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Area Director Ted Allman DTM Passes the Gavel to new Club #28 Secretary Ken Walley DTM,  VP of Public Relations Lily Phuong-Tang, VP of Membership David Hundeby, VP of Education Susan Storma ACB, ALB and President Renee Ellis CC, CL

The new slate of Club #28 officers were sworn at the December 28 2017 Installation of officers and “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony by Area 30 Director Ted Allman DTM at the Herndon Branch Library.  These officers will serve the January- December  2018 term.

This is a group of  brave,  dynamic officers… only one officer is serving for the first time ever in a Toastmaster term, four are returning as officers but in a different roles and another will be returning to his post from the last term.  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 Susan Storma returning to Club 28’s officers as the Vice President of Education.  She has previously served 2 terms as the club’s treasurer. Susan has been with Toastmasters for 2.5 years during which time she has completed her Competent Communicator,  Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze and Advanced Communicator Bronze.  She is currently working on the Entertaining Speaker manual as she works towards her Advanced Communicator Silver certification. Susan is excited that she started her own company, Junonia Technologies 20 2016.  She is fulfilling her dream to manage her time to work when she wants to, travel when she wants to, and of course, to attend Club 28’s meetings to both improve her speaking and leadership skills. 

At Vice President of Membership 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.

First time officer and Vice President of Public Relations is Lily Phuong-Tang. 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 and 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.” 

Our Treasurer is Chi Simons DTM. Chi is a Financial Analyst by day and an artist by night.   Vietnamese is her first language.  She is dreaming of learning two more languages: Spanish and sign language.  She is an open book – what you see is what you get.  She likes to help out others to grow just like her. Things she loves the most are spending time with her family, reading and working on her hobbies, eating, kickboxing, high-impact aerobics and Zumba dance…  and much more.  Chi and her husband are very good cooks.   Most of the time, she lets her husband be in charge of the kitchen and she plays the “Sous Chef” role.  Chi set a Club #28 record earning her DTM in less than two years after joining Club #28 in 2015. During that time she also served a the Area 30 Director and Club President for Club #28.  She joined Toastmasters to get over her fear of public speaking and she’s been addicted to Toastmasters ever since. Her philosophy is to work hard, play hard, take chances, be kind to others and be “Chi”!  

Another seasoned officer is Secretary Ken Walley DTM who has served as Secretary many times in the past for Club #28. He has also served in all of the other officer positions as well as being the past president of Club #28 three times! Ken is also a member of a second Toastmasters club, the Uptown Club #6304. Toastmasters is far more than just a hobby to him, it is a way of life. Ken’s wife Diana is an active member of Club #28 and both of his children Robin and Monica have been past Club #28 officers as well.  

Sgt. at Arms Daniel Gutierrez. He is originally from Venezuela, and he moved to the US eager to learn the English language and continue his career in the Computer Science field. Daniel went to college and achieved his Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems, and then his Masters in Business Administration and Information Security. Daniel joined Toastmasters to improve his public speaking skills, and to become a better story teller. When Daniel attended his first meeting at Club 28 he realized that this was the perfect place to conquer his fears of public speaking and to develop leaderships skills. For Daniel, Club 28 has become his second home, and his new circle of friends. 

The Club’s Immediate Past President Detra Flood. She served as President and Vice President of Membership in past Toastmaster terms. As President, Detra brought the club very close to it’s 16th President’s Distinguished award. She is an entrepreneur, an author of the children’s book “Where is my Tuesday?“, wife of  another past club officer Alphaeus, and a mother of two beautiful girls. 

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! 

The Non-Verbal Art of Speechmaking

By Kenneth H.  Walley DTM

“Setting the stage” for your speech can be almost as important as the words that you choose. How your audience perceives you can be as powerful, or in some instances as relaxing, as the vocal part of your speech. Here are a few ideas as to how to make a statement before you open your mouth. 

  1. A relaxed and informal body posture tends to put your audience at ease.  Sitting on a desk, leaning, using a “pondering” expression, loose or flippant arm and hand motions, etc. creates an “attitude” of the speaker that the speech is more of a “chat” and  is in essence creating a conversational tone. Using this kind of body language, while often drawing the audience into the speech at first, will often lose them later and may tend to lose the credibility of important points that you wish to make. It is important to vary the tension of your body movement throughout the speech. A super-rigid body posture, one with little movement and strong forceful arm and hand motions, for example from behind a lectern,  gives the audience the message that the speech is important, serious and demanding of their attention. This also only works for a short time. Putting a strong emphasis on parts of the speech is more effective than running the risk of “scolding” your audience. Try to get out at times from behind the lectern, vary the tone of the body language and you will be more effective.
  2. You are what you wear. Every speaker should attempt to dress for the occasion and to have the best effect possible on the audience. A clown suit is perfect for a 3rd grade birthday party but not for the boardroom. Common sense is usually the best guide. A three-piece suit might be a tad overdressed for a lecture to a high school class but being to informal,  jeans and a sweat shirt… might tend to lose your credibility. A nice suit, in good taste  is perfect for any important speech. Look at yourself in a mirror before you arrive and ask “Is this the image I want my audience to have of me?”  
  3. “Working the room” splitting up the room into parts or “zones” and then changing positions during the speech to address each zone, creates the perception of inclusiveness. Be aware of how much you are moving, speak from one position for a time then move to the next zone.  This can add an air of enthusiasm!  Avoid “pacing” because that can distract from your speech.
  4. Create the environment you want your audience to experience beforehand. This is not always possible but moving and manipulating the physical surrounding of the speech area can have a powerful effect on your speech.  Lighting for example can often add an “extra effect”. Also have props handy, have projector or any other visual aids at the ready so that when you need these items their operation does not distract from your speech.  

