Our Club Theme Song

It all started with a dare.

Plantation Toastmasters follows the principle that people learn best when they’re enjoying themselves. Consequently, the club’s meetings are lively and club leaders are always looking for fresh ways to generate individual enthusiasm and bring the members together as a team. Club activities are not constrained to weekly meetings. Outside events — including holiday parties, summer picnics, Toast-mixers, and other social gatherings — keep members enthused and involved.

Which brings us to the dare….

One morning, past club presidents Wolfgang Liebertz and Juan Jose Reyes were discussing the club over coffee when they mused “What Plantation Toastmasters needs is a theme song!” As the discussion progressed, Juan dared Wolf to write the song; Wolf responded that he’d write the song, but he dared Juan to sing it. (It should be noted that neither members were professional musicians, so this particular project was decidedly outside of their comfort zones.)

Shantelle Moxie and Wolf Liebertz
Shantelle Moxie and Wolf Liebertz

Wolf rose to the challenge. Over the next few weeks, he wrote the lyrics and melody to the new club theme song. Now it was up to Juan to fulfill his part of the bargain.

Juan said he could sing it, but it was a shame there was no one to hear it. “What if we record it?” Renting time at professional recording studio was out of the question, so they set up a studio in Wolf’s den. As he promised, Juan sang the lyrics that Wolf had written, with Wolf accompanying Juan on the guitar.

To their surprise, it wasn’t bad! The song showed promise, but it needed something more. Fortunately, then-president Trevor Marks spent his weekends as the drummer for The Gist, a popular South Florida band. So Trevor was called in to provide percussion accompaniment.

Shantelle Moxie singing
Shantelle at the microphone

Even better! Encouraged with the unexpected quality of what started out as a simple tune, they asked if any other club members wanted to add their musical expertise — or just enthusiasm — to the project.

Past club president Steve Bradbery was the first to step forward. Occasionally playing professionally as “SteveB”, he’s known around South Florida for his soulful sax solos. He added some jazzy sax to the arrangement, raising the song to a new level.

Even club members who lacked a musical background wanted to be involved. Past club president and past area governor DTM Shantelle Moxie provided backup vocals. Finally, another past president, Jim Barber, offered to add the unique sound of the Australian didgeridoo to the mix.

Jim Barber playing the didgeridoo
Jim Barber playing the didgeridoo

The result was impressive — and far better than anyone had anticipated from that initial dare. But there was still something missing.

They decided “This is a song about the club, so the entire club should be involved!” It was impossible to get the entire 45-member club into Wolf’s den, so Wolf lugged his equipment to the next club meeting and recorded the entire club singing the chorus to “The Plantation Toastmasters Theme Song”. Since they were singing a cappella, without music, and without rehearsal, this brought a entirely new dimension to the members’ set of communications skills.

After several hours of editing and mixing, it was finished — a theme song that truly represented the spirit and commitment of the club. Although you’re not likely to hear the Plantation Toastmasters Theme Song on a Top 40 radio station, it has received a lot of “play” at local Toastmasters functions — and brought recognition to the popular South Florida club.

But the greatest benefit was the sense of pride among club members when they heard their latest achievement. Once again, the Plantation club has demonstrated that the Toastmasters program is much more than simply giving speeches. They’ve shown that “wonderful people” working together as a team, do produce “spectacular results” — even if it’s the result of a dare.

Listen to the Plantation Theme Song:


Here are the lyrics for the theme song. It should be noted that our hours have changed since the song was first recorded; we now meet from 6:30 to 8:30, not 7 to 9. (But we’ll probably leave it alone because nothing comes close to rhyming with “eight thirty”.)

Once I was afraid of talking out loud,
Tripping over my tongue to pull the foot from my mouth.
One day I woke up — I had to do something about it!
I went online — I’ll tell you what I found. It said:

Plantation Toastmasters
At the Jim Ward Center. I was so hesitant.
We are Plantation Toastmasters!
We can help you to speak. We meet once a week.

Every Tuesday night from 7 to 9
They’re checking my grammar,
Make sure I’m speaking in time.

I’m finding my voice — I’m learning to speak
To a capacity crowd (or any stranger I meet).

We are Plantation Toastmasters!
You think you’re alone. You think that nobody knows.
We are Plantation Toastmasters!
You can handle your fear. You’ll see it’s no big deal.

I really can’t explain what goes on in there —
A meeting of mind and a chance to stare
Right into the eye of your enemy!
Bring you closer to who you aspire to be!

I’m DTM-in-the-making, and a fiend for applause.
(If they would only stop clicking my um’s and my ah’s.)

We are Plantation Toastmasters!
Wonderful People! Spectacular Results!
Plantation Toastmasters!


The Plantation Toastmasters members who contributed to the theme song were:

  • written, composed and recorded by Wolf Liebertz (ACB)
  • sung by Juan Jose Reyes (ACB)
  • backup vocals by Shantelle Moxie (DTM)
  • Guitar: Wolf Liebertz (ACB)
  • Sax: Steve Bradbery (CTM)
  • Drums: Trevor Marks (ACB)
  • Didgeridoo: Jim Barber (ATMG)
  • Chorus: the enthusiastic members of Plantation Toastmasters

Plantation Toastmasters meets Tuesday nights, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Jim Ward Community Center in Plantation Florida. Guests and Toastmasters from other clubs are always welcome at no charge! Visit https://plantationtoastmasters.com/ to find out more!

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