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July 11, 2019 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in toastmasters, Public Speaking, batavia, news.

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The energetic and motivational club, Speak Up Toastmasters, met at a special place and time on Tuesday to induct new officers for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Janice Brooks (Area Director), members, and guests welcomed Sarah Kohl (Sergeant at Arms), Judy Britton (Secretary), Leslie Marino (VP Public Relations), Denise Hull ( VP Education), and Patrick Olson (President & Treasurer) in their new roles. Not pictured, Brenda Serena (VP Membership).

Our speaker for the evening, newly appointed President & Treasurer Olson, presented a research project on Team Work. The speech was his third educational award giving him the distinction of earning the District's Triple Crown Award.

"The nice thing about the new educational manuals is that they are all online now so they can be accessed anywhere you have an Internet connection. And it's the club experience that teaches you the most," Marino said.

There are more than 345,000 registered members in Toastmasters. Interested in becoming a better communicator and leader? Visit a club meeting for FREE!

Meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 190 Oak St., Batavia. www.SpeakUpToastmasters.org, text or call 585-993-0515 or email [email protected] to save a seat.

August 19, 2018 - 9:41am
posted by Billie Owens in toastmasters, batavia, Announcements.

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Last week, Speak Up Toastmasters held their annual summer picnic, kicking off a brand new season.

Shirley Malone gave a speech called "Snap Shots of My Life." She created beautiful word pictures that made it easy for the audience to picture just how life was for her growing up in the days when grandma still churned butter.

Eva Miller evaluated the 25-year Toastmaster veteran, proclaiming that it was the best speech she had ever heard Malone give. It was truly riveting; she had the audience at the edge of their seats.

Patrick Olson led the members and guests in our favorite portion of the meeting, table topics, by asking questions about their favorite outdoor activities. There was a wide range of answers for all the questions that Olson had.

Toastmaster members provided food for fellow members, family, and guests who cheered on our presenters for the evening. As always, food, fun education, guests and members make a great combination.

If you are interested in excelling in your career, give Toastmasters a try.  The best value for your dollar is available to you right here in Genesee County. Wouldn't you like to go from 0 - 100?

The next meeting is on Sept. 11th at 190 Oak St. in Batavia at 7 p.m. We are accepting applications now. Hurry, seats fill up fast. Guests are always welcome to sit in on a meeting.

Contact [email protected] or call/text 585-993-0515 for more information.

October 2, 2012 - 3:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, toastmasters.

Press release:

Two local people will represent Batavia in "Speak Up"  Toastmasters on Friday Oct. 5 at the Area 5, District 65 Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest. It will take place at Genesee Community College in Batavia.

Joan Post will be one of five to participate in the Evaluation Contest wherein she will evaluate the chosen target speaker given by a chosen speaker.

Steven Holley who will be one of five to participate in the Humorous Speech Contest.

The winners will go on to represent the area in the Central Division Fall Speech
Contest and then on to the District 65 Fall Conference.

So come out and cheer on our Batavia speakers. It should be an enjoyable evening and costs only $10 a person, including dinner.

The contest begins with registration at 6 p.m. with a light supper available. The contests commence at 7 o'clock.

For more information please visit our Web site <http://www.speakuptoastmasters.org> or
call 343-2640.

"Speak Up" Toastmasters is a club for improving your ommunicating and leadership skills. It's open to the public and to all ages. We meet the second and fourth Tuesdays.

September 27, 2012 - 3:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, toastmasters.

Press release:

Giggles and snickers aren't usually welcomed during a speaking contest, but that's the goal of the Toastmasters District 65 Evaluation and Humorous Contest that will be hosted by the Multi-Cultural Communications Club at Genesee Community College on Friday, Oct. 5.

The event is geared toward fine-tuning speaking skills that are generally outside the comfort zone of club members and participants. Toastmasters is an international organization aimed at helping individuals gain the confidence needed to become great speakers and leaders, and ultimately, to find their "voice."

The club's mission is to provide a mutually safe, supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills that foster self-confidence and personal growth.

"We help members become confident, charismatic individuals and to gain practice to become the leaders, speakers and negotiators the global employment marketplace is looking for," said Jacqueline Di Bella, GCC adjunct professor at the college and club advisor.

The light-hearted competition gets under way at 5 p.m. in room T119 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus. Reservations are required, with ticket prices set at $7 per person for a light supper.

To reserve a seat, contact Jackie DiBella at [email protected] or at 585-278-8851.

October 24, 2011 - 2:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, toastmasters.
Event Date and Time: 
October 25, 2011 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The public is invited to hear the powerful and inspirational account of a Genesee Community College graduate's battle with a rare form of cancer.

"Life is Tough But I Am Tougher" is alumna Suzanne Smith's (Class of '09) story of the challenges she met and overcame following her diagnosis, which occurred shortly after she graduated from GCC as a nontraditional student.

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