A Plethora of Pictures from Club Open Houses

Shining Stars Club #4225 held an Open House on March 22, hosting several visitors. We are happy to welcome five new members (one via transfer) to our club! David Toombs Shining Stars Club   Top Notch Toastmasters Club #825 held their Open House on March 14. It was very successful and we had several guests, plus one new member joined! Chuck Mencke Top Notch Toastmasters More Open House Photos Captions provided by the Editor  The gang’s all here at Truckin’ Toastmasters! The House Speakers have refreshments! Yum! The Cat in the Hat attends the FAA Toastmasters Open House. Everyone at...

What Do You Need to Do to Be Distinguished?

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”   —Arnold H. Glasgow What does your club need to do to be Distinguished or better? Remember when our Toastmaster year began on July 1, 2011 and we put together our club success plans to ensure that we knew who was going to complete their education goals? I hope your club worked the plan throughout the year and is on track to be Distinguished or better. We have three more months to make sure that each person needing to complete an education goal is on the schedule to finish that...

Las Colinas Towers Club Has Lively and Creative Open House – 2nd One Planned for April 25th

Las Colinas Towers Toastmasters Club had an Open House meeting on Wednesday, March 28th. In that lively meeting Morgan gave a practical speech about how traditional résumés are being changed by recent social media technologies. The creative table topics session was led by Mike, the club president. He had the table topic participants pick a word from different bags and make a story with the words they picked. That was quite interesting! Another Open House meeting is planned for April 25th! We hope you can attend. See our club website for more information. Las Colinas Towers Toastmasters   ByJodie Sanders

Off the Cuff Is Off and Running!

On March 24, the Off the Cuff Toastmasters Club had their second official meeting. Attendance was good and everyone was able to participate in some way. We had three brave people volunteer to do their first “off-the-cuff” speeches — Jodie Sanders, Felicia Christian, and Bob Samuel. For first timers, they all did a Fabulous job. We learned that Jodie views life’s challenges as Sunny Days with Rain, Felicia inspired us with her take on Thunderstorms, and Bob let us join him on a flight with Unexpected Weather Conditions. Everyone honored the true Toastmasters tradition with their speeches and we celebrated with Felicia...

Cooke County Area Toasters Have “A Perfect Day”

  Area Governor Amelinda Salas was on hand to greet 11 members and five guests at the Cooke County Area Toasters’ Open House on Tuesday, May 27. Afterward she wrote “It was a very well-planned Open House meeting and I’m proud of the CCAT club for the coordinating that took place to create that meeting.” Guest speaker Thomas Torlincasi, a visiting Toastmaster from Fort Worth, inspired everyone with his speech, “A Perfect Day.” He explained how we can analyze the factors that make for a perfect day, and then motivate ourselves to incorporate those factors into every day. Pauline Lesch...

Food Is Important Part of Denton Open House

Denton Toastmasters Club #3055 held an Open House on March 26. We had 20 members and six guests. Contributing to the success of the evening were Kim Lee’s delightful chocolate chip cookies and Kate Breece’s fresh vegetables. Area Governor Amelinda Salas brought two six-foot long sandwiches. Kim and Kate set up decorations and Jennifer Sands supplied plastic flowers and vases. The visitors said they had fun, enjoyed the refreshments and learned a lot. Two joined immediately, and three plan to join next week. Lessons learned? Create a quality meeting and have a good time. Food is like a magnet, especially...

Afterburners Club Enjoys Fun and Food (Always!) at Celebratory Open House

On March 27, Afterburners Club had an Open House/26th Anniversary celebration. We had six guests; three were Toastmasters from another club. Another guest wants to return for a “normal” meeting (if she only knew), and I think I saw another one writing a check! We went the whole nine yards with food and decorations. These people did an outstanding job of planning and organizing: LaShawn Carter, Brenda Daniels, Jim Hummel, Rufus Moses, Rose Timmons, and Holly Trinh. We had a very nice slate of speakers, excellent Table Topics responses and good speech evaluations. It was a well-organized, well-run meeting, said...

Flower Mound Open House Is “Great Team Effort”

Flower Mound Toastmasters had our Open House on Thursday, March 29. We had six guests; two joined and one returning member joined. And I got my CC again! Ta da! VPPR Sunny Thandassery and VP Membership Marjorie Jarels did a great job organizing, planning and advertising. They personally contacted all the past members. Our secretary Marco Rodriguez invited several friends, arranged for sandwiches, and came early to set up. Our Area Governor Maria Holmes came early and put out street signs. Treasurer Phil Apgar processed new members and dues quickly. VP Education Dharm Kumar entered the CC right away. It...

USB Texas Toast Shows How It’s Done

The USB Texas Toast Club #1737405 held an Open House on March 27, chaired by Bradley Lawhead. Bradley’s co-chairs included Rebecca Moore, Pat Avinger and Felicia Christian. The toastmaster for the early evening meeting was Rebecca Moore and the theme was “Come One, Come All.” USB Texas Toast is a corporate club, part of US Bank, meeting at the Irving, Texas site; we meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00. The club is only about a year old, but has some strong members. The Open House was well received with 7 guests attending. Table...

Are Your Meetings Engaging?

  I keep hearing that each Toastmasters meeting must be high quality; that it must engage each member and guest. What exactly does this mean? The word “engage” means “to be involved with.” How does this translate to providing a high-quality meeting? I believe we can break it down this way: Enthusiasm – Being enthusiastic comes from being glad to be a part of Toastmasters and our particular club. If we complain or seem bored, the energy in our meetings will drop. This leads to people going elsewhere.  Remember, enthusiasm is based in the heart, not on the circumstances (ie, the...