SEC Roughriders Toastmasters
In the beginning, 1956

Chartered in 1956, SEC Roughriders Toastmasters is one of the oldest and most advanced Toastmasters International clubs in New York City. 

Where did we get the name? 

  • SEC stands for Sales Executive Club, a group of Sales Executives who wanted to improve their public speaking. 
  • Roughrider is the name of the room at the Roosevelt Hotel where the group of Executives began meeting back in 1956. 

Now the club is open to people from a wide variety of professions!

Past Officers, Contests & Club Events

2015 – 2016

President's Distinguished Club – recognized by Toastmasters International

Officers:
President: Clifford Benfield
VP Education: Max Alvarez, ACB, CL
VP Membership: Heather Higgins, CL
VP Public Relations: Beth Karas
VP Mentorship: Mary Campbell Gallagher, ACB
Treasurer: Natalia Sucha
Secretary: Ken Weiss
Sergeant at Arms: Lynn Pono

2014 – 2015

President's Distinguished Club – recognized by Toastmasters International

Officers:
President: Richa Malhotra, CL
VP Education: Karen Morris, CC CL
VP Membership: Margaret Trombly
VP Public Relations: Ozzie Mojica
VP Mentorship: Lisa Veshecco
Treasurer: Clifford Benfield
Secretary: Nancy Gerstman
Sergeant at Arms: Vandana Ranjan

2013 – 2014

President's Distinguished Club – recognized by Toastmasters International

Officers:
President: Michael Keating, CC
VP Education: Don Nelson, ACG, CLB
VP Membership: Heather Higgins
VP Public Relations: Veronica Dagher
VP Mentorship: Jack Brown, CC, CL
Treasurer: Ichun Lai
Secretary: Sharon Small, CC
Sergeant at Arms: Michael Haropulos, CC

2012 – 2013

President's Distinguished Club – recognized by Toastmasters International

Officers:
President: Sally Grant
VP Education July – Dec 2012: David Abramovitz
VP Education Jan – June 2013: Don Nelson, ACS, CL
VP Membership: Michael Keating
VP Public Relations: Richa Malhotra
VP Mentorship: Jack Brown, CC
Treasurer: Mona Gale
Secretary: Iryna Watts, CC
Sergeant at Arms: Jorge Guano, CC, CL

Contests:
Humorous Speech Contest: Preston Trombly, CC, CL, wins the Club, Area and Division contests
Table Topics Contest: Maralyn Jabour CC, wins the Club and Area contests
International Speech Contest: Preston Trombly, CC, CL (contest schedule not completed yet)
Evaluation Contest: Veronica Dagher (contest schedule not completed yet)

Club events:
"SIRA in the Spring" held in April 2013 – following the Club’s regular weekly meeting format, with speeches from past members Michael Quinlan, Tom Panas, Judith Ann Graham and Paul G. W. Fetscher, and evaluations from past members David Burton, Lynda Klau, Audrey Smaltz and Sal Fichera.
"Division C Speakout" held in March 2013, hosted by SEC Roughriders Toastmasters
"SIRA and Holiday Party" held in December 2012 – a combined event with speeches from past members Greg Ifill, Tina Greenbaum, Ben Woolfe and Katina Demetra, followed by Q&A with the audience and the club’s holiday party

District events:
District Conference held in November 2012 – which included an educational workshop led by Don Nelson, ACS, on Leadership.  In addition, Preston Trombly, CC, CL competed in the Humorous Speech Contest
District Conference to be held in May 2013 – District Conference held in May 2013 – SEC Roughriders was awarded the Above & Beyond Ribbon, the 20-by-20 Membership Promotion 2013 Trophy, the Recognition of Distinguished Club Certificate and a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding support and contribution to District 46.

 

2011 – 2012

President’s Distinguished Club – recognized by Toastmasters International

Officers:
President: Eric Rock, CC, CL
VP Education: Preston Trombly, CC, CL
VP Membership: Mark Anthony Hutmacher, ATMB, CL
VP Public Relations: Randy Joy Epstein, CC
VP Mentorship: Jackie Gordon, CC
Treasurer: Sally Grant
Secretary: Ria Davis, CC
Sergeant at Arms: Jorge Guano, CC, CL

Contests:
Humorous Speech Contest: Jack Brown, CC, wins the Club and Area contests
Table Topics Contest: Greg Ifill, CC, wins the Club and Area contests
International Speech Contest: Max Alvarez, CC, CL, wins the Club and Area contests
Evaluation Contest: Ria Davis, CC, wins the Club and Area contests

Club events:
"SIRA" events held in November 2011 and April 2012 – following the Club’s regular weekly meeting format with five speeches and five evaluations from past members. 

District events:
District Conference held in November 2011
District Conference to be held in May 2012 – which included an education workshop led by Win Sheffield, CC

 

2010 – 2011

Select Distinguished Club – recognized by Toastmasters International

Officers:
President: Max Alvarez, CC, CL
VP Education: Greg Ifill, CC
VP Membership: Erick Rock, CC, CL
VP Public Relations: Mona Gale
VP Mentorship: Tina Greenbaum
Treasurer: Martin Cowart, CC
Secretary: Lloyd Backus
Sergeant at Arms: Kairi Willis

Contests:

Humorous Speech Contest: Red Katz wins the Club, Area and Division contests (and placed third in the District contest)
Table Topics Contest: Max Alvarez wins the Club and Area contest (and placed second in the Division contest)
International Speech Contest: Kathleen Connor, CTM, wins the Club and Area contests
Evaluation Contest: Don Nelson, CC, CL, wins the Club contest

Club Events:
Evaluation Workshop held March 2011, led by Don Nelson, ACS.
Speech Writing Workshop held July 2010, arranged by Jerry Wolf with special guest speaker Robert (Bob) Lehrman.


Presidents prior to 2010-2011:
2009 - 2010 Don Nelson
2008 - 2009 Jerry Wolf
2007 - 2008 Win Sheffield
2006 - 2007 Ben Woolfe
2005 - 2006 Katina Demetra - 50th Anniversary Party
2003 - 2005 Nick Sialmas
2002 - 2003 Kae Peet
2001 - 2002 Robert Matson
2000 - 2001 Laurel Scott
1999 - 2000 Karol Ward
1998 - 1999 Hilka Klinkenberg
1997 - 1998 Ellen Auwarter
1996 - 1997 Amelia Abad
1995 - 1996 Gillian Davis - 40th Anniversary Party
1994 - 1995 Julia Willebrand
1993 - 1994 Barbara Browning
1986 - 1987 Nick Preziotti
Early 1980s Carol Scafati
1976 - 1977 Ray Frier

History

"The main thing is to make history, not to write it." – Otto von Bismarc


Special Speakathon and Evaluator Challenge Meeting - Thursday, June 1, 2017
May 09, 2017
Join your fellow SEC Roughriders at the June 1st meeting for a special Speakathon and Evaluator...

Roughriders to Compete in Division Level Contest - April 19th!
April 05, 2017
The Division B International Speech and Evaluation Contests is on Wednesday, April...

SEC Roughriders compete Tuesday, March 7
March 02, 2017
Congratulations to fellow SEC Roughriders Jackie Gordon (International Speech Contest winner)...



Useful Links

Home | About Us | Calendar | Resources | News & Blog | Contact Us
Designed by PixelVJ
FacebookLinkedin