TM newsletter OCT 08 by fjwuxn


CLUB #5641
                          V O L U M E   1 ,   I S S U E   2                   O C T O B E R   2 0 0 8
                                          Area Y-3 Humorous Speech Contest

  Anna Gorman
 VP Education
  Lillian Avila

 VP Membership
  Vicky Parulli

  Joe Ingermanson

  Glenn Knudson

   Rod Glisic


 Humorous Speech      1

 Open House           2
                                        Congratulations to Vicky Parrulli first runner up
 SpeechCraft Up-      2
                                        in the Yavapai Area 3 Humorous Speech Contest
 date                                   held 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at
                                        the American Express Building. First Place Fin-
 Message from Dis-    2
 trict Governor
                                        isher Alessia Russo Mogavero of ReMAR-kable
                                        Speakers competed Saturday, October 18, 2008
 Member Update-       3                 at the Y-3 Division Contest. Y-3 Division Winner
 Ida Alonge
                                        was Kristin McCartor of Pure Talk Toastmasters.
 Calendar of Events   4                 She will compete at the District Level Humor-
                                        ous Speech Contest, Saturday evening,
 Grammar Girl
                                        November 8, 2008.
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  Open House Held October 17, 2008
  Toastmasters received bobby socks as they walked in the door to blaring 50’s music during the “Oldies But                         Leaders are good
  Goodies” Open House held Friday, Oct. 17. Two guests were able to attend the festivities Friday morning
  and a return guest announced he has decided to join the group.
                                                                                                                                          * * *
  Members are reminded they are always able to bring family and friends to the weekly meetings.
                                                                                                                            Your potential is limited only by

                                                                                                                              how many excuses you have!

Meet TM International President Jana Barnhill
“Through the Looking Glass—Dreams Come True!” is this year’s theme of the District 3 Fall Conference Novem-
ber 7-9, 2008 at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ. This year’s International
President Jana Barnhill of Lubbock, Texas will visit. Jana has been in Toastmasters for 24 years. She is a profes-
sional speaker and trainer specializing in management topics through L.I.V.E. Speakers, Inc. Conference registration
begins 5:30 p.m. Friday or registrations for Saturday begins at 8 a.m. Cost for Saturday (w/meals) is $110. Sunday
morning she will also be on a panel during the Leadership Brunch which starts at 8:30 a.m.

                                        Speech Craft—Update
     The 10 week, seminar-style program that     Tuesday, Oct. 21 they got introduced to the “Ah     By the end of the 10 week program they will be
     teaches basic Toastmasters skills began     Bell” but fortunately no Ah Report was given.       acclimated to the Toastmaster program and
     Oct. 14 at IES Commercial, an electrical    As they progress in understanding the expecta-      handling all the functions of a regular Toast-
     contracting firm. Glenn Knudson is          tions of the program more bell ringing will occur   masters meeting.
     Speech Craft program chairman.              to help them remember not to use “filler” sounds
                                                 when speaking.                                      Walkie Talkie members are encouraged to visit
     All IES participants have already given                                                         any of the meetings begin at 7:30 a.m. every
     their Ice Breakers with evaluations first   Glenn Knudson indicated the format of a             Tuesday in the IES facility’s second floor con-
     being performed by members of the           Speech Craft meeting is somewhat different          ference room. The building is located at 945
     Walkie Talkies sponsoring club and then     than a normal toastmasters meeting agenda in        West Deer Valley Road. The building’s former
     by the participants.                        that more explanation is provided for each func-    name is Hatfield Reynolds Electric — which is
                                                 tion, procedure and process.                        still on the front of the 2 story building.

                A Message From District 3 Area Governor — Bill Bristol
                                                    I hope you will join me in living our              Third, that each of us works to enjoy and
                                                    District 3 theme this year: “Together              learn from Toastmaster activities outside
                                                    We Excel”. As your District Governor               our home club environment.
                                                    for 2008-2009, I have several very sim-
                                                    ple goals for the year:                            Fourth, that each of us spreads the word
                                                                                                       of this superb learning organization to
                                                    First, that every club member and guest            those not yet enjoying and growing
                                                    feels welcome in our Toastmasters fam-             within our midst.
                                                    Second, that each member conscien-                 Fifth, that we end this year knowing that
                                                    tiously applies him/herself to the Toast-          we have earned the right to once again be
                                                    masters programs—both in communica-                called…..Distinguished!
                                                    tion and leadership.
VOLUME         1,   ISSUE     2                                                                                          PAGE          3

Member News — Ida Alonge
Ida Alonge is an Administrative     Toastmasters on the Internet and     Joining Toastmasters was even
Licensing Investigator at the       that is how I found Walkie           suggested in one of my text
City of Phoenix Police Depart-      Talkies. It was close to home        books for my doctorate. Every-
ment. Part of her duties is to      and early enough in the morning      one is very supportive here and I
provide training to neighbor-       so it wouldn’t cut into my work-     ap-
hood organizations and inform       day. I had heard many positive
them what they can do to pre-       things about the club so I
vent irresponsible business         joined.                                                                  Political Humor:
owners in their neighborhoods.
                                    I feel I have improved my
“My Sergeant insisted I join        speaking skills and enjoy the                                            If “con” is the opposite of
Toastmasters,” Ida said. Ini-       meetings. It fits well on the self
                                                                                                             “pro,” then what is the
tially I was very much against      improvement project that I have
this because I did not have the     embarked upon.                                                           opposite of progress?
time to attend meetings. After a
temper tantrum, I researched

       Member News                               Famous Member                          Word of the Day
       Submission Schedule                            Who am I?
                                                                                  Red herring: noun. Any-
                                                                                  thing that diverts attention
                                                                                  from the issue at hand.
        Please submit your bio
        and .jpg photo not later                                                  Secret: Something you tell to
        than the 15th of the                                                      one person at a time!
        month you are featured.                                                   Tomorrow: One of the
                                                                                  greatest labor-saving de-
                 ___________                                                      vices of today!

