August 23, 2017 – Habits

Today’s theme is “Habits”.  Adelina Yim is today’s Toastmaster.  She started the meeting with an introduction of benefits of good morning routines.  Morning routines are important and give you momentum and energy.  Benjamin Franklin has recorded his habits. He got up 5am, asked what he should do each day and relaxed in the evening.  He slept 7 hours a day.  Adelina ended her introduction with a quote: wisdom is measured by routines.

Hieu Pham Stuart is the grammarian today.  Her favorite drink is red wine. She just came back from a month-long trip.  Today’s Word of the Day is ABSURD.  She got the inspiration from the 35-day trip on the road.

Adeline continued with information of good habits.  16oz water in the morning helps you dehydrate and give you glowing skin.  She introduced today’s inspiration Bart Howk as a music lover, always listening to music in the evening.  Music develops brain and neuro systems.  Disney bought Baby Einstein for $25 million.  Bart gave an amazing inspiration of quotes from famous people. Ben Franklin: Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

James Smith voluntold to be a joke master.  He gave a fantastic joke about a couple with a dead wife.

Wen He is the Timer. Adelina introduced him as exercising and practicing Taichi and meditate in the morning.  He said that we are animal of habits.  He calculated that it costed $150 per day for a student in a private school in Hawaii. He develops a good habit to keep his kids in school.  An apple a day.  They cut apple themselves and bring it to school every morning.

Adelina then stated that there are more benefits to exercise in the morning, including more metabolism, lower blood pressure, better sleeping.

John Holman is the first speaker.  His speech title is Alive and Well! (Speaking to Inform #1, 8-10 min) He presented his speech with visual aids.   He stated that 46% causes of deaths are heart disease and cancer. He introduced terms of telomeres, cell oxidation, free radicals. Top cancer-causing foods are hot dogs, chips, bacon, doughnuts, fried food. Meat consumptions strongly associates with cancer and heart disease. A more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat or reverse every single one of our fourteen leading causes of death.  He recommended a book “How not to die” by Michael Greger, M.D. with concepts of lifestyle medicine and Blue Zones Power.  He suggested to replace with the Green light food such as broccolis.  He also introduced Dr. Daily Dozen app to track your diet and the website,  He concluded his speech by stating that regardless what age you are, you can make a change with plant-based diet.

The second speaker is Brian Takahashi, who is a seasoned speaker and is working on his Distinguished Toastmater credential.  His speech title is “Assassins and Friends” (Entertaining speech #1, 5-7 minutes)

He introduced two stories that inspired him from movies.  A bird is flying in the winter. Exhausted and dying. It fell besides a cow, which warmed it.  Bird was about to revive.  However, a fox saw the bird. He helped bird but eventually threw it into his mouth.  The story tells us anyone who helps you might be for their own interest and will eventually harm you.  Second story is about Forest Gump.  After he died, the heaven guardian told him that he had to answer three questions to go through the door to heaven. The three questions and the answers are

  1. Q: What day of week start with letter T?

A: Today and tomorrow.

  1. Q: How many seconds in one year.

A: 12 seconds.  January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, ….

  1. Q: What’s God’s name?

A: Andy.  We always sing the song “Andy’s always with me” from church.

The story told us that people can have a different point of perspectives, which don’t make that person wrong.

William Sink is the Table Topic Master. Christine Medeiros gave an improv speech on how to get kids into sleep. Michael answered the question of what to do to get back to sleep. Debra Lee gave an awesome improv on theories of dreams of being naked or underwear publicly. Maria Su answered the question of what boring books you read to put you into sleep.

General evaluator: Christine Medeiros has a bad habit of late night snacks. She recognized James’ preparation and researches on the evaluation materials before the meeting.

James Donnelly evaluated John Holman. He said John is extremely prepared for the speech. He pulled us right in and researched the subject. He recommended books and apps, helped audience to learn.

Katie Stula evaluated Brian Takahashi. She said that Brian opened the speech and brought the audience in. His speech has good structure and conclusion. It was a calm and descriptive speech.

Wen and Hieu delivered great assistant’s reports.

Adelina concluded the meeting with recaps of good habits: drinking 16oz of water in the morning, meditating, thinking about what to accomplish each day, exercising.

Meeting rejoins at 1:14pm.   Next meeting is on August 30th at 12:15pm.


