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TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL

The SUNSHINER News from District 47 – South Florida and The Bahamas June 2017 INSIDE THIS ISSUE District Executive Committee

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Contributors

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Spring Conference: Socks Knocked Off? Check!

Leadership Messages From the Trio District Director

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Program Quality Director

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Club Growth Director

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PR Corner

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Finance Matters

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News & Features Oustanding Toastmasters

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Thought of the Day

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Boastmasters

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It’s a Small Toastmasters World

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Club Success Strategies

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Pathways Update

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Spring Conference Toastmasters Week Proclaimed

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Keynote Speaker Ed Tate

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Lifetime Achievement Award

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Speech Contest Winners

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DTM Walk

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On the Scene

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Education Achievements 34

April

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May

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Distinguished Toastmasters

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Toastmasters from the Treasure Coast to The Bahamas enjoyed a weekend of education, networking and celebration – and just plain fun! – at the 2017 Spring Conference in Miami. From the Story Slam organized Friday night by Phyllis May, DTM, to the workshops, speech contests, DTM Walk and several keynote presentations by 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking Ed Tate, the conference kept its promise to “Knock Your Socks Off!”

John Schneyer, DTM

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Members of Gold Coast Toastmasters put their best feet forward before heading to the Spring Conference. (Photo by Barbara Strasdas, DTM)

Click to page 14 for coverage of the conference, including an interview with Tate and the district’s tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clement Foster, DTM.


District 47 Executive Committee District Director: Lynda Hammond, DTM Program Quality Director: Chim Francisco, DTM Club Growth Director: Michael Thorn, DTM District Public Relations Manager: Kate McClare District Administrative Manager: Linda Yates District Finance Manager: Lois Margolin, DTM Division Directors Division A: Antoinette Bailey Division B: Darren Kennedy Division C: Henry Ferguson Division D: Barbara Strasdas, DTM Division E: Ana Rezende, DTM Division F: Owen Hanna, DTM Division I: Vanessa Scott, DTM Area Directors Area A10: Andre Brown Area A11: Brandon Kinsey Area A12: Moe Haji Area A13: Florence Stewart Area A14: Jeanette Al Sabah

Area B20: Elaine Joggerst Area B21: Paolo Claudio Area B22: Jeffrey Mutnik Area B23: Nicholas Smith Area B24: Marilyn Brown Area C30: Barry Doctor Area C31: Nam Nguyen Area C32: Yulimar Quintero-Trumbo Area C33: Claudine Gunning Area C34: Shana Jerman Area D40: Cindy Groover Area D41: Donna Beirnes Area D42: George Strasdas, DTM Area D43: Kathy Frazier Area D44: Gary Dunmyer Area E50: Sandra Jackson Area E51: Frank Torres Area E52: Esperanza "Espy" Mead Area E53: Jimmy Varnadore Area E54: Denise Nedimyer Area E55: Michelle Ballinger Area F60: Patricia Rolle-Hamilton Area F61: Dianne Lockhart Area F62: Daisy Gibson Area F63: Alphanique Swann Area I90: Carlos Palacious Area I91: Kimberley Bain Area I92: Shonelle Pinder Area I93: Ray-Don Poitier Immediate Past District Director: Jeanine Kinsey, DTM 2

June Contributors Richard Erschik, ACB, CL (“It’s a Small Toastmasters World”), has been a Toastmaster for more than four years. He says, “While most everyone else is looking out the windshield at their career, I’m looking out the rear-view mirror at mine, wishing I’d been introduced to Toastmasters decades ago.” Barbara Strasdas, DTM (“From Small Pebbles, a Great Wave”), is director of Division D. She is a member of three Toastmasters clubs and has served in many leadership roles, including District 47 contest advisor, audit chairperson and area governor (2007-09). Strasdas was twice named Outstanding Toastmaster in Division D (2009 and 2014).

Veon Watson (“Channeling Our Competitive Spirit”), has been a member of Toastmasters for more than two years. She is a digital analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers Experience Center in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and serves as vice president public relations for her club, PwC Digital Toastmasters. John Schneyer, DTM, district lead photographer, is a member of Boca Raton Toastmasters and WCR Palm Beaches Noon Toastmasters. Since 2009, he has learned from amazing people, made wonderful friends and received more hugs and kisses than he could have imagined. He has failed, succeeded and grown through Toastmasters.

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Leadership Messages: From the Trio District Director

After a Year of Growth, the Future Is Bright Dear Toastmasters Family and Friends! My birthday was a few days ago and it sent me into a time of reflection, you know, the way life’s milestones tend to often pop you off on a head trip to many destinations. I visited places such as the Where have I been? Museum and had fun exploring the Where am I going? Fantasy Futurama Thrill Park. I lingered a long while on Where am I now? Island. I’m back now and couldn’t wait to get in touch with you through the The Sunshiner because while I was on my trip of past, present and future I thought about you and our Toastmasters District 47! District 47 has a long and fruitful history since 1955. Since then we’ve produced many strong communicators and leaders. We grew so popular that we had to split twice to where we are today. The last split, in 2012, was hard on us and our sister District, 48. We suffered the loss of many clubs and members. Our finances in D47 were dwindling and it became apparent that the district was in trouble. District leaders were financially supporting the district and that was unfair and not a wise business practice. This year we focused on becoming financially stable. Many sacrifices were made by DEC members and others in the district. We instituted many changes in the ways the district Lynda Hammond, DTM operated — all ethical, of course, but with fewer resources, no longer sustainable. I am pleased to announce that we have made that goal and will be able to leave the district in sound financial shape. No one should have to personally pay for district business any longer. Throughout all of the hard work stabilizing the district you, our members, kept doing what Toastmasters do best. You applied yourselves to the educational programs Toastmasters offers to grow personally and professionally. You stretched yourselves and helped your clubs. District 47 members do not break when faced with challenge; we boldly move forward and grow and we do it together! The future of our wonderful District 47 is very bright! Your upcoming Trio will work together to best serve us all. DTMs Chim Francisco as district director, Lydia Harris as program quality director and Leonardo Burrows as club growth director are all amazing Toastmasters. Please support them in keeping District 47 strong! Personally, I thank you all for supporting me these past two years while I served on the Trio. It has been a tremendously valuable experience and an honor greater than I can ever adequately articulate, at least not without getting all emotional (not very pretty). I come from a background of diversity and I am very much at home in District 47. I feel we are the lucky ones in the two splits during this century; we are still made up of two nations! Although The Bahamas really feels more like our 51st state, we are two countries who come together as one through Toastmasters. This is such a divine gift! The more different we think we are, through Toastmasters, we find the more alike we truly are! Thank you to this year’s Trio with Chim Francisco and Mike Thorn. Their dedication and love for the members of District 47 is deep and clear. Thank you to our District Executive Council (DEC) members for all of your dedication and service. We will boast and brag about you at our Hall of Fame in the fall. Just one more thing, good people…this term is not over until July 1st at 3 AM! Let’s Beat the Clock and get more members! Oh yeah, we can do it! Love you all! Lynda

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Lynda Hammond, DTM District 47 Director, 2016-2017 South Florida and The Bahamas lhammond@toastmastersd47.org


Leadership Messages: From the Trio Program Quality Director

Celebrating Club and Individual Achievements Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The fourth quarter is a celebration of success, and district incentive rewards are headed your way. Congratulations to the many clubs and members who have achieved at least one of the Club Challenges for Education & Training this fiscal year! Smedley Challenge Winners For having all seven officers trained in each of the training periods, each of these 10 clubs will receive The Writings of Dr. Smedley for their club libraries. Thank you for your service as club officers! Division A Gelfand Good Morning Toastmasters Division B Beacon Point Advanced Plantation Club

Chim Francisco, DTM

Division C NCCI Toastmasters West Boca Toastmasters Club

Division D Gold Coast Toastmasters Club Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters Division F Destined For Success Toastmasters P.T.A.B. Toastmasters Club Pinnacle Seekers

DCP Challenge Congratulations to these 19 clubs, who have achieved at least nine goals in the Distingiuished Club Program and registered at least 20 members by March 31. They will each receive an Advanced Communication Library Set — all 15 advanced manuals! Thank you for leading by example and for achieving President’s Distinguished Club Status to date! Club Bill Gove Golden Gavel Club Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters Boca Raton Toastmasters Destined For Success Toastmasters Doral Toastmasters First Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters Gelfand Good Morning Toastmasters Healing Communicators Club Luminaries at the Boca Chamber Office Depot Toastmasters Pinnacle Seekers Plantation Club Proud Speakers Club Sawgrass Toastmasters Club South Dade Toastmasters Club The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club The REAL Toastmasters Club The Toastmasters Club at FAU West Boca Toastmasters Club

