Club Celebrations

Open House Meetings
Charterversary Meetings
Golden Gavel Meetings

Off the Cuff – Club # 4354 – Off the Cuff

We had another outstanding meeting and open house. We promoted our meeting as ‘Open Mic Night – Back By Popular Demand’ since we has open house in May too. We had a well run meeting. The food and fellowship were outstanding. Our meeting theme was “Soak Up the Sun”. Our Toastmaster selected fun themes for speakers to prepare their off the cuff speech from. Our Funmaster had a great activity to go along with our theme. As always the Posture Monitor added a bit more fun. We added 2 members to meet our membership qualifier as completed all 6 education goals. We completed 9 goals to make our club President’s Distinguished 9 consecutive years.

Diana Patton, VP Education
Meeting: June 24, 2023

 

Northwest Tarrant Toastmasters – Club # 1440249 – Golden Gavel

There were sufficient Numbers of guests, including non- Toastmasters guest and a district representative present to be a Golden Gavel meeting.  Congratulations!

Iva Mishra, Area 54 Director
Meeting: June 28, 2023

 

Tarrant County Toastmasters – Club # 1826942 – Open House/Golden Gavel

WOW! What an Amazing time we had at our Open House today. Not only did our members show up big but, it was our guests who stepped in and really made the difference. We had a total of six guests who all were from six different clubs to take on roles to either help out or to work towards their Nemileta. The laughter was contagious, the fellowship and networking was authentic and the pictures and food made it an “Open House” to remember. Thank You D25 For Your Support!!!

Phylliss Christian-Daniels, Division A Director
Meeting: June 27, 2023

 

Waco Early Bird Club – Club # 3546 – Open House

On Wednesday, June 14th we had our Open House meeting where we enjoyed food, drinks, distinguished guests from around the district and, of course, leadership and communication development.

 

Ernestina Pinones, one of our club coaches, filled in as Toastmaster. She opened by welcoming guests, asking Miles Phillips to tell us why he’s enthusiastic and lead our cry of the early birds, and providing a little humor.

After this she introduced the General Evaluator (Landon Lewis), Ah Counter and Grammarian (Brandon Savell), Timer and Ballot Counter (Celeste Castro), and Zoommaster (Randy Hickerson).

The prepared speech portion of the meeting consisted of Gary Lee Webb providing a detailed overview and endorsement of Toastmasters in his speech, “What is Toastmasters?”

The impromptu portion of the meeting, Table Topics, was led by Steve Martin, who served as our Table Topics Master. He started by asking Jason Jett, our Division Director, to give us an overview of his Toastmasters experience. Steve followed this by asking Jenny Riddle to tell us about a speaker she admires. To close out this portion of the meeting, Joyce Trimble, our incoming Area Director, was asked to tell us what Summer looks like for her.

Landon Lewis, our General Evaluator, led the evaluation portion of the meeting. It began with Miles Phillips providing insightful feedback on Gary Lee Webb’s speech. Brandon Savell followed the evaluation with an evaluation of our use of verbal pauses and the English language in his Ah Counter and Grammarian reports. Landon wrapped up by providing a detailed evaluation of the meeting as a whole.

To close, Celeste Castro was called on to announce the Best Speaker (Gary Lee Webb), Best Evaluator (Miles Phillips), and Best Table Topics Speaker (Joyce Trimble).

Landon Lewis, Club President/VP Public Relations
Meeting: June 14, 2023

 

Talk Blue Toastmasters – Club # 28675570 – Golden Gavel

What an awesome meeting!!! Talk Blue is newly chartered and the excitement shows. This club is so new, they have yet to receive their banner. The incoming 2023-2024 officer induction was held. One officer had to withdraw at the last minute but a member stepped up. This member joined, gave a speech and volunteered for the SAA role the same day!

I saw several people in the room, then, within 5 minutes the room was full – many members brought a guest! This was the largest regular Toastmaster meeting I have ever attended. The speech was wonderful; Table Topics were fun and engaging; the the evaluation spot on. Talk Blue Toastmasters is a club of the future!

10 Guests!

Laurie McKee, Area 24 Director
Meeting: June 21, 2023

 

Something to Talk About – Club # 5518497 – Open House

Something to Talk About Toastmasters held a summer open house on 6-6-2023. The theme for the night was Summer Time and Good Vibes. Members wore their favorite summer hats and sunglasses. We had five wonderful guests. We had two dignitaries join us: Ninfa Flewitt, Past District Director and member of STTA, and Jore Daniel Garcia, our Area Director for the year. They both filled a spot on the agenda. Our Toastmaster for the evening was Keressa Bullock who did a wonderful job. Our timer for the evening was Michael. This was his first time and he did a fantastic job. We had a fun summer twist during Table Topics led by Michelle Vergara. Anne Logan was the humorist for the evening and she always brings laughter. Two great speeches were presented by Michelle Bayes and Karen Shadden followed by two insightful evaluations by Carla Hay-Perdue and Cherry Rushin. The general evaluator, Kendra Fowler, gave a fabulous evaluation of the overall meeting. It was a wonderful meeting, filled with fun and laughter by all.

