- Fall 2018 competitions are Table Topics and Tall Tales (Spring contests – Evaluation and International Speech)
- Tall Tales – Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
- Table Topics – An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.
- Speech Contest Rulebook 2018-19
- AREAS with 4 or fewer clubs – can send 2 contestants from each club to each competition.
- DIVISIONS with 4 or fewer Areas can send 2 winners who placed, to each of the Division contests. (Divisions B and D can send only 1)
- Eligibility – Page 6-7 (very important to review)
- Speech contest tutorials and Speech contest information review and get familiar
- Tall Tales contest materials – download zip file
- Table Topics contest materials – download zip file
- Area Contest results are due to me by October 22nd.
- Club Dues Renewal Status can be be found here.
- Speech competitions will be held this fall for Table Topics and Tall Tales contests. It has been a long time since we had a Tall Tales contest in our district, so this should be a fun learning experience for everyone. Contact your Area Director for information about your Area contest. Division level contests are targeting November 3rd. There will NOT be any District level competitions for these.
What does the year 1946 and District 58 have in common?
- In 1946 the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was established.
- The British Broadcasting Television Service starting broadcasting again after recovering from WWII.
- AT&T announced the first car phone.
- Bikinis go on sale in Paris.
- BB King’s musical career starts.
Why is the ancient history of any concern to the members of District 58? Because 1946 is how many paid members we currently have in District 58.
We still have two more clubs that will charter this year (making it a total of ten new clubs this year) and a couple of clubs trying to get the very last April dues payments in the system. We are really trying to reach 2500 members in the District by 30 June 2013. It is a huge order, but if every member invites someone to a meeting, based on our experience, ½ of those invited will join the club.
We have 19 Clubs which have five or more Distinguished Club Goals completed, but they need the paid membership applications submitted to World Headquarters to become distinguished.
Please step out smartly as we continue to excel with the remainder of the Toastmasters Year.
Helen Blanchard, a trailblazing Toastmaster who rose through the ranks of the organization to become Toastmasters International’s first female president, passed away on Saturday, May 11, at the age of 86.
Helen began attending club meetings in 1970—a time when Toastmasters was still an all-male organization. That didn’t deter her, or the club she chose: Naval R&D Toastmasters in San Diego. (At the time, Blanchard was working at what was then called the U.S. Navy Research and Development Center in San Diego.) When a club leader submitted her membership application, they slyly disguised her gender, turning in the paperwork under the name “H. Blanchard.”
“World Headquarters then requested my first name, and the club president asked me what kind of male name I’d like to use,” Blanchard recalled in a 2008 Toastmaster magazine article. “I told him I’d never thought about it. So the members decided to name me during Table Topics, and they came up with ‘Homer.’”
By 1973, women were allowed to join Toastmasters, and “Homer” could go back to being Helen. Blanchard took on one leadership position after another in the organization, and in 1985 she was elected International President.
Along with the Naval R&D club, she eventually joined two other San Diego clubs: Undersea Toastmasters and Excelsior Toastmasters, a club she started in the late ‘70s.
Blanchard also achieved distinction in her professional career. She worked in a department of the Navy that tested sonar systems to identify if new torpedoes were hitting their targets, and she eventually oversaw 130 U.S. government employees responsible for providing support to Navy scientists and engineers.
In 2008, Blanchard wrote her autobiography, Breaking the Ice. Whether thriving in the workplace or leading fellow Toastmasters, she says she lived by the motto “Commit to excellence.”
Time and again, Blanchard wrote in Breaking the Ice, “I accepted challenges that made me reach far beyond my comfort zone.” Helen has been a mentor to hundreds of Toastmasters during the past 40 years, and an inspiration to thousands of men and women through her courage, her tenacity and her positivity. She will be greatly missed.
District 58 mourns the loss of Alyda Miller, DTM. She was a longtime Toastmaster and widow of Carl Miller, DTM; Alyda passed away May 9 at 5:00 PM after a brief illness. She was living in Chicago. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.
