Sept 26 Meeting – what happened

Jerry Marino says –

Three super speeches (if I do say so myself) at our Thursday meeting this week: Mark Epstein told us what it’s like to be an area governor; Jan Campagna gave us more than we want to know (according to her) about safe driving programs; and our VPE Jerry Marino gave us a trip through the upcoming SpeechCraft program starting next week, Oct. 3.


As you know our SpeechCraft chair is Trisha Landoni.

Trisha Landoni  - Speechcraft Coordinator
Trisha Landoni – Speechcraft Coordinator

We need more speechcrafters. Tell your friends.

SpeechCraft cost is $36 and that includes a manual, materials, and the weekly meeting fee. And a special discount on membership if SpeechCrafters join the club during the program. And on Oct. 17 we have professional speaker, Accredited Speaker, and author of “The Heart of a Toastmaster” Sheryl Roush presenting at our club. You really don’t want to miss that talk. Sheryl started like everyone else as a Voyager new member and look at all she has achieved in her speaking and publishing world. What a deal!


Semi-annual dues are now due (is that redundant?). They are $63 for club and Toastmasters International, $65 if paid by credit or debit card. They need to be in by Oct 1 so if you haven’t paid yet you are late. You can pay at next meeting or send your dues to 1160 Hunter Street, San Diego, CA 92103. It’s important we renew on time to achieve that objective for our club leadership program. We were a President’s Distinguished Club last year, achieving all 10 goals, and we wouldn’t want to miss an objective because we were late on dues.


I’ve tried to accommodate everyone’s schedule that has informed me of their availability and desire to speak. If you have a request let me know. For the next few weeks we’ll be concentrating on educational talks and SpeechCrafters, but that includes new members participating in SpeechCraft. Here are assignments for the upcoming weeks. We will fill in SpeechCrafter names as we schedule those meetings. See you Thursday…and bring a guest!


September 19 Meeting – One of the best ever!

John Wissenberg AKA Teresa Kuffel
John Wissenberg AKA Teresa Kuffel

You missed a wild and crazy meeting. Suzi O’Brien was the Toastmaster and she gave us her interpretation of Carpe Diem. We had formal speeches by our guest, and by the marks – Mark Shapiro and Mark Imhoff. The highlight of the meeting was Teresa Kuffel doing Table topics. Well Teresa couldn’t make it so returning member John Wissenberg steppe din and gave us his rendition of Teresa doing Table Topics. The scary part was how comfortable he looked in those high heels!

Speechcraft is coming, Speechcraft is Coming – Tell your friends,co-workers and social network buddies

Please share this info and help us find participants

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmaster Club presents SpeechCraft Special Event


The best way to quickly and easily improve your communication skills



Voyagers Toastmasters ( will hold a Speechcraft Workshop to help members and nonmembers improve public speaking skills and communications skills.

This Speechcraft workshop will be held Thursday mornings beginning October 4, from 7:00 -8:30 AM and run for four consecutive weeks. Sessions will be held at the Café Coyote Restaurant, in Old Town, 2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego CA 92110.  The cost of the workshop is $36 and includes all materials.

Speechcraft is a series of short, practical sessions in public speaking for those looking to overcome their fear of public speaking—becoming a better speaker, thinker, listener and leader. Attendees will be a part of a learning, supportive and friendly environment. This will also be an opportunity to meet new people, network, while learning about Toastmasters International educational programs (

In addition, attendees of this Speechcraft will:

Gain confidence when speaking in public, giving presentations, and at job interviews
Develop communication, language and listening skills
Learn how to clarify thoughts quickly and use body language and visual aids effectively
Advance social skills and improve confidence when meeting new situations
Improve job promotion prospects

In addition to having the opportunity to practice speaking, attendees will hear speeches from Voyager Toastmasters ( officers and members.

The interactive sessions will include Table Topics, which will allow attendees to give impromptu speeches on various subjects.  There will be a chance to join Toastmasters during the Speechcraft and any speeches performed during that workshop will go towards the Toastmasters Program and the Competent Leadership award.

For more information and to sign up – contact Jerry Marino, 619-299-6827

San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Launches the Executive Speech Evaluation
San Diego’s Voyagers Toastmasters Launches the Executive Speech Evaluation

Beth Bateman Wins Humorous Speech Contest; Jane Flaherty – Evaluation Contest Winner

Congratulations to Beth Bateman, our Humorous Speech Contest Winner, and Jane Flaherty, Our Evaluation Contest Winner. They will represent us at the Area 12 Humorous and Evaluation Contest on Sept 21. And congratulations to all participants: Humorous Contest Mike Ruthenberg; Evaluation Contest: Donna Gillen, Terry Hewins, and Kimberly Lundberg.


We will begin a Speechcraft training for new and prospective members starting Oct. 3. Our speechcraft chair is Trisha Landoni. We’ll have fliers and announcements this next week at the meeting and an electronic flyer in next week’s email.


Semi-annual dues are now due (is that redundant?). They are $63 for club and Toastmasters International, $65 if paid by credit or debit card. You can pay at our meetings or send your dues to 1160 Hunter Street, San Diego, CA 92103. Let’s get our dues in early and make it easy on our treasurer, Kimberly.

Beth Bateman
Beth Bateman, Toastmaster