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 Volume I - Issue 2                                                          Club 260 – Area 83 – District 46 – Division H                                                          SEPTEMBER 2006


Merck Toastmasters Joke Around                                                                                                             Greetings Fellow Toastmasters!
                                                                                                                                         Welcome to the second issue of our monthly newsletter.
Did you know that laughing once a day can shed about fifteen years off of your life? Can you believe it? Well, that
                                                                                                                        Special thanks to Felipe Melendez and Marissa Alexander for writing articles this month.
hasn’t exactly been proven, but many research studies suggest that humor can be good for your health, and if nothing
                                                                                                                        Submitting articles is great way to practice written communication skills in Toastmasters.
else - it’s just plain fun! If you attended the August 23rd Toastmaster Humorous Speech event, you would
                                                                                                                           Please contact us if you have an interest in writing articles or would like to submit
wholeheartedly agree.
                                                                                                                                      information for the next issue. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
The title of the speech was “Ten Years Back” and it was delivered quite amusingly by a fairly new Toastmaster                       Michelle Aversano (Editor) & LeTisha P. Shaw (Editor/Publisher)
member, Taranath “Tara” Sudabathula. Eddie Murphy’s comedic movie, “Coming to America”, had nothing on this
short story of Tara’s arrival to the United States approximately 10 years ago.

Tara spoke about a flight that he boarded at 4am                                                                        September 13th Meeting Was a Success!
from Bombay, India with a very animated                                  Did You Know…
                                                                                                                        On September 13th, our Area Governor, Prokopis Christou, visited us during the joint meeting
character sitting beside him. Every time a pager        * Pre-school children laugh or smile 400 times a day,
                                                                                                                        with the Merck Women’s Network (MWN). He was very impressed with our club, stating we
would go off, he thought it was his cell phone.         however, that number drops to only 15 times a day by the
                                                                                                                        are “organized, prepared, and motivate members”. He also encouraged us to continue making
His reflexes were so good, but after 4-5 beers he       time people reach age 35.
                                                                                                                        a difference, showing up, and aligning with other groups. Keep up the good work! – LPS
fell asleep and when the phone really rang, he          * People smile only 35% as much as they think they do.
couldn’t even answer it!
                                                        * Laughter releases endorphins into the body with the same
By far, however, the end of Tara’s speech had to        exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise.                Do You Know Who Your Mentor Is?
be the most hilarious. He told the story of him         * Every time you have a good hearty laugh you burn up 3         In Toastmasters, a mentor is a friendly experienced TM who can guide you with your
using stacked coffee filters for what he thought        1/2 calories.                                                   speeches, and other assignments.
was a paper plate when he first came to the             * Laughing increases oxygen intake, thereby replenishing
States! Coffee filters ≠ paper plates!                                                                                  Mentors should contact new members and stress how you have benefited from TM program.
                                                        and invigorating cells. It also increases the pain threshold,
                                                                                                                        As a mentor you should invite new mentees to TM events, acknowledge progress, clarify
Indeed, some of the most memorable stories are          boosts immunity and relieves stress.
                                                                                                                        duties, explain contests, and describe the organization.
those that have elements of slapstick, side-            * Laughter and humor will lower your blood pressure and
splitting, humor. The greatest joy can be derived       heart rate, elevate your mood, build confidence, promote        Attention New Members: Please contact Felipe Melendez to match you with a mentor if
when we find humor in those experiences that                                                                            one has not been assigned to you. - FM
                                                        teamwork, encourage creativity and problem solving,
were once uncomfortable, painful, or                    prevent burnout, reduce stress, reduce fear and enhance
embarrassing. These soon turn into “gifts” that         health and outlook on life.                                                                   Welcome New Members!
we can share with others, just as Tara shared with            Adapted From: Energy to Change/Laugh Lines -                                         Elaine Harrison and Subba Rao
his fellow Toastmasters on the 23rd of August.                  http://www.energytochange.com/laugh.html
- MA

                                                                                                                                                       See next page for Calendar of Events…                   Page 1
                                                                                                          Club Success Plan
                                      Calendar of Events                                          Goal                     Activity                 Target No.

