Passengers on the Queen Mary spoke of strange occurrences throughout the ship. Room keys placed on the dresser in the morning would be gone later in the day. Personal items placed on a table would later be found in one of the dining rooms. Passengers and crew believed there were ghosts. Ah, but no. It was a Leprechaun, a very mischievous and angry little guy.
A single mother and her two children boarded the Queen Mary for New York to start a new life. As the ship set sail, the boy’s mother learned that he had captured the little guy before they left Ireland and stuffed him in his shirt pocket. When the Leprechaun escaped, he searched for a way off the ship causing trouble along the way. The boy never found him. Now, years later the Leprechaun is still trying to get off the ship. Who knows what will happen when he discovers that he’s on a ship that is permanently docked and is now a tourist attraction.
If you think that is a tall tell, you would be correct. The speech was one of the “Tall Tales” given at the Toastmaster International Division E speech evaluation contest held recently at the corporate offices of Smart & Final. The speakers at this event were winners of their respective chapter contests and those who were judged the best at this contest would advance to the Founders Contest.
Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a network of chapters located around the globe. There are more than 100 clubs throughout Los Angeles County. There are 14 clubs in Long Beach and clubs located in Cypress, La Palma, Buena Park and in surrounding cities. Regular meetings are like a workshop where they learn by doing. Participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a positive atmosphere.
Clubs’ membership ranges from 20 to 40 members and meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly in the mornings, during lunchtime, or in the evenings. Members are a diverse group ranging in age from early 20’s to early 60’s, men, women and ethnicity. Some join to improve their presentation skills, to challenge themselves and others to polish their speaking skills in preparation for that next job interview. Whatever their reason, it is a positive and inspiring experience to encourage people to overcome their fear of speaking in public.
Guests are welcome to attend any meeting and if you decide to join, membership fees are are approximately $36 each six months.
Next month, the Founder’s District will hold its fall conference, “The Rhythm of Teamwork,” on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in La Mirada (14299 Firestone Blvd. 90638) Cost is $65.00 is you pre-register and $75.00 at the door.