Meeting Minutes – 08.06.2020

It was a dive into commercial waters, last night with a speech about financial planning and a look into the building of a brand and blog. More about that in a moment. Karan Bavandi was our Toastmaster and he delivered an almost perfect performance in the role. He kicked off the night by introducing Joke …

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Meeting Minutes – 07.30.2020

Last night’s Silicon Speech meeting was conducted with great style and panache. Armando Yee was the ringmaster and he introduced our first of two speakers, Li Xin with his Ice Breaker. Li did a great job delivering a speech that had a great message, “Anything worth having is worth working hard for” and his story …

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Meeting Minutes – 07.23.2020

We had a few last-minute cancellations and an audio issue but the group was able to rebound with poise and grace resulting in a resplendent meeting at Silicon Speech, last night. I was Toastmaster and it was my pleasure to introduce, Area A1 Director, Carla Taravella who, just hours earlier, had volunteered to fill in …

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Meeting Minutes – 07.16.2020

It was another great night at Silicon Speech, last night. Alex Schams has returned from his summer hiatus and was our Toastmaster for the festivities. I was Speaker #1 and I took the opportunity to introduce my new website to the club. It was the Pathways, Persuasive Speaking assignment and, hopefully, I persuaded a few …

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Meeting Minutes – 07.09.2020

Hi Everyone, It was our first meeting of the new Toastmaster (fiscal) year and dignitaries were in the house! I would like to thank our new Division A Director, Ed Coffey and our new Area Director, Carla Taravella for dropping by and even volunteering to be our Chief Evaluator and Evaluator #2, respectively. I was …

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Meeting Minutes – 06.25.2020

Hi Everyone, It was our last meeting of the Toastmasters fiscal year and it was quite an event. Two more of our members, Len Kung and Azita Sachmechian achieved new Levels in Pathways which should be what we need to become a President’s Distinguished Club this term. I’ll wait for the official acknowledgment from Toastmasters …

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Meeting Minutes – 06.18.2020

Silicon Speech Toastmasters (SST) met in the Zoom room, once again, in our never-ending pursuit of excellence in online performance. Karan Bavandi was at the helm as Toastmaster keeping the train on the tracks and skillfully guiding us through the Agenda. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one of the most relatable opening …

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Meeting Minutes – 06.11.2020

Hi Everyone, It was a great meeting last night at least for me. I have to admit that I was under the influence of whatever the anesthesiologist gave me prior to wrist surgery earlier in the day. Not sure what it was and probably shouldn’t find out. In short, it was a lovely afternoon. Here’s …

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Meeting Minutes – 06.04.2020

It’s great that there is a place we can all meet online during these turbulent times sitting in the comfort and convenience of our very own homes or before our beautiful virtual backgrounds. That place is the Silicon Speech Zoom meeting and last night we were treated to two terrific speeches by Marisol Zumaeta and …

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Meeting Minutes – 05.28.2020

Hi Everyone, Even though we’ve all been in quarantine for what seems like forever, a Silicon Speech Toastmasters meeting is always a bright spot on the week’s schedule and anything but a perfunctory exercise in online discourse. I’ve always found SST meetings to be lively, interesting, fun and last night even more educational than usual. …

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