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Jamboree participants attempt a record-breaking CPR and AED Course

There are so many world records that are extremely dangerous (longest distance jumped by motorcycle; deepest scuba dive) that it’s nice to see one that’s for saving lives instead of endangering them.

That was the goal behind today’s attempt at breaking the record for CPR and AED training taking place at one time. Thousands of Scouts, Scouters, and visitors took an hourlong course on CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED.

While Scouts and Scouters counted to 30 chest compressions on their training mannequins, event organizers counted Scouts and Scouters, checking to see how close to the world record they had come.

Results weren’t yet available, but one thing is for sure: sending thousands of boys and adults home with the knowledge about how to save a life was a winning situation for everyone involved.

Before one of the day’s courses, representatives from Cardiac Science awarded four lucky troops with two free AEDs.

These troops submitted winning entries in a video contest. Entrants needed to create a short video telling why AEDs were so important. Below you’ll see representatives from two of the winning troops. The first, Jose Lepervanche, didn’t work on his troop’s video, but he shared an inspirational story. He’s a Scouter from Jacksonville, Fla., and he shared the story about how an AED saved his life.

While at a council camp, he suddenly collapsed. Scouts rushed to his side and tried to revive him after calling 911. But fortunately for Lepervanche, the camp had purchased an AED and used it to save his life. He was there to tell his story because his camp was prepared, he said.

Because the troops got two AEDs each, they can keep one and give the other to a worthy community group, such as a school, church, or other organization.

Video produced by Matthew Tyrell (Dr. Mario) and Eric Mathews. Eagle Scouts from Troop 182.

(Reposted from The Official Blog of Scouting Magazine.


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Leadership Excellence Series: Working in the Team Environment

Leadership Excellence Series: Working in the Team Environment

Building a Team is one of the modules of the Leadership Excellence Series of Toastmasters International that Dr. Jose Lepervanche presented during the last monthly meeting of the First Coast Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. This module reviews how to create and lead a team. Previous modules included the Characteristics of Effective Leaders presented by Willie Clower, and Developing Your Leadership Skills presented by Judith Chapple. Willie Clowers has a long and proud history with the US Air force having served with honor in both the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. Judith Chapple is a seasoned presenter who has delivered keynote speeches and facilitated professional workshops nationally. The three presenters are active Toastmasters in their communities.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals is a professional association for administrative assistants, office coordinators, executive secretaries, office managers, business analysts and all administrative professionals. The mission of the First Coast Chapter is to be a resource channel for our chapter members and members-at-large within our area for information, leadership and advancement.

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Toastmasters Treasurer’s Office Training

Kollege of Knowledge of Toastmasters International Division F & A. Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche, President of Top O’ The Rock Toastmasters was presenter in the Treasurer’s Officer Training. Top O’ The Rock Toastmasters meet every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1 pm. Guests are welcome. Visit our website at

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