Sharpen Your Tongue, It’s Contest Season

Sharpen Your Tongue, It’s Contest Season

by Elly Malaxos District 25 International Speech 1st Place Winner Contest season is here. What better time to sharpen your tongue and wield your speaking skills? What? Really? Oh, yes, ABSOLUTELY! It’s fun, a little nerve-wracking, and certainly a darn good experience. I encourage everyone to try it! How do I know? I won first place last year in the District 25 International Speech contest. For new members, that means I won my club contest, the Area contest, I advanced and won the Division contest and then the District contest. That win entered me into the Regional contest, and that’s...

CONTESTS ARE HERE! …AND THEY’RE VIRTUAL!

CONTESTS ARE HERE! …AND THEY’RE VIRTUAL!

by Lola Stone Contest Coordinator Happy New Year! Contest season is a special time in Toastmasters, and that season has arrived. The pandemic continues to affect how we participate in our Toastmasters meetings – contests are not excluded. As of January 5, 2022, all District 25 Area, Division and District speech contests will be virtual due to the continued COVID threat.  Club contests may be held in the format (virtually, in-person or hybrid) that works best for your members. District 25 will conduct the following contests for the 2021-2022 Toastmaster year: International Speech Contest – 5-to-7 minute speech on any...

Outstanding Member – January

Outstanding Member – January

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director Do you have a dream?  This month’s outstanding member has a dream to own her own bakery or restaurant and is using her talent to provide D25 with tasty treats. Providing delicious foods at the most recent TLIs, Darlene Roberts also served as Refreshments Chair for the Summit and baked raffle items for the Awards Banquet.  A recent offering was even delivered on December 24 as part of the Holiday Hot Topics Contest. Recipient, Dan Henderson, publicly expressed his appreciation. “I was very impressed with the beautiful and delicious cookies. I was also amazed...

Jar of Abundance

Jar of Abundance

by Ankur Bora I like the way you connect the speech to what happened to you in life and how it influenced your life. I read the handwritten note handed to me by a fellow Toastmaster when I finished my first speech. The words filled my heart. I attached her note to my desk and glanced at it often. It spurred me on to do an even better speech the next time. My club, Highway to Excellence, has a tradition. At the end of a speech, the speaker is presented with a brown bag filled with handwritten notes of appreciation...

A Plinth In The Corner – Toast, Roast, But Please Don’t Burn

A Plinth In The Corner – Toast, Roast, But Please Don’t Burn

by Dr. Prince Motiani, DTM Welcome to the beginnings of the New Year! My write up will cover toasting and roasting – and I’m not speaking of the stuff you put in the oven. Now that the holidays are behind us, please give your digestive system a little pause while you read what follows. Whether it is a toast or a roast, it’s important for the speaker to research. That will require eyes, ears, and minds kept open. Filtering by key words is important when seeking specific information in an array of facts, data, and the world-wide web. If it...

Your Secret to a Better Pathway’s Why

Your Secret to a Better Pathway’s Why

by Steven Timmons DTM Do you know your why? I mean really understand your why. The chances are that if you are having trouble engaging in Pathways then you probably have a broken why. Many begin with a why like “I want to be a better speaker,” “I want to communicate better,” “I want to build stronger relationships,” and the list goes on. The simple truth that is not your why. These reasons merely mask your true why. In the book Question Behind the Question, we learn that these answers lack personal accountability. Now you ponder if that is not...

December 2021 Open House Winner-Longhorn Toastmasters

December 2021 Open House Winner-Longhorn Toastmasters

by Emily Murray DTM Club Growth Director Whew! What an Open House! Longhorn finished the year with a BANG! On Dec 20, 2021 Thenishia Smith drew in a good crowd by advertising the Open House in the City of Fort Worth Roundup. President Annette Henderson went above and beyond making sure that the meeting was a success, coordinating members, guests, invited special guests, special events, roles, agendas, the gift exchange, etc! There were eight guests present, three of which were Area Director, Phylliss C-Daniels, Division Director Donna Young and Special Guest, D25 Club Growth Director, Emily Murray. A gift exchange...

December Club Reporter-The Gifts Wichita Falls Club 305 Provides

December Club Reporter-The Gifts Wichita Falls Club 305 Provides

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter Tis the season for gift giving but Wichita Falls Club 305 gives gifts all year long. While attending a meeting this fall, I found this club offered many gifts. The first gift was showing us the way to embrace the NEW way of attending Toastmaster meetings, a hybrid meeting comprised of virtual and in person attendees. Even though this meeting was a little over 100 miles away from the metroplex, I was able to attend from the comfort of my own home, meeting with club members and a few guests who attended in person. Even though I...

December – Inspired by You!

December – Inspired by You!

Gifts that Surprise by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director As we celebrate all the holidays this time of year, I like to reflect on the things for which I am thankful. I am thankful for the gifts that we least expect. As a Toastmaster, we expect to give speeches, take on roles during a meeting and maybe learn some tricks to overcome the fear of speaking in public. Let’s discuss the surprise gifts we get as Toastmasters. I have never been afraid to speak to a group of people, but now that I am a Toastmaster, I know that I...

Outstanding Member – December

Outstanding Member – December

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director If you want something done, give it to a busy person! When our Outstanding Member takes on a project, she’s all in with her warm and contagious, matter-of-fact approach.  She creates a team environment that encourages everyone to participate.  She’s passionate, innovative, and sets high standards for herself and her team.  She empowers people with her positive attitude! The Summit exuded her positive imprint throughout, from months of planning to execution.  With a strong focus on service, we’ll remember this year’s Summit for a long while!  That is why Michelle Bayes is this month’s...