You are invited to come and support one of Kemptville’s hidden gems, our local North Grenville Toastmasters club. Celebrating its 19th year, the club will be honouring this landmark with its first Open House of 2021. Thanks to video conferencing, a global invitation is open to anyone with a computer and internet connection. While many aspects of personal and professional lives have been disrupted, this Toastmasters club continues to meet online to provide a sense of normalcy for our members.
From farmers and small business owners to CEOs, artists and retirees, the North Grenville club boasts a very diverse membership offering excellent and eclectic topics of discussion. In our busy lives, everyone requires confident communications skills to speak effectively with employees, suppliers, clients, spouses and children. Occasionally, we may be asked to make a presentation at a wedding or family event. Perhaps you may soon be presented with tough questions at an upcoming job interview. Toastmasters can be your first step into building your confidence so that you will get these jobs done with finesse.
The ‘Open House’ will start at 7 pm and unfold as a regular meeting. The Chairperson will guide us through the agenda by introducing our speakers for the evening and describing the various evaluations, presentations and reports.
Every meeting starts with a Toast, Joke and Word-of-the day to set the mood. There will be two speakers presenting their speeches this evening: one speaker will be our newest member, Paula Brazeau, and the other will be Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Dan Bennett, a founding member of North Grenville Toastmasters since its inception in 2002.
Evaluation reports are a big part of the Toastmasters learning experience. Members receive feedback regarding structure, speech-craft, confidence, diction, grammar and body language. Feedback is always supportive with positive comments but also with some helpful suggestions for improvement. Other evaluations at every TM meeting include reports on grammar, body language, ‘Ah-Um’ usage and timing.
A little levity is offered during the Table Topics segment of the meeting. The Table Topics Master (TTM) randomly asks a few members to present an impromptu speech. The TTM will pose a question on any topic and the member must answer promptly with a short, time-limited response. This fun part of every TM meeting brings many smiles as members shuffle to reply “off-the-cuff” to the unlimited variety of thought provoking questions.
In Toastmasters, The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) presents awards that recognize clubs which provide an outstanding member experience. This year, North Grenville Toastmasters has fulfilled these goals and is now proudly recognized as a Distinguished Club in International TM District 61. Through this Open House, North Grenville Toastmasters is hoping to gain new members which would help bring the DCP status up to ‘Select Distinguished Club’ – a very honourable and credible status for any Toastmasters club indeed.
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North Grenville Toastmasters meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month with Zoom. The regular meeting location is at O’Farrell Financial Services, 292 County Road 44 in Kemptville. For more information about Toastmasters and its new education venue, Pathways, visit the North Grenville Toastmasters website: https://northgrenville.toastmastersclubs.org/