November 14 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, the formerly hirsute, Tom Drago. Tom explained the beard he sported last week was part of “No Shave November.”  [We congratulate our Bank Compliance Officer for his efforts to raise awareness—and money—for cancer research.] He then asked each of the day’s participants to describe his or her respective role.

Daisy White in the Word Master role composed a challenging conundrum for her colleagues by choosing a consistently convoluted construction: comprise. Collectively, Fast Trackers conquered the comprised/composed conflict. Comprise means contain, and that “container” always comes first in a sentence.

Table Topics master Laura Hill, used the recent commercial spacecraft disasters as the launch pad for her questions.  First, Alison Meeks contemplated whether or not those recent events would affect her willingness to become a space traveler. Alison, we learned is risk averse. Beau Patterson spoke about the one National Geographic trip he would choose. Beau swung right into his answer of “China,” where he will seek physical restoration from Eastern medicine when he can no longer swing a golf club.  Finally, Jim Bremner told us his greatest adventure was his recent European trip from which he returned three pounds lighter.  Jim discovered walking all day in the great ancient cities can negate the evening time spent sitting with pasta, croissants, gelato and more.

In the prepared speeches Charlie McOuat  retold the parable he used on his first teaching trip to Ghana.  The story of Biakpa and the Eagle enabled him to soar over any cultural barriers and teach English while instilling a concept of self-worth in his charges. Elizabeth Millen shared a different way to boost self-esteem by following a sensible approach to healthful eating. In addition to reaching long term goals, Elizabeth provided proven, medically sound advice for exiting the holiday season without the need for a resolution to lose the average five pounds most Americans gain in the last two months of the year. David Premo opened his speech with popcorn and Coke since they were the subjects  of the first claim of successful subliminal advertising. He then focused on government-funded research into using social media to control the moods of populations both foreign and domestic.

David Premo won best speaker; Beau Patterson scored best Table Topic honors, and Helen Price took the best evaluator ribbon for her review of Elizabeth Millen’s speech.

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Roles for November 21 Members
ToastMaster Jolyn DeBoer
WordMaster Helen M Price
Ah Counter Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Tom Drago
Vote Counter Brad Tadlock
Timer Ezwil Peregrino
TableTopicsMaster Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Speaker #1 David Pautler, ATM-G
Speaker #2 Daisy White
Speaker #3 Maureen Korzik
Johnny On The Spot Sharon Fisher
General Evaluator David Premo
Evaluator #1 Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #2 Chris Cassidy, CTM
Evaluator #3 Diane McMahon, CTM

 

 

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November 07 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, David Premo. He presented a short history of why November is the forgotten month, then asked each of the day’s participants to describe his or her respective role.

Angel Flewelling in the Word Master role challenged her colleagues to engage actively and not delegate or substitute, nor participate sympathetically, but instead to use vicarious in one of its several forms and meanings during the meeting. Little did we know Angel had given us vicarious authority over whether or not she treated herself to new shoes based on the usage of her word.  The members nearly doubled Angel’s footwear threshold.

Table Topics master Tom Drago, sporting some new facial scruff, used the recent elections as a spring board to his questions, but elevated the discourse beyond the keen debates of recent weeks.  Diane McMahon decided could she give the world a gift, it would be a spirit of cooperation to end the acrimony surrounding politics.  If she was unable to fail, Helen Price would focus on teaching children the importance of pure water. Maureen Korzik argued for the significance of every vote in an election.

In the prepared speeches Shannon Stephens, an experienced marathon man, delineated the three elements necessary to succeed at running 26.2 miles: training, nutrition, and gear—including some surprising essentials in the last category. Laura Hill indeed touched all present with her project from the Storytelling manual. Laura related the story of one of the subjects of the book The Greatest Generation, providing intimate details author Tom Brokaw could never have known.  The man was her father, and Laura shared the standards he attained to make his generation great.  Fran Reed switched to humor explaining why no one should ask her about sports.  Actually, Fran has the answers since she managed to complete her high school and college phys-ed requirements by negotiating a substitution of knowledge about sports for athletic prowess.

Laura Hill won best speaker; Diane McMahon scored best Table Topic honors, and Alison Meeks took the best evaluator ribbon for her review of Shannon’s speech.

Holiday Party at Rex Gale’s Home Dec. 20th

Roles for November 14 Members
ToastMaster Tom Drago, CC
WordMaster Daisy White
Ah Counter Cindy Foster, CTM
Grammarian Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Vote Counter Fran Reed
Timer Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
TableTopicsMaster Laura Hill
Speaker #1 Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
Speaker #2 Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Speaker #3 David Premo, CC
Johnny On The Spot Beau Patterson, ATM-S
General Evaluator Chris Cassidy, CTM
Evaluator #1 Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Evaluator #2 Helen M Price
Evaluator #3 Diane McMahon, CTM

 

Special Events, Dates, and Locations

Dec 20—Holiday Party at the Gale residence.

