Monday, November 30, 2015

Early Club Officer Training

Come out Friday, December 4th, for the Early Bird Training and get your club officers trained.

6:00pm to 8:30pm
Tyler Technologies 2nd Floor Reception Area
5519 53rd Street

Bring your own food and eat during the training.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Two New DTMs

Lubbock, Texas, has two new Distinguished Toastmasters this fall.

Amber Marsh and Kerry Mobley worked closely on a number of projects as they earned their Distinguished Toastmaster Awards.

Amber, a member of Llano Estacado Toastmasters, received her DTM on September 2, 2016. She was the Area 61 Governor in 2014-15 and coached the Eloquent Raiders club to Distinguished status.

Kerry, also a member of Llano Estacado Toastmasters, received her DTM on November 3, 2016. She was the Area 62 Governor in 2014-15 and sponsored the Lubbock Realtor Club.

As Area Governors, the two worked together organizing contests and trainings. They continue to work together this year as district officers. Amber is the District 23 Public Relations Manager and Kerry is the District 23 Administration Manager.

Amber Marsh, DTM
(click for full size image)
Kerry Mobley, DTM
(click for full size image)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tim Evans Wins District Contest

Tim Evans
Congratulations Tim Evans of the WWJS Toastmasters club for winning the District 23 Toastmasters Evaluation Contest!

Tim is a Lubbock, Texas, resident and a 11 year member of Toastmasters.

The Evaluation contest recognizes the skills of members who provide valuable feedback to a speaker about the speech they have just given.

Tim also won the District 44 Evaluation Contest in the Fall of 2006.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Lubbock Toastmaster Wins Division F Evaluation Contest

Tim Evans of the WWJS Toastmasters club won the Division F Evaluation contest on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas.

Tim has been a member of Toastmasters for over 10 years and won the District 44 Evaluation contest in 2006.

Tim Evans receives his First Place
certificate from Area 63 Director
Pamela Emmons-Beasley

Doug Johnson of Midland, Texas, won the Humorous Speech contest. Doug and Tim both advanced to the District 23 contests which will take place during the fall conference in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Doug Johnson receives his First Place
certificate from Area 64 Director
Charles Beasley

Monday, August 31, 2015

Division F Contest - Location Moved to Tyler Technologies

The Division F Contests for the fall of 2015 have been moved to a new location.

The date remains the same - Saturday, September 12th - but the time has been moved up slightly and the contest will now run from 11:00am to 1pm. The briefings begin at 11:00am and the contest starts at 11:30am. All judges and contestants need to arrive at 11:00am.

The location will be Tyler Technologies at 5519 53rd Street, Lubbock, TX (location details and map.)

Area 61, 62, and 65 Contest Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fall 2015 Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests for Areas 61, 62, and 65! We had a great turn out at Texas Tech University's Escondido Theater on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

The winners of Saturday's contests will move on to the Division F Contests on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Your winners are:

Area 61

  • Evaluation - Taryn Colvin
  • Humorous Speech - Taryn Colvin

Area 62

  • Evaluation - Patti Douglass
  • Humorous Speech - Kim Davis

Area 65

  • Evaluation - Tim Evans
  • Humorous Speech - Donna Labatt

Area 61
Ross Nieman, Victoria Xiong, Nadeeja Wijayatunga, 
Thomas Kent, and Taryn Colvin

Area 62
Patti Douglass, Gary Johnson, Kim Davis,
Jason Davis, Debora Perez-Ruiz, Cliff Colvin, Lori Daniel

Area 65
Kevin Wilson, Donna Labatt, Donna Peters, Tim Evans

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Area 61, 62, and 65 Contests

Toastmasters from all across Lubbock, Clovis, and Portales will come together on Saturday, August 29th, for the Area 61, 62, and 65 speech contests. For the fall season, the contests are Humorous Speech and Evaluation.

Contests will take place in Texas Tech's Escondido Theater, 15th & Akron in Texas Tech's Student Union Building (directions.)

Area 61 & 62 Contests

Contestants and judges should arrive at 12:30 p.m. CST for the briefings. Contests begin at 1 p.m. CST.