The use of the face and the eyes are also a very important element of non-verbal communication as well how the seating arrangements are organized and ability to create a “aura” of confidence as you approach the lectern. Weaving these with the spoken word creates the total speaker. The most effective speech has a balanced use of the verbal and non verbal. 


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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!

Nick Toporkov CC  Nick, who knows more about cutting-edge presentation technology than anyone I know, and probably in the State of Florida was about to give a speech that featured a state of the art PowerPoint projection display. Then disaster happened. The projector failed. Nick, proceeded to give the presentation anyway without the visual acrobatics. The speech still came out amazing! Nick has informed us, entertained us and motivated us with his intelligence, humor, social concern and captivating personality for 10 wonderful speeches. We truly thank you. Congratulations Nick!

Amy Sims CC Although Amy presented all of her first 10 speeches at another club, the Let’s Talk Club 4433; she has still been a very important member of the Club #28 family. We are extremely proud of her attaining her CC award! Congratulations Amy!

Susan Storma ALB Susan has been a stand out 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!




Linda Klein

1. Who is Linda Klein? (4/14/16)

2. “God Forgives but Does Man Forgive?” (5/19/16)

3. “Cars Need Oil, People Need Water” (9/22/16)

4.  “50% Anticipation 50% Participation” (2/9/17)

5.  “We Are Twins!” (3/09/17)

6. “How to Make a Puppet Monster” (7/27/17)

7. “The Chicago Fire!” (8/24/17)

8. “Samaritans” (10/19/17)

9. “Getting The Most Out of Time” (12/7/17)

10. “Making your Bed” (1/24/18)

Lily Phuong-Tang

1. “I am Lily Phuong Tang” (2/9/17)

2. “Experience” (7/7/17)

3. “Coming to America was a Miracle for Me and My Family” (9/28/17)

4. “Learn to Eat Healthy in Different Ways” (10/12/17)

5. “Helping Young People is Necessary” (11/2/17)

6. “Business in General” (11/23/17)

7. “Holiday” (12/7/18)

8. “The Project” (1/11/18)

9. “Who Is He?” (2/8/18)

Daniel Gutierrez

1. “Efficiency, Hobbies and Interests” (4/27/17)

2. “How Digital Devices Communicate with the Internet” (5/18/17)

3. “Automation Technology” (6/7/17)

4. “Understanding Habits” (8/3/17)

5. “A Moment in My Life I Will Never Forget!” (8/17/17)

6. “Understanding Habits 2″ (10/5/17)

7. “How Digital Devices Communicate with the Internet 2″ (12/21/17)

Joey Jacobschagen

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)

Latisha Simpson

1. “Big Hair” (12/13/16)

2. “Raising the Bar” (3/16/17)

3. “The Greatest Investment” (8/3/17)

Emily Ceskavich

1. “My Greatest Fear (and why I want to keep it) (3/16/17)

2. “My Big Brother” (7/20/17)

3. “Interviewing Techniques I Learned From Watching Oprah” (8/3/17)

Alphaeus Flood

1.  “Alphaeus” (12/01/16)

2. “3 Steps For Buying A House!” (7/12/17)

3. “Mandatory Military Service” (12/14/17)

4. “My Addiction” (1/18/18)

Emma Hutto

1. “Living Up to My Name” (11/30/17)

2. “New Year’s Resolution” (12/28/17)

David Hundeby

1. “Get Ready!” (8/24/17)

2. “Breaking Good” (12/28/17)

Vincent Duong

1. “Vincent” (1/16/17)

2. “K-pop” (1/24/18)

Bethany Johnson 

1. “My New Beginning” (2/15/08)

Joe Mangascle

1. “The Defining Moment of my Life” (2/15/18)

Jose  Vela

1. “The Mystery of Me” (2/18/18)

Rene Jacob Soto

1. “My Ice Breaker” (2/1/18)

Maureen Premo 

1.”Small Town Girl at Heart” (2/8/18)

Michael Adams

1. “My Ice Breaker” (1/11/18)

Tea Tang*

1.  “What Makes A Person A Person?” (4/20/17)

Jordan Hutto

1. Embrace the Suck (12/14/17)

Eric Howard 

1. “My Ice Breaker” (12/21/17)

Kate Murray

Brant Reyes

Ramon Reyes

Randy Cadely

Kevin Conway













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