The District 58 Leadership Committee (DLC) is pleased to announce the following candidates are approved for the elections for the 2020-2021 Toastmasters year. Click each candidate to read their bio: [Read more…]
Area 21 (Beaufort and Jasper counties) is more connected to Savannah than a metropolitan area in South Carolina. So it was logical that WASV Channel 3 from Savannah ran a story on Ridgeland, the second D-58 club in a South Carolina correctional facility. From a demographer’s view, both Ridgeland and FastTrackers of Hilton Head Island are both within the Savannah ADI (area dominant influence).
The news segment and website article quotes several club members and “volunteer” Jodie Randisi, ACS, LC. She is one of the club’s two mentors.
We see or experience conflict every day. At work, your idea or contribution may not be understood and valued the way you feel it should. At home, your child may not see the value of maintaining their belongings in the manner you expect. At sporting events, a referee may make a call that a player thinks was out of line. In your Toastmasters club, you may have an idea on how to move the club forward that you feel is being overlooked or dismissed by your fellow club member or club leader. OR, maybe you’re a club leader who has club members who tell you they disagree with how you run a club meeting.
A Toastmasters club is no exception to experiencing conflict. As human beings, we often see conflict as a threat. As Toastmasters, we all joined a club because we wanted to experience personal growth through improving our communication and leadership skills. Part of that personal growth is understanding conflict and then working through instances where you feel like you’re not being heard and/or your needs or the needs of others are not being met. Join Lisa Berry, DTM, in this recorded webinar to gain the knowledge on how to identify, negotiate and build bridges, and not let barriers form during situations of conflict inside and outside of your Toastmasters club.
The Ladson, SC resident outshined all the divisional-winners to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Unks advances to the semifinal rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking® to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention Friday, Aug. 25 in Vancouver, Canada.
Unks, a member of Greenwave Gabbers Toastmasters Club (Summerville, SC) surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges at the District 58 finals on April 23. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “The key is to have a storyline that is relatable and compelling.”
The speech touched on the theme will be on being yourself. He explained that dramatically changed his life by finding his faith, and since then he has felt called to motivational speaking and writing. The theme is also woven through his books.
Unks will compete with 101 other winners from districts around the world who advanced to the 2017 semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech competitions. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style.
“Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, sharpen your skills and speak to many different audiences,”says Unks. “I am looking forward to competing on a much larger stage in Vancouver!” He joined Toastmasters in 2015 to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community. His message shares his “struggles with his weight, social anxiety and the feeling of never being good enough. However, he’s made radical changes and wants to share what he learned with others so they can improve their lives, too.”
The Dolphin club was formed in 1967 at the U.S. Navy Fleet Ballistics Training Center. Thomas O’Brien, a charter member of Dolphins, now resides with his wife in Chaplin, SC. He shared the attached memories of how Toastmasters affected his life as a leader both in the Navy and civilian life.Tom O’Brien scrapbook
Cherisse Branch was disappointed being in third place of her division. It seemed an insurmountable deficit with only the interview event remaining. Cherisse had prepared for six months for the South Carolina Plus America Pageant. She started with the Miss Blythewood crown; preparations culminated at a boot camp weekend which prepared participants for the state pageant.
The talent event opened, and since this is a Christian organization, Cherisse opted for a well-rehearsed praise dance. “I felt defeated with my third-place finish; I knew I had lost the contest,” she recalled, “but I still decided to do my best in the question and answer segment.
“When my turn came, I was grateful for Toastmasters because I felt prepared. I began to use the tools that I learned over the past few months. I knew the mistress of ceremonies would ask the question twice as in a table topics competition. When she asked me the question the first time, I listened. When she asked the question the second time, I mentally organized my answer as I learned in Toastmasters. I answered my question with ease and felt that I had done well.”
At this point, Cherisse put the third place talent finish behind her and rekindled her original dream of reaching first runner-up in MS division. Instead the mistress of ceremonies announced the winner in MS category was Cherisse Branch. “I was in total shock. All I could do was look at my family with my eyes full of tears,” Cherisse remembered.
Still, there was more to come. Next the pageant crowned the queen supreme winner, the person with the highest total score during the pageant. Cherisse was crowned yet again. Next the member of Millennium Toastmasters Club will head to Dallas, Texas in July for the final of the National Plus America Pageant.
“I am grateful that I chose to join Toastmasters,” said Cherisse. “I know in my heart they played a vital part in me becoming MS South Carolina Plus America Supreme 2017!!”
Dolphin Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, May 13 at 5:30 pm. In attendance were Dana Swarner and Bob Swarner, current and incoming District 58 TRIO members and prior district governors, Carroll Cash and Ellen Reid.