Karen Shadden, Club President

Meeting: June 6, 2023

 

Highway to Excellence – Club # 3332446 – Open House, Charterversary

Excellent meeting with 3 speakers, 3 Table Topics, 3 Evaluations. Ribbons awarded to the winners.  Workshop after the meeting.One of our guests joined the club!

This was not only an amazing open house but also our 10th anniversary.

 

Marylee Mims, VP Public Relations
Meeting: June 15, 2023
Charter Date: June 28, 2013

 

Panther City Toastmasters – Club # 4716146 – Golden Gavel, Charterversary

What an amazing time we had celebrating our eight year Chartervesary. It was a night that was filled with lots of smiles and laughter. Our meeting started promptly at 7:00 pm. We had a full agenda with two prepared speeches one of which Club Growth Director Jesse Ford was our Guest Speaker. There were a total of seven guests, one of which zoomed in all the way from Paris and another from Atlanta, Ga. Our Table Topics were fun and were geared around our theme “When I Was Eight Years Old”. All that were present were able to indulge in the meeting in some way or another. Our meeting ended on time. We all stayed around to Chat It Up. It was definitely a meeting worth sharing. The Energy and Enthusiasm was Priceless!

Phylliss Christian-Daniels, VP Public Relations, Division A Director
Meeting: May 24, 2023
Charter Date: May 15, 2015

 

Mr. Cooper Speaks – Club # 3349691 – Golden Gavel 

Mr. Cooper Speaks has a great mix of members. Some members have been around a while and others attended their first meeting today. As always, they make all visitors welcome and explain the benefits. Not only do they explain but, they act and show the leadership skills. Today, these skills were present in two speakers completing their level two projects. This provided the last needed goal making Mr. Cooper Speaks a Presidents Distinguished Club for the 10th consecutive year!

Laurie McKee, Area 24 Director
Meeting: June 14, 2023

 

Off the Cuff  – Club # 4354 – Open House 

Our Off the Cuff Club is pretty unique. Our speeches are ‘off the cuff‘. Our theme for this open house meeting was Open Mic Night. We even made each role ‘off the cuff‘ – not assigned but used the ‘grab bag’ type process for this meeting.

We gathered for a nice relaxing meal at 6PM followed by choosing 4 speakers from who wanted to speak (3 were guests and 1 existing member). The speeches were amazing! We kept our fun roles of Funmaster as Posture Monitor.

We had 6 guests plus 4 significant others. Some left before we remembered to take our group picture.

Club website: https://4354.toastmastersclubs.org/

Diana Patton, VP Education
Meeting: May 27, 2023

 

Speak Up Little Elm  – Club #1009806 – Open House 

Speak Up Little Elm‘s spring Pizza Party Open House. The theme of the meeting was “Summer Time is Coming.” We had seven members in attendance, including one new member who joined that night. Also attending where three guests who expressed the intent to join. We were so excited about the meeting that we forgot to get a group picture.

Laurie McKee, VP Membership
Meeting: May 25, 2023

 

San Angelo Toastmasters  – Club #4486922 – Open House/Charterversary

San Angelo Toastmasters held their OPEN HOUSE CHARTERVERSARY EVENT on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6pm via zoom! We had 7 guests (including 1 non-Toastmaster guest) who attended our special event!

The meeting began promptly on time with our annual charterversary tradition of reading aloud the names of the twenty charter members who started San Angelo Toastmasters on May 16, 2016 and sending them “good vibes” and our appreciation! HAPPY 7th ANNIVERSARY, SAN ANGELO TOASTMASTERS!

Our Zoom Master was Division B Director, Brandi Wesley (guest) who helped everyone navigate the zoom platform and she filled her meeting role marvelously! Brandi gave us zoom etiquette guidelines at the top of the meeting, posted themed zoom background choices in the chat, spotlighted our speakers, pinned the timer, and counted the votes for Better Speaker, Better Evaluator and Best Table Topics!

Our Timer and Joke Master role was filled by our Division A Director, Phylliss Christian-Daniels (guest). Phyllis timed our speeches, our evaluations, and our Table Topics and she gave us several opportunities to laugh together with her jokes and with her infectious smile! She performed her meeting tasks flawlessly!

