- Meet our new club officers for January – June 2018!
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- Awards Abound!
- The CC Speech Progress Report
MEET OUR NEW OFFICERS FOR ULY THROUGH DECEMBER 2018!
By Kenneth H. Walley DTM
[This Article is under construction]
Area C Director Edwin A. Mercado-Rivera Passes the Gavel to new Club #28 Sgt. at Arms Tina Weiczorek, Treasurer David Hundeby, Secretary Kate Murray, VP of Public Relations Daniel Gutierrez, VP of Membership Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB , VP of Education Marie Leoffler DTM and President Renee Ellis CC, CL
The new slate of Club #28 officers were sworn in at the June 28 2018 Installation of officers and “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony led by Area 30 Director Edwin A. Mercado-Rivera DTM at the Herndon Branch Library. These officers will serve the July- December 2018 term.
This is a group of brave, dynamic officers… two officers are serving for the first time ever in a Toastmaster term, three are returning as officers but in a different roles for the 1st time at Club #28 and two others will be returning a post they have served in before. Please congratulate these courageous Toastmasters when you see them:
Our new Club #28 President is Renee Ellis joined Orlando Toastmasters Club 28 in August of 2016. Since that time, she taken on several officer roles. Her first role was being Sergeant at Arms starting January 2017. It brought her great joy to bang that gavel to get the meetings started. Her second role was being the Vice President of Education. In this role, she enjoyed getting to opportunity to assist Toastmasters in their education and leadership training. Starting in January of 2018, she became the President of Orlando Toastmasters. Renee has enjoyed her time in Toastmasters learning how to deliver a speech and taking on leadership roles. She has also had the pleasure of seeing the club grow. Personally, Renee provides support to professionals in commercial real estate. She enjoys going to the beach and spoiling her dog, Dexter.
Our Vice President of Education is Marie Leoffler DTM Marie joined Toastmasters in June 2011 and became a member of Club 28 in October 2013. She earned her first DTM in 2014 and will complete her second this September. In addition to serving in a number of Club Offices, she has served District 84 as Area 30 Governor, Sponsor/Mentor Chair, Club Coach Chair, and Train the Trainer Chair. Currently, Marie is serving as District 84 Speaker Bureau Chair. Marie is a certified Life and Career Coach with her own practice. She is known for her creative presentations and innovative programs that encourage Christian Women in Business to strengthen their leadership presence without compromising their beliefs. To feed her creative spirit, Marie performs as a Solo Handbell Artist for church services, special occasions, and in full concerts.
At Vice President of Membership is Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB
First time officer and Vice President of Public Relations… and Secretary: Kate Murray stepped up to serve as our Secretary and then when an opening came up for Vice President of Public Relations she volunteered to do that as well! Only in the club since February of 2018, she was the first non-DTM Club #28 member to achieve her first Pathways level! Kate is a multi-passionate educator, performer and entrepreneur who wears many hats including that of Board member with the local organization Playwright’s Round Table.
Our Treasurer is David Hundeby. David joined Club #28 in June of 2017. A couple of weeks after joining he volunteered to become our Vice President of Membership. David has never been one to shy way from a challenge. Originally from Portland Oregon, David as a young man climbed Mt. Hood and earned the top Boy Scouts rank of Eagle Scout. He played trumpet professionally in a jazz band and later went on to compete in Tae Kwon Do tournaments after accomplishing his black belt. While recovering from a torn ACL, David found a love for running and had finished 7 marathons… So far! He is also graduate of Oregon State University. David is married to his wife Terri (also a Toastmaster) with 2 children and works in Orlando.
Another first time officer and new Sergeant at Arms is Tina Weiczorek.
The new Area 32 Director is also a member of Club #28, she is Lily Phuong-Tang CC. Lily is an organizer for the PTL Corporation development in Orlando. Her roles include leadership development, team building and business management. Her main focus is mentoring young adults and college students from UCF, Valencia and Seminole State Colleges. She also serves as a leader in the local Vietnamese Youth International chapter. “I am hoping to bring the Toastmasters educational opportunities to our area youth. These skills in listening will lead to better communication and future leaders.” Lily added: “Thanks to everyone in this awesome Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 for being such supportive friends to me.”
These are all talented leaders with a great vision for our club. We applaud all of them for having the courage to lead and we thank them for their time and efforts in helping to keep the great tradition of Club #28 leadership alive and well.