Members 27 25 38 20 25 45 27 45 23 21 24 29 23 27 34 27 25 32 23

Goals Met 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 9 10 10 9 9 10 9 9 9 10

Division C C C F E I A F C C F B B B E D D C C

Area 30 33 31 61 50 90 14 60 32 32 62 23 20 24 53 43 42 33 33

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Leadership Messages: From the Trio Club Growth Director

Our Goal Is Simple: To Simply Be the Best Winston Churchill, the prime minister of Great Britain during World War II, provided many notable quotes, but two are particularly relevant as we near the end of our Toastmasters year and we reflect on our accomplishments and plan for the future. As he stated, it is important to remember that “the price of greatness is responsibility.” Or, to use a more common saying, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” We have worked hard this year to be one of the premier districts within Toastmasters on a regional, national and global basis, but we need to remember that we are still comprised of, and owe our allegiance to, our individual members. They are the source of our strength, and we are obligated to support them in all we do at all times. Simply put, we need to be accountable for our actions. The second quotation readily applies to our track record for not just this occasion, but for our entire year as leaders at all levels of the district. As Churchill stated, “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” We have shown this to be our de facto mantra through our mutual goals, our Michael Thorn, DTM shared actions and our accomplishments. More importantly, we have set our overall direction to be one of sustained greatness. We will never be satisfied with anything less than being the standard bearer of the four core values of Toastmasters: Integrity – Respect – Service – Excellence. We have worked hard to establish and gain recognition as being among the best … to provide the standards for others to emulate. Let us not forget our successes, but let us also take the time to recognize and enjoy them. Be proud and finish strong!!! And on that note . . . I thought you might find the following observations and comments from a member of the staff at World Headquarters of interest. I would, of course, like to take sole credit for them, but they really reflect the joint efforts of all of us working together on club growth initiatives and activities. Specifically, it has been observed that: •

In comparison to all of the districts in North America, District 47 is . . .  in the top 15% for club growth  in the top 10% for clubs in good standing

In comparison to all of the districts globally, District 47 is . . .  in the top 20% for club growth  in the top 20% for clubs in good standing.

(As an aside, we are the leaders in both categories for our Region.) Further, it was noted that WHQ TI really likes the way we have set up our district and is currently updating many of its existing programs to reflect ours. To summarize: “…your district is far ahead of the engagement curve, and we want to try and get districts to be more like you. " Michael Thorn, DTM Club Growth Director, 2016-2017 South Florida and The Bahamas mthorn@toastmastersd47.org 5


Leadership Messages Public Relations Corner

Congratulations, New VPPR! Let’s Begin Are you one of the lucky Toastmasters who's just been (or is about to be) elected vice president public relations (VPPR) for your club? Congratulations! I hope you've patted yourself on the back for taking this opportunity to tell the world about your club and all the wonderful things it can do for them – not to mention the chance to share the good news within the club itself. I hope you've allowed yourself to drink in the applause and admiration of your fellow club members, for putting yourself forward to do this important job. Now what? There are many resources to start with. Here’s where to find them: Toastmasters International Visit the Public Relations section of the Toastmasters International website, where you'll find everything from "how to" guides to ready-made templates for creating your own publicity materials. Visit the Logos, Images and Templates page, to learn how to properly represent the Toastmasters brand. One exciting resource is the Electronic Media Kit, a comprehensive guide that you can send out to local media with story pitches. You don't have to send the whole media kit – it's 16 pages – but using some pieces (the Fact Sheet, for instance) is invaluable. Kate McClare, ACS, ALB

District 47 The district website has many resources, not the least of which is the district calendar. Be sure to subscribe to the district email lists to get the latest news. And your subscription includes The Sunshiner – how can you beat that? The most important news to follow, of course, is when registration opens for the Toastmasters Leadership Institute, an important training event for all club officers. Remember, at least four officers must attend formal training for your club to satisy the training goal of the Distinguished Club Program. Your Club Talk to your club president about including publicity on the agenda of your first board meeting of the year. Publicity can be as simple as submitting short calendar announcements about your meetings. These are considered news, by the way, so they're free – and probably more effective than a paid ad. Whatever your plan, get the board talking about it. The more people you involve, the more ideas you'll get (and the less chance you'll have to do the whole job yourself). Does the club want to get local media to write stories about your club? Come up with some interesting story ideas to pitch. Think ahead to club events that locla media might be interested in writing about, such as club contests or open houses. Do you want to publish a club newsletter? Yourself You are full of the ideas and skills you need to make the VPPR role a success. I know this without even knowing you, because if you didn't have what it takes you wouldn't have stepped up. Take this opportunity to learn and grow, and you’ll be amazed at what develops! Kate McClare Public Relations Manager, 2016-2017 South Florida and The Bahamas kmcclare@toastmastersd47.org sunshiner@toastmastersd47.org 6


Leadership Messages Finance Matters

How to Pass the Treasurer Baton To the outgoing treasurers, I am sorry to tell you that your reign of managing the money is almost over. I know — rats, right? I hope you enjoyed your year and can look back with fondness over this Executive Board position. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INCOMING TREASURERS! This role is critical to the vitality of your club. YOU are the club’s accountant, YOU manage the bank accounts, YOU collect membership dues and remit to World Headquarters and YOU make sure all the club bills are paid on time. As a good leader, it is important to ensure your successor is properly prepared to hit the ground running. What does that entail, you ask?

Lois Margolin, DTM

It is really very simple. The outgoing treasurer should review the role with the incoming treasurer. Review the records and most recent quarterly report. Explain your accounting process and how you are responsible for keeping accurate records. What else should you review? Budgeting! Budgeting, oh and did I mention BUDGETING???? Remember, the budget should be approved by the Executive Board in July. By going through each line of the budget, the new treasurer will understand where the money comes from and what expenditures are authorized. This is a critical aspect of the treasurer job. After July 1, as soon as possible, go to your bank and sign new signature cards. Be sure to get a debit card in your name. Traditionally, the president and treasurer are signers on the account and have a debit card. Lastly, in preparation for this role, attend the treasurer session in a Toastmasters Leadership Institute. You will receive lots of great tips on how to make your year run smooth as silk. You are now ready to take on the coveted treasurer position. Everyone will be in awe of you — after all, you control the money. Everyone will want to be you! Really! In closing, here are some key points that can make your year run smoothly: • • •

Present a financial report at the club meetings, traditionally quarterly, or as requested. Maintain a handle on the finances Only disburse funds that have been approved via the budget

Please contact me if you have any questions or if I can help you on your exciting path. Count me in as one of your resources. I can be reached at lmargolin@toastmastersd47.org. Additional information can be found in the Club Leadership Handbook (item 1310 at the Toasmasters online store) and in the Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan (item 1111). Lois Margolin, DTM Finance Manager, 2016-2017 South Florida and The Bahamas lmargolin@toastmastersd47.org 7


News and Features Outstanding Division Toastmasters Division A Shelley Mannan The Art of Speaking Shelley (below, right) went above and beyond in her participation in Division A. Her efforts enabled us to shine as leaders in our district. We are so proud to have her as an outstanding mentor to the division's newest club, BD Miami. Thank you, Shelley, for your service!!

Division C Michelle LeWay Children’s Services Council Toastmasters City of Delray Beach Toastmasters Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters

– Antoinette Bailey, Division A Director

"Michelle served as chair of the 2016 Summer TLI hosted by Division C. She has spent numerous hours as a judge in club contests, has assisted in every Division C area contest and speech contest, and served on the event team for the 2016 Fall Conference and 2017 Spring Conference.” – Henry Ferguson, Division C Director

Division D Rich Otten, DTM Hobe Sound Toasters Rich Otten exemplifies a life of service. He is a 20year Toastmaster. When asked eight years ago by a prisoner to start a Gavel Club in a nearby prison, he immediately responded. Since then he has founded five prison clubs and has mentored others to follow his example. Rich is always the first to offer assistance in whatever is needed for any Toastmaster event, club, area or division. This award is long overdue for such a dedicated and serving Toastmaster.