Holiday Schedule—No Meetings—November 28, December 26, January 02.

Jaunary 10—Improvisation training/practice/party at Alison Meek’s home.

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October 31 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples, attired as a witch, opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  She then introduced the ToastMaster for the day, Angel Flewelling, (dressed for the event in fallen-angel red dress, horns, and accessories) who asked each of the day’s participants to describe his or her respective role.

Rex Gale, easily mistaken for Johnny Depp in his Captain Jack Sparrow garb, swashbuckled into the vacated  Word Master role and selected eerily as an appropriate  word of the day on the Americanized version of Samhain.

Table Topic Master Anne Cyan continued the All Hallows’ Eve theme. Ann asked Maureen Korzik to “sell” the concept of Halloween to someone from another culture. When Kathy Diello was asked to pick what the devil would offer for her soul, she opted for a tropical island. Cindy Foster got to select the spell to be cast upon her, and she chose “being a good mom.”

In the prepared speeches, “Doorless” Dee Ouellette is now “Iceless” Dee having broken the ice with her first speech. She spoke about life with an unusual name as the new teenager in a small New England town.  Daisy White charmed the audience by explaining why, had she lived in 1620, she would have been executed as a witch. Jolyn DeBoer, working from one of the advanced manuals, performed a dramatic reading of a fittingly spooky tale of murder and haunting in a fog-bound light house.

Best evaluation honors went to Tom Drago. Maureen Korzik sold the audience on Halloween and took the first place ribbon for Table Topics.  Daisy White, who left everyone spellbound, spirited away best speech honors.

Alison Meeks, an angel of a General Evaluator, combined with the devilish ToastMaster Angel Flewelling and they dispensed some treats to close the meeting.

Nov 07, 2014  Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster David Premo
WordMaster Angel Flewelling
Ah Counter Daisy White
Grammarian Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Vote Counter more
Timer Cindy Foster, CTM
TableTopicsMaster Tom Drago
Speaker #1 Shannon Stephens
Speaker #2 Laura Hill
Speaker #3 Fran Reed
Johnny On The Spot Brad Tadlock
General Evaluator Sharon Fisher
Evaluator #1 Alison Meeks, CTM
Evaluator #2 John R Wigington
Evaluator #3 Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL

 

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October 31 Meeting at Fire Station on Dillon Road: Costumes Welcomed

Meeting Venue Change this day only: the meeting will be at the Fire Station on Dillon Road. Costumes welcome.

Roles                  Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Angel Flewelling
WordMaster Cindy Foster, CTM
Ah Counter Diane McMahon, CTM
Grammarian Helen M Price
Vote Counter Fran Reed
Timer Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
TableTopicsMaster Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Speaker #1 Dee Ouellette
Speaker #2 Daisy White
Speaker #3 Jolyn DeBoer
Johnny On The Spot David Pautler, ATM-G
General Evaluator Alison Meeks, CTM
Evaluator #1 Sharon Fisher
Evaluator #2 Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Evaluator #3 Tom Drag0
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Two FastTrackers win in District 58

How wonderful to come back from my camping “weekend away from the world” to learn that BOTH Charlie McOuat and Rex Gale placed in the Toastmasters District 58 Contest in Columbia last Saturday. Charlie took second place in the humorous speech portion while Rex placed third in the evaluation contest.

I should double-check the archives, but I’m pretty darn sure this is the first time ever that members of FastTrackers have placed in a District contest. However, I am certain it is the first time that TWO members have placed in the same event!

Charlie and Rex, thank you for the time, commitment and diligence you gave, as it takes considerable stamina to reach that level. Now you both have special bragging rights and just look what y’all can add to your resumes…

Great job, guys. You make us proud to be FastTrackers….

Rosemary Staples, President, FastTrackers Toastmasters, HHI.

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October 17 Fast Trackers

Area Governor Kathy Diello opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced the Toastmaster of the day, Charlie McOuat, who asked each of the  participants to describe his or her respective role.

Sharon Fisher in the Word Master role challenged her colleagues to reach new heights of diction by incorporating the word of the day, zenith, in their speaking during the meeting.

Table Topic Master Shannon Stephens explored some new ways to approach job interviews as he posed three questions he would like to ask. Fran Reed selected “I Am Woman” as the song she would sing if asked in an interview. It represents the challenges and successes she faced as a single mother. Kathy Diello described herself as a gather of information rather than a hunter. Helen Price took a humorous approach to the question “how does the internet work?”

