Monday, September 12, 2011

The Knowledge Club Toastmasters at Division D Speech Contest

Toastmasters District 14, Division D held their Humorous Speech and Evaluation Speech Contest on Saturday, September 14, 2011 at Cobb EMC. Keith Ivey represented the Knowledge Club Toastmasters of Marietta with his speech entitled "Follow your Dreams and the Funny Will Follow".

Keith Ivey delivers his humorous speech:  "Follow your Dreams and the Funny Will Follow"

Contest Chair:                  Rachel Vigil
Contest Master:               Josh DeMuth
Chief Judge:                     Lina Surianto
Target Speaker:               Maria Hull
Ballot Counters:               Carl Stiflter, Jo Kelly, Margaret Edinburgh

Backup Ballot Counter:   Nikki Anschel
Sergeants At Arms:         Jason Groves, Stan Loth
Timers:                            Shani Brown, Georgia Vanis

Crowd gathers at Cobb EMC before contest

Area D Contestants for Speech Evaluation

Roxanne Rush awarded 1st Place Evaluation Speech by Division D Governor Abdul Wahab Memon

2nd Place Humorous Speech– Jatika Manigault
John Matthews is awarded 1st Place for his Humorous Speech
John Matthews and Abdul Wahab Memon
Abdul Wahab Memon with Mike Sena - 3rd Place Winner Speech Evaluation

Abdul Wahab Memon with Scott Lehmann - 2nd Place Winner Speech Evaluation
Winners for the District D Contest.

Humorous Speech

1st Place – John Matthews
2nd Place – Jatika Manigault
3rd Place – Megan Hill


1st Place – Roxanne Rush  
2nd Place – Scott Lehmann  
3rd  Place -  Mike Sena   

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Flair of Renaissance - Knowledge Club Toastmasters Club Meeting August 27, 2011

Here is a recap of last Tuesday's (August 23, 2011) meeting of the Knowledge Club Toastmasters of Marietta, GA.

What a wonderful cultural awakening we experienced last night with Quincy's theme - A Flair of Renaissance. He did an excellent job as a first time Toastmaster.

The meeting started a few minutes after 7:00pm as we had some late arrivals and guests. Below are the roles that were undertaken by the following toastmasters:

Toastmaster:: Quincy 

Sergeant at Arms:Quincy
Joke of the evening:Tonie
Word of the day: TruncateSandi
Table Topics Master:Danielle
General Evaluator:Sandi
ah counter:Shafik

Speaker #1:  Winston Agbebiyi  "You and Me:Making This World Even Better"
Speaker #2:  Greg Palmer "Baseball"

Evaluator #1Keith
Evaluator #2Rogers


Best Table Topics award - Kim

Keith and Rogers tie for the Best Evaluator Award
Best Speech went to Winston

During our breaktime
Greg Palmer

The theme of the evening was a Flair of Renaissance presented by Toastmaster Quincy. He discussed the notable events, famous persons and the artistic, cultural and scientific achievements of this period of history. 

Notable Persons of the Renaissance

 Francis Bacon

  Joan of Arc


  Leonardo Da Vinci

Notable Events
·         New World Discovery – Christopher Columbus
·         Protestant Reformation – Martin Luther (95 thesis)
·         Printing Press -  Bibles translated out of Latin to common folks
·         Copernicus Revolution broke 2000 years of solar system theory

Telescope – Galileo
Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
David by Donatello
Whiskey in Scotland
First golf ball invented
Blood transfusion
Mona Lisa painted

Life in the 1500's, something interesting to ponder. Those were not the "good old days"!
  • Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
  • Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the b.o.
  • Baths equaled a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
  • Houses had thatched roofs. Thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the pets... dogs, cats and other small animals, mice, rats, bugs lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
  • There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. So, they found if they made beds with big posts and hung a sheet over the top, it addressed that problem. Hence those beautiful big 4 poster beds with canopies. I wonder if this is where we get the saying "Good night and don't let the bed bugs bite"...
  • Sometimes they could obtain pork and would feel really special when that happened. When company came over, they would bring out some bacon and hang it to show it off. It was a sign of wealth and that a man "could really bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
  • Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food. This happened most often with tomatoes, so they stopped eating tomatoes...for 400 years.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 16, 2011 - The Knowledge Club Toastmasters of Marietta

Natalia Hartley - Toastmaster for our August 16th Meeting

Mix and Mingle at Mansour Center

Mix and Mingle at Mansour Center

John Sterling : Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will.

