Category Archives: Opportunity

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.


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

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI): Special Offer

Voyagers Toastmasters will reimburse $15 towards the District 5 Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) registration fee for Voyagers Toastmasters members in good standing. Any member may take advantage of this offer, not just officers. Register before December 20 to take advantage of the Early Bird Special, so the cost is FREE! Even if you register after that date, the club will still reimburse $15. The event is Saturday January 10 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the San Diego County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, California.

Toastmasters Leadership Institute Agenda website

Toastmasters Leadership Institute Registration webpage

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Launches the Executive Speech Evaluation Program

Business people and entrepreneurs can improve their presentation and business communication & leadership skills – without charge

Today, Voyagers Toastmasters, one of the most dynamic and most experienced Toastmaster Clubs in San Diego, announces the new and innovative Executive Speech Evaluation program which makes it easy for business and organization professionals and leaders to participate in the Toastmaster program.

Toastmasters is not just about improving public speaking skills – it is also about improving business leadership, communication, networking and meeting management skills.

The San Diego Voyagers Club, based in Old Town, near to Mission Valley, UTC, beaches and downtown, is inviting local business and organizational leaders to have a “Taste of Toastmasters”.


They are invited to come in and practice their business presentation, their pitch for funding, their motivational speech for their staff and members, etc. In addition, they will have the opportunity to have their 6 to 10 minute presentation reviewed by a team of experienced Toastmaster evaluators.


This is a great opportunity for organization leaders who need a little polish on their presentations. For managers who recognize that someone on their team needs some help, this is the training program that they have been waiting for. This is a wonderful opportunity for entrepreneurs to sharpen their pitch. Voyagers can provide a professional, outsider look at a speech and provide valuable suggestions to ensure successful communications.


For more information about the Executive Speech Evaluation program and/or to sign up for one of these limited availabilities, please contact Mark Shapiro at 619 249 7742 or at

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Launches the Executive Speech Evaluation