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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September 05 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and inquired about recent speaking engagements. Paul Glick had addressed a business networking group within the prior week. Jolyn Deboer was interviewed by CNBC. Rosemary then introduced Beau Patterson, who stepped in as Toastmaster. Although with no time to prepare for the role, Beau managed an impromptu focus on football season, which opened during the week.

Word Master Dee Ouellette asked the group to be indefatigable in their quest of opportunities to use the word of the day: tenacious.

Table Topics Master Janet Turley took a historical approach to the task focusing on well-known quotations. Maureen Korzik commented on Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on happiness; Chris Cassidy discussed Joan River’s statement regarding quality; Jim Bremner considered why and about what someone might quote him.

Laura Hill opened the prepared speech segment of the meeting with an uproarious example of why we should avoid acronyms in communication. Tom Drago encouraged us to read to improve all aspects of our lives. Rex Gale challenged the more common definitions of leadership and further challenged everyone to redefine the role.

Ribbons for the day went to Laura Hill for best speaker, Chris Cassidy best Table Topic, and Elizabeth Millen for best evaluation based on her analysis of Tom Drago’s speech.

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster sign up
WordMaster Alison Meeks, CTM
Ah Counter sign up
Grammarian Chris Cassidy, CTM
Vote Counter Nancy E Stauffer
Timer Maureen Korzik
TableTopicsMaster sign up
Speaker #1 Jim Bremner, ATM-B
Speaker #2 Fran Reed
Speaker #3 Jolyn Deboer
Johnny On The Spot sign up
General Evaluator Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Evaluator #1 Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #2 Tom Drago
Evaluator #3 sign up
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Aug.29 FastTrackers meeting

In the absence of Bloggerdave, away in Atlanta, Bloggerbabe is writing in his place. Below, you’ll find a review of today’s meeting, its speakers, table topics, a summary of the Special Event, next week’s agenda, and a very fine group picture taken by Beau Patterson.

The cooler weather must have enlivened the audience today, as members were particularly vivacious and effusive, (Paul Glick-Word of the Day.) Two guests, Fran Reed and John Ward attended, both prompted by the Packet’s press release promoting last week’s Humorous Speech Contest. We hope to see you back at FastTrackers!

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and presented a Chief Chief Judge award to David Pautler for his many years serving as a contest judge and for training new members. Next, Toastmaster Sharon Fisher briefed us on the history of Labor Day, while Table Topics Madame, Allison Meeks, gave us more words on which to ponder — Inspiration, Prosperity and Eternity. Appropriately, Angel Flewelling’s word Eternity, and her comments about being a foster mother, won her the day’s blue ribbon.

Moving on to the prepared speaking portion, Kathy Diello taught a few tips about navigating through and club online. Second speaker, Chief Brad Tadlock explained how the fire station navigates its own trucks, ambulances, and procedures to deliver a quality service to Hilton Head islanders. Brad Tadlock won Best Speaker and Rex Gale won Best Evaluator for his comments on Brad’s talk.

Special Award Ceremony – Recent Past President, Elizabeth Millen, thanked members today in an inspirational ceremony for their part in helping FastTrackers earn the President’s Distinguished Award for 2014. All the names and achievements are presented at the end of this post along with a very fine picture of all, an unusual feat for photographers. Good job, Beau and thanks to ALL FastTrackers, for your support – it’s YOU that has kept FastTrackers strong and healthy since 1988!

P.S. Have you noticed the metal name plates were bad, bent or broken? Well, that problem is no longer. Secretary Kathy Diello presented new acrylic plates for all members at the meeting’s end. Now each of you have your very own, bright and shiny name plate, complete with your  award level.  As your level changes, you can contact Kathy, and she will prepare a new insert for your plate.


                  A special congratulations goes out to those who participated in the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest, and to Tom Drago, Contest Master, aka, the Host with the Most. Winners will compete in the Area 15 Contest, Saturday, September 6, 9:30 am, at the Palmetto Electric Building in Hardeeville. Come out to give a supporting hand to  Rex Gale, Charlie McOuat and David Premo next weekend.


September 5, 2014 – Check out next week’s roles, then keep scrolling to see awards and pictures!

