Has it ever occurred to you that getting up to speak in front of a group wouldn't take so much effort and be so frightening if only you had received a little training when you were younger? No matter who weare, at one time or another we are called upon to speak before others: at work, at school, or at church.
Who hasn't experienced a stomach full of B-52 butterflies and fingers clammy with sweat while waiting for his or her turn to speak.
So they will never have to experience this all-too-familiar trauma, 46 eighth-graders at St. John the Evangelist School recently completed a 10-week Youth Leadership/Public Speaking Program sponsored jointly by the school and Toastmaster International.
The final test for the students was to plan and execute to the last detail their graduation ceremony: invitation and program design, room arrangement, speakers, exact timing of the ceremony, refreshments, and thank-you notes.
Past International President of Toastmasters International Theodore Wood, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) was guest speaker, and participating in the program were Toastmaster District 18 Gov. R. BrooksLoomis, DTM, and James O'Leary, ATM (Able Toastmaster) president of Kritikos, the Anne Arundel County chapter of Toastmasters.
Specialrecognition was given to the two class coordinators: Dolores Miko, ATM, and Doug Golden, ATM, both members of Kritikos, and to Constance LaMore, St. John's language arts teacher.
As part of the school's language arts program, the series taught students how to listen, gesture, use notes and visual aids, and leadership and speech organization.
The classes were designed to develop skills in communication, listening, speaking, and the ability to think on one's feet.
The most important goal of the course was to help students overcome the fear of getting up in front of a group.
And said Miko, "The kids loved it," the proof of the pudding being that 31 of the 46 13-and 14 year-olds volunteered to get up and speak at the graduation ceremony.
She further explained that the AAC chapter provided not only the teachers but manuals and supplies. She said Kritikos is a Greek word that loosely translated means "to evaluate."
At the Severna ParkJaycees' Fabulous 50s dinner dance last weekend, which was fabulous,the crowd heard a whole night of that rock and roll music.
Energywas sustained with barbecue and all the trimmings from Adam's Rib and milkshake flavors that in the 1950s I hadn't even dreamed of. Authentic 1950s get-ups was the name of the game -- so many poodle skirts,white socks and saddle oxfords.
(Wasn't that gray-haired guy in the white T-shirt with the pack of Camels rolled up in his sleeve in my homeroom?)
Then there was the music. Before the opening number was fin
ished, the six-member group called Past Time had become our new favorite band, and if you shut your eyes, you were willing to believe that you were back in college, with thoughts of classwork momentarily forgotten, crushed against your partner, moving to the music on the crowded floor.
The hotly contested 1950s dance contest, judgedby Mary Carter of Mary Carter's School of Dance, Margueritte Mills, editor of "Severna Park Voice," and yours truly, was won by Harry andAnne Dill of Cape St. Claire. Bob and Rosalie Brown of Arnold took second place; Tom and Terry Lehr placed third.
The only difference on this night was that there was no glass-covered ball sprinkling snowflakes of light from the ceiling, and the last piece played was not "Goodnight Sweetheart . . . Till We Meet Tomorrow."
Severn River Lions Club fruit sale chairmen Bill Evans and Rhine Jager announce the club's March Florida citrus fruit sale of Temple Oranges and pink seedless grapefruit. The two fruits are available combined or separately, in four-fifth and two-fifth bushels.
Customers should phone their
orders in by 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Pickup will be between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Severna Park High School.
To place an order, call 647-2155, 647-9573, or 647-3639.
April marks the Lions' final citrus sale of the year and the Vidalia onion sale.
The Severna Park branch library is looking for adult volunteers for the week of April 22 through 29 to help distribute surveys on library use. Several shifts are available, including day, evening, and weekends.
A short training session will be conducted.
For more information, call Kathleen Stacey at library headquarters, 222-7371.
Good news for college-bound females. This spring, the Arnold/Broadneck Women's Club is offering two$350 scholarships for young women.
The requirements are: applicants must be female, but there are no age restrictions.
Applicants must reside in the Broadneck Peninsula; attend or plan to attend an institution of higher learning during 1991; submit a completed Arnold/Broadneck Women's Club scholarship application form; and provide two written references and a transcript of grades.
The deadline for application is Wednesday, May 1.
For further information, call 721-4773.
"Life isn't fair." If you're a teen-ager and find yourself feeling this way because someone you love has died, there is a special group where you can relax and talk about everything that is bothering you.
Arundel Hospice is offering a Teen Bereavement Support Group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings March 13 through April 9 at the Harundale Presbyterian Church, across from Harundale Mall.
In the group, which is free of charge, teens can discuss the changes in their lives caused by the death of someone special, not just relatives but perhaps a friend.
For more information, call Betty Asplund at 987-2129 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by March 7.
The Severna Park YMCA (SPY) swim team recently captured its 13th championship in the Chesapeake and Potomac Swim League when itdefeated Talbot Y with a score of SPY 520, Talbot 178.
This was the team's 105 straight win in Y competition.
Fourteen swimmers wontriple first places: Erik Griffin, Bobby Davis, Matt Scheier, Marc Gray, David Naftalin, John Mahoney, Brian Johnston, Christine
Burch, Beth Snow, Danielle DeVito, Athena Mahoney, Allison Carollo, Samantha Suller, and Molly Maddox.
The swimmers with the best finishes in each age group are recognized by being listed among the "Top 16" in the nation. This season, 35 SPY members have achieved this important honor.
One of the biggest goals for each swimmer is to qualify for the YMCA National Championships in April in Orlando, Fla. So far, ninelocal swimmers have earned the chance to go: Erik Griffin in the 200-meter butterfly; Eric Sloan in the 50- and 100 freestyle, 100- and 200 back, and 200 I.M.; and Kevin Grayson in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Also, Becky Andrews in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 back, and 500 freestyle; Nora Grannell in the 100 and 200 back, 200and 400 I.M., and 100 and 200 butterfly; Sara Noble in the 100 and 200 back, 100 freestyle and 400 I.M.; Christina Burch in the 50 and 100 freestyle; Jenny Merwath in the 100 and 200 back; and Amy Musk in the 100 breast stroke.
The 3- and 4-year-olds attending the Wee Center at Severna Park Baptist Church are busy learning about "Friends Around the World" and planning for their annual circus. There arestill a few spaces in the classes for next year.
If you would like to stop by and visit the school or would like further information, call 647-0765.
The children at Belvedere Elementary School are supporting the troops in the Middle East by signing the names of relatives currently serving in the military on a large American Flag inthe school gym.