What Did I Miss: 10/22/2020

Last night we had fun and plenty of guests to get to know. Our Club Treasurer, and District 5 Club Growth Director, Joyce Persichilli led the meeting as our Toastmaster. Her theme was “If Only” and her word of the week was “Desideratum” (it was hard to pronounce but a lot of people managed to say it including the two guests who participated in Table Topics).

In his Pledge & Inspiration, Ruben Figueroa drove the 76 to Temecula where he reflected on feeling burnt out. He came to the conclusion that the material things he wanted were taking away from the things that would really fulfill him. He wants to place more emphasis on things that matter to him like meditating and exercising.

The meeting Timer, Greg Pitts, cleverly used green Granny Smith apples, lemons, and strawberry backgrounds to help speakers stay within time. In the absence of the timer light and laminated construction paper we use in person, I’m increasingly impressed with the ways timers are coming up ways to adapt and communicate the times.

Vice President of Education Christoph Kubitza led Table Topics by using the theme, “If only” to begin his questions and the respondents would start their answer with, “I would.” Area 9 Humorous Speech Runner-Up, Dave Zarella explained that if his pizza oven had wheels it would go everywhere with him and he’d sell pizza and eat it everywhere. Kalina Cardoso dreamed that if she had a genie, she’d wish for world peace and ocean-front property. Area 9 Director, Elaine Dusetzina (who held an excellent contest last weekend in which Bob Dietrich and Dave Zarella both took home 2nd place in their respective categories), said she would be able to remember everything she is studying to pass her upcoming Health & Wellness Certificate boards. Guest Freddy, said if he could make Quantum Leaps, he would make a movie like the film, “Jumper.” Guest Morgan won the Best Table Topics Speaker ribbon by daydreaming a reality where she could fly to Hawaii and to New York and be able to go and experience anything she wants.

Club Secretary, Kris Manske, took home the Best Speaker ribbon for delivering a speech about making small, incremental changes and embracing imperfection. She encouraged us to try something new and make small changes in things we’re already doing by taking small steps. All of the resources she generously posted in last night’s chat are at the bottom of this blog.

Lane Seidman took us through the seedy underbelly of downtown San Diego after midnight, armed with bolt cutters, on the prowl for…Comic Con Banners? It was a hilarious heist story that ends when he convinces someone else to break the law and sell him city property. The result is two banners that made Chris Hammell’s mouth water.

Vice President of Membership, Sureal Sparx, explained the life-changing lessons he learned from his amazing Grandmother. #1 Feel unconditional love & trust. #2 You only have one life, make the most of it. Sureal is living both lessons daily.

Jeremy Johnson did double duty as our Presiding Officer and General Evaluator. Even though it was impromptu, he ran the evaluation portion AND delivered an amazing General Evaluator’s report of the entire evening.

Chris Hammell took home (or stayed home?) the Best Evaluator ribbon for his feedback of Lane’s amazing speech (a speech he (or should I say, I) enjoyed very much).

Tomorrow, Oct 24th, Area 14 Director, Corinna Koehler has organized a speech contest so feel free to log in and watch as amazing speakers deliver great speeches and support Corinna: https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-12-14/

Also, there is one more contest being run by one of our members who are serving the district as Area Directors and they could use our help. Please reach out to him if you are free November 14th.

November 14 @ 8:30am: Matt Corrales, Area 23 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/northern-division-online-area-contests-area-18-23/)

I hope you’re all doing well,

Chris Hammell, DTM

PS: Here are the resources from Kris Manske’s speech:

Mini Habits – Smaller Habits, Bigger Results (Stephen Guise)

Source of the “1 push up” idea

Free list of mini habit ideas:

Nudge – Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein)

Source of the “1% per year increase” idea and many other “nudges”

I Will Teach You to Be Rich (Ramit Sethi)

Automate your finances

Book listed above – many ideas also covered in this podcast:

https://www.jordanharbinger.com/ramit-sethi-i-will-teach-you-to-be-rich/

Happier with Gretchen Rubin (podcast) – Source of quotes “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” and “A 20-minute walk is better than the 3 mile run I never start…”

https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/

Podcast about manipulative self-improvement messaging:

https://www.jordanharbinger.com/deep-dive-why-does-self-help-make-you-feel-terrible/

FACEBOOK BLURB

The 76 to Temecula, Granny Smith apples, pizza oven on wheels, ocean-front property, Health & Wellness Certification Boards, Quantum Leaps, the 5-minute pick-up, banner heist, and life-changing lessons.  Feel left out? See you next week.

What Did I Miss: 10/15/2020

Last night, we held a very successful Open House with 15 guests including Guest Speaker Eric Gillman, past members Amin Iman, and Alexandre Jacquet, and the Art Institute’s Bernie Nofel. For those who don’t know, Bernie used to bring each of his student groups in for one Toastmasters meeting to see what it was all about and we can’t wait until we can welcome him and his students back in person.

Club President Jon Berman, was our Toastmaster of the Evening for this event. His theme was Opportunity and his word of the week was Venture.

