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How to Submit: Please email your submission to Toastmasters@sdcc.edu.
Remember... By Marguerite Whitten
We are learning that producing a timely and
Although not required, we would love to have
valuable newsletter is a labor of love, planning,
your picture and name, so we can properly
and strategy. These guidelines are intended to
credit you with a byline. Club pictures are
What’s happening in your lives
help streamline that process.
most welcome too.
Submit What? We want to publish anything
Submission Deadlines: Sooner is better!
that is fun, helpful, educational, and inspiration-
We are currently accepting submissions for
al for our members and guests. Because we are
the April-May newsletter, which will go into
Educating & enlightening
limited to four pages, your submission may be
production at the end of March. We will pub-
edited for style, grammar, and length. Our
lish submissions on a first-come, first-served
editorial staff will always work hard to preserve
basis. Depending on the number of submis-
the heart and unique voice of your writing.
sions we receive, we may include some in a later issue if the piece is not time sensitive.
Telling forth Entertaining Rich & relational Submit your praises and prayer requests to Toastmasters@sdcc.edu
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* We Want Your Words * Contest Time * Facebook Connected * Creative Minds Among Us * Meet Deb Bertram * Member News & Nods * And Much More!
TalkoftheClub a bimonthly look at Toastmasters@SDCC
Encouragement from the President
We Need Your Words... It’s Contest Time! By Kent Gerhan
By Editorial Staff
By Sam Keckler
Our newsletter is young but growing. The editorial
“I don’t really want to be a great public
staff needs Toastmasters@SDCC club members to
speaker.” Have you ever used this excuse
contribute articles, personals, interesting facts,
WHAT: The Writer Connection: "Learning
WHERE: San Diego Christian Col-
to keep you from Toastmasters? Think
success stories, prayer requests and answers to
& Trusting the Process" is an interactive workshop in which Leeana Tankersley, author of Found Art: Discovering Beauty in Foreign Places, will walk you through the heart, soul, and craft of the writer—from blank page to publication. The workshop will be focused on non-fiction, memoir writing, but all writers and speakers will benefit from her creative writing strategies.
lege/ Shadow Community Church Campus, Room 7
again. We all have to communicate on a
prayer. Let’s make this a great newsletter! We’re
daily basis, respond extemporaneously, or
streaming the process to be more timely and
address an audience from time to time. If
efficient, so read the submission guidelines and
you have ever walked away from one of
get published in our next issue…
WHEN: Saturday, April 16th, 9:00 AM - Noon.
RSVP: Reserve your spot today on the web at ShadowMountain.org/Ezra or contact Maria Keckler at email@example.com for more information — space is limited.
Join us Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 PM San Diego Christian College, RM 12 2100 Greenfield Drive El Cajon, CA 92019 619-590-2175
those scenarios feeling like you could have communicated better, that’s reason enough to hone your skills. It’s true that focus and wisdom will help us express our thoughts coherently; however, nothing can replace practice and a proven system for
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People join Toastmasters for different reasons: overcoming the fear of public speak-
A challenge: speaking in front of unfamiliar faces grows us!
5) Learning from other clubs makes us better. 6) Sharing our wisdom with others—helps make others better.
ing, learning to communicate ideas intelligently, and being able to think on their feet, among others. Whatever the reason,
Networking: directly & indirectly increases our influence and knowledge.
7) Fun, food, and prizes! Who couldn’t use more of that?
Toastmasters@SDCC is a friendly club
Discovering new resources—always a plus.
I didn’t know what I was missing until I went! So, come-on-down and join the party; don’t you miss out either. we’ll see you there!
where you can grow as a communicator and leader. Come visit and see for yourself!
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Connected! Toastmasters@sdcc is on Facebook! Why is this important? We can connect with each other, stay informed about upcoming events, meeting agendas, and more. It is our club page, so stop by and share about your club experience and how Toastmasters@sdcc is making a growing you as a speaker and leader. What an easier way for potential visitors to get to know our amazing group.
I used to think there was no good reason for going to speech contests (visiting or competing). One contest season, though, my club “appointed” me as the representative. I grudgingly went… Wow! It was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my Toastmasters career. How? Let me count the ways… Continues on page 4
Write it Down! Speech, Story, Book... By Maria Keckler Whether you are writing down your next speech, the story of your life, or the book you always wanted to publish, words have power to inspire and change lives—if you know how to get them from your brain to the page with power and eloquence. And that’s exactly why The Ezra Center for Excellence is bringing author and speaker Leeana Tankersley. Continues on page 4
Member News & Nods
By Marguerite Whitten
Creative Minds Among Us “Name our Newsletter,” we put out the challenge to our Toastmasters, enticing them with the prize of a gift card. Although you voted Linda Blackburn’s title the winner (featured on this is-
The Toastmasters@SDCC Tattler
Toastmasters’ Communicator of SDCC
Talk of the Club (our Winner)
Toastmasters International listed our
The Toast Post
“Toastmasters@sdcc” Club as one of the new
Corporate Clubs chartered in the last quarter.
