Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Amber Receives First Place Trophy

The first place trophy for Area 61's Humorous Speech contest made quite a trek around the district before finally getting back to Amber Marsh, the first place winner.

Congratulations Amber!

Cathy presents Amber with her trophy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No Meeting on Nov 27th

Since many members will be preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not be meeting on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Please have a safe and joyous holiday with your family and friends!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chen Liu's Ice Breaker

Club President Amber Marsh
presents Chen Liu with a
membership pin and ribbon.
Llano Estacado Toastmasters' newest member, Chen Liu, gave her Ice Breaker speech today.  From China, to Alaska, to Texas, Chen is a world traveler and regaled us with just a few of her adventures.

Welcome to the club, Chen!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Congratulations Amber!

Club president Amber Marsh won the Area 61 Fall Humorous Speech contest.

Congratulations Amber!  Good luck at Division!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stacy Cain ... DTM!

It's been a while since Llano Estacado had a newly minted Distinguished Toastmaster in the club.  At least it HAD been a while.  Yesterday Stacy Cain, DTM, was presented her DTM plaque by club president Amber Marsh.

Stacy's DTM was six years in the making. It included almost 50 speeches, a term as both a club and district officer, mentoring a new member, and mentoring a new club (Eloquent Raiders here in Lubbock).

Congratulations Stacy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Contests & an Engagement

Cliff interviews Amber & Chase.
Club president Amber Marsh and our newest member Chase Barnhill stepped up and will be representing Llano Estacado Toastmasters in the Area 61 Humorous Speech contest on September 14th at 9am in the Texas Tech School of Law Lanier Auditorium.  

Amber told the story of how divine intervention helped her find her husband and Chase recounted his adventures in the military when a special guest visited his base.  To find out more, you'll just have to show up for the contest!

Taryn describes Cliff's proposal while he listens.
At the end of the meeting, Taryn Rainwater announced that Cliff Colvin had proposed to her.  The couple has been dating for nearly a year and joined Toastmasters as something to do together.  By the time the two had finished describing the proposal, it might have qualified for a humorous speech contest entry, too.

Congratulations Amber & Chase!

And congratulations Taryn & Cliff!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lots of Acronyms Today

As part of her theme for the day, Toastmaster Stacy Cain discussed acronyms and initialism. Coincidentally, both of these really came to light today as we had a visit from an AG and we presented a member with a CC badge.

Area Governor Ernee Kozyreff attended Llano Estacado Toastmasters club today for the first of two official visits and spoke about what it means to be a Distinguished Club.  Ernee is the governor of Area 61 and Llano Estacado is in Area 61 along with three other clubs in Lubbock.  The other five clubs in Lubbock belong to Area 62.
Ernee talks about being distinguished.

Dustin Wells also came back after an extended break this summer while he's been working and was presented with his Competent Communicator badge by Stacy, his mom, and Amber Marsh, our club president.
Stacy (left) and Amber (right) present Dustin (center)
with his CC badge.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Darya's First Speech

Today Darya gave her first speech at Llano Estacado Toastmasters.  We got a sneak peek at some future speeches as she told us about growing up in Russia, moving to the United States, to Texas, and eventually to Lubbock.

Congratulations Darya!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Newest CCs In Llano Estacado

Congratulations to Amber Marsh & Michelle Leatherwood for achieving their Competent Communicator awards.   Amber received her award on February 4, 2013, and Michelle received hers on May 9, 2013.  At Llano it's a tradition that the club buys each member a name badge when they achieve their first CC.  At our meeting yesterday, club treasurer Stacy presented Amber & Michelle with their badges.

Congratulations Amber & Michelle!  We're proud of you!

Stacy gives Amber her badge.
Stacy gives Michelle her badge.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happiness in the Rearview Mirror

Our mentor and club matriarch, Paula Wilkinson is retiring and hitting the road.  Before she and Max take off on their Gypsy Turtle adventure (follow their wild ride through their blog:, we got one last chance to say goodbye and pick on her just a little.

We love you Paula and we'll miss you!  Hopefully you'll find Lubbock in your front windshield from time to time and you'll drop by to say hi!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Visiting Downtown Club

On April 10, 2013, the Llano Estacado club will skip its normal meeting time & location to visit the Downtown club.  If you're a Llano member or someone thinking about visiting Llano, come out this Wednesday, April 10th, and visit the Downtown Toastmasters club with us!

We'll all be at River Smith's restaurant, 5th & Ave Q, from noon to 1pm.

For more information about Downtown club, check out their website.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Area Governor Visit

Area Governor Jef Conn visited yesterday to tell us about membership building, training, contests, and conferences.  He also brought some words of wisdom from Homer:
"A guest never forgets the host who treated him kindly."