                                   Save the Date — November 7, 2008
                          2008 Fall Toastmaster District 3 Conference
                                                  Tempe, Arizona
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    Schedule of Events

    October 31— Halloween
                                                                OCTOBER                                                           2008
                                                                 Sun            Mon           Tue              Wed                     Thu    Fri               Sat
    November 7-9 — District 3
    Conference, Tempe, Arizona                                                                                 1                       2      3                 4
                                                                                                               Exchange Meeting at
                                                                                                               Electric Toastmasters

    November 28 — Thanksgiving                                   5              6             7                8                       9      10                11
    Holiday Weekend. No Toastmas-
    ter meeting.
                                                                 12             13            14               15                      16     17                18
                                                                                                                                              Open House

                                                                 19             20            21               22                      23     24                25

                                                                 26             27            28 7:30 a.m.     29                      30     31
                                                                                              Speech Craft                                    Halloween party

       NOVEMBER 2008
       Sun              Mon       Tue               Wed                Thu            Fri             Sat


       2                3         4    7:30 a.m.    5                  6              7               8  District 3
                                  IES Speech                                          District 3      Conference
                                  Craft                                               Conference      Speech Contest

       9   District 3   10        11 Veterans Day 12                   13             14              15
                                  7:30 a.m. IES
                                  Speech Craft                                                                                               Enjoy your coffee
       16               17        18    7:30 a.m.   19                 20             21              22                                     and improve your
                                  IES Speech
                                  Craft                                                                                                      listening and speak-
       23               24        25    7:30 a.m.   26                 27             28              29                                     ing skills at the
                                  IES Speech        TM Board Meeting   Thanksgiving   No TM mtg
                                                                                                                                             same time — JOIN
       30                                                                                                                                    Walkie Talkies
VOLUME        1,   ISSUE      2
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   Meet Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, for-
mer of Gilbert, Arizona now living in Las Ve-
gas, Nevada. Mignon has regular Podcasts on
the Internet. Google Grammar Girl on the                                                 Mignon Fogarty has been doing the
Internet to find out more about her podcasts or                                          Grammar Girl podcast since July.
go to —

    Today's topic is prepositions. Here's a typical   TIPS FROM GRAMMAR GIRL
listener question:                                    1) Affect vs. Effect: "Affect" is a verb, and "effect" is a noun. The
       I wanted to know if you could do a pod-        mnemonics "raven" or "avenue" can help you remember: affect verb
   cast on not ending a sentence with preposi-        effect noun.
                                                      2) Lay and Lie: In the present tense, people lie down or lay something
                                                      down. You can remember that the Eric Clapton song "Lay Down Sally"
                                                      is wrong. To say "lay down Sally" would imply that someone should
I'm going to start calling this “grammar myth         grab Sally and lay her down. If he wanted Sally to rest in his arms on
number one” because nearly all grammarians            her own, the correct line would be "lie down Sally." Lay is the past
agree that it's fine to end sentences with prepo-     tense of lie.
sitions, at least in some cases.
                                                      3) Who and whom: "Whom" refers to the object in a sentence, and
What is a preposition?                                "who" refers to a subject in a sentence. It's correct to say "Whom does
                                                      Sarah love?" ("whom" is the object of Sarah's love) and "Who loves
A preposition is a word that creates a relation-      Sarah?" ("who" is the subject of the sentence). It can help to remember
ship between other words. It's been said that         that the song "Who do you love?" is wrong.
prepositions often deal with space and time,
which always makes me think of Star Trek. For
example, the prepositions above, by, and over         4) Can I split infinitives? Yes, it is now acceptable to split infinitives.
all say something about a position in space; the      A "full infinitive" is a verb form that has two words, such as "to go,"
prepositions before, after, and since all say         and splitting an infinitive means placing another word between those
something about time.                                 two words. The most famous split infinitive is "to boldly go where no
                                                      one has gone before."
Here's an example of a sentence that can end          --Source: Mignon Fogarty
with a preposition: What did you step on?

A key point, you might say the Quick and Dirty
Tip, is that the sentence doesn't work if you
leave off the preposition. You can't say, “What
did you step?” You need to say, “What did you
step on?” to make a grammatical sentence.

I can hear some of you gnashing your teeth
right now, while you think, “What about saying,
'On what did you step?'”

But really, have you ever heard anyone talk that
way? I've read long, contorted arguments from
noted grammarians about why it's OK to end
sentences with prepositions when the preposi-
tion isn't extraneous, but the driving point still
seems to be, “Nobody in their right mind talks
this way.” Yes, you could say, “On what did
you step?” but not even grammarians think you

But, you can't always end sentences with prepo-
sitions. When you could leave off the preposi-
tion and it wouldn't change the meaning, you
should leave it off.
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    Walkie Talkie Toastmasters Club #5641
    Yavapai Area 3
    District 3

    Walkie Talkies meet every Friday at 7:10 a.m.
    Mimi’s Cafe
    10214 N. Metro Parkway West
    Phoenix, AZ

    A morning club for a good start of a good day!

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listening, and thinking —vital skills that which in turn foster self-confidence
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