December 12 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, Maureen Korzik. Since the holidays are approaching, Maureen gave us some insight into the style and thinking (if any) of the 10 types of holiday shoppers.

Table Topics Master Elizabeth Millen, asked Alison Meeks to explain how the laundry detergent got the name “Tide” and what might be a better name, now some 70 years after the introduction of the first detergent that combined both surfactants and builders. Diane McMahon responding to the question “what would make you go on strike,” answered as both a feminist and a North Pole elf. Bob Jones, a returning Fast Tracker, pondered what locale would make a better national capital than Washington.

During the prepared speeches David Premo led off with a journalist’s approach to profiling the average American by assembling the statistics available to determine who, what, when, where, why and how he developed the profile of “Mary Smith.” That completed his Speaking to Inform manual. Jolyn DeBoer took to the airwaves for a TV interview conducted by Beau Patterson, host of the TV show Please Rise. She fielded his questions about why tennis is such a fast-growing sport. David Paulter, prepping Fast Trackers for the new year, shared eminently practical steps to ensure we can make the coming year, “The Best Year Yet.”

Diane McMahon won best Table Topic; David Premo garnered Best Speaker honors, and Ann Cyran took the best evaluator ribbon for her review of David Premo’s speech.

New Members and New Web Feature

Welcome new Fast Trackers Marilyn Hayes and Nick Nickels; returning Toastmaster Kore Willbur and returning Fast Tracker Bob Jones. We look forward to getting to know you all.

If You Have Not Seen It Yet, Check the New Section on Our Web Site
Speaking About Speaking—A weekly selection of items for and about public speaking. Look at the link in the back bar at the top of each page, just below the Toastmasters logo. There you will find the links to all the new—and old—features of our web site. The page will be updated weekly; you will get an email notification.

 Fast Tracker Holiday Party  December 20

Hosted by Rex and Susan Gale

 

Roles for December 19 Meeting

Members

ToastMaster Sharon Fisher
WordMaster Helen M Price
Ah Counter Chris Cassidy, CTM
Grammarian Helen M Price
Vote Counter Daisy White
Timer Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
TableTopicsMaster Dee Ouellette
Speaker #1 Beau Patterson, ATM-S
Speaker #2 Alison Meeks, CTM
Speaker #3 Fran Reed
Johnny On The Spot Rex Gale
General Evaluator David Premo, CTM
Evaluator #1 Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Evaluator #2 Shannon Stephens
Evaluator #3 John R Wigington
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December 05 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, David Premo. Since this was our first meeting in December, David opened with some facts about December, such as why the 12th month is “named” 10 from the Latin decem.

Cindy Foster as Word Master, was perhaps reflecting on the process of voting for the best table topics, speech, and evaluation for the day when she challenged her colleagues to use juxtapose throughout the meeting.

Table Topics Master David Paulter, harkened back to his pre-Thanksgiving speech (see Nov, 21 Fast Trackers) and opened the Table Topics by asking how Charlie McOuat used David’s suggestions as a way to have a happy holiday. Charlie said he was so moved by the concept that he used it in sermon as a guest speaker at a church event. Kathy Diello, a professional in health care administration, reviewed the current status of the Ebola outbreak and response. Forging new traditions, Alison Meeks shared her Thanksgiving menu of meats other than poultry.

During the prepared speeches Angel Flewelling delivered a tribute to her recently deceased god daughter. Angel likened the young woman to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the main character and title of a 1970 novella by Richard Bach. It is a fable about seeking individual perfection over conformity. Diane McMahon took a narrative approach to share the stages of accepting mortality. She began with the innocence of childhood, coming to grips with sudden and even violent loss, intellectual efforts to neuter the grim reaper, finally arriving at the peaceful acceptance of humanity’s last act—passage. Elizabeth Millen shared her favorite “hacks,” or ways to save time and energy in a frenetic holiday season. The audience was universally shocked to know every boxed roll—aluminum foil to waxed paper—has tabs on the box to hold the roll in place! She followed that jaw-dropping opener with myriad suggestions.

Kathy Diello this week was “Johnny on the Spot.” Through some emails that were not sent, not received, or simply vanished into the ether, Kathy got the call the day before the meeting and was prepared to deliver a speech on Friday. Her efforts were not needed, but they were not in vain, nor were they unappreciated. Thank you, Kathy, for continually demonstrating why you are a leader both in our club and in the area.

