Welcome visitors and members! There will be no meeting on April 19, 2016, please join us next week on April 26, 2016!
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.
Tuesday May 10, 2016
Theme: I'll Be Back -Famous Movie Quotes
Address: University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612, United States
Tuesday May 3, 2016
Theme: Dangerous Selfies
Tonight was a first for our Contrarians Club. Long time Toastmaster, Rich, gave a unique presentation from an advanced Toastmaster manual. The objectives for his presentation were to facilitate a discussion with a group.
He chose the very versatile topic of drones and divided the club into 4 separate groups, asking each group to brainstorm ideas on the beneficial uses of drones as well as the potential downside. Two of the groups were asked to give examples of military drone use and the other two groups were asked to brainstorm on the non-military uses of drones.
Each group had a delegated spokesperson who stood up and shared their group’s ideas with entire club.
This project was a wonderful way for everyone to work together, share ideas and even allowed our guests to participate in a non-threatening way.
Rich did a great job of facilitating the discussion and presenting his own ideas on the topic.
Our second segment of the evening was delivered by our Table Topics Master, Sasha. Our meeting theme was “Dangerous Selfies” and Sasha asked some thought provoking questions that seemed to bring out the best in all of our members and even the brave guests who volunteered to speak.
With so many fun questions and creative answers, there was a lot of laughter from the audience as our Table Topic speakers entertained us throughout the night.
During our third and final segment of the night, our General Evaluator, Alicia, evaluated Rich’s discussion as well as the rest of the meeting.
As the meeting came to an end, our Toastmaster, Farzad, delivered the closing ceremony and handed out a ribbon to our Best Table Topic speaker which happened to be the always entertaining Jeremiah!
If you have never been to a Contrarian’s Toastmaster meeting, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. Some people have told us we should charge an entrance fee for the entertainment value alone. We love hearing that! We would also love to see you at the next meeting. Join us every Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. We hope to put a smile on your face.
Tuesday April 26, 2016
Theme: Minimum Wage
Tuesday April 12, 2016
Theme: Etiquette in Today's Society
Tonight’s theme, etiquette in today’s society, seemed rather dull at first but the Contrarians quickly showcased their out-of-the-box thinking. They never shy from a challenge.
Lynn, our Toastmaster tonight, flawlessly guided us through the meeting. Having recently rejoined the club, she’s quickly getting back into the swing of things. We’re glad to have you back, Lynn.
Our two prepared speakers, Sara and Ed, delivered phenomenal speeches. Sara discussed the importance of the mentee-mentor relationship, especially touching on the mentee-mentor Toastmasters program.
Ed, meanwhile, one of our newest members, gave his first speech. Having already presented us in the Table Topics portion of the area contest, he is making swift strides towards becoming an accomplished speaker.
Paula, tonight’s Table Topic master, asked creative questions that inspired equally creative answers ranging from proper gift giving and receiving to proper bathroom etiquette. Our members persistently give it their all.
Afterwards, Sanjay and Chandra evaluated Sara and Ed respectively. Evaluations are unquestionably crucial to Toastmasters’ success; a good evaluation is never harsh nor brutal but honest and sincere.
We meet every Tuesday night. Everyone is invited - including you.
Tuesday April 5, 2016
Theme: Men vs. Women
Tuesday March 29, 2016
Theme: Celebrity adoration
We had so much fun at our meeting this week. Our 3 speeches included Steve informing us of his deep, deep and perhaps inappropriate love of pizza. Millind spoke of the benefits of failing and how failure is necessary in a process leading towards success. Finally, Rich gave a wonderful speech about technological advances simplifying modern life.
Alicia was our Table Topics Master for the evening. The topic was "Celebrity Adoration". Alicia taped pictures of celebrities on the walk with questions on the back. Her creativity in leading Table Topics allowed us all to have a wonderful time filled with laughter and anticipation.
All 3 of our speeches were well critiqued in the evaluation section of our meeting.
Please join us and experience the joy of attending a Contrarians meeting.
