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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


August 20th, 2014
Theme: A Mile in Her Shoes


August 13th, 2014
Theme: Self-Censorship

August 6th, 2014
Theme: Space Exploration

July 30th, 2014
Theme: US Military Budget

At tonight’s meeting we were ready to talk about this evening’s theme; the US Military budgeting, a hot topic among policymakers. Lani was our Toastmaster and helped coordinate the club meeting with speakers, evaluators, and the table topics session. Sharon was our first speaker and she spoke about how to be the worst therapist ever. Our second speaker, Nicole, gave her first speech, called an icebreaker, and spoke about the market for student consolidation loans.

Madhi led the table topics segment and prepared questions topics based on this evening’s theme of US military budgeting. Some of the responses to the questions were to cut the military budget, remove our troops, and look at what make us better people.

Marlene led us through our evaluation segment with Sean and Sanjay. Speakers are assigned evaluators to help evaluate their speeches and help provide valuable constructive feedback. Marlene finished the evaluation segment by providing feedback for the club meeting.

We’d like to thank the following people for their help: Bob for grammarian, Alicia as Ah counter, and Fernando, our timer. As we came to the end of our meeting, everyone’s votes were tallied and ribbons were handed out. Sharon won best speaker, and Sanjay won two ribbons: best table topics and best evaluator! Come join us Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwood Community Center in Irvine. We’d love to see you there!

~ Marlene

July 23rd, 2014
Theme: Your Privacy (vs the NSA)

If you value your privacy and have anything to say about it, you should have been at the Contrarians Toastmasters club tonight! 

Our meeting was stacked with great speakers and a room full of members and guests. Your Privacy Vs. The NSA was the theme and we started the evening off right with new member Nicole giving the opening thought, expressing how she felt about this much debated topic. 

First time Toastmaster, Sean, ran the show and we heard from three fantastic speakers. We started with Marlene, who talked about the daunting task of teaching her daughter how to drive. Next up was Fernando, who gave us valuable lessons and techniques for getting rid of red eye in digital photographs. And finally, we heard from Steven who announced he would be leaving our club next year to travel and explore the world.

During our table topics segment, first time Topics Master, Ramesh, prepared great questions for us on a wide range of subjects related to Paris Hilton, a drug cartel business, Google whistle blowers, dead bodies to dispose of, a gadget that could be invented to only spy once, plus a whole bunch of other great topics. We don’t call ourselves Contrarians for nothing!

Our final segment of evaluations was led by Alicia who invited Sanjay, Bob and Niem up one by one to offer guidance and valuable feedback to their respective speakers Marlene, Fernando and Steven. Each speaker was given worthy praise and beneficial advice for advancement on their next speeches. Alicia completed the segment by offering up praise and feedback for the overall club meeting as well. 

When the evening came to a close, Sean handed out ribbons for Best Evaluator, Best Table Topics and Best Speaker. You’ll never guess who won!

To find out, come join us Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at Northwood Community Center in Irvine. We’d love to see you there!

~ Alicia

For past meeting snapshots, please re-visit our 'Meeting Snapshot Archives' page