Monday, November 17, 2008

Yankee Candle Hosts Interclub Speech-a-thon

Subject: Yankee Candle Hosts Interclub Speech-a-thon
Division E - A First Interclub Speechathon
by Bryan Bridges

Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 -Deerfield, MA -- On Veterans Day about thirty Toastmasters from District 53 gathered at the Yankee Candle Headquarters in South Deerfield MA to enjoy the first interclub Speechathon. Nine speakers from four clubs delivered a variety of manual speeches. Each was evaluated by the audience and by a dedicated speech evaluator and each received a report from a grammarian, an ah counter and a timer. Also nine people, in addition to the evaluators, completed a task from their Competent Leader (CL) manual at the event. Several other people involved in the planning also received CL credit.

Speakers for the Veterans Day 2008 Speech-a-thon.
Front row left to right: Leeanne Herman (YCC), Jim Munro (VEP), Dennis Kunkler (PV), Arden Billings (YCC), Mike Finn (SE), Jim Kagai (SE). Back Row left to right: Davit Khachatryan (SE), Rob Wilson (VEP), Croix Sather (Division E Gov.), Frank Fasano (PV).

[Abbreviations: PV –Pioneer Valley Club, SE –Speakeasy Club, YCC –Yankee Candle express Club, VEP –Veterans Education Project.]

During the breaks folks bought goodies at the bake sale and tickets to the 50-50 raffle and drawing for a Yankee Candle gift basket. The money raised, $89 plus the generous gift of the 50-50 raffle winnings ($25), went to the Veteran Education Project. VEP works with Veterans training them to speak of their experiences to various audiences.

The event was designed to give Toastmasters an opportunity to give manual speeches, earn CL credit and have fun and socialize with other Toastmasters from a variety of clubs.

The next interclub Speechathon –The Fabulous St. Patty's Day Speak and Eat, is scheduled for Saturday the 14th of March 2009.

While it is early in the planning stages we know that you can look forward to a pot luck dinner, food related charities and table topics in addition to the CL and speaking opportunities. We hope to see you there!

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