Wayland Area News
Iowa J, T.T.T.
Chapter Iowa J of National T.T.T. Society met Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Sassy’s Café in Wayland. President Ann Wilson led the group in the T.T.T. Grace and all enjoyed their meal and social time.
Following dinner, the Founder’s Service was led by Willa Wilson.
President Wilson called the business meeting to order and opened with singing Sword of Gold and a short meditation from the book, “Fabulosity.” She passed out newly approved copies of the local by-laws for each member.
Recording Secretary Rachel Meyer took roll and read the minutes of the May meeting. Seventeen members answered roll call.
Correspondence included a thank you from Lori Messer for her thoughtful gift following surgery.
Treasurer Linda Messer gave her report.
Georgia Fort reported for the camp committee that most of the shopping was completed and only tennis shoes were still needed for all camp girls.
Joni Huisenga reported Wednesday would be a day she hoped to make last minute preparations with the girls.
Doing a “tip night” at the Washington Pizza Ranch is possible during July as a fundraiser.
The report for the bus to national convention is bleak unless more sign up for it soon.
Lori Messer and Georgia Fort were elected as delegates for Iowa J to attend National Convention. Lori and Georgia gave reports from State Convention.
The next meeting of Iowa J will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the community room on July 1. Jennifer Miller and Jeanne Davis will serve as hostesses.
The campers and families will be invited to attend and campers share about their experiences at T.T.T. Camp.
Wayland resident helps bring Toastmasters Club into prison
The Toastmasters group, including Marilyn Graber of Wayland and others from Fairfield, is helping inmates sharpen their public speaking skills. The group goes into the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison every other Saturday.
The Toastmasters Club in the maximum security prison is run just like any other Toastmasters club on the outside. The prisoners give speeches on prepared topics, practice extemporaneous speaking on current events and evaluate each other on their grammar and fluidity.
Current and past volunteers who have helped with the Toastmasters program at the Iowa State Penitentiary are Jean Symington Craig, Fred Krueger, Betty Krueger, Cindy Traynor, Tom Traynor (all of Fairfield) and Marilyn Graber of Wayland.
The Toastmasters Club in the prison is known as “CONscious Communicators Toastmasters Club.” Graber started a second Toastmasters Club within the minimum security prison called “Open Minds.”
Expressing yourself is no easy task within the prison walls. Toastmasters is an opportunity for inmates to improve themselves and their self esteem. The volunteers take away more benefits from what they do than meets the eye.
Prisoners are not going to go out and recite poetry in the exercise yard. They look forward to Toastmasters Club because it is one of the few places where they can speak their mind freely without recrimination. They take pride in their public speaking and try to improve their skills by completing assigned projects.
Toastmasters clubs can earn awards from the parent organization by completing these manuals and through other means such as attracting new members.
Graber has been going since 2005 and finds great reward in giving this service to the Toastmasters Club.