Calhoun County Toastmasters Club invites you to attend a meeting at the
McClellan Center (Bldg. 3181), May 18th
at 6:30 p.m. in room 2110. The purpose
of the meeting is to
- Discuss the transition of Calhoun County Toastmasters to the JSU
McClellan Center and to decide if the transition
should occur before or after the summer.
- Arrive at a consensus on meeting times and
- Elect a slate of officers for the year beginning July
- Pay the new membership fee and complete an
paid the first of April and October and proration is $6.00 per month for members
joining in months other than April and October.
A breakdown of the fee and dues are as follows:
- New Membership fee (paid once) $20.00
- Regular Dues paid in April and October
b. Local Club
have an opportunity to ask questions about the various educational programs
available to members and to discuss other toastmaster topics of
officers have been invited to attend to talk about the organizational structure
and, hopefully, demonstrate how a typical
toastmaster’s meeting is conducted.
calendar for this date. Hope to see you
at the meeting!
For more information,
contact Melanie Delap, Director of Development Services, Jacksonville State University,
Office Phone: (256)782-5906; e-mail: email@example.com.
following is an article submitted by a
Calhoun County Toastmaster published in Dare to Soar:
The Quarterly Newsletter for District 14, Spring 2007, Vol. 1, Issue
It All Along: I am a Toastmaster!”
Captain John "J.R." Davis Reynolds, Jr.
Recruiting Operations Officer and
Assistant Professor of Military
Jacksonville State University
after I arrived at my unit assignment, the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps
(ROTC) at Jacksonville State University (JSU), my boss learned that he had a
Toastmaster on staff (me)! To hear him tell it, that was exactly what the
Department of Military Science needed. In fact, I met JSU’s greatest need. No,
even more than that, I was the answer to the unified prayers of all citizens of
the surrounding city of Anniston,
I exaggerate how welcome he made me feel (just a touch). However, I was given
a great deal of praise. I was also given a most impressive title –
Chief of Recruiting Operations – and I was given responsibility for three
schools in East Central Alabama.
have known. To whom much is given, much is expected!
2006 – that was the day I was told that I could show off my “obvious” public
speaking skills. On that day, students, faculty, staff, and guests of Oxford
High School (a few miles away from JSU)
would celebrate Veterans Day.
Speaking to a roomful of (gulp) strangers?? By then, I had practiced
giving speeches to 15 or so Toastmasters at a time. However, those
Toastmasters were familiar with my speech
projects and me. Now my boss expects me to speak to hundreds of
strangers? No way. I mean, my prior assignments had been in command,
logistics, and training (NOT speech) for Pete’s sake!
I also found
out I was my boss’ second alternate choice – the third person he
asked – after he determined that the first two were unavailable to speak (great
confidence booster). Learning that, I respectfully responded to my boss …that I
would be up for the challenge. *Gulp*
at first – with topic, organization, everything! I did not want to bore high
school students with a dry lecture. On top of that, I learned that my boss,
Lieutenant Colonel Henry "Chip" Hester, would be out of town at a conference
that day. The fact was that I was speaking for him, not just giving a
speech at a program with him. I had six weeks to prepare and deliver the
biggest speech of my career, and I did not even know how to begin.
minute. Yes, I did. I was a Toastmaster. I had been trained. Six weeks is plenty
of time. Why, I could do it in
if necessary. Me and my big thoughts…
Just to be
sure I was ready, my boss asked to review my speech three weeks before
the Veterans Day celebration. So, I
what my boss considered a VERY ROUGH draft. He thought the structure of my
speech was okay, but he knew it would be better once I added that special
Toastmaster zing to give it impact!
I thought I
already had – now what?!
help. Oscar Jones, seasoned Toastmaster, always gave solid speeches, and eagerly
helped other club members grow as
speakers. So, I asked for his help.
We worked my
“rough draft” into an awesome speech that opened with an engaging series of
questions calling for audience response (no bored teens on my watch, sir). Then
we built the speech to define the word VETERAN as an
V: Volunteer Force
E: Educating the World on Democracy
T: Teaching Other Militaries and Governments
E: Epitomizing ideal Leadership
R: Responding to the Call for Help
A: Ambassador of the USA
for all citizens to support Service Members of the USA
The speech was finally written. For weeks, I practiced and practiced. I was as
ready to face a roomful of strangers as I could be.
“room” was a gymnasium, and attendance that day exceeded 1,100 people!!
was not going to back out, AND I WAS NOT GOING TO FAIL. I gave my speech…and it
went BETTER THAN I COULD
HAVE EVER HOPED!
leaned closer toward me with every opening question. The audience repeated each
letter of V.E.T.E.R.A.N. I spoke with loud enthusiasm. More to my surprise, my
speech was interrupted with unanticipated applause seven times (that’s
right, I counted)!
This was an
elating experience for me! I felt like a President at his inauguration.
closed with Lee Greenwood’s song, “God Bless the USA”. As I left
the front, I noticed students holding hands and chanting, “Hooah!” Many
veterans, and just as many newly enlisted soldiers, were clapping hard, eyes
aglow with pride!
six people in that entire gymnasium knew me, yet everyone there cheered what I
What had I
done? I accepted a challenge. I started with my audience in mind. I sought and
accepted help from a fellow Toastmaster.
With his help, I produced draft after draft, until I had a solid speech written.
I practiced, and I delivered a presentation
that impacted an audience of more than 1,000 strangers. Finally, I validated the
confidence my boss placed in me.
Did I know I
could do it all along? Of course, I did. I am a Toastmaster.
Captain John "J.R."
Davis Reynolds, Jr. is currently an ACG, CL, and the Recruiting Operations
Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science at Jacksonville State
University, Gadsden State Community College, and Talladega College. John can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at JSU at
256-782-8023. He resides in Fort
McClellan (Anniston), Alabama, and he
is a member of Calhoun
Herzing College (GA), and Downtown Detroit (MI)