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 THE OLDEST CLUB EAST OF THE ROCKIES  The Historic Record of Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 July-December 2018- 2017, Produced by the office of the VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, Kate Murray. EDITOR: Kenneth H. Walley DTM;  PUBLISHER and ORLANDO TOASTMASTERS CLUB #28 PRESIDENT: Renee Ellis.

HISTORYOrlando Club #28 was founded in the year 1933, as far as we can tell. The Club itself was probably created even BEFORE that year. It is the year we mark our birth because it is the date on a plaque, (that was accidentally destroyed in 2008) honoring Orlando Toastmaster Club, #28: “The Club of the Year 1933.”A second plaque was found that celebrates the 60th anniversary of “Toastmaster Club #28″ presented to the Club in
The inscription (barely readable now) reads:” Presented to TOASTMASTERS CLUB #28 For Sixty Years of  Continuous  Service 1993″.

 Franklin D. Roosevelt was made an honorary member of Club #28 in 1936. As well as references of Club #28 from the FDR Presidential museum. A letter dated Sept. 1, 2009 from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library states “We found that on March 28, 1936 Missy LeHand sent a letter to Frank A. French, Secretary-Treasurer of the Orlando Toastmaster[s] Club a thank-you for the resolution sent to President Roosevelt making him a life member of the club.”  

Although our Toastmaster International Charter has us listed in the year “1947”, Our club was well established before that year and it is obvious that the charter was re-issued long after the establishment of Club #28. We are, at any rate, the “Oldest Club East of the Rockies”. Dr. Ralph Smedley, DTM the Founder of Toastmasters International himself was known to have been in contact, and interested in the welfare of Club #28 during his lifetime. Sadly, the correspondence has been lost between Dr. Smedley and the club. Those letters were last known to exit as late as sometime in the late 1980’s or even as early as the 1990’s. During and after WWII, Club #28 became known as the “Howard Rybolt, (DTM) Club” in honor of an Orlando War hero. Toastmaster Gloria Kemp, DTM modernized the club and helped open it up for women and minorities. Like all Toastmasters Clubs, we take pride in, and gain strength from, the diversity of our members.Included in our claimed membership are President Franklin D. Roosevelt (honorary), Long time Orange County Tax Collector the late Earl K. Wood, DTM, Dana Green, ATM , Club #28’s first woman President as well as long time member the late Judy Holsclaw CTM who helped save the club during a membership crisis in the early 1990’s. Central Division Governor Michael Joseph, DTM and Area 49 Governor Helen Joseph, DTM both are credited with helping to save Club #28 as well during this time. Former International Director Paul Meunier, DTM was also a member of Club #28. Another Central Division Governor that later served as Club #28’s President was Deborah Ryan, ATMG, CL. In 2004, Club member James Webb, CC started his quest to win the International Toastmasters  Speech contest at the Club #28 contest and ended up 3rd in the World at the International convention! James became director of a successful communications program of his own. Toastmasters Club #28 legend Diana Walley ATMG, CL won the only “Orlando Club #28 Toastmaster of the Year Award” (presented in 1996) for her dedication towards the club as well as her role from bringing the club back from near-extinction. She also created one of the first websites for Toastmasters at Club #28.


 In 2014 the husband of Diana Walley ATMG, CL, Ken Walley DTM  was also honored with an award given to the Outstanding Toastmaster each year in June in his name.kenaward01   The winners of the Ken Walley Outstanding Toastmaster Award:

2014: Eddie Cezalien CC, CL

2015: Steve Wood CC CL

2016: Jack Wharton ACB, ALB

2017: Daphne Hart ACS ALB

2018: Chi Simons DTM





2014: l to r: Jack Wharton, Ken Walley Mike Heidmann and winner Eddie Cezalien


2015: l to r: Marie Loeffler, winner Steve Wood and Eddie Cezalien






2016: l to r: Marie Loeffler, Ken Walley and winner Jack Wharton

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2017  l to r: winner Daphne Hart, Ken Walley and Chi Simons










2018 l to r: Ken Walley, Renee Ellis and winner Chi Simons.

Other notable members of Club #28 include former President Ralph Cowell, ATMB, CL, a renowned professional speaker, Kenneth Blake DTM, a popular area businessman and Toastmaster ambassador, Brian Wheeler ATMB, CL the founder and CEO of the Tijuana Flats Restaurant chain. Over the years the club has met in various places including a local Restaurant, The Orlando Presbyterian Church, The Downtown Orlando YMCA, The Center for Spiritual Living and even a Bowling Alley was used at one time! In 1998 the Club moved to the Orlando Public Library where it held its meetings for over a decade. In 2009, the club moved to the Herndon Branch Library when the main library changed its closing hours. One of the largest Orlando Toastmaster Clubs, The highly recognized Orlando Conquerors Club #1066  was a spin off of Club #28. Orlando’s oldest club is indeed, as the late Toastmaster Michael Joseph DTM called it, “The Mother of all Orlando Toastmasters Clubs” since so many clubs have been sponsored by Club #28. Club #28 has won many awards over the years and won six consecutive President’s Distinguished Club Awards from 1999 to 2006. The award is the highest award bestowed upon a club by Toastmasters International.

In 2009, Club #28 earned it’s 7th President’s Distinguished Award which also became the first of nine successive years winning Toastmasters’s highest honor. Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 has won the President’s Distinguished Award 15 times since 1998!


Helen Joseph DTM served as Area 44 Governor from 1999-2000.

Ken Walley DTM served as the Area 33 Governor from 2003-2004.

Also in 2011 and 2012, Club member Ken Blake DTM served as the Area 32 Governor. Rev. Walk Jones DTM served as the Area 33 Governor  in 2013 and 2014. Marie Loeffler DTM served as the Area 30 Governor 2013-2014. During the 2016-2017 cycle, Chi Simons DTM served as the Area 31 Director . Daphne Hart DTM served as Area 33 Director for the 2017-2018 Toastmasters year. 

Lily Phuong-Tang CC is the current Area 32 Director for July 2018- June 2019.

We light the path to success and we are proud of who we are and what we do.


Howard Rybolt DTM. Judy Holsclaw CTM. Earl K. Wood DTM. Dennis Gola ACG, CL. Sam Ryan ATMG, CL. Laval Brown CC. Michael Joseph DTM


CLUB #28 SWEEPS AREA 30 CONTESTS! (October 2018) By Kenneth H. Walley




SAVE THE DATES! By the District 84 Leadership Team (June 2018)

A LOOK BACK AND A LOOK FORWARD By Kenneth H. Walley DTM (May 2018)










(October 2018  By Kenneth H. Walley DTM)

Photo: What a Club #28 turnout! Phuong-Lily Tang CC, IP1; Diana Walley ATMG, CL; Maria Son, Ken Walley DTM, Ken Blake DTM, Kate Murray, Dickson Mo and Vincent Son.

Club #28 was everywhere at the Area 30 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests. Our host was none other than Area 30 Director Phuong-Lily Tang CC, IP1. Lily had a lot of help from other #28 members filling in as functionaries to guarantee the contest’s success.  The contest held at the Siemens Corporation headquarters near UCF, drew a large crowd which included many Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 members.

Club #28 also sweep the awards as Kate Murray won first place with her Humorous Speech “Paris… It Depends“. Kate had to win over three other very funny speeches. She is going to the Division C Contest to be held on December 8, 2019 at a location to be determined.



Photo: Area 30 Director  Phuong-Lily Tang CC, IP1 awards Kate Murray with the 1st Place Humorous Speech medal.

Ken Walley DTM also finished first in the Evaluation Contest. Ken had to evaluate a very well delivered speech by Lee Rushin titled “Fear Major” about being faced with situations of Fear. In Lee’s case, being attacked by an angry dog. Ken praised Lee’s ability to tell a story and serve as an example to other Toastmasters.


Photo: Second Place Evaluation Contest winners Cindy Paulsen and Ken Walley DTM with Phuong-Lily Tang CC, IP1.

Congratulations to all of the Club #28 members who helped make the Area 30 Humorous Speech and Evaluations Contests such a success. See you at Division!


By Kenneth H. WAalley DTM (September 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 re-enforcements in case the large crowd became frenzied while clambering for viewing space. Fortunately, no incidences of unruly behavior were reported.



















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 sidesplitting 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 VC1!


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


By Kenneth H. Walley DTM (August- September 2018)

Vice President of Education Marie Loeffler DTM announced the official date for the Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 Humorous Speech and Evaluations Contests coming up on September 13th 2018. Both Contests will be open to all Toastmasters in good standing.

Marie noted that “in the past Club #28 humorous speech contests, the speeches have been so funny that they have caused spectators to scream with laughter, hold their sides and roll around on the ground, cry large rivers of mirthful tears and pass out due to not being able to catch their breath.”

This year we are expecting even funnier speeches. Club #28 is not responsible for any injury due to hysterical laughter caused by extremely funny speeches.

I know that you are thinking: “Hey! I have a very funny speech like that!” Well then… all of the month of August a sign up sheet will be passed around at each meeting and you can sign up to be a contestant!

The Evaluation contest works like this: We invite a speaker from another club to give a speech that you have never heard before. Then you have 5 minutes to prepare your evaluation. One by one, each evaluator will be called in to review the speech. Sounds easy!

If you are good at giving advice sign up for the Evaluation contest! What do you have to lose? But… you could win a trophy!

Both of our contest winners will go on to compete at the Area and Division levels. Best of all,  you might represent Club #28… the best Toastmasters Club on earth!

If you are ready to compete we will also need functionaries. There will be a place to sign up to be a Timer, a Vote Counter, Invocation & Pledge, Contest Master and other ways to help make our contests a success. Also talk to our Contests organizer David Hundeby about how you can help.

This is a opportunity to shine! Sign up today.

September 16th 2018 at the Herndon Branch Library. 7:00 PM

Updated Sign up Sheet:


1. Kate Murray

2. Ken Walley

3. Kara Newcomb

4. Dickson Mo

Alternate: OPEN


1. Ken Walley

2. Kara Newcomb

3. Ken Blake 

4. Dickson Mo

Alternate: OPEN


Invocation and Pledge: Renee Ellis

Contest Chair David Hundeby

Contest Master: Jose Vela

Chief Judge: Marie Leoffler

Timer: Tina Weizorek

Timer: Orion Craig

Vote Counter: Vincent Son

Vote Counter: Lily Phuong-Tang

Vote Counter: Daphne Hart

SAA #1: Chi Simons 

SAA#2: Chris Alvarez


By Kenneth H. Walley DTM (July 2018)

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!

IMG_1752Club #28 at TLI

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.


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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 DTMthis 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 DTMMarie 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!


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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Detra Flood

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.

IMG_1973Club #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 CCALB and Renee Ellis CC, CL (2017-2018)

(+ Last known Awards achieved *deceased)


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!


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



By the District 84 Leadership team ( June 2018)

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)

Greetings all Toastmasters!

