Welcome to MARATHONMASTERS TOASTMASTERS - Join us on Thursdays, 12pm, 10990 Roe, Overland Park, KS

WHAT IS MARATHONMASTERS?  MarathonMasters is a Toastmasters club dedicated to helping its members become better communicators and leaders.  Guests are always welcome, so come by for a visit to see what we're all about.  We meet Thursdays at 12:00 noon at YRC Freight located on the southwest corner of I-435 and Roe Ave in Overland Park.

With the skills learned from membership in the club, members are able to:

  • Better negotiate salary increases and promotions at their jobs.
  • Explain new concepts more easily and successfully to others.
  • Fill into those roles that require speaking ability, such as in giving a toast or a best man's speech at a wedding.
  • Present material in meetings at their jobs with additional confidence.
  • Move up the employment ladder into higher level leadership positions.
  • Improve their interviewing skills.

Toastmasters Leadership Conference - June 10, 2017

A large crowd of newly elected officers attended the Toastmasters District 22 Leadership Conference, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Matt Ross Center.

Rob Christeson, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and Chief Pathways Ambassador of the new educational programs in Kansas and Western Missouri, delivered an informative training session for newly-elected members serving their clubs as Vice-President - Membership.

Each club officer role (President, VP-education, VP-Membership, VP-Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms) is very well defined. There are many resources available on the Toastmasters website for new (and experienced) officers. 

Al Voorhees, DTM, presented a workshop about High Performance Leadership (HPL). Rob Jones, Sunita Lavin (Garmin G.P.S. Toastmasters), and Julie Connor attended Al's workshop.

This High Performance Leadership SlideShare presentation explains more about the program. HPL manuals can be purchased on the Toastmasters website.



Rob Jones, MarathonMasters Toastmaster, Explains How to "Get to The Point"

Rob Jones, a MarathonMasters Toastmaster and former paramedic, explained and demonstrated the Heimlich Maneuver in an outstanding speech entitled "Get to The Point." 

Rob possesses an incredible work history: financial planner (CFP), adjunct professor at Park University School of Business, Emergency Medical Services Education Battalion Chief and Operations Battalion Chief, and an Army Medical Service Corps captain. He is presently Director of Financial Wellness at Hutchins & Haake CPAs. Rob is also a dedicated member of Rotary and an Ambassador for the Philmont Training Center and the Philmont Scout Ranch through the Heart of America Boy Scouts of America Council.

The quality of Rob's speeches as well as his history represents the diversity among MarathonMasters Toastmasters. Our members possess many different levels of speaking and leadership experience. This particularly shines through in speeches delivered every Thursday, 12 noon - 1pm, at our MarathonMasters Toastmasters weekly events.

Get Ready! It's Time to BEAT THE CLOCK!

Throughout the year, Toastmasters host membership-building contests

As we grow, we:

* Increase our meeting participation

* Improve learning opportunities for everyone.

* Offer greater opportunities to learn and hone new skills.

* Meet new speakers and build new connections.

To Beat the Clock! (May 1 to June 30), we add five or more new, dual or reinstated members to our roster within the contest dates.

Clubs who earn the Beat the Clock! Award receive a ribbon of distinction for our club banner and a special discount code for 10% off of our next club order

Would you (or someone you know) like to sharpen your public speaking and leadership skills? Or do you know a seasoned speaker who wants to polish their skills? Come check out MarathonMasters Toastmasters!  We give every guest a welcome packet so you can learn more about us. We'd love to meet you!

Welcome to MARATHONMASTERS TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, May 18th, 12-1pm

Do you want to sharpen your public speaking skills, unleash your leadership potential, and connect with positive professionals?

You're cordially invited to our MarathonMasters Toastmasters OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, May 18th, 12 noon - 1pm, at the YRC World Headquarters, 10990 Roe Ave., Overland Park, Kansas. Our club is filled with people from many different professions and public speaking histories. We've got seasoned professional speakers, Toastmasters district representatives, organizational board members who regularly speak to constituents, teachers, business professionals, church leaders, and new members who keep us alive! 

Join us for lunch hosted by our MarathonMasters group! Experience a meeting. Hear great speakers. Participate in Table Topics (if you'd like to!). Consider becoming a part of our group. Visit www.MarathonMasters.org for information.

Toastmasters District 22 SPRING CONFERENCE -- Fri., April 28th - Sat., April 29th, 2017

This year's TOASTMASTERS DISTRICT 22 SPRING CONFERENCE begins on Friday, April 28th, 6pm and runs through Saturday, April 29th, 8pm. The conference is at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport in Wichita, KS.

It's not too late to CLICK ON THIS LINK and register at Eventbrite for some or all of the conference events.

Pizza on March 16th!

Just a friendly reminder that we'll have Pizza on Thursday, March 16th. Don't forget to bring your Dues renewal with you that day as well. See you there!

Next year's officers

Allow me to present the roster for next year's officers.

  • President - Regina Berens
  • VP Eduction - Rob Christeson
  • VP Membership - Jake Bubenik
  • VP Public Relations - unfilled
  • Secretary - Michael Pelz
  • Treasurer - Dan Hutchins
  • Sergeant at Arms - James Williams

Congratulations to all.  Our new officers will begin their service on July 1.

MarathonMasters International Speech & Table Topics Contests: Thursday, January 26th

It's that time of year again! Are you ready for the Toastmasters International Speech and Table Topics Contests?

MarathonMasters will host our annual INTERNATIONAL SPEECH and TABLE TOPICS CONTEST on Thursday, January 26th, at 12:00 p.m.  

Winners of the contest will advance to the next level where they will compete with seasoned speakers from other clubs.

The Area Contest will be on Saturday, February 18th at the Corinth Library.

Division Contest will be in March. More information about the contests will be posted soon.

More information about the Toastmasters International Speech and Table Topics Contests can be found on the Toastmasters website. The Speech Contest Rulebook and Speed contest tutorials are also available on the Toastmasters website.

Women in Communication & Leadership Event - Thursday, January 7th, 6 - 8 p.m.

Do you want to sharpen your public speaking skills in your career? Or are you ready to launch a public speaking career? Or do you want to strengthen your leadership skills? Come to the Women in Communication & Leadership event on Thursday, January 7th, 6:00 - 8:00pm, at the Johnson County Library, 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park, KS 66221. The event is hosted by Paul McDonald, DTM, and Toastmasters District 22 Area K.

Deborah Maiwald, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), shares how to demonstrate "Leadership Without Formal Authority. Jenny Billot, ACB, ALB, explains how to "Stay True to Your Authentic You!" Sharon Horgan, DTM, shows you how "Communicators Lead the Way in Employee Engagement."

Keynote speaker, Dr. Julie Connor, empowers you with tools to get started as a professional speaker. Sally Wright will chair the event as Toastmaster and facilitate the question & answer session.

Find more information or sign up to attend this special event by clicking on this Eventbrite website link.

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