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Drumroll, Please, for Our Incoming President Our storyteller extraordinaire, Linda Blackburn, is our incoming president. Linda and her husband, Don, celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary this Spring! Linda has inspired us with her story, her smile, and her life. Now she will lead our club through a new season of riveting speeches and graduating even more Competent Leaders and Competent Communicators.

Club Mentor Spotlight By Kent Gerhan We’ve entered those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… it’s almost over! It feels like that because people aren’t showing up to Toastmasters as much! Whether it’s vacations, nice weather, whatev-

From Our Past President

back into our Club during this season.

I enjoyed serving as the first President of our club as it earned the Distinguished Club designation. As a young club, we couldn’t have done it without our mentors:

elect, Michael Notaro, visited our new “Toastmasters@SDCC” Club back in October

agreed that each Club needs a “Champion.” We may not each be a “Champion” like King

Going, Going, Gone! the evening, not to mention the scrumptious food. Sharon, our top bidder, made bidding fun. Kent, our official auctioneer, lent a touch of class to the evening. Lynn and Jack were on top of their game, caring for the

David, slaying a giant named Goliath, but the summertime slump is daunting enough. However, to quote Homer Simpson, this is a “crisitunity,” a crisis & opportunity. It’s a chance to welcome new people into our club. We can let potential members know that they have something better waiting for them – better than those summer doldrums. Whether it’s behind the scenes, or in front of the Club: it just takes one person to stir-up, in

Our New Competent Leaders & Communicators

small ways, just a few people to send a summer breeze through the rest of the Club. Don’t worry about competing with, or depending on, someone

Toastmasters who complete the 10 speeches in their Competent Communicator Manual

to be doing that Champion work. Let's all do it!

earn Competent Communicator (CC) member status. Toastmasters who complete the 10

All it takes is each of us– inviting one person.

leadership projects in their Competent Leadership

You can be that Champion!

Manual earn Competent Leader (CL) status. Congratulations to the first Toastmasters@SDCC batch of Competent Leaders and Competent

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Communicators: San Diego Christian College, RM 12

Linda Blackburn, CC, CL Sam Keckler, CC

2100 Greenfield Drive El Cajon, CA 92019 Website:

Diane Szuch, CC 4

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low attendance. We can put some of the heat

2010, he, and then-District Governor David Carroll



er… Club meetings suffer across-the-board from

When Toastmasters International Director-

Congratulations Linda and Don for 50 years of love, serving God!

June-August 2011

Marguerite Whitten, CL

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Kent Gerhan has been the backbone of our club from day one. He’s served selflessly as mentor and in every capacity with energy and passion. Thank you Kent!

bidding tables. From the moment we arrived, Sharon and Julie greeted us warmly with Julie's custom made bidding cards. Once inside, Sam, our President, and the rest of the club members, made everyone feel right at home. What an evening! It certainly lived up to and sur-

The Table Topics, Maria's and Marguerite's speeches,

Dr. Larry Pawl also mentored our club and modeled what a great speech looks like, setting the bar high. Thank you Larry!

passed our expectations.

the silent and open bidding, and the special perfor-

New Western Region Governor, Debra Bertram, also helped us reach our full potential with her wisdom and experience. Thank you for all your support, Debra!

and bid on over 20 great items and $540.00 was

Last, but not least, Sandra Redman helped set the tone for dynamic early meeting success with her warmth and energy. Thank you, Sandra! My term as President has ended, and I hope I gave honor, energy, and passion to my post. Now, I pass the baton to Linda Blackburn, our new President, who will guide us through a new season. We’re in good hands. Congratulations, Linda!

The two goals of our Auction were spreading the

mance by award winning artist Mary James, and her

word about Toastmasters@SDCC and building our

husband, Dan, created an amazingly memorable even-

fund. Both goals were met. Many people attended

ing. To God be the glory!

raised. There was electric energy and fun throughout

Thanks to each of you for lending time, energy, and creativity.

Thank you, Mary James & Dan Barker! Mary James, 2010 Inspirational Country Music Vocalist of the Year, and her talented husband, Dan Barker, delighted our first auction and fellowship with their music. Mary, Dan, and their band had just returned from their first missionary musical tour in Belgium, so they shared how God used their music to draw many people to Himself! Learn more about their music and ministry at Thank you, Mary and Dan for sharing your heart and talent with Toastmasters@SDCC. Member Spotlight >>>

Meet Rob Rowsell Where are you from? I was born in Arlington, MA.

