New Horizons Toastmasters

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Club #6350, District 3. Established 1986

Gila Division Contest Update

Congratulations to New Horizons Toastmaster Nick Hrycan for taking 3rd place in the Gila Division Evaluation Contest! There was a great turnout with over 150 people in attendance.

The winner of each Division’s Humorous Speech contest and Evaluation contest will now compete at the District 3 Fall Conference which is being held October 30th – November 1st.

District 3 is basically the state of Arizona. Here is a breakdown:

  • Gila Division: Includes Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa
  • Cholla Division: Includes North Phoenix, North Scottsdale, and Fountain Hills
  • Paiute Division: Includes central Phoenix, Glendale
  • Rio Division: Includes South Scottsdale, Tempe
  • Sonoran Division: Includes Tucson, Sierra Vista
  • Yavapai Division: Includes Flagstaff and Prescott

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Toastmasters Organization Chart

Nick Hrycan

With the recent Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests, there has been much talk about Club, Area, Division, etc. To help clarify the local Toastmasters structure:

  • A district is composed of many divisions. (We are in District 3)
  • A division is composed of many areas (We are in the Gila Division)
  • An area is composed of many clubs (Our club is in Area G5)

And of course, our club is New Horizons Toastmasters!

This chart from Toastmasters International further clarifies the organizational structure.

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2009 District 3 Fall Conference

Fellow New Horizons Toastmasters, this year’s Fall Conference will be held in Prescott, AZ at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center
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starting Friday evening October 30th to November 1st.

The fall conference is an excellent opportunity to meet Toastmasters from all over Arizona.

  • Friday evening features the Distinguished Toastmasters Ceremony, where District 3 Toastmasters who have completed the Toastmasters educational and Leadership tracks will receive their DTM award.
  • Saturday features the District level Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests where winners from each Division Contest compete.
  • Sunday features the Leadership Breakfast.

There’s plenty more! To view the full agenda and register for the conference, visit aztoastmasters.org

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Nick Hrycan wins at G5 Contest!

Congratulations to New Horizons Toastmaster Nick Hrycan for winning the G5 Area Evaluation contest! Nick will now represent Area G5 at the Gila Division contest.

Here are the details of the event from Gila Division fall contest flyer:

Gila Division Humorous & Evaluation Speech Contest
Friday, October 2, 2009

St. Matthews Church
2540 W. Baseline Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
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Contestant/Judges briefing and food service begins at 6:00 PM
Contest starts at 7:00 PM sharp.
Cost: $4 per person cover charge for light dinner.

Contacts:
Kathi Ferreira, DTM
Asst. Gila Division Governor & Contest Chair
kferreir@directalliance.com

Barb Schumacher, DTM
Gila Division Governor
barbsltl@aol.com

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G5 Area Speech Contests

Kathy Shoemaker

To support the G5 Area Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests, we will forego our regular meeting on Tuesday September 1, 2009 and instead will meet later that evening at the Chandler Community Center, #205.

The full address where the G5 Area Speech Contests will be held is:
125 E. Commonwealth St., Chandler, AZ 85225

The contest begins at 7:00PM. The Contestants, Volunteers, and Judges Briefing will be held at 6:30PM.

There is free parking. You can use the library parking lot to the east and the parking garage off of Boston St. to the south.

Reminder:
Ed and Maggie are collecting school supplies for the Chandler Food Bank. Please bring them to one of our regular meetings. Anything you can bring will be appreciated.

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New Toastmaster Orientation

Nicholas Hrycan

Welcome aboard! You have taken the first step towards improving your public speaking and leadership skills. However, just as you don’t automatically get in shape when you join a Fitness Club, your skills will not automatically improve by joining a Toastmasters Club. Here is some advice to help you get the most out of Toastmasters as a new member:
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Meeting Functionaries Overview

Nicholas Hrycan

There are many speaking opportunities at a New Horizons Toastmasters meeting as seen by the many roles/functions which compose it. Some functions have more speaking time during the meeting than others. For example, a Speech Evaluator has more speaking time than the Wordmaster.

