Find Your Voice on May 02, 2015

Find Your Voice  on May 02, 2015

Toastmasters Open House & Speech Marathon 10 am–noon

Hilton Head Public Library

Public speaking is one of life’s greatest fears. Join us to learn how to find your voice and conquer the fear of public speaking. This will be a highly interactive and engaging event, and will include a Speech Marathon featuring local Fast Trackers Toastmasters Club speakers who have “found their voice” and who will motivate, entertain and inspire you. Admission is free.

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March 20 Meeting Notes

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance.

She then welcomed two guests to the meeting: Candace Lovely, visiting for a second time, and Lauren Sturre, at her first Toastmasters meeting.

Rosemary then passed the gavel to Toastmaster of the Day, Maureen Korzik who asked the various members to describe their roles for the meeting. Word Master Anne Cyran  challenged her colleagues to incorporate the word thwart into the discourse during the session. The seemingly simple verb began as a Norse adverb. English and later Dutch influences caused the metamorphosis in the 13th century to the verb meaning to hinder or oppose.

Table Topics Master David Premo brought forth some modern job interview questions intended to reveal thinking and creativity (or lack thereof) in job applicants. Rosemary Staples went to the core of Apple’s question about why, as a pizza delivery driver, she would use scissors in her work. “To make more slices,” she announced, which is Apple’s preferred answer. Beau Patterson struck down “celebri-diction,” an abnormal attachment to celebrities, as a word that should be banned from the business lexicon. That question came from Forbes. When asked, as the Gallup organization does, “what do you think about when alone in your car,” Sharon Fisher cleared her mind and said that was a time for solitude—no radio and no thoughts!

Prepared speakers this morning included Helen Price, working from the Interpretive Reading, Helen selected parts of The Wonderful Wizard of  Oz. She read, in different voices,  for Dorothy Gale, Aunt Em,  and Almira Gulch. Helen even sang a bit of “Over the Rainbow,” the Academy award winning song. Both the song and the book are often referred to by incorrect titles.

Fran Reed, drawing on her years working with immigrants, used stories, anecdotes and facts to support her claim that we should all “take a minute” to get to know some of the “invisible” work force on the island.

Beginning the Entertaining Speaker manual, Tom Drago took us on a commuter train ride into Philadelphia, where, he explained, cursing is an art form and sewage gasses fill the passanger cars.

Rosemary Staples took home the Best Table Topic ribbon. Beau Patterson garnered top evaluation honors for his comments about the speech by Tom Drago, who captured the winner’s ribbon.

Meeting Roles for March 27 Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Tom Drago
WordMaster Daisy White
Ah Counter Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Grammarian Fran Reed
Vote Counter Sharon Fisher
Timer Michelle Casey
TableTopicsMaster Alison Meeks, CTM
Speaker #1 Jane Jude, ATM-G, AL
Speaker #2 David Premo, CTM
Speaker #3 Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Johnny On The Spot Maureen Korzik
General Evaluator Dee Ouellette
Evaluator #1 Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #2 David Pautler, ATM-G
Evaluator #3 Helen M Price

 

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March 13 Meeting Notes

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Rosemary then passed the gavel to Toastmaster of the Day, Charlie McOuat who invited the various members to describe their roles. Word Master Fran Reed selected a word whose origins are oddly mathematical. Emanating from the concept of fraction—parts of a whole—fractious is an adjective generally referring to person who is quick to be annoyed, irritated, or agitated. The source word, “fraction,” had a now obsolete meaning of “quarrelsome.”

Table Topics Master Tom Drago first asked David Pautler what he was looking forward to this Spring. David, a real estate professional, quickly replied he hoped for 10 customers each of whom would spend in excess of $500,000.00 on Hilton Head property. When queried whether baseball deserved to retain the label of America’s Pastime, Rex Gale deftly bridged from the original question to urge for member renewal in Fast Trackers.  He pointed out that dues are less than the price of the cup of coffee many of us purchase each Friday en route to the meeting. Dee Ouellette, finished the impromptu session by recalling the one historical event in her life that she remembers most is the assasination of JFK.

Prepared speakers this morning included David Premo who provided evidence showing the benefits to workers, organizations, and the economy when people take vacations.

Alison Meeks tested a business presentation she is developing regarding the importnace of informatics and data analysis in improving health care delivery in America.