Calendar August 22 Toastmasters@SDCC Meeting time changes to 6:00—7:30 PM

September 5 Happy Labor Day No Club Meeting

September 19 Toastmasters@SDCC In-club Comedy Contest

September 24 Toastmasters Comedy Speech Contest Room 13-14


Tell us about your family. I have 3 kids. Micah, who is my oldest boy, is 24. Joey, who is my middle child, is 20. And my little princess, Stephanie, who is 12 in July. My wife, Claudia, and I have been married for 13 years this October. What are some of your life goals? I want to be retired by 2012. That would mean to sell our auto repair shops and travel the country. We are really looking forward to that! We would then be part of a speaking ministry that shares our testimony around the country. Why did you become a Toastmaster? To prepare me for the speaking part of that. I know that I need to learn quite a bit on my speaking skills and get to the next level.

Member News & Nods Famous Quotes from Our Very Own Toastmasters@SDCC Peggie Leslie shares: “When Gene and I moved from Atlanta to San Diego, I thought, now that we're nearly 3,000 miles closer, we'll go to Hawaii. That was 1973. So, on April 12th, we boarded a plane for Maui, where we spent a romantic week on the "honeymoon island." Then we hopped over to Ohau, where our daughter Karen and her husband John joined us for a week on Waikiki Beach. Was it worth the wait? Do the palms blow in the soft Hawaiian breeze? Do the hula girls still tell stories with their hands? Let's put it another way. How long have you got? I could spend my whole speech talking about ...  the balmy air,  the incredible colors of the warm ocean waters,  the hike to the top of Diamond Head crater,  the day we went snorkeling–and being terrified–in rough, rocky water,  the relaxing, laid-back aura.  Marguerite’s speech on "How to be Salt and Light" had everyone laughing when she told the story of a woman’s meeting with the beloved Paul Newman.

By Marg Whitten Evie Henderson did an amazing job portraying Harriet Tubman in honor of America's 235th birthday. "She mesmerized the group," Linda said.

We also have a house flipping business called Claudia Buys Houses. What do you do for fun? We have a couple of off road type Segways that we like to take down to the beach, or in the huge field behind our house, or in the motor home, and just cruise around, whatever our destination is. We enjoy hanging out together as a family, but we do a lot of activities with the church too.

of meetings! This club has grown dear to my heart and all of the members as well. We have just installed our new officers for next year and are off and running.

By the way, starting October 1st, her new title will be President of Vineworks Publishers, Inc. We’ll hear more about that, we’re sure!

has taken a break to focus on Generate Hope, a

May, June and July were full of exciting firsts for our club. We said goodbye to Amanda Graham and Dave and Laurie Jones. Ann Williams

mission to exploited children. We have welcomed new visitors and members and are excited to get to know Vickie Lewis, Rosemary Dewitt, and Mary

KUDOS, Kent Gerhan! Congratulations, Kent, for your new appointment as Area 15 Governor!

James, and Dan Barker. We celebrated Don and Linda’s 50th wedding anniversary and said Happy Birthday to Kent! The member and officer pins decorate our lapels and the club is now richer from our Fundraising Auction. Representing our club with a booth at the North County Fair was a blast. I personally, with my daughter, had the opportunity to share about our club. Col 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” NIV So as my 14 year old daughter says in agreement, “Word!” And as we learn how to

Congratulations Whittens! The Whittens are first time grandpar-

make better use of our words, may they glorify God and build others up! I’ll toast to THAT!

ents to baby Lee Whitten, born June 30. He was 9lbs and 21 inches long! The proud parents, Jeremiah and Shannon Whitten, are praising Jesus!

suggested that I join. Zig Zigler, one of my mentors, also speaks highly of Toastmasters.

in La Mesa called Bob Bowen's Auto Service, and one in Alpine called Alpine Auto repair.

Wow! We have almost completed our first year

Maria Keckler shared how she had seen a video of herself speaking and was mortified with all of her ums; she decided, even though she speaks regularly, that Toastmasters would help her grow.

How did you find out about Toastmasters? A friend was involved for many years, and he

What do you do? My wife and I own and operate 2 auto repair shops in East County, one

The Editor’s Lens

Treasurer Report >>> Club’s balance as of June 27... $519.62.

Club Officers President: Linda Blackburn VP Education: Kent Gerhan VP PR: Lynn Bleyle VP Membership: Marguerite Whitten Treasurer: Julie Ruch Sergeant at Arms: Sam Keckler (Former President) Secretary: Sharon Pavola

All bills have been paid.

Welcome to the Club!

The Fellowship Auction raised $540.00 for our club. It was a success! Thank you for your help. It certainly was a team effort and many people heard about our club as a result. ~ Linda Blackburn

Vickie Lewis Rosemary Dewitt Rob Rowsell


Talk of the Club: June-August 2011 Newsletter  

Talk of the Club is the newsletter for Toastmasters@SDCC, which is sponsored by San Diego Christian College in El Cajon