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Click on the “Club Articles” and the “More Club Articles”  sections above  for the following stories: THE 2018 CLUB #28 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests Date set for September 13 !! Lily Phuong-Tang, LINDA KLEIN and Renee Ellis earn CC;  Detra Flood, Daphne Hart, Chi Simons, Susan Storma earns  ALB, ALS, ACB, ACS, ACG and DTM Awards!!!!!!    Follow the Orlando Toastmasters Club #28’s Distinguished President’s Award progress!  Follow your Competent Communicator progress! Meet our new officers… and much, much more!

THE ORLANDO TOASTMASTERS CLUB #28 HUMOROUS SPEECH AND EVALUATION CONTESTS SIMPLY THE BEST CONTESTS EVER!

(By Kenneth H. Walley DTM October 2018)

The highly anticipated Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests were held on September 13, 2018 at the Herndon Branch Library amid a flurry of oratory brilliance and masterful organization. “The meeting room filled up with guests, members and dignitaries faster that anyone thought possible.” Noted one Club #28 member, “We kept scrambling to bring in more and more chairs!” The library had brought in police reinforcements in case the large crowd became frenzied while clambering for viewing space. Fortunately, no incidences of unruly behavior were reported.

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As the throng settled into a hush, Club #28 Sergeant at Arms Tina Wieczorek called this extraordinary event to order. Proud Club #28 President Renee Ellis CC opened the contests with a quote from Emily Dickinson: “Forever is composed of nows.” She also welcomed the mass of friends, guests and Toastmasters luminaries that packed the room.

Our Contest Master on this evening was rising Club #28 superstar Jose Vela. Jose put his usual flare for showmanship and leadership of display. Having a full program Jose kept the contest on time and enraptured us with humor and insight throughout the evening. Even though this was his first time as a Contest Master, one was given the impression that he was born to MC contests!

The first contest was the Evaluation Contest. The test speaker for our Evaluators was Jeremy Bennett DTM who was presenting a speech titled “Health Care Without Insurance”. Jeremy explained that through the control of diet, sleep, exercise, poor posture and avoiding “negative intakes such as alcohol, drugs, caffeine and sugar” that we could add years to our life and reach a higher quality of living. “Health care cannot stop you from dying but caring for your health can richly extend your life.” Said Jeremy.

After the speech, our four Evaluation contestants were escorted out of the room to prepare their speech reviews. They were given only five minutes and then brought in one-by-one to deliver their individual evaluation of Jeremy’s speech. Ken Blake DTM, Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB, Ken Walley DTM and Dickson Mo all managed to come up with inventive, insightful and proficient speech assessments. The main topic of conversation during the short break that followed the first contest was: “How in the world are the judges going to choose a winner?”

After the break, Tina called our second contest, the Humorous Speech contest to order.

It started with Dickson Mo’s “Just do It!”. Dickson admitted that he had a problem with procrastination and told us of his challenges with getting prepared to write this very speech. Each time something came up (“Clean the car!”) it would lead to something else (“adorable cat videos! “…” Vitamins and minerals on Amazon!”) in the end, he never got the speech started… or did he?

Our second speaker was Ken Walley DTM with a speech titled “A Day in the Life of Ken Walley” In this speech Ken told about a “typical day” in his life… and in the world of his alter-ego. We drove along in a James Bond car, fed mountain lions, “Milked” poisonous snakes, roped cattle and saved Orlando from a crime spree as a super-hero… It was quite a ride!

Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB in her speech “Embarrassing moments” told us of some of the most, well embarrassing moments of her life. As well as some of the funniest. A building was evacuated due to burnt toast, an incident involving yellow smiley-face underwear underneath silk pants and softball injuries that made people think Kara was homeless were just some of her most embarrassing moments.

Lastly it was Kate Murray VC1 who presented a speech titled “Paris… It Depends!” Kate told how at times re-visiting Paris might seem like a fairy-tale type thing to do. But after living there for six years she began to remember the things that were not so wonderful… the smells… the attitudes of those who live there… the inconvenience… the bureaucracy…All of it sidesplittingly uproarious.

