Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Forum is a civic service project of South County Toastmasters designed to provide civic, religious and other community organizations with information on a number of topics of general interest to the public.

To schedule a speaker, at no charge, call at least two weeks in advance.  Due to the demand for speakers, please indicate at least three topics in order of preference and The Speakers Forum will try to accommodate your request.

Please note that the speakers will present ideas and opinions that are their own. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Toastmasters International or South County Toastmasters.

Contact: Tom Terrific at 314-827-6114 to schedule a speaker.


SMOKE SIGNALS; Read Them, Use Them in Order to Buy Your Next Car by George Kiser

Based on his own book, SMOKE SIGNALS, George introduces four of the unwritten rules of negotiation that can help anyone buy that new car, home or win that business contract.


American and Regional History:  “American & Regional History” by Max Kaiser, Jr.

Regional historian, Max Kaiser, Jr., offers a presentation on the following historical topics:  St. Louis Regional History and Public Figures (Personalities); Historic area cemeteries, Missouri State History; American History (Civil War, WWI and WWII eras); Art and Architectural History (specify topic); Military History (specify era or military event); Jefferson Barracks (Military Post and/or National Cemetery); Veterans Issues Historical Topics; History of Noted St. Louis Area Landmarks.


Historical Preservation:  “Good Heritage, Good Urban Planning, and Good Business” by Max Kaiser, Jr.

Area preservationist and historian, Max Kaiser, Jr., offers an analysis and overview of the economic, esthetic and urban design value of systematic historical preservation using three local models and two national models to show its value and  success.  “New Urbanism,” practical large-scale historic preservation and urban renewal programs are addressed. This is a fascinating topic for a luncheon or dinner meeting program and a great way to creatively imagine a developing future for urban renewal projects both great and small, in any size city or town.


Public Art & Sculpture:  “An Investment, A Springboard to Building & Attracting Community” by Max Kaiser, Jr.

Mr. Kaiser, with an extensive practical knowledge of sculptural, architectural and public art, shares an entertaining and informative glimpse of its importance in developing, sustaining and building community and enhancing quality-of-life and urban design concerns.  It can be done with audio-visuals or verbally only at the request of the sponsoring organization.  Public artworks used are primarily in the St. Louis area; photo examples from Kansas City and Chicago may be included by request.


St. Louis:  “The History and Cultures of Greater St. Louis”  by Max Kaiser, Jr.

The presenter, who has extensive knowledge of the greater St. Louis area, will provide an interesting and educational talk about the history and cultures that make St. Louis unique.  To understand the present and prepare for the future, one must know the history of the area.  See how we can cherish the past but move forward civically.


Veterans Issues:  “Why You Should Look Out for that Vet: Experience and Leadership Count” by Max Kaiser, Jr.

Today’s American Veterans offer business, education and industry a wealth of personal leadership skills, capabilities and professional knowledge.  Find out more on why hiring, empowering and relying on today’s Veterans, both male and female, is good business and good citizenship.  This informational and entertaining presentation is given by a U.S. Air Force Officer and Veteran.  Any or all branches of the service, including Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, may be included in the presentation.  Please specify your request.


Veterans:  “More Than Just a Name” by Alan Kirby

The speaker chose one soldier who fought and died for his country in World War II.  From his extensive research he brings an interesting and inspirational story to all students of history.


“Rip Van Winkle” by Rob Van Winkle

Having Van Winkle as a last name creates many opportunities for conversation.  This Van Winkle wants to tell you not only the history of this classic Washington Irving tale, but a bit of the history of the Van Winkle name.


Civic Duty:  “Civic Involvement: The Grassroots Way to Improve Your Community” by Max Kaiser, Jr.

Today’s civic leader is no “superman,” no “larger than life” figure.  It is someone who has grown tired of simply complaining about the quality of education in the schools, the increase of lawlessness in the community or the deterioration of the neighborhood and has stepped forward to volunteer time, talent and energy.  This presentation will stress how one can improve the community by becoming “involved.”


“Children’s Online and Privacy Protection”  by Kathy Denton

Topics to include: threats, preventions, monitoring, incident response and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).