Pizza for Dues (9/16/2010)

Looming directly ahead of us is our semi annual drive for money, otherwise known as pizza for dues.  To show support of our dedicated members who selflessly choose to pay their dues of $42 ($35 if you're a full time student) on time, our club provides pizza for all attending members for a day.  That day is Thursday, September 16.  If you miss this meeting, you will not have another opportunity to enjoy pizza with your MarathonMasters friends for another 6 months.  Don't miss out on the fun.  You know you want to be there.

Humorous Speech Contest (9/2/2010)

This week our club is hosting its annual Humorous Speech Contest.  Come by for a good laugh, and who knows, maybe the speeches will be funny too.  The winners of the club contest move onto the area level where they can compete for glamorous trophies and autographed certificates.  We only host one humorous speech contest a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity.  Miss this and you'll have to wait an entire year for the next one.

International Speech Contest Semifinalists Results

The semifinal international speech contests are over.  Helen Fu, an Overland Park Toastmaster representing District 22, participated in the contest.  She unfortunately did not win, and will not be participating as a finalist.  However, her polished speaking abilities have allowed her to advance to a level most Toastmasters can only dream about, and her accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.

Toastmasters International has the complete list of winners on their web site for anyone who is interested.

2010 District 22 Speech Contest Winner as Guest Speaker on August 5th

Helen (Middle)MarathonMasters will proudly host a special event and informal open house featured Ms. Helen Fu as our guest speaker.

Helen (in middle) is the winner of 2010 International Speech Contest of District 22, and she’ll represent our district to compete for 2010 World Championship of Public Speaking at Palm Desert in CA on Aug 12-14.

Helen will give us two 5-7 min speeches. For details, see agenda on the left.

It is FREE and OPEN to everyone! Snacks will be provided.

Helen Fu's Bio:

Helen Fu is a holistic health counselor specialized in body cleanse/detox, herbs, diet, nutrition and pH balance. Her passion is to help people take charge of their health naturally! Helen is a member of Central Exchange Toastmasters since 2008. She also won the District 22 Humorous Speech Contest in 2009. What is most notable is she is winning in her second language, English, as Helen was born and raised in China.

New Meeting Location

MarathonMasters has selected a new location for our weekly meetings.  Due to policy changes at Webster University, we are no longer able to meet at their campus.  We would like to thank Webster for allowing us to use their facilities for the last two years.

Our new location is at Trailside Center, located on the southeast corner of 99th Street and Holmes.  Trailside has offered us use of their Watts Mill meeting room.  The room is large, has a dedicated smartboard for our use, and should suit our needs well.  We will be meeting at this new location starting with our July 15 meeting.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.

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90-year-old Cora Fitch Delivered Her Ice Breaker (6/3/2010)

On June 3rd, 2010, Marathon Master Cora "Mimi" Fitch gave us her ice breaker speech. 

Cora joined Downtown 99 Toastmaster club in 2005-2006. She has been a member of Marathon Masters since 2007. Cora has been attending Marathon Masters for the past two months. On May 1st, 2010, Cora attended the Dist. 22 Conference with her daughter, Martha DeMond, DTM. She was the oldest member to attend the conference.

Cora is now 90-year-old, and she currently lives with her son, Bob, in Marathon, New York. 

Congratulations, Cora!

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Officer Training (6/19)

Officer training is upon us.  If you're an officer, or would like to learn more about becoming one, the Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) is the place to be.  This is where our officers get trained and visitors learn about the inner workings of the Toastmasters institution.  Details for the upcoming event are:

Saturday, June 19 –Overland Park, KS.
Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St.

  • 8:30 am Registration begins
  • 9:00 am General session, Officer Breakout and elective sessions
  • 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn ($7 at the door) – “Getting Ready to be Impromptu”
  • 1:00 pm Finding New Members for your Club and How to: Speechwriting
  • 2:00 pm Judges Training

Open House 5/13/2010

This week MarathonMasters is hosting an open house.  For guests, this is a perfect opportunity to see what the club is all about.  The open house will be specifically geared towards our guests so they can gain the most from it, and while you're here grab some free food compliments of the club.

Officer Nominations

We will be nominating officers soon and we currently have the following nominees:

  • President - Martha
  • VP Education - James
  • VP Membership - Eldon
  • VP Public Relations - Steven
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Rose
  • Sergeant at Arms - Jim

Members, if you would like to try your hand at any of these officer positions, make your voice heard.  Let us know before we hold our elections of May 27.

District 22 Spring Conference (5/1)

The District 22 2010 Spring Conference is upon us.  Prepare yourselves for a full day of insightful keynote speeches, riveting competitions, and great company this coming May 1.  Plus, join in on the fun prior the the conference at Friday fun night on April 30 as clubs compete in Club Feud (kind of like Family Feud, but with Toastmasters competing for prizes and bragging rights).  You can find more details at the District 22 web site.

The keynote speeches for this conference are:

  • Mike Tuttle presenting on the topic of Vocal Variety
  • Larry Parke presenting on the topic of Speech Evaluations
  • Rhonda Green, “Giving Great Speeches”
  • Kay Franklin, “Dressing for Success”
  • Kathleen Cabot Smith presenting on the topic of Leadership
  • Evie Curtis, “Sales 101 for Toastmasters”
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