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Do You Need a Speaker? ED. R. KELSEY Available two days a week for Conventions, Banquets, Luncheon Clubs, Ladies Nights, Chautauquas, Father and Son Banquets etc. For Dates and Terms Write 403 Richardson Bldg. TOLEDO, OHIO Phone Main 7060 Who Is He? MR. KELSEY brings the experience of 25 years in business, combined with 13 years a Rotary Club Secretary, 2 years a Boy Scout Executive and for past 3 years on lecture platform throughout the country. Few if any men have had the experience mixing with men as has he. After leaving college he was in newspaper work on Toledo papers and later managed several large theatres. For 15 years he was advertising manager of the Toledo Railways & Light Co., the largest of the Henry L. Doherty properties and made many trips to their properties throughout the country, talking to their employes and their customers. He served as Vice President of Rotary International, as Gov. of a District in Rotary composed of Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan and for over 13 years has been and is now Secretary of the Rotary Club of Toledo. He knows of the work among boys, not from theory but from practice, as he was Executive of the great Boy Scout organization in Toledo for several years. He has been in demand to inspire audiences for the rapidly growing cripple children movement, as he was one of the founders of the International Society for Cripple Children and has been one of the Vice presidents since it was organized. His talks are over half fun and calculated to make men happier and better by bringing to them a realization of what life can mean. As he can get away from his advertising business and Rotary Secretaryship but 2 days a week his time is always taken far in advance. SUBJECTS For Luncheon Clubs, (Rotary, Kiwanis, Exchange, Lions, etc.) My Club and I. What the Luncheon Club Signifies. The Human Note In Business. For Father and Son Banquets and Ladies Nights The Palship With A Boy. Sunshine and Service. Fun and Fellowship. For Chamber of Commerce, Conventions, Community Chest, etc. What I Owe My City. Why the New Note In Business. Community Building. For Employes, Students etc. Increasing My Efficiency. Education As A Business Man Sees It. What Makes A Salesman? For Crippled Children Meetings What of the Crippled Child? Giving the Cripple His Chance. The talks are suitable for either luncheon or banquet. They run 35 minutes to an hour as wanted. Engagements BESIDES speaking to hundreds of Rotary, Kiwanis, Exchange and many other luncheon clubs throughout the entire country, Mr. Kelsey was banquet speaker for: CONVENTIONS Ohio Hotel Men's Association, Ohio Restaurant Association, Ohio Grain Dealers Association, Laundry Men of Ohio, Laundry Men of the South, Ice Dealers' Association of Ohio, Ohio Credit Men, Lima Dealers Association of America and many others. BOY'S WORK He has been in great demand as a speaker on boy's work at many Father & Son banquets and at District Conferences at Rotary, appearing before numerous conferences every year. At the great Denver Convention of International Rotary he gave the inspirational address on crippled children work as he did at both the Toronto and Cleveland conventions. EDUCATION A large number of Clubs have brought him to their city to talk to their members and then to the high school students on what education really means from the standpoint of a business man. Many large factories have also used him in talks to their employees on Loyalty and what it means to live in America in this Golden Age. LADIES' NIGHT As he can be away but two nights a week he cannot fill all the engagements offered for such banquets. There is over half good natured fun, coupled with experiences in the boy work which especially appeal to dad and mothers. There is no theory; it is all actual experiences. CITY BUILDING Many engagements have been filled for annual banquets of Chambers of Commerce and similar organizations for 25 years experience in big business gives him an opportunity to offer much of practical worth. What Others Say J. F. O'Keefe, Sec. of Chicago Association of Credit Men: Mere words are insufficient to express our appreciation of the impression which you produced on our members. The mere fact that no one left the meeting from the time you began to talk until your concluding remarks about 11:00 P. M., must have been a sufficient indication of the close attention given to your talk. I have had many expressions of satisfaction and our members have even gone so far as to say that it was the best meeting they ever attended. Held Audience Roanoke Times of Feb. 5, 1926 in reviewing a joint banquet of the 5 luncheon clubs of the city said: Mr. Kelsey proved to be a prince both at turning the crowd into an uproar of hilarity at his witty sayings and clever and timely jokes and at changing that same body of men into an unitedly attentive audience to hear of the great work that luncheon clubs throughout the nation are doing for underprivileged children. His masterful influence over the men at all times was apparent for he could toss in a joke in the midst of his deepest philosophy and by an almost idle gesture of the hand, again regain their close interest. All Smiles Pres. T. J. Kiphart of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Banking says: It is seldom that men pay bills with a smile but as we signed your check covering the cost of your talk to Cincinnati Chapter, our faces were wreathed in smiles. The smiles were due to the fact that we were still reflecting upon the wonderful talk which you gave us. Since listening to you our minds have been purged of the low and menial to such an extent that we go about like a bar of Ivory soap, floating around on kindly thoughts of those with whom we are associated. You