Oratory Otters Toastmasters

Oratory Otters Toastmasters Oratory Otters is a Toastmasters International club that meets every Monday from 6 to 730pm at Black Bear Diner in Monterey. Guests are always welcome!
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Oratory Otters is a Toastmasters group on campus at CSUMB.

Attire: Casual

12/20/2019
White Elephant

Oscar really, really, really liked his white elephant gifts πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…. He successfully won a challenge from a fellow Toastmaster! If anyone took other fun shots or videos, please share!!

Did you miss the Holiday white elephant party? If so, why would you do that?!  Secondly, here are some fun photos.  Hope...
12/20/2019

Did you miss the Holiday white elephant party? If so, why would you do that?! Secondly, here are some fun photos. Hope you enjoy them. Happy Holidays from all of us at Oratory Otters.

Otters role deep in spite of the harsh weather conditions! Oscar lead us with a theme of "Change in Seasons', and highli...
12/03/2019

Otters role deep in spite of the harsh weather conditions! Oscar lead us with a theme of "Change in Seasons', and highlighting what rain, clouds and rainbows symbolize to him. Marcela took Best Speaker, and shared with us about why gratitude is so important to our health and well-being. She also took home Γ±the most improved ribbon! Amber, whom graced us with her presence (we missed you!) took home the Best Table Topics ribbon. Please note that we don't have a meeting next week. Black Bear Diner will be closed for renovations. See you at the Holiday party on December 11. Details forthcoming via email.

Welcome back, Otters! We hope everyone had a great Holiday last week.  Olga was a great Toastmaster this evening, and us...
11/19/2019

Welcome back, Otters! We hope everyone had a great Holiday last week. Olga was a great Toastmaster this evening, and ushered us through the meeting smoothly. Huge congratulations to Maricela for her icebreaker speech! It was wonderful to learn about her upbringing. Sandra was doing a special project today where she had Megan role play by asking her interview questions! I had to miss the end of them meeting, so I will post follow up pictures and the winners later this week. Today my niece's birthday (she turned 8!) πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ so I'll be back to regularly scheduled programming next Monday :-). Have a great week, Otters. -Oscar

Happy early Halloween from all of us at Otters! Congratulations to Sal for taking Best Costume, and Edi for Best Spooky ...
10/28/2019

Happy early Halloween from all of us at Otters! Congratulations to Sal for taking Best Costume, and Edi for Best Spooky Table Topics! Thank you for hosting us, Edi and Fred!! We had a great time celebrating and hanging outside of our regular meeting. Have Spooktacular week everyone, and see you tomorrow for our Monday meeting.

Hello to all! Hope you had a great Monday.  We had a great meeting at Otters earlier this evening.  New members stepped ...
10/22/2019

Hello to all! Hope you had a great Monday. We had a great meeting at Otters earlier this evening. New members stepped up by taking functionary roles. We also welcome 4 guests, 3 from the the CSUMB Physician Assistant program (thanks to Dr. Fred for that connection!), and one community member. Megan was our TM with a theme that conmemorated the Loma Prieta Quake. Winners: Oscar, Best Evaluator; Daniel, Best Speaker; Most Improved, Gabe; Best Table Topics, Bastian! See you Sunday at Halloween party. RSVP asap, please.

Otters, join us for our upcoming Halloween party! See flyer below.  Please RSVP by texting Belinda.  You can also email ...
10/15/2019

Otters, join us for our upcoming Halloween party! See flyer below. Please RSVP by texting Belinda. You can also email Oscar at [email protected] Excited to hang with all of you outside our normal meetings. Have a great week.

If you missed yesterday's meeting, you definitely missed a good one! Sara did a wonderful job as Toastmaster, and helped...
10/15/2019

If you missed yesterday's meeting, you definitely missed a good one! Sara did a wonderful job as Toastmaster, and helped us all to learn and understand the connection between yoga and public speaking. We had three guests, and one of them took Best Table Topics Speaker! Oscar won Best Speaker and Daniel took Best Evaluator. Most Improved was awarded to Belinda. See you all next Monday!

Yesterday's winners: Oscar, Best Speaker; Wanda, Best Evaluation; Best Table Topics, Chris (guest yesterday, and newest ...
10/09/2019

Yesterday's winners: Oscar, Best Speaker; Wanda, Best Evaluation; Best Table Topics, Chris (guest yesterday, and newest member!), and Most Improved, Bastian. Congrats to all the winners.

"That's a cool lid, Bro!" - San Francisco resident commenting on Fred's new cap. Do you think it's a cool lid??!!
10/09/2019

"That's a cool lid, Bro!" - San Francisco resident commenting on Fred's new cap. Do you think it's a cool lid??!!

