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Meeting 2016-04-11

This week at Message Masters we had an excellent guest speaker, Karl Lundahl from Health Canada Toastmasters club. Even though he joined Toastmasters only last year, Karl already completed his Competent Communicator manual once, and is now completing it for the second time. Karl is also working on three advanced manuals, including Humourously Speaking.
The speech he presented to us, “The Crow,” was for project 2: Organize your Speech. A tip offered to Karl, that we can all keep in mind during our own speeches, is to remember smooth transitions throughout the speech.
Table Topics master, Faye, prepared many funny questions related to our theme, siblings. Our guest, Karl, even participated and spoke about his competitions with his siblings. He talked about his experiences with his brother and how competition couldn’t help encourage his brother to read, but did help him to compete in a running competition.

Firoozeh gave us her opinion on sibling stereotypes, agreeing that the middle child often has to act as a peacekeeper. Her experience as a middle child, with two brothers, has solidified this belief and she considers herself the peacekeeper in her family.

Natasha Newman talked about the pros and cons of siblings, with fighting as the biggest con and using her sister as a scapegoat as the biggest pro of having a sibling. She suggested she is perpetuating sibling stereotypes as the baby in her family.

Fanny described her and her sister as day and night. Fanny is a self-described introvert and a book worm, meanwhile, her sister is party girl and knows how to make some noise!
Let's make some noise for everyone who participated today!

Meeting 2016-03-28

Firoozeh presented her 9th speech, persuading us to visit Iran. She displayed a large map of the country, shared many photos, and even indulged us with some Iranian sweets! We were all grateful!
She spoke of the different regions, the rich history, and places of interest.
We were grateful for the visuals, interesting topic selection, and rich information.
Some of us would have liked to hear some of her experiences of traveling in Iran, and about ease of travel, safety concerns, and logistics.
Next Natasha engaged us in Table Topics. With chocolate as a sweet incentive, we answered questions related to Easter.
We learned that Chinedu would give up his laptop for 40 days.
Christian felt renewed when he decided to go to law school.
Our guest, Abdul, enjoys spending holidays with his family.
Rana enjoys visiting family during holidays
Faye plans to try Tai chi
And Judith...
Judith likes cake…
a lot.
We like Judith.

As an executive committee report, Firoozeh discussed the Toastmasters mobile app. There is currently a competition underway, though from our group, only Craig downloaded the app.
In closing, Fanny shared some of the challenges that arose in planning the Toastmasters competition last week. Always have a backup plan! It was a good learning experience.

Rana shared her experience as a competitor. It was a good experience and much was learned. There were no microphones and the judges sat at the back of the large room. Unfortunately they couldn’t hear her very well. The men dressed sharply and were curiously the only ones to place. We are all grateful to Rana for representing our club and making us proud. She will always be the star in our eyes!


Meeting 2016-03-08

I am very grateful to everyone who showed up for our meeting yesterday. We had a great time and had a lot of fun. For those of us who couldn't make it, our word-of-the-day was "Memorable" and our theme was "Nostalgia." 
Faye presented her second speech on the importance of steps, basic exercises, and how impactful it is to our health and well-being. Rana gave a really engaging Table Topics session on public speeching tips and there was also a draw to win a bookmark. The King of Luck,  Chinedu, won the draw of course (not bragging). Martine was the general evaluator. We all had a great time and ended the meeting on time. We are also going to be having our fundraiser soon.
Looking Forward to seeing you all next week!

Meeting 2016-02-09

Today Message Masters were so excited, because we had Table topics contest in our club. Our contest chair was Chinedu and our chief judge was Yaalini. Yaalini is a new member and just joined last week. We were so lucky that members of other clubs helped us to hold the contest. Without their help we couldn’t have six participants in our table topics contest. All the contestants showed up and brought voluminous energy to the club. The contestants were: Vipul, Fanny, Martine, Nicolas, Sylvain, and Christian. Christian is also a new member in our club and just joined last week.

Yaalini briefed the judges one by one and collected judge’s certificates. Chinedu briefed the contestants and also made the draw and noted the order. Everything was ready and he started the meeting sharp at 12. Our VP Ed, welcomed everybody and explained the procedures very quickly. When Yaalini nodded that everybody is ready, then Chinedu continued with inviting Rana to the lectern. Rana is the only international speech contestant in our club and it was an opportunity to practice her speech in the club. It was also very helpful to make our contestants feel composed. She talked about the power of dance comparing to speech. In fact, it was a dry run for her to get ready for area contest. After Rana’s speech, Chinedu asked the sergeant at arms to escort contestants to the lobby. The first contestant was Sylvain and the question was: ‘is it more important to be a patient learner or a quick learner and why?’ All contestant answered the question and stayed in the room in less than half an hour. When Yaalini collected the votes, went out of the room with Judith and Firoozeh to count the ballots and prepare the winners and participants certificates.

Meanwhile Chinedu asked the audience to provide feedback to Rana’s speech. It was a neat idea, so Rana had a round table evaluation for her speech.

The ballots were counted and nobody was disqualified due to timing rules. The winners were:

Martine Senior stood at first place, Christian Steuart at second place and Nicolas Gosselin at third place. All the contestants were happy, because they could experience another aspect of TM and they gained new experience. They were amazed with the outcome.

We had two surprises today: one of the judges didn’t show up and automatically was replaced with one of the members who was not supposed to come! A guest arrived and took the role of second sergeant at arms. His name was Jim and he helped a lot. Like a real sergeant he collected all the contestants’ cellphones to avoid any sort of cheating! It was not usual in our club, but left no question about the result. I still don’t know what brought him today to the club, but it was in response to last night Craig’s help with their club contest. This is how Toastmasters help each other.

Chinedu closed the meeting on time and submitted all the documents to our area director, Ms. Anna Crandlemire in the meeting. The contest was adjourned to next year!!!


Meeting 2015-11-03

Today we had a special meeting. We had five guests. One of the guests was Ms. Anna Crandlemire, Area 21 Director.  Our Toastmaster was our VP Ed, Karina. The theme was “Time Management.” The Word of the Day was “procrastinate” which means delay or postpone action or put off doing something, so we demonstrated the word by starting the meeting one minute late. 

The executives had two announcements: Natasha, our Treasurer, talked about the club’s financials and the two main upcoming expenses of the club: 1- renting the room 2- dues to Toastmaster International. She explained that we will eventually need to do a fundraising to cover the expenses. Firoozeh announced that our Coach Craig Senior will visit our club and deliver a workshop in November.

We had a Table Topics agenda, so we had both speech and table topics today.

Amadomo delivered his speech number 5 from CC manual. He talked about the promises that politicians make during their campaign and that much of these promises are being kept. Anna, our area director evaluated his speech and presented to him the “ribbon for completing project 5, body language”. She divided his evaluation into two parts: strong points, and area of development

The next part of our agenda was table topics. Firoozeh led this part. She used the theme and gave an explanation of time management and then provided six tips in order to manage the time. Following each tip, she asked a question and asked for volunteers. Guests also got involved in answering the questions.

Natasha led the last part of the meeting.  She called upon her team and then gave her feedback. She cheered on Karina for taking the role of Toastmaster and also admired her sense of humor. Then she referred to Amadamo’s speech as an interesting speech and topic. She also liked the table topics part and said that she took several notes on the tips for her upcoming interview. She wrapped up the meeting on time and then Karina closed the meeting.