The Fall Conference is Almost Here!
Join us next week for the exciting events planned in our Pre-Conference and One-Day Fall Conference in Aurora, CO on the evening of November 14th and all day on November 15th, 2014.
Early bird registration ends on 11/5.
1st Vice President Mike Storkey Tours District 26!
by Linda Rhea, District 26 Governor
District 26 is delighted to welcome Mike Storkey, Toastmaster International 1st Vice President who is traveling all the way from Brisbane, Australia. Mike selected District 26 for a visit this year as this is a place he has always wanted to visit.
We have a busy schedule for Mike Storkey while he is in Colorado. He will present Recognition Awards to two corporations who have gone above and beyond to support District 26 Toastmasters.
Several visits are scheduled to corporations and municipalities that do not currently have a club to explain the benefits a club would bring to their organization. If you have ideas of a corporation Mike should visit please let District Governor Linda Rhea know in the next week at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Linda at (303) 667-9956.
Mike will make three presentations at the Fall Conference and Pre Event at the Summit Event Center November 14th and 15th. He will meet with District officers to help strategize the success plan for the balance of this year.
We are also looking for media opportunities for Mike. If you have local media connections throughout District 26 please let PRO Brenda Smull (email@example.com) and District Governor Linda Rhea know.
Plan now to attend the District Conference. This is a great chance to have the ear of a Toastmaster high ranking decision maker!
Join District 26 for Free Pizza on Nov. 10th
Help us welcome Toastmaster International 1st Vice President Mike Storkey from Australia to Colorado with a Colorado Style Pizza Party at Beau Jo’s Pizza!
District 26 is hosting all you can eat Pizza and Salad Bar at Beau Jo’s at 2710 S Colorado Blvd in Denver, 6 to 8 PM on November 10, 2014.
This is a great time to bring potential members to check us out. This is a rare opportunity to meet one on one with a member of the Toastmasters Executive Committee. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open House Incentives
The District is sponsoring several incentives this year including a new Open House Incentive. Every club that hosts an Open House with at least 3 attendees will receive a Book Store Credit of $15. The club that gains the most members from an Open House will have the choice of a Pizza Party or a lectern banner and preferred seats at the District Conference in May 2015.
Each Open Hose should be publicized with a flyer from the Toastmasters Brand Portal, Social Media announcements and an email campaign. Once your date is set include the District Trio in your publicity at email@example.com. Report to us how many people attended the Open House and how many guests joined. Send your report after your Open House to DG1415@d26leaders.org. The report should list the publicity that you created for the Open House, names of attendees and names of new members from the Open House.
You can request members of the TRIO and your Division and Area Governor to attend your Open House. They would be happy to help you feature a “Kick Off Meeting” format that the district uses to start new clubs. Contact Darryle Brown if you want to host a Kick Off meeting for your Open House and he can send you the details. Perhaps invite a Past District Governor as your Special Guest!
Keep us posted on your success!
Bring Your Baskets to the Silent Auction
by Marcia Wood
Goodies, Surprises and Taste-Treat Sensations! How can you beat a combination like that?
This is the range of offerings at the District 26 Conference Silent Auction. What should you do with all these baskets? Bid on them and take them home with you! The holidays are right around the corner and you do need a perfect gift for that special, hard-to-shop-for relative or friend.
Now, you may be wondering where the baskets come from. That’s where you and your Toastmasters club get involved. Why? Because donations to the silent auction will reduce your conference registration fees and keep them lower in the future.
What are your passions? Traveling, gardening, music, sports, movies, exercising, relaxing with wine, chocolate, cooking, dancing, reading? Changing a flat tire? (Well, maybe not that.) Clubs have an opportunity to be creative when they think of a theme for their baskets and contribute one goodie per member. Share your vision with your club members or contribute an item yourself.
But you have to hurry! Go to the District 26 home page www.d26toastmasters.org and find a link to the silent auction information page. Fill out the attached donor form and send it to me by Friday, November 7. You can experience the joy of discovery yourself when you stroll past the long line of donated baskets at the Fall 2014 District 26 conference. Bid early and often!
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Wear a Hat at the Pre-Conference Evening Session on Nov. 14th
by Terri Larsen, Area F2 Governor
To honor our Immediate Past District Governor, Tom Hobbs, The Man in the Hat, please wear a hat to the Pre-Conference session on Friday night, November 14th.
We have about an hour in the evening’s program to honor our friend with the District’s traditional roast of the Immediate Past District Governor.
