Jeff and I at the senior awards ceremony when I graduated high school
Jeff thanking me for my 2 years of service as Student Representative on the Franklin School Committee
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that I write a letter of strong recommendation for Brittany MacLeod. I had the pleasure of having Brittany as one of my students and have known her for more than five years. She is among the most creative and energetic individuals I have ever witnessed. In addition to having Brittany as one of my students, I have maintained an ongoing mentoring relationship with her throughout her time at Marist College. From the first time I met her, Brittany impressed me with her extraordinary courage and strong personality. Additionally, during conversations with me or other students, she is frequently smiling and loves to laugh.
As an officer in the Marist Toastmasters Club, Brittany has excelled in many areas but most importantly in leadership, membership, and club development. As the club’s current president, Brittany has recruited members to fill all of the officer roles, a first for the Marist Club. She also instituted weekly officer meetings to plan and organize the club’s activities. To foster better communications among faculty and students, she created weekly broadcast emails, a Facebook page, and a Twitter page. To broaden the club’s community relations, Brittany promoted two important causes: Heart1, which helps victims of abusive relationships; and freerice.com, which is focused on ending world hunger. She has also reached out to develop ties with other Toastmasters clubs in the area such as the IBM Club and the Hudson Valley Orators Advanced Toastmasters Club.
To build the club’s membership, Brittany created very attractive posters to display on bulletin boards throughout the Marist campus and flyers to hand out to students. At the beginning of the semester, she mobilized the club’s officers to make short presentations at the beginning of classes. In all, Brittany and her officers made dozens of presentations to students to make them aware of the Marist Toastmasters Club. Brittany also secured funds to purchase prizes, which she then raffled to those who attended the meetings. This activity generated much enthusiasm among students who attended the meetings as guests. Brittany also secured funding from the Dean of the School of Management so that the club could host membership building activities. Brittany’s membership building activities have resulted in tripling club membership since she became an officer in the club.
Another of Brittany’s accomplishments was being selected to be one of the youngest Area Governors in the Toastmasters organization. In the Area Governor role, Brittany was responsible to visit and liaise with five Toastmasters Clubs in the Hudson Valley. Brittany did an outstanding job and was continually recognized for her outstanding work.
On a more personal level, Brittany sets challenging goals for herself. Although she has been in Toastmasters for only three years, she has achieved the Advanced Communicator Silver Award and Advanced Leader Bronze Award. She has also set her sights on being the first Distinguished Toastmaster at Marist College and is very close to achieving it. The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest award in the Toastmasters International education program.
In closing I would like to state that it is without reservation that I strongly recommend Brittany MacLeod for consideration for the Chief Funster position. In addition to being an outstanding leader, she is a young woman of outstanding character. Brittany is truly a person with much potential for greater leadership and success. I believe she will do an outstanding job in this important role within your organization.
Assistant Professor of Management
WAHOO! I got shortlisted as one of the top 25 contestants to move on to the next round of the Best Job In The World contest, but the contest isn’t over yet! There is still a lot of time left and much to do. I am already halfway through the second round. I have one week left to complete the “referee challenge”.
After I found out I got shortlisted in the top 25, I received an email from Tourism Australia detailing the rest of the contest. Here’s what they told me for the next challenge:
The past few days have been a whirlwind. As soon as I read all the details for the next round, it was go time! There was minimal time to celebrate and it was time to get down to business. You have to be one hundred percent in it to win it. “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have time to suffocate, which means that every breath I took from the moment I received that email has been dedicated to this round. I have been getting over a bad sinus infection and it’s allergy season, plus I am in the last 3 weeks of my senior year of college, but nothing has stopped me from telling the tale of Send BMAC Down Under to anyone who will listen and getting what I need to have people support me and endorse me. Most of the grunt work has been done this past week, so there will be more news flowing in this week, but here’s a taste of what I’ve done so far…
The Send BMAC Down Under street team set out to the Walkway Over The Hudson yesterday to spread the word about me making it to top 25 and what the next round consists of. I printed out notecards that had all the information about my social media campaign on them and how people could help spread the word about Send BMAC Down Under. It was a beautiful day and I didn’t want to just walk up to people and disturb their enjoyable afternoon walk, so I bought 2 helium tanks and balloons as a way to grab people’s attention and have them come over to us. My friends Sarah and Eric came along with me to help me blow up the balloons, talk about the contest and tell my story. We were a real hit! In only 1 hour, I passed out over 100 notecards to people and we went through 2 helium tanks worth of balloons! We stood at the beginning of the walkway and wrote “Send BMAC Down Under” on the balloons so that people would wonder where the balloons were coming from and want to know why the balloons said what they did. We had a bunch of people ask why we were there and everyone was really supportive of the contest and wished me luck! People were pleasantly surprised when they found out the balloons were free! They thought we were fundraising, but nope! The sole purpose of the street team in action was to take advantage of the beautiful sunny day and spread the good news about the best job in the world contest and getting me to the next round. Check out some of our most enthusiastic Send BMAC Down Under supporters:
It was such a fun day! By the time we left the walkway, we were wicked tired and got lemonades at the stand on the way home. The Send BMAC Down Under will be back in action again this week! Be sure to keep an eye out on twitter for when we’ll be out again and where you can find us/meet me and hear the tale of Send BMAC Down Under! In the meantime, my “press secretary” (my beautiful mother, Tracy MacLeod), “campaign manager” (one of my best friends, Mark Gamarra) and I will be calling, emailing, tweeting (and anything else we can think of) news, radio & TV stations to pick up my story to be featured in the news. The more coverage I get of the contest and my story, the better my chances are of getting to the next round! Do you know of anyone who could report and broadcast the tale of Send BMAC Down Under? Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I’m doing everything I can to spread the word but the more buzz that is created around me and my story, the better. Holla at ya girl if you think you can help! Message me on my campaign Facebook www.Facebook.com/Send.BMAC.Down.Under