Gaius Sempronius Gracchus was considered the most skilled orator in Rome. His election to the office of Tribune in 123 BC allowed him to make great strides in his quest to bring reform to the often corrupt and self-serving Senate. His speaking skills and wild popularity with the people allowed him to address injustices, incite the citizens of Rome to demand social reform, and generally be a pain-in-the-toga to the existing authority.
While we here at Toastmasters honor the development of persuasive speaking skills, our friend Gaius' evaluation culminated rather harshly with the separation of his head from the remainder of his corpus. Talk about your tough audience!
Fortunately, we treat the combination of oratorical skills and holding elected office here in our club more favorably, and the time of year for the election of new club officers is upon us. Consider the forum now open to put forth nominations to fulfill the various club officer positions. The nominations can be for oneself or others, and can be submitted in the form of an email, or a comment to any of the club officers. We will open the floor at the club meeting this Thursday, May 9th, for nominations, questions, and comments.
The club officer positions are as follow:
Vice President of Education
Vice President of Membership
Vice President of Public Relations
Sergeant at Arms
A description of the responsibilities for each of these officers can be found here: http://www.toastmasters.org/clubofficers.aspx
So honor our friend Gaius; step up to nominate, run, and vote, and you'll beheading in the right direction (Ouch!). Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday. Speak well and be well.