Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lubbock/Albuquerque TLI

Through the magic of the internet, Lubbock officers are getting trained by District Governor TK O'Geary and World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller who are in Albuquerque.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Early Bird Training

To help clubs start the year off with a bang, District 23 is offering early bird training for club officers at a joint Lubbock/Albuquerque TLI.   Lance Miller, the 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking, will be the guest presenter. His session on how to "Build a Championship Club" will be presented live in Albuquerque and the video will be streamed live to Lubbock.  Additional sessions will be led by local Toastmasters as well as our Lt. Governor Education and Training, Linda Leazar.

The meeting will take place in room 109 of the Texas Tech School of Law on Saturday, December 1st, from  10am to 2pm.

Additional maps and details regarding parking can be found here:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Eloquent Raiders Host Demo Meeting at Texas Tech's Rawl College of Business

November 5, 2012, the newest Toastmasters club in Lubbock, the Eloquent Raiders, hosted a demonstration meeting for students in Texas Tech's Rawls College of Business.  There were over 160 students who attended the demonstration to learn more about Toastmasters and how Toastmasters can help them in both the personal and professional lives.
Member Testimonials
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Tech Law School Associate Director discusses last minute details
with Area 62 Governor Robyne Vaughn, the meeting organizer.

Toastmasters from across Lubbock assist the Eloquent Raiders in their final preparations.

Students are arriving.

Rawls College of Business Professor visiting with Stacy Cain, Mentor for Eloquent Raiders.

Students still arriving.

This screen is amazing. It's a Toastmasters dream!

More member testimonials.

And more testimonials.

Eloquent Raiders, Libby Graham & Haley Balko preparing for their  meeting roles.

Eloquent Raiders President, Tyler Benting.

Eloquent Raider, Danny Squire

Eloquent Raider, Haley Balko

Toastmasters Area 61 Governor, Jef Conn, ACB, ALB giving the audience the objectives for the first presentation.

Eloquent Raider, Libby Graham, "Ice-Breaker"

Eloquent Raider, Uwe Beltz, giving the audience the objectives for the second presentation.

Toastmaster, David Liao, "Creating the Moment"

Toastmasters Area 61 Governor, giving the evaluation for the first presentation.

Eloquent Raider, Uwe Beltz, evaluation the second presentation.

Eloquent Raider, Danny Squire, participating in Table Topics

Toastmaster, Paula Wilkinson, DTM, participating in Table Topics

Closing Remarks from the Eloquent Raiders Mentor, Stacy Cain.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Eloquent Raiders Charters

After nearly a year of work, it's official: the Eloquent Raiders club has chartered!  Lubbock's first new club since 2007, E.R. meets every Tuesday night at the Texas Tech School of Law and is open to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the Lubbock community.

Get your guns up, Raiders!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Division F Evaluation & Tall Tales Contests

We had a great time at the Division F Evaluation & Tall Tales contests on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  We were honored to have District 23 Lieutenant Governor Marketing, Jim McCabe, in attendance.  

fr left: Dustin Wells, Laura Edge, Vicky Ma, Mary Ann Gordon, Michelle Leatherwood, Will Bess, Liz Langford

Area 62 Governor, Robyne Vaughn gave a wonderful speech, "How to Hold an Effective, Enjoyable, and Productive Meeting," for the Evaluation contestants to evaluate.  Mary Ann Gordon, Vicky Ma and Laura Edge all did a fantastic job evaluating Robyne's speech.  The 1st Place Contestant, advancing to the District Evaluation Contest, was Mary Ann Gordon.

Jim McCabe, Mary Ann Gordon, Jef Conn
We got to hear four delightful Tall Tales.  Dustin Wells wowed us with his tale "Victory in the Ocean."  Michelle Leatherwood told a suspenseful tale "Dec 24, Christmas Eve."  Liz Langford shared her amazing story "I Caught a Fish THIS Big!."  And Will Bess had us laughing with "Don't Tell My Momma."  The 1st Place Contestant, advancing to the District Tall Tales Contest, was Will Bess.

Jim McCabe, Will Bess, Jef Con

At the end of the afternoon, a drawing was held for a $25 gift card from United Supermarkets.  Laura Edge was the winner of the drawing.

Congratulations to all our winners: Mary Ann Gordon, Will Bess and Laura Edge!

And a great big THANK YOU to two of the hardest working Toastmasters in attendance, our timers Jack Gordon and Tracy Thomason.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Division F Contests - Fall 2012

The Division F contests will take place in Lubbock on October 27th from 1pm to 4pm at the Sunset Church of Christ, room 210.  The Evaluation and Tall Tales contests will feature some of the best evaluators and speakers from around Division F, including Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and Clovis.

The winner of each contest will advance to the district contest during the District 23 Fall Conference in Albuquerque.

The Sunset Church of Christ is at 3723 34th Street. Park at the east end of the main building (see below) and and enter the east end door.  You'll walk down a short hall and take a left hand turn.  Just ahead and on the right will be a doorway that opens to a staircase.  Take the stairs up to the second floor and you will be right at room the contest room, room 210.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall 2012 Area Contest Winners

Saturday morning was full of Tall Tales and great Evaluations. Congratulations to all our First and Second place finishers who will move on the the Division F contest on Saturday, October 27th. 

And a big thanks goes to our Area Governors, Jef Conn for Area 61 and Robyne Vaughn for Area 62, for conducting the contest and to Julian Hooker for being our Target Speaker for the Evaluation contest.

Area 61 Evaluation Contest
  • First Place: Mary Ann Gordon
  • Second Place: Vicky (Zhuanzhuan) Ma

Area 61 Tall Tales Contest
  • First Place: Liz Langford
  • Second Place: Michelle Leatherwood

Area 62 Tall Tales Contest
  • First Place: Dustin Wells

Robyne Vaughn, Jef Conn, and Mary Ann Gordon
Robyne Vaughn, Jef Conn, and Vicky (Zhuanzhuan) Ma
Robyne Vaughn, Jef Conn, and Liz Langford
Robyne Vaughn, Jef Conn, and Michelle Leatherwod
Jef Conn, Robyne Vaughn, and Dustin Wells
Julian Hooker, Robyne Vaughn, and Jef Conn