South County Toastmasters sponsored a Youth Leadership program led by Jim Salih. For the past 8 weeks, youth between the ages of 8 through 16 met each week to learn about public speaking and the basics of Toastmaster meetings. In recognition of their achievement of completing the program, a graduation was held on Wednesday, November 20th. Congratulations to all participants.
Members of this class are shown below. Row 1: Jim Salih (Program Leader); Jinghuan Xu; Alex Puskarich. Row 2: Rich Puskarich (Program Assistant); Ethan Jiang; Allie Puskarich. Row 3: Jessie Jiang; Macy Mattison; Reagan Mattison. Row 4: Zach Smelcer (Program Assistant); Gabrielle Kellam. Not shown, Sage Schmidt.
On October 30th, South County Toastmasters conducted a Table Topics Marathon with a Halloween theme. J.D. Perper (aka Mad Scientist) led the marathon and was assisted by Debbie Young (aka Dr. Pain), Rob Van Winkle (aka Arrr Pirate) and Allie Puskarich (aka Princess). The members present voted for the best table topics after each session. There were four total winners. Thanks to J.D. for organizing this fun event!!
The winners of each session of Table Topics as shown below: Susan McConnell, Brent Stewart, J.D. Perper (leader), Jim Salih and Carl Hendrickson.
The members and guests who “dressed for the occasion” in Halloween costumes as shown below are: Judy Perper (J.D.’s sister), Rob Van Winkle, J.D. Perper, Allie Puskarich, Rich Puskarich, Susan McConnell, Debbie Young, Brent Stewart.
On October 18th, several members of South County Toastmasters attended a special “Mouse Races” fundraiser for the non-profit organization hosted by SCTM member Zach Smelcer. The event was very successful and a good time was had by all. The attendees from SCTM are shown in the photo below. Zach Smelcer is third from the right.
The members of South County Toastmasters inducted Leah Star and Katsuko Higashino as new members. Shown in the photo below are: Eli Hoxha (Kat Higashino’s mentor), Leah Star and Kat Higashino. Krista Butler (not shown) will serve as a mentor for Leah Star. Leah and Kat, welcome to the club!