Our Quiz Master was our current D25 Public Relations Manager, Michelle Debenport (guest)! She tested our listening skills by taking copious notes throughout the meeting and gave us a chance to answer quiz questions! She really kept us on our toes!

Our Grammarian and General Evaluator was our club’s Vice President of Education, Jason Jett. Jason gave us the word of the day, noted when someone used the word of the day and performed his duties as General Evaluator by introducing the speech evaluators, calling for reports, and giving us an evaluation of our meeting. Wearing two hats during any meeting can be challenging, but Jason made it look like a walk in the park!

Our Ah-Counter for the evening was D25 District Director Marcheta Gardner (guest). She held us accountable  for the use of filler words and she did a terrific job! She gave us kind and gentle notes during her Ah-Counter report and we were honored to have her attend our biannual event!

Our Toastmaster was Sallie Spradlin-Jett, President of San Angelo Toastmasters. She paved the way for our meeting theme “Hello, Sunshine,” which gave a focus to summertime fun AND the positive communication that this greeting resembles (a greeting consistently used by our D25 PQD and District Director-Elect Emily Murray)! Additionally, she gave some trivia about other “Hello, Sunshine” themes, highlighting four pop/rock songs with that song title, and she even gave some trivia on a media production company with that same name, which has been sold in recent years for almost a billion dollars!

Our two speakers for the evening were Steven Timmons (guest) and Sarfaraz Nazir (guest). Steven gave us a wonderful speech about how we can overcome public speaking anxiety by using an alter ego! Sarfaraz spoke to us about his journey to the United States and about taking a “Leap of Faith” in his Toastmasters journey!

Our speech evaluators were D25 Club Growth Director and Program Quality Director-Elect (and VPM, San Angelo Toastmasters) Jesse Ford and D25 Administration Manager (and SEC/TREAS, San Angelo Toastmasters) Hilda Guffey. They both did a fabulous job at giving supportive and kind feedback to the speakers!

Our Table Topics Master was our very own Area 14 Director, Jorge Daniel Santiago Garcia (guest)! Jorge gave us Table Topics questions to ponder like “Fast forward to 100 years in the future, what is the world like?” What a great time we all had during Table Topics!

Our non-Toastmaster guest, Gabrielle F. gave us feedback from her perspective as a first-time guest, “Your club meeting was so polished but it’s nice to see how fun it can be!”

Special thanks to all our D25 dignitaries and to those who took on a meeting role as part of the NEMELITA incentive! A good time was indeed had by all!

Sallie Jett, President
Meeting: May 11, 2023

Charter Date: May 16, 2016

 

Golden Triangle Toastmasters Club  – Club #5297 – Open House/Golden Gavel

Golden Triangle had an excellent spring themed Open House. We had 7 guests, 6 of whom have never been to TM before! The guests were all impressed by the meeting and gave excellent feedback, and two guests have already signed up to be members as a result of this meeting.

There were 6 guests.

Samantha Watt, Club President
Meeting: May 17, 2023

 

NST Toastmasters Club  – Club #7744858 – Open House 

NST hosted a fantastic meeting with 3 speakers, five table topics responses, and 3 evaluations. The speakers were enthusiastic, the table topics were thoughtful and matched the theme, and the evaluations were top tier. They had many guests, ranging from leaders in their community to friends and family members- in addition to several D25 dignitaries. Afterward they celebrated their fellowship with delicious Indian food and conversation.

There were 30 guests.

Samantha Watt, Area 61 Director
Meeting: April 29, 2023

 

MidCities Achievers  – Club #7694 – Open House/Charterversary 

Open House & Charterversary 21 years! MidCities Achievers on April 24th @ 630pm CST – 7:30pm CST @ Texas Health HEB Hospital Conference Center, 1612 Hospital Parkway, Conference Rooms D&E, Bedford, TX 76022. Our club website: https://7694.toastmastersclubs.org. Our social: IG: @midcities_achievers FB:MidCities Achievers

There were 19 guests.

Isleen Rodriguez, VP Public Relations
Meeting: April 24, 2023

 

 