These were four extremely hilarious speeches! At times the laughter seemed to shake the walls and many laughed so hard they almost passed out from forgetting to breathe. Before the results could be announced, recognition was given to those who made this night so very special: The Vote Counters Lily Phuong-Tang CC, Vincent Son and Daphne Hart ACS, ALB; Timers Tina Wieczorek and Orion Craig; Chief Judge Marie Leoffler DTM, Contest Sgt. at Arms Chi Simons DTM and Chris Alvarez; Contest Chair David Hundeby and of course Contest Master Jose Vela!

At last our Area Director Lily Phuong-Tang CC handed out the beautiful trophies to our winners: In the Evaluation Contest Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB came in Second Place and Ken Walley DTM took the 1st Place prize. The Humorous Speech 2nd Place winner was Dickson Mo and the winner of the Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 Humorous Speech Contest was Kate Murray!

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This was a fun meeting that Club #28 will bring a smile to our faces the entire year ahead!

 

 CLUB #28 WINS 16TH PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED AWARD!

By Kenneth H. Walley DTM

THE Orlando Toastmaster’s Club #28 has reached its “SWEET 16th” President’s Distinguished Award! This is an amazing accomplishment as it marks the sixteenth time in the last nineteen years that Club #28 received Toastmasters International’s highest club honor! To achieve this award, it takes the efforts of the entire club. Congratulations to all of our Club #28 members for they are well deserving of this award due to their hard work and perseverance that goes into capturing such a celebrated honor!

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From the years 1999 to 2005, Orlando Club #28 won six consecutive President Distinguished awards. After 2005, Club #28 had to overcome some tough challenges. The club would return to the top of the Toastmasters world during the 2008-2009 TM term. With this award in 2017- 2018, the club has now set a record of TEN consecutive years as a President Distinguished Club! Throughout all of this time, the aim of Club #28 has been to produce quality meetings and the creation of a super-supportive environment for its members, giving them the best chance to succeed with the Toastmasters program.

HERE IS HOW CLUB #28 DID IT!

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                         Daphne Hart DTM receiving the “Ken Walley Outstanding Toastmaster Award” from Ken Walley DTM and Chi Simons DTM

Club #28 became one of the few Clubs in Florida to achieve all ten DCP goals!

Between July 2017 and the end of June 2018, earning Competent Communicator Awards were: Detra Flood CC, Renee Ellis CC, Walk Jones DTM and Linda Klein CC.  Another Club #28 member who also earned his CC during this time was Lily Phuong-Tang CC!

Earning Advanced Communication awards were: Susan Storma ACB and Daphne Hart ACS.  

Earning their Leadership Awards were Renee Ellis with a CL and Detra Flood also earning her CL and an ALB! Chi Simons DTM became a DTM this year! Not quite finished yet…

Daphne Hart DTM also earned her DTM! OK, this might count for next year, but still… Congratulations Daphne!

Other awards were the “Triple Crown Award” by Detra Flood, Daphne Hart and Chi Simons. The “League of Volunteers” Award was earned by Chi Simons DTM. Another standout,  Marie Loeffler DTM was a District Pathways Rollout Guide and the winner of the Prestigious “Toastmasters Award of Excellence”. Congratulations!

The club also had all its officers trained at the Toastmasters Learning Institute winning the “7 for 7” Award for both training sessions… and now for an amazing six years in a row!!

Club #28 won both the “Smedley Award” and the “Talk Up Toastmasters!” membership awards. Club #28 added an impressive 20 (as of this writing) new members since July of 2017 including our newest members Owen Bryan, Kel Germain and Lauren Crane (first new member of July 2018!)… and we are still growing!

JOINING THE PRESIDENT’S HONOR ROLL!