Tuesday March 22, 2016
Theme: All things Fernando
The Contrarians once again lived up to the spirit of the name of the club. The table topic, which was well run by the Master Nayan, was all about a departing member of the club, Fernando. Fernando, a well-liked Contrarians speaker, has tremendously improved his speaking skills since he joined the club. His confident, hilarious speaking style has recently made him a repetitive winner of table topic competition. And he did it again at his farewell meeting. A sweet and memorable departure for Fernando.
Our first-time Toast Master, Steve, managed to run the meeting with minimal glitches in spite of a late start. Steve's smooth co-ordination helped prepared speakers and evaluators deliver their speeches well and on time. Farzad, with his confident delivery of speech, and Kristen, with her attentive listening skill, were respectively the best speaker and evaluator of the night. Only in Contrarians Toast Master club do aspiring members quickly develop leadership and speaking skills in a camaraderie atmosphere.
Even though Contrarians members are serious in mastering their speaking skills, they also love having fun. They do often get together for casual dining and sharing life experience. Eureka! was their latest get-together place.
Please come to visit and see Contrarians in action. You may not want to leave the club after the first visit!
Tuesday March 15, 2016
Theme: Club Contest - International Speech and Table Topics
Tuesday March 8, 2016
Theme: Adventure travel
As always, we had a great meeting with Karolina as Toastmaster and Jeremiah stepped up to do the inductions for the evening as well as other Contrarians who took last minute roles – thank you! We missed are start time by a few minutes, but we are working on that, right? Denis delivered opening thoughts on Adventure Travel with some fantastic quotes. We had three fabulous speeches including Steve helping us to overcome mediocrity, Sasha provided us the omnipresent question of why you can’t spend less than $300 at Costco and Rich convinced us to become landlords. We had an entertaining table topics segment and our new members Ed and Corey really stood out. Our Evaluators Farzad, Nayan and Marlene all did a fantastic job. Farzad challenged Steve, Nayan came through with a spot on evaluation and Marlene provided a great overview of the wealth of information Rich provided as well as some good suggestions.
Tonight's winners: Best Speech – Sasha, Best Table Topics – Ed and Best Evaluator – Nayan
As always, I can’t wait to see what next week brings!
Tuesday February 23, 2016
Tuesday March 1, 2016
Theme: Conspiracy Theories
Theme: GMO Foods
This was a really fun meeting with a mix of serious and lighthearted tones. It started with the opening thought by Bob, who spoke really knowledgeably about GMO (genetically modified organisms) with supporting evidence and statistics to support his statements. This was followed by the introduction of the meeting by president Jeremiah who was bombarded with snowballs (crumbled paper balls) by the toastmaster contrarians. Sasha prepared an excellent list of table topic questions ranging from self-aware pumpkins to weaponizing peanut butter. Karolina gave a very informative and strong speech about post traumatic stress disorder. Jeremiah gave a 5W speech and caught the contrarians by surprise by opening up about his personal sex life. The evaluators were Rich and Niem. They were both very positive and gave great feedback for the two prepared speeches. Tonight’s winners: Best speech (Karolina), best evaluator (Niem), and
best table topics (Alicia).
Tuesday February 16, 2016
Theme: The Stock Market - Enjoying your 101(K)
Tonight’s meeting started right on time. Jeff gave a nice opening thought by sharing few quotes from the famous book “Prophecy” by Robert Kiyosaki.
Marlene, the Toastmaster of tonight’s meeting, introduced her helpers and then handed off the floor to Table Topics Master Nayan.
Nayan has prepared many questions related to meeting theme. Sasha and Chandra responded to individual questions, while Sanjay/Farzad and Sara/Dennis participated in debates.
In the second segment, Fernando and Paula gave 5W (Who, What, When, Where and Why) speeches while Rich gave a fun and educational impromptu speech on 401K.
Fernando in his 5W speeches shared a fun story about his grandma and his trip to Italy and waited until the end to bring his 5Ws (Bernie Madoff, Tampons, Private Jet, 1960 and Sex).
5Ws for Paula include: Fidel Castro, Christmas Party, Montana, Yesterday and Shopping spree. She used her story telling skills to tell us how Fidel Castro fell in love with her by seeing her picture on her website and how in the end she got $10K gift card from Fidel to go on shopping spree.
Rich, in his impromptu speech, shared his knowledge about 401K and some of the myths that young people have :).
Evaluation segment was led by general evaluator Sanjay. Chandra, Jeff and Sasha gave constructive feedback to Fernando, Paula and Rich respectively. Bob provided ah-counter report while
Karolina provided grammarian report. Sanjay summarized what we did well and the areas where we could have done better as a club.
Tonight’s winners were: Fernando (Best Speaker), Jeff (Best Evaluator), Sara (best Table Topics Speaker)
We also had three special guests. Overall it was a fun and education meeting.
See you all next week.
Tuesday February 9, 2016
It was awesome meeting this week; we had three ICE breaking speeches with good mix of self-introduction with heart touching personal stories and good exposure to digital music. You can always expect exciting speeches with inspiring stories and exposure new areas of knowledge from contrarians. Overall it was wonderful meeting with some humor mixed serious thoughts on prostitution.
Don’t miss the next week meeting themed on: The stock market.
Tuesday February 2, 2016
Theme: Marijuana Legalization
Tuesday January 26, 2016
Theme: Presidential Election Debates
We had a great meeting as always, but tonight was really special because we had two brand new members in our club giving their first speech. Steve and Milind gave their Ice Breaker speech. It is very interesting their approach. Steve told us a little bit about himself and specially how we have to decide of who we want to be and become in life and how to make a difference in others. Millind spoke about the importance of being authentic in everything your do, including speaking in public. During our Table Topics we have various speakers improvising and speaking about our them for the night: The Presidential Election Debates, Karolina made it really fun when she made us write a question regarding the topic and put it in a hat, and wow!! we got a great debate and interesting approaches to the topic. Finally, we had our evaluation segment were Paula and Jeffrey evaluated our speakers. Their energy enthusiasm and feedback were very positive. Just another night at the Contrarians...
Tuesday January 19, 2016
Theme: Alien Nation...the truth is out there
Tuesday January 12, 2016
This evening we began our meeting by inducting four new members: Steve, Dennis, Nicholas, and Kristen. We welcomed each of our newly inducted members and pledged to provide them support during their Toastmaster journey. We had our first volunteer from one of our newly inducted members, Steve, who accepted the volunteer role of Sargent-in-Arms. Way to go Steve – thanks for stepping up to the plate!
Farad gave the opening thought on veganism and shared his thoughts that all diets should be personalized; there are different foods for different people. As someone on a paleo diet, he noticed his brain process improved when he reduced his carbs and sugar intake. Something to think about next time we take a big bite out of a cheese pizza.
In order to give Sanjay time to prepare for his impromptu 5 W speech, we reversed the order of the meeting and we did our table topics first. Alicia was our table topics master for the evening and she always brings enthusiasm to her role. Fernando was asked what vegan means to him. He said he thought he would save money when he dated a vegan. However, she was always able to smell the most expensive vegan places during their trips to San Francisco . She found a place that served expensive crickets- he advised un not to trust vegans! Alicia shared vegans don't wear leather, feathers, visit animal parks or go to the circus.
Sara gave a motivating speech on 2016 goals and gave us five steps to achieve our goals in 2016. Tonight’s winners: Best Speaker: Sarah, Best Evaluator: Niem, Best table topics: Karolina.
Tuesday January 5, 2016
Theme: The Art of Love and Money - Contrarians Club Open House Potluck!
Tuesday December 15, 2015 @ 6:45PM
Theme: War on Christmas?
It was a fun meeting from what I remember and that is that Alicia was Table Topics Master and Jeffrey won Best Table Topics. It's been so long he almost forgot what that felt like.
Tuesday December 8, 2015
Theme: The Refugee Crisis
Wednesday December 2, 2015
Theme: Dogs vs. Cats
Wednesday November 18th, 2015
November 12th, 2015
Theme: The Monkeysphere
November 4th, 2015
Theme: Equal Opportunity
For past meeting snapshots, please re-visit our 'Meeting Snapshot Archives' page