You’ve probably noticed that there are two articles in this issue that deal with advanced clubs. With the formation of Spirited Speakers there are three such clubs in the Denver metro area. What is the significance of such clubs? Alan touched on it in his article, but it boils down to opportunity — the opportunity to expand your speaking and leadership skills.
As with regular clubs each advanced club is somewhat different. There’s a club in Las Vegas that focuses on developing professional grade speakers. There’s a club in New York that focuses on developing acting skills. On the other hand the differences can be simply the product of the members involved, but they all have the common characteristic that experienced Toastmasters are sharing their individual skills, experiences, and talents to help each other become better presenters, listeners, and leaders.
Since you joined Toastmasters to develop at least one of those capabilities, are you ready to settle for what you can get in a regular club? Most people are, and that’s fine, but for the ones who want to expand their boundaries there are advanced clubs out there who will welcome you with open arms. If you even think that you might want to take on the challenge of raising your personal bar, check out the local advanced clubs. They have a lot to offer and you have nothing to lose.
While working on the presidential campaign Tipper Gore discovered that her husband's great great uncle, Gunther Gore, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Tennessee in 1889.
The only existing photograph shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Gunther Gore; horse thief. Sent to Tennessee Prison 1883, escaped 1887. Robbed the Tennessee Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."
After letting President Clinton's large staff of professional image consultants review this discovery, they took the following actions to assist Al's campaign to become our next president. They decided to crop Gunther's picture, scan it in as an enlarged image, and edited it with image overflowing
processing software so that all that is seen in the final picture is a head shot. Along with this enhanced photo, the accompanying biographical sketch was sent to the Associated Press:
"Gunther Gore was a famous cattleman in early Tennessee history. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Tennessee railroad company. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his business enterprise with the railroad. In 1887 he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889 Gunther regrettably died suddenly during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform on which he was standing collapsed."
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