As you work hard to complete this year in your club,

I want to give you a “heads up” on training dates

that happen almost immediately in the new Toastmaster year.

All officers should attend one of these opportunities to learn

about the office in which you have just been elected.

** Strive for 7 of 7 officers trained – your club earns bling for your banner!

You are also invited if there is an office in which you would like

to serve in the future and want to learn more about it.

Please put one of them in your calendar to attend!

Beth Ramsay   

District 84 Club Growth Director  Program Quality Director – elect

You have three options to choose from!

TLI South – July 7th

Calvary Assembly Orlando

1199 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL 32789

TLI Northwest -July 28th

First Baptist of Tallahassee

108 W College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301

TLI North -August 4th

Christian Family Chapel

10365 Old St Augustine Road,  Jacksonville, FL 32257

NOTE: Each officer training session will be offered TWICE at each TLI.

** P.S. Are you looking for an HPL (High Performance Leadership) project to complete?

I’m looking for chairs to organize our TLIs! We have a format, so don’t fret. Your efforts would be logistic in nature, and you and your committee would coordinate with the Division Directors and their teams to execute another great training event. (You do NOT have to secure presenters or order food or create the agenda.)

I only have 6 spots total, and 1 is already taken.

2 for TLI North (August and February), 1 for TLI Northwest (January), 2 for TLI South (July and January)

 Interested? Reply to this email. Let’s talk!

ALSO: Incoming District Director, Mike McLean, is looking for a District Logistics Manager. To talk about it further, email Mike.

See you at TLI!


By Kenneth H. Walley (May 2018)

A look back: May is Leadership Month and the Officer Selection Committee, led by Club #28 President Renee Ellis CC, CL was hard at work throughout April, coming up with the very best possible team of leaders to guide us through the July-December 2018. Toastmasters term. The new officer slate is set to be announced at the May 3rd meeting!

A look forward: UPDATE: Congratulations to the following Club #28 Leaders for the July-December 2018 Toastmasters Term! President Daphne Hart ACS, ALB, Vice President of Education Marie Loeffler DTM, Vice President of Membership: Kara Newcomb,  Vice President of Public Relations Daniel Gutierrez, Secretary: Kate Murray, Treasurer: David Hundeby and Sgt. at Arms: Tina Weiczorek!

A look forward: May 15 is the roll-out for the new PATHWAYS program for our region. There is no club on the face of the planet that is more prepared for this historic Toastmasters event than Club #28. Thank you to Marie Loeffler DTM for being our mentor and Pathways guru over the past year. A reminder to all of our club members:  go to the website, be able to sign in and check out the Pathways section ahead of time. This program is exciting. The potential learning opportunities seem endless!

A look back: We had to meet at the Southeast Branch Library for a few weeks over the past couple of months. I am happy to say that we have been confirmed at our “toastmaster home”; the Herndon Branch Library for the next three months! We are also working on having a “permanent back-up” location in place for the foreseeable future.

As we make final confirmation, check back right here!

A look forward: We are looking for some new members to add to our club! Don’t keep the communication and leadership skills; not to mention the fun, joy and fellowship we have here a secret! Spread the word about Club #28!

A look back: We have a number of achievements to be very proud of including Linda Klein CC achieving her Competent Communicator Award. Congratulations Linda! Lily Phuong-Tang is only one speech away from her CC as well… keep going! Daphne Hart ACS, ALB is closing in on her Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM)! She will complete her term as a Area Director at the end of next month! Congratulations Daphne!

A look forward: UPDATE: Congratulations Lily Phuong-Tang CC on earning your Competent Communicator award!

A look forward: two of our members Detra Flood CC, ALB and Lily Phuong-Tang are in the running to become Area Directors at the start of the next Toastmasters term! We are very proud of the both of you and we, as your home club will do everything in our power to see that you succeed.


By Kenneth H. Walley DTM (April 2018)

A special”Pathways is Coming!”meeting led by current District 84 “Train the Trainer” Chairman and our very own Club #28 member Marie Loeffler DTM is scheduled for April 19, 2018 at the South East Branch Library. All of our members are strongly encouraged to attend.


 Photo: Marie Loeffler DTM

Marie will be giving an overview of the most exciting new development in the history of, well… Toastmasters! While being a great step forward for Toastmasters, the Pathways Program leave many of us (me included) with a lot of questions. “What is involved?”, “How does it work?” “How are the new changes going to effect our Toastmasters learning environment? How will it effect our individual growth progress?” and “How will Pathways effect Club #28 or our meetings?”

All of these questions, and more will be answered by Marie.

Pathways is TI’s improved communication and leadership program that is geared for the Millennial and the Gen Z generations. Pathways offers many more choices (or “paths”) that is more adaptable towards each Toastmaster’s personal goals.

At the heart of the Pathways Program will be choices. Instead of the current Competent Communicator, Competent Leadership and Advanced Manuals every Toastmaster will be able to explore 5 Core Competencies (Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Strategic Leadership, Management and Confidence).

10  Learning Paths (such as Dynamic Leadership, Effective Coaching, Planning, Motivational Strategies… etc.) and

5 Proficiency Levels such as “Mastering Fundamentals”, “Learning Your Style”, “Increasing Knowledge” “Building Skills” and “Demonstrating Expertise”.

These will be accessible on line, on tablet and on smart phone. There is even a “paper-based” alternative.

Even Baby Boomers can learn from Pathways!

But there is so much more to this revolutionary communication and leadership program. Get ready to get started on a new…and better future.



Photo: Club #28 members who were at the Area 30 International Speech and Table Topics Contests (from r,): Ken Blake, Daphne Hart, Joe Mangascle, Bob Steg, Lily Phuong-Tang, Vincent Son, Contest Master Victoria Burke, Kara Newcomb, Renee Ellis, Ken Walley, David Gutterrez and Area 30 Director Mona Cherkaoui.

Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 made quite a showing at the March 28, 2018 Area 30 International Speech and Table Topics Contests! Bob Steg ACB represented the club well in a truly super-competitive International Speech contest, coming in 3rd place. His speech “The Color Doesn’t Matter” was a powerful plea to cross cultural boundaries, seek inclusion and heal social divides.

In another very tough contest, Area Contest newcomer Joe Mangascle won the Second place trophy by  answering the question, “Would you break the law to save a loved one?”

Congratulations to Bob and Joe!

Other club members who had a hand in the organization and production of the contest were Contest Sgt. at Arms  Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB, Co-Contest Chairperson Lily Phuong-Tang and Chief Timer Renee Ellis CC, CL.

A”thank you” for all who attended and helped out!

Coming up next in the contest cycle is the Division C Contest on Sunday April 15th 2018 at the 7th Day Adventist Church located at 515 Harley Lester Lane in Apopka. The contests will be held in the Youth Hall.

I am sure Club #28 will have a positive impact on those contests as well!


By Kenneth H. Walley DTM

(March 2018)

The rumors had been in the air for over a month that Club #28 was about to produce two contests that would be special, maybe even eclipse the legendary contests of Club #28’s past.

March 1, 2018 arrived with a wave of anticipation. Well before contest time, the local Toastmasters elite started lining up at the Herndon Branch Library. Extra seating was hastily produced to shoehorn in the overflow crowds streaming in from all over the Central Florida area.



The excited murmuring and squeals of expectation were called to order by the Contest Sgt. at Arms Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB. Kara introduced Diana Walley ATMG, CL who first joined Club #28 in 1993 to deliver our Invocation and Pledge. Diana choose to pay honor to those who teach by quoting Henry Adams “A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Contest organizer and Club #28 Vice President of Education Susan Storms ACB, ALB welcomed Toastmasters and guests and introduced our Contest Master.

Club #28 also discovered a sparkling new talent in first time Contest Master David Hundeby. David created an excitement that enhanced the excellence of this brilliant evening. Although a new Contest Master, David handled his duties as if they were second nature, blending professionalism and entertainment while still letting the speakers have the spotlight. It was worth coming to the contest just to watch David.

David called upon Chief Judge Ken Walley DTM to certify the qualifications of the contestants and then we were ready for the first contest; the International Speech Contest.


The first speaker was Linda Klein CC with a speech titled “Make a Habit / Break a Habit”. This exceptionally well-crafted speech, told how as a child Linda picked up a bad habit of swearing that she found that she had carried into adulthood. One day, she prayed to God to help her lose this horrendous habit. Soon after Linda decided to take a vacation. Because it was a short trip, Linda left her cat named Benjamin, food and a clean litter box. She also left her realtor business to an associate named David. When she returned home she called David to find out if any of her clients had needed help and walked into the house to find that Benjamin had destroyed the house and ruined her prized living room rug by “pooping everywhere!” Linda burst into a tirade of anger and swear words. Then she discovered that she had accidentally closed the door to room with the litter box in it when she had left! She pleaded with the cat “Oh I am so sorry for yelling at you Benjamin!” It was then that Linda realized that David was still on the phone and had heard every word! Worst of all David did not know that “Benjamin” was a cat! God had answered Linda’s prayer about swearing. Her reputation was now in tatters but she never swore again!

The Second speaker was Chi Simons DTM titled “Gold Digger”. Chi told the story of how in Vietnam she and her father possessed a fortune in gold hidden within the walls of her house to keep thieves from stealing it and harming the family. When it was time to retrieve the treasure, Chi convinced her father to help him. Although a young girl, Chi had challenged herself to face the danger. Had they been found they most certainly would have been killed for the gold. Clandestinely, they chose to do this during the day, timing the hammering at the walls to a butcher slaughtering chickens near-by to mask the noise. Covered in dust, striking through concrete, they soon saw the bright yellow of the gold bars. It was their ticket to freedom. Chi encouraged us all to “become gold diggers! Believe in yourself, define yourself and open the possibilities of your life.”

The last speech by Bob Steg ACB was a moving powerful speech titled “The Color Doesn’t Matter” about overcoming racism and winning acceptance. Bob started out the speech remembering the recent Olympic games and the first Black Woman US speed skater named Maame Biney. She was born in Ghana and moved to Virginia where she was raised by her father.  Completely beloved by her father, a man who encouraged her every step of the way, he found that she had a real speed- skating talent.  it became apparent that to reach her Olympic dream, Maamie would have to leave him and live with a white family in Kerns, Utah where the US team was training. Maamie was treated like a part of their family. Her father said, “The color doesn’t matter.” Bob told another story of a black man named Wilmot Collins, the only black man in Helena, Montana. When he moved there he was greeted by someone spray- painting on his house a racial slur. The entire community came together to support him, eventually electing him mayor of the town! Bob remembered hearing fellow classmates making fun of Jews in his elementary school. He was Jewish, and he wondered if he should ever tell anyone of his beliefs. This influenced his life until he decided that he was not going to hide who he was anymore. “Hate begets hate” said Bob, “Color does not matter but It is how you treat others that matter.”