Division B Lois Margolin, DTM Club Awesome

– Barbara Strasdas, DTM, Division D Director

DTM Lois Margolin was awarded an Outstanding Member Award for her tireless efforts and exemplary service as a member of Division B. Lois is an amazing asset to our division and is always willing to give a helping hand with anything we ask of her. Division B and I can't thank her and her hubby enough. When you see Lois, please take a moment to congratulate her. – Darren Kennedy, Division B Director

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News and Features Outstanding Division Toastmasters Division E Danilo Vargas Cutler Bay Toastmasters Danilo joined Toastmasters in February 2016 and by July 2016, less than six months after joining, took over as president of the Cutler Bay Toastmasters club. He’s been consistently working toward increasing the club’s membership and getting Distinguished Club Program points and he’s also actively involved in contests, TLIs and other activities beyond the club. – Ana Rezende, DTM, Division E Director

Division F Leonard Burrows, DTM Mayaguena Southern Pearls Division Fantastic considers Leonardo Burrows, DTM, as a well rounded Toastmaster with extraordinary leadership qualities. We congratulate him on his recent achievement as our Outstanding Toastmaster for 2017, and encourage him to continue to serve with distinction. Shine Bright Like a Diamond!!! – Owen Hanna, DTM, Division F Director

Division I Indira Sands New Providence Branch Toastmasters Indira has been a pillar of strength behind the scenes and in the foreground. The word "NO" does not exist when it comes to this program and she willingly and ably assists whenever and wherever she can. She serves as a club officer and mentors young Toastmasters. Indira goes beyond and is truly an exemplary Toastmaster. – Vanessa Scott, DTM, Division I Director 9


News & Features Thought of the Day

From Small Pebbles, a Great Wave Division D Diector Barbara Strasdas, DTM, gave an inspiring invocation at a recent meeting of the District Executive Council. We are very pleased to share it with you: Good morning, Distinguished Dignitaries! A few years ago an opportunity and a gift was given to me — of course I did not know that at the time. In my role as the company controller, I handle all the general liability insurance claims. One of our customers called, as damage to his carpeting was caused as a result of service at his home. The insurance company was slow to complete the claim. So I put some pressure on the adjuster and explained that the customer was happy to replace the carpet with one tsaving the insurance company four-fifths of the real value of the damaged carpet . Mr. Customer was very kind and happy when the claim was settled and even more appreciative when I sent him a handwritten thank you note. He calls me his buddy! I soon found out that Mr. Customer is a philanthropist and an author. He is described as a self-made man whose example of leadership and commitment to values has impacted both the profit and nonprofit world. Mr. Customer’s fundamental belief is that a life without meaning, purpose and commitment isn’t a life at all. At times, we may ask ourselves why we give of our time on Saturdays or in the evenings, guiding our Toastmaster members, encouraging them, mentoring them and enlightening them, when we could have instead Barbara Strasdas, DTM slept later, enjoyed that cup of coffee or done nothing. Why are you here today? Fellow Toastmasters – you are here today because your example is the essence of commitment and leadership and knowledge that a single individual has the power to change the world. Thank you for your service in your Toastmaster role. Thank you for giving of your time. As the Dali Lama said, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” You are the pebbles! Have a wonderful day!

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News & Features Boastmasters: Beyond Toastmasters

Volunteer Work Brings a Sweet Reward

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Throughout the year, NextEra works together with Donna Beirnes with the Chevy Silverado she won. the communities it serves to make them even better places to work and raise families. It encourages its employees to get involved and give back through volunteering. In 2016, Beirnes and hundreds of NextEra employees logged more than 85,000 volunteer hours. Employees who logged more than 50 volunteer hours in 2016 became eligible for a drawing to win the truck. Beirnes was the winner! As part of her recognition, she and her family attended the Daytona 500. Beirnes logged almost 400 volunteer hours in 2016, which resulted in her becoming a member of NextEra Energy's CEO Volunteer Circle.

Under her leadership in 2015 as club president of High Voltage Voices, D41 was recognized as a President's Distinguished Area.

It’s a Small Toastmasters World Rewind the clock to 1976; Richard Erschik is general manager of a Chicago-based national organization that supplies the awards industry with trophy components such as threaded rods, marble, figurines, exotic wood and decorative metal.

Richard Erschik (left) and Sandy Liebowitz, new old friends 11

Fast forward 41 years later. Erschik, semi-retired in South Florida and immediate past president of Homestead Toastmasters, is attending a Toastmasters Leadership Instiutute workshop.There he meets Sandy Liebowitz from the Miami Advanced Toastmasters club. Liebowitz tells Erschik, “I’m in the awards industry,” to which Richard replies, “Oh… have you ever heard of XYZ Company?” Sandy says, “Yes, they are one of my suppliers.” Turns out, Liebowitz was buying from Erschik’s company before and during the time Erschik was general manager, but they didn’t even know each other until years later at a Toastmasters event. “I think there’s a speech in there someplace,” Erschik says.


News & Features Club Success Strategies

Channeling Our Competitive Spirit By Veon Watson Vice President Public Relations, PwC Digital Toastmasters We are naturally competitive creatures. Competition is deeply rooted in our culture. A social scientist recently wrote, “Competition is one of the most basic functions of man and remains a powerful instinctual drive in human nature. We compete against each other, against ourselves, and as groups against other groups.” It appears there isn’t a possibility of evading this natural instinct. I kept this interesting truth in mind while brainstorming public relations strategies for my club. As VPPR, it is important to promote your Toastmasters club to the public, to publicize achievements and drive membership. It is a role that is pivotal to the success of the club membership initiatives and growth. In the air of competition, I developed two contests to stimulate awareness, improve attendance and drive participation. The Bring a Buddy Challenge encourages members to bring a friend to each meeting; each member receives one point per guest. The member who brings the most guests within the contest period wins a prize. Toast to Attendance encourages members to sign up for roles and speeches in each meeting. Attending or completing a role earns one entry each while completing a speech earns two. Each contest runs for a six-month period, providing members with enough time to rack up entries. Incentives are a critical layer in these initiatives. If you want people to perform better, reward them. Bonuses, commissions, prizes — that’s how business works, and the same can apply for Toastmasters. It was important that I offer a grand prize that sparked excitement. In a Top: Promo for a Toastmasters Success Story. Above: Members of play on words, Toast to Attendance PwC Digital Toastmasters. rewards the winner with a gift basket of champagne and assorted liquor, while the Bring a Buddy Challenge awards a gift card. These PR initiatives have improved attendance, membership and engagement among club members. I encourage fellow VPPRs to develop campaigns that not only improve awareness but also improve participation and motivate members to do speeches. For example, we’ve also implemented a series called Toastmasters Success Stories, which highlights a member's success story each month. Their photo and story of Toastmasters’ impact is featured around our office, in email blasts and on social media. Our first story was of Ariadna Castro, whose Toastmasters journey has been a positive experience that helped improve her public speaking and presentation skills. Toastmasters taught her confidence, shaped her presentation skills and taught her how to say goodbye to crutch words. This campaign has increased awareness of the club and drove a 28 percent increase in new members. Motivating fellow club members to put forth the efforts necessary to attain a goal can be challenging, but proposing new promotion ideas can help achieve this and take your club to the next level. 12


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2017 Spring Conference Proclamation: Toastmasters Week in Miami-Dade County

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2017 Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Ed Tate

The Wisdom of a Champion Comes Through Interview by Kate McClare, ACS, ALB Photos by John Schneyer, DTM Professional speaker, coach and leadership consultant Ed Tate won the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2000 — his first attempt. His clients include Darren Tay, the 2016 World Champion. Tate shared advice (and lots of great stories) in several presentations at the Spring Conference. The Sunshiner caught up with him for a conversation between appearances; here are excerpts: I love the energy that you bring to the speech. You really seem to be having a great time. Oh yeah. My philosophy is I'm going to have fun every single day. . . . In 1995 I had an epiphany. The previous year had been a very difficult year, with one hardship after another. And I had this epiphany – I really hadn't laughed for what seemed like the whole year. I'm sure that's probably not possible but it felt like I hadn't laughed in over a year. On January 1, 1995, I said to myself, that's never going to happen again. Every day I'm going to laugh. And I've pretty much kept that commitment. I think one of the things that really attracted me to my wife is that we laugh every single day. And that's just a source of joy. How big a difference is there between when you started out and where you are now? Let me give you a history lesson. I'm a stutterer. There is no cure for stuttering, so when you're a child and you stutter, you get made fun of. . . . My dad was in the Ed Tate speaks at Spring Conference. military when I was a child, and we moved around a lot. We would move to a new neighborhood and within days, the kids would know I was a stutterer and they'd be making fun of me. Then one day we were moving to Chicago and I thought, this neighborhood, they will not know that I stutter. . . . In Chicago, basketball is very popular, so one of the things I started doing is, I started doing play-by-play. The other guys would tell who their favorite basketball player was. I memorized that and on the court I would do the play-by-play live with these names they had given to me. My high school had a TV station and I was an announcer there for four years, and when I went to college I became a disc jockey. The whole thing was based on the fact that I didn't want people to find out I stuttered. Then I became an executive and I started doing this speaking thing. So, when I became involved with Toastmasters it didn't seem that hard. There was a lot of history behind it. Can you share some of the process you went through in your championship year? Was this the first time you competed? Yeah, I competed only once. That's amazing. Click to next page 15


