Inspiring the Next Generation

posted Oct 19, 2018, 2:51 PM by Michael Varma   [ updated Dec 18, 2018, 3:59 PM ]

Orange County United Way’s Youth Career Connection Initiative infuses classroom learning with real-world experiences. The goal is simple: connect students directly with local employers for an interactive question and answer session to prepare students for lifelong success.

Matt BennionBryan Tran, and Ruth Han both Toastmasters and associates of AmerisourceBergen Drug Company, chatted with students about life beyond the classroom.

Bryan Tran presenting at United Way’s Youth Career Connection

Career advice from Brian: “Two skills you should walk away with when you graduate high school is learn how to communicate well and learn how to use Excel.”

Matt Bennion presenting at the United Way’s Youth Career Connection

Matt, Pharmacy Account Specialist: “Healthcare is a great industry to be a part of. There is so much stability in this field because people will always need healthcare.”

These men are leading by example and building a better community. Stop by our next Toastmasters meeting to talk with them about this experience and your next adventure.

#Careeradvice #YouthCareerConnections #DoingMore4OC


Come Meet the New BergenMeisters Officers

posted Jul 30, 2018, 6:03 PM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters

Kao Vang and Matt BennionOur new President, Kao Vang presenting former President, Matt Bennion with a Certificate of Appreciation. Come meet both Kao and Matt along with our other BergenMeisters on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 12:00. We meet at 500 N State College Blvd, Suite 900, Orange, CA 92868. 
We hope to see you there soon! 

Fabulously Funny People

posted May 14, 2018, 10:16 AM by Michael Varma

Fabulously funny people gathered in the AmerisourceBergen Orange, CA, office on Thursday, October 12, to share their humor in a Joke Telling Contest sponsored by the G.A.M.E. Committee and the BergenMeisters Toastmasters club

More than a dozen participants entertained 30 guests and judges. Everyone laughed, cheered, and clapped as they heard a variety of humor ranging from top-notch knee slappers to moaner-groaner puns and oneliners.

Why do you need to tell a joke?

  • Telling jokes in the workplace can break the initial tensions, enhance creativity and problem solving which are great bonus benefits for any employer.
  • Jokes often cause laughs which decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies which improves your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals, which promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Health Benefits of Laughter
  1. Helps treat insomnia
  2. Improves immunity
  3. Enhances creativity and problem solving
  4. Improves heart health
  5. Boosts memory
  6. Helps treat depression and anxiety

You, too, can learn how to tell a funny joke with the proper material, setup, and punchline. Join your local
Toastmasters club for this and other vital communication and leadership skills.

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 (

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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

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Snackification is Here to Stay

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

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