REAL COMMUNICATION IS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT LISTENING -Ralph Smedley Founder, Toastmasters International

sec_logo-gifCLUB NUMBER 918991 . AREA 13 . DISTRICT 27 . REGION 7                                                    <span style="color: #0000ff;" *** PRESIDENT’s DISTINGUISHED ***

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTER POTOMAC CLUB Is A Legacy RALPH C. SMEDLEY CLUB,  Charter Date JUNE 8 . 2006

DATE: 2nd & 4th Friday of every month

TIME:  Meetup 11:45am  Gavel In 12:00 – Gavel Out 1:00pm

LOCATION: 15th & Crystal Drive (exact adress provided upon RSVP)

CLUB STATUS:  Open Club, Require Government ID (ie. Drivers License)

SITE HOST:  Booz Allen Hamilton

SITE CONTACT: Vincent Bonifera Jr.  boniferajr_vincent@bah.com

pixel77-free-vector-dividers-0954-270x200

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB is a dedicated Toastmasters club welcoming members dedicated to communication and leadership arts   

INVITING NEW MEMBERS & GUESTS!!!

REMOTE ATTENDANCE AVAILABLE* FOR THE MEETING DAYS YOU ARE AT WORK BUT NOT ON SITE  *(By Special Arrangement)

Send Attendance & Membership Queries To:                                                                               Vincent Bonifera Jr.                                                                                               boniferajr_vincent@bah.com  (President & Site Host)
2017-2-10-potomac-toastmasters-vincent-bonifera-jr

                                                                                   Courtesy Photo (c) Carrie Devorah


toastmasters-carrie-sheikh
District 27, Area 13 Director, POTOMAC secretary & Club Coach Carrie Devorah pictured with TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL President Mohammed Murad at TOASTMASTER INTERNATIONALs 2016 World Championship Of Public Speaking held August in DC.

pixel77-free-vector-dividers-0954-270x200-copy

BEST WAY TO END YOUR WEEK & TO BEGIN YOUR WEEKEND                                                   MEETING LOCATION:
1550 Crystal Drive, Crystal City,  Arlington Virginia 22202

MEETING DATES:
2nd and 4th Friday of the month

MEETING TIME:
Gavel in 12:00pm – 1:00pm (gather time 15 minutes prior at reception)

pixel77-free-vector-dividers-0954-270x200

POTOMAC started this blog post in celebration of BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB’s 10th anniversary.


Courtesy Photo (c) Carrie Devorah

CLUB BOARD 2017                                                                                                                      President:    Benjamin Parzow
Vice President Education:   Vincent Bonifera Jr.
Secretary:   Jennifer Parkin
Sergeant-At-Arms:   William Berry                                                                                                 Vice President Public Relations: Claudia Salazar                                                                      Vice President Marketing: Benjamin Gotchel                                                                        Treasurer: Katherine Lee
Club Coach: Carrie Devorah, DTM

CLUB BOARD 2016
President:  Vincent Bonifera Jr.
Vice President Education:   Bryan Burton
Secretary:  Carrie Devorah *
Sergeant-At-Arms:   Benjamin Parzow
Club Coach: Carrie Devorah (enroute to DTM ) ACS, ACB, CL, CC*
*Club is the home club of Area 13 Director Carrie Devorah

CHARTER FOUNDING MEMBERS                                                                                               Gary D. Brooks, DTM (8/1/1999): Janine A. Finnell, ACS, ALS (10/1/2000): Greeyerpuram N. Mathavan (10/1/2004): Katherine Muse (6/1/2006): Peter Rocha (6/1/2006): Stephanie Klein (6/1/2006): Andrea Probst (6/1/2006): Phil Ventura (6/1/2006): Laura Adams (6/1/2006): Denny Lau (6/1/2006): Huston Matthews, CC (6/1/2006): Randy Miyasako, CC (6/1/2006): Mark D. Smith (6/1/2006): Sandra Smith (6/1/2006): Jennifer Richards (6/1/2006): Tawana Ballard (6/1/2006): Dawyne Baker (6/1/2006): Peter Brandom (6/1/2006): Kimberly Brooks (6/1/2006):

                                           pixel77-free-vector-dividers-0954-270x200-copy

TOASTMASTERS is an international speaking club focused on nurturing leaders with progressive communication skills. Toastmasters International, with hundreds of thousands of members around the world, thousands of clubs around the world has one and only one BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB celebrating 10 years of sharing communication and leadership skills in a safe, supportive self progressive community of like minded people who do not talk with ummmms and ahhhhs heard on radio and tv by pundits.