To really learn about a person, just ask the individual “What’s In Your Wallet?” demonstrated Michelle Casey. She took her fellow Fast Trackers on a tour of her wallet ranging from a Capital One credit card, to historical family photos, to professional credentials indicating her education and career. At the conclusion of her Ice Breaker speech, the only remaining question was whether the ribbon she won for best speech of the day will fit in her wallet!

Rex Gale took home the Best Table Topic ribbon. Sharon Fisher garnered top evaluation honors for her comments about Michelle’s speech.

Meeting Roles for March 20

Members Signed Up

ToastMaster Maureen Korzik
WordMaster Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Ah Counter Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Vote Counter David Pautler, ATM-G
Timer Dee Ouellette
TableTopicsMaster David Premo, CTM
Speaker #1 Helen M Price
Speaker #2 Fran Reed
Speaker #3 Tom Drago
Johnny On The Spot Shannon Stephens
General Evaluator Diane McMahon, CTM
Evaluator #1 Jodie Randisi
Evaluator #2 Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Evaluator #3 Alison Meeks, CTM

 

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Results from March 14 Area Contest

Tom Drago and Fran Reed finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the International Speech Contest.

Rex Gale finished 3rd in Table Topics.

Congratulations to our Fast Tracker Entrants.

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March 06 Fast Trackers: Contest and Meeting

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
ToastMaster Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
WordMaster Fran Reed
Ah Counter Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Grammarian Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Vote Counter Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Timer Shannon Stephens
TableTopicsMaster Tom Drago
Speaker #1 David Premo, CTM
Speaker #2 Alison Meeks, CTM
Speaker #3 Michelle Casey
Johnny On The Spot Dee Ouellette
General Evaluator Maureen Korzik
Evaluator #1 Cindy Foster, CTM
Evaluator #2 Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Evaluator #3 Sharon Fisher

 

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Fast Trackers International Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest Results

The contest was held March 06 at 7P.M Results are

Table Topics

First Place: Paul Glick

Second Place: Rex Gale

International Speech Contest

First Place:  Tom Drago

Second Place: Fran Reed

Third Place: Rex Gale

First and second place finishers will compete in the area contest on March 14. Complete contest details will be posted tomorrow.

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February 27 Fast Trackers

Don’t miss the International Speech and Table Topics Contest on March 6th at Palmetto Electric. Supper will be at 6 p.m. followed by the contest at 7 p.m.

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Rosemary then relinquished the lectern to Toastmaster of the Day, David Premo who invited the various members to describe their roles. Word Master Dee Ouellette selected an especially appropriate word for her colleagues. A solecism is an error in spoken or written form. Solecism also refers to an improper action or breech of decorum or etiquette.

Solecism, first used in the middle 1500’s, was a derogatory reference to the dialect of the inhabitants of Soli, a city in Cilicia, who spoke an incorrect form of Attic, which was the main dialect of Greek. It is understandable why the inhabitants of Cilicia strayed from classic Attic. At various points in history the region, now part of southern Turkey, was variously controlled by Greece, Italy, Persia, The Armenian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.

Table Topics Master Kathy Diello delivered a smorgasbord of topics. Charlie McOuat, told of why he is looking forward to daylight saving time. Additionally, Charlie noted that the number of heart attacks spikes the day following each of the two annual changing of the clocks. Fran Reed knew without hesitation that her favorite movie was Coal Miner’s Daughter, which she studied in a college course on script writing. David Paulter explained if he were to produce an award program, it would be for ordinary people overcoming the sort of personal problems that, while not major in nature, can present a person with a turning point in his or her life.

Prepared speakers this morning included Elizabeth Millen telling the stories behind the covers of her publications. With images and narrative, she explained some of her favorite cover illustrations in a way few if any of her readers could deduce. Her selection ranged from the works of famous artists to one done by an Alzheimer’s patient. Whatever the disease had taken from the woman at that stage of her decline, she retained her talent and sensitivity.

Maurren Korzik was next on the agenda. A recent trip through the Panama Canal prompted her study of the 50-mile long man-made waterway considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Maureen recounted the initial failure of the French effort, followed by numerous U.S. missteps until president Teddy Roosevelt took control of the Isthmus of Panama and ultimately made the 400-year old dream a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After enormous cost of lives and money, the canal opened in 1914 connecting the two largest oceans. At one point in the transit, ships are 85 feet above sea level.

