The Elephant III Storytelling Showcase: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Captivating. Entertaining. Fun.
Ten storytellers perform tales of laughter, tears, fun and excitement.
From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured tales, and more… come join us for narratives you’ll never forget!
This storytelling showcase is produced by Storytellers of the Round Table.
Disclaimer: These stories do not contain elephants or elephant parts. We borrow their name respectfully because elephants are big. This event will be ENORMOUS! Elephants never forget, and these stories are unforgettable.
About the storytellers:
Emcee & Storyteller:
JOEL YING is a Naples physician practicing integrative & holistic health in his private practice. He originally joined Toastmasters in 2009 to improve his public speaking presentations. As he advanced as a speaker, he discovered the art of storytelling and the National Storytelling Festival. He became a storyteller and began a series of StorySlams, just to have a place to tell stories. In the present Age of Information, it is not the data but the stories that captivate, inspire, and motivate us. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Personal story: Legacy of Love
RHONDA BRAZINA has always loved stories and dreamed of writing a children’s book, and she did. She co-authored a book, Carrots for Charlie. She also found her dream job as a professional storyteller. Combining her career as an educator, her love for acting and the theater, and her passion for stories, she is grateful to have found her niche with the Storytellers of the Roundtable. Whether performing a role, giving a Toastmaster speech or telling a story, she delights in connecting with her audience. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Folk tale: The Tiger’s Whisker
TONY MARR has spent years captivating audiences with his larger than life tales. As an award winning speaker/storyteller he has engaged hundreds of audiences with stories of humor, hope and history. From unbelievable adventures that will have you wondering how he is still alive, to the untold stories of American. Past and Scripture, Tony immerses his audience in an imaginative world that you never want to leave.
Personal Story: Blame It On Homesickness
MARILYN GRAHAM retired in 2014 from a 40 year career as a librarian and library administrator. She was introduced to storytelling when she worked as a children’s librarian during her career. She has been a member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers for 20+ years and has organized and produced many of its storytelling programs and workshops. Marilyn is now an award winning photographer.
Personal story: Running Out of Gas
TASHAHARA JALLAD joined Toastmasters International in 2008. After achieving the level of Distinguished Toastmaster, she began to explore storytelling. She joined the Florida Storytelling Association and started the Storytellers of the Round Table.
Tashahara adapts and weaves universal messages that touch the heart, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. With a belief that a story is the shortest distance between two hearts, she will inspire you to pass them along.
Folk tale: The Wide Mouth Frog
LISA LEONHARDT is a fourth grade teacher at Tice Elementary. She tells stories to her students, her family, and to anyone else who will sit still for a story. Lisa credits her grandfather and an elementary school librarian for sparking her interest in storytelling. She has been a longtime member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers and together with Marilyn Graham has kept storytelling alive and thriving in Fort Myers for 20+ years.
Tall Tale: Some Frog
PHYLLIS MAY is known as the “Fiery Retiree.” After 34 years as an educator ending as Superintendent of Schools in north Florida, she retired and moved to Key West. Since that time, she has had a variety of part time jobs and has traveled for a seminar company. She’s a member of the National Speakers Association and has 2 DTMs from Toastmasters. She was named “Toastmaster of the Year” for 2018 at the District 47 Spring Conference.
Humorous story: Which Direction is Your Deck Chair Facing?
PAMELA MINTON comes from a family of storytellers and continues the tradition. She is a retired professor of speech from Edison College and holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Brigham Young University. She is a member of Toastmasters International and earned the Distinguished Toastmaster designation, the highest award that Toastmasters bestows. She is also a published author of Lessons of the Spider.
Personal story: The Last Tango
LEONOR REALES is a Certified Clinical Hypnosis Therapist and Stress Management Specialist in both Spanish and English. Originally from Colombia, she has a rich treasure trove of family stories from growing up “wild in the jungle.” She only recently discovered storytelling for performance, but has been telling stories all her life.
Personal story: Yellow Butterflies
MARY LOU WILLIAMS is a retired teacher. She first became interested in storytelling when she heard an Appalachian storyteller at an Elderhostel in Boone, North Carolina. She has been hooked ever since. She has served on the board of the Florida Storytelling Association and has produced local storytelling workshops and concerts featuring national tellers. She is also a member of Toastmasters International and the Tamiami Tale Tellers.
Fractured fable: Truth and Story