This past Saturday (April 21st) in Marysville at the Cal Trans building, a vigorous Toastmasters Speech and Table Topic competition was held to send forward our very best from Division C to the District 39 Convention that is this May 18th.  Our very own Cole Garcia represented the Best by a Dam Site and Area 31.  He drew the last spot in the competition and won the hearts of the judges explaining the nuances and conflict surrounding telling a 5 year old that being the HULK is a pretty difficult goal to achieve.  This is in two minutes mind you.

The club was well represented as five of us elected to avoid our gardening for one more day. So congratulations to Cole!

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APRIL 21ST, SATURDAY (1pm – 4pm) If you are thinking of mowing your lawn, it is just going to grow more!  If you are thinking about going to the Farmer’s market, go early and get the good stuff or late and get the free stuff.  Thinking about just sitting in the sun and relaxing?…..that is what your relatives think you will being too….best to be out of town!

THIS SATURDAY, “Best by a Dam Site” Oroville Toastmasters will be represented by their finest couple, COLE GARCIA and JENNIFER GARCIA.  They will be demonstrating and competing in the Table topics contest and Speech contest in the Division C, District 39 Toastmasters contest.

LOCATION:  CAL TRANS BUILDING, 703 B street, Marysville, California.

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Sticks and stones abound, an intricate pattern that I know so well. Leaves of all variations form a walkway to peace and understanding. Deer nibbled berry bushes line the path I love so dearly.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

With so many years, the quintessence of the lake knows my every secret, my fears, and my very soul.

With so many years, I am responsive and aware of every change the elements force upon my beautiful place I deeply cherish.

Banana slugs and salamanders share the 5-mile road I travel. The great diversity of animal footprints in the mud and snow remind me that I am a guest; I want to trust that I am welcomed because of my sincere appreciation and gratitude for their home.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

The sunbathing turtle jumps into the water so quickly I see what resembles a military helmet sink into the water.  I am pleasantly distracted from whatever issue I was working on and watch, I ask myself now why does a turtle need such protective gear?  Yes Lisa, turtles need protection too.

Only once on my weekly adventure was I found guilty of killing a member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short bodied, tailless amphibians known as the Frog.

I was sitting on a log near the water’s edge basking in the warm sun, listening to the wildlife around me, which included the continual sweet sound from a nearby frog. As I stood, eager to conclude my therapy by nature – I scared the frog, forcing it to jump into the water; I was terrified to see the frog immediately in the mouth of a large mouth bass, with only his little legs sticking out, within seconds the entire frog was gone.

My heart sank, my somber walk became quiet, I startled a pretty little deer, and myself as we had not been paying attention to our surroundings. This is only the loveliness of the path I take.   I am the luckiest girl in the world.

The shoreline – cluttered by nature made beauty, surrendering itself to the ravaging conditions of the wind, rain, snow and sun from the years before today, is another story for another day.

The lake – proving that it is mandatory to succumb to the forces of the current weather situation.   On still, breathless days, the water resembles a piece of reflection, perfectly portraying the surrounding stately trees.  Many dispositions this lake does have, and again another story for another day.


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Community Food Advocate and County Assist Ag Commissioner Speak this Week


Two authorities in our County food concerns will give presentations this coming week.  Of course they might leave their work at their desk and talk about any subject haunting them…whether it is “How to Make Raviolis” or reviewing the biography of their favorite personality, the diversity of subject matter is always inspiring.

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Hello All;  It was with a proud assembled group of Oroville Toastmasters assembled, that the Garcia family was able to take home gold medals in the two categories of the contest; Best Table topic went at last to Cole Garcia who was pitched a fat slow ball when asked about “list making”…His beautiful list-making significant other and inspiration, Jennifer in her first try managed to capture the Speech contest award centering her attention on the world’s state with regards to our finest resource, our children.

Looks like the Garcia family will be needing to build a trophy room in the near future.

April Showers is a very proud Leader!

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Oroville Toastmasters Launch a new Website

In direct reaction to the nefarious actions of internet based social media, a disdain for publicly exposing our private lives, Oroville Toastmasters has created this new resource to share our activities with the community that we care about…those in the business of improving themselves in a safe harbor.

Hope you will follow us, listen to us and eventual join us.  We are a unique club of diverse interests and life experiences.  You are always welcome to come check us out.


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