Spotlight on Kimberly Lynn

I owe much of my success today to Toastmasters! In early 2015, after completing a Dale Carnegie course, I was eager to continue my personal growth journey. It was then that I discovered my company (Zoetis) was starting a toastmaster’s program. Without hesitation I became a chartered member to further refine my communication and presentation skills.

Toastmasters played a pivotal role in pushing me beyond my comfort zone.  I took on new challenges such as leading project teams, hosting webinars and hosting a panel discussion on Building Multi-Cultural Relationships. I even became a DISC training champion. Through my Toastmaster experience I found my passion for leadership and helping others reach their full potential.

The connections I have made and the continuous learning opportunities at Toastmasters have kept me engaged and motivated. The opportunities within Toastmasters are endless!!

One of my most significant roles has been serving as the Club Growth Director for District 62 Toastmasters this year. My focus has been on revitalizing struggling clubs, ensuring their sustained growth, and facilitating the establishment of new clubs. I have an outstanding team alongside me to help make it all happen!

Beyond Toastmasters I enjoy supporting my beloved Michigan State Spartans, relaxing by Lake Michigan to watch sunsets, training for triathlons, and traveling. Walking my dog, Max, and spending quality time with my family and friends bring me immense joy and balance in life.

By honing my skills through Toastmasters and embracing new challenges, I have been able to grow personally and professionally.  I look forward to continuing my journey of self-improvement and making a positive impact on those around me.

Call for Educational Presenters!

The District 62 Spring Conference is seeking skilled and passionate presenters to conduct 45‐minute educational sessions on Saturday, April 27th at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Qualified presenters are:

  • Current Toastmasters International members.
  • Have an appealing topic which imparts Distinct Knowledge.
  • Able to connect with poise and confidence with a Toastmasters audience.
  • Leaves Attendees with new insights which help further their communication and leadership goals inside or outside of Toastmasters.

Submit your proposal in an MS Word or PDF document file by March 15, 2024 with the following information:

  • Name, mailing address, email address, and cell/other phone numbers.
  • Your club’s name(s) and your Toastmaster leadership positions, if applicable
  • Your workshop title.
  • Your presentation format (lecture, interactive, etc.) and audio-visual needs; for the AV equipment, please specify which equipment you need to have provided.
  • The objectives of your presentation (3 to 5 objectives that your audience will take-away for future use)
  • Your speaking credentials for 45-minute workshop
  • A recent jpg photo and a professional biography

You need to Present in Person on the Day of the Event!

Please reach out to Amy Moored (amymoored@gmail.com) or Kyle Walker (klwalker2@hotmail.com) for more information.

Are You Hosting an Open House? 

Open Houses give potential members an opportunity to learn more about your club in a fun and relaxed setting. With the right planning and tools, open houses can be a great marketing strategy.  Open houses highlight the benefits of Toastmasters for potential new members and they also allow current members to grow in new skill sets.  Read more about Open Houses Open Doors to New Members 

Do you have an Open House planned? Be sure to add your event to the D62 Calendar. Once that is complete send the details to PRM@62toast.com to advertise in the newsletter and the D62 Facebook Page.  

Unleash the Champion Within: The Toastmaster’s speech contest 

Speech contests are annual events that push individuals to their limits and challenge them to excel. These friendly speaking competitions are designed to help individuals improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive environment. By participating in the Pathways program, speaking frequently, and learning from skilled evaluators, Toastmasters members equip themselves with the skills and competence needed to tackle challenges. The Pathways program also offers instruction on the essential leadership abilities required to effectively manage a successful competition.

Contest Levels

Each year, thousands of toastmasters compete in the International Speech Contest. There is also involvement in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, and Table Topics competitions as set by your district. The competition begins with Club Contests from January to early February. Those winners continue competing through to the Area Contests, which are held February to early March. The the winning contestants proceed to Division Contests which take place at the end of March. Then the winning contestants compete at the District level Contests in April. The Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, and Table Topic contest as chosen by your district will stop at the District level. The winners of the District level International Speech Contest proceed to the Regional level, where the recordings of the contestants are sent for review by International Judges.

Are You Ready to Participate?

By participating in these contests, Toastmasters members have the opportunity to unleash their potential, gain valuable experience, and showcase their speaking leadership skills on a larger platform. These contests offer a supportive and challenging environment for individuals to grow and excel in their public speaking journey.

Take the plunge and participate in your Club Speech Contest. You can be a contestant or help out as an official. Every contest needs several Toastmasters to help with officiating as judges, vote counters, tech support, Sergeant at Arms, and Contest Master.