Hello Otters! I missed you all last week.  Glad I got to see so many of you today.  This week, I thought I'd change it u...
09/17/2019

Hello Otters! I missed you all last week. Glad I got to see so many of you today. This week, I thought I'd change it up a bit for this post. Below are some cool action shots from today's meeting, including shots with our 5 guests and new member: Maricela. Later this week I'll post some short videos I captured, and end with the photos of our ribbon winners. I'll be out town for next two weeks so I'll miss you next week and the next. I'll be in Southern, Italy where I have planned to visit at least one TM Club. -Oscar

Announcement: No meeting next Monday.  We will be taking Labor Day off.  Speaking of Labor Day, guess what the theme was...
08/28/2019

Announcement: No meeting next Monday. We will be taking Labor Day off.

Speaking of Labor Day, guess what the theme was for yesterday's meeting? That's right: Labor Day. Daniel, our Toastmaster, led us through the history of the Holiday and some of the major milestones of that contributed to the labor movement. Check out some of the great pictures of yesterday's winners and a few shots of Table Topics and Prepared Speeches.

NOT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 guests, but a whopping 8.  Great work to every Otter who brought guest, including Fred, Betha...
08/27/2019

NOT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 guests, but a whopping 8. Great work to every Otter who brought guest, including Fred, Bethany (and Amber), Oscar and Megan! More pictures and meeting summary tomorrow. For now, time to rest after a great meeting!

Good afternoon, Otters.  I hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday.  Check out some great photos of yesterday's meeting. ...
08/20/2019

Good afternoon, Otters. I hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday. Check out some great photos of yesterday's meeting. Oscar severed as Toastmaster yesterday. He introduced the meeting with the theme of "Learning from Your Travels." Oscar is also ushered is into new territory by hosting an impromptu mini speech sessions on "why we joined Toastmasters." We learned so much about one another as everyone present had a chance to share! Congratulations to Daniel for taking best Table Topics and Gabe for taking Most Improved. Oh, and we also welcomed two new guests! It was definitely a great meeting yesterday!! See you all next Monday.

Otters are still traveling! Here are some pics from Bethany. Looking forward to having you back, but glad you're enjoyin...
08/08/2019

Otters are still traveling! Here are some pics from Bethany. Looking forward to having you back, but glad you're enjoying your vacation.

Bethany shared the following about her trip:

"I went to upstate NY with my mom. We stayed in Saratoga Springs, but visited Lake George in the Adirondacks and went to Albany to see the State Capitol.

I’m a horse racing fan so we did several horse-y things, but we also saw the Saratoga Battlefield, the Saratoga Monument, at Lake George we went to Fort William Henry, we saw a Harry Potter movie concert at the Saratoga Springs Performance Arts Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra, went to a sugarhouse to learn how maple syrup is made, tasted the local mineral springs throughout Saratoga, and saw the Capitol building which is absolutely stunning. Lots of history in upstate NY!

Good morning 🌞😊! Hope everyone is well rested, and ready for some great pictures from yesterday's meeting.  Sara had a g...
08/06/2019

Good morning 🌞😊! Hope everyone is well rested, and ready for some great pictures from yesterday's meeting. Sara had a great debut as an Otters Toastmaster yesterday. Excellent job on keeping us on time, and gliding us from section to section. Amber, one of newest members shared her ice breaker speech with us, and she won the Best Speaker award! Our guest took Best Table Topics, Belinda took Most Improved, and Skee won Best Evaluator. Oscar, Daniel and Olga helped formally welcome Danny, our newest member! I'm including a few candid shots too. Enjoy :-)

Missed our meeting yesterday? If so, here are a few shots that captured great moments, including: Danielle delivering up...
07/30/2019

Missed our meeting yesterday? If so, here are a few shots that captured great moments, including: Danielle delivering updated ice-breaker speech, 4 guests participating in Megan's engaging Table Topics questions!, Sara receiving a certificate for completing Level 3 in the Presentation Mastery pathway, and Fred receiving a certificate for completing the entire Presentation Mastery pathway. Great meeting and, as always, great company! See you all next Monday.

07/30/2019

Amber hit it out of the park with her Ah Counter report earlier today. Oscar is now keenly aware that he loves to say "really, really" a lot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Hope you all enjoy listening to this as much we did.

A few pics from my time at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Tanglewood (home of the Boston Symphony every summer)...
07/25/2019

A few pics from my time at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Tanglewood (home of the Boston Symphony every summer). Enjoy :) -Oscar

07/25/2019

Our only awesome summer travel pictures were sent by Kathleen. Thanks, Kathleen! Here's a Boomerang I took in Boston; we were celebrating the 4th wknd with my cousin's friends. I had an opportunity to visit my cousin in Boston, and spent a week at a yoga center in Western, Massachusetts. I'll post a few others in a separate post as FB does not let me post pictures and videos together 🀷 If you want to share pictures please email me at: [email protected]. Happy Hump Day!