David Paulter took home the Best Table Topic ribbon. Tom Drago garnered top evaluation honors for his comments about Elizabeth’s cover story. Maureen Korzik won best speech of the day.

 March 06 Meeting Roles

Members Signed Up

ToastMaster Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
WordMaster Jamie Simmons
Ah Counter Helen M Price
Grammarian Diane McMahon, CTM
Vote Counter Tom Drago
Timer Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
TableTopicsMaster Dee Ouellette
Speaker #1 Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
Speaker #2 Daisy White
Speaker #3 Chad Beauchamp
Johnny On The Spot OPEN
General Evaluator David Premo, CTM
Evaluator #1 Cindy Foster, CTM
Evaluator #2 Maureen Korzik
Evaluator #3 Rosemary Staples, ATM-S, AL
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February 20 Fast Trackers

Next Meeting–Feb 27–will be at the Fire Station on Dillon Road

Plan on the International Speech and Table Topics Contest on March 6th at Palmetto Electric. Supper at 6 PM; contests at 7 PM.

This was a rather “historic” day at Fast Trackers, from the word of the day to planned speeches.

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Rosemary then relinquished the lectern to Toastmaster of the Day, Charlie McOuat who invited the various members to describe their roles. Word Master Elizabeth Millen, perhaps still in a romantic mood a week after St Valentine’s Day, selected the adjective Quixotic as the word of the day. She correctly demonstrated that the “x” is not silent (quicks-otic) in this derivation of the name of the literary character, Don Quixote, created in 1605 by Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The “x” is silent in the name (key-ho-tee). Most Americans will remember the Broadway and Hollywood productions and the music from Man of La Mancha, based on Don Quixote. Both the character and the word of the day represent romantic, chivalorus, and often impractical and unpredictible behavior.

Table Topics Master Paul Glick turned to the weather in this week of near-historic low temperatures. Mike Sanz opined that the energy level of island residents, not the air temperature, is the harbinger of spring on Hilton Head. Fran Reed recalled that a winter some 60 years ago was the last time she made a snowman with her sister. Michelle Casey explained her coffee pot is the device most important in her day.

Prepared speakers this morning included Rosemary Staples who opened with a reenactment of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross and twice a short-term resident of Hilton Head. In costume, commentary, and countnance, Rosemary dissappeared into her character. Sharon Fisher completed project five of the Storytelling manual, “making history come to life.” She narrated her “visit” to Martha Washington on the day the first lady fulfilled her late husband’s wish and freed his slaves. Rex Gale, who recently completed his ATM-Silver requirements, explained how to turn being fired into being “fired up” to actually enhance one’s career.

Back in her Contest Master role, Sharon Fisher reminded Fast Trackers about the March 6 International Speech and Table Topics contest. The event will be in the Hilton Head Palmetto Electric Community Room. Social/Supper will begin at 6:00 pm and the contest will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Mike Sanz took home the Best Table Topic ribbon. Diane McMahon garnered top evaluation honors for her comments about Rosemary’s performance. Rosemary Staples (as Clara Barton) won best speech of the day.

 

Feb 27 Meeting Roles

Members Signed Up

ToastMaster David Premo, CTM
WordMaster Dee Ouellette
Ah Counter Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Grammarian Diane McMahon, CTM
Vote Counter Daisy White
Timer Cindy Foster, CTM
TableTopicsMaster Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Speaker #1 Angel Flewelling
Speaker #2 Maureen Korzik
Speaker #3 Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Johnny On The Spot Open
General Evaluator Alison Meeks, CTM
Evaluator #1 Sharon Fisher
Evaluator #2 Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Evaluator #3 Tom Drago
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February 13 Fast Trackers

FEB 27 Meeting at Fire Station

Speech Contest March 06

 

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. She introduced Contest Master Sharon Fisher who provided details about the March 6 International Speech and Table Topics contest. The event will be in the Hilton Head Palmetto Electric Community Room. Social/Supper will begin at 6:00 pm and the contest will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Rosemary then relinquished the lectern to Toastmaster of the Day, Ann Cyran who invited the various members to describe their roles. Word Master Kathy Diello energetically introduced the word of the day, moxie. The word entered the lexicon in the 1930’s as a result of extensive advertising of Moxie Nerve Food, a patent medicine developed in New England and still sold regionally as a soft drink with a distinctive flavor requiring an “acquired” taste.

