Open House Meetings
Golden Gavel Meetings
Open House Meetings
Golden Gavel Meetings
Panther City Toastmasters – Club #4716146 – Charterversary
We had a great meeting with 2 speakers and 2 evaluators and the theme for the night was Lucky 7 Charterversary. A total of 6 members were present plus 1 guest (will be joining).
Rose Timmons, VP Education
Charter Date: 5/15/2015
Meeting: May 11, 2022
First Command – Club #8474 – Open House
First Command Toastmasters had their first hybrid Open House on May 3, 2022 with a theme of Stars Wars Day/May the 4th Be With You. We had 11 Toastmasters and 14 guests in attendance. We served delicious snacks, and had fun talking about the history of Star Wars Day. Did you know it’s called Star Wars Day because May the 4th Be With You doesn’t translate well in other languages? We were entertained and informed while listening to engaging Toastmaster Danny Coonce. We are overjoyed to be able to welcome several new members in the next week as a result of this highly successful Open House!
Kelsey Dean, Club President
Meeting: May 3, 2022
San Angelo Toastmasters – Club #4486922 – Golden Gavel
(We held a “Double Hybrid Meeting!” We set up two in-person sites in San Angelo and in Austin and we also had virtual attendees via Zoom)
Meeting Theme: “Explore. Dream. Discover” (Quote by Mark Twain)
Our Toastmaster for the evening was our charter member Pam Davis, DTM (see attached screenshot photo/ Pam pinned as Speaker).
We had 14 people in attendance: 8 members (out of 9 current members on our roster), 3 non-Toastmasters guests, and 3 Toastmasters members from other clubs (2 of which were filling a role to qualify for the NEMELITA AWARD).
All guests were greeted warmly and enthusiastically prior to the meeting being called to order and again at the beginning of the meeting by our Presiding Officer.
Our two prepared speakers were Jason Jett (Pres. of SATM, see attached photo/ pinned as speaker), and Eddie Merla, DTM (Guest Speaker). Each speaker gave a Pathways speech.
Our Grammarian was guest (and pending SATM member) Lena Brown, DTM.
Our Speech Evaluators were Larry Prince and Jesse Ford. (Additionally, we also held a “round robin format” for one of our speakers where five of us each got to provide a one-minute rapid feedback that was specific and supportive.)
Our General Evaluator was our VPE Hilda Guffey.
Our Timer was Lisa Melton.
We had fun and interesting Table Topics provided by our Table Topics Master Jenny Riddle (Guest Toastmaster, Member of Peaks Speaks).
We had a prepared agenda distributed to attendees virtually and to those attending our two in-person sites.
We had no agenda changes prior to the meeting.
Our meeting started on time at precisely at 6:00 P.M. and ended on time at precisely 6:59 P.M. (This had been our biggest challenge when we attempted to earn this award a few weeks ago, but we did it this time!)
Our VPE Hilda Guffey presented the First Place Ribbon on zoom screen to our Table Topics Winner, (guest) Donna Fossmeyer.
Zoom attendees labeled their profiles appropriately with their first and last names. Those attending in person wore nametags on their shirts.
Applause was given to each speaker and functionary as they passed the lectern. (Zoom attendees were instructed to use the clapping hands emoji under the Reactions tab on Zoom OR show their hands clapping on camera.)
WE DID IT! (See attached photo of screenshot of almost all attendees.)
Jason Jett, Area 15 Director
Meeting: May 5, 2022
Southlake Club– Club #4987 – Golden Gavel
This was a regular meeting (no open house or charterversary). They had 21 in attendance and have 22 members. 2 guests were at the meeting. Myself and a new guest who joined that day. All members were wearing name tags. The agenda had no changes. Two prepared speeches. The meeting was run very effectively. Toastmaster did an excellent job. Had introductions for all the speakers. The Table topic s master called on members who had lessor speaking roles. The evaluations were done positively. timer effectively recorded time and kept the meeting on time. The guests were all given time to speak. the VPM was right next to the new visitor and processed application on the spot. And had information on orientation ready and informed her immediately. They ran over next weeks assignments at the end of the meeting. It was a model meeting! I presented Jacquelyn Martin her trophies from the Area Contest. Several members met afterwards and socialized.
Deb Sanford, Area 62 Director
Meeting: May 2, 2022
Texas Talkers– Club #1082726 – Open House
Our Texas Talkers cub has been so fortunate to have a wonderful physical meeting location now that we are having hybrid meetings. We had our second open house this Toastmaster year. We reached out to past members, guests and others that have shown interest. We sent emails, texts, posted flyers and mass message to our MeetUp members.
We had a very strong meeting that was well run and great speakers, Table Topics and evaluations. Cassie did a great job on decorations and everyone brought nice treats for those in-person.
We have a wonderful Area Director, Frank Correa. He was able to join us on-line. We had a few guests with hopes to continue to reach out to build our membership.
Meeting: May 1, 2022
Wichita Falls Club 305– Club #305 – Golden Gavel, Charterversary
We celebrated 77 years! We had many former members, guests, and district leadership in attendance. The event committee created a fun table topics type speech leading us through the decades since our club was formed, 1945. Many former members shared how impressed they were with the growth and longevity of the club and may return! It was a fun meeting and we continued to treat it with the official format of TM meetings.
