Fruits & Vegetables

April 29, 2010
Theme of Day – Fruits & Vegetables

Word of the Day – Ambrosia – in classical mythology, the food of the deities which was supposed to make those who ate it immortal; a substance that tastes or smells delicious; a dessert or salad made from oranges, bananas and coconut

Bonus Word of the Day – Salmagundi – a mixed salad of various ingredients such as meat, poultry, fish & vegetables arranged in rows on a platter; a mixture or miscellany

JC Campana would rather get the 10 cents from his wife than use the word of the day.
Norbert Haupt – guest – ‘I do pastries, not ambrosia’
Ambrosia would be the Guiness & the pizza.
Ron Flores – guest
Miguel Angelo – guest from Mexico – His mother had a strange way of naming her children – and she probably would have named her next two children ambrosia & salmagundi
Rosario Erno – Guest – U of Phoenix student referred by Alan.

TM – Happy Aston
In the garden of life, friends are the flowers.

Speaker #1 – Diana Bergman – Presentation & Q & A. Members of a large community garden – Project #4 – Speaking under Fire from Advanced PR Manual –
‘Community Garden’

Speaker #2 – Justin Salbato – Speech #8 – Get comfortable with visual Aids – ‘Everyone Can Draw’

Speaker #3 – Norbert Haupt – ‘I am a Bookstore Mooch’ – He enjoys giving speeches because he can talk and no one can talk back. Formally from Fallbrook Village Toastmasters of 15 years.

Evaluators – Amber Toland-Perry, Peter Hansen & Christine McDannell
First Timers – Peter Jansen – evaluator & Jeff Greco – ah counter
Best Table topics – Miguel Angelo – guest
Most Improved – Christine McDannell
Best Evaluator – Christine McDannell
Best Speaker – Norbert Haupt – guest

May 8th Southern Division Contest
Jan Lewellyn gives us our golden gavel patch!


Hey All Voyagers,

I am happy to say that the Area 12 & 14 International Speech and Evaluation Contest was a big success! Our very own Michel Scharff placed 2nd in the speech contest with his heartfelt speech of EMMA’S STORY. The crowd was certainly entertained, and were treated to a well polished and professional speech! And in the event that the winner, Jim Tucker, will not be able to compete, Michel will again compete in the Regional Contest, May 8th. Matt Slater, also did a wonderful job competing in the evaluation contest. Your detailed and thorough evaluation was sure a winner. Thank you for the leadership you provide for us. Thank you so much for stepping in for Rob Latimer and representing our club with a fantastic evaluation!

If you missed the contest – please mark your calendar for the next one which will be on May 8th at City College. The competition gets tough, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the next step in competition.

April 29th.

Fellow Voyagers,

On April 29, our guest speaker Norbert Haupt gave a speech called I’m a Bookstore Mooch. CEO by day, and Blooger and Artist by night, he enjoys writing book and movie reviews and describes himself as critical thinker who often writes on current issues as well.

Many of you asked for his website. Since he also wrote a blog on his visit to Toastmasters, I thought I’d pass on the website to you. Take a look, and drop a note, or visit the rest of the website.

Thanks again for welcoming him as our Guest Speaker. Next week, Jim Tucker, winner of the Area 12 Contest will be giving us his speech. You don’t want to miss this meeting, nor the opportunity to learn from a world class speaker!

And of course, don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 27 when Sheryl Roush comes to our club with her Sparkle Presentations workshop.

April 1st. 2010 Meeting Report


April 1st. Weekly report

Theme of the day – April Fools Day
Word of the Day – Jocular – fan of joking or acting in jest or merriment – Russ Johnson – grammarian for the first time
Next week International Speech contest & Evaluation Contest – may go over over
Speech contest – 6 speeches necessary to participate
Evaluation contest – no prerequisites
Dues are due. Sent in our dues on time, reached all of our goals for a presidential distinguished club, so now Michel wants to step down and pass it on to Trisha.

Table topics:  Beth Bateman – TTM
You are madly passionately in love – Christine McDannell – your guy gives you a GPS for your birthday, although you thought it was going to be something much more spectacular. How do you thank him for this ‘thoughtful’ gift?  OUCH!  Christine needs to put this together as a speech.

Woman of your dreams – but from a different culture – Ryan.  How do you persuade her parents to accept you even though you are not from her culture?  Ryan would approach this very ‘gingerly’ – is he in touch with his feminine side or what?  Would borrow his brother’s beamer, make up a fake job and well…probably exaggerate the truth.  Go boy!

