Another opportunity for this Saturday (10/21). Fun Learning.

posted Oct 19, 2017, 2:46 PM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 2:50 PM ]

Winners of past speech contests teach you how to be persuasive and win the hearts and minds of your audience.


You, too, can learn to be persuasive from six amazing speakers. They will showcase their winning speeches then explain how they came up with and structured their speech.


  • Daniel Midson-Short
  • Greg Burns
  • Alex Palermo
  • Jei’mar Spell
  • And more!



Saturday, October 21



San Clemente Baha’I Center

3316 Avenida Del Presidente

San Clemente, CA 92627

Tickets are  $5


Proceeds are being donated to the American Red Cross

Varma Shares Exciting New Opportunities for You!

posted Sep 5, 2017, 3:52 PM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters

BergenMeisters is happy to announce that club member Michael Varma, DTM, has been selected by Toastmasters International as a Pathways Guide. As a Pathways Guide, he will introduce and train new and existing members in the new Toastmasters educational system entitled Pathways. Varma will be the first point of contact to help with onboarding and Pathways training. He will work closely with the Chief Ambassador and Program Quality Director. 

As a Pathways Guide, Varma will:
- Conduct multiple club visits to raise awareness and build excitement

- Educate club members and officers about the new Pathways program

- Provide regular virtual support sessions to ensure a seamless transition


Varma is immersed in Pathways Boot Camp Training and will soon share Base Camp with club members, which is the gateway to the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience. Base Camp is where you access your educational materials, your education transcript, interactive projects and other useful tips, tools and resources. 


“I’m excited about this opportunity for both Toastmasters and the members,” says Varma. "This integration of digital tracking and resources will help you learn and grow exponentially. After all, your
success is our success.”

BergenMeisters - Meet the New Club Officers for 2017-2018

posted Aug 24, 2017, 3:01 PM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 9:43 AM ]

From Left to Right:  Sergeant at Arms, Monica Topete; VP of Education, Michael Varma, DTM;
President, Matt Bennion; VP of Public Relations, JeriLynn King; Secretary, Cathleen Doty;
VP of Membership, Tamara Andervich, Acting Treasurer, Kao Vang.
Our official Treasurer, Paula Whitworth, is out on leave. She will resume her duties as Treasurer once
she returns.

BergenMeisters Honor Michael Varma for His Leadership

posted Aug 17, 2017, 10:44 AM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 10:51 AM by Michael Varma ]

On behalf of the entire BergenMeisters membership, Kao Vang presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Michael Varma for his mentorship, contributions to BergenMeisters longevity and over all program success.

Release Your Stress to Connect with Your Audience

posted Jul 23, 2017, 1:58 PM by Michael Varma

Tabay Atkins is the youngest certified yoga instructor in the national and teaches our club member Michael Varma, DTM, the host of FDTV and the entire crew how to center yourself before potentially stressful situations like a TV interview or presenting in front of a large audience. 

Tabay is a certified 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher and a 6th grade student. He teaches donation based classes for teens and adults with all donations going to charities that help kids with cancer (

YouTube Video

Easy Edutainment

posted Jul 23, 2017, 1:46 PM by Michael Varma

Watch and “sea” club member Michael Varma, DTM, and Host of FDTV, interview edutainment expert Jill Lemon who is a former United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer and Marine Science Educator with Discovery Cube's Ocean Quest in Dana Point, CA, as she shows to make technical presentations easy to understand for any age

YouTube Video

Snackification is Here to Stay

posted Mar 19, 2017, 5:37 PM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters

YouTube Video

Here Comes Da Judge

posted Sep 18, 2016, 9:30 AM by Michael Varma

Founder's District TV's Helpful Host Michael Varma, DTM, interviews the Judges Bureau Avis French.

May the Best Woman Win

posted Aug 19, 2016, 10:16 PM by Michael Varma

Josephine Lee

Founder's District International Speech Contest winner, Josephine Lee wins 1st place at the Semi-Finals competition in Washington D.C. on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Lee, now among the top ten best speakers in the world this year will be competing for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking on Saturday August 20, 2016.

Two viewing parties are available for you to attend this Saturday August 20. Show your club pride and come out to watch and root for our district competitor. You'll need to RSVP because space is limited.

Join us in Pasadena at the Parsons Corporation, 100 W. Walnut St, Pasadena, CA, ($5 to attend) with refreshments - pastries, fruit, orange juice and coffee - as we watch the World Champion of Public Speaking On Demand Video, from Toastmasters International Convention being held in Washington DC that very morning!!!

She Never Gives Up

posted Aug 5, 2016, 10:14 PM by Michael Varma   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 10:20 PM ]

FDTV's Helpful Host Michael Varma, DTM, interviews BergenMeisters member and published author LaVerne Allen, CC, about her book, "Triumphing over Seemingly Terminal Situations: Never Give Up."

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