(copied Area Director – David Winkowski)
Meeting: April 28, 2022
Strategic Communicators– Club #3331520 – Open House, Golden Gavel
Our theme was “Leaders of Tomorrow”; a creation by our Toastmaster, Samuel D. Hartman. We had 9 of our 12 members in attendance. The big gain was 11 guests! This club has so much momentum, but has struggled to have a positive Open House the last few times. It was incredible to have so many people in attendance. It showed the hard work the members were willing to do to grow. We had two prepared speakers that spoke about their journeys, both in Toastmasters and with their dogs. I am working on gathering photos or screenshots, but did not want to miss the deadline.
Meeting: April 27, 2022
Information added – from Area Director, Dwight Collings, Golden Gavel Meeting
This meeting had all the hallmarks of a Golden Gavel Meeting which are strong attendance, an agenda that did not need tweeking, and many new guests. It was a very successful open house.
Off the Cuff – Club #4354 – Open House
We had an amazing open house at our Off the Cuff Club – Open Mic Night. We had 13 members and 11 guests – 3 of those are our newest member.
Four of our guests got a taste of how to prepare a well organized and delivered speech in five minutes.
Everyone gathered for a Taco meal with all the fixins’ at 6PM with meeting starting at 7PM. We were inspired and entertained by our four guest speakers.
This is club for anyone wanting a second club. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month. Here is our website: https://4354.toastmastersclubs.org/
Meeting: April 23, 2022
San Angelo Toastmasters – Club #4486922 – Open House. Charterversary
SAN ANGELO TOASTMASTERS held their OPEN HOUSE EVENT ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. (CST). We had a total of 8 guests attending our Open House Event! (6 of those guests were non-Toastmasters, and 3 of those had never attended a Toastmasters meeting before!) Lisa Melton received a special honor for bringing the most guests (she brought 3 guests to the meeting)! We had a total of 15 people who attended our Open House Event!
We had two speakers: (1)Cassie Bullock – Special Guest Speaker booked through D25 Speaker Bureau’s webpage. Cassie gave a speech on connecting with others by being vulnerable. It was an incredibly moving speech! (2) Hilda Guffey – VPE San Angelo Toastmasters gave a speech entitled “Abacadabra” and she spoke about the power of intention and inspired all of us to “think” our goals and dreams into existence!
Our Toastmaster for the evening was Larry Prince, who gave us our theme: “TAX TIME,” which was appropriate since the tax deadline was approaching (and it was a fun theme since we had three CPA’s at the meeting)!
We celebrated our 6th Charterversary during our meeting and gave a special tribute to the 20 members who chartered our club in 2016.
We held a drawing for a $25 HEB gift card for all our guests and for our members who brought a guest. Lisa Melton won the drawing for the gift card!
We also presented the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank with food items and cash donations collected during our 2022 Spring Donation Drive. The items donated totaled over 40 pounds! The cash donations collected by members and friends of SATM enabled the food bank to provide 480 meals to people in the San Angelo area!
Cassie Bullock won the Better Speaker Award. Lisa Melton won the Best Table Topics Award. Jason Jett won the Better Speech Evaluator Award.
Educational Awards were also given out during the meeting: Jason Jett was awarded the certificate in Level 2 of Presentation Mastery. Larry Prince was awarded the certificate in Level 5 of Presentation Mastery.
Overall, it was such a special event and seemed to “ignite” a new sense of pride for our club members!
VP Public Relations
Meeting: April 14, 2022
Charter Date: 5/16/2016
Nissan Toastmasters – Club #5922 – Open House. Charterversary
On April 13, 2022, Nissan Toastmasters opened their virtual doors to guests both within and outside of Nissan to celebrate their 26th Charterversary with a meeting theme of “Welcome”. Structured like a traditional Toastmasters meeting, the agenda included excerpts throughout to provide the guests with club information. Club officers introduced themselves, their role, and a description of their role. The speaker and evaluator were club and area contest winners who will be competing in an upcoming division contest. Speaking and evaluating during this meeting gave them an opportunity to practice before the competition. It was a great meeting and that brought forth several new guests that the club hopes to see return soon.
VP Public Relations
Meeting: April 13, 2022
Charter Date: 3/1/1996
Once Upon A Time – Club #6103644 – Open House. Golden Gavel, Charterversary
Once Upon a Time annual Charterversary and Open House featuring special guest author and fellow Toastmaster, Robi Ley, who led discussion of her book The Seventh McGuffyn. Four guests attending, one all the way from Turkey!
Area 24 Director
Meeting: April 10, 2022
Charter Date: 3/10/2017
Heart of Texas Bridge Gappers – Club #676842 – Open House. Golden Gavel
The HOT Bridge Gappers really know who the throw a party!!! The Open House was very entertaining and met all of the criteria to be considered a Golden Gavel Meeting. Although it was a virtual meeting all members and guests were greeted warmly and enthusiastically at the beginning. 75% of the membership was in attendance along with one non toastmaster guest. All roles were filled and pathway specific. There was a lot of energy and great communication throughout the meeting. I wish them much success in attracting new members.
Area 42 Director
Meeting: April 2, 2022
Southlake Cub – Club #4987 – Open House
Our Open House on April 4, 2022 was a big success. We had 2 guest join along with 1 returning guest and 1 first time guest. Several of our members brought refreshment. It was a festive atmoshere with theme of “Happy Birthday” including party hats and horns which were a nice addition to clapping. Things ran smoothly as normal. We had two outstanding speeches and clever Table Topics questions. Two outstanding evaluations.