See you next week — Rosemary Staples, President FastTrackers

ToastMaster Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
WordMaster Dee Ouellette
Ah Counter Daisy White
Grammarian Rosemary Staples, ATM-S, AL
Vote Counter Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Timer Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
TableTopicsMaster Janet Turley
Speaker #1 Laura Hill
Speaker #2 Tom Drago
Speaker #3 Rex Gale
Johnny On The Spot more
General Evaluator Jolyn Deboer
Evaluator #1 Alison Meeks, CTM
Evaluator #2 Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Evaluator #3 David Premo


2o13-14; New members and members who completed CC, CL and AL manuals:

Left to right, Daisy White, Dee Ouellette, Sharon Fisher, Angel Flewelling, Brad Tadlock, Maureen Korzik, Elizabeth Millen, Rosemary Staples, Rex Gale, Tom Drago, Janet Turley, John Turley


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Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest Results

by Area Governor and Fast Tracker, Kathy Diello

Thank you Tom Drago (Contest Master) for a wonderful speech contest! Congratulations to everyone who participated.  All three speeches were well prepared and funny!  We heard three productive and helpful evaluations too!  I love that about our club; our evaluations are always well done with highlights of what the speaker did well and helpful suggestions for “next time.” It was nice seeing former Fast Tracker, Jodie Randisi, the “target speaker” for the evaluations, as she humorously encouraged us to “Put it in the Planner.”

Humorous Speech Contest Results:

1st Place  David Premo

2nd Place Charlie McOuat

3rd Place  Janet Turley

Evaluation Contest Results:

1st Place  David Premo

2nd Place Rex Gale

3rd Place  Paul Glick

The Bluffton Toastmaster club’s contest is Thursday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments.  They meet in the fellowship hall of the Low Country Presbyterian Church on the corner of Simmonsville Road and Hwy 278.  They are looking for judges and other role players to help out.  If you can join them, please contact their club president, Jim Nicholson.  Please contact Jim at

Finally, I hope you will come out to support our contest winners and the rest of Area 15 at the Area Contest on Saturday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m.   Light refreshments at 9:00 with contest starting at 9:30 a.m.  All contestants, judges and role players must be there at by 9:15 a.m.  The contest will be held at Palmetto Electric’s New River Community Room, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville (Hwy 278 across from USCB).

I  need judges and other role players (timers, ballot counters, SAA, etc.).  Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you can assist.  If you do not want to fill a role, I hope you will still come out and cheer on your fellow Fast Trackers!

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August 22 Fast Trackers

Something was visibly different in the meeting room Friday morning. There were no reserved seats for speakers or evaluators.  Rosemary Staples, president, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced, Janet Turley, Toastmaster of the day, whose idea spawned this special meeting during which more than a dozen members delivered an “elevator speech.” Imagine 45 minutes of table topics with no challenging questions; everyone got to speak about his or her favorite topic: self, business, philanthropy…! Almost everyone participated before the clock ran out.

Before the elevator doors opened, Word Master Dee Ouellette challenged everyone to incorporate “solicitous” during his or her two-minute elevator ride to the top.

Rex Gale captured the only ribbon of the day for his elevator speech about Toastmasters.

Two guests joined us: Greg Joseph and Ezwil Peregrino, both are health care practitioners and new to the island. Welcome Greg and Ezwil, we hope to see you again soon. Later that day the same room looked even more different when set up for the dinner and contest.

August 29 Meeting Roles

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Sharon Fisher
WordMaster Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Ah Counter Dee Ouellette
Grammarian Janet Turley
Vote Counter Daisy White
Timer Cindy Petitt, CTM
TableTopicsMaster Alison Meeks, CTM
Speaker #1 Brad Tadlock
Speaker #2 signup
Speaker #3 Special Event
Johnny On The Spot signup
General Evaluator Tom Drago
Evaluator #1 signup
Evaluator #2 signup
Evaluator #3 Special Event
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August 15 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.

First up was John Turley who, as Word Master, called on his colleagues to take up the verbal gauntlet of “sagacious” and weave some description of “sound judgment” into their orations during the meeting.

Table topics master Daisy White encouraged contemplative yet impromptu responses to her three questions. Chad Beauchamp—who rejoined Fast Trackers after the meeting—addressed the issue of people presenting a false persona to the world. John Turley chose his father as the person to whom he would give tribute based on his father’s style of teaching with positive reinforcement. Charlie McOuatsuggested why his wives provided models of emotional intelligence.

In the prepared speeches, Anne Cyran displayed abundant visuals while detailing the Matthews Drive renovation project recently undertaken by the city. Janet Turley provided handouts along with guidance on crafting an effective two-minute “elevator pitch.” David Premo suggested Fast Trackers combine the heuristics of journalism with two of the seven Paramedic Editing steps to develop shorter but stronger prose.

