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Member Spotlight – Jaime N

This week, we turn our focus to the incoming President of Peninsula Toastmasters Club, Jaime N. Jaime is a supply chain and logistics specialist in the merchandise department at America’s oldest piano dealer, Sherman Clay & Co. When he first joined the club, we all had the impression that he must be a orchestra conductor because of the intensity on his face and his frenzied hand gesticulations. After about a year in the club, the giant stride he has made in his self-confidence and public speaking has been nothing short of remarkable. He has represented our club in the Area H5 Fall Contest and won First Place!

Currently, Jaime is working on his Competent Communicator manual and his Competetent Leader manual. We recently interviewed our next Club President to find out more about his background and what he’s like outside the club.

1. Where are you from and what’s interesting about it?

I was born in El Salvador, a small country in Central America with the most amazing beaches and waves. Perfect for surfing. It is a country that is filled with stunning natural beauty, such as Lake Coatepeque (bel0w), the volcanos of Jiboa Valley, and the beaches at the Coconut Island of Mendez near the Gulf of Fonseca.

2. What was your fondest memory growing up?

I liked the people I grew up with. My childhood was great and filled with memories of the time I spent with my many friends. I seem to be always behind a ball of some sort: basketball, baseball, soccer, bicycles (Ed. technically not a ball, but has round wheels!). I still keep in touch with friends from childhood. Now they live all around the world.

3. What’s important to you?

Friends and family are important to me. I value friendships very much.

4. What do you like?

I love music and airplanes, but I like walking and hiking very much as well.

5. What do you dislike?

Negative people.

6. What do you do when you’re working?

I’m always on the phone with vendors. I make things happen. From a container from China, to a very delicate handmade piano from New York, I make sure all piano merchandise gets delivered to the stores. It gives me great pride to see a serial # on a shipping manifest transform into a stunningly beautiful piano on the floor at our store.

7. What do you do when you’re not working?

Music is my passion. I’m not a good musician, but I love music anyway. I enjoy taking a walk or a hike. I often eat out and visit friends. Believe it or not, I also like to do house chores.  I find it relaxing!

That’s about it from President-In-Waiting, Jaime N. for now. If you haven’t not yet done so, please say hello and introduce yourself to Jaime at a future meeting! Keep an eye out for our next member spotlight! If you’d like to be featured, please contact Timothy.


Member Spotlight – Eugenia

This week, we turn our focus to one of our long-time members, Eugenia. Eugenia is an adjunct professor at the San Mateo County Community College Distract. This Spring Eugenia is teaching a class on Nutrition at the Science and Technology Department of Cañada College. Currently, Eugenia is working on her Advanced Communicator manual “Special Occasion Speeches” for the Advanced Communicator Bronze achievement.

Eugenia was kind enough to to take some time to answer some of questions we’ve all been dying to ask:

1. Where are you from and what’s interesting about it?

I was born in San Francisco. I love the cultural diversity and the many ethnic neighborhoods in the city.

2. What was your fondest memory growing up?

One of my fondest memory growing up was going to camp without my family. I loved the independence.

3. What’s important to you?

What’s important to me is family and friends and having enough money to do things I enjoy to do while helping others.

4. What do you like?

I enjoy good food, social gatherings, and cultural activities.

5. What do you dislike?

I dislike to see messiness in the house

6. What do you do when you’re working?

I teach college courses in Nutrition and Dietetics. I also do food and nutrition consultations with clients in the community and for food service establishments.

7. What do you do when you’re not working?

I like to travel with family and friends on cruises or in car, attend cultural activities, listen to music, cooking, reading, and get a good workout at gym or simply going out for a walk.

That’s about it from Eugenia for now. Please say hello and introduce yourself to Eugenia at a future meeting! Keep an eye out for our next member spotlight! If you’d like to be featured, please contact Timothy.

Take The E Train To The Spring 2012 District Conference

Would you like to network with hundreds of professionals with similar interests? How would you like to sharpen your communication skills in fantastic workshops held by former speech contest winners? Do you want to hear a World Champion of Public Speaking?

You can do all of the above and MORE at the 2012 District 4 Spring Conference. The theme of the conference is Energize, Educate, and Entertain. You’re in for a full 12-hour program from 8AM to 8PM. It’s packed with great workshops and unbelievable speakers. For those of you who have never been to a District Conference before, you’re in for a life-changing experience. For more information about the conference including the full conference schedule, please visit the District 4 homepage.

For Toastmasters who are watching their budgets, you can customize your package to suit your needs. Here are the most popular registration options:

Saturday Conference Only
$100 – Conference + Reception Package (8:00AM-8:30PM)
Includes breakfast, luncheon, snack, and hors d’oeuvres

$80 – Conference Package (8:00AM-7:00PM). This includes breakfast, luncheon, and $80

If you just want to see the contests, you can see both the International Speech and the Table Topics Contest per only $35 PER CONTEST. For full registration details and to submit your payment, please click HERE.

Don’t miss the E-Train!

Story Night Inaugural Meeting Recap

On a clear and moonlit night in downtown San Bruno, the usual breeze was nowhere to be found, leaving the atmosphere unusually warm and pleasant. The beautiful evening sky augured something magical. On San Mateo Avenue, a few pedestrians ambled about, scouting for tasty meal options. Shining like a jewel on the southern end of the street was Sweet Connections, a brightly lit ice cream shop radiating with warmth of a freshly baked pie. If you were in the mood for tangy yogurt or decadent sundae, Sweet Connections was the place to be. But greater treasures still could be found within.

