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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


October 1st, 2014
Open House - Potluck - Training with special guest speaker Chanti Niven
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September 24th, 2014
Theme: Stock Market

September 17th, 2014
Theme: Club Contest: Humor

September 10th, 2014
Theme: Banned Books
The topic of the day was on Banned Books, and Amith started up our meeting by providing us the Opening Thought. We didn't have any planned speeches for the night, but brave Ramesh signed up for (yet another) 5W's speech. Our Toastmaster Niem opened up the 5Ws to the crowd and got

Who: Bill Clinton
Why: Money
What: Sex
When: Yesterday
Where: The Blue Room...

Rough, I know! While Ramesh prepared for this lofty task Niem invited Karolina, our table topics master, to the floor. She brought with her a manila folder of images, and asked volunteers to describe their banned book based on the image. There were a lot of creative and funny answers! There were also some pretty tough questions on what books would get banned and why.

After the table topics, Ramesh came up and told a rousing tale on the misadventures of Bill Clinton, kidnapped by the Trillion Dollar Mafia Gang and forced into a strange Hunger-Games, gladiator like sex contest. You had to be there!

During the evaluation segment, Steven gave the evaluation for Ramesh and I wrapped it up by giving the general meeting evaluation.

Winners of the night's meeting were:

Best Speaker: Ramesh (surprised?)
Best Evaluator: Steven
Best Table Topics: Nick C (welcome back!)

- Lani

September 3rd, 2014
Theme: Heroes

Tonight’s meeting was stellar! If you missed it, you seriously missed out on one of the most entertaining club meetings we’ve ever had!

Our theme for the evening was Heroes. To get things started, Bob began with a very touching and inspiring opening thought about how each one of us should be our own hero rather than looking outside of ourselves and looking up to someone else. 

We had only one speaker for the evening so Toastmaster Ramesh took his time introducing Steven by giving us a wonderful recap of his previous speeches and giving him a fantastic introduction to his talk for the night which was all about his experience in a flying trapeze school. It was by far, Steven’s best speech! It was full of suspense, humor and sincerity and you could tell by the reaction of the audience that everyone else loved it too. 

Table Topics was all about using your imagination in a fun and creative way. Topics Master Alicia told everyone in the room they were a super hero with a very unique, special super power. She also brought a bag full of odd gadgets which were hidden behind the podium and asked each person to pick an object, which represented their super power, and tell everyone what their super power was and how they recently used it to save the day. The responses that followed were so clever, funny and entertaining, everyone was laughing…some to the point of tears.

Every member, and all but one guest, got up and shared their super power. In fact, even our resident guest, John, agreed to participate and had everyone busting up. 

Our evaluation segment was run by one of our newest members, though he is not at all new to Toastmasters. Dave has been a member of Toastmasters for many, many years and it was great to have someone new to us, yet so seasoned, give his thorough and informative evaluation of the meeting. In addition, Niem gave Steven some positive and encouraging feedback during his evaluation and offered some good advice for improvement on his future speeches. 

In the end, Ramesh handed out the ribbons for the best in each segment and our club president, Alicia, closed the evening with announcements by Jeff for our upcoming club contest. 

If you would like to join us for an unexpected evening of contrarianism, we meet every Wednesday at 6:30 (unless otherwise noted) at Northwood Community Center in Irvine. We would love to meet you!

~ Alicia

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