Mr. Cooper Speaks  – Club #3349691 – Open House 

The Mr. Cooper Speaks’ Open House in Area 24 was “the best I’ve attended” per Area 24 Director, Laurie McKee.Erin Johnson was the mastermind behind the Open House, and she did an outstanding job organizing the event with 17 guests and members feeling inspired and motivated.
The speakers were fantastic. Melissa Syphrett’s speech, “What you Tolerate Grows”, compared lawn care and maintenance to her Toastmasters journey. Erin Johnson shared her personal story of how positivity affected her performance as a young tennis player in her “The Power of Positivity”. Both speeches left attendees with plenty to think about.
Joyce Trimble capably served as the Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, and General Evaluator. Table Topic questions were centered around personal open houses, and attendees shared their plans and ideas for hosting their own events. Brittany Corbin spoke about the delicious chocolate cupcakes she would serve, while Candi Blunt shared her plan to sing with Belle as her honored guest. Guest Erica Johnson-Seck also shared her three supports in life, and how they would help her with her open house.
Kristina Lohmeyer and Lydeisha Gossett gave evaluations that were both motivational and encouraging. They provided excellent feedback that left the speakers feeling inspired and ready to continue their Toastmasters journey.
The event was a huge success, with several attendees requesting membership packets. Thus far, one new member and a renewal has been added to the club’s membership. It’s hoped additional new members will begin their journey, and that Mr. Cooper Speaks will end the 2022-23 year on a high note.
All in all, the Toastmasters Open House in Area 24 was, per Joyce, “a glorious Toastmasters meeting” leaving everyone empowered to continue their personal and professional development journeys.

There were 17 guests.

Joyce Trimble, VP Membership/Treasurer
Meeting: April 5, 2023

 

Panther City  – Club #4716146 – Open House/Golden Gavel

What an Amazing night Panther City Toastmasters had celebrating our Spring Open House. The atmosphere was lively, and fun filled. Lots of laughter took place between both the members and our special guests. Our guest speaker, Jenny Riddle gave an inspiring speech, and our timer Hilda Guff was able to get credit for her Nemilita Nine. Our Area Director Jorge Garcia Santiago joined in on the fun as well. We had a total of sixteen “Lucky Charms” in the house. Check out our Saint Patrick’s Day costumes. It was definitely a night to remember!

There were 5 guests.

Phylliss Christian-Daniels,  Division A Director
Meeting: March 15, 2023

 

Grace Club – Club #1912 – Golden Gavel

Grace Club held a hybrid meeting March 16, 2023 with members attending in person and members/guests attending online The meeting started on time despite a slight technical surprise. Zoom participants had their names on their window and in-person members all identified themselves. Of the 12 paid members, 9 members were in attendance. At least one non-Toastmaster guest was present. There was applause after every speaker. The speech today was provided by Debra Sanford and was her DTM Visionary speech. The agenda was distributed in advance with no changes. Table Topics was fun and prepared based on the theme of the meeting – St. Patrick’s Day!

There were 3 guests.

Submitted by Brandi Wesley,  Division B Director
Meeting: March 16, 2023

 

Toast With Confidence – Club #28675564 – Golden Gavel

Toast With Confidence is a new club; chartered about six months. The meeting had all three sections of the meeting, prepared speeches, Table Topics and evaluations. They had two great prepared Pathways speeches that were effectively evaluated. Guest were invited to participate and ask questions, As always, this was an exciting energizing club meeting.

There were 4 guests.

Submitted by Laurie McKee,  Area 24 Director
Meeting: March 7, 2023

 

Nissan Toastmasters Club – Club #5922 – Open House, Charterversary

On March 1, 2023, Nissan Toastmasters virtually celebrated 27 years of successes, growth, and development of the members. We had so many participants that we had to scroll to a second page in Zoom! President Leigh Gilliam gave a brief presentation about the club, including the 13 times the club has achieved Distinguished status or more. Our Table Topics session was designed to showcase impromptu speaking on the topic of Toastmasters, including how it has impacted tenured members, what goals guests are looking to achieve, and how Toastmasters could help with those goals.

There were 10 guests.

Submitted by Brandi Wesley,  Club VP Public Relations & Division B Director
Meeting: March 1, 2023

 

Strategic Communicators – Club #3331520 – Open House, Golden Gavel

This is one of the strongest clubs in Area 43 as they continue to exceed the high standards within District 25. During their Open House, they had a total of five non-Toastmasters guests and at least three Toastmasters members from other District 25 clubs. All Roles were filled, and the Open House was well publicized. The meeting featured an Ice-Breaker speech, an Advanced Level speech and very thoughtful Table Topics questions & responses. The structure of the meeting was well described throughout the meeting for the guests  benefit. All criteria for a Golden Gavel Award were met for this meeting.

Submitted by Brent Campbell,  Area 43 Director
Meeting: February 1, 2023

 

     

Roanoke Texas Toastmasters – Club #4236 – Open House, Golden Gavel, Charterversary (20th)

What a great way to celebrate 20 years as a club! Six guests were present, at least two of them became members by the very next day. Graced by the presence of our Division Director – Krystal Besaw, we had stupendous speeches, excellent evaluations, and terrific Table Topics participation – including three of our guests! Food, fun, and fellowship were on the agenda! I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years brings us.

