Monday, January 31, 2011

In case you missed a meeting in January

With such a diverse group of professionals at Electric Toasters, who are passionate about what they do and eager to share, delivering a fascinating speech comes quite naturally.

Exclusively in January we had a chance to hear:

·         Ania Osińska-Bulloff, convinced us to become bread detectives and eat good, healthy (rye) breads for a healthier 2011 (January 5th meeting).

·         Sarah Skinner shared some useful tips on how to get the best out of your doctor’s visit, especially when the news is not so good.

·         Are you a Zombie stuck on top of South Sister in a need of Everest? You should have heard  Michael Nierengarten's speech! (Both at the January 12th meeting).

·        Mike Fajen inspired us to take things into our own hands, give them a spin and not to worry about the things we can't control.

·         An incredible lesson of what volunteering does to people who are helped and those who help, such as Jeffrey Brooks (Both  at the January 19th meeting).

·         Tired of your gray cubicle? Laurel Vallarta gave us a lesson on keeping our workspace fun: anything from wall painting to laughing pens (oh yeah!).

·         Steve Wilcox, the "Contrarian", melted all the Winter ice with his Icebreaker! (Both at the January 26th meeting).
February - we cant wait for more! 

By Ania Osińska-Bulloff, VP Public Relations

Friday, January 28, 2011

Club contests in March!

We have set the dates for the club contests in March! Start preparing your speech today!

·         International Speech Contest Wednesday, March 2nd, 12:00 Noon
·         Evaluation Contest Wednesday, March 9th, 12:00 Noon
Electric Toasters “Tip of the Week:”

Be a contest Chair!  To meet a requirement in the CL manual, you have two opportunities to be a contest chair and help put together our club’s International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest. It is not a difficult role, and if you’ve seen a contest before then you are qualified!  Plus, you will have a lot of support and advice from the more experienced members of our club. 

We need two contest chairs so please let Jason know if you will take on this task. Contest Chair cannot compete in the club contests.

By Ania Osińska-Bulloff, VP Public Relations

Friday, January 21, 2011

Or club's VP -Education, Jason Kent, shares the “Tip of the Week”.

Tip of the Week will give info regarding the Toastmasters educational program and meeting roles.  Here’s the first “Electric Toasters Tip of the Week!”

Did you know that Toastmasters has a Competent Leadership manual, and in every meeting, you could be meeting goals to receive your Competent Leader Award (CL)?  The CL award is the first step to advanced leadership awards and the “grand prize” of Toastmasters awards, the DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster.  Electric Toasters has a list of 10 goals we strive to meet every year; 2 of them are educational achievement awards in the leadership track.  Several fellow Electric Toasters have received their CL award or are working toward it.  Won’t you start working on your CL?  Here is a link to a short description of the CL program on the Toastmasters International website.  You can purchase the CL manual online.  If you are a brand new member, Toastmasters International will send you a CL manual automatically.

By Jason Kent, VP Education