I have been entrusted with the role of “RoastMaster” and plan to make this an entertaining and memorable event for both our beloved Mr. Hobbs and for all members and guests of District 26 Toastmasters.
If you would like to contribute to the roast with your comedic chops, revealing stories, mock toasts, heartfelt praise, relevant gags, or biting (yet good-humored) jabs, please get in touch with me at email@example.com right away so I can include you in the program.
In keeping with Toastmasters’ emphasis on timeliness for our audience, we will conduct a well-planned roast, not opening the floor to spontaneous walk-ons.
Please get in touch with me so you don’t miss out on your opportunity to share your special story.
Calendar of Events
Nov. 14-Pre-Conference Evening Session- 6:00 pm
Nov.15- One Day District 26 Fall Conference- 8am-10pm
Officer’s Training: Toastmasters Leader Institute- TLI
Jan. 9- Ft Collins- 6:00 pm
Jan. 10- Denver- 8:00 am
Jan. 10- Colorado Springs- 1:00 pm
Jan. 11- Grand Junction- 12:00 pm
Feb. 7- Durango- 10:00 am
60 Year: Grand Junction Sayre’s Toastmasters- 11/1/54
40 Year: Arkansas Valley Toastmasters- 11/1/74
10 Year: CO Xpressionists Club- 11/1/04
5 Year: Liberty Toastmasters- 11/17/09
Speaking by the Peak- My Online Radio Show
by Chris Mortenson, ACB, ALB
How do we promote Toastmasters in the Colorado Springs area to boost club member numbers? The D26 Southern Division has vigorously addressed this lately. I decided to create and host a set of “radio show”-style segments I call “Speaking by the Peak”, which will also serve as my (long overdue) High Performance Leadership project. Its objectives are 1) to promote Toastmasters International to potential new members,2) to promote local clubs, and 3) to promote the individual members.
Each 15-20 minute show follows the same format. I introduce my guest (a local Toastmaster), and ask a few questions including how they got started in Toastmasters. We listen to a 5-7 minute speech they recorded at a Toastmasters meeting. We comment about how effective the speech was, I ask a random Table Topics question, and then a few more questions including how they have benefitted from Toastmasters. The guest says where and when his or her club meets, and I close by encouraging people to go to the Toastmasters website and “find a club near you”.
Several shows are finalized and posted, and the feedback has been positive. To spread the word, clubs and members can post the web link to their social media pages and encourage their friends, family and connections to listen to how beneficial and fun Toastmasters is.
Please check out the site for yourself, and help spread the word!
Southern Division attends TEDx Colorado Springs
by Amy Hamilton, Area S5 Governor
On the 11th of October members of the Southern Division attended TEDx Colorado Springs, an independent presentation of the very popular TED series, at the Stargazer Theatre. The event was sold out with over 230 tickets sold and the organizers are already discussing holding the event at a larger venue next year. A former Toastmaster of Colorado Springs Club #555, Michelle Vandepas, gave a very motivational speech on living the moment.
Volunteers from the Southern Division manned a Toastmasters Sponsorship table for the day and distributed over a hundred hand-outs to attendees. The goal of the Southern Division is to grow Stomp-the-Prompt as large as TEDx. Several local Toastmasters who attended the all-day speaking event and many are inspired enough to start planning possible presentations for next year. The next Southern Division Stomp-the-Prompt will be Saturday November 15th with Terri Larsen presenting at the workshop.
The Heart and Mind Heart of a Champion!
by Darryle Brown, DTM, Lt Governor Marketing
The making of a champion requires one’s mind, heart and spirit to be in alignment with the belief that the greater the challenge is, the greater the breakthrough and sense of triumph. Champions are aware of the stakes set before them and the obstacles and limitations that stand their way. They expect the unexpected and adapt to change accordingly. They embrace challenges and change when the easy way out is to run from them or give up.
Have you ever had a challenge you didn’t think you’d be able to overcome, but you did? How did it make you feel? I’m sure it felt like a boost of confidence welling up within you and you felt you were capable of so much more than you previously realized. Anything that comes easy in life to you that others work hard to achieve will never give the same sense of satisfaction. That feeling of accomplishment cannot be bought or sold. It must be earned.
Champions remember that it’s through their struggles that they become triumphant, not through the easy stuff. We all face setbacks, disappointments and unforeseen factors that may stand in the way of their progress, but champions find it within themselves to keep going, keep striving for excellence and most importantly, they never give up. When you’re facing those challenges, when those moments seem like your worst, it is at that time you are facing your finest hour! That is when you discover you have what it takes to take what is thrown at you…just like a CHAMPION!