You can get a copy on the web at Toastmasters.org/CorpClubs4thQuarter2010
Toastmasters@SDCC “Talk Treats”
Crème de la Crème
Tantalizing Toasts: a Toastmasters' periodical
Crumbs from the Toastmaster
Toastmasters@SDCC’s “Ta Da”
Light ‘n Bold Light Talk
Calendar March 28 Toastmasters@SDCC qualifying contest April 9 TI Contest, SDCC, Room #7 Area 4, 9:30- 11:30 AM; Area 15 (us) noon – 2:00 PM April 16th Writing Workshop 9:00-noon (see more information in the “Write it Down” article below)
Anonymous Submission SDCC’s “A Toast To Us Toastmasters”
Treasurer Report Toastmasters@sdcc had a January balance of $106.49. These funds come from donations and are used for ribbons, brochures, club so-
Special Focus >>>
written message, but every moment I spend in
Your club newsletter is a must!
the presence of God I am standing on holy
The fun is never draining
Meet Deb Bertram Tell us about your family: My 2 sons were born in different countries. My son & grandsons (almost 6 and 3) live with us. I never thought I would be going to
with a beautifully inspiring message about the Anonymously submitted by a poet among us.
April 18th Food and Fellowship,
is a very fun way to explore your roots. I also enjoy finding old friends through Facebook and con-
led an electrifying Table Topics session, and Di-
name for our newsletter. He then suggested
ane gave a thought provoking closing about be-
that it might be better for our obituaries!
ing “A Breath of Fresh Air,” echoing our theme for the evening! When I left that meeting, I was built up and encouraged in my spiritual direction for the whole week! I am certain these members spent time with God.
basket available on the back counter at each
club meeting if you want to contribute to our
club fund. ~ Linda Blackburn
Submit your Laugh Lines at
Linda Blackburn, Treasurer
Lynn Bleyle, Sergeant of Arms
Why should I help “Talk of the Club”? Editorial staff get project credit!
Share Toastmasters Toastmasters@sdcc.edu
District 5 will give us one ticket for each new
timing light. Wow, that would be fun to win,
next try hard to reach others, talk to them
or re-instated member for a drawing at the
about the club, invite them, and share the per-
May 21 Spring Conference. The drawing is
sonal benefits you derive from being part of
for an official Toastmasters International
Sharon Paavola, VP of Membership
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credit in your Competent Leadership Manual (project 6, Organization and Delegation)? and it is worth $65! During this month and
Sam Keckler, President Marguerite Whitten, VP of Public Relations
Did you know that if you join the editorial staff of “Talk of the Club” you will receive
with your friends!
had in her life, and Peggy fondly spoke of four
thought that “Post Toasties” might be a good
necting with them. Of course, the grandsons keep me busy as well.
Submit calendar items to
about the powerful ministry her grandmother special friends for the four seasons of life. Lynn
Why did you become a Toastmaster? Nearly 3 years ago I joined Toastmasters after thyroid cancer
College of Business; I’m also the Toastmasters Area 15 Governor.
God’s Team! Dave spoke on being considerate
Jack Higgins, who is always humor-ready,
What do you do? I work at San Diego State University as the database & survey analyst for the
Super Bowl. She reminded us that we are on and inclusive of workmates. Amanda shared
What are some of your life goals? An empty nest at some point would be nice;
had affected my voice & self confidence.
ing in the Sacred Now
members! For example, on Feb 7, Ann opened
to World Headquarters. We have a donation
"daycare" on my way to work at this point in my life.
Earning my DTM designation, I would also love to travel to Great Britain.
begins to come into focus.” Kim Thomas, Liv-
I’m sure all of it you can use!
$27.00 dues paid every six months go directly
place. I graduated high school in Colorado.
fire on me. And an impression of direction
I so enjoy hearing focused speeches from our
does not collect local additional club dues. The
Where are you from? My dad was in the Army & my husband in the Navy – pick a
ground, and it leaves the sweet smell of God-
So welcome the news
cial events, special awards, etc. Our local club
What do you do for fun? I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution – genealogy
Think about Leadership.
A Toast to Us
Newsletter Par Excellence
“There isn’t always an audible voice or a sky-
What a way our lives will brighten!
A Toast to Us
Educate and Enlighten
sue’s masthead) the creative submissions deserve an honorable mention here:
The Toastmasters@SDCC Scoop
The Editor’s Lens
The editorial staff needs all Toastmasters@SDCC club members to contribute articles,
David Jones, Secretary Kent Gerhan, Club Mentor Learn about these leadership positions in your Competent Leadership Manual.
New Members Welcome! Gail Bones Amanda Graham Kellye Laughery
personals, interesting facts, prayer requests and answers. Read the submission guide-
Newsletter Editorial Staff
lines for more information.
Marguerite Whitten Peggy Leslie Maria Keckler