In the prepared speeches, Rex Gale delivered an extended presentation “Using Body Language” from the Better Speaker Series. Rex reviewed the three uses and “tools” of body language. David Premo explained how predictive analytics enable marketers to know us better—perhaps better than we want them to.

David Premo won best speaker; Kathy Diello scored best Table Topic honors, and Beau Patterson took the best evaluator ribbon for his review of Rex’s speech.

                   Special Meeting October 24

Roles for October 24 Members
ToastMaster Rosemary Staples
WordMaster John R Wigington
Ah Counter Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Grammarian Jolyn Deboer
Vote Counter Special Event
Timer Special Event
TableTopicsMaster Special Event
Speaker #1 Special Event
Speaker #2 Special Event
Speaker #3 Special Event
Johnny On The Spot Special Event
General Evaluator Special Event
Evaluator #1 Special Event
Evaluator #2 Special Event
Evaluator #3 Special Event

                                      Events and Venue Change

October 24—TM 102 Special Meeting: Presentations covering various aspects of Toastmasters and Fast Trackers. Post questions on the blog to be sure the information is included. Q&A to follow, time permitting.

October 31—Meeting Venue Change this day only: the meeting will be at the Fire Station on Dillon Road. Costumes welcome.

November 01—Halloween Party at Elizabeth Millen’s home. Costumes encouraged.

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Charlie and Rex Winners in District Competition

Charlie McOuat (left) and Rex Gale celebrate before heading back to the Low Country from the  Division competition in Columbia.

Charlie McOuat (left) and Rex Gale celebrate before heading back to the Low Country from the district  competition in Columbia.

Columbia, SC (Oct. 18) –The voluptuous life guards on Cape Cod did not offer to help Charlie McOuat today. They nearly swooned as he bound out of the surf and scampered up Nauset Beach with his second place victory after performing swimmingly in the Humorous Speech competition in Columbia, SC.

Earlier in the day, Rex Gale took third place in the Evaluation Competition.

To reach this level of achievement, both Fast Trackers had to succeed in the club, area, division, and finally the district competitions. To advance at each level, they finished in either first or second place, competing against Toastmasters with comparable winning records in their respective club, area, and division contests.

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October 10 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, Jolyn DeBoer, who asked each of the day’s participants to describe his or her respective role.

Chris Cassidy had double duty today, and in her Word Master role endeavored to stir things up by posing foment as the word of the day.

Table Topic Master Charlie McOuat asked the group to focus on learning from, and imparting knowledge to others. Angel Flewelling discussed how one can learn from the mistakes of others. Ezwil Peregrino keyed on learning from the successes of others. The ribbon for best Table Topic response when to Sharon Fisher who explained she would caution future generations about political correctness obviating rather than fostering diversity.

In the prepared speeches, Mike Sanz demonstrated—literally—the travails of business travelers forced to board early morning flights. Next, two of the group’s experienced members each demonstrated the importance of continuing a focus on basics by returning to the Competent Communicator manual to revisit and demonstrate the fundamentals found in the early speeches. Alison Meeks took a counter intuitive concept: using closed-ended rather than open-ended questions, and explained three techniques to get the maximum benefit from these oft-eschewed rhetorical devices. Elizabeth Millen, who wo

 

n best speech honors, selected as her topic the choices we make each day to be happy or to be “stump frumps.” Elizabeth had several suggestions for visits to our “happy box.” David Premo garnered the Best Evaluator award for his critique of Elizabeth’s speech.

               Special Events, Dates, and Locations

October 18—Charlie and Rex compete in Columbia.

October 24—TM 102 Special Meeting: Presentations covering various aspects of Toastmasters and Fast Trackers. Post questions on the blog to be sure the information is included. Q&A to follow, time permitting.

October 31—Meeting Venue Change: the meeting will be at the Fire Station on Dillon Road. Costumes welcome.

November 01—Halloween Party at Elizabeth Millen’s home. Costumes encouraged.

 


Roles for October 17

 


Members Signed Up

 

ToastMaster Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
WordMaster Sharon Fisher
Ah Counter Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Alison Meeks, CTM
Vote Counter Nancy E Stauffer
Timer Maureen Korzik
TableTopicsMaster Shannon Stephens
Speaker #1 Rex Gale
Speaker #2 Rex Gale
Speaker #3 David Premo
Johnny On The Spot Jolyn DeBoer
General Evaluator Tom Drago
Evaluator #1 Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Evaluator #2 Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Evaluator #3 Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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October 3 FastTrackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting, and welcomed back from sabbattical, Diane McMahon, who spent the summer in California. Charlie McOuat introduced his best buddies and fellow writers, Bob Bredin and Brian Cosacchi.

Maureen Korzik served as Table Topics Master and inspired contestants to address the Pledge of Allegiance, Mothers, Kardashians and the recent Roosevelt series on PBS. Diane McMahon won Best Table Topics of the day.

