The International Speech and Table Topics Area Contest 9:00 a.m. March 14th at New River Palmetto Electric
Opposite USCB on Hwy 278 in Hardeeville, SC
Club Contest Results
Four Fast Trackers will move to the next round of the International Speech and Table Topics competition after the club contest that was held on March 06. The Table Topics question was “If you had to abandon all your worldly possessions except what you could fit in a backpack, what would you take?” Paul Glick won the event with a quick wit. He put some essentials in the backpack—including lots of cash. Then he sequentially decided to eliminate the essentials until he was left with a backpack full of cash and a willingness to buy anything he needed to survive.
Rex Gale took second place with a more romantic approach filling the bag with his wife and love. But practicality prompted Rex to include some toilet paper.
In the prepared speeches, Tom Drago told the parable of “slippery rock,” a natural water slide he visited as a youth. Tom shared the struggle between fear of injury and wanting the fun his friends were enjoying . He opted for fun and has since remembered the sheer joy he experienced on the “scary” water slide. He suggested we all must go through life balancing risk and reward. His reward on Friday was a first place finish.
Second place was captured by Fran Reed with the story of Jay. Jay captured Fran’s heart when he was delivered to her door at the age of eleven suffering more from malnutrition and neglect than the malformation of chromosome 21, resulting in a condition known as Down Syndrome. Fran’s own children embraced Jay and decided the first order of business was teaching this new family addition to speak, which they did, starting him on the road to an independent life.
Best wishes to our four Fast Trackers in the Area contest on March 14. Everyone is invited to “cross the bridge” to wish them well on Saturday.
March 06 Meeting Notes
President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Rosemary then relinquished the lectern to Toastmaster of the Day, Kathy Diello who invited the various members to describe their roles. Word Master Jamie Simmons opted for a “new” word added to the lexicon at the end of the 19th century. The informal noun ad hocery, sometimes spelled ad hockery, means acting without a plan or strategy. The combination of ad hoc + ery appears in both the Oxford and Webster dictionaries.
Table Topics Master Dee Ouellette first asked Anne Cyran to recall what she, as a child, wanted to be when she grew up. Anne remembered she wanted the tool belt and hard hat of a contractor. But most she wanted access to the square pencils contractors use and sharpen with knives. Next Dee had Rex Gale envision a new career as a circus performer and explain his preferred role. Opting to use his height to his advantage, Rex would start on the trampoline, launch himself to the trapeze, and dismount with a slide down an elephant’s trunk. Sharon Fisher, finished the impromptu session by revealing the “last thing she did for the first time.” It was 11 years ago when she moved to a location where she did not know anyone. Fortunately for Fast Trackers, she choose Hilton Head Island where she now has many friends.
Prepared speakers this morning included Mike Sanz who dispelled any lingering notions that JFK’s assisination was really a conspiracy. During his years as a teacher, Mike did considerable research, including interviews, that culminated in this presentation.
Charlie McOuat revealed he had a patient die during dental procedure. At least Charlie thought the man was dead. But this occurred during Charlie’s first trip to perform dentistry pro bono, and he was in Haiti—home of Vodou and the walking dead. But Charlie’s patient was no Zombie, just a diabetic who recovered and returned the next day to have a tooth extracted.
Staying completely in “the now,” Daisy White encouraged her audience of “human beings” to stop focusing on “human doings” and take time to pause, breathe deeply and meditate. After a vocal demonstration of how people focus on “doing” rather than “being,” she cited current research to support her suggestion. Then she did something most speakers would abhor. She sat, paused and encouraged the audience to join her in a brief period of breathing deeply and mediating. Imagine total silence in a Fast Tracker meeting even if only for several seconds. The technique, though risky by conventional public speaking wisdom, was effective; Daisy White won best speech of the day.
Rex Gale took home the Best Table Topic ribbon. Rosemary Staples garnered top evaluation honors for her comments about Daisy’s speech.
|Meeting Roles for March 13
||Members Signed Up
||Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
||Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
||Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
||Beau Patterson, ATM-S
||David Premo, CTM
||Alison Meeks, CTM
|Johnny On The Spot
||Cindy Foster, CTM
||Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL