Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Greetings Happy People,

I have officially done it!!

Today not only marks the 1-year anniversary of Mr. I-I-I’s Blogsite, but also the 100th post on this site!! That’s right!! This is a landmark moment and an amazing accomplishment!! Who knew that one person can come up with 100 things to write in one calendar year? It took tremendous amounts of effort. It took some vision to have this idea. It also took lots of steps to get from the beginning to where I am right now. Amazing isn’t it?

How did I get my start in creating this blog for all you happy people? The idea for creating my own blog happened five years ago. I was at a Starmasters Toastmasters meeting when a past member gave a speech about the importance of blogging. He not only talked about what it is, but how it can be done, and the various reasons for blogging. At the end of his presentation, I was in complete awe!! I was so impressed that I thought, “Hey!! It would be cool to have MY own blog!!” I was inspired!!

The person that gave the presentation went on to become a successful blogger in his own right. He gave presentations, wrote a book, and became a well-known entrepreneur. His name was Steve Pavlina.

The inspiration I received from Mr. Pavlina stayed in my mind for a long time. Four years to be exact. On and off, I thought about writing my own blog. But the questions were what should I write about and where could I start? There were so many topics I could discuss!! I could discuss Engineering. I could discuss public speaking. Heck!! I could be like Jerry Seinfeld and make a blog about nothing!!

Thankfully, there was an article about blogging in the Toastmaster magazine. It told me how to get started and the things I could write about. With those tools, I was ready to create my own blog!!

In the process of creating my own blog, I wondered what should call it. The following names came to mind:

“The Alligator Pit”

“Jesse’s Place”

“The O-Zone”

“The J-Corner”

“Mr. Threesticks Spot”

As you can tell, all of these names did not work. One day an idea struck me when I was at a Toastmaster meeting. All over the Las Vegas valley and parts of California, many Toastmasters called me “I-I-I.” From that point, I decided to call the blog – “Mr. I-I-I’s Blogsite.”

The next thing to do was to find a theme for this site. At the time, I was reaping in the benefits of positive thinking and positive living. The positive things that happened in my life were the following:

1. In the Toastmaster world, I was a Division Governor that led the Division to President’s Distinguished status.

2. From a relationship standpoint, I was enjoying a beautiful relationship with my then-girlfriend Dana. We celebrated our 1-year anniversary that month.

3. At work, new management took over which broke a cycle spawned by years of negativity.

4. After many years, I reunited with some friends from Bishop Gorman High School.

Experiencing all of these positive things, gave me the impetus to put the positive theme on my blogsite. And to put the icing on the cake, I thought of many stories where I could that that can drive a positive, yet thoughtful point.

With all of those combinations put together, Mr. I-I-I’s Blogsite was born!! WOO-HOO!!

And now, after one year and writing 100 posts for you happy people, all I can say is that I enjoyed every moment. It is like I said whenever a new Toastmaster asks me for any words of wisdom. All you got to do it take your first step. After you take your first step, take some more steps. And when you are done taking your steps, turn around and look at the path you made. You will be amazed!!

After taking many steps with this blog, I turned around and I am amazed!! It is an awesome feeling!!

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

One Year Ago....

Greetings Happy People,

The following was written one year ago on this day.....

Hello all you happy people!!

I welcome each and everyone of you to my brand new bloggging site!! This will be all about the positively mental world surrounding all of us!! Some of the things I would put here can be inspiring, amazing, and just may have your brain buzzing!!

Be sure to check in on the latest messages and thoughts that may come to mind. I promise you that this will be a voyage that you won't forget!!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on anything I post on this site, please feel free to make it known!! I won't be that far away!!

Until then, take care and have a nice day!!

WOW!! A whole year of blogging!! All the stories told, all the fun that was had, it was quite an adventure. Here is to one year under the belt and many more years to come.

For all the readers of my blog, I sincerely thank for your time and attention. This adventure could not have been done without you!!

Thank you,

Jesse I-I-I

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quote Me Please!!

Greetings Happy People,

For my latest post, I will share with you the following motivational and inspirational quotes. These quotes are based on the following four factors: Success, Dreams, Faith, and Life. Some of them may be obvious. Others may be deep. But no matter the quote, all of them are awesome.