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August 2, 2017 – Favorite Moments of Last Week

James S. called our meeting to order and introduced Leslie K. our Toastmaster of the Day. Leslie had set a theme of “My Favorite Moments of the Last Week.” DBA Members were asked to share what their favorite moments from last week. We had two different inspirational notes provided by John H. kindness and John O. on having a positive attitude. Two Johns gave the audience  a double dose of inspirations. Jeff D. was an outstanding Jokemaster that took his joke to a storytelling level about a new bull addition to a herd of cattle. He used visualization, vocal variety and gestures to accent his fun story about bulls. Pam R. our grammarian st the word of the day, Truculent is an adjective which is defined as aggressive and savage.

Cheryl N. gave her CC#7 speech Research Your Topic titled “Listen To Your Body.” Cheryl shared that she is an avid running enthusiast. She used to continue her running regimen despite injuries. She learned that it was not the right thing to do. She gave everyone 5 tips about running and then 5 tips about what to do when you maybe injured. Besides ibuprofen and physical therapy she suggested to see a doctor when injured to avoid complications. She then encouraged members to join her in the 2017 Honolulu Marathon. Wen H. said he would run while most could not commit.

Willie S. our second speaker gave a non-manual speech titled “Jury Selection”. He had a unique speech format where he became the facilitator attorney asking questions to members to simulate a jury pool selection for a civil trial. Willie demonstrated that we all have biases and prejudices that impacts our judgement. His explanation was that attorney’s seek to select juries that would be sympathetic to their clients and not have preset prejudices that would likely have them not support the client’s claims.

Kelu Z. invited several members to participate with her table topics and share their hobbies and other favorite things. Our meeting ended on time and everyone had a chance to speak. DBA continues to have creative agendas and speakers that make every meeting interesting for all. See you all next week. Maria S. was not there so I was filling in for her.


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July 19, 2017 – Efficiency

James S. opened the meeting that had a theme of “Efficiency” hosted by toastmaster of the day -William S. Toastmaster Willie Credited Daena L. who skillfully helped make sure the meeting roles were confirmed and  filled in advance for the meeting. Brian T. our grammarian gave us the word of the day which was “Lucrative.” Lucrative is an adjective that means profitable, money-making, and remunerative.

Christine M. was our first speaker who delivered Speech No. 8 from the CC Manual on Getting Comfortable with Visual Aids, Titled “Always Mom”. She used a power-point presentation to tell her personal story about her relationship with her Mom. As a child she was an “Opihi” to her mom and attached to her like an “Opihi” shell does to a coastal rock.   They were very close until she reached 18 years old when she married her boyfriend whom her mom disapproved of. Because of that they grew apart and she has not reconnected with her recently until she had children. Christine came to a personal revelation as her mother is going through memory loss as her mom was diagnosed with early onset of Altzheimers disease. She told everyone of the sadness as it is like she is losing her mom for a second time. This helps guide her today for her own children to not repeat the same sadness with them.

Wen H. was our second speaker and he gave a non-manual speech titled” One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” Wen credited John H.’s speech for inspiring him to tackle on thing at a time. Wen H. received an old golf bag with an incomplete set of golf clubs that was another man’s trash. He has since taken up golf and has used those clubs regularly and golf managed to  help his posture and health. He now treasures those golf clubs and bag as he explores the benefits of golf.

John H. who was flattered by Wen was our table topics master and shared how he uses a planner to organize his day to be more efficient  and keep his priorities in order. John then led a rousing creative round of table topics based on characteristics the audience contributed to make creative stories that they needed to react to. It was very interesting how John took us on a journey with creative efficient thinking. The story was topics that included the House Majority Whip, Kim Kardasian, and DoDo Birds. You had to be there.

James S. closed the meeting on time and we had a great meeting with a new guest present. See you all next week.


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July 5, 2017 – Happy July 5th and Celebration of New Officers

James Smith – President
Daena Lee – VP Education
Debra Kohn Lee – VP Membership
Gabriela Noriega – VP Public Relations
Maria – Secretary
Adelina Yim – Treasurer
Pam Roth – Sergeant at Arms
Katie Stula – Immediate Past President

Christopher Haig was the toastmaster of the day. Kelu Zhang offered her inspiration from her memory when she was in Mililani club. Once any club member finishes CC or other manual, other members would build a human bridge which he/she would go through. At the end of the “bridge”, the club President would give him/her a pineapple to celebrate the accomplishment. Pam Roth offered an amazing joke about marriage relationship and what a couple did to count for the arguments they had in their 60 years of marriage.

