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Southeast Iowa Singles; Golden Speakers Toastmasters Club

Jul 18, 2013


Southeast Iowa Singles, a nondenominational group of singles ages 20 and up, is planning a dinner and dance Saturday.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The dinner is set for 6 p.m. at Torino Pizza & Steak House.

The dance, with music by Scottie, is set from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Fairfield Eagles Club.

A steering committee meeting will be held during the dance. The steering committee members are Ron Fransen, Cheryl Newman, Becky Howard, Melvin Goehring, Wayne Stewart, Gary Cahill and Virginia Gleason.

S.I.S. is sponsored by First United Methodist Church in Fairfield. Its plans are to provide support, both personal and spiritual, through social activities organized for single adults and their families. It provides an opportunity for making new friends and socializing.

For information about the group, call Fransen at 641-208-5676 or any of the steering committee members.




Local orators suffered a setback recently as The Fairfield Golden Speakers Toastmasters Club is no longer recognized as the No. 1 club in Iowa.

After earning the “Number One” title for seven years straight, Fairfield’s Golden Speakers lost the distinction to a rival Toastmaster’s group in Ames. The local Fairfield Golden Speakers is now recognized as “Distinguished Club.”

Toastmasters’ International is world renowned for promoting excellence in public speaking and leadership. Clubs are given 10 rigorous goals to that end, and the group that completes the requirements first earns the Number One title. Fairfield Toastmasters did successfully complete each requirement, but were narrowly beaten to the finish line by the Ames Toastmasters. The traveling lectern, which signifies the club’s preeminence, was presented to the Ames toastmasters club at a ceremony last week.

Fairfield Golden Speakers has been the only club in the state of Iowa, which has about 95 clubs, to have consistently achieved its goals every year for the last 12 years. Fairfield Golden Speakers finished first nine times and second three times. Two to four clubs will achieve 10 goals in a year and Fairfield Golden Speakers are the only ones to be so consistent

Former President William Burnes shouldered full responsibility for the club’s loss. When asked how losing the title and lectern would affect club morale, Burnes shrugged, “It’s certainly an inconvenience to lose the distinguished title, but belonging to such a supportive club, rich in laughter and enthusiasm is the real honor.”

Incoming Fairfield Golden Speakers President Rhonda Whitaker vowed to make reclaiming the Number One title and the lectern a priority and invited all who want to help in the task to visit Fairfield Golden Speakers Toastmasters at any one of its regular meetings from 7:45-9:10 p.m. Tuesdays in the lower level of First United Methodist Church.


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