2017 Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Ed Tate

‘Rule Number One: You Look Like That.’ I was completely oblivious to the contest when I joined. Randall Shelton is the founder of my club, Cherry Creek Toastmasters in Denver, Colorado, and within six months he started saying, 'You're real good. You should enter this thing called the World Championship of Public Speaking.' Now, I was new to Toastmasters. I didn’t even know what that was. But it sounded really intimidating. About a year went by and it was getting to the point where I had to make a decision. I mean it got to the point where I was starting to get irritated. So I said, 'Randall, here's the deal. I'm going to enter this contest you keep talking about. And after I lose, we're never to have this conversation again.' Now here's something you should know about our club. My club, from a competition standpoint, it is the district. Our people typically win the district (contest) on a regular basis. So just to win the club competition was like winning a district contest. That's how tough it is. The competition I faced at the area and the division level did not compare to our club on an average day. I didn’t realize how good our club was. Then we got to the district. That's when I started to think that this thing was starting to get serious. How many times between district and the championship did you practice your speech? I couldn’t tell you the number of times I practiced, but I can tell you the number of audiences I spoke to: seventeen different audiences. From the time I Getting the audience’s attention with yoga bells. won the regional competition to when I reached the finals, it was rehearsed in front of seventeen ‘Rule number one: You look like that. different audiences.

Rule number two: You sound like that.

Practice is a real important part of success in Rule number three: Get over it.’ speaking, right? We are paid to produce a result every day – we can never have a bad day on stage. Period. So it's absolutely critical that we practice and we rehearse our craft.

Here's a couple of tips on rehearsing. Number one, the mirror is not your friend. The camera is. The best way, the fastest way for you to improve is to rehearse in front of a camera. A couple things about rehearsing in front of a camera. Rule number one: You look like that. Rule number two: You sound like that. Rule number three: Get over it. We had to look and listen; now it's your turn. [Laughs] But video is the fastest way for you to improve. Click to next page 16


2017 Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Ed Tate

Practice, Practice – and Practice Some More There are a couple of different ways you can rehearse. One technique is called Rehearse in Reverse. This is what we did with Darren Tay. We split up his speech into five different segments. I would call out a number – I would say ‘Four’ and he would go to that spot on the stage and give me that segment of the speech. And I would say ’Two’ and he would go to that part. I would just randomly call out numbers and it helped him rapidly memorize the speech. The part of the speech I call the pivot, which is the most important part of the speech, he kept messing up. The first time he got it right was when he was on the stage of the World Championship of Public Speaking. Now keep in mind, we had created the speech from scratch in thirty-six hours. So it was incredible amounts of pressure. And all credit goes to him for pulling it off.

Tate and his wife, Sarika Mohabir. “I think one of the things that really attracted me to my wife is that we laugh every single day. We laugh every single day . . . and that's just a source of joy.”

So is it that he just has that 'it' thing that a champion has where, OK I keep getting it wrong, I keep getting it wrong, but then, when it counts, it's going to kick in? Is that what the one percent of speakers has, and he has it? I believe that speaking is a learned skill. I don't necessarily believe in it being a gift. As opposed to saying he has a gift, I'm going to say that Darren has a couple of assets. I call him One-Take Darren. He has this ability, when you say, ‘Let's try it this way' he does it that way – right there. There are very few people I've seen who have that ability.

He also has timing and he has humor. Those are skills he has had his entire life and under this crucible of the World Championship of Public Speaking, that came out. He has a work ethic and it is amazing. I think that's the biggest mistake that a lot of speakers make. They don't think they have to rehearse, or they feel weird about it. 'I’ve got my style, I'll sound mechanical.' No, here's the deal. You do sound mechanical when you're learning the material. But once you've learned the material, then you get a chance to sound natural. That's how it goes. Even jazz has a structure. It's not just blowing a horn and being improvisational; it has a structure. You can take a good jazz musician in a formal setting and he will play it well every time. That presentation you saw today that seemed like it was off the cuff, there was nothing unrehearsed. There was nothing unplanned. There was not one word, not one syllable, that was off the cuff. It was all planned. That's amazing, because it came out very naturally. Exactly. That's the whole thing. The art is hiding the art. . . . Once you've mastered the material, then it's internalized. There's a difference, it's not memorized. And then you can start to improvise. And then you can start playing jazz. Click to next page 17


2017 Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Ed Tate

What Matters: ‘Message Over Mechanics’ Is it the content or the physical presentation that matters more? Or are they equal? Here's my thinking. Master message over mechanics. At the end of the day it's all about the message. Look at TED Talks. They are all about the message. They're not about how you deliver the message. Sometimes in Toastmasters, I think we can get a lttle nit-picky about the mechanics, when it’s the message that matters most.

Three of the best speeches I ever heard were by non-professional speakers. I heard a speech by a woman who worked with Mother Theresa. She ummed and she aahed, she didn't know what to do with herself, she had nervous gestures – and it was one of the best stories I'd ever heard in my life. I heard another woman speak who had lost her daughter. And again, umms and aahs all over the place. It didn't matter, it was mesmerizing. I couldn't not listen. And finally there was this dentist who had lost his teenaged daughter to a drunk driver. He was testifying before the Colorado State Legislature, which was voting on some changes in the drunk-driving laws. He spoke, and the message was so powerful. . . . With Darren Tay, I had thirty-six hours to prepare him, and I could not afford to be nit-picky. We had to deal with the thing that mattered, and that was message.

To learn more about Ed Tate, 2000 World Champion of Pubic Speaking and a professional coach and leadership consultant, visit edtate.com. 18


2017 Spring Conference Lifetime Achievement Award

‘Clem the Gem’ Honored for Brilliant Works District 47 recognized a lifetime of giving by Clement Foster, DTM, naming him the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by District Director Lynda Hammond, DTM, at the Spring Conference. It honors Foster for four decades of personifying Tiastasters values. "Receiving this award means a great deal to me,” Fister said after receiving the plaque. “I am deeply honored." Foster was praised by many, including Past District Governor Anthony “Tony” Longley. "Few people have a nickname that encapsulates everything about their personality,” he wrote in a tribute for the conference program, “but Clem – Clem the Gem – is certainly one who does. Clem is caring, giving and knowledgeable. His passion is stronger today than it was when he first joined." A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Foster moved to The Bahamas 49 years ago to work as a corrections officer at Her Majesty's Prison in New Providence. Not long after, he joined Scotia Bank and worked his way up the management ladder until his recent retirement. Foster joined First Bahamas Branch 1600 in October 1974. He is a member of three Toastmasters clubs in Nassau, having also joined the Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Club Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Scotia Dynasty Club. Clement Foster, DTM. (Photos by John Schneyer, DTM) He has achieved many marks of distinction in his Toastmasters career. In the 1980s, when District 47 covered the entire state of Florida plus The Bahamas, Foster was named District 47 Toastmaster of the Year. He served as division governor at a time when all Bahamas clubs were managed in a single division. He has represented Bahamas divisions in the district’s Humorous, Evaluation and Tall Tales speech contests, and has coached many others to success. Foster also has managed several successful education workshops for the district. The countless Toastmasters whom Foster has mentored include Division I Director Vanessa Scott, DTM. "He lives, breathes, thinks and talks Toastmasters," she said. "I have never heard 'no' from him when it comes to Toastmasters."

Foster with District Director Lynda Hammond, DTM. 19

Hammond said Foster is "one of those people who give so much of themselves, it becomes part of who they are. Clem has always been here for us. He is not someone who stands out and seeks attention for himself, but when you see him, you know who he is."


2017 Spring Conference Table Topics Winners

Contestants Speak from the Heart Seven top Toastmasters competed in the district finals of the Table Topics Contest, ably respnding to the prompt “Peace.� The winners were truly the best of the best. Shown this page First place: Adrienne Williams, representing Division A (Fountain of New Life Toastmasters), with Contest Master Maurice Fuller, DTM. Shown next page Second place: Coretta Talbot, representing Division D (Sunset Speakers). Third place: Godfrey McAllister, DTM, representing Division C (Achievers Club). Also competing in the finals were Nathan Burrows, representing Division F (E.T. Communicators), Christian Lassalle, representing Division B (Power Speakers), Duran McKinney, representing Division I (Cable Revolutionaries) and Tony Noisom, representing Division E (Miami Advanced Toastmasters). John Schneyer, DTM

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2017 Spring Conference Table Topics Winners John Schneyer, DTM

Coretta Talbot with District Director Lynda Hammond, DTM. John Schneyer, DTM

Godfrey McAllister, DTM, with Hammond.