Far back in the party room at the rear of the shop, Peninsula Toastmasters gathered. The Word of the Day for the meeting was “oxymoron”. Indeed, on this night, we were as strangers who knew each other well. As our faux teacup lights flicked dimly with electric light that gave no heat, we were warmed. Though we were smushed together like giant gummy bears, no one seemed to mind. Instead of claustrophobia, there was only nostalgia. On Peninsula’s first ever Story Night, anticipation hung in the air like the morning fog.

The meeting was filled with familar faces. Jaime E. and Jill C. returned to the club like long-lost, prodigal children. There were new faces too. Four guests made their first appearance at a Peninsula Toastmasters meeting. After the Joke of the Day and the Word of the Day, Arnold delivered a speech titled “Say It Like Obama.” And then, it was story time.

Scott bravely led off with a recount of a hilarious prank of how he fooled his coworker into thinking he had been laid off. We marveled at Scott’s cruel sense of humor. It was fortunate Scott lived to tell his tale, “When Practical Joke Goes Wrong” with all his members intact.

Ed followed with a classic camping story about an “Unexpected Journey”. How unexpected? How about an 11-mile hike? It had all the elements of a great survival story, poor planning, starvation, and blisters. To this day, Ed has never hiked again.

Jaime took us on an emotional turn with a touching story about how precious life truly is. He recounted the story of his mother and her battle with lung cancer. She lived and died beautifully. Even to this day, through the story of “Life is Precious”, she enriches lives of people she had never even met.

Arnold made full use of his time by weaving his entire childhood together in an 8-minute tale, most of which blurred together like a drunken poet on LSD. If you missed his story of self-discovery about a young boy’s secret adulation of the female form, suffice it to say you missed the most scandalous story ever delivered in the club.

Timothy brought the baton home with a story about how life perseveres even in the most unimaginable adversity. The enrapt audience sat in stony silence as he delivered an astonishing story, “12 Hours“, about the real-life drama of how a newborn baby was found alive after being mistakenly placed into an icy coffin for 12-hours. Truly, Hope does not disappoint us (Ro 5:5).

Like Love, a great Story is meant to be shared. We hope that some of those who attended will one day retell Story Night as a great story in their own speech or story. We thank all the members and guests who made Peninsula’s inaugural Story Night such a special evening. We also recognize Timothy for doing a masterful job as Toastmaster of the inaugural Story Night at Peninsula Toastmasters.

Please join us again at the next meeting!

A Prayer For Our Friend

Peninsula Toastmasters share in each others’ triumphs and struggles. When we succeed, we feel great pride and joy. When we experience loss , we mourn. Our fellowship does not stop when the meeting ends.

Today Peninsula Toastmasters ask you to keep one of our newest members, Neiasha in your thought. Neiasha’s mother has been has been diagnosed with late stage cancer of the pancreas. Please send your thoughts, well-wishes, and especially prayers to Neiasha and her mother. Whatever God’s plan happens to be, Neiasha askes that we pray for the best outcome.

Thank you for your consideration and your continued support.

Speak – The Screening

Are you ready to watch Speak? Speak is a widely acclaimed documentary film about the personal journeys of eight contestants as they aim for the World Champion of Public Speaking. Set against the backdrop of our #1 fear, the fear of public speaking, this film is funny, emotional, and gripping. Watch the struggle and triumph of human experience through of canvas of cinema.

For a limited time, you may win two tickets to a screening of Speak hosted by District 4. Simply bring a guest to the meeting, have him join our club, and send a copy of the new member’s application form with the sponsor portion on the back filled out with your name by email to Each form you submit counts as one entry in the drawing, so the more guests you bring, the more chances you have to win! The winners and the location of the screening will be announced at a later date.

Check out the official Speak trailer below. Be sure to follow Speak on Twitter.

Member Spotlight – Jenn

This week, we turn our focus to one of our new members, Jenn. Her field of expertise is Education Management. Jenn currently works at the Pacifica School District and owns her own small business. She joined our club last year and often brings her daughter Jaci to the meetings. Apparently public speaking runs in the family! Jenn  was kind enough to to take time to answer some of our burning questions to help us know her a little better as a person.

1. Where are you from and what’s interesting about it?

I was born in a mountainous part of the Philippines called Baguio City and at about 5,000 ft above sea level and what’s interesting about the place I came from is the way to get there. It will take at least 4 hours of driving in a very windy zigzag road from the main land (Ed. This road is called Kennon Road).

The Banaue Rice Terraces also called Payew, are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”

2. What was your fondest memory growing up?

When we were younger, my older brother, friends and I would hike up the mountain close to our home to spy on the Igorot tribes who wears Bahag refers to the loin cloth or G-string worn by male members of various ethnic groups in Northern Luzon, Philippines, particularly in the Mountain Province.

I’m not that old but I am very fortunate to be able to experience the transition of generations from tribal to technology.

3. What’s important to you?

My faith, family, and friends.

4. What do you like?

P E A C E – Pray, Eat, Arts, Charity, Entertainment (Ed: And ACRONYMS)

5. What do you dislike?


6. What do you do when you’re working?


7. What do you do when you’re not working?

“R’s”…reading, relaxing, reflecting.

That about wraps it up for our interview with Jenn. Be sure to click on the pictures of the Banaue Rice Terraces and Kennon Road. They’re spectacular! We are grateful for her wonderful world geography and history lesson and appreciate all her contributions to the club. We are also very happy that she always brings Jaci along! Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say “Hello” the next time you see Jenn at a meeting! Although, if you happen to be wearing a Bahag from the Northern Luzon region of Philippines, she’ll probably come to say “Kumusta” to you!