NOTE: If you are one of my friends of Facebook, some of them may look familiar. Yes, I did use a few of these quotes before. This is because I think that they are worthy enough to be put on my status. Feel free to check them out. You might use them on YOUR status!! ENJOY!!


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
- David Brinkley

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
- George Edward Woodberry

“Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
- David Frost

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
- Malcolm Forbes

“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”
- George Burns

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
- Winston Churchill


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
- Walt Disney

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”
- Tupac Shakur

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
- Christopher Reeve

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
- Jesse Owens


“A man of courage is also full of faith.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
- Mother Teresa

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.”
- Benjamin Franklin

“If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.”
- Mohandas Gandhi


“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
- Buddha

“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
- Mark Twain

“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
- William Wallace

“Your life is what your thoughts make it.”
- Marcus Aurelius

That concludes the following quotes I have for you today. If you would like to see more of these quotes, please check out the website Brainyquote.com (http://www.brainyquote.com). There are plenty more that are just waiting to be read!!

If you have your own personal quote you like to share, GO AHEAD AND SHARE IT!! Like many of these famous people, the world would like to hear your wisdom too!! All you got to do is put it out there. Who knows?? You might make a difference in someone’s life!!

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Sunday, May 23, 2010

All Tied Up No More!!

Greetings Happy People,


I have finally completed one of my biggest accomplishments!! After years of struggle, and years of difficulties, I FINALLY DID IT!! I used to have people help me out with this, but now I am able to do it all by myself. No tricks, no assistance, and no problems!! It is one of those accomplishments that I am truly proud of!!

What is this amazing accomplishment I am talking about?

Getting my own book deal? Not yet!!

Creating another Toastmasters club? Not this time!!

Winning some huge amounts of cash? Huh!! I wish!!

The biggest accomplishment I have done is learning to tie my own tie!! IN A MATTER OF SECONDS!!

That’s right!! I can finally tie my own tie in just a few seconds!! This is quite the amazing personal feat for me!! How did this happen? Well, let me tell you the story behind this miraculous moment!!

Like some kids, I started off wearing a clip-on tie. It was easy, it was simple and it took little time to do. I would just take the metal clip behind my tie, slide it into my dress shirt collar, and clip it!! It seemed pretty routine for a few a years until something out of the blue happened. I grew up.

During my adolescent years, I always had difficulties in tying my own tie. I would have to rely on my own dad to teach me how to tie a tie. For some reason, I was unable to get the concept. My older sisters had to help me tie my own tie. This lack of knowledge would haunt me from my college years to the years afterwards. It was then I would have former girlfriend tie my tie for me. Some of them were pretty good while others were only two steps better than I was. The pain of not knowing how to tie a tie was quite embarrassing. Oh the embarrassment!!

When I rejoined Toastmasters back in 2002, I still had trouble tying a tie!! After one District Conference, I finally said “ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH!! I AM GOING TO TIE MY OWN TIE!!” Thanks to the beauty of technology, I took the first step on learning how to tie a tie.

With the help of the internet, I realized that there were many ways to tie a tie. For starters, I picked the most basic way. It took me days to learn, but somehow I succeeded!! YAY!! Those days turned into hours. Those hours turned into minutes. And then the moment happened at a recent District Conference in Modesto, California.

I was getting ready for a full Saturday morning. I looked at the tie on the bed. I hear the background music play in head. I believe it was the theme from 2001-The Space Odyssey. I wrapped the tie around my neck, and started to tie the tie!! Within seconds, I was done!! Realizing that this was one of my greatest accomplishments, I celebrated!! I looked at Dana and told her that I tied my tie in SECONDS!!

She looked at me and said, “Yeah!! That’s great honey!!”

This was a very important step for me. I felt proud of myself that I was able to do this in a short period of time!! Oh this was quite the feat!! AND I FINALLY ACCOMPLISHED IT!! YAY!!

We have challenges in our lives. Some are great and some are small. No matter the size, there is no greater feeling than FINALLY accomplishing that challenge. You feel the excitement. You feel the jubilation. Heck!! You feel pretty darn good about yourself!! So whether it is something that involves your career, your dreams, your life, or your own tie…overcoming any obstacle will make you feel awesome!! Trust me, you will never have that tied down feeling when you accomplish YOUR challenge.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Be Your Own Ant

Greetings Happy People,

Do you remember the story of "The Ant and the Grasshopper?"

It is not just only about the importance of preparation, but also about the results of one's improvidence. On one end, you have ants storing their food for the upcoming winter. One the other end, you have a grasshopper fooling around without a care in the world. When the winter came, the ants benefitted from their preparedness, while the grasshopper suffered from the effects of his irresponsibility.

This classic fable from Aesop can be applied to our own lives. Do you know anyone that is like the ant? Responsible, hard-working, always thinking ahead of the curve? Do you know anybody that is a grasshopper? Lazy, irresponsible, all talk, no action, and a complete slacker? If you know anyone that fits these traits, chances are that they live their lives similar to the story.

One example I like to use is based on where I work. Several months ago, my workplace had an upcoming inspection. This inspection was to determine our own competency when it came to performing various laboratory tests. Months before the important inspection, I read updated materials on how to perform these tests. I also did a few practice runs to make sure the tests are run properly.

Meanwhile, there was one co-worker - let's call him Clark - that did the complete opposite of what I did. Clark is pretty much the braggart type. Always talking loud and bragging about how he can do the tests way better than anyone in the laboratory. He never took the time to look at any updated manuals. He chastized his workers by telling them that they are performing the tests all wrong. He even had the nerve to kissup to his boss by telling him not to worry because he got everything under control.

On the week of the inspection, I was fully prepared to show the inspectors all the tests I was ready to perform. On the other end, Clark was bragging to the inspectors that his lab was the best and were ready to "wow" them. At the end of the inspection, Clark did "wow" them alright - by getting the most dings out of everyone at that place. As for me, I performed my tests well enough to get some good marks. For his improvidence, Clark had to write a letter on what went wrong with his performance. For my own efforts, I received great marks from my boss. In this story, you can say that I was the ant and Clark was the grasshopper.

There are millions of stories that parallels this fable. It does not matter if it is at work, home, or somewhere else, the story of the ant and the grasshopper can be applied to anyone!! The only question I have for you is how do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as an ant or a grasshopper? If you see yourself as a grasshopper, there is not much I can say to you. If you see yourself as an ant, all I got to say is to keep doing what you are doing. The rewards from your efforts will be plenty.

It is always good to be the ant. Responsible, thinking ahead, and hard-working. If we have more ants, the world would run a lot better than before. If you want to be an ant, you can!! All you got to do is think about what the ants did in that story and apply it to your life. It will definitely pay off in the end and you will live happiliy ever after :o)

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Friday, May 21, 2010

Want to Join Toastmasters? Check this Out!!

Greetings Happy People,

There are 58 Toastmasters clubs in the Las Vegas Valley. There are 176 Toastmaster clubs in District 33 – covering southern Nevada and central California. There are over 12,000 Toastmasters clubs worldwide. This mission of this organization is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

Throughout the 85 years of this organization, millions of people from all walks of life benefitted from joining Toastmasters. They became great leaders, great speakers, and great individuals. There are millions more that are about to take that first step and check out clubs that fits them. If you are considering joining a Toastmasters club, my best recommendation is to check out as many Toastmaster clubs as you can.

Each club has their own personality. There are clubs for single people. There are clubs based on political parties. There are professional clubs. There are church clubs. Heck!! There are clubs that are simply for the community!!

Checking out a Toastmasters club is just like trying on shoes. You want one that not only fits you comfortably, but also one that is able to make you feel and look good. Whether you want to become a professional speaker or just improve your communication skills, please make sure you select a Toastmasters club that meets YOUR needs. There is nothing more disheartening than to join a club that doesn’t because it will result in a lose-lose situation. We ALL want to be in that WIN-WIN situation and joining the right club is a WIN-WIN situation for everyone!!

