This Week in Toastmasters | The Labor Day Explode-A-Ganza!

Hello everyone.

Put on your Labor Day sweater, drink some not-quite-yet-fall apple-nogg, and blast the latest Labor Day carols on your fancy new iPhoneDroidThingy. It’s THIS WEEK IN TOASTMASTERS!

The kid from “Stand by Me” doesn’t quite know how to celebrate Labor Day, and neither do we.

If there’s a better way to celebrate Labor Day than sitting at my desk, not working, I don’t know what it is. Ironic holidays have always been my favorite. How about you?


We had our humorous speech contest this week, and it was a lot of fun. We had several guests as well as audience members from both Polaris Toastmasters and Toast What Matters. Several people filled out applications afterward. Some promised to do so in the not-so-distant future. So that was cool.

Dan Martinsen gave a great speech about the complexities and oddities of the English language. Yanling Yin made us laugh with stories about the Tooth Fairy. Shirley McPherson shared the funny and sometimes poignant things her granddaughter says. And Joe told us about the lessons he learned from falling down the steps. Shirley and Joe were the big winners. They, along with Brian Dietz, will compete in the Area contest on September 29 at New Albany Church of the Nazarene.

We’d love to see you there to support our club and maybe meet other people in Area 21.


The Area contest planning committee needs help running the contest. To that end, we’ll need:

  • Judges
  • Timers
  • Ballot Counters
  • Registration Desk folks
  • Sergeants-At-Arms (which always makes me think of this)
  • People to bring/manage refreshments
  • People with good handwriting to print certificates and awards

If you’re interested (and would like to get credit towards your CL for doing something like this), let me know and we’ll pass your name along. A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who can help.


We still need a Timer, An Evaluator and a Table Topics Master for next week. Sign up now or face the Wrath™

The wrath will consist of, but not be limited to, a series of e-mails of increasing annoyance that will clutter your in-box. Remember that Joe is a programmer, so he could probably program an e-mail to repeatedly move into your in-box no matter how many times you try to delete it. It will just keep coming back until you sign up for something. Okay … he can’t do that, but he can be annoying in other ways, so WATCH OUT!


Fall dues are due. It sounds weird when you say it like that, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Joe will bring a check for his dues to next week’s meeting. If you bring yours, too, we’ll not only get credit towards our never-ending quest to achieve all 10 Toastmasters Club Awesome-tastic points (which we can trade in for cheap, plastic toys at the spring convention!), it will also make Liz’s job a lot easier. It’s no fun to chase people down and ask them for money.

I was a loan shark once*. It’s a lonely trade. Trust me.

*not really.


  • Area Contest on September 29
  • Halloween Tall Tales and Costume Contest October 20
  • Division Contest … also on October 20
  • Fall Conference in Cincinnati, November 2-4.

Have a great extended weekend. Just this once … Go ahead and break something. You have my permission.

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