Area 65 Contests

The Area 65 Contest briefing will begin at either 2 p.m. CST or the conclusion of the Area 61 and 62 contests, whichever comes later.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Congratulations Jason Davis!

Jason Davis is the first Toastmaster in Lubbock, Texas, to receive his Distinguished Toastmaster award during the 2015-16 Toastmasters year that began on July 1, 2015.

Almost a 10-year veteran of Toastmasters, Jason has participated in all aspects of Toastmasters including being a district officer several times and doing many marketing projects for the local clubs.

Jason is a member of both the Downtown Toastmasters Club and the Lubbock Professional Club.

Congratulations Jason!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lubbock 2015 Business Expo

Toastmasters from all across Lubbock participated in the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Business Expo.

Photos by Ben Mercado

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Eloquent Raiders Celebrates End of Year

Eloquent Raiders Toastmasters Club in Lubbock, Texas, held its second annual end of year banquet Tuesday night at the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business.

With nearly twenty members and guests in attendance, the club celebrated their accomplishments and looked forward to graduation for some and next year of school and Toastmasters for others. Area 62 Governor Kerry Mobley spoke after dinner and congratulated the club and members for all they've achieved.

Fatima Naeem and Jimmy Morrison

Layne Russell and Jimmy Morrison

Photos by Kerry Mobley

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kevin Coffey Goes to District

During Saturday's Division F speech contests in Lubbock, Texas, WWJS Toastmasters member Kevin Coffey won the International Speech contest with his speech "First World Problems."

As a mechanical engineering student at Texas Tech University, Kevin lives in a high tech world and drew upon his life experiences to craft the speech.

Pam Davis of the Enriched Speakers club in Eunice, New Mexico, won the Table Topics contest.

Both Toastmasters move on to compete in the District 23 contests on May 1st and 2nd in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Along with Kevin and Pam, Midland's Layne Rouse placed second in International Speech and third in Table Topics, Lubbock's Jason Davis placed third in International Speech, and Lubbock's Jef Conn placed second in Table Topics.

Contest winners Kevin Coffey, Layne Rouse,
Jason Davis, Pam Davis, and Jef Conn
Photo by Bobby Kimbro

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ernée Kozyreff Earns Distinguished Toastmaster Award

Ernée Kozyreff
Ernée Kozyreff with his
Distinguished Toastmaster plaque.
After pulling double duty as last year's Area 61 & Area 62 Governors for the clubs of Lubbock, Texas, Ernée Kozyreff earned his Distinguished Toastmaster Award.

Though he now lives in Sorocaba, Brazil, Ernée was a member of the Lubbock Toastmasters club that meets at 6:30 AM on Tuesdays in the McInturff conference room at University Medical Center.

Congratulations Ernée!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lubbock Pro Club Hosts Area 61/62 Contests

The Lubbock Professional Toastmasters club will be hosting the Spring 2015 contests for Area 61 and 62 on March 7, 2015, at 8:00 am. The briefings will begin at 8 and the contests will begin at 8:30am.

The Lubbock Professional Club meets in the University Room at Green Lawn Church of Christ. See the maps below for details on how to get there.

Immediately after the Area 61 & 62 Contests on March 7th, stick around for the Lubbock Professional Toastmasters Club meeting and learn ...

How to Get Paid to Give a Speech

Having spoken extensively inside and outside of Toastmasters, Jef Conn will give you the nuts and bolts of how to expand your speaking horizons while getting paid in the process. 

How to Excel in Toastmasters Contests

A panel of Toastmasters who have advanced all the way to District-level contests and beyond will be on hand to give insights for doing better in contests as well as answering your questions about contests.

Along with extensive speech evaluations, these are just a few of the things you can expert to learn and be inspired by at every meeting of the Lubbock Pro Club. Join us after the Area 61 & 62 Contests for a taste of what the Lubbock Pro Club can do for you.

