Comfort-Zone Stretcher

Cindy Jones, ACS, ALB Lakeside Toastmasters Lewisville, Texas I used to NOT want to be a leader. When leadership opportunities arose, I avoided eye contact and took three steps back as quickly as possible. Due to Toastmasters, I’m no longer afraid to take risks and sign up for opportunities out of my comfort zone. Toastmasters applies everywhere: By using skills gained in Toastmasters, especially the evaluation approach, conversations are a lot less confrontational. It has improved my effectiveness as a parent/coach. “With my kids and in group situations, I use the evaluation approach — talking about what they did well,...

Where Have All The Speeches Gone?

In August 2010, I ran into a new Toastmaster, Miss Someday. She is a member of Status Quo Toastmasters in District 25. (The names have been changed intentionally.) She informed me that she had given her Ice Breaker (the first speech in the Competent Communication manual), the previous week. She even emailed me her speech. Last week, I ran into Miss Someday again. I asked her what speech she was working on. She told me that she has not given another speech. I was amazed to learn that she has not given a speech in 12 months. I checked the Distinguished...

Taking a Different Path

This year as District 25’s “PRO” (Public Relations Officer), one of my goals is to come up with innovative ways to introduce the Toastmasters program to the public. When we joined Toastmasters we agreed to abide by the “Toastmaster’s Promise.” One of its components is “To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers.” How do you get guests to the meetings? The first and foremost way is to invite them personally. Another way is to reach out to the community to introduce the public to Toastmasters by taking a “different path.” On Sept...

October Anniversaries

These clubs have birthdays in October: 3178 Longhorn Toastmasters Club October 1, 1960 4370 Flagship Speakers Toastmasters Club October 1, 1980 5297 Golden Triangle Toastmasters Club October 1, 1983 6102 FAA Toastmasters Club October 1, 1990 6402 Do-Gooder Hill Toastmasters Club October 1, 1994 2564 Energizers Toastmasters Club October 9, 2001 9916 LM AeroSpeakers Club October 15, 2002 706449 Burleson Toastmasters Club October 20, 2004 1401945 Denton Regional Toastmasters October 26, 2009

Changes for Newsletter/Website Contests

To keep up with the times, District 25 revamped how we communicate with our members. We chose to phase out the traditional PDF-format newsletter in favor of regular emails with brief items and links to more information. Our clubs are making a similar transition; very few still publish a traditional newsletter in either electronic or print format. Instead they are using emails, blogs, social media, and websites to reach their members or anyone else interested in their clubs’ activities. Therefore, we are discontinuing the Club Newsletter Contest. However, the Club Website Contest will continue, and the rules for it have...

It Was the “Night of Dreams” for District 25

The Ashton Depot, before the event And a great time was had by all! District 25, we definitely GOT OUR PARTY ON! On Saturday, August 27th, 260+ Toastmasters and friends gathered for our annual Awards Banquet, at The Ashton Depot in downtown Fort Worth. Attendees were met at the door by our enthusiastic greeter, Ron Clark. Massive arrangements of white, blue and purple ostrich feathers rested on tables draped in deep purple. Our ushers made certain that everyone was seated at the proper places and the program began. Past District Governor and newly-elected Region III International Director David McCallister emceed...

D25 Shines at International Convention

  Las Vegas was in all its glory for this year’s International Convention. Our highly anticipated new brand was unveiled: “Toastmasters International, Where Leaders Are Made!” The lights shined brightly on District 25 at this year’s Convention, and everyone that attended represented D25 in grand style. Our District was honored as a Distinguished District, Diana Patton for Excellence in Education & Training, and Bonne Stroman for Excellence in Marketing! Congratulations, Diana and Bonne, and thank you for all your tireless efforts on behalf of our members. It was wonderful to see our members parade across the stage with our Distinguished...

Fall Speech Contests: What’s in it for me?

Bonne Stroman District 25’s fall speech contest season opens Thursday, September 8th. Throughout this fall, you could attend a speech contest almost every Thursday, Friday or Saturday to see Toastmasters compete for the honor of advancing to the District Humorous Speech and Evaluations contests, held at our Fall Conference November 18-19.   According to the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook, “Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.”   SO WHAT’S IN IT...

A Convention Evaluation

What happens in Vegas shouldn’t stay there, so here’s a first-timer’s report on the 80th Toastmasters International Convention — told in a traditional speech evaluation format: What I Saw Fellowship: The opening and closing ceremonies were spectacular; the pride and pageantry that accompanied the procession of flags was palpable; it emphasized the increasingly international flavor of Toastmasters. The friendly, helpful nature of Toastmasters everywhere was inescapable during the convention. In fact, it was difficult not to make new friends. Whether it’s small talk or shop talk, “table topics” with Toastmasters is fun and effortless. Rebranding: The new “look and feel”...