Outstanding Member – October

Outstanding Member – October

By Ninfa Flewitt, DTM, District Director Have you heard about Wichita Falls Club 305 lately? If you have, it is likely the work of October’s Outstanding Member of the Month! This member uses her motivational skills to encourage members to speak, inspires members to step out of their comfort zone, and applies her creative marketing skills to attract guests and gain new Toastmasters all while improving member experiences! She is active in her community and has helped make Toastmasters a household name in Wichita Falls. For this and much more, Katie Britt has danced her way into the position of Outstanding...

Servant’s (Volunteer) Heart

Servant’s (Volunteer) Heart

By Alex Conrad, DTM Do you have a servant’s heart? The type that will help people in many ways and ask for nothing in return? Do you know someone who helps out where help is needed? Are you that person? If so, we need YOU, November 13th, at the 2021 Summit. Toastmasters International is a volunteer organization. DUH. None of us are paid to be here, and actually, we pay to be here. Are you willing to have an open mind and do the work asked of you? We learn as we grow. Are you willing to grow as a...

Colors of Life, Honoring Our 43rd President

Colors of Life, Honoring Our 43rd President

By Ankur Bora, IP4 Recently I attended an art exhibit, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas – it was an exhibition of 43 portraits. Each portrait tells a life journey, a stirring story of how the person was drawn to America by its promise of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and how each man and woman is strengthening the nation in countless ways. As I left, I reflected on the many life lessons I learned from the creator of these paintings, George W. Bush, the...

Be Our Guest – Workshop Recap

Be Our Guest – Workshop Recap

Hilda Guffey, VP Education, San Angelo Toastmasters Seeing your club through the eyes of a guest is crucial especially for those who have been in Toastmasters for a few years. The recent Club Success Workshop presented by Elicia Cook was an excellent review of what to do and not do to provide visitors a great first impression. People who attend Toastmasters for the first time are at different comfort levels. Being sensitive to meet a guest at their level is critical. Do you put your newbies on the spot and ask them to provide an impromptu evaluation of their experience...

Story Telling with Dr. Camille Kraeplin

Story Telling with Dr. Camille Kraeplin

by Cassie Bullock, member Arlington Nooners The D25 Speakers Bureau recently had the honor of participating in a Story Telling Workshop with Dr. Kraeplin. Thank you, Calvin Dorsey, who leads the Speakers Bureau, for making the experience possible. We learned the power and impact of stories — from stories. Dr. Kraeplin kicked off the workshop by quoting Peter Guber, author, and president of Mandalay Entertainment, “…as the noise level of modern life has become a cacophony, the ability to tell a purposeful story…is increasingly in demand.” HIs words serve as a reminder that stories are what connect us, not statistics, data, or...

5 Interesting Facts You Did Not Know about Pathways

5 Interesting Facts You Did Not Know about Pathways

by Steven Timmons, DTM Do you know everything there is to know about Pathways? Probably not.  Over time I have heard a great deal of speculation about Pathways, much of which is not supported by facts. Here are five interesting facts that may help correct misconceptions about Pathways. Pathways was NOT developed by Toastmasters International without hearing the voice of its members. Toastmasters created Pathways to respond to a recognized need for a revitalized modern education program. In the beginning, many members from districts around the world responded to the call for volunteers to serve on the development team. This...

More Toastmasters Rust…

More Toastmasters Rust…

by Richard Brown, DTM – Club 305, Wichita Falls If you’re like me, you’ll agree mentoring and evaluations are very important in Toastmasters to develop our communication and leadership skills. Many years ago, my very first Toastmasters club was in Lafayette, Louisiana. How I appreciated — as a new member of that club — the encouragement, evaluations, and mentoring from several long-time members. I was surprised when my friend told me he had gotten all he could out of Toastmasters and planned to drop out of the club. I had always looked up to him for his encouragement and enjoyed...

September Club Reporter-Nissan Toastmasters: We Are Family

September Club Reporter-Nissan Toastmasters: We Are Family

by JILL MORRISON, DTM #clubreporter I was pleased to be able to attend a Nissan Toastmasters club meeting while they celebrated family. And what a toastmaster family they have! They had 28 people attending this meeting, a large number attending were guests. One member had 5 family members attend, another had 2 and the final one noted had 5 including her pets. It was a fun filled meeting with two inspiring prepared speeches, 3 table topics questions and 2 awesome evaluations. The first speech was all about the speaker’s unique family which include not only blood-related members but non-blood related members. She...

SEPTEMBER – Inspired By You!

SEPTEMBER – Inspired By You!

District Director  Ninfa Flewitt DTM District 25, you inspire me!  We have had many opportunities to grow and share with each other and I love what I am seeing! You are embracing this year’s focus, by supporting each other and cheering each other on to excellence!   I have been invited to open houses and special events and I continue to see familiar faces at every turn! There is an excitement in the air as we cheer on our members who complete levels, paths, and goals they set for themselves!  We have 2 new incentives this year! The Nemileta Networking Nine and Intentionally...

A Plinth in the Corner

A Plinth in the Corner

by Dr. Prince Motiani, DTM When I set out to conceive this article, I was thinking about you. What would be valuable for you to take away from this little… let’s call it a blurb. I gave myself a Table Topic. In my life as a Toastmaster, I’ve come up with two fundamental techniques of responding to Table Topic questions: either take the first idea that comes into my mind and run with it like a husky or think up three words, make them the three pillars of my rendition, and string my thoughts through them as I transition from...