Functions for the meeting are assigned on a voluntary basis. If you feel uncomfortable performing a function or you require a specific function to progress through the Competent Leadership (CL) manual, please contact the VP of Education so you can be scheduled accordingly.

Here is a general overview of the meeting functions at New Horizons. A more complete description can be found in the CL manual.

Toastmaster – The Toastmaster is the meeting facilitator. The Toastmaster starts the meeting with some opening remarks based on the meetings theme, introduces the major functionaries, hands out the awards at the end of the meeting, and handles any awkward moments that may occur during the meeting.
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The CC Manual: Your Guide to Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Nicholas Hrycan

Earlier, I covered the different parts of a New Horizons Toastmasters meeting. During the prepared speech portion of the meeting, up to 3 members give a speech they practiced in advance using the guidelines in the manual they are currently working on completing. For new members, this is the 10 speech Competent Communication (CC) manual.
cc-manual
The CC manual assumes you are new to public speaking. Each speech project provides instruction in an area of public speaking, like speech organization or body language, and a set of goals for you to achieve in your speech. Most of the projects in the CC manual require you to speak for at least 5 minutes but no more than 7 minutes.
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Meeting General Overview

Nicholas Hrycan

At New Horizons Toastmasters, we strive to provide a structured environment which provides growth opportunities where you can take on more responsibility as you become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience.

Each New Horizons Toastmasters meeting has an agenda listing the theme for the meeting and the meeting functionaries (Topics Master, Ah Counter, etc) along with the member performing the function. If you look at one of our agendas, you will notice our meeting have four sections:

  • Introduction of Functionaries – Here, the members who are performing a function for the meeting (like Ah-Counter, Timer, etc) give a brief summary of their duties.
  • Table Topics – This is the impromptu speaking portion of the meeting where the Topics Master asks a few members (and willing guests) an individual question based on the meeting’s theme. Only the Topics Master knows the questions in advance and who will be asked a question.
  • Prepared Speeches – This is where the members give a speech they prepared prior to the meeting based on the guidelines given in the Toastmasters manual they are currently working on completing. For new members, this is the Competent Communicator manual.
  • Evaluations – This is where the functionaries give their reports and where the speakers who gave their prepared speech receive an individual evaluation from their assigned evaluator for that meeting. Their evaluator will cover how well the Speaker achieved their speech’s objectives as outlined in their manual.

As a new member, you can gradually move into larger speaking functions as you become familiar with them. The Competent Leadership manual you will receive when you join the club has the full description and responsibilities of each functionary.

Perhaps during your first few meetings you will answer table topics questions. The next meeting, you may have a role, perhaps the Ah-Counter. In later meetings, you may take on a larger speaking role, like the Table Topics Master. If you are already comfortable speaking in front of a group, you can start working on your first speech in the manual, the Ice Breaker, and give it when there is an open slot on the club’s schedule.

The beauty of Toastmasters is how the program adjusts to your public speaking skill level and the environment it creates for you to grow.

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Congratulations New Horizons Toastmasters!

Nicholas Hrycan

I am very happy to announce that New Horizons Toastmasters has earned Toastmaster International’s Select Distinguished Club award for 2008-2009!

Select Distinguished Club award ribbon for 2008-2009

Congratulations to everyone who achieved their personal educational goals and to the club as a whole for creating and maintaining a friendly, welcoming environment that fosters achievement, member growth, and member retention.

This award would not be possible without quality members. We should all be proud of our achievements this past year and proud of the club we have. Again, it has been an honor and a pleasure to be the President of New Horizons Toastmasters for the 2008-2009 year. We are off to a great start and continuing on the path of success with Ed as President in 2009-2010!

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Visit us at our next meeting!

Meeting Time: Tuesdays 6:45PM

American Legion Post 35
2240 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ, 85224
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Our club is open to everyone.
Questions before the meeting? Contact Maggie by email or phone 480-820-8754

"Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind."

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