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"Communicating for Results!"

PowerTalk Power Club 
September Newsletter E-Zine

Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

PowerTalk Power Club President

Greetings Power Pals & Visiting Guests! 

As summer wraps up, Power Pals & their Guests joined in for another fun summer social at Big Stone Sculpture Gardens for a round of Putt-Putt Miniature Golf followed by lunch at the old Historic Ox Yoke Inn.

We captured several fun photos of our Power Pal outing - see below!

Now that it's September, it's time to head "back to school" and that means more workshops, more conferences, more business networking for professional development and personal growth!


Just a friendly reminder! ......  Have you registered for the upcoming Fall Festival?  This will be our 3rd annual event but we need your help and your participation to ensure it will be amazing!

We have a "call for speakers" and a "call for speech contestants"  but you must get registered so you don't miss out on all the fun educational events.


Come support our club through this great Fall Get-away - it's an event open to all - so join us for this very exciting, engaging, and awesome event!  Registration deadline is September 15th!


For details click HERE! - Hope to see you there!




Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/ DTM/DPP

President of PowerTalk Seminars, LLC

President of PowerTalk Power Club

(952) 221-1701

Power Words

Quiescent: Quiet, inactive, or in a state of peaceful rest.

Example: Volcanoes often exist for centuries in a quiescent state before their sudden, violent eruptions


Suffrage: The right to vote in an election.

Example: The Nineteenth Amendment, which granted suffrage to women, was certified on August 26, 1920, making it an official part of the Constitution of the United States.

Myriad: Usually followed by of and means “a great number,” as in “a myriad of possibilities.” It is also common as an adjective meaning “very many” or “both numerous and diverse,” as in “myriad topics were discussed at the convention.”

Example: The middle school class generated a myriad of ideas for ways they could volunteer in the community.

Power Trivia

Trivia #1: 

Giraffes have no vocal cords.


Trivia #2:

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.


Trivia #3:

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have book in every Dewey-decimal category.


Source: "It's a Fact!" - Globe Mini-Mag

                  Power Idioms

"Backseat Driver"


Example: I can fix this computer myself, but she always tries to be a backseat driver.


Meaning: A bossy person who tells another person what to do, a person who gives unwanted advice and directions.

Origin:  When automobiles became popular in the United States in the 1920's, many rich people road around in the backseats of chauffeur-driven cars.  The backseat passenger gave orders to the front-seat driver:  where to go, what road to take, how fast to drive, and so on.  Today, "backseat driver" refers to any aggressive person, in or out of a car, who tries to tell others what to do.

Source: Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

                 POWER PLANNER

Upcoming Club Events & Meeting Dates

SEPTEMBER CLUB MEETING DATES & Upcoming Special Club Member Events:

Note:  Zoom Details for each meeting are emailed to respective Power Pals with current paid membership for each Program Meeting format.

Thursday, September 14th

6:30am - 9:00am CST

 ZOOM Early Morning Meeting


Friday, September 8th

 6:30am-9:00am CST

ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Tuesday, September 12th


 PowerTalk Power Pizza Panel Program



                  POWER BOARD

Thank you to our Volunteer Staff and additional club members and visiting guests who assist and help at our club meetings and events  - and a special thank you to Roman Pundyk for serving as our club A/V Roadie & Videographer and Julie Nekola for serving as our Virtual Assistant.  - We appreciate you!

Let's all make this an EMPOWERING DAY!

 PowerTalk Potpourri

      Hey Power Pals - What's Up?


Please join our Private Linked-In Group to stay current & Up to date on any and all announcements!


Also - just a quick reminder:  CLUB MEMBERHIP DUES ARE DUE!  Click HERE to renew or upgrade your membership!                 

                             THANK YOU!


Please submit articles, promotions, punchlines, praise, power tips, and recipes by the 1st of the month for inclusion in next month's newsletter.  We appreciate all your contributions to make this a fun and informative read! - You can submit your items to Club President and Newsletter Editor, Vitalia Pundyk at email:

                                                                                            -THANK YOU!-

   Call for Speakers

If any club member or visiting guest would like to get on the speaking rotation, please contact Founder and Club President, Vitalia Pundyk to reserve your spot on the meeting schedule.

Phone: (952) 221-1701



Click on Meeting Dates Below 

to see our Awesome Speaker Line-Up 

and Presentation Descriptions!

Thursday, September 14th

6:30am-9:00am CST


Friday, September 8th

6:30am-9:00am CST



Power Club 

Pizza Panel Program

Tuesday, September 12th


Power Pal Profiles
Welcome Our Newest Club Members!!!

Will you be next? 

Learn more about our Club Membership Packages HERE!


         Power Articles

MEET SUSAN KAULBARS - Interview Article published in Canvas Rebel:  Click HERE

  Power Praise  

      PowerTalk Promotions

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Story Sparks

Come tell a story or just listen at this fun, free, and in-person event! If you want to be a speaker, you can add your name to the hat, and we will draw 10 speakers to tell a 5-minute story related to the theme SCHOOL DAZE. Judges will be selected from audience members.  Speakers and Judges get free drink coupons!

Date: Wednesday, September 13

Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Location: Camp Bar Twin Cities, 490 Robert Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55101


More Info and Registration Link (Free Event):

Power Pal Summer Fun!!!

 Are you ready to unleash your Inner Otter?

Join us at Thumper Lodge Resort for:


"Good Food! Good Friends! & Good Fun!"


Wed. October 18th - Sun. October 22nd


          Speech-a-thon Speech Contest


    Fall Festival Mini-Conference Retreat!

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Click HERE for more program Details!

PowerTalk Punch Lines

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1. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach.  It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."


2. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry.  I don't like spicy food."


3. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."


4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels.  We assumed it would be included in the price."


5. "The beach was too sandy.  We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."


6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure.  Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."


7. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons.  I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."


8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water.  The children were scared."


9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."


10. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."


11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort.  Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."


12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England.  It took the Americans only three hours to get home.  This seems unfair."


13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."


14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.'  We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."


15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there.  The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish.  No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."


16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."


17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."


18. "I was bitten by a mosquito.  The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."


19. "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed.  We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant.  This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

  PowerTalk Power Tips

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.


- submitted by Vitalia Bryn- Pundyk, M.Ed/ DTM/DPP


Mean people suck.  Don't become one of them.  Not even for a second.


 - submitted by Vitalia Bryn- Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

 PowerTalk Palate

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7- Up Pound Cake - Makes 16 Servings


1-1/2 cups butter, softened

3 cups sugar

5 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup 7UP soda


1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

1 to 2 tablespoons 7UP soda

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon or lime zest, optional


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted or plain tube pan.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition.


Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.


Add flour alternately with 7UP, beating well after each addition.

Transfer batter to prepared pan.


Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-75 minutes.


Cool in pan 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

For glaze, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and enough 7UP to reach desired consistency.  If desired, stir in zest.  Drizzle over cake.

Test Kitchen tips:

To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.  For a three-ingredient dessert, grill sliced pound cake and serve with whipped cream and your favorite fruit curd or berry sauce. Or sandwich mini marshmallows and chocolate chips between frozen waffles; wrap in foil and grill.

- submitted by Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

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