Submitted by David Winkowski,  Club President
Meeting: January 23, 2023

 

   

Keller Communicators Toastmasters – Club #621025 – Open House, Golden Gavel

We had an enjoyable meeting for our open house with eight guests on Thursday, January 19th,2023.Our Toastemaster(Patty) did an amazing job-theme:”What You’ll Find in My Frig”. The theme relates to our daily life and six guests brought their own personal stories in the table topic part.
We had two prepared speeches. We also had a potluck and began with yummy food.
The structure of the meeting was well described for the guests.

Submitted by Sunny Hao,  VP Public Relations
Meeting: January 19, 2023

 

     

Centex Clearly Speaking Toastmasters – Club #638381 – Open House, Golden Gavel

We had an enjoyable meeting for our open house that centered around Friends & Family! We were even able to incorporate the VPM’s daughter into the meeting by allowing her to introduce her before the speech. We had 4 guests join us, though unfortunately one had to leave early. It was wonderful hearing from each of our guests before we closed out the meeting.

Submitted by Jai Erwin, Area 34 Director
Meeting: December 6, 2022

 

Circle of Excellence – Club #1540842 – Open House, Golden Gavel

This was a great open house with 4 guests and a guest speaker about the value of Toastmasters.  The meeting met requirements for Golden Gavel Meeting.

Submitted by Shuhdi Hashim, Area 62 Director
Meeting: October 25, 2022

 

Alliance Networks – Club #5718 – Golden Gavel

I watched the video of this meeting. I observed the club met the Golden Gavel requirements. There were 15 members and 3 guests in attendance. Lynne was the speaker working on a Level 5 project that included a panel discussion and was a extended program.  This is a lively clubs and very supportive and welcoming.

Submitted by Michael Duckworth, Area 52 Director
Meeting: October 11, 2022

 

Off the Cuff – Club #4354 – Open House 

This is an amazing club! Over the years we’ve combined theme of Halloween and Backwards meeting – theme: “Beginning at the end…”.

Several of our members reached out to possible and past guests, our Area Director and guests even invited guests. We had a total of 5 guests. Their names: (backwards) Ymmat, Bed Nai, Zil, Mik).

Our Toastmaster (Gerg) did an amazing job handling things backwards. The speakers took the backwards theme to heart and incorporated actions and words from Posture Monitor (Zil) and their evaluators.

We did begin with a delicious meal as normal but from that point on everything was done backwards!!

Submitted by Diana Patton, VP Education
Meeting: October 22, 2022

 

San Angelo Toastmasters – Club #4486922 – Open House 

SAN ANGELO TOASTMASTERS hosted their semi-annual Open House event on Thursday, October 27th and celebrated in true fashion with a “Happy Halloween” themed meeting! Attendees and guests participated in a COSTUME CONTEST, witnessed two talented speakers sharing SCARY STORIES, and heard fang-tastic responses to TERRIFYING TABLE TOPICS!

 

Our Toastmaster for the evening was seasoned Toastmaster, Larry Prince who guided us through our haunting theme claw-lessly! (Congratulations to Larry for winning the Best Costume Award as he was clad in Sherlock Holmes attire!)

We had three Guest Ghostmasters attending our meeting:

1. Joyce Trimble took on the role of Guest Speaker and gave us a scary presentation as the ghost of her original character “Oops Chef!”2. Donna Young took on the role of Guest Timer / Guest Jokemaster timed all our speakers, evaluators, and Table Topics responders and led us through a thrilling array of hair-raising halloween jokes!3. Cassie Bullock took on the role of Guest Ah-Counter and took note of all our wretched wailings, filler words, and false starts.

We loved having all three of these mysterious Ghostmasters as our special guests!

Additionally, we had three non-Toastmaster guests who attended our Open House event – one of witch had not attended a Toastmaster meeting before! We are always happy to welcome first-time ghouls (guests)!

Our second enchanted speaker of the evening, Jenny Riddle told a tall tale of a real life experience she encountered when it was move-in day at her new house! So scary!

Our tricky Table Topics Magician (Master), Pam Davis gave us spine-chilling table topics of which made us all very very afraid. Sallie, Jesse, and Viral were her shocked victims. (Congratulations to Viral Trivedi for being voted Table Topics Winner!)

Our in-house investigator (General Evaluator), Jason Jett navigated us through the mystery of the evaluation portion of our meeting. Our two spooktacular speech evaluators Hilda Guffey and Jesse Ford evaluated our speakers using words that made our blood run cold (yet made our speakers feel encouraged and supported).

