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.
May 20th, 2015
Theme: Drought In California
May 13th, 2015
Theme: Music Through The Decades
Who says that it would be stressful to speak before a big group, especially after a long working day? Our Toastmaster members and guests once again prove that notion does not apply to Contrarians.
Even though the meeting started a bit late because of unexpected parking issue, our ToastMaster, Nick, and Table Topic Master, Mellodee, were able to run the meeting right on-schedule. Nick, with his unique fanciful story-telling skill, did not leave any meeting moment unfilled. Our new member, Sara, impressed us all with her moving ice-breaker speech, which won the best-speaker ribbon. Mellodee’s evocative questions about music did get both members and guests to improvise verbally and nonverbally – a guest showed off his hip-thrusting skill during his impromptu speech.
Having fun while polishing public speaking skill – that’s Contrarians’ mantra.
May 6th, 2015
Theme: Food Desserts in America
Each Contrarian meeting is different from the last, but definitely no less interesting or entertaining.
Tonight our meeting began with our president Ramesh, donning a faux mustache and then joining him on stage were Nick, John and Fernando, all four standing at the front of the room looking very suspicious in their faux mustaches looking at everyone in the room. With uproarious laughter from the galley, the men parted ways without a word and our evening was off to a very Contrarian start!
Our opening thought was brought to us by our VP of Membership, Karolina, who taught us how to properly zest a lemon. Very fitting since our theme for the evening was Food Desserts In America.
With a packed house and a full schedule, our Toastmaster, Rick, introduced us to our speakers for the evening.
Sean was up first with his speech titled “Why Nice Guys Finish Last.” He shared stories of his life as a self professed mamas boy and how he had lots of friends that were girls but no romantic interest from them. He was stuck in the “friend zone” for being such a nice guy. Many people are nice because they want something in return but he believes you can be altruistic in your kindness and still get the girl, which he has since proven, recently marrying his longtime sweetheart!
Our second speaker was one of our newest members, Nayan, who gave his icebreaker speech sharing his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. He shared the story of how he became hooked on this great NBA team and the excitement of his first game.
Mellodee was our final prepared speaker for the evening, driving home what a good fit she is for our Contrarian club by talking about pole dancing, hookers and masturbation. She expressed to the ladies in the room the importance of not needing a man to enjoy yourself. Way to keep us blushing, Mellodee!
Never a dull a moment during our fun meeting, as our Table Topics Master, Bob, had us salivating with his impromptu questions related to Desserts in America.
During our final segment, our three evaluators, Niem, Ramesh and Marlene, gave their respective speakers valuable feedback on what they did well during their speeches and a few tips on how they can improve in the future. General Evaluator, Alicia, followed up with a quick evaluation of the overall meeting.
And finally, our Toastmaster, Rick, handed out ribbons to the best voted in each segment. Congratulations to the winners!
If you want to have a crazy, fun time improving your speaking and leadership skills, don’t let another week go by without visiting us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM. You seriously won’t regret it.
April 29th, 2015
April 22nd, 2015
Theme: Suburban Sprawl
April 15th, 2015
Theme: Haves and Have Nots
April 8th, 2015
Theme: Food Deserts In America
For past meeting snapshots, please re-visit our 'Meeting Snapshot Archives' page