I will talk about our Club Vision, the Distinguished Club Program, etc. in a later meeting when our Team has a chance to sit down, discuss and agree to the business plan. For now, let me just tell you a story.
Several weeks ago, I invited a Toastmasters member whom I had never met to give a speech at the Clarkson Toastmasters Club of which I’m one of the sponsors. She promptly accepted the invitation with a simple yes in her email. Last week, she showed up quietly, on time, brought along with her a large and heavy bag of stuff she’s going to use in her speech. And most of all she looked very pregnant!
Her speech was well prepared. Her message was crystal clear. The delivery was impeccably polished. That bag of stuff turned out to be all kinds of beans and they were part of her speech, and we all had learned much about the nutritional value of beans from her 6 min 45 sec speech (I was the timer, that’s why I remember). Without any doubt, she is an eloquent speaker and an experienced Toastmaster.
But I have seen something more than that. I see in her low-key appearance, sincerity, humility, commitment and fun-loving. If I were in her shoes, I would have thought of many good reasons not to accept an invitation from a stranger. She really didn’t have to in every sense of the word. But, she did, and she did it because of her own commitment. She reminds me of why we joined Toastmasters and why we choose to serve the Club. Becoming a better communicator and leader is the only reason we’re here. The way to grow in Toastmasters is to try, to learn, to make mistakes in the trying and learning, taking on challenging responsibilities, and to do our best to support each other. To me, what I saw in this person is the pinnacle and true spirit of Toastmasters. I want and I need the qualities I saw in her, and I don’t mind achieving a DTM along the way!
Finally, I want to say that I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to serve this great Club together with the remarkable people in the team. Thank you for saying yes to the responsibilities. We didn’t have to do this, but we all choose to step forward because of our own commitment to continuous growth. Individually, we are all very strong in our capability and we all have a certain way to get things done. What you’re going to bring to the team are invaluable and will be much appreciated. I really hope we all emerge a better leader and most of all a better team player by our working together. And to my fellow members, please support and help us to help you in our toastmasters journey. Last but not the least, I want to thank Hollis and his team for the hard work and contributions to the Club. Together we’ll make Port Credit Club Great Forever!
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate said “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Did you know that one Toastmaster, one District Leader, one Facebook post and one telephone conference can rejuvenate a Toastmaster club?
In the fall of 2016, Porcupine Toastmasters had only one member, Yvan Tremblay who posted to Facebook asking for help to save the Toastmaster club in Timmins. Told 3 former members were required and a total of 8 by April 1st 2017 the last man standing found the will to make it happen.
With much determination the club grew in diversity with a mix of new and former members and enthusiasm spilled out across Area 2 in Northern Ontario. The former Porcupine members were joined by 2 Toastmasters from Southern Ontario and 1 from the south of Area 2. By June 30, 2017 the club was 8 members strong, ready to start working as a team for an exciting 2017/2018 year.
Round 1 COT Training
Read how Porcupine made it to President’s Distinguished in the next blog from Area 2.
2nd pic. Left to Right, Dragana Vulpic-Bork (Club Mentor), Melanie Pereira (President) & Glynis D’Souza (Club Sponsor)
We had an amazing 2nd Anniversary Celebration hosted by Katie Tran! Our theme was, ‘2ward Greatness’ and the Keynote Speaker, Glynis D'Souza, gave us an inspirational speech on 'The Terrific Twos', reminding us how lucky we are to have a Toastmasters Club at Ericsson and reminisced fondly on the hard work put in by our Sponsors (Glynis D’Souza and Melanie Pereira) and Mentors (Dragana Vulpic-Bork and Maria Martinez) to make this happen!
Mark Henderson, the Chairman & Lawrence Roy, Program Director both, huge supporters of the Toastmasters program, encouraged Ericsson employees to take advantage of the in-house club and learn a thing or two about leadership while honing their communication skills.
The highlight of the event was a testimonial style, documentary film which was a labour of love, produced by Katie Tran, VP, Public relations. She recorded club members while interviewing them sharing their Toastmasters experiences and encouraged viewers to join. It was very well received and generated a lot of interest with the guests, some of whom, who have converted to club members!
Ericsson is a corporate club in Area 41, Division C, with approximately 20 members and achieved Select Distinguished Status in its first year, this year we are aspiring for President’s Distinguished!
- Melanie Pereira, Club President
In April 2018, I started a new role with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation as their Cycling Engineer.
I’m responsible to collaborate with internal stakeholders throughout MTO’s five Regions to develop standards, guidelines and training to design safe cycling facilities.