Thus, ended the International Speech Contest.

Soon the Table Topics Contest was set to start. This contest featured four speakers Joe Mangasale, Lily Phuong-Tang, Bethany Johnson and Daniel Gutierrez. All of them answered the same question: “What advice would you appreciate hearing from a happy and successful 80-year-old?”  We got four very different answers. Joe asked a question of his own “if you did not know how old you were and could not find out; how would that change your life?’ He said he had meet people in their 80’s that act much more youthful than they were. “How do you do that?” was what he wanted to ask them. Lily also knows “older people” and said that she often asks advice of them. One bit of advice she got was “If you lose money, you just lose money. If you lose time, you lose a part of your life.” Bethany Said that she would ask the 80- year-old about taking risks. She spoke about a recent trip she took that that ended up being one “of the best things I have ever done.” Said Bethany “Take risks, the more you move out of your comfort zone; the better off you are.” The last speaker Daniel, said he had a friend that was 76-year-old. “Does 76 count? He thought I was going to steal his car! When he realized I was just admiring it, we became friends. One day he told me to ‘just be yourself’ and ‘be creative.’”

As the judges attempted to come up with winners for our contests as not everyone can come in 1st place; David and Susan paid tribute to the functionaries who made the contest possible: Timers Scott Maloney ACB, ALB and Kate Murray; Vote Counter Renee Ellis CC, CL and Tina Weiczorek, Sgt. at Arms Kara Newcomb ACG, ALB; Chief Judge Ken Walley DTM and of course Contest Chair Susan Storma ACB, ALB and Contest Master David Hundeby themselves.

Our Area 33 Director Mona Cherkaoui ACG, ALB was on hand to help hand out the trophies. In the Table Topics Contest coming in second place was Bethany Johnson and keeping it a family affair, her father… Joe Mangasale took the first place prize!

In the International Speech Content Chi Simons DTM took 2nd place and… Drumroll please… Bob Steg ACB won 1st Place!


 Photo: (l to r) Joe Mangascle, Bethany Johnson, Chi Simons and Bob Steg.

In this 85th year of Club #28 these contests will go down in history as two of the best held. They will be remembered fondly for at least another 85 years.


By Renee Ellis CC, CL (February 2018)

Hello Fellow Toastmasters,

Happy New Year!  It is an honor and a privilege to be president for Orlando Toastmasters Club 28 for the first half of 2018.  We are a strong and exciting club because we have a great group of people.  I am so fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Detra Flood, our previous club president.  She, and her executive committee, has led the way to a successful 2018.  It’s only January and we have already completed our 10 out of 10 requirements for the President’s Distinguished Award for the 16th time!

Goals for this term are to continue having fun and engaging meetings along with building our membership.  We will also be having more speech marathons so everyone gets a chance to speak.  We have grown so much that this has become a challenge.  We will also be keeping our meetings on schedule so we may honor everybody’s time.

In my inaugural address, I presented the slogan for this term to be “Be deliberate, be prepared, be invested.  “Be” is a call-to-action word.  Pablo Picasso said, “Action is the foundational key to all success”.

I would like to see our Toastmasters be deliberate in choosing the roles they need to complete their educational goals.  I would also like to see our Toastmasters be prepared to do their speeches, fill functionary roles or greet guests during our meetings.  Finally, I would like to see our Toastmasters invest in our club by having good attendance and serving in leadership roles when asked.

We have a new executive committee with whom I am pleased to serve.  Susan Storma, ALB, is Vice President of Education, David Hundeby is our Vice President of Membership (again!), Lily Tang is our Vice President of Public Relations, Ken Walley, DTM, is our Secretary, Chi Simons, DTM, is our Treasurer and Daniel Guiterrez is our Sergeant at Arms.  A special thanks for investing themselves in our club.

We are a strong club.  My vision is that we will become excellent speakers, leaders and life-long learners.  Let us make that our goal.  Zig Ziqlar said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you BECOME by achieving your goals.”  Therefore, “Be deliberate, be prepared and be invested.”

I’m looking forward to serving with an excellent executive committee for the best club in Central Florida and oldest club, east of the Rockies!

Renee Ellis, CC, CL


Orlando Toastmasters Club 28


Vice President of Education Susan Storma announced that the Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 International Speech and Evaluation Contests date has been set for March 1, 2018. In the past, Club #28 has set the bar very high for all of the other Toastmasters Clubs in Central Florida. “I see no reason why these cannot be our best contests ever!” Susan enthusiastically said. Club President Renee Ellis was also very positive, “the blend of excellent speakers, hard workers and talented members in this club is sure to make for some fantastic contests. But it takes the efforts of everyone in the club working together to put on theses contests!”

A sign up sheet will be going around at each meeting leading up to the contests. Please make sure to sign up either as a functionary or contestant to help assure Club #28’s International Speech and Table Topics Contests will continue to be the legendary presentations of the past.


By Kenneth H.Walley DTM (January 2018)

Of course, Club #28 broke all kinds of records in 2017. There was our 15th President’s Distinguished Award. Contest winners, Area Directors, Leadership awards, membership growth, everyone reaching their personal goals… We had at least one CC, CL, ACB, ALB, ACS, ALS, ACG and a DTM this year. That is amazing.

We cemented our reputation as the preeminent Toastmasters Club on Earth. If there was a Toastmasters club on the International Space Station, we would be better than that club too.

If there was a Toastmasters Club Hall of Fame, Club #28 would not only be in it, the Hall of Fame itself would be named after us!

I know what you are thinking… I am just stating the obvious.

What is hard to imagine is how can 2018 match so many accomplishments on such an epic scale as 2017?

Child’s play.

Club #28 is just gearing up. We have so many of our members just coming into their own as communicators and leaders. I see those of us who meet every week at the Herndon Branch Library setting the example for our communities here in Central Florida, and beyond.

The potential of our members is unlimited. Day in and day out, at our jobs, at our leisure activities, at our places of worship, with friends, even with total strangers; Club #28 members take the confidence we create, the lessons we learn and the leadership we have gained and pass that on to others.

We have a mission to make the world better.

I have to admit that it feels good to be a part of something that is positive and meaningful. Yes, Club #28 is that. The Orlando Toastmasters Club is going to have the best year ever. That’s a fact.

I am not saying that we are supermen and superwomen. All I am saying is just watch us in 2018.

Join us! You’ll see.


By Kenneth H. Walley DTM (December 2017)

WOW! It seems hard to believe that the year is almost over and Toastmasters Club #28 has added another exceptional chapter to our long history. Looking back at our 84th year, 2017 was filled with great challenges and even greater successes. This club once again exceeded all expectations! Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 is continuing a renaissance that can only guarantee that 2018, our 85th year will be our best year ever!

Looking back: We celebrated our 15th Presidents Distinguished Award in the last 13 years in June as well as for the ninth year in a row! We had perfect “7 or 7” attendance officer training in January and July at the Toastmaster Learning Institute earning us the coveted Dedicated Leader Award! This club produced some of its most impressive meetings in its existence along with growing our membership. Club #28 has become one of the most respected and admired Toastmasters clubs in Florida.

It was with great pride that Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 would see in 2017 one of our members, Chi Simons DTM achieve the highest award that Toastmasters International can bestow upon an individual; earning the Distinguished Toastmasters Award! Speaking of leadership, Club #28 had Chi Simons DTM serve as an Area Director during the 2016-2017 term and another member, Daphne Hart ACS, ALB stepped up to serve as an Area Director for the 2017-2018 term! Both also earned “Triple Crown” awards for accomplishing leadership and communication goals. Make that three “Tripe Crown” winners, Detra Flood CC, ALB just achieved hers! 

Our International Speech and Table Topics contests in February were considered “brilliant masterpieces of oratory excellence” because of the high quality of the competition.  International Speeches by Ken Blake DTM, Detra Flood CC, ALB; Ken Walley DTM and Diana Walley ATMG, CL were all impressive. Ken Blake’s speech (“Lessons From Pretty Boy””) would later see him compete in the Area 31 Contest.

Ken Blake DTM, Ken Walley DTM, Daphne Hart ACS, ALB and Latisha Simpson all competed in the Table Topics Contest and excelled but Daphne added yet another trophy to her contest championships to go with those from last year. (Daphne would go on to win the Area, also for the second year in a row!) By all accounts, it was a remarkable evening for Club #28.

In August, the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests proved to be just as magical an experience where every contestant in both contests excelled. Brenda Smith ACB, CL gave a memorable speech for the Evaluation Contest that was reviewed expertly by Zaq Perez CCDiana Walley ATMG, CLLatisha Simpson and Ken Walley DTMZaq won his first Club #28 contest with an excellent evaluation.

Brilliant Humorous Speeches were given by Ken Walley DTM, Zaq Perez CC, Renee Ellis CC, CL and Chi Simons DTM. Ken W. out dueled the rest of the competition with a very funny speech titled “So This Is Hell”.  Ken went on to win 2nd place at the Area level! It should be noted that many other Club #28 members either competed or served as functionaries in the Area, Division and District contests.

Some of the best meetings that Club #28 has ever had (84 years is a lot of wonderful meetings) were produced in 2017! Two come to mind right away: the “Home is Where the Heart Is” January 19th meeting with Toastmaster Emily Ceskavich and the “Gun Control” theme meeting of November 2nd hosted by Alphaeus Flood. Other amazing meetings included Renee Ellis CC, CL’s “Winging It” theme meeting on 7/20 and her “Hurricane Fun Facts” meeting in September. For that matter… any meeting Renee was the toastmaster of was amazing. Incredible meetings happened like the “A Few of My Favorite Things” theme meeting with Latisha Simpson, the “Clichés” meeting withKen Blake DTM and we had two “New Beginnings” meetings one in January and another in July. Bob Steg ACB recently led a wonderful “Thanksgiving” theme meeting. Joey Jacobshagen’s “Music” theme meeting was a hit! Of course, our “Halloween” meeting had witches, ghosts and two Batmen. My pick for favorite meetings in 2017 were the many “Speech Marathon” meetings put together by Jack Wharton ACS, ALB and Steve Wood CC, CLWhat a blast! Honestly, there were so many great meetings this year, it would be impossible to list them all. See the “past meetings” section of this website and take a fantastic walk down memory lane.

If the meetings were awesome, the speeches were spectacular! Who can forget the speeches?  Daphne Hart ACS, ALB gave some of the most memorable speeches in Club #28 history such as “Time Management”, “Sweet Spot”, “The ‘F’ Word”, “Destiny: The Story of Esther”, “How the Tiger Got it’s Stripes” and “The Table”.