Attention Corporate Leaders!
by Michael Friend, Area D2 Governor
We realized it was time. Anadarko Rockies Toastmasters Club was chartered in November of 2010. Back then, the leadership of Anadarko came and supported our club’s demo and introduction meeting. New leadership at Anadarko has been put into place over the past few years. So, looking around in 2014, we knew it was time to share our Toastmaster Club’s purpose with the new Anadarko leadership. Three of us came together to prepare a 30-minute presentation: Kelsey Robb, Kathy Schneebeck Dulnoan, and myself (Mike Friend).
Our purpose was to help Anadarko leadership see the value of the communication and leadership skill-building our Toastmaster meetings provide to the employees.
Here is a summary of our presentation:
• Short Table Topics participation with the GM’s. Kathy did a great job! They were on their toes and really enjoyed this exercise.
• Shared Kelsey Robb’s speaking journey and Toastmaster awards since she joined 2 years ago.
• Shared Toastmaster Leadership and Communication Tracks.
• Shared Club goals and awards achieved by our club since the charter in 2010.
• Compared how Toastmaster communication and leadership projects enhance employees’ skills related to the Anadarko Core Values, such as Servant Leadership and Open Communication.
I have the presentation we used available for any club interested in using this presentation and customizing it to their own company.
And wow! One of the GM’s joined our Toastmaster club!
by Edyie Thompson
I joined Toastmasters in April of this year. During my Ice Breaker speech, I told my fellow members how my name had once been in the headlines. “Edith Thompson and Lover, Arrested for the Murder of Her Husband”. As one might expect, this revelation came as a surprise for most of them. Before they grabbed their bags and started running for the door, I had to explain to them that the woman depicted in the story wasn’t about me, but of a namesake that I found on the web after doing a ‘Google’ search of my name. Whew! How comforting for them to know that I’m not a murderer. But this correlation of our names did ‘break the ice” and actually let me tell a little bit about myself during the speech.
Like most people, I have an incredible fear when it comes to public speaking. My mouth becomes dry, my hands sweaty, and for some reason I always lose my place when looking at my notes. I joined Toastmasters to overcome my fear and develop techniques for better public speaking. Through Toastmasters, I’m learning how to prepare a speech, deliver it with limited or no notes, and connect with the audience. Through activities like Table Topics and the Word of the Day, the weekly club sessions teach me to “think on my feet” and helps me learn and to use new words while speaking. I’m excited to be involved in Toastmasters and look forward to developing more in my public speaking.
Our D26 Thrill Speakers Club meets every Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the Wellington Webb Building, room 4.I.J If you’re in the downtown area I encourage you to join us. Everyone is welcome!
Celebrating Anniversaries with Cupcakes
by Santosh Gopasana, VP Public Relations, Opportunity Talks Club
Festively decorated cupcakes fueled the meeting as the Opportunity Talks Toastmasters Club celebrated its 35th Anniversary Wednesday, October 22, 2014. This was not only an auspicious occasion for our local club, but this year also marks the 90th Anniversary of the Toastmasters International Organization. Local club members and their guests celebrated with a special meeting opened by club president Trent Turner who gave a very enlightening and entertaining history of Toastmasters International and of the Opportunity Talks Club #4071.
Commemorating nine decades of developing and coaching speakers and leaders, the “Op Talks” club made posters, used social media, and personally invited many friends, family members and business associates to the meeting. Sharon, the featured speaker, presented a very informative presentation on “Impromptu Speaking” which, among other great tips, advised one, when answering a question from an executive, to “BE BRIEF, BE BOLD, BE GONE.”
That led to an exciting round of “Table Topics” where Karl, Table Topics leader for the day, invited guests and members to come to the font of the room and spend one or two minutes answering a question that they had never heard before. Out of the five participants, visitor Michael won the contest with a heartfelt answer to the question, “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you want to be and why?”
Just as we have been doing for the past 35 years, we at the Opportunity Talks Toastmasters Club will continue our mission “to grow competent speakers and leaders in a friendly, supportive environment” right here at the Oracle Campus every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 pm.
And by the way…Michael wanted to be an Oak tree because it grows tall and strong and its roots reach deep into the earth.
Have a story to share?
For District Dialogue submissions,
please send your stories, reports, inspirations and articles
(250 words or less) and photos to Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission is the 15th of the month to be published in the following month’s issue.