Our meeting was the talk of the town today! Highlights included: 4 guests, over 15 members present, Area Director induct...
07/23/2019

Our meeting was the talk of the town today! Highlights included: 4 guests, over 15 members present, Area Director inducted new Leadership Team, Megan gave a speech that was video recorded as though she was giving an live op-ed, voted in Bethany as our newest member, and Belinda walked us through the use of social media to promote the Club. Oscar was our Toastmasters today, with the theme of "National Hammock Day." He encouraged us go-getters to chill and relax a bit this summer :-) see you all next Monday! Same time, same place.

Congratulations to Sandra for taking Best Evaluator ribbon.  Congratulations to Oscar for taking Best Photobomb πŸ˜‚
07/16/2019

Congratulations to Sandra for taking Best Evaluator ribbon. Congratulations to Oscar for taking Best Photobomb πŸ˜‚

Kathleen was our first member to submit summer trip photos. "I'm working in Yellowstone this summer! The rafting photo i...
07/09/2019

Kathleen was our first member to submit summer trip photos. "I'm working in Yellowstone this summer! The rafting photo is from the Tetons." Thanks so much for sending these in! We miss you and look forward to having you back. These are spectacular photos!! Anyone else want to share? Email Oscar at [email protected].

07/07/2019

Good afternoon, Otters. I'll be missing you all tomorrow as I am traveling (in Boston visiting a cousin), and then off to Western, Massachusetts for a mediation retreat / training. It occurred to me that it would be cool to try get Otters who are doing some summer travel featured on our FB page. I know many of you are taking summer trips, and it would be cool to feature a shot or two. Internationally, Toastmasters features members who pose with the TM magazine when they travel, so why not try something of our own?! I'll post a few pictures later this week of my trip. If you want to share a few of your pictures, send us a message via Facebook or email me at [email protected].
Happy Sunday 😊
-Oscar

Hello again! Did you miss Monday's meeting?! If so, you missed out as Jennifer debuted as a General Evaluator, and on so...
07/03/2019

Hello again! Did you miss Monday's meeting?! If so, you missed out as Jennifer debuted as a General Evaluator, and on some great fun. Skee ushered the meeting, and wove in the a theme related to Independence Day. Our winners for the day were: Most Improved, Sandra; Best Speaker, Megan; Best Table Topics, Tanya; Best Evaluation, Belinda. We also welcomed 2 guests, both of whom are signing up to be full members! See you all on Monday.

Happy Wednesday, Otters.  Please help us welcome  our new Leadership Team members pictured below. These shots will be us...
07/03/2019

Happy Wednesday, Otters. Please help us welcome our new Leadership Team members pictured below. These shots will be used to update our webpage soon :-) The only member we are missing is Olga. We look forward to posting her photo soon. Good luck to our new team!

We had a great meeting today! Last post of the night includes a pic of our new Leadership Team and some funny pics ;-) I...
06/25/2019

We had a great meeting today! Last post of the night includes a pic of our new Leadership Team and some funny pics ;-) It also includes today's ribbon winners: Jennifer (Eval), Megan (Speech), Maddy (Table Topics), and Danielle (Most Improved). Oh.. and the pics also include some shots of today's Toastmaster (Olga) and a few others performing their roles. Enjoy the pics. See you all next Monday.

We officially welcomed in our newest members Sara and Amber today.  Congratulations on joining our Club, and for steppin...
06/25/2019

We officially welcomed in our newest members Sara and Amber today. Congratulations on joining our Club, and for stepping into the journey to improve and expand your leadership and public speaking skills.

Our newest club photo (does not include all of our members). Happy Monday from Oratory Otters!
06/25/2019

Our newest club photo (does not include all of our members). Happy Monday from Oratory Otters!

Oratory Otters Toastmasters's cover photo
06/20/2019

Oratory Otters Toastmasters's cover photo

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06/20/2019

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06/20/2019

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On Monday, our Club members unanimously voted for our new Executive Committee (July to December, 2019). A huge thanks to...
06/20/2019

On Monday, our Club members unanimously voted for our new Executive Committee (July to December, 2019). A huge thanks to our past officers, and those who will continue to serve.

The following members will preside over Club business starting July 1.

President: Oscar
Vice President, Education: Daniel
Vice President, Public Relations: Belinda
Vice President, Membership: Olga
Treasurer: Skee
Secretary: Sandra
Sargent at Arms: Emily

Congratulations on serving, and stepping up to the challenge. As you serve others, these members will also gain invaluable leadership and public speaking skills.