Chartered in April 1967, the club memorabilia at the affair included a President’s Distinguished award from 1973. In the current year, Dolphin attained President’s Distinguished win in only 10 months.
The Dolphin club was formed at the U.S. Navy Fleet Ballistics Training Center. The club generated 14 DTMs and 16 district officers, facts North Charleston mayor R. Keith Summey noted in his proclamation of May 13 as Dolphin Toastmasters Club Day.
The District 58 business meeting will be held on Saturday April 22, 2017. At that time, club presidents and vice presidents of education will vote on several items including elections for the 2017-2018 year, district realignment, and several other items of district business.
This list of candidates for the 2017-2018 elections was submitted by nominations chair:
Program Quality Director:
Club Growth Director:
Anyone interested in running from the floor for any of these district officer positions, please contact District Director Kimberly Love or Past District Director Sharon Durgin before the business meeting begins to fill out required paperwork.
We must have a quorum of clubs represented. If a club’s President and Vice President of Education cannot attend, any member with a properly executed proxy may vote so the club will be counted.
Heather Collins, Ph.D. will share her experience at TEDxCharleston from developing an idea to giving the talk. We’ll talk about recommendations as well as things to avoid when giving a TED talk. We will have a lively discussion, so bring your ideas and your questions.
You will be tired after a long session learning, networking, viewing contests, and conducting district business. Take time to revitalize in your remodeled room with premium bedding, take in dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, or work out in the 24-hour fitness center. Being on-site affords you the opportunity to just freshen up and change before dinner.
The Crown Plaza is offering a special discount to District-58 Toastmasters on limited, space available-basis available basis. Your reservations also help the District, since we guarantee a number of room-nights.
To ensure the rate, make your reservations by March 26 following the link the D-58 web site or make Crowne Plaza Hotel reservations online or call 877-834-3613 with discount code “TDS.”
Darren LaCroix, World Champion of Public Speaking 2001, headlines the weekend at which you will: Network… Gain Stellar Content… Renew and Recharge! April 21-23.
Brian Woolf, DTM, witnessed scores of Toastmasters “find their voice” and develop leadership skills. His experiences recently culminated in two related events: a labor of love and an act of generosity.
Woolf joined the Waitemata Club in Auckland, New Zealand shortly after it chartered in Nov 1965. He remained a member until 1974 when he came to business school in the United States. After a two-year hiatus, Woolf joined a club in Indianapolis. Since then he has been active clubs in IN, OH, TN, NC, and SC. He was also an active club member in Ireland for a few years when consulting there. On occasion, extensive international work and travel precluded active membership.
Over the years, he garnered six district speech titles. In 2003, he was one the nine finalists in the International Speech Contest. Additionally, the Harvard MBA authored four books on marketing. His fifth title, The Speaker’s Toolbox: 47 Tools to Build Better Speeches, published in 2016, took a full year in the making. In the process, he viewed 300 contest videos, analyzing patterns, styles, and techniques.
“I wrote this book as I one I wished I had early in my speaking career,” explained Woolf. “I endeavored to include all that is not covered in the Toastmasters manuals. This the second half of a speaker’s education: things we can learn from world champions and those who compete for the title.”
Woolf explained the purpose of this book is to help speakers speak better. After explaining why audiences’ minds wander, he provides 47 tools used by speakers to attract and maintain interest and attention. Each tool is briefly described, followed by many examples from speeches. The book ends with 11 speeches that illustrate the various tools in use.
It was shortly after the publication date when Woolf encountered officials from Allendale Correctional Institution, home of the first Toastmasters club in a South Carolina correctional facility. They spoke at the D-58 fall conference. “I found their story quite moving,” Woolf recalled. It triggered a memory of a visit to a district conference Oregon. “The Toastmaster who headed that district’s prison program was caring, compelling, and convincing. She spoke of the benefits the prison members had received. Hearing her, and hearing about the program, left a permanent impression on me.”
“My experience with Toastmasters is it gives one hope,” said Woolf. “Preparing a speech occupies a mind while learning a new skill. All roles in a club meeting teach communication skills. That is why I decided Toastmasters clubs in correctional facilities provide a fabulous way to give inmates skills they need when then come out. And they get excitement, hope, critical thinking, education–and some fun—while members of the club.”
Yvonne Wilkins-Smith, Associate Warden at Ridgeland Correctional Institution, witnessed the excitement in their club, which is the second in a SC correctional facility. Chartered in September 30, 2016 the club had rapid results. She said already sees “tremendous effects in self-esteem and confidence.” Other inmates see it too and are requesting permission to visit the club. “The enthusiasm is contagious,” according to the associate warden.