During the Spring Conference, District 58 elected our District Leaders for 2013-14. Heartiest Congratulations to:
- District Governor: David Fillion, DTM; Sunrise Club; Club # 2124
- Lt Governor Education and Training: Angela Geiger, DTM; Millennium Toastmasters; Club #2964
- Lt Governor Marketing: Sharon Durgin Reshni, DTM; Past Select Distinguished LGM; Talk of the Town Toastmasters; Club # 2555
- Division A Governor: Lisa Berry, ACG, ALB; The Low Country Officers Club; Club #8292
- Division B Governor: John Kauth, ACB, CL; TRC Toastmasters; Club No. 888485
- Division C Governor: Diana Berry, CC, ALB; Aiken Toastmasters; Club No. 1355
- Division D Governor: Kimberly Love, ACS, CL; Millennium Toastmasters; Club #2964
- Division E Governor: Gokul Kalur, ACB, ALS; Magmasters, Club # 1400864
- Division F Governor: Steven Marquis, ACG, ALB; Bi-Lo Shelf Talkers; Club #826312
- Division G Governor: John Rodgers, ACS; ScanSource Club; Club #5885
We wish all of them great success in their efforts to lead our District during the new year, and we offer our support to them as we continue to grow and offer the advantages of the Toastmasters program to the great state of South Carolina.
The Table Topics Winners:
- 1st Place – Heather Collins
- 2nd Place – Geneva Anderson, DTM
- 3rd Place – LaVerne Shuler
The International Speech Contest Winners:
- 1st Place – Ray Schnell representing 1043578 Hartsville Toastmasters – going to the International Convention
- 2nd Place – Marcus Benjamin representing 885186 Fort Mill Toastmasters Club
- 3rd Place – John Fallon representing 7276 Power’Ful Toastmasters
Well done everyone! District 58 is proud of you!
Please welcome our latest member to the District 58 family: Toastmasters Bilingue, with an effective charter date of 10 April 2013. Toastmasters Bilingue is our very first “English as a Second Language Club” and we are proud to have them as part of District 58. Thank you to Nicholas Graham, Jody Usher, Dennis Johnson, Kamran Popkin and Jeffery Alfonso for a job well done!
Démosle la bienvenida al miembro más reciente de la familia del Distrito 58: Toastmasters Bilingüe, con un empiezo oficial del 10 de abril de 2013. Toastmasters Bilingüe es nuestro primer club de “Inglés como segundo idioma” y estamos orgullosos de tenerlos como parte del Distrito 58. Gracias a Nicholas Graham, Jody Usher, Dennis Johnson, Kamran Popkin y Jeffery Alfonso por sus esfuerzos!
District 58 Toastmasters, please join me in welcoming the latest addition to the District 58 family, Richland Library Toastmasters, with an effective charter date of 5 April 2013. Congratulations to our Lt. Governor Marketing, Angela L. Geiger, DTM, and team on a job well done!
Heartiest congratulations to Flora Ratliff, Paul Crowley and the team for a job well done in chartering the newest club to the District 58 family: Golden Toastmasters at the Point, with an effective chartering date 3 April 2013. It was a long and arduous process, but we are very proud of Flora, Paul and the team for continuing to press forward and making this a reality!
Don’t be scared! Duck into the Spring Conference!
Congratulations to the following Toastmasters who won the Division contests and will be competing during the Spring Conference:
- Heather Collins – Division A
- Mike Wilson – Division B
- Ursula Robinson – Division C
- LaVerne Shuler – Division D
- Shikina Zeigler – Division E
- Ruth Witty – Division F
- Geneva Anderson – Division G
- Milton Ortiz – Division A
- Joan Webb – Division B
- Samuel Richardson III – Division C
- Marcus Benjamin – Division D
- Ray Schnell – Division E
- John Fallon – Division F
- Geneva Anderson – Division G
Come watch these great speakers compete at the District level!
Who will be the supreme Table Topics speaker for District 58?
Who will be representing our District at the International Speech Contest?
Be part of the excitement! Come to the Spring Conference!
District 58 is delighted to welcome SPG Speakers to the family!
SPG Speakers are a group of young professionals at PricewaterhouseCoopers, who see the benefit and value in what Toastmasters has to offer. They are fired up and ready to go! Alex, Lindsay, Jazmine, Elizabeth, Perry, Demetris, and team, welcome to District 58!
A gorgeous location!
A marvelous venue!
Fantastic educational sessions!