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2017 Spring Conference International Speech Winners

Next Stop for Our Winner: Vancouver! Delivering a powerful message of internal motivation and self-awareness, Lawrence Paustian took first place in the International Speech Contest. Paustian, president of Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters, competed for Division C in the contest with the speech, “Win From Within.� He will represent District 47 at the World Championship of Public Speaking, at the Toastmasters International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, in August. Shown this page First place: Lawrence Paustian with District Director Lynda Hammond, DTM. Shown next page Second place: Keith Herring, representing Division B (Pompano Beach Toastmasters and University of Fort Lauderdale Toastmasters). Third place: Godfrey McAllister, DTM, representing Division C (Achievers Club). Also competing in the finals were David Channer, representing Division A (Saturday Fearless Toastmasters); Tony Noisom, representing Division E (Miami Advanced Toastmasters); Deborah Pratt, representing Division I (Freeport Eagles); and Davario Rahming, representing Division F (Great Persuaders of Atlantis). John Schneyer, DTM

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2017 Spring Conference International Speech Winners John Schneyer, DTM

Keith Herring, DTM, with District Director Lynda Hammond, DTM. John Schneyer, DTM

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2017 Spring Conference DTM Walk

Congratulations, DTMs – You Did It! Shown here and on the pages that follow, receiving their medallions from District Director Lynda Hammond, DTM, are those who earned the award since Fall Conference or were unable to join the walk in the fall.. For a complete list of all who have achieved Distinguished Toastmaster from July 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017, click to page 43. John Schneyer, DTM

Andrew Bern, DTM! John Schneyer, DTM

Sheila Bernstein, DTM! 24


2017 Spring Conference DTM Walk

John Schneyer, DTM

David F. Carr, DTM!

John Schneyer, DTM

Tamanique Franklin, DTM!

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2017 Spring Conference DTM Walk

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Ernesto Gongora, DTM!

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Marilyn Johnson, DTM! 26


2017 Spring Conference DTM Walk

John Schneyer, DTM

Phyllis May, DTM (again)!

John Schneyer, DTM

Sheree Thomas, DTM!

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2017 Spring Conference On the Scene

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2017 Spring Conference On the Scene

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Ernesto Gongora, DTM!

2017 Spring Conference On the Scene

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2017 Spring Conference On the Scene

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Incentives (continued from Page 4) ALB Challenge Congratulations to these 75 Toastmasters, who achieved Advanced Leader Bronze and earned a High Performance Leadership Kit. Thank you for your support of our Toastmasters Education Program! Member Club Adderley, William Club Cousteau Albrecht, Adam G. Miami Advanced Toastmasters Albury, Tia-Maria Commonwealth Bank Blue Diamonds Alsabah, Jeanette Brickell Toastmasters Club Babst, Mike W. Homestead Toastmasters Beck, Ruth Field Palm Beach Noon Toastmasters Club Beirnes, Donna High Voltage Voices Beneby, Tristan L Healing Communicators Club Bowleg, Lynette A. Destined For Success Toastmasters Buhl, Robert L Davie Toastmasters Charles, Maria-Victoria N. Gold Coast Toastmasters Club Conyers, Latoya C. Abaco Lighthouse Beamers Cook, Mary Catherine First Edition Club Dalle Molle, Andrea Miami Beach Toastmasters Davidson, Julianna V. Sawgrass Toastmasters Club Davidson, Malcolm Sawgrass Toastmasters Club Etienne, Suzelle Cable Revolutionaries Eubank, Cassandra Boca Raton Noon Toastmasters Club Evans, Diane P. Boca Raton Noon Toastmasters Club Finkelstein, Paul S. West Boca Toastmasters Club Francisco, Chim Luminaries at the Boca Chamber Frazier, Kathy R. Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters Furgerson, James Fort Pierce Toastmasters Gemme, Kathleen Victoria Hobe Sound Toasters Gibson, Daisy Carnetta P.T.A.B. Toastmasters Club Goodman-Davis, Sharmaine P.T.A.B. Toastmasters Club Gunning, Claudine West Boca Toastmasters Club Hamilton, Patricia Yvonne Achievers of Excellence Club Hanna, Ruthlin Rebecca Destined For Success Toastmasters Club Harris, Lydia Beacon Point Advanced Hernandez, Eric Toastmasters at FIU Business Hrim, Kevin J. Hobe Sound Toasters Hrim, Marybeth Hobe Sound Toasters Jernigan, Samine The Fountain of New Life Toastmasters Johnson, Jeron First Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters Jones, Lynette D. First Edition Club Josan, Manohardeep (MD) Freddy's Forum Keen, Dorrette A. Club Awesome Toastmasters Kennedy, Sophia R. Tyco Talkers Kessler Quinones, Ann K. Homestead Toastmasters Kinsey, Brandon A. Outspoken Toastmasters Knaus, Jonathan C. Talk Of The Town Club Lazcos, Publio Frank Florida Keys Toastmasters Loeffler, Alyssa Plantation Club Mackey, Kenny Valentine Commonwealth Bank Blue Diamonds May, Phyllis A. Key West Toastmasters McDougle, Jennifer L. High Voltage Voices

Division F E I E E C D F F A D I B E B B I C C C C D D D F F C F F B E D D A I B D B A E B D E B I E D

Area 61 53 90 51 54 30 41 60 61 10 42 93 22 51 24 24 91 31 31 33 32 43 40 41 62 62 33 60 61 21 52 41 41 13 90 22 44 24 13 54 24 43 54 23 90 54 41

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ALB Incentives (continued from previous page) Member McLaughlin, Ann Marie Molina, Michael A. Morales, Carlos Morales, Dilcia C. Munroe, Kendra G. Nesbitt, Arnold Nicolas, Gary Overly, Patricia Pinder, Shanika E. Quintero-Trumbo, Yulimar Rahming, Vincent Rezende, Ana Rezende, Ana Rezende, Ana Robinson, Betsy D. Saunders, Michael Schneyer, John J. Silver, Christel Smith, Nicholas Stevenson, Patricia Stewart, Jason R. Swann, Alphanique Thorn, Michael E. Thurston, Edward C. Villarreal, Jorge Wang, Qiong Warth, Anne E Watts, Tessie Williams, Michael J

Club Palm Beach Noon Toastmasters Club Miracle Mile Toastmasters Club Weston Area Toastmasters Club High Voltage Voices Cable Revolutionaries Club Cousteau Abaco Lighthouse Beamers Davie Toastmasters Cable Revolutionaries West Boca Toastmasters Club Cable Revolutionaries Doral Toastmasters Voice Of Champions Club The Landing NCCI Toastmasters Soaring Eagles Club Boca Raton Toastmasters Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters Plantation Club The REAL Toastmasters Club Cutler Bay Toastmasters Great Persuaders Of Atlantis Club City of Delray Beach First Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters Miramar Bilingual Speakers Grove-Gables Toastmasters Cat Miami Sunset Speakers Toastmasters Club Cutler Bay Toastmasters

Division C E A D I F I A I C I E E E C I C C B D E F C I A E E D E

Area 30 55 10 41 91 61 93 10 91 33 91 50 50 55 32 91 31 33 23 42 54 63 31 90 12 52 55 43 54

There’s Still Time to Win the Triple Crown! Just when you think Incentives are a wrap, there’s more! All members who complete at least three education awards (Communication or Leadership track) by June 30 will receive a Triple Crown pin (shown at left) in recognition of your achievement. Stay tuned for results in the next issue of The Sunshiner! Chim Francisco, DTM Program Quality Director, 2016-2017 South Florida and The Bahamas cfrancisco@toastmastersd47.org

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Education Achievements – March 2017 Communication Track Competent Communicator Member

Club

Division Area

Date

Aguirre, Clarisa

Motorola Communicators Club

B

23

3/22/17

Alonso, Alvaro

Coral Gables Toastmasters

E

52

3/10/17

Augustin, Arielle

The Toastmasters Club At FAU

C

33

3/29/17

Balaun, Michelle A.

Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters

C

33

3/10/17

Beguesse, Tarquin

Devry University Miramar

A

11

3/30/17

Castro, Ariadna I

PwC Digital Toastmasters

A

14

3/17/17

Charlton, Christine

Abaco Lighthouse Beamers

I

93

3/23/17

Clemens, Aaron M.

Gold Coast Toastmasters Club

D

42

3/23/17

Cousins, Anastasia

Miami Dade Toastmasters Club

E

51

3/2/17

Crowley, Jesse F

South Dade Toastmasters Club

E

53

3/29/17

Dixon, Jethro Nathaniel

B.P.S.U. Excellers

I

93

3/15/17

Esposito, David S.

Great Fort Lauderdale Toastmasters

B

21

3/14/17

Garcia, Berta

Doral Toastmasters

E

50

3/31/17

Geletka, Char

Bill Gove Golden Gavel Club

C

30

3/18/17

Hrim, Kevin J.

Hobe Sound Toasters

D

41

3/1/17

Jean-Gilles, Magdala

Great Fort Lauderdale Toastmasters

B

21

3/23/17

Jofre, Carlos

Power Speakers Club

B

22

3/8/17

Kinsey, Brandon A.

Outspoken Toastmasters

B

24

3/21/17

Kujawa, Shawn R.

Power-Full Voices

D

42

3/29/17

Lehr, Pamela A.

Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters

C

33

3/10/17

Maringione, Rich

The REAL Toastmasters Club

D

42

3/29/17

Pitter, Garfield

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

3/17/17

Pratt, Antoinette M

Healing Communicators Club

F

60

3/28/17

Pringle, Debbie

Toasting Under the Sun

C

34

3/9/17

Quero, Jason

Bill Gove Golden Gavel Club

C

30

3/18/17

Rezende, Ana

Voice Of Champions Club

E

50

3/3/17

Richardson, Denise

Club Power Speakers

B

24

3/28/17

Rivero, Eduardo

Miami Lakes Club

A

13

3/9/17

Schulz, Susan F.

Boca Raton Toastmasters

C

31

3/7/17

Spencer, Terry E.

Davie Toastmasters

A

10

3/31/17

Strasdas, Barbara

Gold Coast Toastmasters Club

D

42

3/9/17

Suco, Hector S.

Team Entrepreneur Toastmasters

A

11

3/28/17

Swart, Lindsey Graham

Club Paradise

C

34

3/9/17

Toops, Sherri L.

Toasting Under the Sun

C

34

3/8/17

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Competent Communicator (continued) Member

Club

Division Area

Date

Valle, Marilyn

Miami Dade Toastmasters Club

E

51

3/24/17

Vargas, Francisco E.

Power Speakers Club

B

22

3/31/17

Williamson, Andres

Latamasters

B

20

3/20/17

Winters, Stephen Thomas

Boca Raton Toastmasters

C

31

3/29/17

Advanced Communicator Bronze Member

Club

Division Area Date

Bovarnick, Jeffrey

The Luminaries at the Boca Chamber

C

32

3/27/17

Cromie, Kerry

Key West Toastmasters

E

54

3/14/17

Eyermann, Michael R.

The REAL Toastmasters Club

D

42

3/27/17

Fernandez, Ivonne

Destino Toastmasters

E

50

3/31/17

Goulart, Fernando Rozendo

1st US Portuguese Toastmasters

C

33

3/16/17

Jerman, Shana G.

Office Depot Toastmasters

C

32

3/22/17

Lamas, Michael

Motorola Communicators Club

B

23

3/7/17

Loeffler, Alyssa

Plantation Club

B

23

3/30/17

McCrae, Alexander W

Pembroke Pines, Paul Spiewak

A

11

3/20/17

Mendoza, Elvia

Toastmasters En EspaĂąol Club # 971

E

50

3/15/17

Saunders, Michael

Soaring Eagles Club

I

91

3/21/17

Silverberg, Michael Christopher

The Toastmasters Club At FAU

C

33

3/30/17

Advanced Communicator Silver Member

Club

Division Area Date

Alsabah, Jeanette

Brickell Toastmasters Club

E

51

3/21/17

Conyers, Latoya C.

Abaco Lighthouse Beamers

I

93

3/13/17

Jaramillo, Eugenio

Doral Toastmasters

E

50

3/23/17

Johnson, Marilyn Virginia

E.T. Communicators

F

63

3/20/17

Kennedy, Darren

Pembroke Isles Toastmasters

A

11

3/17/17

Moxey, Anya M.

First Exuma Branch Club 8123

F

60

3/20/17

Munroe, Kendra G.

Cable Revolutionaries Toastmasters

I

91

3/21/17

Rezende, Ana

Doral Toastmasters

E

50

3/9/17

Schrimsher, Pamela C

Early Bird Toastmasters

B

21

3/22/17

Smith, Nicholas Tom

Plantation Club

B

23

3/12/17

Advanced Communicator Gold Member

Club

Division Area Date

Hamilton, Patricia Yvonne

Achievers of Excellence

F

60

3/22/17

Jackson, Garth George

Luminaries Toastmasters Club

F

62

3/13/17

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Advanced Communicator Gold (continued) Member

Club

Division Area Date

Johnson, Marilyn Virginia

E.T. Communicators

F

63

3/20/17

Jones, Lynette D.

First Edition Club

B

22

3/9/17

Segarra, Johnny

Proud Speakers Club

B

20

3/16/17

Thomas, Sheree

City of Delray Beach

C

31

3/22/17

Wang, Zhengzi

Office Depot Toastmasters

C

32

3/23/17

Winters, Stephen Thomas

Boca Raton Toastmasters

C

31

3/29/17

Leadership Track Competent Leader Member

Club

Division Area Date

Augustin, Arielle

The Toastmasters Club At FAU

C

33

3/10/17

Bern, Andrew Ira

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

3/17/17

Brennen, Shavone

Soaring Eagles Club

I

91

3/21/17

Cato, Melinda Lee

Children's Services Council of PBC

C

30

3/1/17

Cerrato, Alejo L

Daybreak Toastmasters Club

A

14

3/9/17

Cohen, Mitchell

Club Paradise

C

34

3/1/17

Cortes, Cynthia G

Art of Speaking Toastmasters

A

12

3/27/17

Davis, Geneal

Soaring Eagles Club

I

91

3/21/17

Esposito, David S.

Great Fort Lauderdale Toastmasters

B

21

3/30/17

Garcia, Sally

Toasting Under the Sun

C

34

3/13/17

Goulart, Fernando Rozendo

1st US Portuguese Toastmasters

C

33

3/16/17

Harris, Lydia

Beacon Point Advanced

B

21

3/25/17

Jones, Rowshan W.

Fidelity Toastmasters of Distinction

I

90

3/23/17

Lewin, Michele M.

PwC Digital Toastmasters

A

14

3/30/17

Marin, Luis

Brickell Toastmasters Club

E

51

3/21/17

Mendoza, Elvia

Toastmasters En EspaĂąol Club # 971

E

50

3/31/17

Perret-Gentil, Stephen Arthur

Electrifying Voices

E

55

3/24/17

Reckley, Coline Lakesha

Fidelity Toastmasters of Distinction

I

90

3/23/17

Rezende, Ana

Voice Of Champions Club

E

50

3/3/17

Rezende, Ana

Doral Toastmasters

E

50

3/15/17

Sorheim, Anders M

Proud Speakers Club

B

20

3/11/17

Suco, Hector S.

Team Entrepreneur Toastmasters

A

11

3/28/17

Vanvalkenberg, Robert (bo)

Delray Newsmakers Club

C

30

3/8/17

Varnadore, Jimmy Carl

Coral Gables Toastmasters

E

52

3/8/17

Williams, Elizabeth Susann

Electrifying Voices

E

55

3/22/17

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Advanced Leader Bronze Member

Club

Division Area Date

Conyers, Latoya C.

Abaco Lighthouse Beamers

I

93

3/13/17

Cook, Mary Catherine

First Edition Club

B

22

3/9/17

Francisco, Chim

The Luminaries at the Boca Chamber

C

32

3/18/17

Frazier, Kathy R.

Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters

D

43

3/30/17

Harris, Lydia

Beacon Point Advanced

B

21

3/25/17

Nicolas, Gary

Abaco Lighthouse Beamers

I

93

3/16/17

Overly, Patricia

Davie Toastmasters

A

10

3/29/17

Rezende, Ana

Voice Of Champions Club

E

50

3/9/17

Rezende, Ana

Doral Toastmasters

E

50

3/17/17

Saunders, Michael

Soaring Eagles Club

I

91

3/21/17

Thorn, Michael E.

