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Okefenokee Toastmasters Club #8269, District 14
Volume 3 Issue 1, May 2011

Special 20th Anniversary Edition

Mission: The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Meetings: We meet every Wednesday morning at 7:00am at Quality Inn, 1725 Memorial Drive, Waycross. Membership: Open to anyone 18 years old and over.
Club President’s Message
What an historic time to be a member of this club. Every week for 20 years the club has offered opportunities to build confidence, foster optimism, and fulfill dreams. Every week for the next 20 years and beyond, we will stand up boldly, fight our fears, and find our voice. Did you think we were merely a public speaking and leadership club? Our club transforms lives. Fellow Toastmasters, be proud of what we have to offer and spread the word. Happy Anniversary! Janice Williams

Officers for Okefenokee Toastmasters 2010-2011
President: Janice Williams VP Education: Bud Montero VP Membership: Preston Hardee Secretary: Barbara Rolls VP Public Relations: Barbara Rolls Treasurer: Addie Crews

Upcoming Event
August 17-20: Toastmasters International Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, at Bally‟s Las Vegas hotel. Click here to see video highlights of winning speeches at past conventions. Make plans to be at the International Convention next year August in Orlando, Florida.

Meet new members Larry Kearson on the left and Joseph Holloway on the right. Area Governor and Okefenokee Toastmasters member, Sharon Vickers, in the middle. (Picture courtesy of B. Rolls)

GRAMMARIAN’S CORNER Be careful using „There is”. A singular subject should always follow “there is”. For example, it is correct to say, “There is a book on the table.” However, it is incorrect to say, “There is more books on the floor.”

25 Ways to Make a Point
Compiled by Toastmaster and 3rd place World Champion Speaker 2001, J.A. Gamache. Read the complete article on this website: Mannerofspeaking.org 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Example Quote Historical fact Scientific research/statistic Joke/humor Story/tale Comparison/ analogy/metaphor Personal anecdote Third party anecdote Third party testimonial Case study/ role play (with another person) Object/ prop

Waycross College was the site of a recent competition between six (6) South Georgia Toastmasters, representing Valdosta, Albany, Savannah, and Waycross. The event was held on March 12, 2011 and two contests were held: Table Topics and International Speech Contest. The two winners of these contests competed May 13-14 at Calloway Gardens for District Winner and advancement to the state level. Pictured front row (middle) is the Okefenokee Toastmasters representative, Barbara Rolls. Ms. Rolls placed second in the Table Topics Contest, and would have been eligible to compete at the next level if the first place winner was unable to represent the area.

13.Audiovisual support (picture/video/ music/song) 14. Repeating/recalling the message 15. Playing devil‟s advocate 16.Plain statement/thought-provoking statement 17. Catchy saying/ slogan/ recurring theme 18. Hypothesis that you defend or attack 19. Common objection and rebuttal 20. Rhetorical question 21. Method/ tips/ steps to follow 22. Moving or miming 23. Acronym (e.g. the SPA method: Seize it, Plan it and Act on it) 24. Audience participation 25. Call to action

Connect with Us Follow our club on Twitter: http://twitter.com/oketoast Browse Georgia Toastmasters website: http://www.gatoastmasters.org Also view Toastmasters International website: www.toastmasters.org/ Photos: Having fun in Savannah, Georgia; Spring conference 2010. Left to Right: Toastmasters Linda Bacon and Rodney Hooks above. Toastmasters Janice Williams, Bud Montero, Sharon Vickers and Linda Bacon below. (Pictures courtesy of L. Bacon)

“The single most obvious improvement in my speech presentations that I definitely learned through my participation in Toastmasters with you, was to try to eliminate “ahs” and related pauses in my speaking. I am not free of them, but very aware of them, and I do use fewer “ahs” because of Toastmasters. I will always remember the marbles in the can. Thanks for the friendship and the help.” Harold Rozier, former member and Past President Okefenokee Toastmasters.

Special 20th Anniversary Celebratory Meeting, May 25, 2011 Front Row: Barbara Rolls, Linda Zechmann, Sharon Vickers, Janice Williams, Addie Crews, Roberta Lacefield, Melissa Stapleton. Back Row: Rodney Hooks, Tom Strickland, John Penland (Sponsor), Bud Montero, Dave Howe, Greg Brock, Joseph Holloway, Shane Worth, John Conger, Larry Kearson.

CHARTER MEMBERS: John Penland (Sponsor), Andrew Slocum, Joe Gant, Harry D. Dixon, Jr., Carolyn Morton (Akins), Phil Wysong, C.J. Broome, Paul O‟Cain, James C. Bunch, W.F. Stephens, Jeanette Stipe, Tom Strickland, Fred Barber, John Karew, Reuben Flanders, E. Nash Williams, Jerri Davis, Doris Germano, Andy Spivey, Audrey West, and Margaret Park

Edited by Janice Williams

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