William Sink was the only speaker for the meeting since the second half of the meeting is Club Officers transition and celebration. He spoke on CC Manual Speech No. 2 “Organize Your Speech”. His title is “The Top Five”. He delivered a well-organized speech with a clear structure. Hesummarized the contributions and impacts made by the top five presidents of the United States. He started with John Kennedy, the 35th U.S. President from 1961 to 1963. Kennedy asked the citizens what you can do for your country. Next Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President from 1901 to 1909. He was a war hero. Abraham Lincoln is the top 3 on William’s list. He is the 16th President from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln believed that everyone was created equal and there should be no slavery in the world. George Washington, first president of United States from 1789 to 1797 is the next. Top one is Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. He directed the United States government during most of the Great Depression and World War II. William finished his speech by stating two common elements among these top five presidents: 1) they all believe in supreme 2) they are all liberal.

Katie Stula served as today’s Table Topic Master. The question was “What was your most memorable July 4th.” She had three people without rolls offer extemporaneous speeches.
District 49 director, Rose Kirkland, visited the club today and congratulated the new club officers. She explained the Challenge Corner and Bingo Card, which is comprised of four challenges: Super 7 Officers Trained, Moments of Truth, Smedley Award and Bingo card. Details please see

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June 21, 2017 – Creativity

James S. opened the meeting today and turned it over to Richard S. who was our toastmaster of the day.  Rich had set a theme of creativity. Richard adroitly filled the missing roles with member volunteers and our meeting was set for success. He encouraged all to re-engage with creativity and get involved with artistic or inventive activities like finger painting. Rebecca W. offered an inspiration for members to approach life fearlessly and be open to the “Unknown” opportunities that occurs in our lives. James D. our Jokemaster delivered a dramatic Joke that was definitely creative. John O. told us that the most creative phase of our life is when we were children. He observes that his children are so creative and fearless with trying new things. John O. was our Grammarian and set the word of the day as “Adroit” which is an adjective that means clever and skillful.

Our first speaker was Jeff D. who is on his 9th speech from the CC Manual Persuade with Power. Jeff began his speech with a story about an elderly couple who experienced a home invasion and was killed by a robber. He showed how two very different worlds exist in life. One world is normal and safe without violence. This world is responsible, predictable  and logical. The second world is Chaotic with Drug Addiction and violence. The second world is where people blame others for their hardships. The second world has frequent interactions with Law Enforcement. Jeff cited facts of Home invasion and other terrible statistics. He suggested that members consider to minimize their risk of violent crimes by investing in home security systems, having a “Big Dog”, and having a plan for survival. He persuaded members to be vigilant and had a very somber speech that put everyone in a serious mood.

James S. filled in for Kelu Z. and gave an impromptu speech on one of America’s Biggest Problem. He had formulated his opinionated speech about the penny as a useless coin. James stated that it was a waste to pay two cents for manufacturing a coin that has a value of 1 cent. It is a waste of money. He recommended that members round the prices of things to avoid excess change and deal in more practical dollars and quarters. He wanted to have everyone understand that Abraham Lincoln is honored on the coin and also has other money that his image appears on. The tradition of honoring the past president will not be decreased by eliminating the penny. Wen H. in evaluating James’s speech suggested that James could expand his speech to reflect on current trends in China and Asia where cash is being eliminated in favor of mobile phone technology. He said homeless on the street in China have a scan of a bar code so people can donate money to them that they carry around to not have the excuse of not having any cash.

Maria S. had created a list of incomplete phrases on creativity that she had those without a role speak extemporaneously for table topics. James announced that next week we just have one speaker scheduled and so there is an opportunity to infill and challenge yourself to progress on your educational goals. It was a very good meeting and we all look forward to next week’s meeting that concludes the terms of our current DBA TM officers. many thanks to the DBA Officers who have done an excellent job this past year! We have a terrific club that continues to impress visitors. It has also been my honor to serve as the club secretary and Maria S. will be taking over the blog and secretary role starting in July.  Aloha!


