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

PowerTalk Power Club President

Greetings Power Pals & Visiting Guests!

Happy Valentines!


Our PowerTalk Power Day was a great success

We learned so much I must confess.

Then dinner followed - a great celebration!

Awards, recognition, and much jubilation!

Lori's keynote, a highlight for me,

was inspiring and heart-felt especially.

Thank you to all who supported this event,

Last year flew by- it just came and went.

This next year, exciting, so much more,

So stick around for the rest of 2024.

Hope to see you at all of this year's in-person and on-line meetings, as well as at all our upcoming additional programs and exciting events!




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

President of PowerTalk Seminars, LLC

President of PowerTalk Power Club

(952) 221-1701

Power Words

Docile: Used to describe those who are easily taught, led, or managed.

Example: Though the professor feared a rowdy incoming class, he found that his new students were docile and eager to learn.

Ne plus ultra: Refers to the highest point of development or success that something may achieve.

Example: Susan Kaulbars was recognized as the 2023 Power Pal of the Year - the Ne plus ultra PowerTalk Power Club Award for attendance, presentations, and service.

Emote:  To express emotion in a very dramatic or obvious way.

Example:  He stood on the stage emoting and gesturing wildly.

Power Trivia

Trivia #1: 

A pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of rocks.

Trivia #2:

Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?

Trivia #3:

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

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

                  Power Idioms

"Batten down the hatches"


Example: We'd better batten down the hatches.  The weather service says a tropical storm is headed our way.

Meaning: To get ready for trouble; prepare for any emergency.

Origin: This is a nautical term that comes from the early 1800s.  On a ship, sailors prepared for stormy weather by nailing waterproofed pieces of canvas and wood (battens) over the entryways (hatches) to the cargo area below the main deck.  Today, you "batten down the hatches" when you prepare for any kind of trouble.

Source: Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

                 POWER PLANNER

Upcoming Club Events & Meeting Dates

FEBRUARY 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, February 8th

6:30am - 9:00am CST

 ZOOM Early Morning Meeting


Friday, February 9th

 6:30am-9:00am CST

ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Tuesday, February 13th

5:00pm-9:00pm CST

 PowerTalk Power Dinner 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


Will you be next? 

Learn more about our Club Membership Packages HERE!


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         Power Articles

  Power Praise  

Congratulations to Lori Ziebarth

for achieving Bronze Power Pal Recognition! 

(10 speeches and 1 new club member recruit)


With more than two decades of experience in television news and communications, Lori Ziebarth has seen the power words have on the heart, mind, and soul.  Words can create chaos and calm, thoughtlessness and thoughtfulness, indifference and interest.  Because of this, Lori feels a great responsibility to her audience to convey messages that are crisp, concise, and clear. 

As Communications Manager for U.S. Bank, Lori is responsible for ensuring that staff and clients are engaged and informed.  She holds three degrees – an associates in business, a bachelors in television news, and a masters in communications management.  But Lori's greatest accomplishment is being the single mom of two active and successful young men – ages 24 and 19.

Congratulations to Chris Ciccone

for achieving Silver Power Pal Recognition! 

(20 speeches and 2 new club member recruit)

Christine A Ciccone is a wife, mother, and grandmother, and lives in East Bethel, MN.  She loves God, family, sewing, reading, baking, and being an Independent Distributor for Reliv International, a nutritional supplement company.  She believes helping people is a journey of the heart.  Public speaking is also now part of her journey.

Congratulations to Norm Johnson-Korbuly

Most Improved Speaker! 

This award is often received by someone who may be new to speaking and has made some noticeable progress in their speaking and platform skills, or it may also be received by a veteran speaker who has also demonstrated and shown some significant growth in their presentation skills, areas of expertise, and business development.

This year’s most Improved Speaker is the latter.  He has really demonstrated time and effort in his preparations for each presentation.  He came through during a PowerTalk crisis when uncharacteristically all 4 of our scheduled main speakers for an early Friday morning zoom session had to cancel at the last minute and on only 1-week’s notice, he pulled through with filling in for all 4 presentations.  He was a hero that day saving what could have potentially been a cancelled meeting to a very successful one and did a remarkable job delivering high-value content with confidence and clarity. 


He continued to perform at high levels at our Fall Festival this year with his educational workshop on entrepreneurs vs. intrepreneurs, presented a hilarious speech about what baby’s need in our humorous speech contest, challenged himself in the traditional Fall Festival B.S. contest, and led us in some fun comedy improv activities during the Fall Festival Friday Fun Night.


Through his active participation in our PowerTalk Power Club, he has found motivation and inspiration to innovate ways to expand and grow his own business model for professional growth.


Ladies and gentlemen, this Power Pal wears shades because he is looking ahead to a very bright future.  Let’s all recognize and congratulate  - Most Improved Speaker of the Year:  Norm Johnson-Korbuly!

Congratulations to Diane Windingland PowerTalk Power Club Speaker of the Year!

If you recall, at last year’s club anniversary celebration, I had mentioned that it was a very tight race - We had one Power Pal that gave 16 presentations  ….. We had one Power Pal that gave 17 presentations ….  And  we had one Power Pal, Cindy Karnes that gave an unprecedented 18 presentations to our club last year.

This year, it wasn’t even close – there was a clear winner breaking last year’s record for number of speeches,  with an unprecedented, 20 speeches this past year.


This year’s Speaker of the Year is the owner of Virtual Speech Coach and was originally trained as an engineer, but since 2011, has been speaking, coaching, and writing on communication skills, and has published 10 books.  She lives with her husband in Spring, TX.  and dedicates much of her spare time to Toastmasters International. She obviously could not be here with us tonight, but for all of her 20, that’s 20 speeches this past year, let’s recognize and congratulate the 2023 PowerTalk Speaker of the Year – Diane Windingland!

