ToastMasters {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

This Monday morning I was joined by three of our local Toastmasters. A very special thank you to Brad Klein of White & Borgognoni, Jenn Rose of John A. Logan, and Jim Wysong, a local author and entrepeneur for sharing that first cup of coffee with us at the Café.  We discussed all things Toastmaster including the benefits of being involved with an international organization here in Southernmost Illinois. Even though the organization has a formal structure, our local chapter is nothing if it isn’t welcoming. Our members come from a broad swath of our population which draws strength from the diversity of folks that make their home south of I-64. Our club includes folks in radio and television as well as international students and scholars, stay-at-home parents, entrepreneurs, public servants, and the list continuously grows.  The open house this Thursday is a perfect time to come check us out, although, truth be told, there rarely is a bad time.

Funny thing is that the only complete press release I found when Googling was in a paper from West Virginia. At least the good folks in Keyser know where to go for a good speech if they find themselves driving through Southernmost Illinois:

The Spring Open House, at John A. Logan College, Room C138, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918 begins at 6:00 p.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. This special event is an opportunity for guests to experience a complete Toastmasters club event including speeches and other activities prepared by some of our members!

Whether you come to participate or to watch, learn, and enjoy refreshments, you’ll get an insider’s view of how Toastmasters can help you reach your full potential as an effective communicator and develop leadership qualities to benefit your career, your organization and your community.

For more information about the Southern Illinois Toastmasters Club Spring Open House and Speech Contest, or the Southern Illinois Toastmasters Club in general, contact President: Ms. Peggy Willoughby at 618.993.2171 or email at:

This is a different location from their normal weekly meetings. They will not meet during JALs Spring Break. Their next meeting will be March 24th at 6:30 in Room E218, which reflects the normal time/place.

UPDATE: Charlie Howe & Cynthia Mill go on to District in their respective categories. Brad Klein will serve as alternate to them both. Congratulations!

{WPC Radio} Playlist: 3/7/11

Gospel Medley Lizz Wright
Pancho and Lefty Townes Van Zandt (Happy Birthday!)

Pancho and Lefty Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Seven Spanish Angels Willie Nelson & Ray Charles
Trotto Liz Knowles
Two of Us Aimee Mann
Cigarette State Robbie Fulks
Here I Am Lyle Lovett

Born This Way Lady Gaga
Clockwatching Belleruche
El Azteca Man Man
I and Love and You Avett Brothers
Feelin’ Bomba Estereo
Lovesick Blues Hank Williams

Walk the Way the Wind Blows Kathy Mattea


Potluck Special {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

The Sunday evening before this show we held our 1st Annual DJ/Volunteer Post-Ball Potluck. With over 60 DJs, volunteers, and family members in attendance, the church dining room was full of intense and delightful conversation. I don’t know which was harder for me, choosing what to put on my plate or which table of DJs to join. The buffet tables had everything from venison to vegan dishes, apples to oranges, organic kale salad to specialty chips, curried corn chowder to traditional chicken and dumplings. The dessert table was well represented. We know what is really important! Thanks to Chuck from Chuck’s Place, one of our newest and most thoughtful DJs, for getting us not one but two occasion cakes. My solution: Put a little bit at a time on my plate to give me an excuse to ogle at everything all over again as well as an excuse to change seats to get a taste of another conversation. I knew I was not alone in my excitement and wonder when I realized that no one was manning the sound system. A room full of DJs, no music, and no one noticing. Now that is some serious eating and conversation!

If I’m making you jealous, I am sorry. But if you missed it, you can still get a taste of it (just not any of Chuck’s cake) if you are a member. Momma C of Kids’ Camp fame and Melia of Mixed Plate are two of the team of “newsies” cooking up a periodical which is slated to come to an email inbox or a snail mail box near you. If you can’t wait that long to get in on the action, come out to 10 Pin Alley in DuQuoin to cheer along the WDBX Dudes as they Bowl 4 Kids’ Sake Saturday, March 12th. The Dudes abide!

Roll On and Peas Out! ~Lori

Special Guests for Monday, March 7th: Southern Illinois ToastMasters International will join me for two hours of information, stories and tunes. Approximately 8 members of our local chapter will tell how ToastMasters impacts their lives and encourage you all to come see what all the fuss is about.

{WPC Playlist: February 28th, 2010}

Luz De Luna Vientos Del Pueblo
Gypsy Suzanne Vega
Geza’s Wailing Ways John Gorka
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons
That Bangle Girl Robbie Fulks
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles

When Doves Cry Patti Smith
I Don’t Know Why Shaun Colvin
In Spite of Ourselves John Prine & Iris DeMent

Our Town Iris DeMent with Emmylou Harris
The Bridesmaid Dress Song Deirdre Flint
I’m Ready Tracy Chapman
In the Nick of Time Joshua Bell & Edgar Meyer
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Jake Shimaburuko
Ho’ichi Ozzie Kotana
Unconditional Kirk Whalum
Let The Good Times Roll Ray Charles
To Higher Ground Winton Marsalis
16 Tons Johnny Cash

So Long Chris Smither
Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’ Mayer Hawthorne
She Was a Vision Active Child

Special Bonus Track:

Cigarette State Robbie Fulks