October 11th Meeting Summary: Columbus was our theme with Ivan Beggs as Toastmaster. Judy Groff was the only speaker, but she a 10-12 minute speech from the Better Club Series of manuals. “Delegate to Empower” was her title. She gave reasons why we don’t delegate and countered that with the awesome results in team building and leadership development if we can get over our own barriers. Judy gave personal examples of the risks involved if delegating is not done well, and the benefits of being forced to try using the process and seeing the results happen.
Karla Reese did a very imaginative Table Topics with the central theme being a mystery staged in a mansion. The first character, played by Ron, started things off in the Drawing Room. It was interesting and hilarious how Ron Climer and subsequent players used delegation in their response. Tucker Cox, Jackie Branscum, Carol Walters, Melinda Lowrance, Sally Jones and Don Groff all spoke from different points of view and different characters in the household. Everyone enjoyed the extra time devoted to Table Topics and Karla’s nicely developed format. (Submitted by TM Secretary Judy Groff)
The Area Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contest was held for the first time at Habitat for Humanity in Asheville on September 23rd. Our club was well represented and rewarded. (L-R) Dual club member Hoyt Griffith won second and Ron Climer won first in the Humor. Club President Carol Walters joins in the celebration along with Tucker Cox who won second in Evalution. Winners will go on to the Heart Center Auditorium at Memorial Mission for the Division Contest on October 7th.
The other main speech contest each year is the International Speech Contest in March which is pictured below with Judy Groff winning second for the area with the International (Inspirational) Speech and Burton Hodges winning third in the Table Topics. Hoyt Griffith participated in the area with a Power Point for the International Speech.
Toastmasters International (at toastmasters.org) has over 330,000 members worldwide and over 15,000 clubs. About 250 clubs are in our state alone.
A Taste of Toastmasters Open House, 8-23-17
Those missing this event missed a drawing for 11 nice gifts and plenty of eats. Betty McCallister was the committee chair and shared the prizes. There was a wide spectrum of impromptu speeches on the benefits of Toastmasters and experiences with the 8-21 solar eclipse. Then featured speaker Don Groff entertained with a personal anecdote on the general idea that men speak from Mars and women speak from Venus. More photos can be viewed on the MIsc. tab under Open Houses.
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.
More detail and further offerings can be seen on the Speakers Bureau tab.
Join Four Seasons Toastmasters and work on honing your speaking 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 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.