Still it took a good deal of effort by Club #28 Presidents Detra Flood CC, ALB (July -December 2017) and Renee Ellis CC, CL (January –June 2018) to achieve this award. Both Presidents were constantly going far beyond the call of duty to ensure that our meetings lived up to the lofty expectations for Club #28.

They had to deal with finding alternate meeting places as well as seeing to the needs of each and every one of our members even while living up to enormous expectations.  They succeeded and surpassed the highest of Toastmaster’s standards. For Detra Flood CC, ALB, her role as President must have looked daunting. Not only was she becoming the president of the oldest club east of the Rockies, she had only been a Toastmaster for little over a year. She handled a serious treasury crisis with deft leadership and competence. She kept club growth a priority and turned our club towards its next President’s Distinguished Award.

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Renee Ellis CC, CL was at the helm while we had some of our most impressive meetings, leading the club into the Pathways era. It cannot be understated the importance of these two leaders in keeping alive the vaulted legacy of Club #28. Not to mention the Club’s 16th President’s Distinguished Award.

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       Club #28 President Renee Ellis (Far left) and fellow officers Installed by Division C  Director Edwin Mercado-Rivera on June 28, 2018

The administrations of both Detra and Renee are certainly a part of this perpetual “Golden Age” in Club #28’s long and storied history, they now join a growing list of Distinguished Award-winning Club #28 Presidents: (+)

Ralph Cowell ATMB* and Dorothy Day Otis DTM (1999-2000)

Helen Joseph DTM and Kenneth H. Walley DTM (2000-2001)

Michael Joseph DTM* and Deborah Ryan ATMG, CL (2001-2002)

Deborah Ryan ATMG, CL and Diana Walley ATMG, CL (2002-2003)

Adam Scoggins CC, CL (2003-2004)

Dr. Ross Thomson ATMB, CL and Edward A. Carmona ATMB, CL (2004-2005)

Dennis Gola ACG, CL* and Barbara Cusack ACS, CL (2008-2009)

Edward Dimayuga CC, CL and Deepti Dhiman – Sharma CC, CL (2009-2010)

Wilner Luders CC, CL and Steve Wood CC (2010-2011)

Ryan Dick CC and Malita Clarke CC (2011-2012)

Malita Clarke CC and Walk Jones DTM (2012-2013)

Mike Heidmann CL and Jack Wharton ACB, ALB (2013-2014)

Eddy Cezalien CC, CL and Marie Loeffler DTM (2014-2015)

Marie Loeffler DTM and Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB (2015-2016)

Chi Simons ACS, ALB and Jack Wharton ACB, ALB (2016-2017)

Detra Flood CC, ALB and Renee Ellis CC, CL (2017-2018)

(+ Last known Awards achieved *deceased)

BRIGHT FUTURE !

The news just keeps getting better for The Orlando Toastmasters Club #28! The new officers for the club were selected in May. Renee Ellis CC will be serving a second term as club president, back by popular demand. Her new officer staff is a wonderful mix of new officers and seasoned pros: Vice President of Education Marie Loeffler DTM, Vice President of Membership Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB; Treasurer David Hundeby and Vice President of Public Relations Daniel Gutierrez all have proven successful leadership skills. Secretary Kate Murray and Sgt. at Arms Tina Wieczorek are two of the brightest leadership stars in Club #28’s horizon. This is a fantastic mix of capable and experienced officers and a “new generation” of Club #28 leadership!

MORE AWARDS COMING!

With the new Pathways program now in full swing, every one of our members is working hard on achieving new goals. It would be hard to imagine a club in a better situation to succeed for a 17th President’s Distinguished Award. Pathway guide and Club #28 VPE Marie Leoffler DTM has a plan to use all our experience and all of Toastmasters International’s resources to reach that goal. More importantly President Renee Ellis CC, CL, the rest of the officers and every member in the club pledge to support each other to attain our personal goals at Toastmasters. It is the Ultimate win-win situation! Let’s go get our “Super Seventeenth President’s Distinguished Award!”

 

Happy Toastmastering!

Kenneth H. Walley DTM


 

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