Tom Drago, Contest Master for our annual Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests reminded us of the August 22 agenda. The club will provide meat for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring a guest and a (preferably full) covered dish. The annual Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. All events will be in the Community Room of Palmetto EMC on Matthews Drive. Tom is accepting late entries and still has some roles to fill if you want to participate in the fun without speaking.

“Team Turley” left the meeting with two of winners’ ribbons: John Turley for best Table Topic and Janet Turley for best prepared speech. Paul Glick won best evaluator honors for his review of Janet’s speech.

“New” member (actually renewed) this week is former Fast Tracker Chad Beauchamp. Welcome back, Chad.


Special Meeting Format Set For August 22
All who wish to can practice their 2-minute ‘elevator speech’ introducing yourself, your organization, or your passion in life. There will be no individual evaluations. This event will be in lieu of Table Topics, prepared speeches, and evaluations for this meeting only. Anyone who missed Janet’s guidance on “Perfecting Your Personal Pitch” this past Friday can follow this link to some help preparing an elevator speech:
Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Janet Turley
WordMaster Dee Ouellette
Ah Counter Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Tom Drago
Vote Counter Cindy Petitt, CTM
Timer open
General Evaluator David Premo


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August 08 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She reminded the members of the upcoming August events starting with how to write an elevator speech at the regular meeting on August 15. August 22 will see a special meeting with Table Topics, speeches and evaluations replaced by elevator speeches. Everyone can participate, and there will be other roles for member to take as well. Later on August 22, Fast Trackers will have dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the annual Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests at 7:00 p.m. All events will be in the Community Room of Palmetto EMC on Matthews Drive.

Rosemary then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, David Premo. Since this was Fast Trackers’ last meeting during the Dog Days of 2014, David provided some history on the 70 days each year when Egyptian astronomers lost sight of Sirius, the dog star.

Just as Sirius returned in what it is now early August, Helen Price was back for a day during her summer sojourn and stepped into the role of Word Master challenging members to incorporate penchant into their oratories for the day.

Table Topics Master Maureen Korzik   focused on literature, historical persons, and popular culture.

Mike Sanz fielded the literature question and recommended a book – “Love You Forever” about the cycle of life. Originally published as a children’s book, the manuscript was the surprise of 1995 and has sold more than 15 million copies.

Charlie McOuat had to select a hero for his Table Topic. A humorist himself, Charlie first thought of Mark Twain. Then Charlie’s baseball fan persona recalled the day Stan Musial and he were in a newspaper photo when Charlie was about nine. Ultimately, Charlie decided ordinary people who face life with humor and grace are his ultimate heroes. Alison Meeks expressed similar feelings when asked about guests she would interview were she a talk show hostess. Alison noted everyone has some special and interesting qualities, not just celebrities with notoriety.

During the prepared speech section of the meeting, Kathy Diello opened with an online demonstration of the layers of information and services Fast Trackers can find behind the “members only” firewall at the Toastmasters International web site.

Next Tom Drago used visuals aids as he detailed the responsibilities and duties of Bank Compliance Officers. Not only do compliance offices ensure institutions meet all legal requirements, they even have the power to feed a Toastmaster to an alligator (only in figurative analogies, fortunately).

In the final speech of the morning, Cindy Petitt declined visual aids in favor of body language in her speech about poise and gestures while delivering a speech. She led an exercise to help us find our natural posture and showed us which postures to avoid. Additionally Cindy explained and demonstrated the four fundamental gestures of public speaking: counter, claw, slice, and sweep.

“Best of” winners for the week were Mike Sanz (Table Topics), Cindy Petitt (Prepared Speech), and Rex Gale for his evaluation of Cindy’s speech.


Roles for August 15 Meeting Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Jolyn DeBoer
WordMaster John Turley
Ah Counter Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Grammarian Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Vote Counter Dee Ouellette
Timer Cindy Foster, CTM
TableTopicsMaster Daisy White
Speaker #1 Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Speaker #2 Janet Turley
Speaker #3 David Premo
Johnny On The Spot Available
General Evaluator Cindy Petitt, CTM
Evaluator #1 Tom Drago
Evaluator #2 Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #3 Sharon Fisher


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August 01 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then reminded the members of some special events in August:

  1. At  the regular meeting 0n August 15th  Janet Turley will present an instructional speech on writing an “elevator speech.”
  2. August 22nd  Fast Trackers will hold a Special Meeting devoted to everyone practicing his or her 1-2 minute “elevator speech.”  There will be no planned speeches or evaluations this morning. There are roles for those who want to participate, but not deliver an elevator speech.
  3. Later on the 22nd Fast Trackers will hold the annual Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest:  Dinner at 6:00 PM with meeting at 7:00 PM in the Palmetto EMC Community Room. Speeches will be five–seven minutes, and think humor, not comedy; chuckle, not guffaw. The evaluation contestants will all critique the same speech by a guest “target speaker” for whom the Contest Master is arranging.  Send an email to Contest Master Tom Drago to reserve your spot for either competition.