Vice President of Membership Sureal Sparx led Table Topics by telling the audience to use the following in their answers: Where are you, who are you with, and describe your sensations and what you smell. Then he showed each participant a photo. Guest Ricardo described being at a store picking fruits & vegetables to cook with his family. Guest, and Club 7 alumni, Amin Iman described going to the San Francisco fish market with his cousin. Guest Irene described a baking class in which she melted sugar with a blowtorch on top of crème brule. Guest Jess described watching a Chargers game in Pacific Beach with her friend. Best Table Topics Speaker, Guest Bernie Nofel, described (and rhymed) a tall tale about his background in mercantilism and the world’s leading importer and exporter in Timbuktu.

Chris Hammell (hey, that’s me) shined a spotlight on the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program (and revealed the results of a survey some members of Club 7 completed for research on this topic).

Jacob Hilt spoke about leadership lessons from the military and being an adaptable leader.

Best Manual Speaker went to Guest Speaker Eric Gillman, who took his sales and Zoom expertise to share 3 Zoom Do’s and 3 Zoom Don’ts (which would have been useful before my speech that night (*blush*)).

Vice President of Education Christoph Kubitza led a well-prepared evaluation team. Vice President of Public Relations Tomo Osako delivered a funny, specific, and supportive evaluation of Guest Speaker and Toastmasters Hardhat’s Club Member, Eric Gillman’s speech. In telling him that he should say what he’s going to say then remind people of what he said at the end because, “people are dumb,” she secured the Best Evaluator win for the evening.

Next week our Club Treasurer, and District 5 Club Growth Director, Joyce Persichilli, will be your Toastmaster of the Evening.

And, as a reminder, Humorous Speech Champ, Dave Zarella and International Speech Champ, Bob Dietrich are going to the Area 9 Contest to represent us TOMORROW, October 17thBookmark this page, https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-9/ , and stay tuned for more information.

Also, there are several other contests being run by our members who are serving the district as Area Directors and they could use our help. Please reach out to any of them if you are free on the following days.

October 24 @10am: Corinna Koehler, Area 14 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-12-14/)

November 14 @ 8:30am: Matt Corrales, Area 23 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/northern-division-online-area-contests-area-18-23/)

I hope you’re all doing well,

Chris Hammell, DTM

Table-Topics-Mania Night at DiMille’s

We will gather on November 12th from 6-8:15pm (gavel drop at 6:30pm as normal) at DiMille’s outside on their patio (https://dimilles.com/) for our first ever, TABLE TOPICS MANIA NIGHT AT DIMILLE’S!

That’s right! For the first time since March, we’re going to gather together to eat pizza, have drinks, and bond (…James Bond…sorry, couldn’t resist). The pizza is on us, you’ll just need to purchase your own drinks.

This will be for members only to ensure that as many of us are able to get together as possible. We will open it up to others if we have room closer to the event. If you haven’t registered with the link below and you show up, we may have to turn you away (which will be awkward…my stomach hurts just thinking about it).

There is only one requirement (in addition to mask wearing and physical distancing), the number of people is limited to 20 so we are asking everyone to register at https://tinyurl.com/sd7pizza to reserve your spot.

For those who are new, this is a great opportunity to meet us in person and DiMille’s is practically an honorary member. Because it is close to our usual meeting space, it’s become the place that we gather before and after meetings to have dinner, drinks, and conversations. It’s a place where mentor/mentee matches have been made, awards have been given, and where we’ve encouraged each other’s goals.

Frankly, in order to guarantee my spot, I registered before I wrote this and I can’t wait to see 19 of my fellow club members and meet new members.

Stay safe!

Chris Hammell, DTM

What Did I Miss: 10/8/2020 (and surprise announcement at the bottom)

Celebration was the theme of the meeting this week and the word of the week was jovial and there was no one better to lead that meeting than Elaine “Cookie” Dusetzina with help from her two daughters.

Table Topics Master, Budd Barmeyer, asked questions that contained the theme and we were treated to everything from people’s best celebrations to why we should celebrate even small victories. For his answer on remembering to celebrate these small victories, Alberto Alvarado was voted Best Table Topics Speaker before flying away in a helicopter (I know you thinking I’m lying, but if you weren’t there…it totally happened).

Corinna Koehler talked about her early mistakes in trying to be a leader. She was one of two extremes, a micromanager or a best friend. Today she’s found a leadership style that allows her to develop her team’s skills while keeping them focused on their goals. I handed her my application after the meeting (again, if you think I’m lying but weren’t there, you should come next week).

Ruben Figueroa, talked about one of the first Coronavirus cases which included a stint in the hospital followed by reinfection and a subsequent re-hospitalization. He discussed the many symptoms and the damage scientists are finding in the lungs and the pancreas. He didn’t have time to discuss the vaccine and the crowd booed him vigorously (look, if you don’t want to come to a meeting, you’re going to have to take my word for it).

