Speech Transcripts
  • Our Mom’s Story - By Gene Conti - As Told by Carla Sanzone Our Mom’s Story   - By Gene Conti - As Told by Carla Sanzone (September 2011)   “Keep up the tempo”, says John as he strikes Olga on the head with the wiolin bow. The three young Fiocca children were having a practice session. John the violinist, Mom the pianist and Edmund the cellist. During the late 1920’s and 30’s, radio was al lthe rage and the Firestone Hour featured the young trio on its program lineup. When asked on live radio which was the head of the trio, a sibling argument broke out. By the time the Fiocca Trio got home that evening, their father Carlo proceeded to show the two boys who really was the head of that ensemble ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2011, 8:36 PM by Tip Top
  • Caustic Ingredients in Cosmetics and Beauty Products - By Carla Sanzone Caustic Ingredients in Cosmetics and Beauty ProductsSpeech at Tip Top Meeting, August 2011I use beauty products daily.  I take it for granted that when I get in the shower, I am using the correct hair shampoo and hair conditioner, etc. I began to study the ingredients on these products and then discontinued them as they were drying to my body and hair. These products were promoted by my Dermatologist Physician Assistant and I threw them out after one and one half years. The following ingredients are in common cosmetics and beauty products and should be avoided.They are:  Sodium lauryl sulfate, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, mineral oil, isoprophy alcohol, glycol, fragrances, and some others. These ingredients are drying to ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2011, 10:35 PM by Tip Top
  • What Toastmasters Means to Me? - by Helen Alvarado What Toastmasters Means to Me? Speech at Tip Top Open House, April 2011. I was planning to do this speech next month for my Toastmasters’ membership anniversary.  I was a rookie Toastmaster in May last year!  Since today we have an open house, I’d like to share my point of view on Toastmasters with our friends and guests together. The reason I joined Toastmasters was simple – I had a lot of communication issues.  As an immigrant, English is a big challenge for me.  Before I felt nervous when the phone rang, or when I went to team meetings at work, or even when I ordered food at a restaurant.  I was afraid of speaking English under any circumstances, not ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2011, 2:36 PM by Tip Top
  • All Roads Lead to Capitalism - by Rick Newton All Roads Lead to Capitalism  There is a proverb, “All Roads Lead To Rome”, which you can define this proverb to mean, “All High Culture Leads To Rome”, or, “What Matters Lead To Rome”. Now it’s a well known fact that Romans were excellent road builders, also, Romans had indoor plumbing, indoor plumbing. Now it’s beyond my understanding how people went from indoor plumbing to no plumbing and this zero plumbing went on for nearly 2000 years. I have seen no plumbing, and all I can say is thank you to the person that brought back indoor plumbing.  PAUSE - PACE Now I want to share another proverb, “All Roads Lead to Capitalism”. Which you can define this proverb ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2011, 8:15 AM by Tip Top
  • Press On - by Helen Alvarado Placed 2nd at Area 14 Spring Contest, 2011Press On!This is unbelievable.  Not even in my wildest dream could I have imagined that I would be standing up here, competing in the Area Speech Contest. And speaking in English!I am going to tell you about the journey that has brought me here. Then, you will understand why this event is such an incredible experience for me.I grew up in a small town in China. When I started middle school in the 1980’s, China had already opened the door to western investors. English was taught in most middle and high schools. But, my home town school was too small and poor that we did not have an ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2011, 7:42 AM by Tip Top
  • Porsche It - by Rick Newton Porsche It  Aug. 15, 2010 SpeechLast week I gave a speech on how a Porsche in every garage will make things right for everyone.  In hindsight, that’s a bad idea.   This past Friday evening I went to the Porsche dealership, and I sat in a 911 Turbo Porsche, it was black with dark gray leather interior.  I sat there for 5 minutes, now I understand what it means to reset your button, I was reset. And it felt great. And for the next few remaining hours of Friday evening I had Porsche on the brain. I woke up Saturday, I had Porsche on the brain, and Sunday, Porsche on the brain. All it took was 5 minutes to ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2011, 4:09 PM by Tip Top
  • Fix Our Social and Political System - by Rick Newton Fix Our Social and Political System  July 25, 2010 SpeechI have a car I want to give you it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. worth around 160K.  It has one speed, 100 mph and no brakes. DO YOU WANT IT? Oh, one more thing, you must drive it at night.  Folks, that’s our social and political system today. We all are in this Porsche 911 Turbo S which is the USA and we are going 100 mph with no brakes and driving at night. What’s saving us now is we are hitting haystacks; Haystacks are acting as our brakes. We need to put some real brakes on this car! We know what is in our news ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2011, 6:07 PM by Tip Top
  • Little Black Book - by Rick Newton Little Black BookIt is amazing how the words that I have heard many years ago have become a permanent part of my memory. Once you hear the words SPOKEN, there’s a small voice that whispers to me.Always Always remember what you just heardThat is exactly my case; it was at least fifteen years ago, when Judith, a school administrator said to Diane, and me. “It’s all about connections”.And I do not know why, those four words, “It’s all about connections”, got planted in my memory bank forever.When I think about it, it has always been about connections. That is how people operate.  People do not want to be connected to strangers.People ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2011, 6:15 PM by Tip Top
  • Political Correctness - by Helen Alvarado What is Political Correctness? A few months ago, Political Correctness, or PC, was still a new social and cultural term for me.  One time I was searching for humorous stories on Amazon.com, a book called “Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life & Times” showed up on the results list.  It was written by James Garner in 1994 when PC was a big controversial topic.  That is how I started learning about PC.  At first I thought PC was kind of interesting.  Because it is about language; about the words you use.  As an immigrant, I should pay attention to what I say.  When I mentioned PC to my husband, he complained, "I tried so hard for so ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2011, 8:42 AM by Tip Top
  • Home Again - by Helen Alvarado Home AgainLet me start with two questions. Who lives in Fort Worth?  (Great, you are going to like my speech!)Who ever saw a Cattle Drive in the Stockyards? (I did.)  Cattle, railroads, oil, these are my first mental images like most people conjure of Fort Worth.  One time my husband and I had friends visiting. People told us the Stockyards was an interesting place, so we took them there.  Our friends were happy, but I didn't feel anything special.  This western heritage is still a reality in my hometown in China.  Cows, horses, steam locomotives... nothing is new for me. 3 years ago, before I graduated from SMU, I had an on-campus job interview.  "Where do ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2011, 8:43 AM by Tip Top
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