Diane McMahon won best speaker; Alison Meeks garnered (and garnished) Table Topic honors, and Shannon Stephens took the best evaluator ribbon for his review of Elizabeth Millen’s speech.

Another New Section on This Web Site 

 Speaking About Speaking —A weekly selection of items for and about public speaking. Look at the link in the back bar at the top of each page, just below the Toastmasters logo. There you will find the links to all the new—and old—features of our web site.

 

Roles for December 12 Meeting Members
ToastMaster Maureen Korzik
WordMaster Dee Ouellette
Ah Counter Daisy White
Grammarian Fran Reed
Vote Counter Chris Cassidy, CTM
Timer Cindy Foster, CTM
TableTopicsMaster Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S
Speaker #1 David Premo
Speaker #2 Jolyn DeBoer
Speaker #3 David Pautler, ATM-G
Johnny On The Spot Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
General Evaluator Sharon Fisher
Evaluator #1 Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #2 Paul Glick, ATM-S, CL
Evaluator #3 Charlie McOuat, ATM-S
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November 21 Fast Trackers

President Rosemary Staples opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. She then introduced the Toastmaster for the day, Jolyn DeBoer. Since this was our last meeting before Thanksgiving, Jolyn themed the meeting by opening with a partial list of the reasons Fast Trackers can be thankful.

Helen Price in the Word Master role fully anticipated the meeting would proceed without outburst, epithets, or inappropriate behavior, nevertheless charged her colleagues with the task of incorporating opprobrious in the discourse for the day.

Table Topics Master Kathy Diello, in a festive yet pensive mood, focused the Table Topics on winter memories. Charlie McOuat, originally from the land of what is euphemistically called “lake effect snow,” identified his favorite snow memory as driving in a “white out.” Jim Bremner knew which film would trigger a holiday spirit. His choice is Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in Holiday Inn. The 1942 showcase of singing and dancing talent to the tunes of Irving Berlin, included the debut of the classic White Christmas, and would be remembered for that alone. Moving to the last course, Susan Johnson decided were she to be a holiday pie, she would only consider apple—specifically made with Winesap-small, tart apples. Susan went onto describe her crust as crunchy but filled with soft sweetness.

In the prepared speeches David Pautler led an exercise in which everyone could determine his or her “rules” governing how happy the holiday would be. Altering the rules can change the outcome—and the level of happiness. Daisy White used a narrative approach to dispel the five most common misconceptions about hospice. The fears that prevent some people from seeking hospice are in realty the very strengths that make the palliative care so beneficial. Maureen Korzik called everyone’s attention to a key and oft ignored element of a speech—the Toastmaster’s introduction of the speaker. She provided a list of tips for both parties to enhance the interface between speaker and audience. See her notes and source material in the Sources and Resources area of this site.

Daisy White won best speaker; Susan Johnson had a slice of Table Topic honors, and Diane McMahon took the best evaluator ribbon for her review of Maureen Korzik’s speech.

 

See The New Sections and Information on This Web Site

Calendar and Contests —Holiday Party, Holiday Meeting Cancellations, Improv, Coming events, spring contest, and dates for the coming months.

 Sources and Resources —See the research Fast Tracker speakers use.

 

Roles for December 05 Meeting

Members

ToastMaster

David Premo

WordMaster

Cindy Foster, CTM

Ah Counter

Rex Gale

Grammarian

Jim Bremner, ATM-B

Vote Counter

Daisy White

Timer

Fran Reed

TableTopicsMaster

Michael Sanz

Speaker #1

Angel Flewelling

Speaker #2

Diane McMahon, CTM

Speaker #3

Elizabeth Millen, ATM-S

Johnny On The Spot

Kathy Diello, ATM-S, AL

General Evaluator

Anne Cyran, ATM-S, CL

Evaluator #1

Maureen Korzik

Evaluator #2

Jolyn DeBoer

Evaluator #3

Shannon Stephens
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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.

See The New Pages and Information on This Web Site

Calendar and Contests—Holiday Party, Holiday Meeting Cancellations, Improv, Coming events, spring contest, and dates for the coming months.

Sources and References—See the research Fast Tracker speakers use.

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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