Sureal Sparx introduced us to the idea that choosing your own name as an adult could help you craft the person you want to be and make you feel more in control of your life. Further, it can be the key to adulthood – a real benchmark in which you can change your name and feel empowered to take control of your life. He even had learning steps when you’re a certain age like being able to explore your values. For this novel and thought out approach, he earned the Best Speaker vote….before ascending to heaven on a cloud (okay fine, all of the last sentences of the speaker summaries are lies – you should still show up and see these amazing speeches in person).

Alberto Alvarado led a well-prepared evaluation team. Antonio Garcia won Best Evaluator with an evaluation of Sureal’s speech which included specific, supportive ways in which he could improve. Antonio pointed out that he and Sureal started around the same time so it should be no surprise that they both walked away with Best Speaker and Evaluator last night.

Next week is our Open House and our Club President, Jon Berman is going to lead us to glory!

And, as a reminder, Humorous Speech Champ, Dave Zarella and International Speech Champ, Bob Dietrich are going to the Area 9 Contest to represent us Saturday, October 17thBookmark this page, https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-9/ , and stay tuned for more information.

Also, there several other contests being run by our members who are serving the district as Area Directors and they could use our help. Please reach out to any of them if you are free on the following days.

October 10 @10am: Sureal Sparx, Area 1 & 6 Contest (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-areas-1-6/)

October 17 @9:30am: Elaine Dusetzina, Area 9 Director – Bob Dietrich and Dave Zarella are competing here (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-9/)

October 24 @10am: Corinna Koehler, Area 14 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-12-14/)

November 14 @ 8:30am: Matt Corrales, Area 23 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/northern-division-online-area-contests-area-18-23/)

I hope you’re all doing well,

Chris Hammell, DTM

November 12 @ 6-8:15pm (Gavel drop at 6:30pm): Toastmasters meeting will be replaced with Table Topics Mania on the outside patio at DiMille’s. Members only. RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/sd7pizza

What Did I Miss: 10/1/2020

Self-care was the theme of my meeting this week. I saw an opening on the agenda and I couldn’t resist jumping in. My word of the week was cope because I hope that everyone is doing just that. I also hope that if you haven’t been attending club meetings, you consider making us part of your self-care. We enjoy seeing everyone each week.

What some may not realize about the timer role is that, as the Toastmaster of the Evening, the timer is only person you talk to. Everyone else you introduce but you’re interacting with the timer and they become your most important tool for running the meeting. Manny Thosy made for an excellent partner-in-crime and even kept me from making a mistake.

What can I say about Joyce Persichilli, our Table Topics Master? She was in charge of every Toastmasters club in San Diego County and a few in Arizona. She took the theme and asked members and guests questions about self-care. Member, Corinna Koehler and Guest, Christina tied for best table topics speaker.

There was also a tie for best manual Speaker. Both delivering their Icebreakers, Gregory Pitts and Budd Barmeyer split the votes for best speaker.

Gregory Pitts’ spoke about gaining a lot of success in various endeavors but not feeling proficient in anyone thing. With the help of the book, Essentialism, he is eliminating things that take his time away from the things he wants to rigorously pursue.

Budd Barmeyer, talked about how he enjoys serving people and hearing their stories. He has found his calling in helping and developing others while traveling the world and enjoying the positive energy of others.

Kris Manske gave us an inside look at a mentor-protégé relationship via her two cats, Orange and Velcro. While Orange was a reluctant mentor at first, she rose to the occasion and Velcro learned many valuable skills like mirroring and the assuming the ‘cat loaf’ position. While Kris insists the speech was mostly to show cute cat pictures, it also reminds us that we should have more cats.

Christoph Kubitza led a well-prepared evaluation team which included, Ben Nitti who would be voted into membership later that night. Eric Linder won the Best Evaluator vote for his evaluation of Budd Barmeyer’s speech.

And because I want everyone to have them, here are the links I provided with the theme and word of the week in case anyone needs them or knows anyone who could use them:

Theme: Self-Care (https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-5-step-guide-self-care-for-busy-people.html)

Word of the Week: Cope/Coping/Coped (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html)

And, as a reminder, Humorous Speech Champ, Dave Zarella and International Speech Champ, Bob Dietrich are going to the Area 9 Contest to represent us Saturday, October 17thBookmark this page, https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-9/ , and stay tuned for more information.

Also, there several other contests being run by our members who are serving the district as Area Directors and they could use our help. Please reach out to any of them if you are free on the following days.

October 10 @10am: Sureal Sparx, Area 1 & 6 Contest (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-areas-1-6/)

October 17 @9:30am: Elaine Dusetzina, Area 9 Director – Bob Dietrich and Dave Zarella are competing here (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-9/)

October 24 @10am: Corinna Koehler, Area 14 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/southern-division-online-area-contests-area-12-14/)

November 14 @ 8:30am: Matt Corrales, Area 23 Director (https://d5tm.org/event/northern-division-online-area-contests-area-18-23/)

I hope you’re all doing well,

Chris Hammell, DTM