Matching Daphne speech for speech was the remarkable performances of Susan Storma ACB, ALB with brilliant speeches such as “”The Wonderful World of Spectroscopy”, “Snakes!”, ”The Current Wars”, “Spider Mums”, “Bucket List Alaska” and “I Should Have Gone to the Store Myself” 

Renee Ellis CC, CL came in with “Get High on Barbie!”, “New Car Pony Smell”, “The Rest of the Story” and “We Need to Talk About It”. More wonderful speeches came from Linda Klein with “We Are Twins” and “The Great Chicago Fire!” Detra Flood CC, ALB had unforgettable speeches titled “Gifts are Like Super Heroes”, “Where’s Waldo?” and “This ‘L’ Stands For…”. Zaq Perez CC wowed us with “My Journey to Becoming a CPA” and “An Empty Cup”, among others. Nick Toporkov CC made us think with speeches like “Fallacies of Our Mind” and “Is It Fair?” Diana Walley ACG, CL produced “I Will Walk Again!” and “Who’s Alien Is This?

Every week we had another classic speech such as Chi Simons DTM’s “Husband Material”, Walk Jones DTM’s “The Importance of Relationships” Marie Loeffler DTM’s “Dealing with Change”, Joey Jacobshagen’s “Being Yourself”, Daniel Gutierrez’s “A Moment in My Life I Will Never Forget”, Emily Ceskavich’s “My Big Brother”, Lily Phuong-Tang’s  “Coming To America Was a Miracle” and Bob Steg ACB’s remarkable “Learning a Second Language is Harder Than You Think.” Every one of these was a brilliant speech and… This is just a sampling of the brilliant speeches I heard this year at Club #28, the list of excellent speeches seems to go on forever!

The Ice Breaker speeches were truly amazing! Our first Ice breaker came on the February 2, meeting when Zaq Perez CC gave an excellent Ice Breaker “What Brought Me to Toastmasters”. After that the floodgates opened with remarkable Ice Breaker speeches:

Lily Phuong-Tang: “I Am Lily Phuong-Tang!” (2/9/17)

Vincent Duong-Son: “All About Me” (2/16/17)

Emily Ceskavich: “My Greatest Fear (and why I want to keep it)” (2/23/17)

Robert Bacchus: “The Eighth Stand” (3/26/17)

Alvaro Mejia: “Alvaro” (3/26/17)

Livia Petraru: “The American Dream” (3/30/17)

Tahreek Duncan: “Beauty in Death” (4/13/17)

Tea Tran: “What Makes a Person a Person?” (4/20/17)

Meg Given: “Tea” (4/27/17)

Daniel Gutierrez: “Efficiency, Hobbies and Interests” (4/27/17)

David Hundeby: “Get Ready” (8/24/17)

Emma Hutto: “Living Up to My Name” (11/30/17)

All of these Ice Breakers speeches were moving and inspirational accounts of amazing people in our mist. Ice Breakers coming up next up are Jordan Hutto, Michael Adams and Eric Howard who are all scheduled for December! Everyone has a story to tell and we heard some wonderful stories!

It would be a great mistake to overlook those who served as club officers over the past year and worked so hard to create a truly positive learning environment such as is Club #28. Our two Presidents over the past year were Club #28 “pillars” Jack Wharton ACS, ALB and Detra Flood CC, ALB. Both proved that they were leaders of the highest rank. Our Vice Presidents of Education were Steve Wood CC, CLand Renee Ellis CC, CL and they made the “toughest officer position” look easy. The Vice Presidents of Membership were Detra Flood CC, ALB and David Hundeby. The club gained many new members thanks to their efforts. “Getting the word out” as Vice Presidents of Public Relations were Emily Ceskavick and Alphaeus Flood. Handling the money for both terms was the invaluable Zaq Perez CC as our Treasurer. Linda Klein and Daniel Gutierrez served as Secretaries. We also had wonderful Sergeants at Arms in 2017: Renee Ellis CC, CLand Latisha Simpson. From the members of Club #28, both past and present, we sincerely thank you for your leadership!

I wish everyone at Orlando Toastmasters Club #28, its members, past members, guests, friends and family; along with all of those on the Herndon Library staff, a very merry and a very happy holidays and the most wonderful and joyous of new years!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy Toastmastering!


By Kenneth H. Walley (November 2017 )

So you have always felt the need to lead? Maybe not. Maybe you are a little afraid of being in charge? Either way becoming an Orlando Toastmasters Club #28 officer is a fantastic opportunity to better yourself and help your club!

The benefits of being a Club #28 officer are many and useful! You will learn organizational skills, group dynamics, scheduling, money management, negotiation expertise along with sharpening business, social and human interaction abilities…. Just to name a few things.

Being a part of a leadership team goes far beyond Toastmasters. What you gain as a club officer can be taken into the workplace. Some of the officer skills you learn at Club #28 might even help you create a better home life.

I know. I done it all. Over the years I have served as an officer in a number of clubs. Every time I always learn something new and I am always glad that I took on the challenge. Every time.

Each officer position teaches you a different skill but the main skill you learn is how to work with others as a team.  Here are the positions for Club #28:


Vice President of Education

Vice President of Membership

Vice President of Public Relations



Sgt. at Arms

All of these roles are vitally important to the success of the club. Becoming a club officer also counts as an essential goal towards earning your Competent Leadership award! The leadership part of Toastmasters can be just as rewarding and meaningful as the communication track. While it is a requirement for all Toastmaster to serve as an officer, I recommend that you do it as soon as possible after joining and start reaping the educational benefits of being a leader.

The new Toastmasters term starts on January 1st of 2018 and ends June 30th. If you are interested in serving please see Club #28 President Detra Flood CC, CL and we will get your leadership journey started. Who knows where it might lead. You might end up as a Toastmasters International Director someday!


By Kenneth H. Walley DTM (October 2017)

A little more than half-way through the first of two Toastmasters terms for the year and Club #28 is well on its way to achieving another President’s  Distinguished Award. Many of our members have achieved individual goals, among them Detra Flood, Renee Ellis, Susan Storma and Daphne Hart. Many others are nearing personal objectives including Zaq Perez, Linda Klein, Joey Jacobshagen, Daniel Gutierrez and David Hundeby who are all making wonderful progress on their Competent Communicator and Leadership awards!

We’ve accomplished the “7 of 7″ award at officer training. The officers in this club are incredible!

Our recent Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests were the envy of all of the other Toastmasters Clubs in the District. More than that, Club #28 members helped out in at least 4 different Area contests that I can think of. Many of those Area Directors would have had a very hard time producing their contests at all without the help of Club #28 volunteers.

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Daniel Gutierrez, Renee Ellis, Ken Walley, Chi Simons, Zaq Perez and others either competed or served as functionaires in the Area 30 Humorous Speech and Evaluations Contest.

Club #28 also boasts an Area Director ourselves: Area 33 Director. Daphne Hart ACS, ALB! Rumor has it that Marie Leoffler DTM is working on her 2nd DTM!

We are a club looking toward the future. Marie, the District 84 “Train the Trainer” Chairperson;  gave an amazing presentation about the new Toastmasters International education program “Pathways”. Club #28 is  truly excited about the new opportunities that this program offers. If nothing else, this club embraces the chance to improve, not only as individuals but also as a club!

We have also injected new ideas into our meetings including bringing back Diana Walley‘s “Central Florida Dead or Alive Show” at the September 28th meeting. It was a lot of fun!

Other good news is that our two newest members Maureen Premo and Bob Steg both look to add a lot of creativity and joy to our meetings.

So with 1/4 of the Toastmasters year under our belt… I can only dream  about our successes the rest of the way!

Keep up the fantastic work (and play) Club #28!


January- June 2018: President: Renee Ellis, VPE: Susan Storma , VPM David Hundeby, VPPR: Lily Phuong-Tang, Secretary: Ken Walley , Treasurer: Chi Simons, SAA: Daniel Gutierrez. International Speech & Table Topics Contests: Contest Master: David Hundeby , Chief Judge: Ken Walley, 1st Pl. TT: Joe Mangasale 2nd Pl.: Bethany Johnson TT:, 1st Pl. Int. Sp.: Bob Steg 2nd Pl. Int. Sp.:Chi Simons.

July-December 2017: President Detra Flood, VPE: Renee Ellis, VPM: David Hundeby, VPPR: Alphaeus Flood, Secretary: Daniel Gutierrez, Treasurer: Zaq Perez, SAA: Latisha Simpson. Humorous Speech and Evaluations Contests: Contest Chair: Contest Master: Marie Loeffler, Chief Judge: Daphne Hart, 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Ken Walley, 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp: Chi Simons, 1st Pl. Eval.: Zaq Perez, 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley.

January-June 2017: President Jack Wharton*, VPE: Steve Wood, VPM: Detra Flood, VPPR: Emily Ceskavich, Secretary: Francis Obiozer / Zaq Perez, Treasurer: Susan Storma, SAA: Renee Ellis. International Speech and Table Topics Contests: Contest Chair: Steve Wood, Contest Master: Zaq Perez, Chief Judge: Jack Wharton, 1st Pl. TT: Daphne Hart; 2nd Pl. TT: Ken Walley; 1st Pl. Int. Sp. Ken Blake, 2nd Pl. Int. Sp.:Ken Walley.

July-December 2016: President Chi Simons*, VPE: Monique Smith-Trager, VPM: Daphne Hart, VPPR: Chandra Ewell, Secretary: Linda Klein, Treasurer: Robyn Lesser, SAA: Benjamin Rodriguez. Humorous Speech and Evaluations Contests: Contest Chair: Chi Simons / Monique Smith-Trager, Contest Master: Kara Newcomb, Chief Judge: Troy Palmer, 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Daphne Hart; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Monique Smith-Trager ; 1st Pl. Eval.: Ken Blake; 2nd. Pl Eval.: Walk Jones.

January-June 2016: President Kara Newcomb*, VPE: Jack Wharton, VPM: Chi Simons, VPPR: Monique Smith, Secretary: Ken Walley, Treasurer: Susan Storma, SAA: Daphne Hart. International Speech and TT Contest: Contest Chair: Jack Wharton, Contest Master: Jack Wharton, Chief Judge: Walk Jones, 1st Pl. Intern. Sp.: Daphne Hart, 2nd Pl. Intern. Sp.: Susan Storma, 1st. Pl. TT: Ken Walley, 2nd Pl. TT: Monique Smith. 

July-December 2015: President Ben Quiroz+ / Marie Loeffler*, VPE: Marie Loeffler / Jack Wharton, VPM: Alex Rivas / Eddy Cezalien, VPPR: Wilner Luders / Monique Smith, Secretary: Ken Walley, Treasurer: Kara Newcomb, SAA: Kenza Wilhite Humorous Speech and Eval.Contest: Contest Chair: Laura Dowler,  Contest Master: Susan Storma, Chief Judge: Ben Quiroz, 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Milka Dersima, 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Allen Monroe , 1st Pl. Eval.: Milka Dersima, 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Blake. (+Ben Quiroz served 1 1/2 months of his term.)

