November 28, 2022

  • Make Up COTs Start Tomorrow!
  • Member Spotlight on Owen Monday
  • Table Topics Extravaganza!
  • Mutual Toastmasters Christmas Party
  • Professional Evaluation Seminar


Spotlight on Owen Monday, District 62 Club Growth Director (CGD)

by Lock Lyon

About six years ago, Owen Monday’s supervisor met with him to discuss his professional development. She was a Toastmaster, and recommended that Owen join Toastmasters as well. Owen joined Secondary to None, and at his first meeting sat well in the rear of the room. He was approached by none other than Jack Pyle, who said, “You can’t just sit in the back!”

Fast forward to last year. Owen was President of Secondary to None when they reached President’s Distinguished. He was also awarded the Spirit of Success Award by Toastmasters District 62. That’s quite a journey!

Toastmasters Adds Value

Owen credits Toastmasters for helping him with his consulting work. “With my work I have the opportunity to speak with many people. Thanks to Toastmasters I speak more accurately and eliminate vocalized pauses like “um” and “er”.

Owen considers the agenda to be the most important part of the meeting. “The Agenda sets the tone of the meeting. Having an agenda and sticking to it makes the meeting more professional. This is particularly important when converting guests into members.” As for specific topics, Owen sees great value in Table Topics. “When giving an elevator speech, or when speaking off-the-cuff, people get nervous. Table Topics helps you grow in that area.”

According to Owen, a role that is often overlooked is the Ah-Er Counter. “Instead of ahs and ers, you’ll find that if you pause, people will pay more attention. Thus, learning to pause at the right time can lead to enhancing your speaking skills.

Building Quality Clubs

Looking to the future, Owen recommends that Toastmasters pay more attention to having high-quality meetings. “I’ve discussed this a lot. You want people to stay. Instead of having the same people doing the same roles every meeting, we need to get back to the beginning: Why did we join Toastmasters?” To set the stage for club growth, Owen says, “Have an Open House meeting every month. Invite people! Show off your Quality Club. Only then will people stay.”

Owen Monday is a legal affairs consultant at Monday and Associates, LLC, and is Immediate Past President of the Secondary to None Toastmasters Club. He is currently a member of the Trio, the top three elected office holders for Toastmasters District 62 .


Table Topics Extravaganza!

Southwest Advanced Toastmasters is hosting a Table Topics Extravaganza just in time to prepare you for the upcoming contest season! 

Join us to hear from Matthew French from the Cherry Capital Club about his tips and tricks for his success in Table Topics contests. After hearing from Matthew, five lucky people will have an opportunity to practice and get evaluations on the spot in order to learn how to improve their table topics contest skills. Evaluations will be based on contest criteria not speech criteria.

The Table Topics Extravaganza is Wednesday, November 30th from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm. Register for this fully online event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/table-topics-contest-extravaganza-tickets-467269033257 to join us for the fun! 

If you have any questions, contact Lisa at vpe-7886167@toastmastersclubs.org.


Mutual Toasters is having a Christmas Party and looking for new members!

Location: 404 East Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49508
Time: December First at 12 pm to 1 pm
Event Type: In-Person and virtual
Please RSVP to Josh, Vice President of Education by email at jwinkelstein@hastingsmutual.com or by phone at 517.488.2676 (please leave a message)


W Division Advanced club is giving a Professional Evaluation Seminar on December 12th

Ron Musich, DTM

Are your speech evaluations needing a little tune-up or polishing?  Do the evaluations you receive seem to be less beneficial than they use to be?  Have you wondered if there is some easy-to-use tool to help in the process?  If so, then it’s probably a good time to review your entire evaluation process and to see how and what tools a seasoned Evaluator uses.

Ron Musich, DTM will be presenting an Educational Seminar on effective speech evaluations on Monday December 12th during the regular West Michigan Advanced Toastmasters meeting. 

During this session Ron will share the following:

  1. Original Speech Evaluation Outline sheet and his accompanying Detailed Speech Evaluation Guide. 
  2. Components of an Effective and Beneficial Speech Evaluation sheet
  3. Summary of Evaluation Elements
  4. To help you put the evaluation together quickly and effectively Ron will also share his Putting the Evaluation Presentation Together instruction sheet which explains in simple steps how to do it. 
  5. You’ll also discover the differences between a Pathway evaluation, a competition evaluation, and a Special Purpose evaluation. 

Put December 12th at 7 pm on your calendar and prepare to learn new ways to put together and present effective and beneficial evaluations.  Improved evaluations will benefit you, your club members, and potential members.

The WMAT meetings are hybrid so you can Zoom in or attend in person. 

Below is the zoom link and physical meeting location.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84342240389?pwd=UVhISWlCSzZyb3hCc2ViSWFkRDZ5QT09
Meeting ID: 843 4224 0389   Passcode: 691747

The Heather Hills Village,  1055 Forest Hills Ave. Grand Rapids MI 49546

The meeting is from 7 to 9pm.  See you there! 


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