Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Early Bird discount extended to TODAY !

The early bird discount has been extended to TODAY (Oct.20th) only !

Send an email to everyone you know who might want to go to the District 53 Fall Conference!

Here is the link to the registration form and more info...

Get your registration into the mail today and SAVE MONEY !

This conference on Saturday Nov. 7th in Saratoga Springs, NY will a ton of fun!

Want Proof?
Check out the video below...
(be sure that you have "annotations turned on" to get the full effect!)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Past District 53 Governor dubbed by Hobo Queen

2008-9 Hobo Queen Carmine Coco DeYoungKarin von Kaenel was officially dubbed by the 2008-9 National Hobo Queen (and current Area A4 Governor) Carmine Coco DeYoung at the Area A4 speech contest on Wed. Sept.30th.

Part of the dubbing process is the awarding of a "hobo moniker" for the honoree and Karin was given the name "Countess Butterfly" due to her background as a statistician and the butterfly logo she had during her year as District 53 Governor.

The picture to the right shows Carmine explaining the award / dubbing process.

Below are pictures of Karin being "dubbed" by Carmine with the ceremonial hobo walking stick.

Karin von Kaenel dubbed Countess ButterflyKarin von Kaenel dubbed Countess Butterfly

In the picture on the left below, Carmine awards Karin the Hobo Walking stick which includes numerous butterflies painted on it along with the signature of the Hobo King and Queen. Truly a "one of a kind" memento!

Karin von Kaenel awarded Hobo Walking StickKarin also received a certificate (so she can hang something on the wall when she is out walking with the walking stick) !

Congratulations Karin !

Area A4 Contest results...


First Place – Michael Cummings, Cartus Magnus

Second Place – Don Lococo, Socially Speaking


First Place – Daniel Rapley, Wooster Heights

Second Place – Croix Sather, WestConn

Third Place – Belle Garafola, Barnum Square

Pictured below (l-r)...

Dan Rapley, Croix Sather, Belle Garafola, Michael Cummings

Area A2 Contest results

Here are the pictures of the Area A2 contest held Friday, Oct.2nd, 2009...

The Area A2 Humorous contest winners are:
from left to right...
3rd place: Darci Rowe, 2nd place: Mike Knopf, Winner: Geoff Crew
Both Geoff and Mike will represent Area A2 at the Division contest.

From left to right...
Winner: Ruth Ray
2nd place: Steve Rock
3rd place: Gerry Buchman

Because Ruth Ray will be unable to attend the Division contest, Steve and Gerry will be the ones attending it on Friday October 9.

A Future Toastmaster ...

Have you seen this YouTube video done by a future Toastmaster?
(Special Thanks to Past District 53 Governor, Roger Brown who brought it to our attention) ...

Roger also sent a link (via PHILIP LEVERE) to an article about how the video came about... click here.
Jim Sacco estimates that his son Josh has watched "Miracle," the film about the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team's legendary upset of the Soviets, nearly 150 times. Apparently, the movie has made quite an impression on the young fan. ...

... No professional coaching. No fancy editing. No script, because Rizzo hasn't learned to read yet -- he was just 4 years old when his father filmed the speech earlier this year, making it all the more remarkable.
Here is the speech in the movie as presented by Kurt Russell...

What are you born to do? What's your game?

Could your club use a "pregame speech"?