January-June 2015: President Marie Loeffler*, VPE: Ben Quiroz, VPM: Angela Abreu, VPPR: Betsy Carvajal, Secretary: Ken Walley, Treasurer: Kara Newcomb, SAA: Julie Remington. International Sp. & TT Contest: Contest Master: Allen Monroe; Chief Judge: Betsy Carvajal; Intl. Sp.: 1st Pl.: John Kirchner; 2nd Pl.: Marie Loeffler; TT: 1st Pl.: Jack Wharton; 2nd Pl.: Ken Walley.

July/December 2014: President: Eddy Cezalien* VPE: Marie Loeffler VPM: Ben Quiroz VPPR: Ken Walley Secretary: James Armbrust Treasurer: Betsy Carvajal SAA: Errica Jamil Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests: Contest Master: Betsy Carvajal; Chief Judge: Marie Loeffler; 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: John Kirchner; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 1st Pl. Eval: Allen Monroe; 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley.

January-June 2014 President: Jack Wharton*; VPE: Toni Mcivor / Jack Wharton; VPM: Eddy Cezalien; VPPR: Milka Derisma; Secretary; Ken Walley; Treasurer: Betsy Carvajal; SAA: Barbara Cusack. International Speech and TT Contest: Contest Master: Eddy Cezalien; Chief Judge: Jamaal Tatum; 1st Pl. Intl. Sp.: Rosalyn Porter ; 2nd Pl. Intl. Sp.: Milka Dersima; 1st Pl. TT: Milka Derisma ; 2nd Pl. TT: Jack Wharton.

July-December 2013 President: Mike Heidmann*; VPE: Ken Guzman  VPM: Jack Wharton; VPPR: Dr. Veronica Boaz; Secretary: Katherine Schwab / Ken Walley;  Treasurer: Angela Rivera; SAA: Dr. Angela Guzman. Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests: Contest Master: Kenneth Guzman, Chief Judge: Marie Loeffler, 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Toni McIvor; 1st Pl. Eval.:Veronica Boaz; 2nd Pl. Eval: Mike Heidmann. 

 January -June 2013 President: Rev. Walk Jones* ;VPE: Mike Heidmann ;VPM: Dr. Veronica Boaz; VPPR: Ken Walley; Secretary: Toni Crabtree / Ken Walley ; Treasurer: Barbara Cusack; SAA: Bekah Keyes. International Speech & TT Contest: Contest Master: Mike Heidmann; Chief Judge: DeLona Ashby ; 1st Pl. Intl. Sp.: Walk Jones; 2nd Pl. Intl. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 1st Pl. TT: Milka Derisma; 2nd Pl. TT: Veronica Boaz;

July – December 2012 President: Malita Clarke*; VPE: Adam Heltemes; VPM: Dr. Veronica Boaz; VPPR: Ken Walley; Secretary: Jennifer Hensley; Treasurer: Rev. Walk Jones; SAA: Barbara Cusack. Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest: Contest Master: Jennifer Hensley; Chief Judge: Janet Beckles; 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Milka Derisma; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 1st Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley; 2nd Pl. Eval.:Walk Jones.   

 January-June 2012 President: Malita Clarke*; VPE: Laval Brown; VPM: Adam Heltemes; VPPR: Ryan Dick; Secretary: Jennifer Hensley; Treasurer: Janet Madden; SAA: Ken Walley. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Ken Walley; Chief Judge: Luvenia Hart; 1st Pl. Intl. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 2nd Pl. Intl. Sp.: Alan Brents;1st Pl. T.T.: Alan Brents; 2nd Pl. T.T.: Milka Dirisma.

July – December 2011 President: Ryan Dick*; VPE: Ken Walley; VPM: Jennifer Hensley; VPPR: Patti Stuart; Secretary: Mike King; Treasurer: Frank Adams; Sgt. at Arms: Heather Russell. Humorous Speech & Eval: Contest Master: Barbara Cusack ; Chief Judge: Demetrice Vassar ; 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Rodney Higgins ; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.:Walk Jones ; 1st Pl. Eval.: Ryan Dick; 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley.

January- June 2011 President Steve Wood*; VPE: Ken Walley; VPM: Frank Adams; VPPR: Wilner Luders; Secretary: Carolyn Stapleton; Treasurer: Barbara Cusack; SAA: Diane Hart. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Ken Walley; Chief Judge: Ken Peplow; 1st Pl. Intl. Sp.: Ken Blake; 2nd Pl. Intl. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 1st Pl. T.T.: Ken Blake; 2nd Pl. T.T.: Diane Hart.

July – December 2010 President: Wilner Luders*; VPE: Ken Walley; VPM: Carolyn Stapleton; VPPR: Mark Gumula II; Secretary: Maltia Clarke; Treasurer: Barbara Cusack; Sgt. at Arms: Monica Walley. Humorous Speech & Eval. Contest: Contest Master: Barbara Cusack; Chief Judge: Luvenia Hart;  1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Jamie Waters; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Ken Blake; 1st Pl. Eval.: Mark Gumula; 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Blake.

January- June 2010 President: Deepti Dhiman*; VPE: John Hines / Ken Walley; VPM: Wilner Luders; VPPR: Ruble Nedumkunnel; Secretary: Christopher Berns; Treasurer: Ken Walley; SAA: Barbara Cusack. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Deborah Ryan; Chief Judge: Helen Joseph (TT) & Scott Hoehn (Intl.); 1st Pl. Intl. Sp.: Ken Walley; 2nd Pl. Intl. Sp.: Barbara Cusack; 1st Pl. T.T.: Ken Walley; 2nd Pl. T.T.: Wilner Luders.

July- December 2009 President: Jose Lopez+ /Ed Dimayuga*; VPE; Ed Dimayuga/ Ken Walley; VPM: Deepti Dhiman; Secretary: Amber Gudenkauft / Michael Machata; Treasurer: Ken Walley; SAA: Jason Davis/ Steve Wood. Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests: Contest Master: Ken Walley; Chief Judges: Linda Ramey & Helen Joseph; 1st Pl. Hum. Sp.: Jamie Waters; 2nd Pl. Hum. Sp.: Jason Davis; 1st Pl. Eval.: Dennis Gola ; 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ed Dimayuga. (+Jose Lopez served one month of term)

January-June 2009 President: Barbara Cusack*; VPE: Deepti Dhiman; VPM: Ed Dimayuga; VPPR: Ebony Langston /Jason Davis; Secretary: Monica Walley; Treasurer: Jose Lopez; SAA: A. Michael Machata. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Barbara Cusack Chief Judge: Gloria Esteban; 1st Pl Speech: Jose Lopez; 2nd Pl. Speech: Deepti Dhiman. 1st Pl. T.T.: Ken Blake; 2nd Pl. T.T.:Dennis Gola. 

July-Dec. 2008 President Dennis Gola*; VPE: Mike Deichen (Ken Walley) ; VPM : Barbara Cusack; VPPR: Paul Hagge (Stephen Bentley); Secretary: Susan Deichen; Treasurer: Ken Walley; SAA: Jose Lopez. Humorous Speech & Eval. Contests: Contest Master: Bob Blaydes ; Chief Judge: Helen Joseph ; 1st Pl. Hum. Speech: Barbara Cusack ; 2nd Pl. Hum. Speech: Ken Walley ; 1st Pl. Eval.: Dennis Gola ; 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley. 

January-June 2008 President: Ken Walley; VPE: Susan Deichen; VPM: Mike Deichen; VPPR: Dennis Gola; Secretary: Barbara Cusack; Treasurer: Joe Cannazzaro; SAA: Ben Jackson. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Ken Walley; Chief Judge: Roxie Steadman 1st Pl. Speech: Bob Blaydes; 2nd Pl. Speech: Ken Blake; 1st Pl. T.T.: Dennis Gola; 2nd Pl. T.T.: Ken Blake.

July-Dec. 2007 President: Dennis Gola; VPE: Cathy Goonen/ Ken Walley; VPM: Ken Blake; VPPR: Sarah Stack; Secretary: Eddie Selover; Treasurer: Bob Blaydes; SAA: Ken Walley. Humorous Speech & Eval. Contest: Contest Master: Sarah Stack ; Chief Judge: Luvenia Hart; 1st Pl. Hum. Speech: Ken Blake 2nd Pl. Hum. Speech Eddie Selover; 1st Pl. Eval.: Dennis Gola; 2nd Pl. Eval.: Ken Blake.

January-June 2007 President: Angela Abreu; VPE: Andrea McManus; VPM: Ken Blake; VPPR: Sarah Stack; Sec.: Ken Walley; Treasurer: Bob Blaydes; SAA: Scott Waechter. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Ken Walley Chief Judge: Diana Estremera 1st Pl. Speech: Scott Waechter; 2nd Pl. Speech: Ken Blake; 1st Pl. TT: Venkey Allenky:; 2nd Pl. TT: Andrea McManus;

July-Dec. 2006  President: Ken Walley; VPE: Angela Abreu; VPM: Ken Blake VPPR: Darryl Stephens; Sec.: Bruce Wigel; Treasurer: Brian Lewis; SAA: Andrea McManus Humorous Speech & Eval. Contest: Contest Master: Warren Lakhan Chief Judge: Roxie Steadman 1st Pl. Hum. Speech: Ken Walley 2nd Pl. Hum. Speech: Brian Lewis 1st Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley 2nd Pl. Eval.: Andrea McManus.

Jan.-June 2006 President: Laurie Heinitz; VPE: Ken Walley; VPM: Dr. Ross Thomson; VPPR: Ed Carmona; Sec.: Mark Cox/ Ed Morris; Treasurer: Ed Morris; SAA: Angela Abreu. International Speech & T.T. Contest: Contest Master: Ken Walley Chief Judge: Lani Wynne-Hampton 1st Pl. Speech: Brian Wheeler 2nd Pl. Speech: Ed Morris 1st.Pl. T.T.: Dennis Gola 2nd Pl. T.T.: Russell Russ.

July-Dec. 2005 President: Barbara Lott; VPE: Laurie Heinitz; VPM: Joe Bowie Jr,; VPPR: Ken Walley; Sec.: Mark Cox; Treasurer: Dr. Ross Thomson; SAA: J.P. Grace. Humorous Speech & Eval. Contest: Contest Master: Laurie Heinitz Chief Judge: Delsa Deihl-Banks 1st Pl. Hum. Speech: Ed Carmona 2nd Pl. Hum Speech: Ross Thomson 1st Pl. Eval.: Ken Walley 2ns Pl. Eval.: Barbara Lott.

January-June, 2005 President: Ed Carmona*; VPE: Russell Russ; VPM: Joe Bowie, Jr.; VPPR: Barbara Lott; Sec.: Laurie Heinitz; Treasurer: Dr. Ross Thomson; SAA: Mark Cox. International Speech & T.T. Contest Master: Ed Carmona, Chief Judge: Helen Joseph,  1st Pl. Speech: Ken Walley, 2nd Pl. Speech: Phil Sumanpow, T.T. 1st Pl.:Ken Walley,  T.T. 2nd Pl.:Steve Litt.