write, 'glad if I accomplished what you wished,' and I want to say that you did this and more, because you greatly exceeded my fondest expectations and to paraphrase another advertising slogan you were '99 44/100 per cent perfect. Men Better U. Rae Colson of Paris, Ill. say: Everywhere that you go, with you message, all men become better in every way and I would be doing humanity a favor, could I broadcast to all about what Ed Kelsey can do for any community. Good Investment Jack Benner, Sec. of the Laundry Owners' Association of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida writes: Enclosed is your check for the Asheville convention banquet talk. In my humble opinion, this was the very best money we spent for this convention and it is my belief that the admirable way in which you presented our Rotary creed will have good effect on the members of our Laundryowners Association. May God bless you and be with you and yours that you may continue your good work. Was An Inspiration Pres. L. A. Johnson of Rotary Club, Clarksburg says: Your very happy and inspirational speech was and will continue to be of great value to our Club. It has been more talked about and I believe more appreciated than any other single activity in the last few years. What Don Adams Says The Ex-International President of Rotary in writing Mr. Kelsey says: You are doing a great work. It is not flattery for me to say that your talk at the Steubenville Conference was the finest thing I have ever heard on Crippled Children Work and the best part of it was that you made your message effective by putting it over in a pleasant way without dwelling too much on the sad side of this work. Hart Seeley's Tribute The Ex-2nd Vice Pres. of International Rotary says: Your personality and message combine in such a way that no one can forget that he has ever heard Ed R. Kelsey. And if your message did not inspire everyone who heard it to live a cleaner, more upright and better life, then the hearer could not have been able to understand the English language. Middletown New-Signal of Nov. 14, 1925 says: The crowning event of the evening was an address on 'Palship with a Boy,' by Ed R. Kelsey, who has become famous throughout the country as a speaker at such affairs. His address was said to be by far the best effort of its kind ever presented to a Middletown audience. Mr. Kelsey's address sparkled with wholesome humor, intermingled with sound advice to both fathers and sons, but presented in such a way that his pronouncements were free from all that resembled anything like preachments. The first 15 minutes was devoted entirely to fun, and the remaining 45 minutes divided equally, the first half being given to sons and the second half to fathers. At the conclusion of Mr. Kelsey's address men and boys stood and cheered in one of the greatest ovations ever given a speaker in Middletown. Our High Spot The highest spot that Warren Rotary ever attained, declared President Floyd Clinger, of the Warren Rotary Club. A finished orator, and a man of the type that can instill into other men some of his own unselfishness, Kelsey received the most rapt attention of the 175 Rotarians, and their Kiwanian and Lion Club guests.— Warren, Pa. Times, May 4, 1925. All Power To You J. Kindleberger, Pres. of the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Co., says: I am so booming happy over the speech you made to the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, that I just want you to know it. I hope you will eventually speak to every Rotary Club in the country. You will do more good with that talk of yours to Rotarians, than twenty-five preachers could do. All power be with you, and my best wishes are with you every minute. Every time you talk, remember me as standing in the bleachers applauding and waving my hat in the air for your victory. Best Yet Walter Witherspoon, prominent lawyer of Fostoria says: It was a grand and glorious occasion and our folks are still talking about it. Of course your speech was one of the finest that has ever been heard in Fostoria—but that is just what was expected. Will Last Long Will Taylor of Springfield (Ills.) Rotary, says: Please receive this as a sincere message of appreciation of your fine address at our Inter City Rotary meeting last Thursday. I have purposely waited a few days before writing, because I thought perhaps you might consider what I said as being colored a little by reason of the enthusiasm of the moment. So far as I am concerned however, your address made a lasting impression, and all who heard you are unanimous in their opinion that you made a masterly Rotarian presentation. It was a rare blend of humor, philosophy, inspiration, and sentiment. I envy your ability to bring smiles and laughter, and your power to touch the heart. Personally it was a genuine satisfaction to meet you, shake your hand, and to absorb the feeling that I could hereafter count you as another friend. I hope that we may meet many times again. Spencer M. Free, Doctor of Dubois, Pa., says: God Bless you Ed and keep you well and fit—that you may continue for years and years to give these inspirational talks which lift men and women out of the humdrum of ordinary life, give them a better and clearer vision of the real things, and make their lives a blessing to the world. Robert O'Brien, Sec. of Ohio Hotel Men's Association says: In my position as secretary of various organizations, I have engaged many speakers but I say honestly and as a Rotarian that I know of no speaker who can move his audience as you can. It was indeed a happy thought to have had you on our program and I want you to know that you were appreciated. Words Fail Terre Haute Tribune of Jan. 26, 1926: One of the best addresses ever given before the local Rotary club and without a question