Hello fellow Toastmasters!
Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s meeting. Cindy lead our meeting with passion and shared a wonderful letter that was given to her son from one of his university professors entitled “To the Future Leaders of this World.”
This week we have Katie as our Toastmaster. If you haven’t already done so, please head over to Easy Speak to confirm your attendance and role. We do have a spot open for a speech if anyone is interested in doing one.
For those were not able to join us, there was a quick talk about a few things to look forward to in the next six months. As a review, information and dates are below, including a couple of items that we didn’t get to talk about:
Congratulations to both Julie and Katie for winning the 2016 Toastmasters Challenge! Each member won a zippered binder to help organize their Toastmasters manuals and notes! Well done ladies! See below for the 2017 Challenge!
2017 Toastmasters Challenge
The 2017 edition of the Toastmasters Challenge was introduced at today’s meeting. By taking part in club meetings, doing speeches, attending events outside the club, and a list of other actions, you gain points towards TNT’s Toastmasters Challenge. Not only do you increase your participation and hone your communication and leadership skills, you can win a prize!
(Used with permission from Tamala Takahashi)
2017 Spring Contest Season
Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for members to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity to learn by observing other speakers. At this time of year, Toastmasters runs the International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contests.
– Toastmasters International
Club Competition > Area 14 Contest > Division M Contest > District 86 Contest
TNT Club Competitions:
International – February 9th
The International Speech Contest is the most important of all Toastmasters Contests. The speech is to be an original speech of 5-7 minutes. It can be serious, funny, and inspirational. The International Speech Contest is the only one that goes all the way to the International competition level – and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided!
– Only those who have completed 6 speeches or more may participate
– Please let me know if you’d like to compete. We can decide on sending a contestant to the Area contest instead of having a competition.
Speech Evaluation – February 16th
The Evaluation Contest is 2 to 3 minutes in length. A test speaker gives a speech which all the evaluation contestants listen to and then evaluate. The contestants are taken from the room and given five minutes to prepare their evaluations. Then they come back into the room one by one and deliver their evaluations.
– Everyone is able to participate
– Please let me know if you’d like to compete.
Other Contest Dates:
Area 14 – Saturday March 4th (Tentative) – Newmarket, ON
Division M – Saturday, April 1st – Innisfil, ON
This is where your Competent Leadership manual (CL) comes into play. Opportunities to complete the following projects only come along twice a year. Why not jump at the chance to chair one of these competitions and complete a project! Anyone can chair/co-chair an event, and we have plenty of resources to assist in planning. (Also may get you a couple of points for the Challenge as well!)
– Project #6 – Organization and Delegation
• Help Organize a Club Speech Contest
– Project #10 – Team Building
• Club Speech Contest Chair
Annual Fees due soon
In February our Treasurer will be emailing everyone regarding annual fees, with a due date between March 3-10th. Funds are due from TNT to Toastmasters HQ by March 31st.
District 86 Spring Conference
April 28 – 30, Kitchener, ON
The theme is “Beyond Boundaries”. There are outstanding workshops, award ceremonies, parade of banners, dances, contests, oh my! Visit the District 86 Spring Conference website for more information.
Club Officer Elections
End of May
The Toastmasters year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Start thinking now about what leadership role you would like to take on – Dip your toe in as Sergeant-at-Arms or Secretary or dive right in as President?
For more info about any role, talk to our current Club Officers:
President/VP Education – Tania
VP Membership – Deanna
VP Public Relations – Teena
Treasurer – Dawn
Secretary – Tammy (or Tania)
Sergeant-at-Arms – Erika
Let’s get planning!