The August 5, 2019 meeting of the Newport Center Toastmasters Club was attended by 21 members, and 1 guests (April Braswell 1st visit)

This was our first meeting at the new location in the Bayview Conference Room at 100 Bayview Circle, NewportBeach, CA 92660

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The theme was: “Super Heroes”.  The word of the day was “Protagonist”

The winners were:

Best Table Topics = Louis Raymond

Colette Gardner Spark Plug Award = Steve Babyak

Risk Taker = Beatrix Wen

Most Improved Speaker = Beatrix Wen

Best Evaluator = Brenda Ryan

Second Best Speaker = Melanie Sears

Best Speaker =Alex Obradovic

Toastmaster: Christi Mottola

Table Topics Master: Michelle Hudson

General Evaluator: Tom Smagala



Beatrix Wen – “On My Way To Being Strong”

Alex Obradovic – “Do Not Let Perfect Get In The Way of Good”

Melanie Sears- “ABAS”

Krista Mesenbrink “When Words Fail”



Jola Jablonska

Brenda Ryan

Stephen Wolf

Garry Lavender

Old Business:  Our meetings will be at 100 Bayview Circle, Newport Beach, CA 92660. BRING your PARKING TICKET to the meeting for Validation.  Parking is free with the validated ticket from security.  Pick-Up your validated tickets on your way out. SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS as a visual reference.


Regarding missing more than 3 meetings in a row, a work-related absence is excused if the member provides notice and finds a replacement for their role.

Currently, the club is at the maximum number of members which is 32.  If a member misses more than 3 meetings in a row that is not related to travel, illness, or business that member will be moved to the inactive list. If a member is unable to attend a meeting it is the member’s responsibility to find a replacement. Remember to fill your role if you are unable to attend.

Once the inactive member returns to meetings the member will be admitted before the guests if there is a waitlist at that time.

It is important to keep our introductions, invocation, toast, educational minute and joke, short.

Per David Hosmer: He would like our “success stories” for the O. C. Toastmasters Newsletter. He’d like to feature our success stories using the skills gained in Toastmasters, and how we’ve applied them outside of Toastmasters through travels, getting connected with others, encouraging others, etc. In spring of 2019 there will be speaker contests for area, division, and district. If anyone is interested in submitting a success story or signing up for a contest, you may contact David Hosmer at


Pathways – A lot of people are having issues with Pathways, so if you have questions, please contact Toastmasters International member support at (720) 439-5050.

Please use the contacts from the most current email of minutes, when you send an email. There are old members receiving emails, that don’t want to be included anymore.

There’s a link with google to rate our club, so please go in and give a rating.

Clarifying the Timekeeping Guidelines: Most speeches are 5-7 minutes. For example,  when the speaker has reached the minimum time of 5 minutes the Green Light comes on. When the speaker has reached 6 minutes the Yellow Light comes on. When the speaker reaches 7 minutes the Red Light comes on.  After 15 seconds, at 7 minutes 15 seconds, the Timer stands up.  At this point, you have 15 more seconds to finish your speech.  Once the timer sits down at 7 1/2 minutes the speaker is disqualified.  The Table Topics portion of the meeting speaking time is typically 40 seconds (Green), 50 seconds(Yellow), 60 seconds(Red) and Evaluations are 1 minute 30 seconds(Green), 1 minute 45 seconds (Yellow) and 2 minutes (Red).

New Business:  Spiro Demetriadi resigned as VP of Membership.  Beatrix Wen volunteered to take on the role of VP of Membership.

Secretary’s Notes:  Note that the To: line of this email always has the most up to date email list of members.  The CC line contains each week’s guests.

Lory Nemnich

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