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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September 19 FastTrackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting at 7:45, Pronto, thanks to a new wall clock donated by FastTrackers to Palmetto Electric. Elizabeth Millen served as Toastmaster of the Day and welcomed new member, Ezwil Peregrino.  Welcome Ezwil to FastTrackers!

Table Topics Master Paul Glick came prepared with queries ranging from the new iPhone 6 to domestic violence, reefer madness and Colorado food stamps..whew, what a range of topics!  Tom Drago won the blue ribbon for his comments about the new iPhone.

First speaker, Jane Jude, introduced FastTrackers to the club’s brand new InFocus projector, and provided us with tips and techniques for its use. Major tip – Check out the projector from Sharon Fisher at least one day before the meeting  to give you time to practice..And, arrive early, 7:30, to allow set up time.

Rex Gale gave a goodwill speech about Toastmasters, and taught a terrific tip for framing good evaluations around the acronym, ARTS.  Next time, use Analysis, Recommendations, Technical, Summary to shape your presentation.

Fran Reed gave her Icebreaker speech, an inspirational talk about her journey to Hilton Head by way of Puerto Rico, years in a wheelchair, and finally as a Spanish teacher.  (FYI, Fran spoke for an entire hour on the radio in SPANISH last week..I’m impressed!) Rex Gale won Best Speaker and Sharon Fisher won Best Evaluator for her critique of Fran Reed’s speech.

District 58 Contest -Fast Trackers contestant  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  Rex!

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.

Below is the schedule for next Friday’s meeting. If you’re unable to fulfill your role, please find a substitute. See you next week.

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Brad Tadlock
WordMaster Helen M Price
Ah Counter Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Sharon Fisher
Vote Counter Shannon Stephens
Timer Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
TableTopicsMaster Alison Meeks, CTM
Speaker #1 Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Speaker #2 Tom Drago
Speaker #3 more
Johnny On The Spot David Pautler, ATM-G
General Evaluator Rex Gale
Evaluator #1 Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Evaluator #2 Chris Cassidy, CTM
Evaluator #3 Michael Sanz

 

 

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Membership Milestone Reached

Hello Fast Trackers!
We have met our Sept. 15th goal of getting 50% of our members paying dues for the next six months (and have earned a $25 gift certificate for TM supplies for our club!)
Our next goal is to get ALL members to pay their dues by Sept. 30.
You can pay your dues next week at the club meeting, or you can call me and I’ll gladly accept your credit card over the phone. If you have any questions or hesitation about renewing your Fast Trackers membership, please call me as well and let’s talk about how Fast Trackers can best serve your needs.
And a big thank you to all of the Fast Trackers who have paid dues through March 2015. And a BIG WELCOME to our three most recent new members – Diana Latteri, Fran Reed, and Ezwil Peregrino!
Dues Paid:
1. Alison Meeks
2. Angel Flewelling
3. Anne Cyran
4. Beau Patterson
5. Chad Beauchamp
6. Charlie McOuat
7. Chris Cassidy
8. Cindy Petitt
9. Daisy White
10. David Premo
11.Dee Oulette
12. Diana Latteri (New Member!)
13.Ezwil Peregrino (New Member!)
14.Fran Reed (New Member!)
15.Helen Donelan
16.Jane Jude
17.Jim Bremner
18.John Wigington
19.Jolyn DeBoer
20.Kathy Diello
22.Maureen Korzik
23.Paul Glick
24.Rex Gale
25.Rosemary Staples
26.Sharon Fisher
27.Tom Drago
If you have paid your dues and you are NOT on this list, please let me know. I’m new at this treasurer stuff :)
Thanks again, and thank you for making Fast Trackers a great Toastmasters experience for all of us!
Your Treasurer,
Rex
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September 12 FastTrackers

     President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting, allowing time for members to brag about speaking opportunities. New member Fran Reed, Allison Meeks, and Chad Beauchamp all had chances to speak to various groups this week. Toastmaster Maureen Korzik announced Friday was the National Day of Encouragement, and auspiciously, Word Master, Alison Meeks had selected auspicious as the day’s word, a synonym for encouraging and fortunate! Area Governor Kathy Diello managed to incorporate auspicious seven times in her role as General Evaluator and so won the unofficial Word of the Day award.
     Table Topics Master, Jane Jude contested member’s ability to think on their feet by asking questions about contests. Humorous Speech winner, Charlie McOuat, credited his performance at the Area 15 contest to being jazzed-up on Starbucks java. Allison Meeks’ comments likened  contests to a “playground of practice” before entering the professional arena. And, Beau Patterson recommended a 50/50 balance between content and delivery when crafting a speech.  Charlie McOuat won Best Table Topics of the Day, an auspicious occurrence before he competes in the Division A speech contest tomorrow…..(See  previous post….FastTrackers Sweep Area 15 Contest )
     Jim Bremner looked like he stepped out of an infomercial promoting Green Smoothies, a yummy concoction of apple, banana, spinach and almond milk. Healthy too, as Jim  claims he lost 46 pounds and five inches from his waist due to sipping his lip-smacking smoothies. Rosemary Staples’ speech, “Quarterly Report and Future Projection” summarized first quarter FastTracker activities and upcoming events. ( Look to President’s Post with the same title for a Report Summary.) Finally, Jolyn DeBoer talked about being caught unaware in a media chair when she was invited to talk about tennis at the U.S. Open, and how the incident inspired her to step up her speaking game.  Jim Bremner’s Green Smoothies won Best Speech and David Pautler won Best Evaluator for his critique of Jolyn’s talk.
     Division A Contest is Saturday at the Carolina One in North Charleston.  Charlie McOuat and Rex Gale, will both compete at 10am.  Second place winner, David Premo, is currently moored away in Maine and will be unable to attend. Good luck to Charlie and Rex!
     Next week’s schedule is below. Please confirm your roles with Toastmaster.
Written by: Rosemary Staples, aka bloggerbabe while bloggerdave’s away….
Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
WordMaster Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Ah Counter Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Tom Drago
Vote Counter Daisy White
Timer Nancy E Stauffer
TableTopicsMaster Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Speaker #1 Cindy Petitt, CTM
Speaker #2 Michael Sanz
Speaker #3 Fran Reed
Johnny On The Spot Sharon Fisher
General Evaluator Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Evaluator #1 John R Wigington
Evaluator #2 Maureen Korzik
Evaluator #3 signup
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Fast Trackers Sweep Area Humor and Evaluation Contest

Each of the three Toastmasters clubs in Area 15 sent its top two club winners in each event to compete in the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest on September 06.

Area Governor Kathy Diello served as Contest Chair. After leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and outlining the format for the contest, she introduced Chief Judge Jane Jude who explained the rules and judging processes.

The first event, the Evaluation Contest, began with a “target speech” by Fast Tracker Chad Beauchamp who told of ways independent business people can cut travel costs and delineated some of the pitfalls leading to the question: “was the price right?”

Rex Gale captured first place with his evaluation of the speech. David Premo finished second.

The best humorous speech honors went to Charlie McOuat who explained how he can still conquer the surf at Cape Cod’s Nauset Beach. David Premo took second place by telling what he learned from dogs, even though he never wanted a dog.

Charlie and Rex will compete in the Division A contest on Saturday, September 13 in North Charleston. David withdrew from the divisional contest because of a prior travel commitment.

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