While attending TLI recently, Woolf noted a flyer soliciting donations to support clubs at correctional facilities. That prompted an idea. For any $20.00 donation to the District-58 correctional facilities, the donor received a copy of The Speaker’s Toolbox: 47 Tools to Build Better Speeches. The price of the book is $20. The offer to attendees proved so successful, he promised to repeat the offer at the D-58 spring conference in April.
His largesse is vital. Some inmate members are unable to pay their membership dues. According to Toastmasters International, founder Ralph C. Smedley “saw a need for the men in the community to learn how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programs and work on committees, and he wanted to help them.” Brian Woolf, DTM, took his labor of love—the book he spent a year developing—and used it to continue Smedley’s goals—and to fund hope.
Organizing a great event seems daunting. Learn the tricks and traps from an expert.
If you missed the original webinar, a recording is available.
Whether you are the contest chair or the TMOD, your role is a balancing act: master of ceremonies for the audience yet efficient and fair for contestants. In this webinar, District 58 Club Growth Director, Bob Swarner, DTM, explains how to do both. From the club level to the division level, he has organized and run numerous speech contests. He shares some lessons learned, gives helpful tips, and facilitates a discussion.
Running Speech Contests| webinar: https://youtu.be/rbfW0S69VGE
If you missed the original webinar, a recording is available.
You can see Lamanda Gaskins DTM, PDG, former judge of the finals of the International Speech contest, at this one-hour webinar. She will walk you through how to be a more effective judge, what to pay attention to, what to ignore, and how to make sure that you’re offering the contestants the most fair and level playing field that you can.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/YCuurx8PQD4
The Speakers Bureau conference featured speakers:
Sharon Durgin presents Self Publishing, Chandra Cleveland-Jennings presents Move! Get out of your own way!, Lefford Fate presents Your Body Speaks, Vivien Hudson presents 5-Steps to Effective Virtual Training and Schrendria Robinson presents 5-Tips to Starting Your Speaking Business
Whatever goals you’re working on…your communication and/or leadership goals…join us!
Friday Feb. 3, 2017 6:30 – 7:30
Earth Fare 3620 Pelham Rd,Greenville, SC 2961
Wendell Ray Partain, Sr., age 79, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at AnMed Health Medical Center. Ray had been a member of the Anderson Toastmasters since September of 2008. Additionally, the Georgia native was a member, officer and director of myriad civic, professional and religious organizations.
He retired from Owens Corning Fiberglas after more than 40 years of service in Quality Control. W. Ray also owned a tax preparation service.
Scott and Kat Stellern’s almost one-year old daughter passed away recently. Harper Ann Stellern was born prematurely and spent several months in the NICU before coming home.
Scott, past Fluor TMs Club President and a speech contestant at the district level several years ago, said his family truly be honored and blessed by the presence of anyone who wishes to attend her memorial.
10 am Saturday, December 17, 2016
250 Mill Street
Taylors, SC 29687
Coffee and small bites before and lunch at the Stellerns’ home following the service.
Scott and Kat ask that everyone know flowers and such are not expected. However, if someone wishes, they ask for a donation instead to one of the following that so lovingly supported Harper and her family throughout her short life.
GHS NICU/Children’s Hospital (you can make a donation on behalf of the organization “Harper Ann Stellern” and direct it to either the Bryan NICU or the Children’s Hospital (http://www.ghsgiving.org/index.php then click on Donate)
March of Dimes (you can select to honor “Harper Ann Stellern” with your contribution at the very bottom of the page – https://donate.marchofdimes.org/page/contribute/save-babies)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (you can designate your donation to “Harper Ann Stellern” directly under the amount – http://rmhc-carolinas.org/lend-a-hand/donate/)
At TEDx in Charleston on October 20, two District 58 Toastmasters took to the stage. Eric Morris, CC, ALB addressed rising sea levels. Morris works at NOAA and has been involved in sea level projections. He is VP Education of the Coast Masters club.
Lefford Fate, ACS, ALB, a member of Next Level Speakers club is a mental health and military professional who shared thoughts about how prisons can better serve the mentally ill.
Three members of FastTrackers, the Hilton Head Toastmasters International club, will be going to Ridgeland Correctional Institute on a regular basis. Ridgeland is now home to the second Toastmasters club in a South Carolina correctional facility.
The Ridgeland Club charter was presented at a celebratory luncheon held at the prison on November 18. On hand were District 58 Toastmasters officials, correctional officials, and the members of the new club.
The Ridgeland club sponsor is Charles McOuat ACG. The Ridgeland club mentors are Maureen Korzik, ACB, ALB and Jodie Randisi, ATMB. Both mentors have held offices within FastTrackers.