With such a capable and hard-working staff, Club #28 is looking forward to the most successful Toastmaster term in it’s long history!
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Kate Murray VC1 Kate is our non-DTM to earn a Pathway recognition: Visionary Communications 1st Level! That’s not the only remarkable thing about Kate. She has been in the club for less than a year and is our Vice President of Public Relations and our club Secretary. How is that for leading by example!
Susan Storma ACS it is not just the brilliance of her ability to entertain and communicate through some of the most imaginative speeches in Club #28’s long and impressive history. It is not just her leadership that has helped guide this club over the past few years to such success. It is not even her wonderful personality or her effortless abilities to make friends, her mentor-ship of others or the uplifting that she brings to all of us; each and every time she comes to a Club #28 meeting. What it is… is all of this… and the example she sets that we try to follow. Congratulations Susan on your well-earned ACS!
Lily Phuong-Tang CC The most amazing thing about Lily is her ability to amaze. In her CC graduation speech (titled “My Story“) on May 3rd 2018, Lily spoke about a number of Toastmasters who had inspired her. Now, it is Lily who is inspiring others. With English only as a “second language”; Lily has courageously earned her CC making tremendous strides in the process. That’s not all! She stepped up to be Club #28’s Vice President of Public Relations, mastering Facebook and publicizing the club. She has become a community organizer of youth programs outside of Toastmasters. Lily has even stepped up to be the next Area 30 Director! Lily is a great example of what a couple of years in Toastmasters can do… Amazing!
Linda Klein CC Linda has been inspiring our club every since she joined our club almost two years ago. She has served as an officer and is always willing to help out in any way she can. After a career as a Realtor, rather than “sit around the house” during her retirement, Linda has taken it upon herself to remain active in the community by volunteering her time to a number of deserving causes, taking (challenging) exercise classes, improvisational theater and (lucky for us) Toastmasters! Thanks for the memories, but we look forward to what’s ahead! Congratulations Linda CC!
Detra Flood ALB In only 6 months Detra pulled off a feat that takes some Toastmasters more than a year to achieve: earning a “Triple Crown” award. You have to reach 3 different communicator and/or leadership goals within a Toastmasters year to do it. Detra earned her ALB award (and soon to come her ACB as well) the first week in December. No surprise through Detra, Club #28’s current President has be exceeding expectations ever since she joined our club! Congratulations Detra ALB!
Detra Flood CL I have said so many good things about Detra on this website you would think I would have run out of wonderful things to say about her. That’s just not possible! Besides being a brilliant speaker, a devoted leader of our club and an awesome example of caring about others, Detra is also our newest Competent Leader! This is just the start however of a very promising future both in and out of Toastmasters for this young leader.
Renee Ellis CL Only one week after earning her CC, Renee came back for her Competent Leader Award! Leadership seems to come natural to Renee as in only year’s span, she has already taken on the officer positions of Sergeant-at -Arms and is our current Vice President of Education. She has the potential to achieve anything she wants in the Toastmasters program! Congratulations Renee CL!
Renee Ellis CC Renee Joined the ranks of Competent Communicators on August 17, 2017 with a powerful and moving 10th speech titled “We Need to Talk About it“. Since joining the club less than year before earning her CC, Renee has become a truly important part of Club #28’s success. Her Toastmasters journey has just begun however and the entire club cannot wait to hear more brilliant speeches from her in the near future! Congratulations Renee!
Chi Simons ALS/ ACG/ DTM Chi joined Club #28 on October 15, 2015. Less than two years later, Chi would reach the highest individual goal that can be achieved by a Toastmaster: Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Shortly after earning her Competent Communicator Award, Chi bravely took on the roles of President of the Oldest Toastmasters Club East of the Rockies as well as serving as the Area 31 Director! She would soon earn the coveted “Triple Crown” award by racing through an astounding SIX Toastmasters levels in one year: CC, CL, ACB, ALB, ALS and ACS along with her High Performance Leadership project. Recently she added the final pieces by sponsoring 2 clubs (the Landmark Toastmasters Club and the Orlando Center Club) as well as mentoring the Orlando Deloitte Club, and earning her ALS… thus reaching Distinguish Toastmaster… Whew! Chi is a wonderful example for others; a Communicator, a Leader, a Doer and a Friend! Few, if any… can say they worked harder to achieve their DTM… or deserve it more. Congratulations Chi… DTM!