Rosemary then yielded the lectern to Toastmaster Shannon Stephens who set the theme for the meeting with some events that occurred on the first day of August throughout history.

Word Master Cindy Foster displayed the eager energy that defines the word for the day: ardor/ardour. It also means the intense but fleeting feelings of love associated with youth.

Topic Master Beau Patterson, preparing to host his family’s reunion, sought suggestions for the event.  Alison Meeks reminded everyone that people and relationships are what matter in life, not events.  Dave Pautler reminisced about some favorite comfort foods his mother prepared. Sharon Fisher recalled her family reunions past and expressed hope she will be remembered as fondly as her late mother is.

During the prepared speeches, Maureen Korzik answered the rhetorical question Why Toastmasters? This speech was the first step in her journey though the Advanced Communication Series in Public Relations Tom Drago stressed research points in his speech on the short term benefits and longer term costs of procrastination.Anne Cyran, in what may have been a warm-up for the humorous speech contest, regaled us with tales of My Three Cats.

The three “best” ribbons for the meeting went to Alison Meeks, Tom Drago, and Cindy Petitt, for her evaluation of Maureen’s speech.


Roles for August 08, 2014 Members Signed Up
ToastMaster David Premo
WordMaster more
Ah Counter Janet Turley
Grammarian Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Vote Counter more
Timer more
TableTopicsMaster Maureen Korzik
Speaker #1 Cindy Petitt, CTM
Speaker #2 Tom Drago
Speaker #3 Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Johnny On The Spot Jolyn DeBoer
General Evaluator Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #1 more
Evaluator #2 more
Evaluator #3 Jolyn Deboer



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July 25 Fast Trackers

Rosemary Staples opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, and inquired about any recent speaking engagements. Rex Gale responded that he had spoken to a group of HR professionals since the last Fast Trackers’ meeting.

Rosemary then surrendered the lectern to the Toast Master of the Day, Anne Cyran.

Word Master Maureen Korzik showed no lack of originality when she challenged the members to use the word “bromidic” during the meeting.

Paul Glick was ah counter.

Grammarian for the meeting was John Wigington.

Brad Tadlock kept the times.

Mike Sanz, who recently returned to Fast Trackers after a sabbatical for business, served as vote counter.

Cindy Petitt posed the Table Topic challenges, first asking John Turley to describe himself dancing. John suggested the process could only be initiated with a six-pack and some classic rock. Next, Kathy Diello when charged to outline a terror story, quickly decided it would be about going to boot camp.

The first prepared speech of the day wasn’t prepared at all. Rosemary Staples gave an impromptu speech on rejuvenating a staid toastmaster group with some unexpected and unpredictable meetings. Ideas included grab bag meetings, “backwards” meeting, various themes and an explanation of speech marathons, which are club events with only speakers and evaluators. One of her ideas will come to fruition in August.

Rex Gale delivered a Better Series speech on selecting speech ideas and offered a plethora of ideas for finding speech topics. Watch for a complete list of ideas in the upcoming TM Tips 101.2 on One of his best tips though was “use your eyes.” Look around you; observe and ask about the simple things.

John Turley won Best Table Topics.

Janet Turley won Best Evaluator.

Rex Gale won Best Speaker.

Mark your calendars; there are some Fast Tracker specials coming up that you won’t want to miss:

August 15: Janet Turley will tell us how to prepare the essential “elevator speech.”

August 22: the meeting will be a “career day.” Rosemary will provide details forthwith. Later that evening we will have our Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest, at 7pm, following dinner at 6pm.

Plenty of opportunities remain for roles at the August 1st meeting:

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster more
WordMaster Cindy Foster, CTM
Ah Counter David Premo
Grammarian Angel Flewelling
Vote Counter Michael Sanz
Timer Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
TableTopicsMaster Tom Drago
Speaker #1 more
Speaker #2 more
Speaker #3 more
Johnny On The Spot more
General Evaluator Jolyn DeBoer
Evaluator #1 Cindy Petitt, CTM
Evaluator #2 more
Evaluator #3 more


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