A Taste of Toastmasters Open House, 8-23
Those wanting a low-risk opportunity to explore public speaking are welcomed to the Smoky Mountain Theatre on August 23. “A Taste of Toastmasters” will be offered from 7:45 to 9:00 AM in the auditorium at Lake Pointe Landing. Pastries and coffee will be served, along with an overview of Toastmasters and a drawing for prizes. This organization currently has over 330,000 members worldwide.
There will be just a handful of speeches in the 1-2 minute range with table topics or testimonials. Then one featured speaker will go to the five-minute mark to entertain with a personal anecdote on the general idea that men speak from Mars and women speak from Venus.
The community is invited to come for a stimulating start to the morning and, possibly, a club that may continually boost a member’s communication skills. There will be time to ask questions and mingle with members.
Our club had excellent representation at the March 2017 area contest with Burton Hodges, Judy Groff, and Hoyt Griffith. Judy won second in the International Speech Contest and third in the Table Topics. Burton participated in the Table Topics after winning first in our local club, and Hoyt participated with a Power Point for the International Speech Contest after placing second in our club. For more photos on the local contest and a write-up on the area contest see the Club History/Contest tab.
Carol Walters and Jeannette Butterworth chaired a Toastmaster Sampler at the Kaplan Auditorium of the county library on November 15. Members assisted in the presentation and welcomed guests. Taking the show on the road to civic clubs is the next step. Some reasons in the library display for joining Toastmasters: If you can’t speak, you can’t compete; Make wonderful friends; Get confidence to address an audience.
The 10th Anniversary Program in August 2016 was co-chaired by Betty McCallister with a hat of prizes and Jackie Branscum with a knack for reeling off names over the past 10 years. Steve Johnston entertained with remarks from his first TM presidency. Now you can see the 10th Anniversary photo summary under Club History tab.
Six of the seven officers are shown after the installation of 6-22. L to R are Sally Jones, Sergeant at Arms; Jeannette Butterworth, VP of Membership; Ron Climer, Treasurer; Carol Walters, VP of Publicity; Judy Groff, VP of Education; Stan Coss, President. The gavel is for keeping order, the rubber mallet gives a soft touch, the two-pounder keeps money secure, the claw cultivates public relations, the general purpose hammer maintains a positive learning environment, and nails hold it all together.
More detail and further offerings can be seen on the Speakers Bureau tab.
Join Four Seasons Toastmasters and work on honing your speaking skills and leadership skills for the cost of $10 per month. Oh, by the way, you will have more fun at eight o’clock in the morning than you can have anywhere else. This “scary” bunch represents most attendees at the 10-28 meeting. Toastmasters wear a variety of hats in their diverse roles. (See more on the Club History Archives tab.)
We meet every Wednesday 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the auditorium (called the Smoky Mountain Theater) at Lake Pointe Landing retirement community in Hendersonville, NC. We invite interested people to visit our club. Try to be there before eight in the morning so that we can have time to visit with you before we start the meeting. (see map below)
Youth Toastmasters filled all the prepared speaking roles as well as the toastmaster role and several of the eyes and ears team positions as part of their graduation exercise. Three sets of consecutive 8-12 class sessions were run from spring 2014 to spring 2015 with a total of 30 graduates.