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O’Fallon Toastmasters Club holds “Speech-A-Palooza” to showcase club

Club President Linda Mitchell told the assembled crowd about her grandmother, Roberta Morris, and how she was unable to read. Mitchell spoke about how her grandmother was able to cope with illiteracy with the help of family.
Club President Linda Mitchell told the assembled crowd about her grandmother, Roberta Morris, and how she was unable to read. Mitchell spoke about how her grandmother was able to cope with illiteracy with the help of family.

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Toastmasters club put on a showcase of their club’s talent at their first Speech-A-Palooza.

Club President Linda Mitchell explained what Toastmasters is.

“Toastmasters is an organization where people can come to build their skills as speakers, as leaders, and as mentors. It’s a safe place to grow,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said she first came to Toastmasters in order to help with her public speaking skills.

“I wanted a place where I could learn to be a better speaker and to be more confident, and as a result of joining the organization I’ve gotten a couple of jobs right on the spot in interviews because I exuded so much confidence. You can go as far as you want to,” she explained.

Speech-A-Palooza came about as a way to give the residents of O’Fallon a taste of what the club is all about and how it can be of service.

“When I became president, I said we need to make Toastmasters a household word in O’Fallon. If public speaking is supposedly the number one fear people have, people need to know immediately that they can go to their local Toastmasters club to learn to overcome that fear. This was our way of reaching out to the community about our club and what we’re all about,” Mitchell said.

Multiple members of the club are strongly considering holding another Speech-A-Palooza in the future.

Deborah Wright presented a speech about freedoms afforded to American citizens and why we shouldn’t take those freedoms for granted.

 

Toastmasters District Director Farzana Chohan told the crowd that “Toastmasters puts you on a journey for life that affects you forever.” Also pictured is club member Lance Richter.

 

 

Joe Butchko spoke of one of his grandchildren and how, despite facing some personal adversity, always made friends and spread goodwill to others.
Joe Butchko spoke of one of his grandchildren and how, despite facing some personal adversity, always made friends and spread goodwill to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bryan Vogt encouraged everyone to not be afraid of life and to be willing to try new things and be adventurous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie Heilig talked about her family and experiences growing up, striving to achieve the American Dream. “Share your dreams with people. Life is a game best played as a team.”
Leslie Heilig talked about her family and experiences growing up, striving to achieve the American Dream. “Share your dreams with people. Life is a game best played as a team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Rubish spoke about his time in the service as an Air Force Navigation officer. He recounted one specific refueling mission and how harrowing it was.
Jim Rubish spoke about his time in the service as an Air Force Navigation officer. He recounted one specific refueling mission and how harrowing it was.