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From The Founder
! Bob Gathman
New Year, New Focus
Inside This Issue:
From The Founder........................1
New Year, New Focus..................1
Symposium Scoop........................2
Annual Picnic.................................2
Rebecca Trufant Keynote............3
2013 Membership Dues.............3
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For most of us, the holidays are
one of the more meaningful times of
year, as we pause to celebrate with
family and friends. Then as the New
Year approaches, we turn from
looking outward to looking inward
and consider our New Year' s
resolutions. For me, this typically
leads to thoughts of those things I
would like to change or improve
about myself.
Perhaps this can be the year that,
as we support one another in our
efforts to improve uency and deal
with the challenges that inevitably
face individuals who stutter, that we
also take a moment to focus very
specically all of the positive aspects
of our lives that have been the
direct result of living with a stutter.
As we get ready for a New Year
and recognize new beginnings, I
encourage each of us to look at
stuttering in a new light. That's the
perspecti ve author Katheri ne
Preston embraces in her book, How
Stuttering Helped Me Find My
Voice (due out in 2013), where she
describes her stutter as, "the best
part of me."
By focusing on the good, we
become energized and encouraged.
And when that happens, we can
encourage one another along the
way.
On Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2012 a pre-
Christmas four-party confab took place at my home. All
four have vested interest in Speak Easy International.
They were Richard W. Gathman, Laura Gathman Taylor,
William Murphy, and me. This all-important meeting was
planned and prepared by Rick (USAgency, America's
Advertising Agency Network). He presented a four-page
document titled, "A Condential Proposal For: Robert F.
Gathman, Founder: Speak Easy International." Rick called it, "Proposal -
Strategies for 2013 and Beyond." In cooperation with her father's Proposal &
Strategies, Laura Taylor agrees. In this electronic, on-line age of
communications, the power or the Internet can conceivably connect
contact with millions worldwide.
It was recommended that a ve-member Board of Directors be formed
to help develop the 5-part plan. The ve members will be chosen at a later
date.
This momentous recommendation by Rick Gathman and Laura Taylor
has spread bright lights of condence and expectation. In effect, your
Founder-President will shortly assume the metaphorical role of Major-
General as he takes a step backward to the rear echelon. In doing so, he
proudly points to the Board of Directors as they effectively preserve Speak
Easy status as the world's leading self-help organization for People Who
Stutter.
LOVE
JOY
PEACE &
CHEER
Warmest Wishes For
A Happy New Year!
CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF SELF-HELP SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO STUTTER
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A new- l ook
Speak Easy Spectacular will feature
two PWS well-versed in the real
aspect of the word. They are also
well-educated academically. Their
complete up-to-date bios will be
forthcoming in the Spring 2013 Edition
of the Speak Easy Newsletter
Peter Sullivan is a native of Boston.
He still maintains traces of a pleasant
New England accent intermingled with
hi s New Mi l ford, NJ l ong-ti me
residence.
Al Behringer, born in The Bronx, is
a dyed-in-the-wool NY Yankee fan.
Even though Al lives in Norwalk, CT,
he has been a season ticket holder of
his favorite team for many years.
Six workshops are scheduled for
the two-day Speak Easy Spectacular.
Most of your favorite facilitators have
already accepted to the lead the four
mor n i n g a n d t wo a f t e r n oon
workshops. There probably will be
additional volunteers who will gladly
replace any absentees.
Saddle Brook Holiday Inn General
Manager Christina Thompson has
promised a red-carpet welcome for
Speak Easy. The complete agenda for
Symposium XXXII will be forthcoming
in the Spring 2013 Speak Easy
News l e t t e r f ol l owe d by t h e
Symposium XXXII Brochure shortly
thereafter.
I t wi l l b e a n o t h e r g r e a t
homecoming of the Speak Easy Family.
Symposium
Scoop
With John Connell as chauffeur of his 1998 Toyota Camry bearing
passengers Peter Sullivan, Eleanor Crocker and me, we anticipated a
great Saturday outing. There was no lack of joviality as John entered Rt
80 East for Rt 28 in Landing, NJ. Eleanor Crocker provided great
comical chattering as we headed for our destination. We three
marveled at John Connell's expert maneuvering of his vehicle.
Somehow we missed our exit for Landing. It mattered not that we
were an hour late for our arrival at 90 Orben Drive.
The marvelous Morris County Murphy Mansion was the ideal spot
for this Fall gathering of The Speak Easy Family. We were happy to see
a few additional tardy guests arrive after the John Connell carload.
Over 20 Speak Easy members and their spouses, friends, relatives, plus
Cookie (the beautiful curly-haired happy canine member of the
Murphy Family), attended the indoor-outdoor shindig.
The well-manicured spacious lawn with several wooden arm chairs
placed behind larger trees afforded shade for some. Others who
preferred sunshine were gathered around a table and chairs front and
back. The screened-in veranda leading from the living room contained
a galore of math-watering delectables including salads, hot/cold meats,
the traditional hot dogs, sauerkraut, baked beans, hamburgers,
cheeseburgers, a barrel of iced soft drinks and cases of Samuel
Adams, for those over 21, which were quite popular. Desserts were
too numerous to mention.
We were delighted to greet Tony Troiano, our famous prize-
winning photographer who drove all the way from Staten Island, NY.
Of course he brought his constant companion, his shiny black tripod
camera, with him to snap several photos. Peter Sullivan also brought
his pocket-size camera to join in with a number of candid-camera
shots.
By 7pm we reluctantly bid farewell to Murphy Mansion. Many
thanks to Kathy and Bill Murphy for an afternoon well spent.
The 35th Annual Picnic Was A Wow!
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This has been a wonderful
weekend thanks to everyone in this
room who has been willing to put
in the effort to show up and work
together.
When I was asked to give the
Keynote speech this morning, our
dear Mr. Robert Gathman gave me
a long list of quotes to choose one
from. I read the rst page from top
to bottom, and it was the very last
quote on page one, #19 that spoke
to me. He who would have the fruit must climb the tree.
- Mr. Thomas Fuller." When I read this quote I wanted to
nd out more about the author.
When I began my search of information on Mr. Fuller, I
started out in the wrong direction. I found A Mr. Thomas
Fuller who lived from 1710 -1790, a slave brought from
West Africa to Alexandria, Virginia. This Mr. Fuller was
notable for his amazing calculating skills, however he was
unable to read or write, which I only learned after I read his
biography. So it was back to the drawing board.
I resumed my search for information on the Mr. Fuller
who had written such an interesting quote. The internet is a
wonderful resource, however, you must have the right
starting point. I nally found the right "tree" to climb to get
at the "fruit" of knowledge I was hunting for. Mr. Thomas
Fuller lived from June 1608 to August 1661. He was an
English Churchman and Historian. He is now remembered
for his writing, particularly Worthies of England, published
after his death. He was a prolic author and one of the
rst writers able to live by his pen. Now I was certain I had
found the right man. However this talk isnt about the man
its about the quote.
He who would have the fruit must climb the tree.
This quote reminds me of how hard it has been to nd
other people who have the same sort of speech issues I
have, maybe not the exact same but in the same category. I
have always felt a little bit like, The Little Red Hen from
the fable retold by Heather Forest, in my journey and the
work it took to get to this point in my Speak Easy life.
SYMPOSIUM XXXI KEYNOTE SPEECH BY REBECCA TRUFANT
"He who would have the fruit must climb the tree."
For the conclusion of Rebecca's speech, please visit us online:
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