City of Delray Beach

C

31

3/2/1

Member

Club

Division Area Date

Modukuru, Sirisha

NCCI Toastmasters

C

Member

Club

Division Area Date

Hepburn, Ione

New Providence Branch

I

Advanced Leader Silver 32

3/16/17

Leadership Excellence 91

3/10/17

Education Achievements – April 2017 Communication Track Competent Communicator Member

Club

Division Area

Date

Albury, Andrew Clement

Dynamic Persuaders

F

63

4/12/17

Albury, Andrew Clement

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

4/19/17

Albury, Andrew Clement

Action For Achievement Club 1095

F

63

4/20/17

Alvarez, Chad

Sunset Speakers Toastmasters Club

D

43

4/30/17

Burrell, Stacy E

High Voltage Voices

D

41

4/18/17

Cunha, Jose

Voice Of Champions Club

E

50

4/24/17

Davis, Arada S

E.T. Communicators

F

63

4/22/17

Degutis, Michael Patrick

The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club

D

43

4/11/17

Duke, Cora

High Voltage Voices

D

41

4/19/17

Ellison, Larry D.

University of Fort Lauderdale TM

B

24

4/25/17

Gastaminsa, Mikel

BPB Talking Heads

B

22

4/27/17

Hafer, Jayne

Club Paradise

C

34

4/28/17

Lewis, C. Melvin

Cable Beach West Club

F

60

4/5/17

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Competent Communicator (continued) Member

Club

Division Area

Date

Mendoza, Beatriz E.

Doral Toastmasters

E

50

4/7/17

Moore, Ashley

Key West Toastmasters

E

54

4/26/17

Popa, Dayne

Delray Newsmakers Club

C

30

4/25/17

Quick, John M

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

4/25/17

Resnick, Sheri

The REAL Toastmasters Club

D

42

4/17/17

Schoen, Michael Louis

Beacon Point Advanced

B

21

4/12/17

Simmons, Dwight Horizal

Healing Communicators Club

F

60

4/22/17

Skolnick, Sheila

The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club

D

43

4/26/17

Stein, Joanie

BPB Talking Heads

B

22

4/27/17

Sumner, D'Andrea M.A.

Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Club

I

90

4/10/17

Swatsworth, Latha

Wellington Toastmasters Club

D

44

4/25/17

Tovar, Diego

Broward Bilingual Toastmasters Club

B

21

4/24/17

Wilson, Kathleen L.

Achievers of Excellence Club #1811702

F

60

4/20/17

Advanced Communicator Bronze Member

Club

Division Area Date

Albury, Andrew Clement

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

4/19/17

Burrows, Keniqua M.

First Exuma Branch Club 8123

F

60

4/10/17

Hall, Kyle D.

Freeport Eagles

I

93

4/19/17

Kelly, Mark B

Voice Of Champions Club

E

50

4/10/17

Lucas, Aimee M.

Gold Coast Toastmasters Club

D

42

4/13/17

Parsons, Ricardo K.

NCCI Toastmasters

C

32

4/28/17

Advanced Communicator Silver Member

Club

Division Area Date

Albury, Andrew Clement

Dynamic Persuaders

F

63

4/12/17

Beck, Ruth Field

Palm Beach Noon Toastmasters Club

C

30

4/11/17

Otten, Jeffrey B.

Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters

D

43

4/1/17

Advanced Communicator Gold Member

Club

Division Area Date

Albury, Andrew Clement

Action For Achievement Club 1095

F

63

4/20/17

Carr, David F.

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

4/7/17

Doctor, Barry H.

Toastmasters Club at PB State College

C

30

4/20/17

Finkelstein, Paul S.

West Boca Toastmasters Club

C

33

4/5/17

Gongora, Ernesto

Cable Revolutionaries

I

91

4/19/17

Stubbs, Jana Whyeone Elise

Fidelity Toastmasters of Distinction

I

90

4/28/17

38


Leadership Track Competent Leader Member

Club

Division Area

Date

Albrecht, Adam G.

Dade County Toasters

E

52

4/3/17

Albury, Andrew Clement

Dynamic Persuaders

F

63

4/12/17

Albury, Andrew Clement

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

4/19/17

Albury, Andrew Clement

Action For Achievement

F

63

4/20/17

Bebout, Lisa M.

Talking Heads of Stuart

D

40

4/17/17

Brown, Marilyn Kiernan

University of Fort Lauderdale TM

B

24

4/25/17

Dittman, David Joseph

LexisNexis Risk Boca Raton

C

33

4/11/17

Goolgar, Janielle S.

LexisNexis Risk Boca Raton

C

33

4/3/17

Greene, Martin H

Power-Full Voices

D

42

4/12/17

Hershkowitz, Susan E.

Beacon Point Advanced

B

21

4/10/17

Patterson, Jennifer C.

The Toastmasters Club At FAU

C

33

4/23/17

Prichard, Oche

Miami Dade Toastmasters Club

E

51

4/21/17

Robinson, Betsy D.

NCCI Toastmasters

C

32

4/27/17

Rolle, Theresa Y.

Pembroke Pines Paul Spiewak Club

A

11

4/6/17

Rolle, Ursula L

E.T. Communicators

F

63

4/9/17

Strapp, Bridgette L

Healing Communicators Club

F

60

4/22/17

Stubbs, Jana Whyeone Elise

Fidelity Toastmasters of Distinction

I

90

4/27/17

White, Debra

University of Fort LauderdaleTM

B

24

4/27/17

Member

Club

Division Area Date

Albury, Andrew Clement

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

4/19/17

Albury, Andrew Clement Alphonso Action For Achievement Club 1095

F

63

4/20/17

Barnett, Wycliffe E.

B.P.S.U. Excellers

I

93

4/23/17

Krupa, Steve

Freddy's Forum Toastmasters Club

D

44

4/28/17

Moxey-McPhee, Anya M.

First Exuma Branch Club 8123

F

60

4/10/17

Member

Club

Division Area Date

Carr, David F.

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

4/7/17

Hepburn, Ione

New Providence Branch of Toastmasters

I

91

4/27/17

Johnson, Marilyn Virginia

E.T. Communicators

F

63

4/13/17

Member

Club

Division Area Date

Finkelstein, Paul S.

West Boca Toastmasters Club

C

33

4/25/17

Groover, Cindy

Palm City Orators

D

41

4/24/17

Gunning, Claudine

West Boca Toastmasters Club

C

33

4/19/17

Johnson, Marilyn Virginia

E.T. Communicators

F

63

4/6/17

Advanced Leader Bronze

Advanced Leader Silver

Leadership Excellence

39


Education Achievements – May 2017 Communication Track Competent Communicator Member

Club

Div.

Albury, Tammy P.

Fountain of New Life Toastmasters

A

13

5/24/17

Benitez, Nancy

Club V.O.I.C.E.

B

24

5/24/17

Benson, Maria Evelyn C.

West Kendall Toastmasters

E

53

5/02/17

Brown, Marilyn Kiernan

University of Ft. Lauderdale TM

B

24

5/24/17

Burnside, Phillip Alan

Davie Toastmasters

A

10

5/30/17

Cevallos, Medardo A.

Toast of Las Olas

B

22

5/08/17

Charles, Maria-Victoria N.

Gold Coast Toastmasters Club

D

42

5/21/17

Cox, Michael Gordon

Talk Of The Town Club

D

43

5/23/17

Damianos, Cory Terrez

Freeport Eagles

I

93

5/03/17

Davis, Dwayne Allen

Ernest T. Strachan Club Advanced

I

90

5/30/17

De Castro, Allen

Dade County Toasters

E

52

5/5/17

Diaz, Gregory P.

Electrifying Voices

E

55

5/04/17

Dyke, Kathy

Miami Advanced Toastmasters

E

53

5/20/17

Farrington, Krizia R A

Fidelity Toastmasters of Distinction

I

90

5/19/17

Gaudart, Bambi

NCCI Toastmasters

C

32

5/22/17

Gomez, Andres H.

Grove-Gables Toastmasters

E

52

5/22/17

Grangeiro, Sheila Y

Grove-Gables Toastmasters

E

52

5/10/17

Guillen, Cinthya G

PwC Digital Toastmasters

A

14

5/18/17

Hahn, Patricia

Children's Services Council of PBC

C

30

5/25/17

Jeffly, Jean

American Express Toastmasters

B

23

5/16/17

Joffe, Judy

Sensor Toast Club

C

32

5/19/17

Josephs, Julean

American Express Communication Club

B

23

5/16/17

Lamont, Edwin Lodge

Palm Beach Noon Toastmasters Club

C

30

5/18/17

Leonard, Robert E

Port St. Lucie Speakers

D

40

5/09/17

Markert, Brenda K

Gold Coast Toastmasters Club

D

42

5/27/17

Moon, Kathleen

Plantation Club

B

23

5/26/17

Mulcahy, Alan L.

Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters

D

43

5/24/17

Mullings, Frecinda Syntyche

Cable Revolutionaries

I

91

5/25/17

Newbold, Rose

Children's Services Council of PBC

C

30

5/25/17

Newcombe, Jerry T.

Early Bird Toastmasters

B

21

5/25/17

Newcombe, Kirsti

Early Bird Toastmasters

B

21

5/10/17

Puterbaugh, Shenley R

Boca Raton Noon Toastmasters

C

31

5/10/17

Rapp, Curt

RiverWalk Toastmasters Club

D

44

5/04/17

40

Area Date


Competent Communicator (continued) Member

Club

Div

Area Date

Revilla, Anny

West Kendall Toastmasters

E

53

5/04/17

Riano, Luis F.

Pembroke Isles Toastmasters

A

11

5/17/17

Sabria, Walfedro Ignacio

Brickell Toastmasters Club

E

51

5/04/17

Spiewak, Paul J.

Paul Spiewak Toastmasters

A

11

5/10/17

Stubbs, Jana Whyeone Elise

Fidelity Toastmasters of Distinction

I

90

5/19/17

Thomas, Jr., Kenrick P

Stuart Martin Chamber

D

40

5/28/17

Toote, Judy A

Achievers of Excellence

F

60

5/19/17

Advanced Communicator Bronze Member

Club

Div

Area Date

Barnett, Merrell E.

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

5/11/17

Beirnes, Donna

High Voltage Voices

D

41

5/25/17

Butler, Clement

Great Persuaders Of Atlantis Club

F

63

5/03/17

Campbell, Lorraine P.

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

5/02/17

Devine, Maryanne

Devry University Miramar Toastmasters

A

11

5/03/17

Mannan, Shelly

Art of Speaking Toastmasters

A

12

5/22/17

McDougle, Jennifer L.

High Voltage Voices

D

41

5/25/17

Palmer, Peter

Outspoken Toastmasters

B

24

5/30/17

Paltanavich, David J.

Club Paradise

C

34

5/19/17

Pratt, Glenroy L.

Great Persuaders Of Atlantis Club

F

63

5/03/17

White, Debra

University of Ft. Lauderdale TM

B

24

5/24/17

Advanced Communicator Silver Member

Club

Div.

Area Date

Barnett, Merrell E.

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

5/11/17

Becker, Cindy M.

Delray Newsmakers Club

C

30

5/17/17

Broida, Jean C.

Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters

C

33

5/18/17

Cabrera, Jacqueline

Electrifying Voices

E

55

5/04/17

Day, James R.

Early Bird Toastmasters

B

21

5/10/17

Keen, Dorrette A.

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

5/08/17

Wiggan, Patrice

Achievers Club

C

34

5/26/17

Advanced Communicator Gold Member

Club

Div.

Area Date

Bain Kimberley J.

RBC Legends

I

91

5/01/17

Jaramillo, Eugenio

Dade County Toasters

E

52

5/24/17

Thorn, Michael E.

City of Delray Beach

C

31

5/26/17

Usher, Nadia Elaine

West Kendall Toastmasters 5/02/17 Leadership Track

E

53

41


Leadership Track Competent Leader Member

Club

Div.

Area Date

Albury, Tammy P.

Fountain of New Life Toastmasters

A

13

5/24/17

Bottegal, Amy M.

Talking Heads of Stuart

D

40

5/5/17

Cooper, Asher

Club Destiny

I

93

5/04/17

Currie, Malvina

Power Speakers Club

B

22

5/22/17

Currie, Sackville

Power Speakers Club

B

22

5/22/17

Diaz, Gregory P.

Electrifying Voices

E

55

5/04/17

Duong, Tu

Miracle Mile Toastmasters Club

E

55

5/10/17

Espeut, CeCe

Paul Spiewak Toastmasters

A

11

5/15/17

Fernandez, Michael

Wynwood Inspire.Us Toastmasters

A

14

5/15/17

Glasford, Shelisia T

Sunset Speakers Toastmasters Club

D

43

5/09/17

Grangeiro, Sheila Y

Grove-Gables Toastmasters

E

52

5/24/17

Johnson, Julian

BAIC Innovators

I

92

5/02/17

Johnson, Valerie P.

Treasure Coast Toastmasters Club

D

40

5/22/17

King, Jenna

PwC Digital Toastmasters

A

14

5/12/17

Lemons, Dennis

Dade County Toasters

E

52

5/04/17

Malizia, Mike

Talking Heads of Stuart

D

40

5/5/17

Mitchell-Dawsey, Juanita

Miami Dade Toastmasters Club

E

51

5/25/17

Pinder, Shonell Margo

BFM Diplomats

I

92

5/23/17

Richardson, Phillip Andrew

BAIC Innovators

I

92

5/02/17

Shawsmith, Roxan

BFM Diplomats

I

92

5/23/17

Storr, Shakela D.

Club Destiny

I

93

5/04/17

Sweeting, Orquia

Freeport Eagles

I

93

5/03/17

Wagner, Allison

Achievers Club

C

34

5/10/17

Wells, Charles Alexander

Scotia Dynasty Club

I

92

5/23/17

Advanced Leader Bronze Member

Club

Div.

Area

Date

Barnett, Merrell E.

B.P.S.U. Majestic Marlins

F

62

5/11/17

Benson, Maria Evelyn C.

West Kendall Toastmasters

E

53

5/09/17

Day, James R.

Early Bird Toastmasters

B

21

5/10/17

Goldfarb, Ellen J.

WCR Palm Beaches Noon Toastmasters

C

31

5/12/17

Hughes, Ralph

Fountain of New Life Toastmasters

A

13

5/18/17

Johnson, Valerie P.

Treasure Coast Toastmasters

D

40

5/22/17

Sweeting, Orquia

Freeport Eagles

I

93

5/03/17

Wang, Echo X.

West Boca Toastmasters Club

C

33

5/16/17

42


Advanced Leader Silver Member

Club

Div.

Area

Date

Jaramillo, Eugenio

Dade County Toasters

E

52

5/22/17

Member

Club

Div.

Area

Date

Barto, Paula K.

Talk Of The Town Club

D

43

5/23/17

Brown, Marilyn Kiernan

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

5/15/17

Gunning, Chris

West Boca Toastmasters Club

C

33

5/08/17

Jaramillo, Eugenio

Dade County Toasters

E

52

5/18/17

Leadership Excellence

Distinguished Toastmasters – July 2016 through May 2017 Member

Club

Division Area

Date

Babst, Mike W.

Homestead Toastmasters

E

54

1/4/17

Bern, Andrew Ira

Club V.O.I.C.E.

B

24

8/10/16

Bernstein, Sheila

Hollywood Toastmasters

A

12

2/9/17

Burrell-Roberts, Tiffany C.

B.U.T. Nation Builders

I

92

7/31/16

Burrows, Leonardo

Destined For Success

F

61

9/2/16

Carr, David F.

Club Awesome Toastmasters

B

24

4/11/17

Farrington, Khambrell Dominick

Freeport Eagles

I

93

10/31/16

Franklin, Tamanique A.

Freeport Eagles

I

93

11/17/16

Gongora, Ernesto

Cable Revolutionaries

I

91

4/19/17

Hanna, Owen Julius

Chickcharney Toastmasters Club

F

61

7/1/16

Hepburn, Ione

New Providence Branch

I

91

5/15/17

Jaramillo, Eugenio

Dade County Toasters

E

52

5/24/17

Johnson, Marilyn Virginia

E.T. Communicators

F

63

4/13/17

Jones, Lynette D.

First Edition Club

B

22

3/24/17

Kelly, Andre

Destined For Success

F

61

10/17/16

Kovacs, Jacqueline

Gelfand Good Morning Toastmasters A

14

10/13/16

Lake, Karen A.

BPB Talking Heads

B

22

10/28/16

Maher, Pat T.

High Voltage Voices

D

41

7/13/16

Mahoney, Heather

Beacon Point Advanced

B

21

12/16/16

Margolin, Lois A.

Outspoken Toastmasters

B

24

7/1/16

May, Phyllis A.

Cutler Bay Toastmasters

E

54

2/28/17

Rezende, Ana

Voice Of Champions Club

E

50

7/5/16

Schoen, Michael Louis

Plantation Club

B

23

12/14/16

Smith, Gregory Charles

Destined For Success

F

61

9/10/16

Stewart, Jason R.

Cutler Bay Toastmasters

E

54

11/1/16

Thomas, Sheree

City of Delray Beach

C

31

3/22/17

43

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