Our 7AM starting time may seem a bit early but all the positive, inspiring, motivational, education atmosphere is a great way to start our week!
Member Southlake Club
Meeting: April 4, 2022
Clearly Speaking Toastmasters – Club #5440 – Golden Gavel, Open House, Charterversary
Clearly Speaking had an exciting Open House/Golden Gavel meeting with Ron Davis giving a speech on ‘Not Wasting the Moment’ . He eloquently demonstrated how to capture an audience from the first word or non-word in a speech! With 5 guests and the Area and Division Directors in attendance, a wonderful time was had by all. AND the Zoom Master & Toastmaster smoothly engaged the virtual attendees in every aspect of the meeting, except for the in-person food. Reports are that the food makes in-person attendance really worth it, because West Texans ALWAYS dish up the best food! I loved the way, the meeting roles were revealed throughout the meeting, so the guest where never left wondering what was happening and why. Each role holder explained what they were doing in such a personable manner. No reading of a banal rote role description. Warmth and laughter prevailed and reached across the internet to the virtual attendees. And if ANYONE meets Suanna Davis, just say the words, ‘there is a tickle monster in the room’ and watch her reaction! Yup! You can find the ‘best of the West’ at Clearly Speaking Toastmasters Club 5540.
Donna Young, Division A Director
Meeting Date: 3/23/2022
Abilene Club 1071 – Club #1071 – Golden Gavel
Abilene Club 1071 really puts on a great hybrid meeting. Last night’s meeting drew in 2 non-Toastmaster guests. The theme was the year of the Tiger, playing up the Chinese new year. The two advanced speakers and lively table topics kept all of us entertained and on our toes. Everyone enjoyed the inventive Quiz Master who stumped the Division Director. In addition to having all meeting roles filled before the meeting, the VP whizzed through filling any open holes in the lineup for the next meeting AND worked in future DCP educational goal reminders with the members. Wow! Talk about having all your ducks in a row OR in-keeping with the meeting them, all your TIGERS by the tail. AND the club is planning an OPEN HOUSE in April! No date has been set, but the Open House Chair has been appointed. If this was a regular meeting, then this Division Director can’t wait to see what their OPEN HOUSE will be like.
Donna Young, Division A Director
Meeting Date: 3/14/2022
NST Toastmasters Club – Club #7744858 – Open House
NST Toastmasters Club hosted an Open House today at Nanglo Restaurant. Today was a day for many “Firsts.”
NST Toastmasters hosted their first open house.
After two years of making speech online Diana Wigginton presented her first live speech.
Kushagra (Kush) Wagle is breaking into Toastmasters with the aspiration to be a attorney.
NST Toastmaster Dinesh Sharma who crafted his public speaking skills through Toastmasters is running for the Texas State Legislature. Dinesh spoke about how Toastmasters gave him the skills of public speaking and that he believes every person deserves a decent quality of life and the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and ambition will take them.
Today’s Open House was a smashing success recruiting 15 new club members!!
Also in attendance: Division Director E Tammy Kasterke, Area Director 63 Suresh Basyal,
Area Director 65 Conda Rice, Area Director 64 Pedro Melendez and Club Growth Director Emily Murray
Jim Chappel, Area 61 Director
Meeting Date: 2/26/2022
Burleson Club – Club #706449 – Golden Gavel
The meeting was well organized. There was a variety of speeches which make the meeting very entertaining and fun. The interaction between members and guest was remarkable. As Area Director I had the pleasure of congratulating and presenting a trophy to the winner of the Area International Speech contestant and give challenge coins to the Club President and other contest participants. The club members were very proud of the club and supportive of their members. Overall, it was a great experience for me which makes me look forward to the next time I have an opportunity to visit their club.
Bobby Tatum, Area 44 Director
Meeting Date: 2/21/2022
FAA Toastmasters – Club #6102 – Open House
This Virtual Open House was hosted by 3 FAA Toastmasters Clubs from across the country. The event was advertised widely via agency internal communications. 60 guests attended including the current TM attendees. We plan to continue to host joint open house events regularly due to the success of this inaugural event. The event has also sparked interest from managers of various Lines of Business who have requested presentations for future employee engagement sessions.
Jeri Bird, VP Public Relations
Meeting Date: 2/1/2022
Burleson Toastmasters – Club #706449 – Open House
Burleson Toastmasters held an Open House January 3, 2021. Sixteen members and 9 guests were present for 2 speeches, evaluations and Table Topics fun!
No Area or Division Directors were present (so no Golden Gavel was submitted), but the meeting was a huge success with lots of food and fun!
Ninfa Flewitt, District Director, Club VP Education
Meeting Date: 1/3/2022
Roanoke Texas Toastmasters – Club #4236 – Open House/Charterversary
RTTC opened its doors and windows on January 24, 2022, to past members, fellow Toastmasters, and inquirers who want to know about Toastmasters. The theme was Open Your Possibilities. It was a splendid evening with 13 Club Members and 13 Guests! WOW! In addition, we all celebrated Roanoke Texas Toastmasters’ 19th Club Anniversary.
The Open House/Anniversary meeting resulted in one guest becoming a member. Woohoo!
As mentioned we opened doors and windows. The doors at the Roanoke Public Library were opened for our in-person members and guests. And, we opened the Zoom Windows for our virtual members and guests. Ten attended virtually and 15 attended in person.
We also had dignitaries present! Shout outs to Marcheta Gardner, PQD; Diana Patton; Past District Governor; Tammy Kasterke Div E Director!
Our celebratory meeting ended with door prizes for 4 lucky attendees… Diana Patton, Sarah Jensen, Celeste Castro, and David Roth.
Tammy Kasterke, Division E Director, Club Secretry
Meeting Date: 1/24/2022
Charter Date 1/17/2003
Grand Orators – Club #7173767 – Open House/Charterversary Meeting
We had a combination Open House and Charterversary Celebration on December 15, 2021. Our fellowmember Monte Whetstone was Toastmaster Santa. The theme was a “A Holiday Celebration”.
Food, fun and fellowship was had by all in attendance.
Chiquita Taylor, President
Charter Date: 12/17/2018, Meeting Date: 12/15/2021
Northwest Tarrant Toastmasters – Club #1440249 – Open House
We had 10 people attend the meeting in total. We only had one guest come. There was one speaker who gave an intriguing story about one of her adventures as we stuffed our bellies with lunch-sandwiches, salad, and fruit!
Kelcee Tarrence, VP Public Relations
Meeting Date: 11/17/2021
Longhorn Toastmasters – Club #3178 – Golden Gavel Meeting/Open House
This has been the second Open House meeting that I have attended with Longhorn Toastmasters and I must say that this one was the greater.
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 with making sure that the meeting was a success.
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 , which may have caused the meeting to go over by a few minutes worked well on a hybrid level to make the meeting that more fascinating. One new member has joined as a result of this Open House!
Phylliss Christian-Daniels, Area 11 Director
Meeting Date: 12/20/2021
Keller Communicators – Club #621025 – Golden Gavel Meeting
In this meeting there were 3 speakers — two of which (Clark & Steve) gave a ‘tandem’ speech on “Life with Kids” They received a tandem evaluation in a similar style (from Jim & Liz). The meeting theme was “Holiday Movies” and there were some spirited discussions during table topics. There were 16 members and two guests present, and one of the guests (Tony) joined!
Jim Jameson, Area 31 Director
Meeting Date: 12/2/2021
Waco Early Birds – Club #3546 – Golden Gavel Meeting
The guest Rami presented in Table Topics. It was wonderful to have a first-time guest willing to participate. This is a hybrid meeting and they do very well for an early hour club. The guest won table Topics.
Joann Smith, Area 45 Director
Meeting Date: 11/24/2021
NE Tarrant Toastmasters – Club #4618496 – Golden Gavel Meeting
This meeting was an Installation of Officers and they had one new Guest. The excitement of having their First Installation and having grown their membership by 4 was exciting to witness. All the Officers met prior to meeting for their Executive Meeting and are having their 2nd Open House in less than 6 months. This Club is not only following all protocols but are inspiring new members to begin their pathways journey early as soon as they join. The energy and engagement is contagious. This Club has earned the rights to be awarded The Golden Gavel Award and recognition.
Frank Correa, Area 55 Director
Meeting Date: 11/1/2021
BNSF Expressed – Club #879088 – Open House/Golden Gavel Meeting
Every member of the club played a part in success of our open house. We’ve spent some time at our last several minutes making sure details were discussed and assignments made. Our theme was “Be Our Guest”. We had a high percentage of our members present. Angela was our speaker with a little longer speech that gave background of our club from her involvement in chartering until now. He was funny yet explained nicely about our club and what Toastmasters is all about.
Everyone from Toastmaster to Table Topics Master and all our helpers did a great job (just like always)!
Our Area Director, Alberto Pineda, attended along with 8 other individuals.
Submitted by Diana Patton
A massive amount of guest joined the session, a great achievement for this club. It was fun and educational, and at the same time they had time to answer guest questions and inspire them to achieve their goals.
Every member of the club played a part in the success of the open house. They’ve spent some time making sure details were discussed and assignments made. The theme was “Be Our Guest”. We had a high percentage of our members present. Angela was our speaker with a little longer speech that gave background of our club from her involvement in chartering until now. It was funny yet explained nicely about our club and what Toastmasters is all about.
Everyone from Toastmaster to Table Topics Master and all our helpers did a great job (just like always)!
Submitted by Alberto Pineda, Area 54 Director
Off the Cuff – Club #4354 -Annual Halloween/Backwards Meeting
We had another great meeting at our annual Halloween/Backwards Meeting. It was nice to have a guest Toastmaster (David (Divad) Martin). Our theme was “Beginning at the end….”. We ended (actually began) with a recap of our meeting, reports (Posture Monitor and Timer) then evaluators followed by speakers and Table Topics and Funmaster. It truly was a ‘backwards’ meeting. Our names were even spelled backwards on the agenda.
For those in person they shared a meal and us others virtually felt part of things too. If you’re thinking of a second club or just want to see what we are all about (off the cuff speeches and a few extra fun roles) we meet 4th Saturday of every month. We had 3 guests, 11 members and 4 great speeches and evaluations.