Detra Flood CC Very few people in the history of Club #28 have made such a large impact on our club in such a short amount of time as Detra Flood! On July 27, 2017 Detra completed her Competent Communicator Award with a very inspiring speech titled “The Call: Answered Prayers“. Detra has amazed and moved us with some brilliant speeches on the way to her CC. Also Detra has answered the call (and some prayers) for Club #28 by becoming the President for this new term. Congratulations Detra!
Susan Storma ACB Starting out the new Toastmasters term, on July 20, 2017 Susan gave her Advanced Communicator Bronze graduation speech to earn Club #28 it’s first Distinguished Club Goal! Susan went beyond just “giving speeches” to earn her ACB, every speech she gave… even the ones from the “Technically Speaking Manuel”… were jaw-dropping brilliant. If there was ever anyone ready to be a professional speaker, it’s Susan. Congratulations Susan!
Daphne Hart ACS Daphne is the second Club #28 member to earn her ACS in the same week! Like Jack Wharton, she awarded her Advanced Communicator Sliver to the other Toastmaster club that she belongs to. Indeed, Daphne is quickly becoming a role model to Toastmasters all over the Central Florida area. Congratulations Daphne!
Jack Wharton ACS Jack is serving as a current club coach helping a new Toastmasters Club become established. He is also serving as Club #28’s president for the second time and for the second time he is also leading our club to a President’s Distinguished Award. Not to mention he just got married, has taken on a promotion at his job and is in the process of moving to a different town here in Florida. Still he found time to earn his Advanced Communication Silver Award! Jack is the inspiration to many Toastmaster successes and many Toastmasters! Congratulations Jack!
Diana Walley (ATMG) CC Although we usually do not recognize a second (or 3rd or 4th or 5th….) Competent Communicator Award in this space, we will make an exception here. Diana Walley joined Club #28 in 1993 and went on to earn her Advance Toastmasters Gold award (the equivalent to a ACG) then she was forced to leave Toastmasters due to a number of extreme health issues, including a stroke. After over 9 years being out of the program, Diana returned and courageously earned her CC Award on June 7, 2017 with an inspiring speech titled “I Will Walk Again!” All of us at #28 are inspired by you! Congratulations Diana!
Susan Storma ALB Susan has been a standout Toastmaster for the newer members by “mentoring by example.” Supportive and encouraging, Susan brings joy to every Toastmaster meeting she attends. Her leadership as a Club #28 officer, moral builder and teacher is a true beacon of light for all of our members. Congratulations Susan!
Daphne Hart ALB Daphne is another of the leaders in Club #28 who had set her sights high. Within two short years Daphne had been a integral part of our leadership team currently as our Vice President of Membership. Always a potential winner in any speech contest as well as a mentoring fountain of wise advice, we are most proud of her courage to attempt and ability to attain any goal that she sets out to achieve. Congratulations Daphne!
Steve Wood CL Steve Wood had long been a “competent Leader” in Club #28! Although he officially earned his CL in September of 2016, it cannot be emphasized too much his positive impact upon our club. Steve is a winner of the “Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year” in 2015, is our official club videographer , website IT department, club mentor, science guy and friend… The list is long. Congratulations Steve Wood CL!
Ken Walley ALS / DTM Having to write in the third person is just one of the many skills Ken has picked up over his 16 years in Toastmasters, but until January 1st 2015, getting his DTM was not one of them. Ken started out the New Year with much joy when he was informed that he had finally reached the highest goal a Toastmaster could dream of…. his DTM. Ken is a three time President of Club #28 as well as being the President of the Orange County Club #129 and the Uptown Club 6304. Ken served as the Area 33 Governor from 2003 to 2004 and as the club mentor for the “Toast to YSA” Club, the last piece needed for his DTM puzzle. Ken wanted to say that “He could not have done this without the help of many, many people along the way!” and that he is “profoundly grateful.” Congratulations Ken Walley DTM!
Rev. Walk Jones ALS / DTM From the time that Walk came to us at Club #28, we have been blessed! Walk has worked hard to rise to the highest individual honor that Toastmasters International can give to one of its members. It would be hard to find anyone who deserves it more. During his journey to DTM, Walk served Club #28’s President and the Area 32 Governor. On September 18, 2014 he gave his High Performance Leadership project speech which told of his efforts to organize a humorous speech evening for a local retirement home which brought joy and laughter to many. Walk has been bringing joy to us for years now and we are happy to see you reach your Toastmasters goals! Congratulations Walk Jones DTM!