Booz Allen Hamilton Toastmasters Potomac Club is devoted to legacy Ralph Smedley            (February 22, 1878 – September 11, 1965). Dr. Smedley was born in Waverly, Illinois, died in Santa Ana, California.

.

Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, the then director of a YMCA, founded his speaking club in 1903 in Illinois, to help young men gain employment along with improving their interpersonal skills. Dr. Smedley opened clubs where he moved to, eventually ending up on the West Coast where Toastmasters took a foothold in to becoming the organization Toastmasters has grown in to today inclusive of women, for the first time, in 1975.

Toastmasters alumni include Warren Buffett, Canada’s Speaker Of The House, Mrs. Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies and news pundit Chris Matthews.

Booz Allen Hamilton Toastmasters Potomac Club is old school Toastmasters where new and existing member TOASTMASTERS are supported in their self-progressive pursuit of Dr. Smedley’s Communication and Leadership tracks enroute to speaking so they will be heard or enroute to DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster if that becomes their pursuit.

220px-toastmasters_curriculum

          POTOMAC IS THE LITTLE CLUB THAT IS & DOES

“THE MORE YOU PRACTICE RALPH SMEDLEY’S LEGACY, THE MORE RALPH’S COMMUNICATING & LEADERSHIP LESSONS BECOME PART OF YOUR MEMORY MUSCLE” -Carrie Devorah, Potomac Coach

740202ddeb1e0b4b56366b362773735c_pix-for-decorative-line-decorative-line-divider-clipart_3300-471

2017 JULY – DECEMBER MEETING DATES

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 JANUARY – JUNE MEETING DATES
Friday, January 13th, 2017     * [ Balloon Artist ]

Friday, January 27th, 2017     * [ Military ]

Friday, February 10th, 2017   * [ Magician ]

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Friday, March 10th, 2007

Friday, March 24th, 2007          * MEDIA PRACTICE DAY

Monday, March 27, 2017             Area 13 Spring Speakers Contest

Thursday, April 13th, 2017        Division A Contest

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Friday, April 28th, 2017           * SOLDIERS FOR LIFE

May 5 & 6th Spring Conference Evaluation & International Contest

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Friday, June 23th, 2007

* Subject to change due to speaker re-scheduling

Advertisements

3 GENERATIONS 2 Degrees Of DTM Carrie Devorah COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP

2017 11 15 helen jamie

(c) Carrie Devorah

Communication skills will never eclipse being camera shy.

Left- Camera Shy DTM Carrie Devorah, Coached “The Little Club That Could & Did” In To America’s History

Center- Current A13 Director Toastmaster Jamie Simon a graphic artist handpicked by just retired A13 Director DTM Carrie Devorah

Right- DTM Helen Burkett, one of the women that broke the communication glass ceiling Toastmaster Internationals decades ago

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB CELEBRATES FRIDAY 13th WITH CHEERS OF CELEBRATION

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB celebrate FRIDAY 13th with cheers of celebration, and a red cup of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider toast in the tradition of Dr. Ralph Chester Smedley who began Toastmasters in 1904 as a club to guide young men needing leadership and communication skills in their business networking.

TMOD Claudia Salazar led a bountiful meeting celebrating BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB pledging allegiance to the Club’s first USA flag flown specifically over the US Capitol for BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB; celebrated the hanging of BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB achievement ribbon for rising from critical to President’s Distinguished in 4 months a Toastmaster’s record and reading of BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB achievement in to American history, the Congressional Record.

Table Topics Master Carrie Devorah invited all meeting attendees to stand up & make toast in the tradition of Dr. Ralph Chester Smedley, Founder of Toastmaster’s International, 1904.

The Club name was recommended by the Secretary General of the YMCA. The tradition of Toasting was a throwback to Roman Days when Toasts were made with goblets of wine containing a burnt piece of toast, goblet bottom. The person left holding the goblet with the burnt toast visible is the person that made a toast to the ‘Gods’ or whomever. BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB’s spin is our auspicious red little cuplets filled with Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider. Cheers to all, from all.

Distinguished Toastmaster Carrie Devorah read Congressman Don Byer’s entry in to the Congressional Record honoring BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERs POTOMAC Club rise from critical to President’s Distinguised in 4 months, a Toastmasters record.