What the World Needs Now! Talking Up Toastmasters In Your Community.  

Communities are the building blocks of society. However, despite the widespread belief in the idea of community, there are signs that society often falls short of realizing the ideal of true community. By effectively communicating the value of Toastmasters, we have a better chance of changing this narrative.

Promote by Encouraging

Toastmasters not only fosters personal growth and career development but also provides a safe space where individuals from diverse backgrounds come together with the shared goal of supporting each other. Encouraging participation in your club is a wonderful endeavor, but it’s important to acknowledge that your club may not be the best fit for everyone due to factors such as time, demographics, and club culture. therefore, it’s crucial to promote the benefits of Toastmasters in other ways.

Share The Excitement

When sharing the exciting activities and events of your club, consider using phrases such as “I had a fantastic time at my club meeting today. You should consider exploring a club membership too!” Don’t forget to include the link https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club.

Another approach could be, “Toastmasters is a fantastic place to connect with others while learning and growing. Let me help you find a club too.” Using these words can significantly contribute to the growth of your community. By doing so we are not only helping each other but also demonstrating to the world collaboration, encouragement, and working together are essential elements for an ideal community.

Check out the Talking Up Toastmasters article for more great tips.  

Why Take a Role in a Speech Contest?

Speech Contests are a Chance to build Community.

Speech contests provide a platform for individuals to develop and showcase communication and public speaking skills as well as leadership skills. Leadership Roles and Speaking can be daunting, but through participation, you can learn to overcome fears and express yourself effectively and learn to present your ideas with conviction.

The experience also sparks new ideas, provokes critical thinking, and can ignite a passion for personal and collective improvement. A speech contest offers an opportunity to showcase and spotlight talents of not only the speakers, but the members who develop the event. The speech contest also helps to promote the values, mission and commitment of Toastmasters. Toastmasters has many resources to educate on how to put on a successful Speech contest, as noted in the following link.

Contest Master

A Contest Master plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth execution and success of a speech contest. They are responsible for assisting in coordinating the event, setting the tone, engaging the audience, managing time, ensuring adherence to contest rules, facilitate judge briefings, handling unexpected situations and concluding the event. The Contest Master helps to keep participants and the audience engaged and upholding the integrity of the contest.

Contestants

Contestant Participation is essential in creating a meaningful and impactful event. Contestants not only inspire and motivate the audience and develop their own skills. They serve as role models who inspire others to step out of their comfort zones and share their voices. Contestants also have the potential to impact the audience through their words and ideas. A powerful speech can leave a lasting impression and prompt individuals to reflect, act, or make positive changes in their lives.

Chief Judge, Judges, and Tie Breaking Judge

The role of Judge is crucial. Judges ensure each participant is assessed fairly and impartially. They help to maintain the integrity of the contest and provide all speakers with an equal opportunity to succeed. The Chief Judge is responsible for appointing, and advising contest officials, pre-contest briefings, and delivering winners names. The judges actually choose the first, second, and third place winners. The tie breaking judge ranks all speakers. This ballot will only be used in the event of a tie. A dedicated and knowledgeable panel of judges can greatly enhance the overall impact and success of the speech contest.

Timer and Ballot Counter

The two timers are responsible for ensuring each participant adheres to specified time limits for their speech. By signaling when the allotted time is coming to an end, the timer helps to maintain consistency and fairness across all speeches. This not only ensures the event runs on schedule but assists the judges to evaluate speeches fairly and consistently. This ensures the audience experiences a well-structured and engaging event.

The Ballot Counters ensure accuracy in the judging and facilitate organization of collecting the judges’ evaluations and scores. They play a key role in maintaining the confidentiality of judges’ evaluations and scores, and ensuring the results are kept secure until officially announced. The ballot counters and timers are important to maintain fairness, discipline, and professionalism of the contest.

Sergeant in Arms

This person assists in managing the venue and maintaining order during the contest. They also assist participants with logistical matters such as providing them information about the contest schedule, directing them to the speaking area, and helping participants to adhere to the contest rules.

Tech Support

Tech Support plays a crucial role in ensuring the success of a speech contest, especially in a Hybrid Contest. Tech Support is responsible for recroding equipment, ensuring the livestream runs smoothly and also allows remote viewers to participate in the event. The Tech Support also is able to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues which may arise with the audiovisual equipment. They also set up and ensure the contestants can deliver their speeches effectively and the audience and hear and see them clearly.

