Author Archives: Tom Terrific

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Book Giveaway Tonight

Tonight, I’m giving away old books and manuals that relate to speaking, presentation skills and old Toastmaster printed materials. These are all free and you just have to let me know if you are interested. Watch the club Zoom meeting … Continue reading

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SCTM Charter – Oct. 6, 1975

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Zoom Video Conference

The Zoom.us basic account is free, but is limited to 40 minutes when you have a crowd. Apparently, what some groups do is have a 40 minute meeting and then after that meeting is done, they have a second meeting. I installed … Continue reading

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Youth Leadership Program

Change in Plans – The Saline Fire Department just called me and told me that they forgot to tell me that they have voting on Tuesday, March 10. So, Youth Leadership will not start tomorrow night. It may start the … Continue reading

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New Member Welcome

Vic M. has put together a one sheet handout for new members during their induction. Vic has the original and you can get a copy by sending him an email. Welcome! We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to join our South … Continue reading

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No Meeting June 12th – Go Blues!

Because of the Blues Game in the playoffs, there will not be a meeting on June 12th. The next meeting will be June 19th.

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Microphone Tips

Also please checkout my list of tips – https://southcountytoastmasters.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/how-to-use-a-microphone/

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Max – Erudite as Ever

Tom, Sue and Brent went to visit our long time member Max Kaiser and we are glad to report that he is erudite as ever. Talking on the topics of the day, Max is as knowledgeable and his table topic … Continue reading

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Pathways Catalog – Eleven Paths

When your first join Toastmasters, you are presented with eleven different paths that you can choose from. For brand new Toastmasters, Presentation Mastery is the path which is most like the old book-based Toastmaster program. Older Toastmasters may prefer one … Continue reading

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Sunday – Picnic

Picnic reminder – Sunday – tomorrow! Crestwood Park – 9739 Meadowfern Dr, St. Louis, MO 63126Pavilion at the top of the hill. Noon until 5 pm Bring a dish to share.Tom is setting up the BBQ if you’d like to … Continue reading

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Club Picnic – May 5th

The club has booked the Crestwood Park pavilion #1 for our club picnic on May 5th from Noon to 5 pm. The address is: 9739 Meadowfern Dr, St. Louis, MO 63126 Does anyone have some picnicware – plates, cups, napkins, … Continue reading

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Club Officer Training – June 22, 2019

Where – Maritz Corp. Fenton MO Date – June 22, 2019 More details as they become available.

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Club Manual

Welcome to South County Toastmasters! Congratulations on your decision to join one of the world’s leading Toastmasters Clubs! South County Toastmasters has been recognized repeatedly as one of the organization’s best clubs by Toastmasters International. Our members have won numerous … Continue reading

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Constitution – Bylaws- Rules

The Constitution of South County Toastmasters Club # 1957 of St. Louis, Missouri As amended October 16, 2013 Article I Name The name and location of this club shall be as set forth in the title of this Constitution.      Article … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Bill Collier

Congratulations to Bill Collier on his second place award in the Area 4 Evaluation Contest.

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Treasurer’s Report – March 11, 2019

The balance in the US Bank is $2510.99The balance of a year ago was $2887.26 We are out of balance by $4.50. It’s a check which has not been cashed. Since we are almost out of checks, I ordered new … Continue reading

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Welcome New Members – Eli and Samira

We welcome our latest new members – Samira Mujdzic and Eli Hoxha. (left to right) Sarah Pitkin is Eli’s coach and Samira’s coach will be assigned later.

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GE Meeting Rating Criteria

Thanks to Sarah Pitkin for creating this suggested scale. Criteria Description Rating scale Rating Meeting Preparedness Were scheduling conflicts resolved in a timely manner? 0 – 0.5 Was there a theme for the meeting and was it communicated to the … Continue reading

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Jerry Paul – ACS Award

Congratulations to Jerry Paul for earning the ACS – Advanced Communicator Silver award. JD Perper, the VP of Education is presenting the award.

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New Club Officers Jan. 9, 2019

President – Debbie Young VP Education: J.D. Perper VP Membership: Anne Hartupee VP Public Relations: Susan McConnell Secretary: Sandy Roll Officer at Large: Kathy Denton Treasurer: Bill Hurston Sgt. At Arms: George Kiser

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Importance of Table Topics

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Magic and Public Speaking

In the video below, Brian Brushwood talks about Performance Anxiety in magic and what the magician can do to calm his/her nerves. It turns out that these are the same type of skills that many speakers need when presenting in … Continue reading

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A Toastmaster Christmas

by Mary K Spencer Twas the night before Christmas at the Toastmaster Club, No members were present, they were all at the Pub. The stockings were hung by the lecturn with care. No goodies inside because no one was there. … Continue reading

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Holiday Schedule

Dec. 19 – Holiday Party – 6 p.m. Affton Community Center, 9801 Mackenzie Rd, 63123. Dec. 26 – No Meeting Jan. 2 – No Meeting  Jan 9 – Back to regular schedule

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Invocation by Sandy Roll

As we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the blessings of family, friendship, love and nourishment. Nourishment of the body and of mind. We especially want to say Thank You for this special day, and for all … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Bill

Congratulations to Bill Hurston on earning the Pathways Level One Award in the Innovative Planning Path.