July-Dec. 2004 President: Dr. Ross Thomson*; VPE: Edward Carmona; VPM: Dr. Paul Layman / Joe Bowie, Jr.; VPPR: Diana J. Walley; Secretary: Laurie Heinitz; Treasurer: Barbara Lott SAA: John Walker/Ken Walley. Humorous Speech & Eval. Contest: Contest Master: Dr. Ross Thomson. Chief Judge: Brenda DeArmond. 1st Pl. Hum. Speech: Ed Carmona. 2nd Pl. Hum. Speech: Joe Bowie Jr.  1st Pl. Eval.: Barbara Lott. 2nd Pl. Eval: Steve Litt.

Jan.-June 2004  President: Adam Scoggins*; VPE: Tony Betts; VPM: Brian Wheeler; VPPR: Diana Walley; Secretary: Ed Carmona; Treasuer: Dr. Ross Thomson; SAA: Chris Moore / (Assistant: Ken Walley); International Speech & T.T. Contest Master: Diana Walley  Chief Judge: Ann Kelly 1st Place Speech: James Webb. 2nd Place Speech: Joe Bowie Jr. 1st Place T.T.: Dennis Gola. 2nd Place T.T.: Sam Ryan.

July-Dec. 2003: President: Adam Scoggins* VPE: James Webb / Tony Betts VPM: Brian Wheeler VPPR: Ken Walley / Diana Walley Secretary: Tseganesh Gudeta Treasurer: Debbe Ryan SAA: Mark Cox Humorous Speech & Eval. Contest Master: Ken Walley; Chief Judge: Jeanine Stroud ; 1st Place Speech: Tony Betts 2nd Place Speech: Joe Bowie Jr. 1st Place Eval.: Dennis Gola 2nd Place Eval.: Steve Litt

Jan-June 2003: President: Diana Walley*; VPE: Adam Scoggins; VPM: Brian Wheeler; VPPR: Ken Walley; Secretary: Tseganesh Gudeta; Treasurer: Debbe Ryan; SAA: Mike Hare; Editor: Ken Walley. International Speech & T.T. Contest  Master: Debbe Ryan; Chief Judge: Richard Gump; 1st Place Speech: Ken Walley, 2nd Place Speech: Adam Scoggins, 1st Place T.T.: Ken Walley, 2nd Place T.T: Dennis Gola. 

July-Dec. 2002: President: Deborah Ryan*; VPE: Diana J. Walley; VPM & VPPR: Ken Walley; Secretary: Tseganesh Gudeta; Treasurer: Robert Murphy ( Assistant: Paul Hagge); SAA: Tony Betts Editor: Ken Walley. Humorous Sp. & Eval. Contest Master: Diana Walley; Chief Judge: Ed Goddard; 1st Place Speech: Ken Blake; 2nd Place Speech Ken Walley; 1st Place Eval. Ken Walley; 2nd Place Eval. Debbe Ryan.

Jan- June 2002: President: Deborah Ryan*; VPE: Kenneth H. Walley; VPM: Michael Joseph; VPPR: Diana J. Walley; Sec.: Tseganesh Gudeta; Trea: Helen Joseph; SAA: Robert Murphy; Editor: Diana Walley. International Sp & TT Contest Master: Ken Blake; Chief Judge: Carree Jewell; 1st Place Sp.: Robert Murphy; 2nd Place Speech: Ken Walley; 1st TT: Dennis Gola; 2nd TT: Ken Walley.

July-Dec. 2001: Pres: Michael Joseph*; VPE: Doug Baggett / Ken Walley; VPM: Dennis Gola / Helen Joseph; VPPR: Ralph Cowell; Sec: Ken Walley; Trea: Helen Joseph; SAA: Dennis Rookwood / Diana Eve Rosenberg; Editor/Web: Diana Walley. Hum Sp. & Eval. Contest Master: Gabrielle “Gabi” Mercier; Chief Judge: Alie Weber; 1st Pl. Sp: Ralph Cowell; 2nd Pl Sp: Diana Eve Rosenberg. Eval. 1st : Ken Walley; Eval. 2nd: Deborah Ryan.

Jan-June 2001: Pres: Ken Walley*; VPE: Michael Joseph; VPM: Ralph Cowell; VPPR: Nancy Cowell; Sec. & Trea.: Helen Joseph; SAA: Robin Knight; Ed: Diana Walley. Int. & TT. Contest Master: Ken Walley; Chief Judge: Anne Marie Burns; 1st Pl. Sp.: Ralph Cowell; 2nd Pl. Sp: Ken Blake; 1st TT: Michael Joseph; 2nd TT: Dennis Gola.

June-Dec. 2000: Pres: Helen Joseph*; VPE: Ken Walley; VPM: Michael Joseph; VPPR: Nancy Cowell; Sec. & Trea.: Linda Buttery; SAA: Dwayne Black / Ken Walley. Hum. Sp & Eval. Contest Master: Ralph Cowell and Michael Joseph; Chief Judge: Gabi Mercier; 1st Pl Sp.: Ken Walley, 2nd Pl. Sp.: Ken Blake; Eval 1st Pl. : Michael Joseph; Eval. 2nd Pl.: Ken Walley.

Jan.-July 2000: Pres. Dorothy Day Otis* / Linda Buttery / Helen Joseph VPE: Scott Greenwood / Ken Walley; VPM: Helen Joseph; VPPR & Sec.: Linda Buttery; Trea.: Wayne Fogel / Helen Joseph; SAA: Ken Walley. Intl. Sp & TT Contest Master: Dorothy Day Otis; Chief Judge: Ali’e Weber; Sp 1st Pl.: Ken Blake; Sp. 2nd Pl: Ash Mahavir; 1st TT: Ken Walley; 2nd TT: Wayne Fogel.

July-Dec. 1999: Pres: Ralph Cowell*; VPE: Helen Joseph; VPM: Michael Joseph; VPPR: Kristen Vennum; Sec: Dorothy Day Otis; Trea.: Nancy Cowell /Wayne Fogel; SAA: Scott Greewood. Hum. Sp. & Eval. Contest Master: Ralph Cowell; Chief Judge; Alie Weber; 1st Pl. Sp: Ralph Cowell; 2nd Pl: Diane Shaheen; Eval. 1st: Michael Joseph; Eval. 2nd: Dorothy Day Otis.

Jan.-June. 1999: Pres. Helen Joseph; VPE: Jeff Shetterly; VPPR: Sandi Alexander; VPM: Michael Joseph. Sec.: Kristen Vennum. Trea.: Hazel Wright.  SAA: Marc Joseph / Ken Blake.

1997: Pres. Maytee Amador (?)


July-Dec. 1996: Pres. Sandi Alexander; VPE: Diana Walley; VPM: Judy Holsclaw; VPPR: Tom Permar; Sec & Trea. : Mark Capermeyer; SAA: Steve Wilmarth.


Jan.-June 1996: Pres. Mary MacNeil; SAA: Steve Wilmarth.


July-Dec. 1995: Pres. Tom Permar; VPE: Mike Shamp; VPM: Judy Holsclaw; VPPR: Gloria Kemp; Sec.: Hubert Warner; Trea.: Kaye Robinson; SAA: Steve Wilmarth.


* President’s Distinguished Club.

 Toastmaster of Year 1996: Diana Walley****Only Year Awarded.

Ken Walley Outstanding Toastmaster Award: (established 2014)

  1. 2014: Eddy Cezalien
  2. 2015: Steve Wood



July 1999 to JUNE 2000 Presidents: Ralph Cowell, Dorothy Day Otis: Goal #1 Two CTMs: Scott Greenwood, Kristen Vennum. Goal #2: Two More CTMs: Ken Walley, Ken Blake, Wayne Fogel. Goal #3: One ATM: Diana Walley, ATMB. Goal #4: One More ATM: Dorothy Day Otis, ATMG. Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Helen Joseph, CL. Goal #6: One More CL, AL or DTM: Dorothy Day Otis, CL. Goal #7: Four New Members: Ken Walley, Monica Rowskevitz, Rebecca Ballentine, Mary Fitzgibbons. Goal #8: Four More New Members: Mark McDevitt, Tisha Rumph, Roland Ramkassoon, Barbara Armstrong, Shinita Carter, Tom Hereford, Chris Turner, Anne Burns, Dwayne Black, Christy Sanchez. Goal #9: Minimum of Four Officers Trained for Each Period: (7/1-12/31 and 1/1-6/30): COMPLETED.Goal #10: One Semi Annual Membership Report and One Club Officer List Submitted on Time: COMPLETED.

JULY 2000 through JUNE 2001: Presidents Helen Joseph and Ken Walley: Goal #1: Two CTMs: Linda Buttery, Alex Logiou. Goal #2: Two More CTMs: Nancy Cowell, Robin Knight, Dennis Gola. Goal #3: One ATM: Ken Walley, ATMB. Goal #4: One More ATM: Diana Walley, ATMS, Ken Walley ATMS, Diana Walley, ATMG. Goal #5: One CL, AL, or DTM: Ken Walley, CL. Goal #6: One More CL, AL, or DTM: Ralph Cowell, CL. Goal #7: Four New Members: Michael Joseph, Alex Logiou, Edmond Solomon, Barbara MaynardGoal #8: Four More New Members: Farooq Akram, Joe Ferra, Joan Durant-Bryan, Jocelyn Clarke, Mark Cox, Jackson Young, Robin Knight, Steve Ashkenaz, Doug Baggett, Juan Tito, Dennis Rookwood, Dennis Gola, Robert MurphyGoal # 9: Minimum of Four Club Officers Trained for Each Period (7/1-12/31 and 1/1-6/30): COMPLETED. Goal #10: One Semiannual Membership Report and One Club Officer List Submitted on Time: COMPLETED.  

JULY 2001 through JUNE 2002: Presidents Michael Joseph and Debbe Ryan: Goal #1: Two CTMs: Michael Joseph (3rd), Tseganesh Gudeta. Goal #2: Two More CTMs: Helen Joseph and Michael Hare. Goal #3: One ATM: Ken Walley, ATMG. Goal #4: One More ATM: Ken Blake, ATMB. Goal #5: One CL, AL, or DTM: Ken Blake, CLGoal #6: One More CL, AL, or DTM: Debbe Ryan, CL. Goal #8: Four New Members: Debbe Ryan, Diana Rosenberg, Melissa Torres, Steve Jackson.Goal #9: Four More New Members: Tseganesh Gudeta, Michael Hare, Linda Dabney, James Liebl, Robin Knight (Rejoin), Sam Ryan, Paul Hagee, Judith Martin, Richard Gump, Pete Carrion. Goal # 9: Minimum of Four Club Officers Trained for Each Period: (7/1-12/31 and 1/1 – 6/30) COMPLETE.One Semiannual Membership Report and One Club Officer List Submitted on Time: COMPLETE.