Find out about advanced and specialty club in District 25: https://www.d25toastmasters.org/find-a-club/find-a-club-specialty/
Submitted by Diana (Anaid) Patton, DTM, Off the Cuff
Annual Halloween/Backwards Meeting 10/23/2021
Highway to Excellence – Club #3332446 – Open House
We had a great Open House at Highway to Excellence’s October monthly meeting. Michelle Bayes was the Open House Chair and did a great job. We had a fun theme: Ghosts & Monsters. We had 15 in attendance including 4 guests. At least two are great prospects for our newest members.
It was a lively meeting with good conversation on Zoom before meeting began promptly at 7:00 PM.
Are you considering a second club ? We’re an advanced club. Check details out details of advanced and Specialty clubs in District 25. – click here
We meet 3rd Thursday of each month – click here
Submitted by Diana Patton, DTM, Member Highway to Excellence
Club Open House: 10/21/2021
Nissan Toastmasters Club – Club #5922 – Charterversary/Open House
On July 14 Nissan Toastmasters started the year with a bang by meeting to celebrate a remarkable achievement: their 25th Anniversary. They doubled the event with an Open House and by taking full advantage of the virtual environment were able have several dignitaries in attendance including several founding members, the Area Director and Nissan Motor Acceptance Company LLC’s Vice President. Way to lead by example and set the bar high from the start. Congratulations on being our Open House Winner this month!
Club Charter Date: 3/1/1996
Charterversary Celebration Date: 7/14/2021
Something to Talk About – Club #5518497 – Charterversary
Club Charter Date: 9/15/2016
Charterversary Celebration Date: 9/14/2021
Savvy Sayer – Club #1082792 – Open House/Charterversary
Savvy Sayers had an open house on September 23rd to celebrate our charterversary.
We had over 20 guests and are working the prospects.
With Zoom we really couldn’t have refreshments or group photos.
Submitted by: Les Condit
Club Charter Date: 9/7/2007
Charterversary Celebration Date: 9/23/2021
Afterburners – Club #6191 – Open House / Golden Gavel
Open House / Golden Gavel:
Afterburners had a well-attended action-packed open house on Sept 7, 2021. They managed to take advantage of the hybrid nature of their meetings and have attendees from far away places. The club set the scene for their guests by running a shortened regular meeting first before they split the 2 groups into interactive fun workshop activities. They took on the challenge of engaging both online audience and in person audience at the same time but in different ways, and much laughter and fun resulted. Congratulations Afterburners- you are our Open House Winner for September!
Submitted by: Emily Murray
District Club Growth Director
Texas Talkers – Club #1082726 – Open House / Golden Gavel
We had an outstanding meeting. All our members were involved in planning and executing meeting. Cassie did a great job with decorations. Nice treats for those in-person. We had all of our paid members in attendance along with 2 past members and 1 returning guest. We have lots of people that have shown interest in joining us. We will definitely follow up with them.
There were 3 great speeches and evaluations. Cassie has fun Table Topics. Our guests felt welcomed and even involved with meeting.
All paid members and 2 past members and 1 returning guest were in attendance. The club has a great new meeting location which is going to help club grow. The club has been successful with hybrid meetings. To improve technical issues at club they has ordered and received some new equipment that will be using in upcoming meetings by using TI gift certificates (speaker, camera, etc.). Plan is to start using this equipment in next couple weeks.
There were 3 great speeches and evaluations along with fun Table Topics. All around great meeting!
Submitted by: Diana Patton
Member Texas Talkers
FAA Toastmasters – Club #6102, Charter Date October 1, 1990
The FAA Toastmasters Club was able to celebrate its 30-year “Charterversary” on Oct 21st. The event featured this video of activities and participants throughout the years, an ice breaker reflection on where each attendee was 30 years ago, and an entertaining barrage of table topics that included such things as “how do you load a dishwasher?”, and “if olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?”
Thirty years is a long time for an all-volunteer, corporate-based club to exist, yet alone succeed. As evidenced by the career progression and personal achievements of the FAA Toastmasters members past and present, the club is a true reflection of the Toastmasters motto, “Where Leaders are Made”!
Submitted by: Jeri Bird
Club Officer/VP Membership
Celebration date – 10/21/2020
Longhorn Toastmasters – Club #3178, Charter Date: October 1, 1960
Longhorn Toastmasters celebrated our 60th Charterversary by moseying off the dusty trails into Zoom-In for a spell to wet our whiskers! Theme: “The Historical Toastmasters Club.”
High Noon is when we got to the town of Zoom-In and is when we normally meet up with the rest of the posse to learn leadership and communication skills.
Jesse Torres’ speech, “A Club’s Leaders Leave a Legacy for its Future,” spurred us on to achieve 60 more years of blazing the trail for the future. Kacey Bess’ Best Table Topics Speech reminded us that “Great ideas are no good if you can’t communicate them effectively.” Joining us was Chris, Ninfa, Fursey, Diana Patton, Jodi Sanders, former members and guests.
Submitted by: Annette Henderson
Celebration date – 10/12/2020
Afterburners Club – Club #6191, Charter date: March 1, 1986
June 30th, Afterburners celebrated our 34 year Anniversary on Zoom.
Raise a glass…a toast… To 34 more years!!!
Vice President Public Relations
Highway to Excellence – Club 3332446, Charter date: June 28, 2013
Highway to Excellence had a ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane – 2013 edition’ at our monthly June 18, 2020 meeting. Our Toastmaster, Kris, had tidbits of fun facts about 2013. Great speeches by Chuck, Marylee and Theresa. Marylee’s speech project was Present an Award. Each member was awarded a chocolate sundae (virtually). Marylee was the Lt. Governor Marketing in 2012-2013 Toastmaster year when the club was chartered.