The best speakers in South Carolina!
A fun video contest!
A private showing of “Speak! The Movie”
A World Champion of Public Speaking!
The District 58 Spring Conference is fast approaching and you don’t want to miss it! Here is the nitty-gritty:
- Spring Conference information page
- Spring Conference registration details and menu
- Spring Conference registration page
Registration problems or questions? Please write to us and we will assist you!
Remember to register early so that you can get the best deal! The Early-bird special is only good through March 31. Discounted hotel rooms are only available until March 25. Every room has a gorgeous ocean view!
See you in Myrtle Beach!
When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.
The book wasn’t very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the “Touchstone”!
The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold.
The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it, but the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.
So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.
He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this, but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold – throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.
The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about mid-afternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.
So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it’s easy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand and it’s just as easy to throw it away.
So to is your membership in Toastmasters. As we finish this year and look toward the future of 2013, let’s not throw away this excellent communication and leadership opportunity.
Let each District 58 Toastmaster commit to being the very best they can and take everything you can from this organization.
Try to start a new club. Try to save a struggling club. Visit other clubs in your area. Invite those that need this organization to a meeting – lets grow our membership. Step outside your club and see everything we have to offer.
I look forward to seeing you at a Toastmasters event in the near future.
Please join us in welcoming our newest club in District 58: Dream Weavers Toastmasters Club!
Dream Weavers is located at the new Boeing facilities in South Carolina.
Congratulations to all that worked so hard to bring the Toastmasters program to Boeing!
You never know when your Toastmaster skills are going to be put to very good use!
Watch Pat Gann, DTM, PDG, as she masterfully handles a TV interview!
Are you afraid of public speaking? Help is here!
Do you want to know what a Toastmasters meeting looks like? Watch this video and you will witness a typical, fun Toastmasters meeting!
Excellent interview from the Low Country about what Toastmasters is and why joining is a winning proposition:
We have uploaded the District_58_proxy_form to be used for the Fall District Business Meeting, as described in the email from David Fillion, DTM, sent to all District club Presidents and Vice-Presidents of Education.
QO = QC
That stands for:
Quality Officers = Quality Club
2012 – 2013 Distinguished District Goals
Membership base on 1 July 2012 = 4,506 member payments
Increase membership by 3% = 4641 member payments = Distinguished District
Increase membership by 5% = 4731 member payments = Select Distinguished District
Increase membership by 8% = 4866 member payments = President’s Select Distinguished District
Club base on 1 July 2012 = 118 clubs
Increase new clubs by 3% = 122 clubs = Distinguished District
Increase new clubs by 5% = 124 clubs = Select Distinguished District
Increase new clubs by 8% = 127 clubs = President’s Select Distinguished District
Clubs to be distinguished @ 40% = 49 clubs
How do you eat the elephant? One bite at a time!
We had an excellent turn out for the Columbia Toastmasters Leadership Institute. By Thursday afternoon, we had 160 Toastmasters registered for the event, and 40 more leaders showed up on Saturday. WOW!
The Summer TLI sessions were a fabulous success. Participants had fun in an environment of high-energy knowledge sharing and problem solving.
Congratulations to all that participated in this valuable training experience.
Our gratitude goes out to the Columbia team for putting together a fantastic event! Thank you for all your hard work!
The Greenville TLI this past Saturday was a resounding success! We had a great turn-out (over 135 Toastmasters attended), and the educational sessions were greatly enjoyed by all. The Upstate team did a fabulous job and were, again, gracious hosts to the TLI efforts.
District 58 is off to a great educational start for the 2012-2013 year!
District 58 was officially named a Distinguished District by Toastmasters International.
Congratulations to 2011-2012 District Governor Subbi P. Mathur, DTM, IPDG, for receiving the Distinguished District Award!
Congratulations to the whole 2011-2012 Winning Team. Your efforts in helping Toastmasters in South Carolina achieve their goals made all these awards possible.
The Toastmasters Podcast is like a radio talk show featuring interviews with Toastmasters usually featured in the Toastmaster magazine. But unlike a radio show, a podcast is on the Internet, and available, for free, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, and a connected device capable of playing audio.
We have added the address to our Quick Links section so that you can find it easily. Enjoy!