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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


September 3rd, 2014
Theme: Heroes
• PLEASE NOTE - This meeting will begin at 7:15 PM •


August 27th, 2014
Theme: (Un)Requited Love

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

August 13th, 2014
Theme: Self-Censorship

Camaraderie and volunteering were the highlight of the meeting.  In the absence of prepared speakers, Ramesh was able to entertain members and guests with his impromptu 5-W speech with ease, humor, and confidence.  It was even more remarkable that Ramesh managed to handle this difficult task even though he had just joined Contrarians club only several months ago.  Bob and Lynn were other volunteers who took on Ah-Counter and Grammarian roles to ensure the meeting progressed without glitches.  Tom, a prospective Contrarian member, helped Sergeant-at-Arms Sean prepare the meeting room so well that every participant felt comfortable and engaged in speeches.

The meeting attracted guests, many of whom were able to deliver eloquent impromptu table-topic speeches.  Our guests undoubtedly added pleasant surprise to the meeting. 

As contradicting as it is, self-censorship was the theme but volunteering needed no self-censorship in the meeting.

~ Niem

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

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