Getting to Green Lawn:

Getting to the University Center once you're at Green Lawn. (PDF)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Robert Barnhill PFP Chartering Ceremony

As a tribute to Past International President Robert Barnhill, Toastmasters in Lubbock, Texas, chartered the Robert Barnhill PFP Toastmasters club on November 8, 2014, and is having their chartering ceremony on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Jef Conn and Shigang Zhong of the Articulate Toastmasters club sponsored the new club and Ben Mercado of Eloquent Raiders is currently the club’s mentor.
Growing out of the Personal Financial Planning department at Texas Tech University, the club will be a benefit to students and faculty by providing the opportunity to improve both leadership and speaking skills. Financial planning professionals communicate with clients and other professionals on a daily basis. Presentations in front of peers or clients can cause anxiety and paralyzing fears. The Robert Barnhill PFP Club looks to help its members gain confidence and overcome the fear of speaking.
RobertBarnhillPFPMapThe chartering ceremony will take place on Texas Tech campus in the Human Sciences Building, room 111.  The ceremony will be 7pm-8pm followed by a reception with snacks. Please see the map to the right which indicates paid parking locations (highlighted in pink) and the Human Sciences building (highlighted in yellow.)
The club’s regular meetings take place on Thursdays from 6:35pm to 7:35pm in room 136 of the Human Sciences Building.
Robert Barnhill was the president of Toastmasters International from July 1996 to June 1997. Prior to that, he’d served in a number of other volunteer offices for the organization. Since that time, Robert has been a friend and mentor to Toastmasters across the world and especially in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
Robert is also an adjunct professor in the Personal Financial Planning department where he continues to educate and inspire the next generation of financial planners.
It is Robert’s passion for the Toastmasters organization as well as his dedication to the continued personal growth of its members that led the new club to take on Robert’s name.
You can find out more about the Robert Barnhill PFP club at their website:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lubbock's Second Winter TLI

We are VERY happy to report that the majority (70%) of the Lubbock officers have been trained!  All 10 clubs have sent at least 4 officers to be trained and Articulate Toastmasters sent all 7!

We had a great turn out for the training this morning, and I want to thank everyone who showed up to participate and help out.  

Ryan and Andy did a fabulous job presenting about service leadership and evaluation.
Andy Gerron, President of Downtown Club
"Evaluate to Motivate"
Ryan Van Dusen, VPPR of Toasters
"Service Leadership"

And I think we all learned a lot during the DTM panel.  I believe Angelia said it best when she said "Just say YES!"
DTM's Jan d'Orsay and Angelia Heare with moderator and
near-future DTM Jef Conn

We look forward to seeing you all during our upcoming club visits and at our Area speech contest on March 7th.

Thank you for your leadership and your continued support,

Amber Marsh, Area 61 GovernorKerry Mobley, Area 62 Governor

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Area 61/Area 62 Speech Contest

Where:  Green Lawn Church Of Christ
                5701 19th Street
                Lubbock, TX

When:   Saturday, March 7th
               Registration and Briefing at 8:00 am
               Contest starts at 8:30 am

Details:  Our Area contests are scheduled early this season, so please begin planning your club contests at your next meeting.  The types of speeches in this contest are Table Topics and International Speech.

We already have a Toastmaster, Contest Chair, and Chief Judge, but still need volunteers to serve as judges, ballot counters, and timers.  If you are available to help with this contest, please let Amber or Kerry know.

For more information about Toastmasters Speech Contest, visit

We will get more details out as they become available.

Thank you,

Amber Marsh, Area 61 Governor
Kerry Mobley, Area 62 Governor

Makeup Officer Training

Where:  Tyler Technologies
                5519 53rd Street
                Lubbock, TX  79414
                2nd Floor Training Room

When:    Saturday, January 24th
                9:30 am - 12:00 pm  (registration at 9:15 am)

Details:  Please announce this at your meetings and definitely invite all of your members. It's a great opportunity for those interested in serving as an officer in the future to learn more about Toastmasters and officer roles.

Clubs striving for distinguished status need to have a minimum of 4 officers trained.  The following number of officers have been trained for each club:

Articulates – 6 officers trained
Llano – 4 officers trained
Robert Barnhill – 4 officers trainedDowntown – 2 officers trained
Eloquent Raiders – 0 officers trained
Lubbock Club – 0 officers trained
Lubbock Pro Club – 2 officers trained
South Plains – 2 officers trained
Toasters – 3 officers trained
WWJS – 3 officers trained