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Area 57 International Speech and Evaluation Contest, March 7, 2014

May 24, 2014
Evaluation Contest participants, from the left: Justin O’Donnell (Rose City), Wayne Buchkowski (Garden City), and Jalees Hafeez (MTO Toastmasters)

Evaluation Contest participants, from the left:
Justin O’Donnell (Rose City), Wayne Buchkowski (Garden City), and Jalees Hafeez (MTO Toastmasters)

Garden City Toastmasters Speech and Evaluation Contest, February 25, 2014

May 24, 2014

Speech contest participants Kathleen Orth and Wayne Buchkowski (contest winner)

Speech contest participants Kathleen Orth and Wayne Buchkowski (contest winner)

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Garden City Toastmasters Speech and Evaluation Contest, February 25, 2014

May 24, 2014
Target speaker Alison Montevani, from Rose City Toastmasters, Welland, with Garden City Toastmaster Lili DeJong, who served as Chief Judge for the contest. Alsion’s speech, “Singing for Life” dealt with her experiences teaching English to children in South Korea. On behalf of the club, VP Education Tammy DeRocco presented Alison with a speaker’s gift.

Target speaker Alison Montevani, from Rose City Toastmasters, Welland, with Garden City Toastmaster Lili DeJong, who served as Chief Judge for the contest. Alsion’s speech, “Singing for Life” dealt with her experiences teaching English to children in South Korea. On behalf of the club, VP Education Tammy DeRocco presented Alison with a speaker’s gift.

Garden City Toastmasters Speech and Evaluation Contest, February 25, 2014

May 24, 2014
Speech and Evaluation Contest Winner Wayne Buchkowski, with VP Education Tammy DeRocco (Chair of the Evaluation Contest), and Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn Perry (Chair of the Speech Contest).

Speech and Evaluation Contest Winner Wayne Buchkowski, with VP Education Tammy DeRocco (Chair of the Evaluation Contest), and Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn Perry (Chair of the Speech Contest).

Garden City Toastmasters Speech and Evaluation Contest, February 25, 2014

May 24, 2014
February 25, 2014, at Garden City Toastmasters Speech and Evaluation Contest: Garden City Toastmasters President Orest Nahacizwec, with Sonia Pellerin (Jordan Executive Yacht Club for Toastmasters), and Area 57 Governor Bob Drew

February 25, 2014, at Garden City Toastmasters Speech and Evaluation Contest: Garden City Toastmasters President Orest Nahacizwec, with Sonia Pellerin (Jordan Executive Yacht Club for Toastmasters), and Area 57 Governor Bob Drew

Garden City Times: Editor’s Note, April 2014

May 24, 2014

By Kathleen Orth
Toastmasters talk about being nervous speaking. Fear of public speaking is a common phobia. Mark Twain said, “There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.”
What Toastmasters don’t talk about is that wonderful “ah ha” moment when you realize that you are a public speaker. This moment may come soon or it may take awhile. Everyone is unique, after all. And the power of the moment is unique too: it redefines us.
In 2002, I had the opportunity to go to the Fall Convocation at Brock University. The speaker, Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, had received an honorary degree in recognition of her work for the aboriginal community and for the university. Her speech focused on the theme, “Go further.” She inspired the graduates to keep setting goals and meeting them. By “going further” —even one step more, we become larger. “Go further” has inspired me in the dozen years since I met this remarkable woman.
Toastmasters, as individuals, and as a group, truly put “go further” into practice every day. Their dedication to improving their own skills is only surpassed by their dedication in helping their fellow members reach their potential.
Whether they have shed the fear, or learned to deal with it, Toastmasters get up and speak. It may be for a Table Topic, a speech, an evaluation, or delivering a report for a role, but with each and every opportunity, Toastmasters “go further.”
One day, each Toastmaster has that “ah ha” moment when they realize, “I am a public speaker.” They may not say it out loud, but in that moment, they have gone further…and changed forever.

Garden City Times: Editor’s Note, March 2014

May 24, 2014

By Kathleen Orth
For John Updike, “March is a land of no extremes. Dull as life, it offers small flowers and minor holidays.” Emily Dickinson called March “the month of expectation.” Aubrey de Vere called it “unbeloved.” Ogden Nash said, “Indoors or out, no one relaxes, in that month of wind and taxes.”
I think of March as being a “month for action.” I got used to March 31st being the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. The last month of the fourth quarter is the time to clean up everything left over from the previous year.
It’s appropriate that March is a month for action, as it is named after Mars, the god of war and agriculture–two very active pursuits. Picking up the martial theme, William Morris called March the “Slayer of winter,” and William Wordsworth wrote “Like an army defeated, The snow hath retreated…”
March is also a verb, and a command: “March!” At the end of February, the 31 days of March may seem daunting. A riddle about the month of March asks: “Why are people so tired on April 1st? Because they just finished a 31-day March.”
For Garden City Toastmasters, March 2013 was a month for action. The Area 57 Speech and Evaluation Contest took place in Jordan on March 7th, and the Division Speech and Evaluation Contest was held in Ancaster on March 21st. Wayne Buchkowski represented Garden City at both contests. Annette Ysseldyk, Caleb Booker, Dorian Waldon Elizabeth Akitt, Lee-Anne Lane, Sandra Booker, Wayne Buchkowski, and I delivered speeches (Caleb with two speeches). Justin O’Donnell delivered an education session. Duran Price released his first book (details on page 2). Congratulations to Garden City Toastmasters for a successful “month of action.”