Come Join Us! Virtual Meetings now being held!

posted Oct 28, 2020, 11:29 AM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters

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Happy New Year

posted Feb 21, 2020, 8:49 AM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters   [ updated Jun 17, 2020, 2:02 PM ]

From all of us at BergenMeister's let's make 2020 a year to remember!! 
From Left to Right: Paula Whitworth, Bryan Tran (VP of PR), Wendy Tillman, Joe Caggiano, Jose Morales, Sylvia Lopez, Leslie Hernandez (VP of Membership), Cathleen Doty (President), Ricardo Cuevas, Letitia Brosser, Madeline Schwartzman, Schad Gibbons (VP of Education) and Kao Vang.

Hiking Trip

posted Jan 28, 2020, 8:34 AM by BergenMeisters Toastmasters   [ updated Feb 21, 2020, 7:50 AM ]

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

posted Oct 11, 2019, 8:51 AM by Michael Varma

While this video is a bit old, the information is still current and another reason to improve your communication skills. Come join us to become more a more effective speaker, presenter, and human being.

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

July is the Reason Why

posted Jul 13, 2019, 10:32 AM by Michael Varma   [ updated Jul 13, 2019, 10:33 AM ]

The City of Lake Forest celebrated its 27th annual home town Fourth of July Parade with Toastmasters Michael Varma and Ricky LaCorte as parade announcers sharing this year’s theme of “We Love a Parade.”

Toastmasters Ricky LaCorte and Michael Varma announce the 2019 Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade.

More than 80 parade float entries walked, biked, drove by and entertained the 6,000 residents that lined the streets of the one mile parade route. Participants included Bob Pratt who dressed up like Uncle Sam to fly Snoopy’s Bi-Plane and Ms. Southern California 2019 Wendy Goetschler who is competing for Ms. America in August.

California’s history was well represented by a 1902 American Steam Fire Engine wagon pulled by three Percheron fire horses and a vintage fire rig from Orange County’s California Fire Museum.

The Capistrano Valley A’s – a group of car lovers focusing on Model A Fords between 1928 and 1931 – cruised their classic cars down Toledo and up Lake Forest boulevards and delighted the crowd with their famous AROOGAH horns! And to make the time warp complete, the Southern California DeLorean Club came back from the future to show off their stainless steel hard bodies.

Come visit our BergenMeisters club and we'll show you how to put your Toastmasters skill in action for work and play! Contact or today!

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.”

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