We had lots of charter members in attendance. In addition to the charter members who are still active in the club, we were thrilled to have charter members Kathy Brewer and Michael Sheridan join us for this special celebration.
Three past presidents of our club Michael (2014-2015), Kathy (2015-2016) and Bonne (2016-2017) answered Table Topics questions giving wise words and memories of their time with the club. Bonne was District Governor when club chartered. Her focus was “Explore the Possibilities”.
Our current president, Emily, gave the official toast – perfect touch! Our after meeting workshop was extra special. Shannon facilitated the workshop which included Emily’s toast and Q&A by members. Highway to Excellence continues to be committed to excellence and fun!
Diana Patton, DTM
Vice President Public Relations
Out On The Town – Club 897575, Charter date: May 22, 2006
Out On The Town Toastmasters Club celebrated our Charterversary by dining out on the town – Zoom edition! Our theme was “A Delectable Celebration”.
We ‘Zoomed’ in at 6PM which is the time we normally would be arriving at a restaurant to share a meal with conversations and networking.
Our meeting began at 7PM. Our first speech by Darlene Roberts was titled “Celebrating YOU-Out On The Town-14 Years Strong!”. She shared lots of great history about the club. It set the tone of the meeting with each member ready to Toast our 14th Charterversary with charter members, members, current District 25 Trio (Jamie, Chris & Bobby) and other Toastmasters from around the world. Our Toast was led by David Martin, Past District Governor 2010-2011.
We had a wonderful meeting!
Diana Patton, DTM
Vice President Public Relations
Panther City – Club 4716146, Charter date: May 15, 2015
Panther City, named for a popular moniker of the city we call home, Fort Worth, has quickly risen to be the pride of Fort Worth. Known for its powerful contestants, focus on education and commitment to fun, Panther City has held true to the traditions of Toastmasters. Even in its five years, a number of District 25’s who’s who have darkened our doors. Born from a chance meeting at a Fort Worth Chamber function, Panther City was a joint effort of Buffalo West restaurant owner Paul McKinney and Steven Timmons, both founders. The club proceeded to charter on May 15, 2015 and we have focused on our members need ever since. We are proud members of District 25 and hope to serve the district for many years to come.
Steven Timmons, DTM
Vice President Education
Once Upon A Time – Club 6103644, Charter date: March 10, 2017
Three years ago a very creative Toastmaster came up with a Novel Idea! It was to merge a passion for Toastmasters and a desire for motivation to read. She talked to a few like-minded Toastmasters and like most things Joyce Trimble sets her mind to, “Bob’s your uncle”, Once Upon a Time Toastmaster Book Club came into being. We created a Charterversary tradition in that we invite Toastmasters, who are authors, to visit our club as Toastmaster. The first year Robi Ley joined us and led the discussion regarding her book “Terror by Night”. The second year, Toastmaster Dana Morgan-Barnes, flew all the way from the middle of nowhere to lead us in a discussion of her book “You Have the Power of Kindness”. This third year we decided to do something a little different. We invited a local Emmy winning film writer and author to join us. Marshall Riggan is not a Toastmaster, but his daughter Kelly Pelkey, is a charter member of Once Upon a Time, and she agreed to be Toastmaster and lead the virtual discussion of his book, “The Last Traveler”. We were honored with two Ice Breakers that day, from Jeni Malla and Mike Schellen, which fit right in the story that is filled with adventure and personal discovery. Our guest author was awarded an Author of the Year trophy.
Joyce Trimble, DTM
MidCities Achievers – Club 7694, Charter date: March 25, 2002
Good afternoon, My name is Isleen Rodriguez. We had about 17 members attending Charterversary ( 18 Years ) & Open House ? ? for Toastmasters MidCities Achivers #7694 on ?Zoom Online was held on April 20th @ 630pm . It was a fun event for all members while we were all safe in our homes.
Vice President Membership
Roanoke Texas Toastmasters Club – Club 4236, Charter date: January 27, 2003
District 25 Leadership!
I am excited to share with you the outcome of the Roanoke Texas Toastmasters Club Open House on January 13, 2020. It was GRAND! In addition to the Open House, we took the time to celebrate our club’s Charterversary, 17 years strong! It was a wonderful evening shared with past members, club members, visiting club members, district leaders and of course, our valued guests! We packed our small room with 29 attendees. We have one new club member, and several who took guest folders. Woohoo! We enjoyed good food (with CAKE), a fun filled, educational meeting, and delightful conversation with all.
Thank you District 25 for giving the charge to clubs to take time to celebrate their club and extend it to our community!
President Roanoke Texas Toastmasters Club
Six Twenty Nine Toastmasters – Club 629, Charter date: November 1, 1984
SIX TWENTY NINE CELEBRATES
Six Twenty Nine Toastmasters Club chartered November 1, 1984. We celebrated our 35 year anniversary Saturday, November 23, 2019. Hooray!|
We had two guest speakers. Our agenda was to hold a meeting, play games and have fun. Our first item was to “Toast” our club. Prizes were given for “Best Toast” and to thank the speakers on this special occasion.
