Speaking our Minds with Passion, Respect, and Confidence!

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


February 4th, 2015
Theme: Patriotism


January 28th, 2015
Theme: Aging


January 14th, 2015
Theme: Generation X and the Millennials

January 07th, 2015
Theme: The Afterlife

Our first meeting of the New Year began with area governor, Robert Lee, introducing new board members for the first half of 2015. The new board members are:


president: Ramesh Natarajan

vice president of education: Sean Mattox

vice president of public relations: Steven La

secretary: Marlene Quiram

vice president of membership: Karolina Lorry

treasurer: Rick Huang

sergeant in arms: Bob Bowles


The theme for the meeting was “the Afterlife “and our opening thought was given by Daniel. He shared a personal story of a close friend who died early in life and gave an inspirational afterlife story.

Mahdi was this evening’s toastmaster and helped run a smooth meeting. The first speaker for the evening was Nori and his speech was project #1 – the Ice Breaker.

This is a speech where you introduce yourself to fellow club members, share information about your background, interests, and ambitions. Nori spoke about his ambition to come back to the U.S. after he returned to Japan after spending time in the Midwest learning English at a university. One of his ambitions was to become a motivational speaker. Nori ,you’re on your way and we look forward to hearing more speeches from you.

 Rick was our second speaker and his speech was project #3 – Get to the Point. In this speech the goal is to have a specific purpose to inform, persuade, entertain, or inspire. Rick explained to us how bad cops are really good cops once you look past the surface.

After the prepared speeches and evaluation segment, the most exciting and nerve wracking part of the evening was next: Table Topics!  All of us (myself included) are scared, nervous, and excited when it comes to table topics. Why is this? Because you give 1-2 minute unprepared speech based on the question asked by the torturer, I mean the table topics master. We also have to use the WOD (word of the day) in order to qualify. The WOD was “penchant.”  Fernando was the table topics master and his questions revolved around our theme, the Afterlife. Sean was the first person to go up to the podium and give us his vision of heaven, and guest Novine bravely went up and spoke to us about his vision of of hell and heaven was everyday living, and why he lives his life everyday with a positive attitude. Jeff was next and in his speech he mentioned, “we’re all dead a lot longer than we’re alive” and told us if he were a ghost he would travel to all of the places he didn’t get to go to when he was alive. Sanjay said that people in “heaven don’t wear clothes and return to Earth naked”, and Lani said of all the dead people she would like to meet it would be Albert Einstein.

At the close of the meeting Mahdi announced the winners for best speaker, best table topics, and best evaluator.

Drumroll for the winners: Nori won best speaker, Sanjay won best table topics, and Karolina won best evaluator.

We meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Northwood Community Center. The theme for our Jan. 14 meeting is Generation X and the Millennials.  Join us for an exciting evening!


- Marlene

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