” He gave us an inside look into the workings of the brain of a nerd vs. a geek. Josh Soong was our second speaker (#7 CC), with a speech entitled “Bitcoin,” in which he gave us information regarding this interesting internet payment system. Wayne Lee was our third speaker (#2 CC), and he presented the Contrarian Budget for the period of January through June 2014.
Table Topics was next on the agenda, and what fun we had! CJ always creates very interesting and involved scenarios, and tonight didn’t disappoint. Starting with a question about which cartoon character you would most want to have sex with, to if you had the perfect love potion to make your dream mate fall head over heals in love, would you use it?, and so much more in between! You’ll have to come to a meeting to really see how we fill in the blanks!
Lynn led the evaluation segment, with Niem evaluating Bob, Alicia evaluating Josh and Nick evaluating Wayne. It’s always interesting to hear (and receive) this feedback, and all three evaluators gave pertinent and helpful information to our speakers.
Of course, we can’t let the evening end without awarding those oh, so coveted ribbons! Josh won for his speech, Nick for his evaluation of Wayne’s speech and Lynn for Table Topics.
A final note – thanks to all those who stepped up and filled roles.
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