There was laughter, good speeches, great mind provoking games and the icing on the cake was the attendance of our Club Growth Director Bobby Madera. His attendance was very appreciated. It was great to be able to share our club matters with him on a one-on-one basis.
We welcome you to visit every 4th Sunday at 6:29 p.m., especially if you are seeking a second club.
Member Six Twenty Nine Club
Burleson Toastmasters Club – Club 706449, Charter date: October 20, 2004
The Burleson Toastmasters Club celebrated an Open House and 15 years of existence! With sixteen guests and all but 2 members in attendance, we had a full house, full bellies, and full hearts!
We were fortunate enough to have a Charter Member of the club present with John Duke Smith celebrating along with seasoned and new Toastmasters!
The Burleson Club is active, fun, and supportive! We proudly celebrate 15 years of service to members in the Burleson Community! Burleson Toastmasters Club meets Monday at 6:30 pm at the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce.
Member Burleson Toastmasters Club
Alliance Networks Club – Club 5718, Charter date: September 1, 1997
Our theme: Be Our Guest (open house too!)
We had a wonderful meeting – amazing members, strong speakers, well run meeting!
Here is poem written and read by Fredrick Byerly at end of his Table Topics questions.
We’re touched in many ways by the people that we meet,
Our lives are often shaped by the words in which they speak.
Now if it is repeated to drive their message through,
It won’t impede our thinking unless we deem it’s true.
Whether it be true or not, that is not the case,
The point is that our memories aren’t easily erased.
The motive of their words can’t always be conceived,
Yet, it starts to impact the moment we believe.
So, let us carefully receive the words that others may say,
Seize those that shape and mold for us a better way.
The ones like, “You’re the best!” “Great job!” “You nailed it!”
Send back the negative to its source because it does not fit.
Build for ourselves a platform that enables us to fly,
Reach for the stars, the sky’s the limit, don’t settle for less, aim hi!
As we increase our progress, give thanks to up above,
We would not be where we are if it weren’t for our Toastmasters Club.
Member Alliance Networks
Something to Talk About – Club 5518497, Charter date: September 15, 2016
Our theme: Charterversary
The club had a celebration on 9/24/2019. The title of the meeting was “Charterversary”. It was the third anniversary of the club and was the open house. I feel that the club met the criteria for a Golden Gavel Award. There was sign up table and a member was standing at the door to greet each guest as they entered. There were 8 visitors at the meeting. The meeting started and finished on time. Each member and guest had a name tag or badge. Each person was given a printed agenda and it was followed. More than 75% of members were present.
There were two speeches given each met with applause. One was Innovative Planning Level 1 Speech #3 and the other was Visionary Communication Level 1 Speech #3. First given by new member and the second a member that has been with the club from the start. A very good evaluation was given after each speech. Table topics were on target and went along with the theme of the meeting. Each speaker was met with positive recognition after the speech.
Area Director &
Member of Something to Talk about
NCTCOG – Club 3017469, Charter date: June 25, 2013
Our theme: Interstellar
NCTCOG Toastmasters celebrated our 6 years as a club with decorations and guests! Our meeting theme, Interstellar, went perfectly with the celebration, as we should always strive to dream big. With some of our founding members present, we had a great time recognizing our history and looking forward to the future. We were honored to have our Area Director, Bill Hanke, present to in our meeting and celebration. Our charterversary celebration (Charted in June, but celebrated in September) has fallen during the busiest time of year for our staff, so we had a small but mighty group in attendance. We are also in the middle of a remodel, so our meeting was floated to a room we aren’t often in. One thing is for certain, our members have become masters of adapting and overcoming!
We are happy to have made it six years and are looking forward to making it a strong seven this year.
Southlake Club – Club 4987, Charter date: August 1, 1996
Our theme was: Happy Birthday All!!
Every Monday at 6:45AM members of our Southlake Club (along with guests nearly every meeting) are waiting for the front door of Southlake Town Center to click open. September 16, 2019 was even more exciting. Our Toastmaster of the Day (Elizabeth Kupferman) had a special meeting planned. It turned out we celebrated Darryl Day’s birthday along with Elizabeth’s too as well as (a bit delayed) our club’s birthday.
Meeting was complete with decorations (special crown for Elizabeth), mini cupcakes and what would a celebration be without a little box of ‘emergency confetti’ for each member present.
Each piece of meeting supported the ‘birthday’ theme including word of the day ‘commemorate’.
Here is inspiration read by Nicole Smith-Woodard that added icing to the cake so to speak.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– By Marianne Williamson
Happy Birthday: Darryl, Elizabeth and especially Southlake Toastmasters Club!
Member Southlake Club
Arlington Nooners Toastmasters Club – Club 7514, Charter date: June 1, 1989
Our theme was: Celebrating 30 Years!
It was with great joy and all-around-excitement that Arlington Nooners celebrated 30 years of building confident speakers, communicators, and leaders through club meetings on June 24, 2019.
As a founding member, Dan Hartman gave a fun and informative look at the changes in Toastmasters over the past 30 years. One of our newer members, Tammy Dean, entertained us with her speech on the benefits of Toastmasters in her own personal life.
President, Cassie Bullock, and VP Education (and recent DTM), Sara Beall, and Area Director Alex Conrad led the club well in celebrating such a great accomplishment.
The celebration was enjoyed all! Present and former members shared stories of encouragement, respect, and instruction.