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June 14, 2017 – Mistakes

Bart H. the Toastmaster of the Day set a meeting theme around “Mistakes”. Wen H. inspired everyone with a quote,” If you are looking for a friend, be one”. Grammarian Daena L. gave us the word of the day,” Precipitous” defined as hasty or rapid. Harvey R. shared a joke about a son who cannot seem to find a girlfriend his mom liked. His best friend told him to find a girl just like his mom. One day his best friend asked him how he was doing and he said he was successful he found a girl just like his mom. so his friend was overjoyed and asked him when he was going to get married. The son said unfortunately she is too much like his mom; now his dad can’t stand her.

Our first speaker was William S. who brought his family to the meeting to support him  on his speech titled” Puritan Economics”. William has a strong voice and stated that we need to return to Puritan Values. “He who does not work, will not eat.” William outlined a persuasive speech stimulate economic growth through having the homeless work and earn a living wage.  This will be combined with tax plan to make the rich pay more to develop economic stimulus to reduce our national debt. In this way we would not leave the 20.4 Billion Dollar debt to our children.

The second speaker was James S. who was doing his Adv. Manual Entertaining speaker speech No. 4, A Dramatic Talk. It was a speech that was centered around the date June 14 in Jame’s Life. He said he was in Shenzhen, China when he received a startling phone call from his brother about his mom passing away. So James flew home to Hawaii and met his brother at home. He turned the TV on in the Kitchen and it was turned on to a Christian Television Channel which proved to James that his Mom was human.  Prior Jame’s opinion was that she was in denial of religion and did not fear death. She was feeling her mortality and wanting to seek salvation when she died in the kitchen.

Our meeting was expanded with a creative round of table topics from Hieu PS who had prepared written mistake challenges printed on strips of folded paper for our members to pick from and speak extemporaneously. It was a precipitous round of table topics with participation from William’s sons. We all enjoyed the expert advice from our General Evaluator Rich S. as our meeting ended on time and everyone looking forward to another great meeting next week.


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May 31,2017 – Summer Reading!

John H. was our toastmaster of the day and set a theme titled:”Summer Reading! Your Favorite, Most Influential , Memorable Books”. John started by telling everyone about how he is considered a book nerd.  William gave a short speech by Winston Churchill for his inspiration.  The speech consisted of 3 words,”Don’t Give Up!” Brian T. our joke master told us a joke about a an 80-year-old man, his 18-year-old pregnant wife, a bear, and an umbrella. Brian likes self-improvement books by Larry Winget, one in particular “They Call It Work for a Reason.” Harvey R. provided the work of the day , “Ubiquitous” which is an adjective defined as “existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent”.

Our first speech was CC # 3 Get To The Point, Titled”Why Jazz Sounds Different”.by Bart H. Bart H. is a professional Trumpet Player and an Attorney. Bart explained his passion for Jazz Music. Bart stated that there are 3 distinctive characteristics of Jazz music. 1) It changes Keys and plays in different keys is an acquired taste in that kind of music. 2) Improvisation as Jazz music musicians improvise the music melody. 3) sticks to the theme melody and follows rules like not to overshadow the soloist musician.

Bhawna M. was our second speaker who delivered her CC#2 Organize Your Speech, Titled,”Treadmill”. She began her speech by asking everyone whether we want more things in our life? She commented that life can be described as a “Hedonic Treadmill”. Where people get on a treadmill to keep wanting more and more things. The develops into needing more and more things to be happy. Bhawna asked everyone to be happy with what you already have and step off the treadmill. Being thankful and feeling lucky for what you have is the way to seek true happiness that is not based on material things.

Some Recommended Books by members today are: The Sun Also Rises, Tao Te Ching, What Color is Your Parachute?, A Confederacy of Dunces, Endurance, Into Africa, A Voyage for Madmen, The Fountainhead, Black Stallion Series, Stop Whining and get a Life, Curious George, Little Prince, Pride and Prejudice, The Holy Bible, The Scent of Green Papaya, I-Robot, The Alchemist, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Princess Diaries, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Atlas Shrugged, Grit and The Giving Tree.

Katie S. announced our new roster of DBA Club Officer nominees and introduced them to the club. We look forward to the new leadership and direction the new officers will bring to the DBA TM club. We all left the meeting with a smile as we ended on time and had practically everyone speak during the table topics session. We also was introduced to Mrs. Holman who explained that she teaches Kindergarten and really enjoyed our meeting. See you all next week!


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