Category Archives: Kudos

Recognition for achievements, awards and service

June 8 2017 Meeting

Meeting Highlights

There is a venue change for the June 15 meeting. We will be located in the Music Room on the first level of the building on the other side of the chapel. This is due to the Rummage Sale setup in the Friendship Hall. We will return to the Friendship Hall on June 22.

Peripatetic Voyager Sheryl Roush gave an interactive session on presenting awards, during which President Karen W presented Max C with his club name badge. Sheryl also gifted our club with a new podium banner and a sidewalk sign sign. Thank you Sheryl! Sheryl will be the keynote speaker for our next Special Community Outreach meeting on August 10. Please save the date, and spread the word. This is sure to be an inspiring event!

  • Theme: Life’s Contradictions
  • Toastmaster: Jan C
  • Word of the Day: Disingenuous
  • Guest: Alice V (last visited Voyagers when the club was still at the Acapulco Restaurant in Old Town! Glad you found us again, Alice, and hope to see you again soon!)
  • First Timer: Max C (Pledge & Inspiration)
  • Table Topics: John W, “Alternate Reality”
  • Best Evaluator: Rene R
  • Best Speaker: Karen W, “Stepping up with Feedback”, Speeches by Management Project #2

Club Business

There are still some remaining leadership opportunities available for club officers. Please contact current President Karen W or Immediate Past President Donna G to learn more. The Voyagers Board will meet online with Zoom on Monday June 12 from 6-7 p.m. Any club member is welcome to join the meeting by smartphone or computer, or even a plain old telephone! Contact Jerry M for details on how to get hooked up.


May 25 2017 Meeting

Meeting Highlights

President Karen W began with the induction of 4 new Voyagers: Luke E, Rene R, Francisca R and Christina S. Congratulations! In addition, Area Director Karen Kaufman was present. Other club business included a volunteer opportunity to staff the Toastmasters booth at the San Diego County Fair.

  • Theme: The John & Julia Show
  • Toastmaster: Julia F
  • Word of the Day: Rife
  • Guests: Karen Kaufman (Area 12 Director), Sean D (visiting Toastmaster), Judy H
  • First Timer: Luke E (Greeter)
  • Most Improved: Julia F
  • Table Topics: Sean D (guest)
  • Best Evaluator: Aim G
  • Best Speaker: Terry H, “I feel fine, thank you. Why?” Storytelling Project #2.

March 9 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Club Business

Community Outreach meeting publicity

Jerry M distributed flyers for Voyagers Toastmasters special March 23  community outreach meeting. Please post these around your community; contact Jerry if you need additional flyers. Also, consider posting a Press Release link to your social media community on, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media outlets.

Semi-annual membership dues

Please get your membership renewal dues in on or before March 23. This will help us reach our goal submitting all club membership renewal dues to Toastmasters International before the April 1 deadline. Thanks to those Voyagers who turned in  their membership dues on or before last week’s meeting!

Board Meeting

All Voyagers Toastmasters  are welcome to join the online Voyagers Board meeting from 6:00-7:00 PM on Monday March 13.  Contact Jerry M for the Zoom meeting invitation link.

Meeting Highlights

  • Toastmaster: Karen W
  • Theme: Spring Forward
  • Word of the Day: Transition
  • Guests: Shiva A, Francisca R
  • Table Topics: Jan C
  • Most Improved: Nancy J
  • Best Evaluator: Cynthia P
  • Best Speaker: Annie J, “The Nature of Gifts”, Competent Communicator project #10

Note: Annie J earned the Competent Communicator rating with her speech today. Congratulations Annie!

March 2 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Club Business

Semi-annual membership dues

Please get your payment in by March 23 for membership from April 1 through September 30.

Community Outreach meeting publicity

Here is the link to a new Press Release about the upcoming special March 23 meeting to say hello to our new community. Please spread the word  by posting it on community-oriented social media like as well as on your  Facebook and LinkedIn. Posting flyers on library and coffee shop bulletin boards is also effective. Thank you Mark S for the Press Release!

Board Meeting Monday March 13

All Voyagers are invited to the Board  meeting on Monday March 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is an online Zoom Meeting. You may join from a computer, or you may install the free app to your mobile device. Email Jerry M for the meeting link.

Meeting Highlights

  • Toastmaster: Maria F
  • Theme: Tax Preparation
  • Word of the Day: Capricious
  • Guests: Gideon S (returning guest); Karen Kaufman (Area 12 Director)
  • First Timer: Maria F (Toastmaster)
  • Table Topics: Gideon S (guest)
  • Most Improved: Maria F
  • Best Evaluator: Jan C
  • Best Speaker: Simon V

Note: Nancy J has  earned her Competent Communicator rating with today’s speech. Congratulations!

Interesting Factoid: According to Jerry M, our current venue at the Friendship Hall of the University Christian Church, is the 8th home of Voyagers Toastmasters over the past 33 years!

February 9 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Voyagers Toastmasters is moving Thursday February 16!

Voyagers will be moving from Old Town to Uptown, in the heart of Hillcrest. Thank you to Cafe Coyote for your hospitality over the past 8 years. We will miss the unique features that made our meetings memorable: Random mariachi music, our skeletal calacas friends, and the coyote! But now it is time to start a new page of Voyagers Toastmasters history in an vibrant new location. Don’t get left behind!

Time: 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
Date: Every Thursday except holidays
Location: Friendship Hall (on the campus of the University Christian Church)
3900 Cleveland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(across from DMV parking lot and 92103 Post Office, at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Harvey Milk Street)

The venue is freeway close, near the CA-163 and I-8 interchange. The Friendship Hall is located through the gated courtyard (gate will be unlocked.) There is a small parking lot across from the DMV with 2 disabled parking spaces. In the morning, free street parking is readily available on Cleveland Avenue, Richmond Avenue, and other nearby streets.

List of meeting highlights

  • Toastmaster: Mark I
  • Theme: Fun with Phobias
  • Word of the Day: Shudder
  • Guests: Agosta (past Speechcrafter), Marco (past Voyager), Gideon S (returning guest)
  • First Timer: Maria F – Topics Master
  • Table Topics: Gideon S (guest)
  • Most Improved: Maria F
  • Best Evaluator: Annie J
  • Best Speaker: Aim G; Manual: Humorously Speaking, Title: “Who do you think I am?”

Club business

The final meeting at Cafe Coyote was in the newly renovated Baja Room. The move to the UCC Friendship Hall was announced. Name badges were presented to Maria F and Cynthia P. The next Board meeting is Monday February 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will meet online in Zoom Meeting. All club members may participate. Contact the Board for information about Zoom Meeting.

Last group picture at Cafe Coyote