Here is a recap of last Tuesday's meeting of the Knowledge Club Toastmasters of Marietta, GA.

The meeting started on time at 7:00pm with the meeting opened by Sergeant at Arms after our first and very successful Mix and Mingle! Thank you Natalia and Olga for arriving early and setting up. The following roles were undertaken by the following toastmasters:

Sergeant at Arms:Quincy
Joke of the evening:Mody
Word of the day:Quincy
Table Topics Master:Carmen
General Evaluator:Shannan
ahh counter:Danielle
Speaker #1:Consuelo
Speaker #2Shani
Speaker #3Sandi
Evaluator #1Renee
Evaluator #2Winston
Evaluator #3Tekel

Area Governor Shani Brown 

Kim wins Best Table Topics

Sandi takes the award for Best Speech

Monday, August 15, 2011

Announcing Mix and Mingle with the Knowledge Club Toastmasters

Our club is expanding. We always feel rushed to leave the building after our meetings. We barely get a chance to connect to our guests.

We would like turn this situation around. After all, we are all wanting to connect and get to know each other. 

Club officers have agreed to have a Mix & Mingle from 6:30 – 6:55pm in the corridor to the left as we enter the building. ‘

This is a great opportunity to connect, network, share your life with your Toastmaster family. Enjoy and have fun.

This is available to us as long as we are respectful of the space and other groups in The Mansour Center.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Area 34 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest

The Knowledge Club shines from speakers to members at the area contest on Saturday.

We had 11 members total representing our club. 
The contest was a huge success.  Everything flowed effortlessly.

And guess what,... we have winners.

Keith Ivey came in 1st Place in the Humorous Speech Contest

Julian Smart-Rimple came in 2nd Place in the Evaluation Contest.

Congratulations to both of you. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 9, 2011 The Knowledge Club Toastmasters of Marietta

Here is a recap of last Tuesdays meeting of the Knowledge Club Toastmasters of Marietta, GA. We have one video to share here.

The meeting started on time at @ 7:00pm with the meeting opened by Sergeant at Arms. The following roles were undertaken by the following toastmasters:

Toastmaster: Tonie
Sergeant at Arms: Quincy
Joke of the evening: Shafik
Word of the day: Winston
Table Topics Master: Tekel
Grammarian: Mody
General Evaluator: Albert
Evaluators: Renee, Sandi, Natalia
ahh counter: Winston
Timer: Consuelo

Word of the Day - Eschew:  to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid:

We had 5 guests:


Prepared Speeches:

Michelle - "Ice Breaker"

Quincy - "How the Universe Speaks to You"  Video

Winston - "Cooking to Entertain"


Best Table Topics - Shafik

Best Speech - Michelle

Best Evaluator - Renee

Fish Out of Water - Consuelo

Area 34 Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, August 13th from 10 AM - 12 PM at The Mansour Center
995 Roswell St NEMariettaGA (map) .  

Please come and support Keith on his Humorous Speech and Julian on his Evaluation as they compete to go to the Division level.

The Knowledge Club Toastmasters -

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

News you can use from your Area 34 Governor - Shani Brown

Hi everyone,

Fall Conference is next month. Please encourage some of your confident members to speak. Even if they don't make it this time, the behavior path is set for next time and so on. It's all about building confidence.

Toastmasters is dead. Long live Toastmasters. The old brand goes out of commission on 8/17 and the new brand replaces it. The most important element of the new Toastmasters brand isn't the new logo, it's the new story. Toastmasters has always emphasized speaking and leadership. Now, the emphasis will be on leadership, supported, of course, by speaking. More in the weeks to come (wink).

There are some good marketing and public relations resources at If you're a VP with one of those titles, check it out.

Dues are going up from $54 to $72 annually beginning October 1, 2011. The reasons include: more programs and services and expansion of infrastructure (TMI is really much bigger now and its members more demanding). The additional funds will enhance member support and services and enable the implementation of the five-year strategic plan voted in last year. Want more info? or email

Achieving President's Distinguished is an honor that represents good participation and good leadership throughout the year. One of the easiest goals to attain is leader training. If you don't have a minimum of four leaders already trained, please make it so. Here's a website with all the details. I'll be checking in with you about this by phone or on my next Area Governor's visit. The fee is $10. Cash or check payable to "District 14 Toastmasters" will get you in the door.

Thanks for getting everything and everyone off to a good start in July! Please feel free to call on me with ideas, concerns, or questions. My primary role is to help your clubs be more enjoyable and effective and to help you grow as individuals. I stand ready to serve. 


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