JULY 2002 through JUNE 2003 Presidents: Debbe Ryan and Diana Walley: Goal #1: Two CTMs: Diana Walley (2nd), Adam Scoggins. Goal #2: Two More CTMs: Goal not reached. Goal #3: One ATM: Mike Hare, ATMB. Goal #4: One More ATM: Ken Walley, ATMB (2nd). Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Sam Ryan, CLGoal #6: One More CL, AL, or DTM: Tseganesh Gudeta, CL. Goal #7: Four New Members: Caprice Martin, Vernonika Alexander, Brian Wheeler, Tony Betts. Goal #8: Four More New Members: Adam Scoggins, Mark Cox (Rejoin), Joe Griggs, Joe Bowie, Steve Litt, Hector Amezquita, Ed Carmona, Ross Thomson, Nancy Dunn, Tim Kennedy, Jim Stitt. Goal #9: Minimum of Four Club Officers Trained for Each Period (7/1-12/31 and 1/1- 6/30): COMPLETED Goal #10: One Semiannual Membership Report and One Club Officer List Submitted on time: COMPLETED.

JULY 2003-JUNE 2004 Presidents: Adam Scoggins (Two Terms): Goal #1: Two CTMs: Brian Wheeler, Tony Betts. Goal #2: Two More CTMs: Dr. Ross Thomson, Mark Cox, James Webb. Goal #3: One ATM: Tseganesh Gudeta, ATMB. Goal #4: One More ATM: Ken Walley (2nd) ATMS. Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Steve Litt. Goal #6: One More CL, AL or DTM. Goal #7: Four New Members: Greg Seibert, Laurie Heinitz, Jannine Ynchaustegul, Earl K. Wood (Rejoin), Barbara Lott. Goal #8:  Four More New Members: Chris Moore, Darren Koltow, Eva Garrick, Russell Russ, Dr. Paul Layman, Monique Egelhoff, Darlissa Grifith, Jordan Ellington, Arthur Layman, David Dyrek, Ed Layman. Paul Hagge. Goal #9: Four Club Officers Trained for Each Period (7/1-12/31 and 1/1-6/30): 1ST PERIOD COMPLETED/ 2ND PERIOD COMPLETED . Goal #10: One Semiannual Membership Report and One Club Officer List Submitted on Time: COMPLETED. 

JULY 2004 through JUNE 2005 Presidents: Dr. Ross Thomson and Ed Carmona: Goal #1: Two CTM: Barbara Lott, Russell Russ. Goal #2: Two More CTM: Laurie Heinitz. Goal #3: One ATM: Brian Wheeler ATMB, Ross Thomson, ATMB. Goal #4: One More ATM: Ed Carmona, ATMB, Ken Blake, ATMS. Goal #5: One CL, AL, or DTM: Ed Carmona, CL Goal #6; One More CL, AL or DTM: Dr. Ross Thomson, CL. Goal #7: Four New Members: Andy Schrader, Robert Guerrero, John Loblack, John Walker. Goal #8: Four More New Members: Melissa Baldauf, Michelle Crane, Phil Sumampow, David Landers, Dr. Lisa Palmer, Wanda Diaz, Jennifer Mattison, Tamara Blaze, J. P. Grace, Ed Morris, Janet Rodriquez, Serita Morgan. Goal #9: Four Club officers Trained: for each period: (7/1-12/31) and 1/1-6/30): 1ST PERIOD: Pres. VPE, VPPR, Sec., Trea, SAA (Make Up Training 7/31/04) 2ND PERIOD: Pres. VPE, VPPR, VPM, Sec., (Planet TM). 2ND PERIOD:Goal #10: One Semiannual Membership Report and one Officer List Submitted on Time: COMPLETED. 

JULY 2008 Through June 2009 Presidents: Dennis Gola and Barbara Cusack: Goal #1: Two CC: Paul Hagge, Barbara Cusack. Goal #2: Two more CC: Jose Lopez, Susan Deichen. Goal #3: One ACB, ACS OR ACG: Dennis Gola, ACG. Goal #4: One more ACB, ACS or ACG: Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Dr. Michael Dichen, CL. Goal #6: One more CL, AL or DTM: Barbara Cusack, CL. Goal #7: Four New members: Monica Walley, John Bonowitz-Coffey, Stephne Bentley (transfer), Jesse Baker. Goal #8: Four More New Members Ed Dimayuga, Deepti Dhiman, Ebony Langston, Jesus Serrano, Michael Vance, Herman Chahal, Debbe Ryan, Jim Stitt, William Watson, Justin Gay, A. Michael Machatta, Dionne Aiken, Tseganesh Gudeta, Erin Hoaglen, Alison Brooke Briggs, Bori Um, Amber Gudenkauf, Brian Wheeler, Steve Wood. Goal #9: Four Club officers Trained for each period: Pres. VPE, Secy. Trea. and SAA (7/08) and Pres. VPE, VPM, Secy. (1/09) Goal #10: Officer lists reported to TI  for 6/08 and 12/08. Dues reports submitted on time for both periods.

JULY 2009 THROUGH JUNE 2010 Presidents: Ed Dimayuga and Deepti Dhiman: Goal #1:Two CC: William Watson, Deepti Dhiman. Goal #2: Two More CC’s: Ed Dimayuga, Ruble Nedumkunnel. Goal #3:One ACB, ACS, or ACG: Ken Blake ACG. Goal #4: One More ACG, ACS or ACG: Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Ed Dimayuga, CL. Goal #6: One More CL, AL or DTM: Deepti Dhiman, CL. Goal #7: Four New members: Patrice Hatcher, Kami Shahid, Jennifer Barrett, Rob Streeter. Goal #8: Four More new members: Christopher Berns, Sue Park, Ruble Nedumkunnel, Wilner Luders, John Hines, Ron Silva, Ebony Langston, Deborah Ryan, Dana Davis, Jose E. Lopez, Mark Gumula II, Carolyn Stapleton, George DeJesus, Malita Clarke, Tai Johnson. Goal #9: Four Club officers trained for each period: 1st July/August 09: Pres. VPE, VPM, Treasurer and SAA. 2nd Jan/Feb. 2010: Pres. VPE, VPM, VPPR, Secertary, Treasurer & SAA! Goal #10: One semi annual percaps & 2 officer lists submitted: Officer lists:6/09 & 12/09 Per Caps: 9/09 & 3/10.  

JULY 2010 THROUGH JUNE 2011 PRESIDENTS: Wilner Luders and Steve Wood: Goal #1: Two CC: 1.) Mark Gumula 2.) Frank Adams. Goal #2: Two more CC’s 1.) Monica Walley and 2.) Malita Clarke. Goal #3: One ACB, ACS or ACG  Ruble Nedumkunnel. Goal #4: One More ACB, ACS or ACG: Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Monica Walley, CL. Goal #6: One more CL, AL or DTM: Walk Jones CL. Goal #7: Four new members: 1.) Alan Brents* 2.) Kevin Bauer 3.) Diane Hart 4.) Dr. Ross Thomson. Goal #8: Four More new members: 1.) Jed Freeland 2.) Richard Hendrix 3.) Marietta Bolatete 4.) Earlean Jones. Jim Stitt, Brian Wheeler, Sean Dunn, Chris August, Tony Betts Ruble Nedumkunnel, Brian Holecko, Jim Fitzgerald, Mike King, Mark Musgrave, Heather Russell, Jennifer Hensley, David Worsham, Patti Stuart, Edward Hutchinson Adam Heltemes *Alan Brents re-joined after leaving. Goal #9: Four club officer trained for each period: 1st July/August 2010: Pres., VPE, VPM, Treasurer, Secretary and SAA and Feb. 2011: Pres. VPE, VPM, VPPR, Treasurer & SAA. Goal #10: One semi annual percaps & 2 officer list submitted: Officer lists 6/10 & 12/11 Per Caps: 9/09 & 3/11. Completed.

JULY 2011 THROUGH JUNE 2012 PRESIDENTS: Ryan Dick and Malita Clarke: Goal #1: Two CC’s : 1.) Ryan Dick 2) Laval Brown Goal #2: Two more CC’s: 1.) Jennifer Hensely 2.) Steve Wood Goal #3:  One ACB, ACS or ACG: 1.) Barbara Cusack ACB Goal #4: One more ACB, ACS or ACG: Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Ruble Nedumkunnel, CL (7/11) Goal #6: One more CL, AL or DTM: Wilner Luders CL Goal #7: Four New Members: 1.) Janet Madden (7/11) 2.) Laval Brown (7/11) 3.) Michael Whisenant (7/11) 4.) Rodney Higgins (7/11 -dual) Goal #8: Four more New Members: 1.) Natalie Mencia (8/11) 2.) Demetri Ganoff (8/11) 3.) Jason Price (10/11) 4.) Stokley Gittens (10/11) Belinda Brown (10/11) Bihn Nguyen (1/12) Veronica Boaz (1/12) Albert Mitterson (1/12) Milka Derisma (2/12) Goal #9: at least four officers trained during each training session: 1st (July-Aug. 2011) All Seven officers! 2nd (Jan.-Feb. 2012): Pres. VPM, Treasurer, Secretary and SAA. Goal #10: One semiannual Percaps report or one officer list submitted on time to TI: 1st Percaps by 9/30/11 DONE 2nd by 4/10/12. Officer Lists 1st by 12/23/11 DONE, 2nd by 6/30/12. 