Prepared speaker John Wigington strummed the Southern heart with Memphis memories about  the Peabody Hotel, Rib Rendezvous and blues legend, BB King. Fran Reed proved the tried and true ways of attracting men still work in this digital age in, How to Catch a Man. Charlie McOuat pitched  his contest-winning speech about swimming in Cape Cod, his last practice before vaulting off to the District 58 contest in Columbia. Fran Reed won Best Speaker of the Day and Chris Cassidy won Best Evaluator for her critique of Fran’s speech.

Remember, both Charlie McOuat and Rex Gale will be representing FastTrackers in the high-level District 58 Toastmaster contest. Several members are planning to go, so join the Caravan to Columbia, October 18 and cheer our guys on!

October 24 is Toastmasters 102, an informal review of Toastmaster roles, guidelines, tips techniques, mentors, manuals and media. Time for Q&A too so don’t miss this useful class, for both new and seasoned members.

October 31 is Halloween, and at least ten members are dressing up so don’t be left out!

Saturday, November 1, Elizabeth Millen is hosting a Halloween/Octoberfest/Toastmaster party at her house…Watch for the invite online! These Halloween events are ALWAYS a Hooooot!

Listed below are the roles for the October 8 meeting. If you can’t be there, please find a replacement.

It has been my pleasure to write these past few posts, but Professor Premo, back from vacation in Maine, will resume his role as bloggerdave next week. Ciao.

Rosemary Staples

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Jolyn DeBoer
WordMaster Helen M Price
Ah Counter Chris Cassidy, CTM
Grammarian Jane Jude, ATM-G, AL
Vote Counter Fran Reed
Timer Nancy E Stauffer
TableTopicsMaster Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
Speaker #1 Michael Sanz
Speaker #2 Alison Meeks, CTM
Speaker #3 Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Johnny On The Spot David Pautler, ATM-G
General Evaluator Rex Gale
Evaluator #1 signup
Evaluator #2 Shannon Stephens
Evaluator #3 Diane McMahon, CTM
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September 26 FastTrackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting at 7:45 and welcomed our newest member, Diane Latteri. Diane, even though she has never attended a FastTracker meeting, jumped right in and participated in Table Topics. Welcome to FastTrackers, Diane!  BTW, that makes five members who have joined since August 1, which makes FastTrackers recipients of the coveted Smedley Award Contest.

Brad Tadlock served as Toastmaster of the Day and introduced  Mistress of Table Topics, Alison Meeks, who rattled off a visceral, thought-provoking queries such as: What – “breaks your back,” “weighs on your shoulders,” or gives you “out- of-body experiences?”  Angel Flewelling took the Best Table Topics ribbon all the way back to Beaufort.

Anne Cyran kicked of the speaker’s line-up with her talk, Laying with Fleas, describing her battle with the itchy critters. Tom Drago urged us to find the QBC,”Question Behind the Question” when discussing “delicate issues” with others. Finally, in Fran Reed’s second speech, she shared stories in her recently published book, We Are Not the Enemy. Tom Drago won Best Speaker of the day and Janet Turley won Best Evaluator for her evaluation of Tom’s talk.

District 58 Contest – Fast Trackers contestants, Charlie McOuat and Rex Gale, will compete at the District 58 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest, Saturday, October 18 in Columbia. The autumn weekend would be a wonderful time to ride up for the day, or a weekend, to support contestants!

October 24 – Don’t forget our second annual TM 102 class, to refresh, update and discuss everything you ever wanted to know about Toastmasters! (or at least what we can talk about in one hour.) Please be there and learn how to navigate through roles, speeches and manuals of our club.

October 31 is Halloween!  Allison Meeks and Angel Flewelling are cooking up some special brew to celebrate Halloween….Dare to come in costume.

Also, plans for a Halloween party that night are in the makings too….Watch for emails or blog posts this week about a ghoulish bash….

Below is the schedule for the October 3 meeting. Toastmaster, please confirm 3 speakers and Table Topics Master; General Evaluator, please confirm all other roles. If you’re unable to fulfill your role, please find a substitute and notify either the TM or GE. See you next week.

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Tom Drago
WordMaster Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Ah Counter Alison Meeks, CTM
Grammarian Helen M Price
Vote Counter Daisy White
Timer Shannon Stephens
TableTopicsMaster Michael Sanz
Speaker #1 John R Wigington
Speaker #2 Fran Reed
Speaker #3 Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
Johnny On The Spot David Pautler, ATM-G
General Evaluator Jolyn DeBoer
Evaluator #1 Jane Jude, ATM-G, AL
Evaluator #2 Chris Cassidy, CTM
Evaluator #3 Cindy Foster, CTM
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