Jessica Speaks at Toastmasters Open House (VIDEO and PHOTOS)

I really enjoyed speaking at the Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House Event!  I would like to take a moment to thank Mr. Rick Lakin,  Toastmasters Club President. Mr. Lewis Scott Lewis the Sponsor of the Toastmasters Open House and Mr Richard Lederer and so many other wonderful people I was able to meet from the different Toastmasters clubs around San Diego County.

I truly believe everyone liked my speech, which as always came right from my heart, everyone was so surprised when they would asked where my notes were and I replied I didn’t have any notes everything was off the cuff from my heart. As you will see below I think my speech was very impactful as I received a standing ovation when I left the stage! I would really like to thank The Sweetwater Toastmasters club for donating $100.00 to United Cerebral Palsy and thank you to everybody who bought Mr. Lederer’s books as he decided to donate all profits made for a grand total of $200.00 for United Cerebral Palsy!

Hearing Mr. Lederer speak was amazing and I could have listened to him for hours, if you ever get a chance to hear him I highly recommend it!

Speaking was truly my honor. Thank you to Sweetwater Toastmasters for my certificate and most importantly letting me raise funds and awareness for UCP!

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Please remember as you watch my speech and look at the photos that people from age 5 to 95 seem to enjoy my speeches because I can make my speeches fit everyone and I can speak to any size group you would like. I really enjoy tailoring my speeches to YOU the listeners! If you like the bit of what you see please feel free to email me at: and I look forward to booking an engagement with you soon!

Thank you!
Jessica Smith

iCrew Photos by Kathryn Matteotti and Rod Villa

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Jessica will keynote the Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House

I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!! I am honored to let everyone know that I have been invited to The Toastmaster’s Open house! I would like everyone to come out and support me and United Cerebral Palsy. I will be giving a 6 minute speech called an Icebreaker. I will speak about my life and many other subjects that I’m choosing to keep close to the vest, so you’ll have to come out to hear it. My teacher from High School Mr. Rick Lakin is the President of and is hosting this Toastmaster’s Event. After I speak I will turn it over to Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer. Mr. Lederer has written many books, has a column in the Union Tribune on Saturday’s called “Lederer on Language”. Mr. Lederer is also very well known on the Public Speaking and Radio circuit. In 2002 he won the Toastmaster’s Golden Gavel. After he speaks I would encourage you to go buy his book because Mr. Lederer is nice enough to donate the profits of his book sales to United Cerebral Palsy! A fun fact about Mr. Lederer is he’s the father of very famous poker player Annie Duke. So please join me on May, 11th from 6-8 at Sunnyside Library in Bonita. The dress code is nice, Dinner is also included, Oh did I mention it’s FREE! So please come out and have some fun while learning about Toastmasters & Supporting United Cerebral Palsy. I hope to see a lot of you there! Thank you to our Sponsor Tweet Me World. More Details Below!

I also had the pleasure of Tossing the coin at the Enforcers Game. We played the Charlotte Cobra’s. At halftime I had the honor of giving an in prompt to speech! I think it went over well considering everyone was applauding. We played a good game but the Cobras came out victorious. Even though we lost, I know this has made us stronger and we will come out with a Win the next the we play because the guys are out for blood!

I’ve been working with Little Angels to find the perfect service dog for me. This process is long and hard but also fun and rewarding! I know Ms. Katie and the whole little angels team will help find the perfect dog for me! Right now I’m lucky enough to work with the directors own personal dog Guen.

I would be crazy if I didn’t sent out my love and prayers to the people in Boston, I am thankful that everyone I know personally from Team In Training are safe and not hurt and they are back in San Diego! Also my love and prayers go out to the people in West, TX. Stay Strong Everyone!

I hope to see you all on May 11th for my Toastmasters Speech! Don’t forget to buy Mr. Lederer’s book so we can raise money for Cerebral Palsy!

All My Love,


May 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bonita-Sunnyside Library
4375 Bonita Road
Bonita,CA 91902
Brenda Bautista619-381-9322

Jessica Smith will present a 6 minute introductory speech known to Toastmasters as an Icebreaker.  Jessica will join Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer and the members of Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters as Presents

Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House

Benefitting United Cerebral Palsy

Featuring 2002 Toastmasters Golden Gavel Winner

Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer

There will be food and fun and the opportunity to learn about Toastmasters

Updates February 2013

2013 has already been quite a roller coaster!! I hope all of you are well!

Thank you to everyone who helped me reach the goal of 10 thousand dollars so I could get my Service Dog through Little Angels! Below is a picture of my future service dog. Everybody meet Nanuk! His name means Polar Bear! Right now we train once a month and we are getting along quite well!





I can’t believe the San Diego Enforcers football Season is starting back up already! They are playing for United Cerebral Palsy again and we are going for another Championship Season because 1 IS NOT ENOUGH!! The First game is Saturday March 2nd at San Diego High School at 5:00pm I will be on the sidelines cheering on my boys and I hope to see all of you there as well!  My favorite angel Eve Selis will sing the National Anthem at the March 2nd Opener.

Tickets to Enforcers games are $5.  Check out the website at

The Eve Selis/Jessica Smith UCP/Children’s Rainforest Benefit – Saturday, November 10

Save the date!! THE EVE SELIS/JESSICA SMITH UCP/ CHILDREN’S RAINFOREST BENEFIT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH!! 1 set of music from Eve and the 2nd set will be a fun twist with Back To The Garden!!! You know my angel & I there will be PLENTY OF SURPRISES!

7th Annual United Cerebral Palsy/ Childrens Rainforest Benefit
Date: Saturday, November 10th
Place: St. Rose Of Lima Church Hall 293 H. St. Chula Vista
Time:  Doors open at 6pm with a complete Mexican Buffet served by Taco Man when doors open
Tickets: $25.00 “ALL AGES”
Live & Silent Auction
Music by 7 Time San Diego Music Award Winning Eve Selis Band


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I thought I’d share this exciting news! My parents & I went to see my Cancer doctor to get the results of a special blood test done by The City Of Hope to see if the Leukemia Gene has returned or not. We are overjoyed to say there was no evidence of the gene and I am a year and ½ in REMISSION! I still have to take my 3 chemotherapy pills daily but I am truly blessed!


I also spoke at the Success Optimist Benefit on May 7th  which benefits The Children’s Rainforest Project. It was a nice benefit with good food and wonderful company. I bid on and won a huge teddy bear for my buddy Trevor that his mom says he LOVES! The final count is still out with how much money they raised but I hope it’s a big number!