JULY 2012 THROUGH JUNE 2013 PRESIDENTS: Malita Clarke and Walk Jones: Goal #1: Two CC’s 1. Diane Hart 2) Adam Heltemes. Goal #2 2 More CC’s: 1. Milka Derisma 2. Bekah Keyes. Goal #3 One ACG, ACS or ACG: Walk Jones ACG.  Goal #4: One More ACG, ACS or ACB: Goal #5: One CL AL or DTM: Ken Walley CL.  Goal #6:One More CL, AL or DTM: Mike Heidmann CL.  Goal #7: Four new members: Ken Guzman, Marcos Clavo, Bekah Keyes Jimmy Vo.  Goal #8: Four More New Members: Katherine Schwab, Melissa Becker, Eddy Cezalien, Angela Guzman, Jack Wharton, Toni McIvor, Angela Rivera, Sarah Peerani, Rosalyn Porter, Franklin Santos Adam Winter. Goal #9: Four Officer Trained during each training session: 1st (July/Auguat 2012) PRES, VPE, VPPR SEC. TREAS. & SAA 2nd (Jan/Feb 2013) PRES VPE, VPPR, SEC, TREAS. & SAA.  Goal #10. One Semiannual Per Caps report and one officer list submitted on time to TI: 1.) 1st Per Cap by 9/30/12 DONE 2nd Per Cap by 4/10/13 DONE 2) Officer Reports: 1st by 12/23/12 DONE 2nd by 06/30/13 DONE  

JULY 2013 THROUGH JUNE 2014 PRESIDENTS: Mike Heidmann and Jack Wharton: Goal #1: Two CC’s Veronica Boaz, Toni McIvor. Goal #2: Two more CC’s Jack Wharton. Goal #3: One ACB, ACS OR ACG: Rosalyn Porter ACG .  Goal #4: One more ACB, ACS OR ACG: Marie Loeffler ACS. Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Kenneth Guzman CL.   Goal #6: One more CL, AL or DTM:  Toni McIvor CL 2.) Jack Wharton CL 3.) Ken Blake DTM. Goal #7: Four New Members: 1.) Christie Malamatos 2.) Fernando Ziemer 3.) Jody Rousseau 4.) Deborah Ryan. Goal #8: Four more new Members:1.) Betsy Carvajai 2.) Wesley Edmund  3.) Gary Piper 4) Marie Loeffler Others: Jim Stitt,  Brian Wheeler, Gurinder Virdi, Ryan Popovic, Ben Quiroz,  Errica Jamil, Sebastian Guinard,  Robert Morgan,  John Kirchner,  Allen Monroe, Yazan Morghab, Karen Climer,  James Armbrust,  Annie Chau,  Diego Fuentes and Anthony Davis.  Goal #9: Four officers trained during each training session: 1st (July/August 2013) PRES., VPE, VPPR, VPM, TRES. and SAA 2nd (Jan./Feb. 2014) PRES., VPE, VPM, VPPR, SEC., TREAS. and SAA (all 7!). Goal #10: One semiannual Per Caps report and one officer list submitted on time to TI: 1.) 1st Per cap by 9/30/13 DONE 2nd Per cap by 4/10/14 DONE 2) Officer Reports: 1sdt by 12/23/13 DONE 2nd by 06/30/14 DONE!.

JULY 2014 THROUGH JUNE 2015 PRESIDENTS Eddy Cezalien and Marie Loeffler: Goal #1: Two CC’s: 1.) Angela Rivera 2.) Ben Quiroz Goal #2: Two more CC’s:  1.) Eddy Cezalien 2.) John Krichner  Goal #3 One ACB, ACS, or ACG: Barbara Cusack ACS  Goal #4: One More ACB, ACS or ACG: Ken Walley ACS Goal #5: One CL, AL or DTM: Ken Walley ALB (Ken Blake DTM, ALS credit to Let’s Talk Club #4413)  Goal #6: One More CL, AL or DTM: Marie Loeffler DTM (and ALS) (Walk Jones DTM, ALS credit to the Uptown Club #6304) Ken Walley DTM (and ALS) Goal #7: Four new Members: Alan Brents 2.) Jeremy McCall 3.) Angela Abreu  4.) Christine Abreu Goal #8: Four more new Members:1.) Stokley Gittens 2.) Kara Newcomb 3.) Julie Remington 4) Kenza Wilhite,  Kevin Phillips, Alexander Rivas, Max Pena, Jenny Ouyang, Manuel Michel, Wilner Luders Joe Young, Franklin Santos, Michael Whitaker, Christopher Fama, Monique Smith, Patricia Cyrus, Yulia Shea, Susan Storma, Laura Dowler, Tim Laddie  Goal #9: Four officers trained during each training session: 1st: (July/August 2014) PRES, VPE, VPM, VPPR, SEC., TREAS and SAA (all 7!). 2nd (Jan./Feb. 2015) PRES. VPE, VPM, VPPR, SEC. TREAS., and SAA (all7!). Goal #10: One Semiannual Per Caps report and one officer list submitted on time to TI: 1.) 1st Per Cap by 9/30/14 DONE 2nd Per Cap by 4/10/15 DONE 2) Officer Reports 1st by 12/23/14 DONE and 2nd by 6/30/15 DONE!

JULY 2015 THROUGH JUNE 2016 Marie Loeffler  and Kara Newcome: GOAL #1: TWO CC’S: (Competent Toastmaster / Completing Basic Manual): 1.) James Armburst CC   2.) Betsy Carvajal CC GOAL #2: TWO MORE CCs! 1.) Susan Storma CC    2.) Daphne Hart CC GOAL #3: ONE AC (Advanced Toastmaster) Bronze, Silver or Gold) 1.) Jack Wharton ACB GOAL #4: ONE MORE ACB, ACS or ACG:  1.) Christopher Fama ACS GOAL #5: ONE CL, ALB, ALS (Competent Leader Awards) or DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award): 1.) Jack Wharton ALB GOAL #6: ONE MORE CL, ALB, ALS OR DTM: 1.) Daphne Hart CL GOAL #7: FOUR NEW MEMBERS! 1.) Tim Latty (new 7/15) 2.) Terri Hundeby (New 7/15) 3.) Frank Adams (7/15 rejoin) 4.) Milka Derisma (rejoin 8/15) GOAL #8: FOUR MORE NEW MEMBERS! 1.) Daphne Hart (new 8/15) 2) Julie Durakis (new 8/15) 3.) Xavier Ordonez ( new 8/15) 4.) Siliva Kim (new 9/15) 5.) Virginia Gonzalez (9/15) 6. Chi Simons (new 10/15), 7.  Robin Lesser (10/15), 8. Amy Sims (11/15) 9. Mercedes Vicuna (11/15) 10.) Ben Rodriquez 11.) Deborah Vick 12.) Bren Bedford  13.) Linda Klein 15.) Rose Bash 16.) Pam Klein 17. Brenna Droege 18. David Slater 19. Brenna Droege. GOAL #9: AT LEAST FOUR OFFICER TRAINED  (Attending TI Officer Training for both TM term sessions) July 2015:  Pres.; VPE; VPPR, VPM; Secretary; Treasurer; SAA (7 of 7!) January 2016: Pres.; VPE; VPPR; VPM; Secretary; Treasurer; SAA (7 of 7!). GOAL #10: SUBMITTED ON TIME ONE SEMI-ANNUAL PER CAPS AND ONE CLUB OFFICER LIST: Semi Annual (Per Caps) due by 9/30/2015 and 3/31/2016: Per Cap #1:) Done!   Per Cap #2:) Done! Officer Lists due by 12/31/15  and 06/30/16: List #1: Done! List #2:) Done!

July 2016 through June 2017 PRESIDENTS Chi Simons and Jack Wharton GOAL #1: TWO CC’S: (Competent Toastmaster / Completing Basic Manual): 1.) Chi Simons CC   2.) David Slaten CC GOAL #2: TWO MORE CCs! 1.) Robyn Lesser CC    2.) Monica Smith-Trager CC (3.  Amy Sims – Credit to Let’s Talk #4433) (4. Nick Toporkov  GOAL #3: ONE AC (Advanced Toastmaster) Bronze, Silver or Gold) 1.) Chi Simons ACB (also ACS) GOAL #4: ONE MORE ACB, ACS or ACG:  1.) Christopher Fama ACS GOAL #5: ONE CL, ALB, ALS (Competent Leader Awards) or DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award): 1.) Daphne Hart CL GOAL #6: ONE MORE CL, ALB, ALS OR DTM: 1.) Steve Wood CL, (Others: Chi Simons CL, Chi Simons ALB, Daphne Hart ALB, Susan Storma ALB) GOAL #7: FOUR NEW MEMBERS! 1.) Alex Guzman (7-16) 2.) Nick Toporkov (8-16)   3.) Renee Ellis (8/16)  4.) Clideltra (Detra) Flood (9/16) GOAL #8: FOUR MORE NEW MEMBERS! 1.) Joey Jacobshagen (9/16)  2) Lily Tang (9/16) 3.) Vincent Duong-Son (9/16) 4.) Francis Obiozov (10/16)… 9. Alpheaus Flood 10. Emily Ceskavich 11. Zaq Perez 12. Bachir Djehiche, 13. Julian Castano 14. Robert Bacchus, 15. Alvaro Mejia 16. Livia Petraru 17. Tahreek Duncan 18. Meg Given 19. Daniel Gutierrez 20. Tea Tran 21. Diana Walley 22. David Hundeby GOAL #9: AT LEAST FOUR OFFICERS TRAINED  (Attending TI Officer Training for both TM term sessions) July-August 2016:  Pres.; VPE; VPPR, VPM; Secretary; Treasurer; SAA (7 of 7!) . January 2017: Pres.; VPE; VPPR; VPM; Secretary; Treasurer; SAA (7 of 7!)GOAL #10: SUBMITTED ON TIME ONE SEMI-ANNUAL PER CAPS AND ONE CLUB OFFICER LISTSemi Annual (Per Caps) due by 9/30/2016 and 3/31/2017: Per Cap #1:) Done!   Per Cap #2:) Done!  Officer Lists due by 12/31/16  and 06/30/17: List #1: Done! List #2:) Done!   

July 2017- June 2018 Presidents Detra Flood and Renee Ellis GOAL #1: TWO CC’S: (Competent Toastmaster / Completing Basic Manual): 1.) Detra Flood CC   2.) Renee Ellis CC. GOAL #2: TWO MORE CCs! 1.)  Walk Jones CC  2.) Linda Klein CC. GOAL #3: ONE AC (Advanced Toastmaster) Bronze, Silver or Gold) 1.) Susan Storma ACB. GOAL #4: ONE MORE ACB, ACS or ACG:  1.) Daphne Hart ACS. GOAL #5: ONE CL, ALB, ALS (Competent Leader Awards) or DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award): 1.) Renee Ellis CL. GOAL #6: ONE MORE CL, ALB, ALS OR DTM: 1.) Chi Simons DTM 2.) Detra Flood CL 3.) Detra Flood ALB . GOAL #7: FOUR NEW MEMBERS! 1.) Bob Steg  2.) Maureen Premo   3.) Emma Hutto   4.) Jordon Hutto . GOAL #8: FOUR MORE NEW MEMBERS! 5.) Michael Adams 6.) Eric Howard 7.) Tina Wieczorek  8.) Randy Cadely 9.) Vincent Son 10.) Rene Jacob Soto 11.) Joe Mangacle 12.) Bethany Johnson 13.) Kate Murray 14.) Kevin Conway 14.) Jose Vela 15.) Brenna Droege 13.) Owen Bryan 14.) Kel Germain. GOAL #9: AT LEAST FOUR OFFICERS TRAINED  (Attending TI Officer Training for both TM term sessions) July-August 2017:  Pres.; VPE; VPPR, VPM; Secretary; Treasurer; SAA  (7 of 7!)January 2017: Pres.; VPE; VPPR; VPM; Secretary; Treasurer; SAA (7 of 7!) . GOAL #10: SUBMITTED ON TIME ONE SEMI-ANNUAL PER CAPS AND ONE CLUB OFFICER LIST:Semi Annual (Per Caps) due by 9/30/2016 and 3/31/2018: Per Cap #1:) YES!   Per Cap #2:) Officer Lists due by 12/31/17  and 06/30/18: List #1:  List #2:) YES!