Our Grammarian Viral Trivedi gave us an extra challenge for the evening and gave us a frightful PHRASE OF THE DAY. We received extra (imaginary) points for saying “It’s spooktacular, ya’ll!” throughout the meeting.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS:Best Costume Award – Larry Prince (“Sherlock Holmes”)Scariest Costume Award – Viral Trivedi (“The Wizard of Grammarian House”)Funniest Costume Award – Jenny Riddle (“Chicken”)Punniest Costume Award – Pam Davis (“Radioactive Particle”)Most Colorful Costume Award – Shelby Jett (“Pirate”)Horror-ific Costume Award – Sallie Jett (“Momma Zombie”)

A fun time was had by all who attended! Join us next spring for our next Open House event or attend any of our Thursday evening meetings! We promise, we won’t bite! (Evil laugh.)

Submitted by Sallie Jett, Club president
Meeting: October 27, 2022

 

Highway to Excellence – Club #3332446 – Open House 

Theme for the Open House was “Catch Me If You Can”.  A good time had by all.

Each month, in addition to our regular meeting, HTE has a workshop. The workshop for the Open House Meeting was: Speaker’s Lab.

Submitted by Marylee Mims, VP Public Relations
Meeting: October 20, 2022

 

Golden Triangle Toastmasters Club – Club #5297 – Open House, Golden Gavel, Charterversary

Highlights of meeting:  Halloween themed meeting with several guests, no changes in agenda, two members of District, active participation from all guests and no changes to agenda.

There were 16 guests!!!

Submitted by Samantha Watt, Area 61 Director, Club President
Charter Date:  October 1, 1983
Meeting: October 19, 2022

 

Waco – Early Birds – Club #3546 – Open House, Golden Gavel

Waco Early Birds had a hybrid open house this morning that ran very smoothly. They had two prepared speeches, and three Table Topics speakers that included guests. Gary Lee Webb was giving his 900th Toastmaster speech.  There were 5 guests.  Meeting met criteria for Golden Gavel meeting.

Submitted by Jai Erwin
Meeting: October 19, 2022

 

FFEAR-Less Toastmasters – Club #7594460 – Open House, Golden Gavel, Charterversary

More than once, I’ve heard a member say they joined because someone invited me. In preparation for our Open House, FEAR-less sent several hundred invitations to former members who began their journey once with an expectation they would realize the benefit to continue that journey. One member invited our guest, Ramya Iyer, featured at the bottom of our picture. Ramya joined that day. Charterversary, Golden Gavel, New Member. That is a successful Open House!

Submitted by Joyce Trimble, Club VP Education
Charter Date: October 1, 2019
Meeting: October 8, 2022

 

Centex Clearly Speaking Toastmasters – Club #638381 – Golden Gavel 

The club met criteria for Golden Gavel meeting including two guests.  Both guests were brave enough to participate in Table Topics, and one of our guests won best TT Speaker!

Submitted by Jai Erwin, Area 34 Director
Meeting: October 4, 2022

 

Savvy Sayers – Club #1082792 – Open House, Charterversary, Golden Gavel 

Savvy Sayers held there Charterversary as an open house with 17 club members and 14 guests on the hybrid meeting. All 4 DTMs that have been members of the club were present as shown in one of the photos as well as the Area Director and two past District Directors.

Submitted by Les Condit, VP Education
Charter Date: September 7, 2008
Meeting: September 8, 2022

 

Progressive Leaders – Club #3467810 – Open House, Charterversary

We celebrated our anniversary with panel discussion of elected officials.  We had 1 guest at our open house.

Submitted by Sandy Swan, VP Education
Charter Date: September 26, 2013
Meeting: September 26, 2022

 

Link Toastmasters – Club #7742649 – Golden Gavel, Open House

One of the strongest meetings this club has had. Roles were all filled, the Open House was well publicized, and had two ice-breaker speeches. Nine guests were in attendance and two turned in completed applications at the end of the meeting. The structure of the meeting was well described throughout the meeting for the guests benefit. All criteria for a Golden Gavel was met for this meeting.

Submitted by Clark Pfarner, Area 33 Director
Meeting: September 20, 2022

 

Keller Communicators Toastmasters – Club #621025 – Golden Gavel

The theme for the meeting was “What’s Your Language of Appreciation” and the Toastmaster was Club President “Patty Wyatt”. The theme carried forward the theme from the TLI training sessions so all members could share in the message. The club carefully considered all aspects of the Golden Gavel requirements and easily met the requirements.

Submitted by Clark Pfarner, Area 33 Director
Meeting: August 11, 2022

 

Panther City Toastmasters – Club #4716146 – Golden Gavel, Open House

The meeting had a great theme that was well developed throughout the meeting. They had great energy and performed each role well.  Club had a total of 5 guests.

