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Swamp TALK

Okefenokee Toastmasters Club #8269, District 14, Area 11B

Volume 4 Issue 3 March 2012

Chartered in 1991

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. Click here for map. Membership: Open to anyone 18 years old and over. Public Relations Corner
These are the District 14 Public Relations (PR) Incentives that our club will be working on for Spring 2012: Club Newsletter Contest Club Website Contest Club Media Contest The submission deadline is April 1, 2012. In the meantime, check out the winners for the Fall 2011 PR incentive contests:
Testimonial Video: 1st Place: NS Toasters on Track Media: 1st Place: Okefenokee Toastmasters Club Website: 1st Place: PB & J Toastmasters 2nd Place: Technology Park 3rd Place: Rockdale Toastmasters Club Newsletter: 1st Place: PB & J Toastmasters 2nd Place: Speaking Solutions 3rd Place: Toastmaster 2.0 of Norcross

. Officers for Okefenokee

Toastmasters 2011-2012 President: Bud Montero VP Education: Kathy Odam VP Membership: John Conger VP of Public Relations: : Janice Williams Treasurer: Addie Crews Sergeant of Arms: Larry Kearson

Upcoming Events
March 24, 2012: Division B Intl Speech and Table Topics Contest, 10:00AM,Quality Inn, Waycross, Ga. May 4-5, 2012: Spring Conference, The Leaders Network, Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, Atlanta, Ga.


Quick Facts on St. Patrick

Born of wealthy parents in Britain. Captured by Irish raiders. Escaped after years of enslavement. Rose from slave to Patron Saint of Ireland. Considered a secondary Patron Saint in Nigeria, next to the Virgin Mary. Venerated in Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Orthodox Churches. Feast day is March 17th, the day of his death.

A pun is a play on words. Speakers and writers have fun with puns because a word may have more than one meaning and some words may sound alike.
The duck said to the bartender, put it on my bill. He bought a donkey because he thought he might get a kick out of it. Sign at a deer crossing: The Buck Stops Here. The flock of doves staged a coo.

Invest in Your Dream

One hour wisely invested each day, quickly adds up. If you just used 3 lunch breaks per week to really focus on building your dream, at the end of a month thats about 12 hours that you have dedicated towards your dream. So use your lunch hour to research, attend a networking function, write, listen to a tele-class, participate in a webinar, be coached by a mentor in your field, watch a training on YouTube about a topic that is relevant to your dream, read a book by a guru in your dream industry, or attend a presentation given by experts in your industry. Delatorro McNeal, Speaker & Author of Caught Between A Dream and a Job. Read more:

Photo: Toastmaster members Deborah Kinlaw, Ahs-Counter & Grammarian; John Conger, Timer. Every Toastmaster has a role to play at a Toastmasters meeting. Besides the host (Toastmaster of the day), the speakers, and the evaluators of speeches; there is a Grammarian who brings the Word of the Day, evaluates the grammar used by each speaker, and comments on the creative use of .language. The Grammarian at our club meeting is usually the AhsCounter; someone who keeps track of the distracting filler words used throughout the meeting: you knows, ums, ahs, and-and, but-but. The goal of every Toastmaster is to speak without using any annoying filler words. There is a Timer who monitors each meeting segment. He or she aids each speaker to stay within time limits so that meetings start and end on time.
Forbes Magazine: Leadership Tip Want to become a better leader? Stop talking and start listening. Being a leader should not be viewed as a license to increase the volume of rhetoric. Rather astute leaders know there is far more to be gained by surrendering the floor than by dominating it. In this age of instant communication everyone seems to be in such a rush to communicate whats on their mind, they fail to realize the value of everything that can be gleaned from the minds of others. Show me a leader who doesnt recognize the value of listening to others and Ill show you a train-wreck in the making. Read more:

Connect with Us
Follow Okefenokee Toastmasters on Twitter: Check out the new Okefenokee Toastmasters website: Browse the Virtual Toastmasters Museum:

Quality Meetings = Quality Clubs Role of VP of Membership Greet guests and have each guest complete a guest card or book. Report on current membership, promote membership campaigns, and welcome new members. Ensure that each new member is formally inducted after being voted in by the club. Help guests to complete the membership application form. . Follow up and keep track of guests. Speak with fellow members to determine if their needs are being met.

Past Meetings: Sharing the Memories

Start your Wednesday mornings with us. Come out of curiosity; stay for the fun!

Induction of new members, Joseph and Larry, by Area Governor, Sharon Vickers. (April 2011)

Club President Bud Montero presenting Best Table Topics Speaker award to Toastmaster Addie Crews. (December 2011)

Shane wearing his love glasses to close his 5-7 minutes inspirational message of love in February this year. Inspired by the lyrics of pop artist Beckah Shae titled, Put Your Love Glasses On, Shane urged us to see each other with loving eyes.


Surprise Kathy! This 2007 photo is still around. This was a Table Topics Challenge where participants had to pick a hat and speak off the cuff for up to 2 minutes.

Small Steps; Big Dreams by J. Williams

The Oprah Show always had an episode where Oprah fulfilled someones wildest dreams. Some time ago on the show, there was a teacher, a single parent, who was working three jobs to help pay off student loans for her college educated children. She had a picture of Florence, Italy on her refrigerator. That was her big dream - to go to Florence. Well Oprah fulfilled her dreams. On the show, Oprah pledged to send that teacher and her adult children to Florence, pay off the student loans, and give her enough money for a year so that she would not have to keep all three of her jobs. What happens if you do not have Oprah to help you fulfill your wildest dream? Should you put off pursuing your dream? I am a big fan of American Idol. Many young people dream of that big record deal so that they can become famous like past winners: Kelly Clarkson, a former waitress; Fantasia Barrino, once a struggling teenaged mother; and Carrie Underwood, a country girl from a small town named Checotah in Oklahoma. Year after year, thousands of young people wait in long lines all over the United States to get a chance to audition for the show, but guess what? A number of them seem to have big dreams and no talent. They cant sing a note that is pleasing to the ear. If you are a fan of the show, you may have wondered as I have done, how could these young people possibly think that they had any talent? Did they sing in church? Did they sing in any community talent show before auditioning for American Idol? Seriously, what did they do to prepare for their opportunity on American Idol? Well American Idol got me thinking. I have concluded that many of those young people, with no talent, did not really have a passion for music or for singing. They had a desire to be on television for 5 minutes. If they truly had the passion, they would have spent some time learning to sing in tune, learning the words of songs, and auditioning for talent shows in their local community. If you are from a small town like Waycross and your dream is to be a Hollywood actress? Shouldnt you have a passion for acting? Shouldnt you join the drama club at school? Shouldnt you be auditioning at the community theater right here in Waycross? If you want to write a novel, shouldnt you be competent in the English language? Shouldnt you be writing short stories for your local newspaper or an online publication? If you want to be a public speaker or a leader in your community, prepare for your big break. You really should be an avid reader of ideas. You should hone your presentation skills. You should offer to speak at service clubs in your community. You should volunteer to perform leadership roles. Oprah may never be able to fulfill any of your wildest dreams but if you really have a passion for something, you can certainly take small steps to pursue your dream. Be your own dream maker. Prepare for your opportunity. The pursuit of the dream can be as rewarding as the fulfillment of the dream. CHARTER MEMBERS: John Penland (Sponsor), Andrew Slocum, Joe Gant, Harry D. Dixon, Jr., Carolyn Morton (Akins), Phil Wysong, C.J. Broome, Paul OCain, 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