                                                                                                   1       Competent Communicator (CC)                  2
 SEPTEMBER                                          NOVEMBER
  SEPTEMBER                                          NOVEMBER                                      2       Additional Competent Communicators           2
 Club Meetings: Wed. 9/13 & 9/27                    Club Meetings: Wed. 11/1 & 11/15                       (CC)
  Club Meetings: Wed. 9/13 & 9/27                    Club Meetings: Wed. 11/1 & 11/15
 9/13: Area Governor Visit                                                                         3       Advanced Communicator (AC Bronze,            1
  9/13: Area Governor Visit                         11/6: Better Leader/Better Speaker                     AC Silver, or AC Gold)
                                                     11/6: Better Leader/Better Speaker
 9/18: Better Leader/Better Speaker Seminars,       Seminars, Seminar #3, Clark, NJ
  9/18: Better Leader/Better Speaker Seminars,       Seminars, Seminar #3, Clark, NJ               4       Additional Advanced Communicator             1
 Seminar #1, Clark, NJ (FREE)                       (FREE)                                                 (AC Bronze, AC Silver, or AC Gold)
  Seminar #1, Clark, NJ (FREE)                       (FREE)
 9/28: Area Contest: Humorous Speech &              11/11-12: Fall District Conference,            5       Competent Leader (CL), Advanced              1
  9/28: Area Contest: Humorous Speech &              11/11-12: Fall District Conference,                   Leader Silver (AC Silver), or
 Table Topics                                       LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, Queens, NY
  Table Topics                                       LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, Queens, NY                  Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
                                                    11/30: Better Leader/Better Speaker
                                                     11/30: Better Leader/Better Speaker           6       Additional Competent Leader (CL),            1
                                                    Seminars, Seminar #4, Clark, NJ                        Advanced Leader Silver (AC Silver), or
                                                     Seminars, Seminar #4, Clark, NJ                       Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
   OCTOBER                                          (FREE)
    OCTOBER                                          (FREE)
                                                                                                   7       New members                                  4
   Club Meetings: Wed. 10/11 & 10/25
     Club Meetings: Wed. 10/11 & 10/25                                                             8       Additional new members                       4
   Division Contest: Humorous Speech &              Dues Are Due!
                                                    Dues Are Due!
     Division Contest: Humorous Speech &                                                           9       Club officer training                    4 Fall / 4
   Table Topics                                     The Toastmaster membership fee
                                                    The Toastmaster membership fee                                                                   Spring
     Table Topics
                                                    ($27) for the period October 2006 to
                                                    ($27) for the period October 2006 to           10      Membership report & club officer list      1 each
   10/2: Better Leader/Better Speaker
     10/2: Better Leader/Better Speaker             March 2007 is due. Contact Vinod
                                                    March 2007 is due. Contact Vinod
   Seminars, Seminar #2, Clark, NJ (FREE)
     Seminars, Seminar #2, Clark, NJ (FREE)         Banginwar for details.
                                                    Banginwar for details.                               Indicates 2006-2007 club accomplishments
   10/9: Deadline for club semi-annual dues
     10/9: Deadline for club semi-annual dues                                                          Achieve 5 of 10 goals: Distinguished Club
   received at WHQ                                  Area Club Contest!
     received at WHQ                                Area Club Contest!                              Achieve 7 of 10 goals: Select Distinguished Club
   10/18: Joint Pharma Meeting hosted by            Thursday, September 28, 6:00 PM
                                                    Thursday, September 28, 6:00 PM               Achieve 9 of 10 goals: President’s Distinguished Club
     10/18: Joint Pharma Meeting hosted by
   Sanofi-Aventis club. Includes FREE               Clark Public Library
                                                    Clark Public Library
     Sanofi-Aventis club. Includes FREE
   Dinner.
     Dinner.                                                                                      Toastmasters Joint Pharma Meeting
                                                                                                  Toastmasters Joint Pharma Meeting
                                                    Submissions for September newsletter due to
                                                    Submissions for September newsletter due to   Wednesday, October 18th,,
                                                                                                  Wednesday, October 18th
                                                    LeTisha Shaw by Friday, October 8th
                                                    LeTisha Shaw by Friday, October 8th           Sanofi-Aventis, Bridgewater, NJ
Toastmasters International – www.toastmasters.org                                                 Sanofi-Aventis, Bridgewater, NJ
         District 46 – www.46toast.org                                                            RSVP: toastmasters@sanofi-aventis.com
                                                                                                  RSVP: toastmasters@sanofi-aventis.com
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