There are Toastmasters club that meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. There are clubs that meet on one of the seven days of the week. There are clubs that either meet in the morning, lunchtime, or evenings. To know where and when to check out a Toastmasters Club in your community, all you have to do are the following steps:

1. Go to the Toastmasters website (http://www.toastmasters.org)
2. At the left portion of the site, click “Find” to find a club near you
3. When you click “Find,” it will take you to another page. There you can find clubs based on where you live. All you have to do is type in the location and the best times you can attend.
4. When you are done, click “Find.”

There you will find all the clubs you can find in your neighborhood. All you have to do now is check them out. It would help to contact the person to get a feel on what the club is like. After that, you are ready to check out which Toastmasters club is right for you!! Who knows, you will find a more than a club, but also a great relationship with the members, community, and Toastmasters!!

If you have any other questions or comments about checking out a Toastmasters club, feel free to contact yours truly. I will be more than happy to help out!!

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What's YOUR Next Challenge?

Greetings Happy People,

As I walked outdoors, I took in the weather, looked around my environment, and realized that somewhere out there many challenges wait for me.

If you read “Off To the Market,” you would know that I am about to step into a challenge that will be rewarding. Aside from that, I am also looking at more challenges I want to do. No matter if it involves work, personal, or something else, there is something in my gut that is telling me to not only find those challenges, but face them head on. Whatever they are, I will be ready.

No matter how big or small, it is good to have challenges in life. It can not only put many principles to the test, but also determine what type of person one really is. There is no better feeling than to overcome a challenge in your life. The victory, the triumph, and the self satisfaction of accomplishing what once seemed impossible. It is quite exhilarating!!

Where would the world be without challenges? I do not know, but I can only imagine that it will not be good. If we never faced any challenges in life, we would all live pretty dull lives. It is like walking on a flat road to nowhere. Yes you are walking, but where are you going? For a certain period of time, walking this path can be tiresome. At a certain point a person has to make two decisions on how to deal with this path: either stay on this track and wither OR just get off of it and try something different.

Many people would choose the latter because they want something new in their lives. Others wouldn’t because they often worry or fear about what is on the other side. Those uncertainties can easily turn into unnecessary barriers. There are other people that get complacent in where they are. These people wonder why should I go somewhere else when I got something good right here? That complacency can be seen as a false feeling bringing one down. A world without challenges is not really a world I want to live in. What about you?

What is the best way to take on a challenge? All you have to do is look at it, have some faith, and take that first step. It may sound easier to say than do, but give it a try. You will never know unless you give it a try. Whether you come out on top or fall down, at least you are better than the person that never tried at all.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Greetings Happy People,

When was the last time you experienced fear? For me, it happened last Saturday. Before I stepped up to the stage, I had my concerns. After I stepped down, I really had nothing to worry about. It was all in my head!!

Last Saturday evening, Dana and I were hanging out with a few friends from my high school. We were talking, laughing, and having a great time. We were there for two reasons. The first one was to celebrate one of my friend’s birthdays and the other was to witness a black belt ceremony for Karate Karaoke.

What exactly is Karate Karaoke? It is a place where you not only have the chance to go up to the stage and sing your choice of songs, but also do this in a way where you get credited via belt status. The more songs you sing the higher belt level you get. For example, I am midway through my yellow belt. A few more songs and I will become an orange belt.

That night, they had a black belt ceremony for one of the Karate Karaoke regulars. The DJ was dressed up in his karate garb. They also had one of those miniature gongs. The guy that received the black belt credit had the chance to gong anybody he wanted to. This automatically stops the person on stage from singing. Instead, the DJ would give them a free drink coupon and a bumper sticker that said “I Got Gonged at Karate Karaoke.”

Before I had the chance to sing my second song of the night, I saw other singers get gonged off the stage. Being the first time I ever saw this made me feel nervous. When it was my time to go up the stage, I went up there looking at that gong and the guy holding the stick. With great trepidation, I sang the Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue.” I was looking at the gong throughout that song. As you can tell, this was not my best performance. It was so bad that Johnny Cash would have come up to me and said, “Don’t you ever sing that song again you hear?” When it was over, I breathe a sigh of relief.

