Open House (11/3/2011)

It's November, and with a new month comes the new opportunity to expand you horizons.  To help facilitate your personal growth MarathonMasters is hosting an Open House on November 3.  Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, but most importantly, bring yourself.  The session is free to everyone and refreshments will be provided.  No signup is necessary -- just swing by over your lunch break.  We are meeting from noon until 1:00pm at the Trailside Center located at 99th and Holmes Road just north of I-435 this Thursday.  We hope to see you there.

2011 Fall Conference

The District 22 Fall Conference is upon us.  It's taking place this weekend (Oct 28-30) and is sure to be a good time for all who attend.  Aside from the wealth of keynote speeches, there will also be the evaluation and humorous speech contests.

The conference is being held at the Marriott by the airport located at:

775 Brasilia Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64153

For more information on the conference, visit the official page.

Open House 6/2/2011

MarathonMasters is hosting an Open House on June 2.  This is a great time to swing by the club to see what benefits you can gain from it.  And like any open house there is no cost to visit and refreshments will be provided.  Plus, you will be entered to win a wonderful door prize.  What is this door prize you ask?  Well, come by and find out.  We hope to see you here.  We're on the southeast corner of 99th and Holmes.  Our address is:

Trailside Center
9901 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Membership Contest (3/31/2011)

March 31, 2010 is set aside for a membership drive. As a member you know what great benefits you have received as an experienced communicator and leader. It’s indeed a great gift that we must be shared.

Members, you are invited to bring guests and family to our membership campaign meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at our regular location at Trailside Center. If for any reason you cannot accompany your guests, do invite them to attend anyway, and share our address with them. The address is Trailside Center 9901 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131.

If your guests are history buffs let them know that Trailside is located just off of 3-Trails Crossing Memorial Highway in the heart of the historic 3-Trails Corridor.

Pizza for Dues (3/17/2011)

Pizza for Dues is that time that comes twice a year where in exchange for your semiannual dues, members get to enjoy some delicious pizza.  This time around the special day falls on St Patrick's Day, March 17, so make sure to have a slice with a green pepper.  Dues are $42 for six months, or $35 if you're a full time student.  If you're unable to make it to the meeting make sure you get your check to Rose, either at another meeting or by mailing it, before the April 1 deadline.  Checks should be made out to MarathonMasters.  Get your dues in, enjoy some pizza, and also enjoy another six months of polishing your speaking skills.

District 22 bumper sticker contest

District 22 is having a bumper sticker contest!  If you have an idea for a bumper sticker that helps promote Toastmasters, this is your chance to gain some recognition, notoriety, and a maybe even a prize.  Some of the rules for the contest are:

  • The bumper sticker must contain the Toastmasters International web site URL (
  • It must not contain any logos other than optionally the new or old Toastmasters International logo.
  • The dimensions should be approximately 3" x 10"
  • Each club may submit up to three entries, and the entries must be submitted by a club officer.

The deadline for entries is March 4 and the winners will be announced at the Spring conference on April 30.  For full details, visit

Officer Training 1/22/2011

Fellow members and especially officers, Toastmasters District 22 is hosting their semiannual officer training on January 22.  This is where our new officers can be trained for their roles and officers who have held their positions for a while can get a refresher.  It's also an opportunity to learn about the activities and initiatives going on in the district.  We must send at least four officers,  but our goal is to have seven there so we can receive special recognition.  Information for this season's training is as follows:

Shawnee Mission North High School
7401 Johnson Drive

  • 8:30 am Registration begins
  • 9:00 am General session, Officer Breakout and elective sessions
  • 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn ($7 at the door) – Building a Team
  • 1:00 pm Finding New Members for your Club and Contest Management Tips and Tricks
  • 2:00 pm Judges Training

No meeting on December 30

To give people a chance to relax for the holidays and spend time with their families, MarathonMasters will not be having a meeting on December 30.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on January 6 and hope all of you have a wonderful week.

Gift exchange and potluck 12/16/2010

Members and guests, we are having a special holiday meeting this Thursday (12/16/2010).  Members are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift for the gift exchange which we will be doing in place of the table topics.  Each participant will get to choose a gift, not knowing what it may be, and then present a short speech on what he or she plans to do with it, why it's a great gift, or just general commentary on the gift.

We are also having a pot luck, so please also bring a snack or dish of some kind to help feed the masses.

Area S74 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest Winners!

The combined area speech contest (areas 71, 74 & 75) was held this Saturday, September 11th at the Central Resource Library. 

The results of Area S74 contest are as follows:

Evaluation Contest:

1st Place: Paul McDonald (MarathonMasters Club)

Humorous Speech Contest:

1st Place: Mbaari Kinya (MarathonMasters Club)

Congratulations to both contestants on their accomplishments! 

Both are eligible to advance to the Division S contest taking place on October 16th, 2010 at the Kansas City, MO Water Department Administration Bldg. (4800 East 63rd Street Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64130). Registration is at 10:00 AM; the contest begins at 10:30 AM.

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