The July 1, 2019 meeting of the Newport Center Toastmasters Club was attended by 25 members, and 4 guests (Ryan Cwick 1st visit, Zubair Khan 1st visit, Danny Del Giorno 5th visit,  Tiffany Yelverton 1st visit.)

Our old location is at The Bluffs Homeowners Community Association, Fiesta Room at 2414 Vista Del Oro, NewportBeach.  Please remember to park on Vista del Oro or in the park’s parking lot and not in the Homeowners Community lot.

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The theme was: “Freedom”.  The word of the day was “responsibility”.

The winners were:

Best Table Topics = Krista Mesenbrink

Colette Gardner Spark Plug Award = Spiro Demetriadi

Risk Taker = Spiro Demetriadi

Most Improved Speaker = Brenda Ryan

Best Evaluator =Valerie Bath

Second Best Speaker = Spiro Demetriadi

Best Speaker = Christina Wehbe

Toastmaster: Steve Babyak

Table Topics Master: Tom Smagala

General Evaluator: Alex Obradovic



Brenda Ryan – “The Beat Goes On”

Christina Wehbe – “Self Love is not Optional”

Shiva Batchu- “Why Be Positive”

Spiro Demetriadi- “Gun Control”



Valerie Bath, John Hawekotte,  Michelle Hudson, Christi Mottola

Old Business:

We are unsure we can keep using our current space and will know more in July but as a precaution, if anyone has any ideas of another appropriate space let Shiva Batchu know.

We will update you every week to keep you informed.

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:  Today we inducted 4 new members, Jola Jablonsko, Melanie Sears, Beatrix When and Austin Shake.  Welcome!

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 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.


Lory Nemnich

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