Special thanks to Dee Dee Seidule and those who helped make our 30th anniversary celebration a success! Dee Dee organized a great event!
Affiliated with Toastmasters International, Arlington Nooners Toastmasters has earned the President’s Distinguished Club award for 2017-2018 and we have earned it 18 years in a row. Become a confident speaker in a safe, friendly atmosphere. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome!
Vice President Public Relations
Arlington Nooners Toastmasters Club
Mr. Cooper Speaks – Club 3349691, Charter date: August 9, 2013
Our theme was: Celebrating You: 6 Years Strong
Mr Cooper Speaks is a thriving corporate club. On August 28th, the club commemorated the anniversary of the charter with a Charterversary meeting. The only way to celebrate this occasion was to have DTM and the last active charter member Joyce Trimble serve as the Toastmaster. Whenever you let Joyce drive you know you are in for a great adventure and she did an amazing job with our event.
We were thankful to have two wonderful speakers , Vanessa Rivera and DTM Kelly Pelkey, address our audience with reasons to join Toastmasters and the places you can go with it. The Vice-President of Education lead in raising our glasses to toast our club (apple juice, you have to remember it is a corporate club). We had many great guests to support and celebrate our club. Robbi Ley, Immediate Past Director, and Dana Dillard, an executive vice-president of Mr Cooper (how is that for name dropping) and many other District TM and corporate dignitaries were in attendance. Our EVP Dana Dillard was presented with a D25 service coin by Immediate Past Director Robbi Ley and DTM Joyce Trimble was presented with an engraved gavel as a token of appreciation for her service and leadership to the club for the past six years. Joyce even lead us in a “Celebrating You: 6 Years Strong” chant.
ARBOR Toastmasters – Club 2474402, Charter date: June 6, 2012
Our theme was: National Radio Day
ARBOR Toastmasters is a strong group of club members that still holds many of its chartered members after 7 strong years. We continuously strive for growth, accomplishments and encouraging words, as individuals, as well as a club! Our Sgt. At Arms, Jarron Lewis started off the meeting with the club mission statement, reminding us all how truly supportive and positive our club really is! We had one speaker, Kevin Walsh. Kevin’s speech was titled “Nine Dollars and Sixty One Cents”. This was a persuasive speech from the Pathways educational path. Kevin persuaded his listeners to be aware of our costs, money going in and money going out. Judy Hearn presented us with the Table Topic questions, where April Smith and Jarron Lewis answered questions about their experience with listening and learning from the radio. President, Jan Peterson ended our meeting with a celebration of 7 strong years for ARBOR Toastmasters! Cake was had and enjoyed by all! We love to celebrate our club and our individual successes!
VP Public Relations
Waco Texas Toasters – Club 5529749, Charter date: June 1, 2016
Waco Texas Toasters Turn 3 – The celebration focused on FOOD, Fun and Fellowship
Our theme was: Celebration and our Word of the day was: Transmogrify – To Transform some other person or thing as if by magic.
That truly describes the transformations I have seen take place over the last three years as our club and each of its members have transformed and grown. Our President Tina S. kicked off the meeting and Linda B. (Last Year’s President) served as our toastmaster for the day, starting us off with a rousing cheer. Malinda A. was presented her Competent Leader Certificate. Each of the three speeches presented where accompanied with power point presentations. 3 club member accomplishments were recognized. Janice G. recently received her Master’s Degree, Tiffany P received her Associates Degree and Melanie S recently received a promotion at work to Supervisor. Table Topics Master Jathon W. continued the celebration theme with questioned focused on making the impossible- Possible. Waco Texas Toasters is a Great Club, filled with Great Members who know how to celebrate.
Member of Club & Area 45 Director
Westlake Toastmasters – Club 7050056, Charter date: July 17, 2018
Westlake Toastmasters celebrated their 1st Charterversary on July 25th 2019 with cake, applause and laughter. In the picture, Scharlette Donald got a certificate for finishing Pathway Level 1! Rightmost in the picture, Michelle Johnson the founding president and our fearless leader in her spectacular suit. Sheba Panicker, the club mentor who served the BEST VPE ever for the first year, presenting the certificate to Scharlette. The gentleman in the picture is Lawrence Reid, who is our Area Director. Godfred Ahuma gave a prepared speech and got one step closer to his DTM, with Chad Wilson served as his evaluator. The meeting had four visitors, with Pramod Dabas joining as our newest member! Hooray for small but mighty Westlake Toastmasters!
Vice President Education
Off the Cuff – Club 4354, Charter date: July 26, 2001
Happy Charterversary to Off the Cuff 4354! Greg welcomed members and four guests to our potluck dinner and meeting with the theme “All Things Summer.” Tracy and Bill E. sang “Summer Nights,” and President Bill S. invited members to sign our congratulatory Charterversary letter. Funmaster Fursey led the cheers with YES, HOMERUN, and FIREWORKS variations as members shared favorite summertime memories. Table Topics Master Mike W. and Toastmaster Tracy continued the summertime theme. Each speech in this club is truly off the cuff. The Toastmaster distributes the topics, and speakers have five minutes to prepare! Speakers Liz, Greg, Reggie C., and Reggie M. delivered outstanding speeches, followed by insightful evaluations. Posture Monitor Susan reminded us that we must be mindful of our body language. What a great way to spend Summer Nights!
Bonne Stroman, DTM
Club Immediate Past President