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Audio for Your Video

If you want good audio in your video, the rule is the closer the better. If you double the distance between the speaker and the recorder, then the audio will only be 1/4 the volume. What brought this to mind … Continue reading

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Adding Pictures to the Website

Here are the instructions for adding pictures when you make a post on our website. Note – WordPress keeps changing their interface so you need to be flexible when using this process. I could not find any videos which match. … Continue reading

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2018 Toastmasters Convention

Rob went to the 2018 Toastmaster’s International Convention and did a presentation on his visit. Below is a pdf of his presentation. Toastmasters-Convention-2018  

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Toastmaster’s Account Setup

Setting up a new account on Toastmasters.org should be an easy process, but they have made it a bit complicated. On the login page, they don’t have a “New Account Setup” link, but instead tell you to click on the … Continue reading

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New Members – Pathways

When you first sign-in to Toastmasters and then start the online Pathways program, you will be given two choices. You can choose either the digital/online option or a printed option which means they will send you printed manuals. The printed … Continue reading

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Thanks for Member Donations

I’d like to thank specific members for their donations to the club in the recent past. I apologize if I missed anyone. Bill C. – badge magnets. Mary K. – copies for Youth Leadership Brent S. – copies for club … Continue reading

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New Club Projector

Benq MW526ae is the model number of the new club projector. Here are a few key tips. Pages refer to the User Manual This projector will take either VGA or HDMI inputs. The club has both cables. If you have … Continue reading

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Speechcraft Program – Oct. 3rd

South County Toastmasters is presenting a Speechcrafters Program for anyone who is interested in learning public speaking. Learning public speaking can be rewarding in both a personal and professional way. Course info: Speechcrafters sponsored by South County Toastmasters Location: MetLife … Continue reading

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Major Stephan Baker – Newest Member

Congratulations to Major Stephan Baker for joining SCTM. He prefers to be called Stephan in the club. He not only joined last Wednesday, but he also agreed to fill-in as a speaker and did a great job. Shown with him … Continue reading

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Faith Over Fear In Just One Year

By Mary K Spencer “This question’s for you,”  Table Topics Master said. I closed my eyes and lowered my head. Couldn’t he ask someone else instead? My body tensed with instant dread. “When have you practiced  FAITH OVER FEAR?” “Oh, that’s … Continue reading

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Speech – A Stubborn Problem

One of our newest members, Bill Hurston, gave a very interesting and thought provoking speech at a recent meeting. Luckily we did a video to share with the rest of the club.

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Past Presidents

South County Toastmasters Presidents 1975  Oct ‑ Dec…………………….. Howard Brandt 1976  Jan ‑ Jun………………………. Mike Schaeffer 1976  July ‑ Dec………………………………. Earl Ray 1977  Jan ‑ Jun …………………….. Mike Wiejaczka 1977  Jul ‑ Dec ……………………………. Don Keller 1978  Jan ‑ Jun … Continue reading

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Mark Scharenbroich

Here’s another great speaker we can all learn from – Mark Scharenbroich.

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Open House – Feb. 21st.

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Speechcraft Program – Starts Feb. 7th

South County Toastmasters will be presenting a Toastmasters Speechcraft class, February 7th thru March 14th. Participants will learn basic public speaking in a small, supportive environment. Benefits are improved confidence in public speaking, better communication and language skills. Six sessions … Continue reading

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Brian Ettling Interview

Past member Brian Ettling was interviewed recently by KMOX radio. Here’s is the link to his interview if you missed it.

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Scared Speechless – Free Book

If one of your goals for the new year is to improve your self-confidence and presentation skills, then Toastmasters is a great place to start. Here’s a free book download to get you started and help to get those butterflies … Continue reading

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Pathways Training

Pathways is the new educational program that Toastmasters International is starting. After you join, you will need to wait until the Treasurer signs you up at Toastmasters International. Read These First There are two books/pdfs that you ought to look … Continue reading

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Meeting Minutes – November 29, 2017

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) Meeting Date: November 29, 2017 Meeting Type/Theme: Tall Tales Contest Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building Called to Order: 7:00 PM Presiding Officer: Kathy Denton, President Officers’ Reports: Kathy Denton reminded everyone that we have … Continue reading

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Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2017

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) Meeting Date: November 1, 2017 Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building Called to Order: 7:00 PM Presiding Officer: Kathy Denton, President Officers’ Reports: Kathy Denton reminded everyone that we need a … Continue reading

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Tedx Talk Preparation

I came across this video of Fred Miller talking about preparing for a Tedx talk. He has a number of great points that we can all learn from.

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No Meeting November 22nd

Reminder to all members and guests that there will not be a meeting this coming Wednesday – November 22nd.

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Meeting Minutes – August 30, 2017

Meeting Date: _August 30, 2017_______________ Called to order at: __7 pm__________ Location: _____Met Life Bldg. Presiding Officer: _Kathy Denton_______________________ Greeter:______None_________ Invocator/CLE: __Rob VanWinkle_______ ************************************* Officers’ Reports Treasurer Rich Puskarich reminded people to start sending in their dues of $51.00 by … Continue reading

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2017 T.I. Winning Speeches

Here are the top three speeches at Toastmasters International. —————————————— —————————————— —————————————– —————————————–

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