When it was Dana’s turn to go upstage, she was going to sing a Dolly Parton song. Within a few seconds, she was gonged. Did she have any fears about being gonged? Not really. She just wanted to get the bumper sticker and a drink for me!! WOW!! Here I was worrying about how bad I was going to do on stage and my honey went up the stage for a whole different reason!! When I thought about it in that perspective, the gong did not seem so harmless!! For the rest of the night, we all continued to have fun and watch a few more people get gonged. The night did start AND end on a pretty good note!!

Fear is a funny thing happy people. Just when you thought things would go one way, they turn towards another direction. We all experience fears on different levels. How we handle it IS up to us. Are we going to let our fears keep us from what we want to do? Or are we going to overcome them and be better than we were before? We can only answer that for ourselves!! Until then, all we can do is face the music and experience our own “gongs” along the way!! When it is all said and done, we will be better for it.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Off to the Market

Greetings Happy People,

Last weekend, I attended the District 33 Toastmasters Spring Conference in Modesto, California. Like many District Conferences in the past, this one was awesome!! I heard some outrageous Tall Tales and amazing International Speeches. I also listened to some great presentations about finding that next speech to write. I also had a chance to take part in some karaoke singing. One can say that the events at this conference were worth the 8 hour drive. Yes I did say 8 hours (from Las Vegas to Modesto).

That Saturday afternoon, a business meeting took place. Two important things happened at that meeting: The Las Vegas Toastmasters Community added a brand new Division AND new District 33 Officers were elected. When it came to electing District Officers, the following positions were elected – The Top 3 (District Governor, Lt. Governor of Education & Training, and Lt. Governor of Marketing) AND the Division Governors. When the overall elections were finished, I was elected the District 33 Lt. Governor of Marketing for the 2010-2011 Toastmaster year.

What is a Lt. Governor of Marketing (or LGM)? This is the third highest ranking position in District 33 Toastmasters - behind District Governor of Lt. Governor of Education and Training (or LGET). The LGM is responsible for helping create new clubs in the District. Additionally, the LGM also assists rebuilding clubs by providing numerous ways in helping a Toastmaster club grow – via Club Coaching, Membership Building efforts, and Open houses.

The LGM also works with the District Governor and the LGET to set and achieve goals that will make us DISTINGUISHED on ALL levels. We also support Clubs, Areas, and Divisions by ensuring top-notch quality that promotes growth within the whole District. It does not matter where or who you are, growth is very important!! Without growth, how can we better ourselves?

Now that I am elected to this position, what am I doing to prepare for July 1st – the start of my term?

Somewhere in my mind, I keep hearing the following math equation:


What does that mean? As long as you have the intention set, you can use any means to get to your goals. There is no one-track thinking when it comes to reaching a goal. Instead, whatever means that can be used WILL be used!! That simple equation helped me have a VERY successful year as a Division Governor.

Being a sports minded person, I am focusing on building a strong offense and stronger defense. In creating both offense and defense, certain plays have to be drawn out on both sides of the ball. All of these simple razzle-dazzle plays can be placed in a “playbook.”

Establishing the plays will also lead to something that I plan to do for the 2010-2011 Toastmaster year. There is something that also helped me with the leadership roles I held in the past that I will do for the upcoming year. Would you like to know what it is? Really….would you like to know what it is? Well, the one thing I plan to do for the 2010-2011 Toastmaster year as the LGM is………


That’s right!! I plan to enjoy myself for the upcoming year!! When you are in that positive frame of mind, nothing can stop you!! It is a good feeling that will transcend into any action one can do!! It boggles me that some people are not able to see this concept. Always being too serious about anything they do – including breathing. It’s not rocket science happy people!! When one person gets into that frame of mind, lots of good action can come from it!! All you got to do is think positive, feel good, and work that magic!!

I am looking forward to an awesome Toastmaster year!! I am looking forward to working with the Happy People of District 33!! I am ALSO looking forward to see this District grow on ALL levels. If things go the way they are, it will be one heck of a year coming up!! And you can take that to the bank!! :o)

That is all I have for you today!! Take care and thank you for your time and attention!!


Jesse I-I-I

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Herb and Mike

Greetings People,

The following message I have for you is very difficult to write.