Table Topics Master Angel Flewelling continued the focus on specific words. Michelle Casey explained her concept of fun is connecting with people. Charlie McOuat decided if required to select a single word to descibe him, his wife would choose enigma. Everyone welcomed Tom Drago, back from his paternity leave, who defined true love with a fable as well as expounding his concept.

Prepared speakers included Fran Reed singing and dancing her way into speech eight of the Competent Communicator (CC) manual, “using visual aids.” Her topic was the history of women’s struggles for equality; she is a third generation activist for the cause. Daisy White followed with a delightful “dialogue” between a child and his teacher as she demonstrated vocal variety, also from the CC series. The child in Daisy’s speech consoled the distraught teacher by explaining how her current activities comply with new directives for the classroom. Finally, David Premo, working from the Technical Presentations manual, explained how Fast Trackers can face down Table Topics questions using the ladder of abstractions, bridging, and chunking. An outline and references are in the Sources and Resources section of our web site.

Tom Drago, back on his game, won Best Table Topic. Jodie Randisi garnered top evaluation honors for her comments about Fran’s speech. David Premo won best speech of the day.

Roles Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
WordMaster Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Ah Counter Cindy Foster, CTM
Grammarian Fran Reed
Vote Counter Dee Ouellette
Timer Jamie Simmons
TableTopicsMaster Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Speaker #1 Rosemary Staples, ATM-S, AL
Speaker #2 Rex Gale
Speaker #3 Sharon Fisher
Johnny On The Spot Helen M Price
General Evaluator Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #1 Helen M Price
Evaluator #2 Helen M Price
Evaluator #3 David Premo, CTM

 

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February 06 Fast Trackers

For the Feb 13 meeting, come prepared with the toughest Table Topic question you can recall, and we will turn the tables on tough questions.

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and welcomed three guests as well as new member Michelle Casey.  Rosemary then presented the Advanced Communicator Gold certificate to club secretary and area governor Kathy Diello. Congratulations, Kathy.

Toastmaster of the Day, Alison Meeks stated the theme for the meeting would be “heart” and invited the various members to describe their roles.

Table Topics Master David Premo picked up the heart theme with questions pertaining to words containing “heart,” sayings on Sweethearts candy, and advice to teens on affairs of the heart. Mike Sanz explained why he should be described as “coldhearted.” But in truth he was demonstrating a heart of gold when he pushed his former students and players to put their hearts into scholastics and athletics. Michelle Casey shared her propensity to lead with her heart. She argued for addition of the slogan “Here’s my heart, head will follow” to the sayings on the candy hearts in the boxes so popular at this time of year. Maureen Korzik would tell youths to embrace “heartbreak” as part of the process of learning the joys of loving.

Prepared speakers included Cindy Foster persuading the Fast Trackers to eschew the slogan: “60 is the new 40.” She argued that “60 is the new 60,” and the new 60 will augur a period of growth, not decline. Charlie McOuat talked about some of the light-hearted moments he encountered as a literacy volunteer. Finally, Elizabeth Millen implored the Fast Trackers to find or add passion to their lives. She realized, not in a relationship but on a solitary retreat, that passion for one’s profession is the essential measure of personal success.

Mike Sanz won Best Table Topic. David Pautler garnered top honors for his comments about Elizabeth’s speech. Cindy Foster left with the blue ribbon for the finest speech of the day.

The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) makes more than 8 billion candy hearts every year to keep up with the demand for the sweet treat. Every day from late February through mid-January, around 100,000 pounds of conversation candy hearts are made. The entire amount produced during this time sells out in six weeks. Candy hearts are the best-selling Valentine’s Day candy.  http://www.necco.com/Candy/Sweethearts/History.aspx

Roles for Feb. 13
Members Signed Up
ToastMaster Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
WordMaster Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL
Ah Counter Alison Meeks, CTM
Grammarian Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Vote Counter Daisy White
Timer Maureen Korzik
TableTopicsMaster Angel Flewelling
Speaker #1 Fran Reed
Speaker #2 Chad Beauchamp
Speaker #3 David Premo, CTM
Johnny On The Spot more
General Evaluator Shannon Stephens
Evaluator #1 Helen M Price
Evaluator #2 Rex Gale
Evaluator #3 Rosemary Staples, ATM-S, AL
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