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Posted November 17, 2021
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The November Toastmasters Magazine published an excellent article titled “Behind the Scenes of a Speech Contest, Speakers may star, but contest functionaries play a critical role” by Ruth Nasrullah of Pearland Toastmasters.

The article mentions the work of the contest functionaries who organize the contest and make it flow.  It quotes Camille Morales, DTM, of  Southwest Project Management Toastmasters, Storytellers Toastmasters, Firm Speakers Toastmasters and Sweet Talkers Toastmasters.  It also quotes Zenia Shipp, DTM, of Pearland Toastmasters, Master Evaluators Toastmasters, Dining Out Toastmasters, UHCL Toastmasters and Young Professionals Southeast Toastmasters.

See the following link> https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine/magazine-issues/2021/nov/behind-the-scenes

Posted November 8, 2021
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Toastmaster Kim Stengel joined Toastmasters in February 2017.  She is currently the Club President of Kingwood Toastmasters.

Did you know Kim also enjoys a career spanning 48 years on Broadway and stages across 50+ countries and 4 continents?  Notably, Kim is the longest-running Diva in the history of The Phantom of the Opera, having performed the role of Carlotta over 5,500 times on Broadway and Internationally.

Kim is thrilled to return to Theatre Under the Stars in Sister Act.  She was simply AMAZING.  Congratulations Kim for continuing to fine-tune your communication skills on the Theater Stage.

Posted October 2, 2021
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In July of 2019 Michele Cuellar, Area Director, was installing officers for the Young Professional’s Toastmasters.  Ramona Smith, the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, was giving a speech in that meeting. What a delight to see the “Ladybug Speaker” deliver a speech!

Posted September 22, 2021
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Elaine T. Jackson, BS, PMP, GPM-b

One of the few good things from Covid was that online meetings brought the opportunity to include remote members to Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters.  One of our remote gems is Elaine Jackson, who joined HGPMT from Massachusetts. Elaine is our current VPM and is helping us accelerate our club growth.

Elaine is an accomplished speaker with more than 17 years leadership experience with Toastmasters.  She specializes in Project Management and Sustainability training through her own training organization, HolisticPMC. Among her accomplishments have been workshops for PMI and training for PMP Certification.

Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters welcomes Elaine’s remote contributions.

Posted August 22, 2021
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Top Left: My Ice breaker was a big hit, and the club gave me the “Best Ice Breaker” trophy. It was followed by “The most informed and balanced speech” and the “Best Humorous Speech.” I was excited about speaking and entered the Tall Tales and International Speech Contest. I won First Place in the Club and Area Contest for both speeches. It was an exciting moment!

In 2007, I received The John Radcliff award at the bottom right. It is awarded to a dedicated Toastmaster every year. I love to speak. My favorite manuals were Humorously Speaking, The Entertaining Speaker and Storytelling. I had received 49 shiny gold cups. All the hard work paid off, and in 2014 I received the DTM.

Posted August 15, 2021
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District 56 member, Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, successfully coordinated and completed the first two digital Speechcraft programs. The first club she successfully coordinated a Speechcraft program is VNS Voices Toastmasters Club where she is President. A few weeks later, Elizabeth went on to successfully coordinate a second digital Speechcraft program with League City Toastmasters where she is Vice President Education. She signed up ten new members from the Speechcraft programs and earned four official awards signed by Dan Rex: two certified Speechcrafter certificates and two as a Coordinator for newly-certified Speechcrafters!

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