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At the recent District Executive Council Meeting, Gwen Earle, ACB, ALS was presented with the illustrious 2012-2013 Area Governor of the Year award. Within the Founder’s District, Toastmasters truly know how deserving of this award Gwen is and congratulate her on this tremendous success.
The effort, energy, and leadership that Gwen has demonstrated throughout the past year, has created stellar results for her as an Area G-2 Governor and for Division G.
Funny-man and sometimes serious-guy Michael Varma, DTM, was honored by Toastmasters at the recent Founder’s District Executive Council ceremony: “Best Male Actor in a Comedy” for his appearance in a video promoting the communication organization’s Humorous Speech Contest, and the more serious 2013 Toastmasters Distinguished Service Award, for his contributions to the international non-profit that helps people hone their communication and leadership skills.
Professor Walter Clark and more than a dozen of his student from West Wood College descended upon the BergenMeisters Toastmasters club on Thursday, August 22, during their lunchtime meeting to take their first steps in making a positive impact and rewarding career in the field of criminal justice.
In addition to giving a well-planned presentation, Clark believes being able to think on your feet and answer coherently in a clear and concise manner is a vital skill set. Several students participated in Table Topics, stood at the lectern at the front of the room and answered impromptu questions.
When polled the results were split in half – 50% felt it was hard and 50% felt it was easy to talk to a group of strangers. But all agreed practicing answering random questions would be beneficial.
The Founder’s District Judges' Bureau has completed another successful speech contest season. During the 2012-2013 community speech contest season, 30 judges completed 421 hours of community service for 26 events.
The Lions Clubs’ speech contests for high school students hosted nine of the 26 events, while the Rotary Clubs hosted four speech contests for high school students. The Academic Decathlon hosted four contests –Orange County, California, National, and a Junior Varsity event. Two contests for high school students were hosted by the National Management Association – the chapter event at Boeing in Huntington Beach, and the contest at the Western Leadership Development Conference in San Diego. The District is pleased to report that six Toastmasters from TI District 5 generously volunteered their time and effort to judge the contest in San Diego. They all enjoyed the experience and they look forward to judging other community events. Other clients that requested the services of the Judges Bureau for another year included Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) that hosted two events, Concordia Homeschooled Challenge, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Distinguished Toastmasters Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham added color commentary for more than 100 entries in the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July parade.
This hometown star spangled salute filled with entertainers, sports teams, church groups, hot rods and city officials were watched by more than 6,000 residents sitting on the sidewalks, including a pretty pink poodle named Margarita.
The red, white and blue entries started the mile long parade route at 10 a.m. at El Toro High School and concluded near Heritage Hill Historical Park. Varma and his talented talkers kept the crowd engaged with good family humor, Independence Day trivia, and Lake Forest fun facts.
City leaders believe the annual Independence Day parade signifies the importance of embracing the city’s rich, historical past so that future generations may enjoy the same hometown spirit. The city's motto, "Remember the past, challenge the future," is the Lake Forest way of life.
Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham announce the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade