Recap From 2012.02.02 Meeting

A big “Thank you” goes out to Peninsula Toastmasters who came out to our February 2 meeting. The meeting was filled with our usual warmth and energy was there.

Our Table Topics theme was Valentine’s Day. Several members including Ed and Arnold chimed in with their thoughts on the most romantic day of the year. Our guest for the evening, Cesar, captured our imagination with his plans for an elaborate Valentine’s Day massage and dinner celebration. We always applaud members who bold step in and start speaking right away at their first meeting. The longer you wait to speak, the harder it will be to speak. JUST DO IT! Congratulations to Cesar for winning best Table Topics!

Arnold delivered a great speech about the best make-up tip for women (and men) – Put on Your Smile! Have you ever noticed that even if you merely made the smile movement, your mood automatically becomes brighter? We are hardwired to feel better when our smile muscles are engaged! Arnold reminded us that when we smile, the world smiles with us.

We also had an impromptu debates on the recent call from several UCSF professors to make sugar a regulated substance like drugs or alcohol. It was a War of the Sexes as the male members argued for the ban of sugar while the female members defended the right to sweeten any and all things. Even our honorary wunderkind member Jackie participated and made some GREAT points about why banning sugar is a bad idea. Truly, out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems! You may watch Jackie and the rest of the Peninsula Female Debate Team at our YouTube Channel. It was a grand finale to a fine evening at Peninsula Toastmasters.

Lastly I’d like to remind our members if they sign up for a speech, they are expected to deliver it. We always encourage members to give speeches, not merely sign up to give a speech without actually showing up. If you don’t know if you’ll be ready to give your speech, don’t sign up.

If your schedule changes and you can’t speak at the meeting as scheduled, give the Toastmaster or the VP of Education at least 24-hours notice. We can plan for a great meeting even with no speeches, but we struggle when speakers bail out with no notice. Please help us keep the meetings organized!

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