Attendance:Panther City Members 7Non-Toastmaster 1Area Director 1Division Director 1Past Division Director 1Guest Speaker 1

Submitted by Jorge Daniel Garcia Santiago, Area 14 Director
Meeting: September 21, 2022

 

 

Alliance Networks  – Club #5718 – Charterversary

We had a wonderful 25th, Silver anniversary meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Our Area Director, Michael Duckworth was with us too and two first-time guests. We had our second hybrid meeting – complete with lunch and a lovely anniversary cake. One of our speakers Toasted the club (Social Speech) along with pictures from past 10+ years.

There were lots of memories and hugs shared. Our theme was Silver Anniversary (Celebrating 25 Years). Word of day: Commemoration. It was another outstanding meeting!!

Submitted by Diana Patton, VP Education
Charter Date: 9/1/1997
Meeting: September 20, 2022

 

Longhorn Toastmasters Club  – Club #3178 – Golden Gavel, Open House

Highlights of Meeting:  The recognition of guests at the end of the meeting, asking if any had anything to say about the meeting or their impression of Toastmasters resulting in at least two very positive responses. I think it is very likely that this open house will result in a couple to several new members.  There were 9 guests.  Meeting met requirements for Golden Gavel Meeting.

Submitted by Dennis Regan, Area 11 Director

 

We had a wonderful Open House with over 8 guest. Two of which have verbally confirmed they will be joining the Longhorn Toastmasters. Our Longhorn Toastmaster President, David Fleming, kicked us off and our Distinguished Toastmaster, Greg Heinzman, was our speakers.

Submitted by Shannon Luce

Meeting: September 19, 2022

 

Texas Talkers  – Club #1082726 – Charterversary

We had a wonderful celebration for our club’s 15th anniversary as well as celebration two our our members that will not be in-person with us. They will continue to join us virtually at our hybrid meetings. They both gave speeches at our meeting.

 

Our Area Director, Iva, attended too. She joined in the festivities (WOD ‘Festive’) by bringing food to share. Others in the club did too to ‘Celebrate’ (Meeting theme).

We had a total of 11 in attendance (including 1 guest and our AD).

It was fun hearing a bit about club’s history and viewing pictures to review all the great meeting and other celebrations we’ve had. There are lots more memories to be made.

Our Treasurer Cassie has done a great job reaching out to our community and using Meetup to grow our club.

Submitted by Diana Patton, Club Secretary
Charter date: 9/7/2007
Meeting: September 15, 2022

 


San Angelo Toastmasters  – Club #4486922 – Golden Gavel

San Angelo Toastmasters held their hybrid meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

We had at least 75 percent of our paid members attending tonight’s meeting.

Our Presiding Officer role was filled by our current VP Education Jason Jett who called the meeting to order on time at precisely 6:00pm CST. Jason greeted our two non-Toastmaster guests (Nancy Prince and Kevin Settle) warmly and with enthusiasm. He also gave our guests the opportunity to introduce themselves and tell us a little about their work. Jason then gave several announcements before turning the meeting over to our Sergeant at Arms.

Our Sergeant at Arms (Larry Prince) opened our meeting with an inspirational message, led us in the reading of our club mission and he introduced our Toastmaster of the Evening.

Our Toastmaster of the Evening was Hilda Guffey who presented our theme: “Quote of the Day,” where she talked about when she attended one of her first Toastmasters meetings and everyone presented their favorite inspirational quotes throughout the meeting. Hilda inspired us with some wonderful quotes!

We heard an amazing Ice Breaker speech by Will Hennig (our newest member)!

Our Table Topics Master role was filled by Lisa Melton who was celebrating that exactly one year ago this month she herself was giving her Ice Breaker speech at our club meeting. Lisa’s Table Topics were engaging:1. What was the most sensible advice you’ve ever received?2. Who do you turn to when you need good advice?3. What would you tell your younger self now?

Our three Table Topic responders answered thoughtfully and were within their time allotments. Our guest Kevin Settle volunteered to answer a Table Topic question, and once the votes were tallied later in the meeting, was declared the winner of this evening’s Table Topics!

Larry Prince filled the role of Speech Evaluator and gave thoughtful and supportive feedback during his evaluation of Will’s speech.

Our General Evaluator was Jenny Riddle (one of our newer club members) who gave us wonderful feedback on the meeting overall and was also responsible for calling on the Grammarian and the Timer for their reports.

Jesse Ford filled the role of Grammarian. The word of the day was “rancid.” Although we all agreed that this meeting was far from that!

Our Timer role was filled by our club President, Sallie Spradlin-Jett who timed the speakers, Table Topics, and evaluators.

Hilda Guffey concluded her role as Toastmaster by giving out the Best Table Topics ribbon to Kevin Settle and by giving out the Ice Breaker ribbon and the Welcome To Toastmasters ribbon to Will Hennig!

The Presiding Officer for the evening officially adjourned the meeting on time at 6:51pm CST in order to allow for extra time for in-room networking and tear down by our local San Angelo members.

