March 23 2017 Meeting

Meeting Highlights

The special community outreach meeting was lively and well-attended. Participants ranged from new guests visiting a Toastmasters meeting for the first time to professional speakers (Accredited Speakers Hal Slater and Sheryl Roush) and all levels between!

  • Toastmaster: Jerry M
  • Theme: Toastmasters in the Community
  • Word of the Day: Communal
  • Guests: Ruja N, Luke E, Rene R
  • Table Topics: Ruja N (guest)
  • Most Improved: Julia F
  • Best Evaluator: Max C
  • Best Speaker: Simon V;  Competent Communicator manual project #5 – Your Body Speaks; Title: “Jump!”

Club Business

Semi-annual membership dues

The club must process the remaining membership renewals with Toastmasters International by April 1. That’s no joke! We can’t do it without your dues. Please get your dues in if you haven’t done so already.

March 16 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Club Business

Community Outreach meeting publicity

The press release for the special March 23 community outreach meeting was featured on San Diego Patch and Mission Hills News. The theme of the March 23 meeting is Toastmasters in the Community. Jerry M brought more flyers for Voyagers to post on community bulletin boards.

Semi-annual membership dues

Our goal is to submit all club membership renewal dues to Toastmasters International before the April 1 deadline. We are 68% of the way there!

Meeting Highlights

  • Toastmaster: Donna G
  • Theme: St. Patrick’s Day
  • Word of the Day: Convivial
  • Guests: Susan S, Gideon S (returning visitor)
  • Table Topics: Terry H
  • First Timer: Gideon S (evaluator)
  • Most Improved: Gideon S
  • Best Evaluator: Tim S
  • Best Speaker: John W, Competent Communicator Project #8  – Get Comfortable with Visual Aids; Title: “Easy-Speak – Our new best friend.”

Note: John W gave his PowerPoint presentation without a projector!

March 9 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Club Business

Community Outreach meeting publicity

Jerry M distributed flyers for Voyagers Toastmasters special March 23  community outreach meeting. Please post these around your community; contact Jerry if you need additional flyers. Also, consider posting a Press Release link to your social media community on nextdoor.com, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media outlets.

Semi-annual membership dues

Please get your membership renewal dues in on or before March 23. This will help us reach our goal submitting all club membership renewal dues to Toastmasters International before the April 1 deadline. Thanks to those Voyagers who turned in  their membership dues on or before last week’s meeting!

Board Meeting

All Voyagers Toastmasters  are welcome to join the online Voyagers Board meeting from 6:00-7:00 PM on Monday March 13.  Contact Jerry M for the Zoom meeting invitation link.

Meeting Highlights

  • Toastmaster: Karen W
  • Theme: Spring Forward
  • Word of the Day: Transition
  • Guests: Shiva A, Francisca R
  • Table Topics: Jan C
  • Most Improved: Nancy J
  • Best Evaluator: Cynthia P
  • Best Speaker: Annie J, “The Nature of Gifts”, Competent Communicator project #10

Note: Annie J earned the Competent Communicator rating with her speech today. Congratulations Annie!

March 2 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Club Business

Semi-annual membership dues

Please get your payment in by March 23 for membership from April 1 through September 30.

Community Outreach meeting publicity

Here is the link to a new Press Release about the upcoming special March 23 meeting to say hello to our new community. Please spread the word  by posting it on community-oriented social media like nextdoor.com as well as on your  Facebook and LinkedIn. Posting flyers on library and coffee shop bulletin boards is also effective. Thank you Mark S for the Press Release!

Board Meeting Monday March 13

All Voyagers are invited to the Board  meeting on Monday March 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is an online Zoom Meeting. You may join from a computer, or you may install the free app to your mobile device. Email Jerry M for the meeting link.

Meeting Highlights

  • Toastmaster: Maria F
  • Theme: Tax Preparation
  • Word of the Day: Capricious
  • Guests: Gideon S (returning guest); Karen Kaufman (Area 12 Director)
  • First Timer: Maria F (Toastmaster)
  • Table Topics: Gideon S (guest)
  • Most Improved: Maria F
  • Best Evaluator: Jan C
  • Best Speaker: Simon V

Note: Nancy J has  earned her Competent Communicator rating with today’s speech. Congratulations!

Interesting Factoid: According to Jerry M, our current venue at the Friendship Hall of the University Christian Church, is the 8th home of Voyagers Toastmasters over the past 33 years!

February 23 2017 Meeting Synopsis

Club Business

Our second meeting at our new venue started with the formal induction of 2 of our newest Voyagers, Maria F and Simon V.  Welcome aboard, Maria and Simon!

Voyagers has also transitioned over to the new easy-Speak Toastmaster Automation software since our old software broke and is no longer supported. easy-Speak is used to set meeting roles, make meeting agendas and email other club members . Voyagers must log into the easy-Speak website to confirm their roles for each meeting; otherwise a question mark will appear next to their name in the agenda. One feature of easy-Speak is that speakers must schedule their own speeches; they are not randomly assigned like other meeting roles. Please contact Vice President of Education, John W for more information about getting started with easy-Speak.

Save the Date! Voyagers will hold a special membership drive meeting on Thursday March 23. There will be ads for this meeting in the local media as well as flyers printed. Please let people know about this event, and bring your friends! If you can post flyers in locations that allow community event flyers, like cafes, stores, libraries, community centers, laundromats, etc. please contact  Vice President of Membership, Jerry M.  Generally it is easier to get permission to post flyers for 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organizations such as Voyagers Toastmasters, which teaches public speaking and leadership skills.

Meeting Highlights

  • Toastmaster: Julia F
  • Theme: Keep Calm and Carry On
  • Word of the Day: Slogan
  • Guest: Gideon S (returning guest)
  • First Timer: Maria F – Ah Counter
  • Table Topics: Gideon S (guest)
  • Most Improved: Mark I
  • Best Evaluator: Hal S
  • Best Speaker: Annie J; Manual: Competent Communicator; Project #9 – Persuade with Power; Title: “Running for Joy”

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