one of the best boys work talks ever given was presented today by Rotarian E. R. Kelsey, of Toledo. Words fail utterly to give any idea of the manner in which Mr. Kelsey 'dug under' the minds and into the hearts of the Rotarians. Grateful Earl Weber, Sec. of Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce says: I do not know how to make this sheet of paper radiate my gratitude for the good fellowship spirit you poured out at that meeting. But such is my intention anyway as well as that of any number of the folks who heard you and have spoken to me. Prolonged Cheering The Herald Star of Steubenville of May 1, 1925 says: Ed Kelsey, Toledo Past International Vice President of Rotary, and one of the leading crippled children enthusiasts and workers in the country, delivered one of the most stirring addresses of the conference. At the conclusion of the spirited talk, during which there were few dry eyes in the audience as the speaker poured out the soul stirring tales of accomplishments of the movement, one delegate jumped to his feet and moved that Kelsey's speech go on record as the greatest crippled children's talk ever made before a Rotary Conference. Unanimous was the motion, for the assembly rose to its feet and there was prolonged cheering and applause as the district Rotarians gave vent to their feelings in noisy acclaim. Through the masterful address the assembly was made to look into the faces of child after child, numbering into the hundreds, who are today expressing their gratitude for the coming of Rotary. As Governor Simeral said: 'If the conference were to be adjourned at this very instant those who came from the furtherest part of the state could go home feeling they had been amply repaid for their time and trouble after listening to this oratorical masterpiece of true facts.' Is Sincere The Gyrator, organ of the Rotary Club of Chicago (Club No. 1) says: Ed is a sincere type of a fellow and is so imbued with the subject and such a delightful, fluent talker that his address pleased his audience most highly, so much so that it brought some of our members to tears. He can make an audience sit up and take notice. He is the best we have ever heard. What We Wanted The Kiwanis Krier of Detroit (Club No. 1) says: It was just the kind of a speech we have been wanting to hear. It was the kind of a talk that would help to make a 'Service' club worthy of the name; the kind of a speech which wakes up a club conscience and gives it something to think about. As he admires a real booster, he is a real booster! His witty remarks about the exaggerated way in which the westerner boosts his own particular home location, got many a hearty laugh. If Ed Kelsey comes to speak to us again we prophesy that there will be no empty seats at our tables. Doing Great Work Frank Mulholland, former Pres. of International Rotary and famous on the American platform says: Ed R. Kelsey of Toledo, Ohio, has a real message and knows how to deliver it. I have heard him talk on many occasions. His great influence for good lies in the fact that he believes in, and in his daily life exemplifies, the ideas he talks about; and he has a way of inspiring those who hear him with a desire to do worth while things. Ed R. Kelsey is accomplishing a great work in that he is arousing men to a realization of their individual responsibility to society and is thus lighting the lamps that will illuminate the pathway to a better day. Heart Throbs The Owosso (Mich.) Argus of Jan. 15, 1925 says: Cold type can not give any adequate idea of the inspiration found by his hearers in Mr. Kelsey's address. Conservative hearers were quite willing to admit that they had never heard a better address—one that played on their heart strings and reached down into their souls until they were making inward resolutions to be the better sort of men and women that the community would like them to be. Many declared that Mr. Kelsey was the finest speaker they had ever heard, or ever hoped to hear. Dynamic The Washington Court House Herald of Feb. 10, 1925 says: The personality and character of the speaker was just about as engaging as his discussion of his topic. Mr. Kelsey is a dynamic and exceedingly forceful speaker. He has that happy faculty, and one which so few speakers can justly claim, of being able to put humor and seriousness side by side in the same sentence and breath and strengthen the point of his theme. John R. Bentley of Cleveland, former director of Rotary International writes: Your messages are so full of personal experiences and carrying sunshine and help to others that they have an appeal that is different to most of the speeches that we are privileged to listen to. The members of our club, like those of the many clubs that I have heard from, are always delighted when announcement is made that Ed Kelsey is to talk at our club. The Ironton Irontonian of June 2, 1925 says: He spoke on 'Boys' and work in the crippled children field, and his talk was voted the best ever heard by any of the one hundred and forty guests present. Throughout the Toledo man's address a pin dropped in the dining room would have been heard. All listened intently for Mr. Kelsey spoke forcibly, clearly and to the point. Sorrow, gaity and jest were put together by him in such a skillful manner that his audience followed him at all points—laughing when he joked and later wiping away a tear. Will R. Manier of Nashville who presided over the crippled children meeting at the Toronto International Rotary Convention says: Ed Kelsey's speech was not only the best speech made at the Convention, but was as good as any speech I ever heard on any occasion.
|Title||Ed R. Kelsey|
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|Personal Name Subject||Kelsey, Ed R.|
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