Oct. 1 Meeting Report

Toastmaster: Toastmaster Cass Lobsinger has been camping a million times and gave us a couple interesting statistics about camping. Did you know that 37 is the average age of adults who go camping? Second, campers have an average income of $43K a year.

Table Topics: Rod Hamby

T1- Have you ever found yourself needing to use a compass?

Genaro Torres: Went with a friend up a large mountain in Mexico only to find themselves lost. After being chased by different animals they decided to use a compass to get back home.

T2- Have you had to improvise ever by using something like a Swiss-Army knife?

DeAnne Snyder : Yes, every time Comi-Con is in town at the Convention Center. She also let us know that the Swiss-Army knife was invented by a women.

T3- A few items were found in a back-pack by the police in your trunk, including a large body bag, knife, a shovel, and rope. How do you explain yourself?

Alan Hoffmanner: He admits that he had borrowed Rod Hamby’s 1968 VW Bug, it had no plates, so he got pulled over. They found Rod’s back-pack in the trunk.

T4- Somewhere you have been camping or would love to go camping to?

Melissa (Guest): Loves camping, wether in a tent, car, or RV. They were once lost in the middle of nowhere for an entire day but had enough beer to get through the day, so everything was ok.
Speaker #1- Dave Sabon: “Closing More Sales by Going for No”

People buy on an emotional level, but justify it intellectually. Don’t ask: “Is this a good time to talk?” but instead, “Did I catch you at a bad time?” This is called a pattern interrupt and it actually shows them that your different than the last sales person who called.

Speaker #2- Happy Aston “First They Killed My Father”

Happy recited a chapter from this book she purchased in Cambodia, which is a National Best Seller. The chapter was “Pa” and she did a very amazing job portraying the character. Very touching and there was not a dry eye in the room.

Speaker #3: Jaime Ortiz “Don’t Wait for Tomorrow, Make it Happen Today.”

Jaime told us a few stories of people who have faced adversity. One was Carlos, a Navy Seal, who in 1989 lost use of both of his legs in battle. He later was the 3-time champion of the Hawaiian Iron Man. Jaime had fellow Toastmasters write down one thing they have always wanted to accomplish on a piece of paper. Anything is possible.

And the Winner Is…..

Best Table Topics: Alan Hoffmanner

Most Improved:  Dave Sabon

Best Evaluator:  Amy Gilstrap

Best Speaker:  Happy Aston

First Timer:  Akis Charbonneau


September 17: Meeting Report

Casey DeLorme started off the Storytelling Marathon & DeeAnne Snyder ended it. What was in the middle was one of the most entertaining toastmasters meetings you can imagine. Everyone contributed to the meeting, everyone had a role, everyone earned a ribbon.  It was a great meeting.

Join us this Thursday for “By the Book” with Toastmaster Amber Toland.

September 10: “Birthdays”

Word of the Day: Celebrate: : To perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites.
2 . To honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business or to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine.

Club Business: *If you have a Facebook account then you will soon be receiving an invite to join our Facebook Fan Page from Jack Beresford.

* $54 to renew your Toastmasters International and Voyagers Dues. Please make checks payable to “Voyagers Toastmasters” and give to Ryan Spink no later than Oct. 1st.

* Oct 3rd is the area humourous speech & table topics contest. Oct. 30th is the District 5 contest & Oct. 31st is the District 5 Fall Conference. See one of the board members if you would like to apply for a scholarship to go. It is $75 to attend.

Toastmaster: Toastmaster Trisha Landoni is celebrating a birthday tomorrow (Friday, September 11, 2009) so this was the perfect theme for her to host today.

Table Topics: Hal Slater

T1- How would you celebrate your 100th birthday?

Christine McDannell: A two-week cruise with friends (however many might still be around?). Actually, might not be fun to live that long so she would rather travel as much as possible while she is young.

T2- You use your birthday numbers for lotto & you win millions, what would you do?

Blake Cavignac : So many people win millions, then waste it so he would be sure to invest it properly.

T3- Your most memorable birthday party (or a friends)?

Tony (Guest): His buddies took him to an adult establishment on his 19th birthday, and needless to say it was quite memorable!

T4- What is your astrological sign & what effect has it had on your life?

Yeves Perez: He is a LEO & also a CEO so he is the one to run the board meetings and he likes it that way!

Speaker #1- Akis Charbonneau “I Want You To Know Me”

This was her Icebreaker and she broke the ice by first explaining exactly how to pronounce her name. She grew up in Mazatlan. When she came to San Diego on vacation she was offered a waitressing job and decided to stay here permanently.

Speaker #2- Kelcey Vehanen “In-pretending”

This was also Kelcey’s Icebreaker. He was not just out to break the ice, but shatter it. He explained how he would pretend like he was a fighter pilot or a Stanley Cup winner when he was younger. He also talked about being an IT consulting and his 15 month old son.

Speaker #3: Marco Calderon “TLC”

TLC= Trick, Lie, Cheat. Marco explained how he uses this tactic to avoid shopping with his wife of 17 years. Quite humorous and I noticed few of the male Toastmasters were taking notes.


And the Winner Is…..

Best Table Topics: Blake Cavignac

Most Improved:  Akis Charbonneau

Best Evaluator: Genaro Torres

Best Speaker:  Kelcey Vehanen

First Timer: Dave Sabon/Akis Charbonneau/ Kelcey Vehanen

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