Marie Loeffler ALS / DTM has been a blessing to Orlando Toastmasters Club #28. She made a memorable entrance to our club with a speech featuring hand bells and wisdom. We have watched as Marie, our current Vice President of Education, has become an energetic force not only in our club but in the entire District 84 as well. She served as the Area 30 Governor last Toastmaster term, leading the Mentoring seminar at TLI last July and became the head of Division 84’s Mentoring program. On August 28 at Club #28, Marie finished her High Performance Leadership Program results speech and thus earned her DTM! We are all so proud of you Marie! Congratulations Marie Loeffler DTM!
Ken Blake ALS / DTM It has been a long time coming (Ken joined our Club in 1998!) but the most deserving member of Club #28 at last earned his DTM! The highest award that a Toastmaster can achieve was earned by Ken when his latest Toastmasters project, club sponsor for the Weekend Toastmaster Club #3117640 was granted their charter on May 8th, 2014. Ken is an icon of local Toastmasters Clubs here in Central Florida. Besides being a member of The Orlando Toastmasters #28 since 1998, he had also been a member of the Orlando Conquerors #1066 as well as the Let’s Talk Toastmasters Club #4413. Ken has served as president of both of those clubs. Ken has tirelessly given himself to helping others improve and has been long deserving of this prestigious award! Congratulations Ken Blake, DTM!
CC AWARD SPEECH PROGRESS REPORT!
CONRATULATIONS LILY PHUONG-TANG!!!!!
1. ” All About Me” (11/10/16)
2. “How people Drive Bad and What We Can Do About It! (1/26/17)
3.”Four Reasons Why People Don’t Like Math” (3/09/17)
4. “Two Pianos” (06/01/17)
5. “Be Yourself!” (8/17/17)
6. “The Re-Telling of the 3 Little Pigs in a Christmas Sort of Way” (12/14/17)
7. “Standardized Testing in America” (1/11/18)
8. “How to Sign in on an Excel Spreadsheet” (3/15/18)
9. “Take a Vacation!” (08/16/18)
Kate Murray VC1
1. “Moments are the Things That Matter” (2/22/18)
2. “Don’t Be An Elephant” (3/15/18)
3. “Doing the Work” (5/3/18)
4. “These FRIES are for You!” (6/14/18)
5. “These FRIES are for You! #2″ (6/28/18)
6. “Amazon + OPD = A Lot of Questions” (7/26/18)
7. “The Leadership Toolbox” (8/23/18)
8. “Visit Paris? It Depends” (9/13/18 Contest Speech)
9. “The Art of Communication” (9/20/18)
Vincent Duong Son
1. “Vincent” (1/16/17)
2. “K-pop” (1/24/18)
3. “Why Exercise?” (3/22/18)
4. “Bob and Chaffer” (5/3/18)
5. “Unprepared” (8/2/18)
6. “What is TNTT?” (8/9/18)
7. “Failing Can Teach Us Success” (9/20/18)
1. “The Mystery of Me” (2/18/18)
2. “The Four Fs and Why” (3/15/18)
3. “Building My House” (5/10/18)
4. “What You See is What You Get” (6/13/18)
5. “The Most Destructive Force is Me” (6/28/18)
6. “Talk With Them” (8/2/18)
7. “Orlando Housing Market: A Snapshot” (10/11/18)
1. “Mo’s Experience” (4/28/17)
2. “Internet Addiction” (6/16/17)
3. “The Asian Diet” (7/7/17
4. “Tonality” (8/30/18)
5. “Just Do It!” (9/13/19)
6. “Troubleshooting 101″ (10/4/18)
1. “Get Ready!” (8/24/17)
2. “Breaking Good” (12/28/17)
3. “Running Through It” (5/17/18)
4. “Hey, Where ya Goin’?” (8/2/18)
5. ” Say What?” (9/6/18)
6. “Shoe Hear Me?” (10/11/18)
1. “From Motown to O-Town!” (3/29/18)
2. From Motown to O-Town (2) (7/5/18)
3. The Bicentennial Quarter (8/9/18)
4. “A Year in the Life of a Nanny” (8/27/18)
1. “Turning Point” (9/6/18)
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