Guest Karen Aikens read our Club’s horoscope of the day. BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERs POTOMAC was chartered June 8, 2006, a Gemini (May 21-June 20)   “You’ll enjoy watching someone else be put to the test today, after you went through something similar recently. Be supportive.”

Area 13 Director Jamie Simon (TSA Toastmasters) visited BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB as part of Toastmaster Simon’s role to visit Area 13 Clubs, twice in the Toastmaster Year- Fall and Spring- to report back to District Leadership on Club Health.

What an auspicious day, what a Friday the 13th!!!

 

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB BOARD SEPTEMBER 2017

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT:  Benjamin Parzow
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS:  William Berry
Vice President Education:  Claudia Salazar
TREASURER:  Katherine Lee
Vice President Membership:  Benjamin Gotchel
SECRETARY:  Jennifer Parkin
SITE HOST: Vincent Bonifera, Jr.      boniferajr_vincent@bah.com

WHAT IS TOASTMASTERS?
A success, personally & entrepreneurly https://associationsnow.com/2017/09/a-toast-to-new-member-acquisition-at-toastmasters/

  • BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB is a registered 501(c)(3)dues collecting service non-profit with member/volunteers

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB ‘the little club that could & did’ MAKES HISTORY, YET AGAIN, THIS TIME FOR THE AGES, BEING READ IN TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD FOR THE CLUB’s ACHIEVEMENT OF CRITICAL TO PRESIDENTs DISTINGUISHED IN A RECORD 4 MONTHS

[] Toastmasters Congressional Record09302017

Core to communication is seeing where you want to go & building a team that shares the same image. That was the driver of DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster Carrie Devorah, sparking the decade old club in to its new decade of success via the teachings of Dr. Ralph Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters International.

Dr. Smedley began Toastmasters International club in service to his community, as the Director of the local Illinois YMCA. The years were 1904 – 1920. Young men struggled to find work. Dr. Smedley realized the world could be their oyster if simple social guidelines were presented which is what Dr. Smedley set about to do- making notes, tweaking guidances in to what has become a global movement of self betterment.

Toastmasters is about self. What you put in, you get back and then some, the reason DTM Devorah saw fit to coin ‘legacy Smedley’ for the ‘little club that could & did’, without anticipation this accomplishment could land the Club in history, literally, the Congressional Record.

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB FLIES THEIR FLAG HIGH ABOVE THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BEFORE LANDING IN TO THE Bi-MONTHLY COMMUNICATION & LEADERSHIP CLUB MEETINGS

2017 9 28 US capitol flag

(c) Carrie Devorah, DTM

[] Toastmasters Flag certificate09302017

(c) Carrie Devorah, DTM

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB is an amazing communication & leadership club that came back from critical to President’s Distinguished in a record 4 months under the creative guidance of Carrie Devorah, former Club Secretary, and other roles. Devorah, enroute to her DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster had a vision of club health as a ‘legacy Smedley’ club as branded by DTM Devorah.

Bringing a flag to meetings was a priority to Devorah, to legacy Smedley, examples set by Toastmaster International’s founder, Dr. Ralph Smedley.

What could be more distinguished for the ‘little club that could & did’ , thought DTM Devorah, ‘than a flag that flew for us, a wonderful blended, diverse, creative & energized enthusiastic communication & leadership community’ that a cotton flag flown with BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB in mind.’

 

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS CLUB SERGEANT-AT-ARMS (SAA) WILLIAM BERRY WIN-WINS COMMUNICATING WITH REDSKIN CHEERLEADERS AT CRYSTAL CITY SQUARE “PASS A PIGSKIN”

(c) Carrie Devorah, DTM

(c) Carrie Devorah, DTM

[] Toastmasters 2

(c) Carrie Devorah, DTM

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON TOASTMASTERS POTOMAC CLUB 2017 Sergeant-At-Arms William Berry & Club “Fairy God Mother” (former coach from critical to President’s Distinguished in a record 4 months were meeting up with Club PR Claudia Salazar & Mark Howard for a casual ‘out of meeting’ lunch, took some pre-time to participate in Crystal City Shops “First Down On A New Football Season” to toss a (faux) ‘(no)pig-skin’ through the ‘end zone.’ First ball in netted a Crystal City Shop $25 spending “Take Home Cash.” Toastmaster Berry  is a winner in more ways than one understanding, from Mentor/Coach DTM Carrie Devorah, that what gets one to the end one in a conversation & career is knowing exactly where you want your words to go before the ‘ball’, words in a conversation, are launched, hitting their target, judging by how happy Toastmaster Berry is smiling.