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The 2016-2017 Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Toastmasters’ year for the following elected positions:
- All Seven Division Director positions (Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, and G)
- District Club Growth Director
- Program Quality Director
- District Director
These are the only elected positions.
If you are interested in being an Area Director next year, contact our current District Director Kimberly Love, DTM. Area Directors are appointed and serve on the District Executive Committee along with the elected directors and several other appointed positions.
If you are interested in any of these elected positions or would like more information please contact Nomination Committee Chairperson Sharon Durgin at 864-346-2347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Elections will be held during the District Spring Conference in Greenville, SC April 22, 2017.
Launched at the Fall Conference, the district ambassador program burst forth in November, in spite of Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and other distractions. Five district-58 Toastmasters amassed 17 visits to 14 clubs.
Ambassador of the Year will be announced at the Spring Conference. Also, anyone who has completed three visits by then will be awarded his or her certificate on stage; two people have already completed the requisite three visits. However, members will have until June 30th to complete their visits.
Bob Swarner, Club Growth Director, explained: “Our biggest growth is the day we join a Toastmasters club. Our next biggest growth is the day we start participating outside of our home club. The goal of the Ambassadors Program is to encourage members to take that second step and experience all that Toastmasters has to offer.”
On December 01, 2016, Comporium, a cable company based in Rock Hill, SC delivered a video interview with TMI International Director Matt Kinsey to the cable company’s 58,000 subscribers in the upstate and midlands. Lucas McFadden, one the two anchors on the company’s award-winning CN2 program, interviewed Kinsey while he was in South Carolina for the District 58 Fall Conference. The 5-minute segment is available on the firm’s web site.
Six club banners in District 58 will be adorned with 2016-2017 “Smedley Award” ribbon. Wild Dunes Sweetgrass Toastmasters rocked the challenge with seven new members! The following clubs also won Smedley Awards by enrolling the required five new, dual, or reinstated members during August and September: Achievers Club, El Cid Toastdawgs Toastmasters Club, Fort Mill Toastmasters Club, Greater Greenwood Club and Piedmont Executive Club.
Congratulations to them and all the District 58 clubs who added members during the Smedley drive.
Speaker: Brian Woolf, World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist
What: Brian will share his 10 favorite discoveries from 12 months of research for his new book, The Speaker’s Toolbox: 47 Tools to Build Better Speeches.
Where: Pelham Road Library, 1508 Pelham Rd, Greenville 29615
When: Thursday, November 17, 7-8 PM (Doors open 6:30 PM)
Attendance: Open to anyone who wishes to improve his or her communication skills, including Toastmasters and Non-Toastmasters, employers and employees, preachers and teachers, sinners and saints.
Host: This free special presentation, hosted by the Pelham Road Library, is part of its ongoing program to introduce local authors and their thinking to the Upstate. The Library’s promotional brochure is attached.
Questions: May be emailed to either: Jeff Melton at email@example.com or Brian Woolf at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend the Super TLI on January 21 in Columbia – 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. or one of the local sessions February 4 in Charleston, Florence, and Greenville – 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.
- Make preparations for your club and area spring speech contests in February or March.
- The divisional contests for International Speech and Table Topics will be held on April 08.
- Reserve early for the Spring Conference in Greenville, April 21–23.
Watch for announcements with details as soon as they become available.
You can become an ambassador of District-58 simply by visiting meetings at other clubs. After recording only three visits, your status as a District 58 Club Ambassador will be noted the district website! A presentation of Ambassadors’ “credentials” will be part of the Spring Conference. Since you will be an ambassador sans portfolio, you have no obligations, assigned duties or paperwork to complete. But, alas, no ticket-proof license plates are available. Click here or on the license plate for details.
Your free gift is part of District 58’s 60th Anniversary Celebration.
The anniversary kick off during the fall conference was such a success, the Trio decided to give everyone a gift: free admission to Ryan Avery’s Seminar on Thursday November 03 at 6:30 p.m.
Exclusively for District 58 Toastmasters, Ryan, who in 2012 became the youngest person to win the World Championship of Public Speaking, will present Go From A to THE: Learn how to get the next generation to buy, share and commit to our products, services or ideas!
Additionally, Ryan will share elements of his most requested presentation, Leading Through Storytelling: Secrets, strategies and insights from the world’s best speakers.
To open this present, log on to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_uOzt9hbxM
Log in a bit early. The portal is bound to be crowded with your fellow District 58 Toastmasters opening their first anniversary gift as well.
Opening the business meeting at the District 58 Fall Conference on October 29, District Director Kimberly Love read a proclamation from the governor. The proclamation recognizes Toastmasters’ service to the citizens of South Carolina and proclaims July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 as District 58 Toastmasters’ anniversary year throughout the state.