We had all our roles filled well before our meeting was called to order with zero role/agenda changes prior to the meeting. The finalized agenda was emailed to those attending virtually before the meeting was called to order. Additionally, agendas were printed out ahead of time and distributed to those attending in person as they arrived in the room.

Nametags were worn by those attending in person. Zoom profiles were correctly labeled with first and last names of those attending virtually.

There was applause after every speaker by those attending virtually and by those attending in person.

A special thank you to our setup team local to San Angelo: Hilda Guffey and Lisa Melton. Without their hard work and dedicated efforts, our hybrid setup wouldn’t have been possible this evening! Thank you Hilda and Lisa! We love you!

San Angelo Toastmasters is an amazing “family of Toastmasters.” Our hybrid meetings typically include those who are local to San Angelo, TX as well as members and guests from all around the world!

ALL. ARE. WELCOME.

Submitted by Jason Jett, Area C Director
Meeting: September 15, 2022

 

Heart of Texas Bridge Gappers Club  – Club #676842 – Golden Gavel

Great meeting – requirements for Golden Gavel Meeting were met.  There were 3 guests at the meeting.

Their non-Toastmaster guest won for best Table Topic, and at the end of the meeting, almost all of the members gave her praise for her response. She did an excellent job, and the club was very eager to acknowledge that, even above simply voting for her.

Submitted by Jai Erwin, Area 34 Director
Meeting: September 10, 2022

 

Tip Top Toastmasters  – Club #9595 – Open House, Golden Gavel

Tip Top held it’s Open House on August 28, 2022. Toastmaster for the afternoon was VP Membership, Rick Newton, ACB, ALB, PM2. Their guest speaker was DTM Eddie Merla, who shared his initial reservations before joining Toastmasters 20 years ago. There were 19 total attendees: 7 Toastmasters from other clubs and 5 honored guests who are considering Tip Top Toastmasters as an avenue to personal and professional growth. Kudos to VP Public Relations, Connie Blake, TM and Rick for a successful “Open House!”

Submitted by Rhonda McCarthy, Area 12 Director
Meeting: August 28, 2022

   

Afterburners  – Club #6191 – Open House, Golden Gavel

Overall a great meeting in hybrid format which this club does very well. I was particularly impressed by the special recognition given to the five guests at the end of the meeting when they were resented a small gift just for being there.
The atmosphere was casual and as it was an open house there was food, Sadly I could partake as I was there virtually, but those in attendance were clearly having a good time. I also got the feeling that the club will reap at least one new member from this open house.

LeVona:

We had a hybrid meeting with 5 guests, the Area 11 Director, Division A Director present and there were 16 Afterburners members present.

Submitted by Dennis Regan, Area 11 Director
and
LeVona Patton, VPM
Meeting: August 30, 2022

Colleyville  – Club #1582921 – Golden Gavel

Our Toastmaster Jim Jameson gave us a great meeting with his “Back to School” theme and Kris with her coinciding Word of the Day, “meticulous” which was used frequently! Lynzy Slezak and Bridgette Beal both delighted us with their wonderful speeches! Lynzy’s Icebreaker was captivating and Bridgette’s highly educational and informative speech was so helpful especially to newer members! Shirin did a great job with Table Topics and we had great answers surrounding our theme. Our evaluators Charlie and Denise both gave excellent feedback to our speakers. Our General Evaluator Chuck led his team with wonderful expertise and as usual Colleyville Toastmasters always steps up and rises to the occasion!

Karen Coleman, Area 31 Director
Submitted by Deb Peterson
Meeting: August 12, 2022

Texas Talkers  – Club #1082726 – Open House

Plans started months ago by reaching out to Watauga Public Library to reserve spot on their calendar that is open to community for promoting events. Our own Cassie worked with Dana to make this happen. The Library promoted it as well as club did on our Facebook, Meetup and reaching out to others. We had light snacks and guest packets ready. We had 6 guests that even participated in Table Topics. We had an abbreviated meeting allowing time for networking and questions. Tony, our VP Membership, will be following up with each one of them to invite them to our next regular meeting. We’ve got our name on the calendar to do this again on January 26, 2023 to make this a regular thing.

Diana Patton, Club Secretary
Meeting: August 11, 2022

Airport Toastmasters  – Club #5537 – Charterversary

Airport Toastmasters Club held its year-end celebration and celebrated its birthday on July 14th at the Olive Garden in Grapevine, TX. The club was chartered June 1984. The club meets on Thursdays, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Visit club website at:
www.airporttoastmasters.com

Sarfaraz Nazir, VP Membership/Public Relations
Charter Date June 1, 1984
Meeting: July 14, 2022