Congratulations to Susan Kaulbars

PowerTalk Power Pal of the Year!

Attendance - Presentations - Service


In terms of Attendance, this Power Pal has participated in nearly every one of the Quarterly Dinner & Pizza Panel Program sessions that she belongs to and she has also assisted and helped out numerous times as a speaker or in a meeting support role at other various early morning PowerTalk Zoom Sessions as well. 

In terms of presentations, she presented a total of 9 speeches this past year and has developed quite a repertoire of presentation topics, expanding her subject matter expertise - everything from framing, to business networking, to how inspiring quotes can impact and influence us to action.

And in terms of service to our club,  well…. This is where she really shines -  This Power Pal has kept me very busy filling my pipeline of new club member prospects for our club.  She has consistently had the most visiting guests and referrals throughout the year (well over a dozen, and I lost count after that), she has been responsible for connecting many new contacts to our club members  for support and referrals to their small businesses, she made connections for documentary films, and she has participated socially in our PowerTalk Power Trips – like the SCORE/and Women Venture Networking Event and our Big Stone Sculpture Garden, Miniature Golf Outing – both events were at her suggestion, enriching the social aspect of fostering relationships in our club.

Additionally, she has provided awesome resources for some great speaker events and ways to expand our own visibility through a variety of professional development programs seeking speakers to present on their subject matter expertise.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible business growth she has personally enjoyed this past year, being recognized in several publications and achieving many “best of” awards in her framing industry.

Oh, and did I mention her positive attitude and continuous demonstration of high-level enthusiasm for our club?  Within seconds of receiving my promotional email for our club anniversary awards dinner program, she was the very first Power Pal to get registered. Within seconds of my initial reminder to all our club members that it is time to renew or upgrade club memberships, she was the very first to renew.

With nearly 20 years’ experience in the Picture Framing industry, her framing industry experience includes managing a “Big Box” framing department, private galleries, a Sales Rep for a local framing supply vendor, and a Picture Framing Educator.

Married for 41 yrs. to John, her family includes a son Ryan and his wife AnneMarie, a Daughter Stephanie, and a granddaughter, along with 3 grand fur-babies.

Her favorite motto’s is: ”Be brave enough to suck at something new”…which represents the creative “curse” for continuing to seek out unique, innovative, and unconventional new designs!

With nearly perfect attendance, 9 presentations, and outstanding service and support for this club-let’s recognize and congratulate everyone’s best networking friend and 2023 Power Pal of the Year - Susan Kaulbars! 

  PowerTalk Promotions

Beauty & Poetry From the Heart!

Women, you're invited to the Post-Valentine Girls Night Out Event hosted by Michelle Perdue and Vitalia Pundyk!!!

It is sure to be an evening of love, learning, and laughter as we come together at the lovely ModernWell in honor of prioritizing our health and wellbeing.

An impactful keynote presentation, inspiring poetry, vendors, and networking opportunities are all the things you will experience at the event.


Oh, did we mention the fabulous dessert buffet? Come on ladies, this is your time to "rise and shine!!" - "bringing out the best in you!" 


Space is limited! Purchase your ticket today - For more info and to register on-line, Click HERE

We look forward to seeing you!

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Experience... Unleash your inner power and experience a transformation like no other.

The Ignite Your Power Retreat is not just an event; it's an experience.  It provides a safe, supportive space to explore your deepest desires, challenge your limiting beliefs, and uncover the essence of who you are.  Our engaging workshops, interactive sessions, and intimate group discussions will equip you with the tools and strategies to ignite your personal power and live your life with intention and passion.

Connect... Join a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about personal growth.

This retreat is more than just a personal development event.  It's a chance to connect with a community of individuals on a similar journey of self-discovery.  Share experiences, learn from each other, and create lasting connections that will continue to inspire and support you long after the retreat ends.

Believe... See... Transform... Experience... Connect... This is your time to Ignite Your Power!  Take advantage of this opportunity to invest in yourself and create a future filled with self-belief, purpose, and abundance.  Register today and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Ignite Your Power Retreat is happening on February 22 - 25, 2024, at Breezy Point Resort, MN.  For more information, visit the website at or contact Cindy Karnes,, 651 274 2248. 


We can't wait to welcome you to our community and start this transformative journey together!

PowerTalk Punch Lines


Submitted by Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.ED/DTM/DPP

PowerTalk Power Tips


Click on Meeting Dates Below 

to see our Awesome Speaker Line-Up 

and Presentation Descriptions!

Thursday, February 8th

6:30am-9:00am CST


Friday, February 9th

6:30am-9:00am CST



Power Club 

Dinner Program

Tuesday, February 13th1

5:00pm - 9:00pm CST

Power Pal Profiles
Welcome Our Newest Club Members!!!

Leah Skurdal, event leader and workshop presenter, guides professionals to nurture a resilient body-mind, improve their relationships, and respond to change with agility. She is author of Seeking Serenity: How to Find Your Inner Calm and Joy and is co-author in the #1 Amazon Best-selling Wellness Universe book series.

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In case of emergency, secure your own mask before assisting others.  

Clean up. De-clutter. De-pile.

Make more lists and use them wisely.

Submitted by Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.ED/DTM/DPP

PowerTalk Palate

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                          Best Ever Fried Chicken


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/3 cup whole milk

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up

  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a shallow bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients.  In a separate shallow bowl, whisk egg, milk, and lemon juice until blended.  Dip chicken in flour mixture to coat all sides; shake off excess.  Dip in egg mixture, then again in flour mixture.

  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°.  Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, 6-10 minutes on each side or until golden brown and chicken juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.

Submitted by Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.ED/DTM/DPP

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