Epicurean Toastmasters Backyard Potluck BBQ

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6:30 PM
Friday, June 2, 2023
near corner of Gilbert and McKellips, Mesa, AZ

This backyard barbecue potluck event will be held at a fabulous home in Mesa. A few days before the event date, the exact address will be provided to those who RSVP that they are coming.

Free event.

Photos of the location are here.

My friends in the Epicurean Toastmasters Club are hosting a backyard barbecue and are inviting the neighborhood potluck group join in the fun!

The Epicurean Toastmasters Club was chartered in 2003 as a fun social club that meets once per month for a great dinner as well as an official Toastmasters meeting. They are part of the international Toastmasters organization, which helps people develop their leadership and speaking skills. This club's official website is here:

What? At this backyard potluck event you will have an opportunity to meet new people as well as talk to people you may already know from the neighborhood. Mainly guests will eat and talk to each other. But also, you will be able to hear one prepared speech by a member of this Toastmasters Club, as well as a few short impromptu responses to a "table talk" prompt. As a guest, you will not be asked to speak to the whole group. (But you will be given an opportunity to introduce yourself if you want to.)

What will the speech be about? We don't know yet. These are often humorous speeches about something personal. The point of the Toastmasters organization is to help people improve their public speaking abilities. There are no talks trying to sell you something or get you to join a political party or convert or anything like that. You can Google "Toastmasters" if you want to know more.

Are the speeches long and rambling? No! This is literally the world's largest organization dedicated to improving public speaking skills. They have been doing this since 1924. Every speech and table talk is TIMED by a appointed time keeper. The typical Toastmasters speech is a maximum of seven minutes long -- and strictly timed. Going over time is frowned upon.

What should I bring? This is a free event. But guests will bring a dish to share. Enough for 8 to 10 people. Salad, side dish, dessert, hors d oeuvres, etc. The host will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. The host will also provide plates, utensils, drinks, etc.

Items guests have signed up to bring:
C. P: potato salad
O.H.: side dish
U. R: Dessert
J. M: Candied Bacon
A. K: Spanish rice
B. S: Dessert
J. F: Pesto
K. B: Probably some ethnically inspired protein to grill (no time for real BBQ), perhaps a selection of condiments, i.e., "real," traditional recipe "salsa chimichurri" from Argentina"
M. B: Dates, fennel, almond coldslaw
M. S: Sub Sandwich
R. L: ?
S. G: pickles & hamburger buns
S. M: A Dessert Item
S. H: side dish
C. E: ?
C. W: ?
D. M: ?
D. K: ?
J. H: ?
M. D: ?
M. G: ?
M. S: ?
P. H: ?
R. A: ?
T. L: ?
W. H: ?
W. R: ?