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
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November 19th, 2014
November 12th, 2014
November 5th, 2014
Theme: Let's Talk About Sex
October 29th, 2014
Theme: Halloween Special
October 22th, 2014
Tonight’s meeting theme, Censorship, was not an anachronistic, our word of the day, choice and stayed true to our motto.
Up first was the always-entertaining Table Topics segment. Due to a recent meeting theme of self-censorship our Table Topics master, Karolina, decided to go in a completely different direction, which was a joy to watch. What did she come up with? Introductions. A member would come up and give an introduction for a speaker and topic of their choosing. This member would then give a response on the topic they were to speak on. Not only was it a learning experience but also a creative one as well as members had to think quickly on their feet.
Up second was our prepared speaking segment.
First up was Steven, who took a big step forward tonight with a challenging 5W speech. He wove an intricate tale that lent perfectly to his speech objective for the evening, which was vocal variety.
Up second was Niem who spoke from an advanced manual about stage fright. He spoke to our flight vs. fight mechanism and that stage fright can be either good or bad.
Up last was Ramesh who in preparation for the division humorous speech contest gave his final warm up to make sure he was more than prepared for the weekend. As they say practice makes perfect.
Certainly last but not least is the ever-important evaluation segment. Fernando and Lani gave evaluations to Niem and Steven, respectively. Ramesh feeling extra Contrarian tonight received a round table evaluation from the entire club.
Who won those PRECIOUS ribbons we all covet? Niem won for best speaker, Fernando for best evaluator, and Lani for best table topics.
What was really said at the meeting and what kind of oddball answers did our members come up with? To find out the answer to this question please feel free to drop in and join us at our next meeting. I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.
October 15th, 2014
Theme: Fast and Furious
October 8th, 2014
Theme: Coming To America
Once again, Contrarians members demonstrated voluntary spirit that has been inherent in our club. Niem started the meeting with a short opening thought that related the topic of “Coming to America” with his first experience of colloquial American-English. Sanjay set the mood for the Table Topics segment with his quip about tipping in America. Fernando was smooth, composed, and confident throughout his short-noticed evaluation for Rick, who delivered an improvisational and animated speech about his previous experience with public speaking. Marlene’s enthusiastic “clicking” helped our speakers weed out undesired fillers. As a novice timer, Amith kept all speakers within their allotted time with ease. Voluntarism was at its best!
The meeting theme resonated well with the diversity of Contrarians club as members and guests delivered impromptu speeches to improvised questions. All giggled and laughed together with extemporaneous stories, which topic speakers created; we truly had a fun and relaxing time. Only Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” would have made our meeting more perfect.
Come to join us someday to experience care-free moments while fine-tuning your speaking skill!
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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
Tonight was our club’s Speech Contest. Our Contest Chair, Jeff, opened the meeting and called upon our VP of Membership, Karolina, to induct our newest member, Rick. Once Rick was warmly welcomed, Jeff began the contest.
First up was our guest speaker, George Day, from the Toastmasters club “Coastmasters" in Dana Point, who gave an entertaining speech so our evaluation contestants would have someone to evaluate. George talked about turning 65 and the nightmare that is the Medicare phone answering system. He explained the best way to get through it, is to hire a homeless person to sit on hold for you because it’s worth the money to both parties, so you don’t have to wait on the phone all day trying to get though to someone!
Our evaluators, Rick, Ramesh and Niem, were brought in one by one to evaluate George’s speech. Each gave interesting and constructive points to help George improve upon his already great speech.
Contest Co-Chair, Sean, ran the speech portion of our contest. We had three great speakers. First up was Ramesh, who had us laughing hysterically with his family life and what he called “The Secret Of Life,” which was also the title of his speech. He motivated us to “just give up” and by doing so, detailed how everything in life will fall into place perfectly.
Next up was our brand new member, Rick. What a go getter! He just got inducted and he was ready to compete in both the Evaluation and Speech portion of the contest. Very impressive! Rick entertained us on his life story of “Coming to America” and all the wild and crazy adventures he had once he got here, complete with props, dancing and singing. Rick had us smiling and laughing the entire time.
Finally, Dave humored us with his speech about being an aspiring writer and how to cleverly come up with story ideas and plot lines. Very creative, philosophical and entertaining. You can tell he’s had lots of experience both writing and speaking! It was great!
As we waited for the votes to be counted, Jeff handed out certificates of appreciation for all the help he received during the contest.
The winner of the Evaluation Contest was Ramesh and the runner up was Niem.
The winner of the Speech Contest was Ramesh again, and the runner up was Dave.
Congratulations to all for just getting involved in the contest. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, and once you do, the rewards are tenfold!
We’d love to see you at our club meetings so you can experience the fun and rewarding experience of being a Contrarian. Join us every Wednesday evening. You won’t regret it!
September 10th, 2014
Theme: Banned Books
September 3rd, 2014
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!