Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stacy Cain Wins District Contest

Celebrating Stacy's Win!
Kerry Mobley, Stacy Cain,
and Amber Marsh
During the District 23 Toastmasters Fall Conference in Amarillo, Texas, Llano Estacado club member Stacy Cain won the District Evaluation contest.

Llano members and Area Govenors Amber Marsh and Kerry Mobley attended the conference, too, and cheered Stacy on to victory.

Of course, the conference wasn't just about the contest or fun and games, there were also ...
Educational sessions by International Director Karen Blake, 1990 World Champion of Public Speaking David Brooks, and others;
The semi-annual district business meeting;
And hula hooping!

OK, there were some fun and games.

Congratulations Stacy!

Amber hula hoops!
Front: Kerry, Stacy, and Angelia Heare
(from Articulate Club in Lubbock)
Back: Amber and Robbie Heare (from Natural Gassers Club in Amarillo)
Karen Blake, Stacy Cain, Jim McCabe, and Charlie Stapler

Winners of the Evaluation Contest (Stacy is second
from the right)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ross Nieman

Ross receives his membership
pin from Cathy Curtis.
Llano Estacado Toastmaster's newest member, Ross Nieman, delivered his Ice Breaker today. After he finished, his club mentor Cathy Curtis awarded him his membership pin.

Welcome to the club, Ross!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Crystal Collins 3rd place Division F Tall Tales Contest

Crystal Collins received Third place at this weekends Division F Tall Tales contest! Congratulations Crystal!

Stacy Cain Division F Evaluation Winner

Stacy Cain won First place at this weekend's Division F contest! Congratulations Stacy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Division F Tall Tales and Evaluation Contest

Llano had two participants in this division contest! Stacy Cain and Crystal Collins! Great job representing the Llano Estacado Club, and great turnout from the division!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


After several months of work, on October 1, 2000, a couple of Toastmasters and about 17 employees of a telephone operator service company sat down and chartered a little club that was once known as OSCar Talks in Lubbock, Texas.

After many moves around town and a name change, Llano Estacado Toastmasters celebrated its 14th Anniversary today with a full house, cupcakes, and contest speech practices by our two contestants.

Visit our club, join, and help us celebrate #15 next year!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crystal & Stacy Advance to Division Contest

Over the weekend, Llano Estacado Toastmasters members Crystal Collins and Stacy Cain competed in the Area 61 Tall Tales and Evaluation contests, respectively, and earned the right to advance to the Division F contests on October 11th.

Crystal took first place in the Area 61 Tall Tales contest with her speech about an attempt to audition for Star Search.

Stacy took second place with her evaluation of the contest Test Speaker.

Congratulations Crystal & Stacy!  Good luck at Division!

Area Governors Kerry Mobley (left) and Amber Marsh (right)
present Crystal Collins (center) with her First Place trophy
and certificate for the Area 61 Tall Tales Contest.
Kerry presents Stacy Cain (right) with her certificate for
Second Place in the Area 61 Evaluation Contest.
All photos by Ben Mercado (

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tall Tales & Evaluation Contestants

Llano Estacado Toastmasters is sending three contestants to the Fall 2014 Area 61 contests.

Doug Hensley will represent the club in the Tall Tales contest. Competitors in this contest tell a 3 to 5 minute speech of a highly exaggerated or improbable nature.

Stacy Cain and Taryn Colvin will represent the club in the Evaluation contest where competitors evaluate a test speaker in the style of a normal club speech evaluation.

Doug Hensley with contest
Toastmaster Cathy Curtis

Taryn Colvin, Stacy Cain, and
contest Toastmaster Cathy Curtis

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Borham Delivers Her Ice Breaker

Borham receives her membership pin
from Cliff.
Llano Estacado Toastmasters' newest member, Borham Yoon, delivered her Ice Breaker speech today and received her membership pin from Vice President Education, Cliff Colvin.

Welcome to the club, Borham!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Welcome, Crystal!

Club President Kerry Mobley congratulates
Crystal Collins after Crystal delivered her Ice Breaker.
Llano Estacado Toastmasters' newest member, Crystal Collins, gave her Ice Breaker speech today. Crystal is experienced with presenting in front of groups, and did not think that she needed Toastmasters. After visiting our club’s Open House a few weeks ago, she realized that she could improve her impromptu speaking skills and eliminate her overuse of crutch words like uh and um. Crystal concluded that she joined Toastmasters not for herself, but for everyone she communicates with.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Taryn Rainwater Wins 3rd Place at District Contest

Left to right:
Dana Lamon (1992 Toastmasters International
World Champion of Public Speaking,)
Taryn Rainwater of Lubbock - 3rd Place,
Byron Taylor of Amarillo - 1st Place,
Eric Tonningsen of Albuquerque - 2nd Place
Entering her first ever speech contest this spring, Taryn advanced to the highly competitive District 23 International Speech contest and returned to Lubbock with a 3rd Place finish.

Taryn is a member of a the Llano Estacado Toastmasters club. After winning her club's contest, she advanced to the Area 61 contest on March 29th and then to the Division F contest on April 12, winning both of them.

On May 3rd she competed in the District 23 International Speech contest in El Paso, Texas. Facing five other Division champions from all over New Mexico, Western Texas, and the Oklahoma Panhandle, Taryn presented a motivational and inspiration presentation with a core message of love, family, and the positive impact of blended families. Given in just seven minutes, the speech, titled "Stepping Into My New Life," chronicles her experiences with and personal definition of step-families.

Congratulations Taryn!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Taryn Rainwater - Division F International Speech Champion!

Taryn Rainwater receives her first place trophy and
certificate from Lt. Governor Marketing Jef Conn.
Two weeks ago Taryn Rainwater of Llano Estacado Toastmasters took home the first place trophy for the Area 61 International Speech contest.  This week she earned another first place trophy by winning the Division F International Speech contest.

What's next? Taryn now advances to the District 23 International Speech contest in El Paso, Texas, in May. She'll compete against Toastmasters from all over New Mexico, Western Texas, and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Taryn ... YOU ROCK! We could not be more proud of you if we tried!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Taryn Rainwater Wins Area Speech Contest

Taryn Rainwater International Speech Contest First Place
Contest Toastmaster Jason Davis
presents Taryn Rainwater with
first place trophy.
Llano Estacado's very own Taryn Rainwater won the Area 61 International Speech Contest for 2014 on March 29th.

Taryn's speech, "Stepping Into My New Live," garnered her the first place trophy and a chance to move on to the Division F contest on April 12th.

Congratulations Taryn!  And good luck at the Division contest!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KJ, Kerry, and Cliff

No, they're not Amber's Angels, but all three did recently receive their membership pins from President Amber Marsh. Kyungyul Jun (KJ) gave his Ice Breaker on February 19th and received his pin. Amber used the last couple of meetings to catch up on membership pins for Kerry Mobley and Cliff Colvin who completed their Ice Breakers while the club was waiting on a delivery of pins.

Congratulations to KJ, Kerry, and Cliff!

President Amber Marsh and VPM Kerry Mobley
present a membership pin to Kyungyul Jun (center).

Kerry Mobley (left) receives her
membership pin from Amber Marsh.

Amber Marsh (left) gives Cliff Colvin
his membership pin.