Rod Hamby – Playing the fool or sharing life’s experience.  Bad is good – according to Rod.  You can’t learn unless you fail.  Forbes magazine says most successful people have been bankrupt three times before they get it right.  He wants to end up broke in India in a few years and live his life free. Do they sell free tickets to that show?

Deeanne Snyder – what is this Antiques Road Show pin you got from your great Aunt Marie and what is the story behind it?  She had received it from a very handsome flyboy and it is Platinum Diamonds so she knew it must be worth a fortune.  So, after waiting in line forever they informed her it was an April Fool’s joke – not Platinum Diamonds.

TM Hal Slater has a suggestion for Trisha Landoni – Schedule a speaker to give an informative speech about how to give a speech introduction.

Speaker #1
Edgar Portilla
– Speech #2 – Natural Gas (from the CC manual).  Edgar was dressed to the nines and delivered a speech about natural gas which equates to farfenugens.  He had us rolling with his serious information delivered as a power point presentation but with an underlying humor to his presentation. We learned it is normal to release gas 14 – 28 times a day.  If only his wife would have known this he might still be married.  Beano – also known as Bee-an-O.  Sounded Italian.

Speaker #2
Mark Imhoff
– Speech #2 – If a tree falls in the woods…  (from the CC manual)
Mark entertained us with sound facts, sound effects, and great visual demonstrations of the different types of sounds while pouring water on the table without it spilling off.  Then he proceeded to throw ping pong balls for the second example and some kind of beans for his third demo.  He took a technical subject and made it understandable for us lay folks. It was quite entertaining and informational.

Speaker #3
Tony Dixon
–   Speech #   Understanding Plato – (Information he learned from Iraq) May 3, 2005.  During this difficult time in Iraq Three lessons Tony learned:
1.  Take not for granted that we as Americans are blessed with freedom & opportunities.
2.  Know what you value, what you are going to fight and die for, give it your all and live by this everyday.
3.  Know the person you want to be in life & never accept any excuses why you weren’t that person.
Life is a war of constant force, life is struggle, it is only after we die that we leave this war that we call life.  I hope I have inspired you to rethink the way that you live at the very least now you understand the way that I live.

If Mark Limbach bungie jumps naked –  is it free when he goes to Australia?  Too much of a visual for DeeAnne.

First Timers: Russ Johnson – grammarian
Best Table Topics: DeeAnne Snyder
Most Improved: Edgar Portilla
Best Evaluator: Rod Hamby
Best Speaker: Tony Dixon

Final Comments:
Ryan’s guest – Jessica wants to join us!
The contest might go a little bit long so be prepared for an extra 5 – 10 minutes.
Need some helpers – Amy Gilstrap volunteers to help Donna with the timing.
Jerry volunteers to help with ballot counting.
SEE YOU AT THE CONTEST!  That’s all folks….


Thanking all the participants

Good Morning Voyagers!

I’d like to start off the week congratulating our International Speech and Evaluation Contest Winners! What an exciting contest we had!

Congratulations to Michel Scharrf for winning first place in the Speech Contest . Michel did a fantastic job with his story “Emmas Story”. A wonderful inspiring original story of following your dreams!  

In second place, was Justin Salbato, and third place, Beth Bateman!
And special thanks to Rob Latimer, Christine McDannell for also competing, you did a fantastic job.

The Evaluation contest was won by Rob Latimer, who gave his very thorough and excellent evaluation on Evanthia Basilico’s speech, our guest speaker from Adventurers Club.  
Second place was won by Matt Slater, and third place was Jeffrey Greco.  And special thanks to Mark Imhoff and Tony Dixon, who also competed.

Did you miss the contest?  Not to worry, you can see Michel and Rob both compete at the AREA CONTEST on Saturday, April 24th at Solar Turbines!  Please mark your calendars and come out to support our Voyagers members as they compete against the other clubs in Area 12.  The Area 14 contest will also be held at the same contest – so you get two contests in one!

Putting together a contest is great deal of work, and takes a team effort to make it a success.  I’d like to take this opportunity again to thank the volunteers who helped make our contest the best it has ever been!

Terry Hewins,  Toastmaster
Chief Judge,  Karen Woolsey
Timers, Donna Gillen & Amy Gilstrap
Ballot Counters, Jerry Campana, Happy Aston & Amber Toland Perry
Sgt of Arms/Pledge – Lindsay Langford

And of course All of our Contestants, and our Guest Speaker, Evanthia!

Best Regards to everyone, and I hope to see you all at our next meeting,

Trisha Landoni