ToastMasters {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

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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