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
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
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 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)
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
($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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org