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.

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
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