International Speech and Evaluation Contest

An exciting speech contest was held on January 31, 2023 in the midst of a winter storm that prompted the meeting to be held in hybrid form. Some of the members made it into the meeting and others stayed at home and attended on Zoom.

Congratulations go to Andy Craig, DTM, for winning the speech contest and to Chris Hickey for winning second place. Congratulations also go to Dr. Evlyn Smith for winning the evaluation contest and to Andy Craig, DTM, for winning second place. The first and second place winners of both contests will move on to the Area T2 contest to be held on Saturday February 18, 2023 at 11 am.

Credit goes to Barbara Crockett for her expertise and diligence in conducting the speech contest in hybrid form. Credit also goes to Dan Murtha for doing an excellent job as the Chief Judge.

Summer Party

Everyone had a good time at the home of Ruthie Zetik on August 16, 2022 to celebrate the President’s  Distinguished Award received by Will Rogers for the 14th Straight Year. This award is given annually to a select few clubs that has achieved certain educational goals and membership goals set by Toastmasters International.  Achieving President’s Distinguished for 14 straight years is an accomplishment that has been achieved by only a select few clubs throughout the world.  Credit goes to all of the hard working members and especially to our outgoing officers led by Andy Craig.

New Officers Installed for 2022-2023

Area Director Ernie Raynor, DTM, installs new officers for the Will Rogers Club on July 5, 2022. Ernie is on the front row. In the middle row are Barbara Crockett (VP Education), LiChing Hickey (VP Membership), Michelle Craig, DTM (VP Public Relations), and Michelle Stewart (Secretary). In the back row are Joe Charleston, DTM (President) and Chris Hickey (Sergeant at Arms). Another officer, Ray Poudrier (Treasurer), was on zoom and not available for the picture.

A Touching Moment

Eight year old Riona Danh, granddaughter of Jon Danh, visited the club on June 14, 2022 and responded as a guest to a question during Table Topics session with the theme of “A Tribute to Dads”. She gave a heart-felt response on how much she loved her dad. She touched everyone and was awarded the best Table Topics award for the evening.

Dwight Dauben presents the best Table Topics award to Riona Danh

A Special Thank You

Eileen Seefluth, the VP of Public Relations, acknowledged two of our members at our meeting on March 22, 2022 for their valuble contributions to our club. She presented a beautiful jacket to our President, Andy Craig in recognition of his strong leadership in Will Rogers. She also presented a gift to Barbara Crockett who is our hard working sergeant at arms and frequent zoom master for the club. Both presentations were surprises.

Meet the Most Patriotic and Enthusiastic Member!

President Andy Craig said it so well at our July 6 meeting when introducing Jon Danh as the Toastmaster for the evening. Jon is an immigrant to this country from Viet Nam and has become a proud citizen of the United States.

Andy Craig Joins Professional Speakers Bureau International

The Will Rogers Club is proud to announce that Andy Craig has joined Professional Speakers Bureau International as one of its elite speakers. Andy is an international keynote speaker and trainer. This is indeed a true honor for Andy and our congratulations! The link below provides additional details.

 Andy Craig’s New Book

Andy Craig has written a new book that is available on Amazon. His book is entitled Passion Power: Discover the 3 Indispensable Keys to Your SuccessAndy Craig walks you through the three key areas in creating the success you seek in life. He starts with the question: “Are you settling?” He shares his own journey in the pursuit of his desires in life. He continues and discusses the 3 keys to empowering your success. (1) Your Past. Break through the bondage that has held you captive in your past. (2) Your Provision. Uncover the hidden resources you have in your provision. (3) Your Purpose. Unleash what you were created for with your purpose. Follow these three keys to wield your Passion Power and fuel the achievement of your hidden desires.

Early reviews of the book were very positive.

 New Members

The Will Rogers Club welcomes several new members to the club. They are:

Chris Hickey, husband of member LiChing Hickey. Chris has had an extensive military career and speaks multiple languages. He met LiChing while on duty in Taiwan.

Sandy Bach, is a returning member of the Will Rogers Club. She is a former Canadian citizen, has been in Toastmasters for 25 years, and is a  Distinguished Toastmaster. She is a pastor of a church in Pryor, Oklahoma. Her goal in Toastmasters now is to enhance her ability to serve as a mentor.

Chris Walsh, former Canadian citizen and Christian missionary. His book on Christian Leadership has been a best seller on Amazon. Chris has joined Toastmasters to honor his parents (former Toastmasters) and to to enhance his public speaking ability.

Deborah Burkett, who loves to sing, play the piano, and read. She works with the special needs adults at her church.

Kevin Willhite, who has diversified experience as a healthcare professional, including human resources and small business management. He is an ORU graduate with an MBA degree. He credits his interest in Toastmasters in part to his father, who used Toastmasters to become highly successful as a pioneer in the development of the personal growth movement. His interesting life includes completion of a 3rd degree black belt.

Mike Toy, a professional deception artist (AKA magician), who has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. He has a TED speech entitled “Why We Get Tricked”. He has performed for Apple, Google, Mercedes-Benz, and even the White House. He is the author of multiple books, listed on Amazon.

LiChing Hickey presents Chris Hickey the Will Rogers Award as best speaker of the evening.

Joe Charleston, DTM, welcomes returning member, Sandy Bach, DTM

Chris Walsh is welcomed into the club by Joe Charleston, DTM

Deborah Burkett is welecomed into the club by Michelle Craig, DTM

Kevin Willhite is welcomed into the club by Andy Craig, DTM

Mike Toy is welcomed into the club by Andy Craig, DTM, President