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Aug 23 Meeting – Green Eggs and Ham via Chandler

Have you ever tried Green Eggs and Ham? Dr Seuss would urge you to try it, advocate that he was for trying new and scary things. The same could be said for Toastmasters, but don’t worry, our Thursday meeting wasn’t scary at all. Just great fellowship and learning.

Our Toastmaster Chandler led us in the theme of Dr. Seuss, which took us back to our childhood and reminded us of characters such as the Cat in the Hat, The Lorax and Horton the Elephant.

Our Grammarian, Maria, presented the word of the day, egregious, which gave us all a healthy opportunity to kvetch a little bit.

Table Topics, led by Tim S, was a festival of Dr Seuss references and teed up questions that kept our dear respondents quick on their feet. Lynn took top prize in Table Topics for her mouthwatering description of the best breakfast other than green eggs and ham.

In the prepared speeches, Rene made us laugh as he recounted all the times in his life he accidentally started fires, Mark S brought us up to speed on how to use your leadership style to be a better coach, and Karen gave us a touching tribute to her mother.

We’re sad to see this meeting end but as Seuss himself said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. See you next week, Voyagers, enjoy your week, and think and wonder, wonder and think!

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 1- Beatlemania starring Chandler Martin

It was Beatlemania at Voyagers Toastmasters today with Toastmaster Chandler Martin leading a lively discussion of all things Beatles! And with some time for extra Table Topics everyone participated in Beatle memories and Beatle thoughts. We found out we have a Bronze and Silver medal winner of basketball fame (Jessica Mercado) and heard an innovative plan for a sustainable economy for the Japanese Island of Yokuska (Joji Peters). Next week’s meeting will be led by Justin Salbato and the theme is ???…Mother’s Day, of course. Come and bring your mother!


Today’s award winners were:

Best Topics: a tie – Beth Bateman and John Wissenberg

Most Improved : Joji Peters

Best Evaluator: Jerry Marino

Chandler Martin, Voyagers Toastmasters
Chandler Martin, Voyagers Toastmasters


Best Speaker: Jessica Mercado

April 17 Meeting – What did you miss? The Presidents Report

Toastmaster Beth Bateman provide an engrossing background and history of Earth Day as well as how we can be involved in continuing to legacy and good work that Earth Day has spawned.  Three speeches covered a range of speaking formats: Chandler Martin delivered a meeting introduction for an upcoming international border conference that she will host, John Shannon gave his Icebreaker and Jerry Marino told a Jewish fairytale that dates back to the 6th century in Afghanistan. New member Joji Peters provided challenging Table Topics and throughout the meeting there was high energy and enthusiastic response to all speakers and evaluators.

Today’s winners were: Jerry Marino – Best Speaker

Jerry Marino, Voyagers
Voyagers Toastmasters









Manshu Agarwal – Best Topics

John Wissenberg – Best Evaluator

Carmen Hu – Most Improved

Meeting Report – Thursday April 10

Message from our President, Jerry Marino:

Today’s Voyagers meeting was a fascinating look at what can happen in 100 Days, led by Terry Hewins, DTM and former San Diego Toastmaster District 5 Governor. 100 days into the new year and Voyagers has several new members and members achieving new educational goals. As we look toward the end of our Toastmaster year in June, Voyagers is inching closer to achieving all ten goals of the Distinguished Club Plan. Be sure to experience  the excitement of a Voyagers Toastmasters meeting Thursday morning, 7 AM at Café Coyote in Old Town.

Today, we added a new member – Jessica Mercado. Welcome aboard!


Jessica Mercado joins Voyagers Toastmasters
Jessica Mercado joins Voyagers Toastmasters