Call to Action

Are you ready to inspire and motivate others while honing your public speaking skills? Participating in a speech contest can be rewarding and transformative experience. Are you ready to inspire positive change and enhance your leadership skills? Embrace this opportunity to share your message and be part of a community dedicated to positive change. Become part of collective impact of growth not only in yourselves, but in the overall growth of all of us in District 62.

Where’s Toastmasters Club Officer Training?

Finding a location to host Club Officer Training and our annual Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) can be a little like reading a Where’s Waldo book.  There are a lot of buildings but finding the right one can be tricky.   We are actively searching for a suitable venue to accommodate Toastmasters Events.  Here is what we are looking for: 

  • Main conference room for 60-100 people
  • 4 to 7 small classroom or meeting rooms for 10-15 people
  • Centralized location
  • Technology to accommodate presence over video (Zoom for remote participants)
  • A built in or removable stage is ideal
  • Sound system

Please provide qualified leads only. This means, the facility must be available on November 11, 2023, and/or April 25th thru April 27th, 2024. 

Contact Trio@62toast.com if you have any suggestions.

FIRST QUARTER MILESTONES

United We Succeed!

  • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Achievements
  • New clubs Chartered
  • New Club Holding Launch Meetings
  • Pathways Awards

Milestones achieved since the new Toastmaster year prove that “United We Succeed” when heading toward our primary District 62 mission: We build new clubs and we support all clubs in achieving excellence. 

CELEBRATING CLUBS AND MEMBERS

DTM Awards (DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTERS)  
  • Vicki Harwood 9/12/2023
  • Owen Monday Jr. s9/15/2023
  • Margaret Sieh 9/29/2023

BUILDING NEW CLUBS

The introduction of new clubs injects fresh vitality into a District as enthusiastic new members eagerly engage in various activities.  These new clubs cater to a diverse demographic by offering educations programs on different days and times and adding variety to existing clubs.   Moreover, the establishment of new clubs attracts additional volunteers, alleviating the district workload. 

The presence of multiple clubs in a specific area enhances annual events, and the increased membership base ensures effective dissemination of information beyond mere word-of-mouth.  With a greater number of clubs, we secure more financial resources to develop and enhance our programs, ultimately benefiting a broader audience that can avail themselves of the valuable offerings provided by Toastmasters.

NEW CLUBS CHARTERED

1. Remarkable Results Toastmasters Club was chartered on 7/1/2023

  • SPONSORS: Craig O’Neill and 00480290*
  • MENTORS: Craig O’Neill and 00665768*

2. Fresenius Kabi Toastmasters Club is submitting paperwork

* recognizing members request for anonymity

NEW CLUB LAUNCH MEETING HELD

Cleary University

NEW CLUB LAUNCH MEETINGS SCHEDULED

WKTV

CU* Answers

SUPPORTING ALL CLUBS IN REBUILDING

If your club is currently lacking energy or engagement, it is essential that the initiative to improve comes from you as members. However, the district leadership is committed to providing you valuable assistance. Contact your Area Director or your Division Director for helpful assistance.

We offer training twice a year, with multiple opportunities available in the Summer and Fall/Winter. Additionally, upon request, we can assign coaches to assist your club.  The highly recommend club-to-club mentoring and coaching is a valuable approach.  Furthermore, organizing open houses or area meet and greets can be effective in reaching out to those nearby. 

Another suggestion is for your club to consider joining meetups or local chambers of commerce to increase exposure. Everyone takes great joy in celebrating the individual achievements of members and clubs.  If you have any questions, the district is here to support you with an Area Director and Division Director. 

DISTRICT 62 MET THE GOAL OF PAID CLUBS!
PATHWAYS MENTOR PROGRAM
  • John Cameron
  • 67496372*

Top 10 clubs with highest education awards per 7/1 base membership

ClubNameEduc awardsJuly 1 baseRatio
6186Lakeshore Club18131.385
3009Community Toastmasters Club11130.846
1572737Rising Stars Toastmasters Club14210.667
3917Trailblazers7170.412
3599862Grandville-Jenison Chamber Toastmasters4130.308
1080Power Toastmasters Club4140.286
9117Four Flags Club280.250
7307Eloquents3150.200
811867Talk of the Town Club2120.167
3475612Galesburg Toastmasters3190.158

Congratulations on Great Accomplishments!  

We are so proud of what all of you have accomplished in just three months! Way to go everyone!

United We Succeed!

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