-Oscar

Help us welcome Amber, our newest member. Amber has visited our Club for the past three weeks, and has always taken up t...
06/20/2019

Help us welcome Amber, our newest member. Amber has visited our Club for the past three weeks, and has always taken up the challenge to participate in our Table Topics section (improptu speaking practice). Way to step up! Welcome, Amber.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next Monday 😊 Our theme for our meeting is "Hot Fun in The Summertime." I can't...
06/13/2019

We are looking forward to seeing you all next Monday 😊 Our theme for our meeting is "Hot Fun in The Summertime." I can't imagine a more appropriate theme given the heat we've experienced this week! I was in Berkeley this week for work and it was 102 on Tuesday!!

Check out a picture below of Megan and Maria from this Monday's meeting. Megan lead a special project where she used role play as the main speech technique.

-Oscar

Welcome back, Fred! We are all happy to hear your surgery went well.  Fred also shared about an unfortunate accident he ...
06/04/2019

Welcome back, Fred! We are all happy to hear your surgery went well. Fred also shared about an unfortunate accident he was part of (someone hit his car), and he shared a powerful speech on the dangers of texting and driving. Please don't text and drive! We'll post a few more pics later this evening 😊

05/24/2019
Toastmasters International

Have you been curious about joining Oratory Otters? Check out these cool videos of other Toastmasters sharing about their journey. Hope you will join us at our next meeting 😊.

Toastmasters share their personal experiences about speaking on international cruises, giving workshops on financial literacy, preparing a heartfelt eulogy and overcoming insecurities about speaking in English. Read their stories and be inspired!
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Who's in the house? Oratory Otters are in the house! Megan was an outstanding Toastmaster today; she weaved tidbits of h...
05/21/2019

Who's in the house? Oratory Otters are in the house! Megan was an outstanding Toastmaster today; she weaved tidbits of helpful info from District Conference speakers. Maria debuted in her General Evaluator role today! Way to step it up, Maria. Oscar shared picture from his Grand Canyon backpacking trip, and took Best Speaker today. Megan evaluated Oscar's speech, and took Best Evaluator. Maria took Best Table Topics. The picture of the empty chair is in honor of Danielle πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜. She had to leave us early, but we still honored her. Jennifer had a great speech on Quantum Physics and Sandra shared about Monet, the famous painter. Great meeting overall! See you all June 3rd. We will not be meeting next Monday due to Holiday.

This is the last post of the night; we promise! Thanks Daniel for helping Maria to navigate the Pathways online curricul...
05/07/2019

This is the last post of the night; we promise! Thanks Daniel for helping Maria to navigate the Pathways online curriculum. Congrats to Olga for taking Most Improved and Best Speaker. Skee took Best Evaluator and our guest took Best Table Topics!!

05/07/2019

Kathleen was on point as today's grammarian! Listen to her feedback related to use of adverbs. We are lucky to have such skilled Toastmasters.

05/07/2019

Missed today's meeting? Check out Fred's awesome announcement regarding a fellow member, Maddy's, exhibition of a project she worked on, now display at the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas. We are proud of Maddy's work. Please go support her by visiting the exhibit.

Interested in being on the next Executive Committee? Today we had an opportunity to hear from our President, Oscar Flore...
05/07/2019

Interested in being on the next Executive Committee? Today we had an opportunity to hear from our President, Oscar Flores, on his role as well as from others on the Leadership Team. If you're interested in learning about any role, please reach out to any of the current officers. Serving on the Leadership team is a great way to expand your skills, and increase the opportunities to practice your public speaking and leadership skills.

Did you miss today's meeting? If so, we missed you, AND, by the way, you missed a great meeting! Our Toastmaster Tetyana...
04/30/2019

Did you miss today's meeting? If so, we missed you, AND, by the way, you missed a great meeting! Our Toastmaster Tetyana framed the meeting around the concept of storytelling. So many fun events and learning / growth moments occurred today (great and constructive evaluations, excellent table topics facilitation, and use of presentation technology), and we had a returning guest.

Today's winners:

Evaluator: Kathleen
Speaker: Megan
Table Topics: Maria
Most Improved: Natalia

See you all next Monday.

A few fun shots from today's after-meeting hangout time. 1. Olga practicing for an upcoming speech. 2. Special pic with ...
04/23/2019

A few fun shots from today's after-meeting hangout time.

1. Olga practicing for an upcoming speech.
2. Special pic with a few members holding our recent award presented at the Division Contest to Otters.
3. Wanda taking her suitcase that she forgot at the Division Contest 🀣 (it was her prop for her speech)

Hope you enjoy. Have a great week Otters. See you next Monday.

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