It is about two gentlemen that made major impacts in their respective communities. It is about two gentlemen that are now making major impacts where they are right now. For many years, they touched lots of lives and influenced many people. Today, I write about two amazing gentlemen: Herb Wells and Mike Wilson.

What can I say about these gentlemen? So many things.

Herb Wells was a powerful influence at the Engineering College in UNLV. Through the advice of former President Herbert Hoover and his son, Herb moved to Las Vegas to begin his engineering career. After working for a couple of engineering companies, Herb was asked to teach surveying class at a new school known back then as the University of Nevada, Reno - Las Vegas campus. That school later became UNLV.

From the school's conception in 1957 to earlier this year, Herb taught many students who later made an impact in the world. He had plenty of stories to tell about his life and experiences. He also gave advice to different students that was or was not related to engineering. Even when he "retired" back in 1997, he continued to share his wisdom by continuing to teach for another 13 years. Once asked, what he would miss the most about his experiences at UNLV, he simply replied "The students, of course!!"

When I was a civil engineering student, Herb was one of my advisors. He not only told me which courses I should take, but gave me different insights on them. After hearing one of my presentations that was less than "stellar," He suggested I joined something called Speechcraft - an 8 week course based on meetings that were done by Toastmasters International. From the first week, I knew that it was something that I was going to do for a long time.

When I heard that Herb had passed a month ago, I could only think of the lives he has touched for 7 decades. Without him, the engineering program at UNLV would never be the same. When I attended his memorial service last week, I saw many professors, students, alumni, family members, and other people outside of the engineering community. As we all shared stories about this man, one thing is for certain. Herb may be in another place, but his legacy will live for many years.

When Herb introduced me to Toastmasters 15 years ago, I knew that it would be something I love to do for a very long time. From then to now, I met many people within this organization. Some were beginners, others were seasoned. No matter how many people there were in this organization, no Toastmaster can make an impact quite like Mike Wilson.

It was yesterday afternoon and I was with a group of Area Governors preparing for a Division Governor's roast later that month. I checked my phone and noticed I got a message from a past District Governor. When I called her, she told me about what happened. When I first heard the news, it hit me so hard that I am still recovering from the shock as I write to you people today. Then my thoughts go to the wonderful memories I had with Mike.

If you want to know the meaning of a Toastmaster that is a true giant, look no further than Mike Wilson. He was not only a District Governor and a Distinguished Toastmaster, but also a mentor, a leader, and simply an amazing guy to be around. With his wife Kay, you can consider them to be a power couple in the Toastmasters community.

For many years, Mike has been involved with Toastmasters International. It does not matter if it was on a member, club, area, division, district, regional, or worldwide level, Mike has touched many lives in this organization. He gaves presentation that were upbeat. He also gave presentations that were also heartfelt. The one presentation I can remember was the one he recently gave at an Area Contest about fathers and sons. It moved me to the point when I thought about the times I spent with my ol' man.

Mike also took the time to help as many people as he can. No matter who you were, he was always willing to lend a helping hand. I can still remember the time when Mike, Adella Logan, and myself were sitting at a Starbucks discussing a game plan to create a new Toastmasters club. He did not only discussed the game plan, but he also took part by helping with the demo meeting and giving his first chartering party keynote presentation. This was one of many examples on the helpfulness of Mr. Wilson.

And when one thinks of Mike, how can one NOT forget about the yearly barbecue roasts that took place at the house he shared with his beautiful wife Kay? Every May, there would be a Division Governor's roast at their house. First, Mike would roast the food for everyone to enjoy. Then the Area Governors would "roast" the outgoing Division Governors. No matter the year, great times were had by all at Kay and Mike's place. This shows the welcoming spirit Mike had for people.

When I think of Mike Wilson, these are just a few things that come to my mind. Like many people inside and outside of Toastmasters, I am sure that more great memories can be shared about this man. Simliar to Herb, Mike's legacy will live for many years to come.

As I conclude this post, I give my condlences to the families and friends of Herb Wells and Mike Wilson. It is difficult to think that they are no longer with us. It is easier to realize that wherever they are, they are making their impact to more people than one can truly imagine. God bless you Herb and Mike!! Your legacies will live through the people lives you touched!! You two have done well!! Thank you.


Jesse I-I-I

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