Since starting in this position, I’ve applied everything I have learned so far in Toastmasters. I listen effectively to understand and learn about the issues and gaps. I applied my leadership skills to take initiative, challenge status quo and collaborate with my Team to develop solutions. I communicate with internal and external stakeholders to encourage dialogue and express myself clearly. As a Team, we have achieved so much over the past few months and was asked to present at a Highway Standards Branch meeting. Here’s the catch, the director is a Toastmaster, and he asked that I keep the presentation to 5 - 7 minutes! With all the Toastmaster experience I have, I rose to the challenge! I wrote out a script, reviewed it with him and once we agreed on the outline, I filled in the content.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to practice my presentation with Port Credit Toastmasters, Speaking for Success Toastmasters and Clarkson Toastmasters. Something else I apply from Toastmasters…I rehearse my speeches and presentations, many times. What was amazing was that the director told me that there would be about 100 staff attending. Just before my presentation, I found out that there were 220 people at the meeting! I had rehearsed so many times, that although I was nervous, I knew I would be fine. Guess what, the presentation went well! I forgot some material, but no one in the audience would have known that, except my director! If you would like to learn tips on how to get the most out of your Toastmasters membership, or want to learn more about the benefits of Toastmasters, I encourage you to come on out to Clarkson Toastmasters Club! We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Christ Church, 1700 Mazo Crescent.
Muktha Tumkur, ACG, ALS
Le club Mots du Midi invite les membres, amies et amis de Toastmasters à une réunion portes ouvertes afin de célébrer dans la convivialité son 5e anniversaire le jeudi, 21 juin 2018 de 12 h à 13 h au bureau du Conseil de la Coopération de l’Ontario, 10 rue Elm, salle 604.
En plus d’un discours d’un invité d’honneur surprise, des improvisations amusantes dans une ambiance amicale et accueillante, les invitées, invités voteront pour le meilleur gâteau froid sans cuisson. C’est l’occasion idéale des retrouvailles et de faire connaissance des gens dynamiques.
5th anniversary celebration will be held by Mots du Midi on June 21 2018 in the office of Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, 10 Elm St., room 604. Toastmaster members and friends are invited at this special event.
(left to right) Speechcraft Coordinator Matthew Ogbulafor | Brampton Talks Members Claudia Garraway and Madhukar Shahi giving feedback after first meeting | Club Member Maheeza Mohamed presenting how to give effective feedback for the Successful Club Series
Brampton Talks Toastmasters is presenting a speechcraft which is a win for the club, a win for it's members, and win for the community!
The speechcraft is sponsored and hosted by Real City Realty Inc. in Brampton. Over 50, from various professions wanting to improve their speaking skills, signed up for the 10 spots in the free 6 week workshop. Matthew Ogbulafor is the coordinator of this speech training workshop from the Success Communication Series, which completes a requirement for his ACG and bringing him closer to achieving his DTM.
“Toastmasters has changed the way I do business and believe this workshop will help anyone interested in improving their personal and professional lives.” – Kelechi Amadi, Broker of Record, Real City Realty Inc.
There is no better feeling then watching people that are scared to speak in public, stand infront of strangers, feel nervous but still do it; because of the support and skills they receive. In the 6 weeks, each one will have the opportunity to give 3 speeches, two evaluations, introduce a speaker, participate in Table Topics and take on a various meeting role. All while having the support of advisors and the skills from many educational presentations. Speeches are recorded so the participants / speechcrafters can watch their progress! Not only are the speechcrafters improving but so are the Toastmasters who get a chance to challenge themselves outside the club. Toastmasters in this speechcarft are giving their first evaluations, presenting on of the educational series for the first time, learning how to mentor and teach, and getting the satisfaction of helping someone.
(left to right) Dennis Bartel DTM preparing | Agenda and name tag with Toastmasters branding
With such an overwhelming response, Madhukar Shahi club member, emailed each one and then called them days prior to the event. Everyone on the waiting list was asked if they would like to be notified of further events and encourage to visit the club.
(left to right) Facebook event over 600 reached | Eventbrite event with over 300 views
Speechcraft will increase your membership, before the event even began a participant who signed up for the speechcraft, came to Brampton Talks as a guest and then joined the club. It will help non-Toastmasters in the community learn the fundamentals of public speaking, promotes Toastmasters and the club, and gives members an oppuritinty to use their skills outside the club. It is a win, win, win!
Following up on the success of our open house I have to say we were so honoured to have Roger Caesar present his speech "The Gift' at our club. although the stage was smaller than he was used to, he manged to inspire everyone in the audience with take home messages. Our Area 34 director Cindy Tate and several other toastmasters from our district were there supporting us. Thank you everyone for your hard work putting this event together and inspiring our visitors to come back and join.
We look forward to moving forward into the new year with a few extra members joining this month to achieve our Distinguished Club status. If you couldn't come to our open house feel free to come out any wednesday from 12-1pm. Here are the club details:
Speak to Inspire Toastmasters Club
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: 263 Queen St East | Unit 14 | Brampton (Ruthorford Rd and Queen St in the Tim Hortons plaza)
Contact: Tuula Redditt, VP of Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org