A Balancing Act: Treasurer Kim Freels

Club treasurer Kim Freels shares her thoughts on what it takes to get people to pay their dues. By Rosalind Early Why did you run for treasurer of Toastmasters?  I am comfortable with numbers, and at the Brown School, I review our program budgets, and am also the treasurer for our program’s honorary society, Delta […]

A Man for All Media: VP PR Troy DeArmitt

By Chris Presley In April 2014, Troy DeArmitt had no idea what to expect of WUSTL Speaks  or what it would mean to serve in a leadership position in the club. But Troy was elected Vice President Public Relations at the club’s organizational meeting. He hit the ground running and created the WUSTL Speaks’ website. […]

Another June Goodbye: Newsletter editor Rosalind Early

Though she’s not an officer, Rosalind Early has had a big presence in WUSTL Speaks lately as the club newsletter editor. “I sort of appointed myself,” Rosalind says with a chuckle. WashU hosted a Race & Ethnicity conference, where Rosalind ran into some of her fellow Toastmasters. She wanted to share their accomplishments, so she […]

A Banner Year: Sergeant-at-Arms Thomas Walker

By Marcia Mannen Thomas Walker is a Manager of Computer Systems and User Services in the School of Engineering. Initially, he joined Toastmasters to meet others outside of engineering. Thomas decided to be Sergeant at Arms because he did not want to just show up, he wanted to contribute. His biggest challenge this year as […]

For the Record: Secretary Cecily Stewart Hawksworth

By Jackie Lorrainne Cecily Hawksworth is an administrative assistant in Arts & Sciences. She volunteered to be club secretary at the club’s first organizational meeting and is the youngest Toastmasters officer. She finds timely and inspiring quotes to share each week, plans and takes minutes for our officers meetings, and was the creator and mastermind […]

Building a Club: VP Membership Marcia Mannen

As Vice President Membership, Marcia Mannen has been helping our club grow since its inception. By Anna Eggemeyer Marcia Mannen, computing associate director for Web services and applications in Arts & Sciences, has been Vice President Membership since the club’s inception. Originally drawn to the club by the fun table topics questions at the sample […]

Getting Everyone Talking: VP Education Shirley Ikemeier

By Cecily Stewart Hawksworth Cecily imagines the letter Vice President Education Shirley Ikemeier would write to her replacement. Dear Future Vice President Education, Congratulations on your new position! I am excited to see what new and interesting things you will bring to the position and as a part of the club leadership team. As VPE, […]

Being Club President: What You Need to Know

By Jackie Lorrainne Being president is about meeting the needs of the club members, supporting them and making sure everyone is able to learn and grow in a safe, fun environment.  Planning meetings, setting goals, mentoring, resolving conflicts, representing the club at district events, attending training session, and promoting the club whenever possible are just […]

Presidential Prerogative: President Jackie Lorrainne

By Martin Yoakum Jackie Lorrainne was one of the few WashU staffers who had been in Toastmasters before, so she was elected our charter club president. Though she had an already tightly packed schedule, Jackie jumped at the chance to lead the club and got us off to a great start during her term. What’s your […]

New Member Spotlight: Chris Sherman

This month, we welcome new member Chris Sherman. He works as a research technician in a biology lab in Arts & Sciences. Chris used to be a high school science teacher in Webster Groves, where he taught fellow Toastmaster Rosalind Early. Here are a few more things you didn’t know about Chris. What’s your favorite […]

Contest Champions

By Rosalind Early On March 26, WUSTL Speaks members Mary Clemens and Troy DeArmitt took part in the area international speech contest and area evaluation contest respectively. This was Mary’s second time competing at the area level. In the fall she competed in the impromptu speaking contest. It was also her second time taking home […]

Showing What We’ve Got

By the Editorial Staff On May 18, members of Washington University’s staff got a taste of Toastmasters at  Staff Day’s inaugural Talk Soon Speech Showcase. Organized by Troy DeArmitt and Shirley Ikemeier, the showcase included the six best speeches of the year as determined by Toast of WU and WUSTL Speaks club members. (With the […]

Celebrating our Anniversary

By Anna Eggemeyer WUSTL Speaks celebrated its one year anniversary on April 29, 2015. For the meeting, Cecily Hawksworth spoke about the art of origami, complete with visual aids. She chose her speech topic, paper folding, in honor of our one-year anniversary. Paper is a traditional first-year wedding gift. While also drawing a helpful flow chart,  […]