Welcome to Cherokee Toastmasters
Here we are marching through 2013. What will you accomplish in the remainder of the year? Maybe you want to make more money or get a better job. Maybe you want to make friends and have more fun. Whatever your goals are, Toastmasters can help you develop the skills you need to accomplish them.
Your Toastmasters Board met following the Jan. 23 meeting and formulated a plan of attack for the first part of 2013. We’re working on plans for a membership drive, a social outing and a way to get our name out in the media and social media world more often.
Our Open House was a huge success. We filled the boardroom of the Bank of North Georgia (our new meeting location) to overflowing, with 17 guests and our area governor Jimmie Derrick. We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch and heard a couple of great speeches from our members Mike Sena and Derryck McLuhan. Many thanks to all who made the event happen!
Where and When
Where: Bank of North Georgia, 200 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA. We meet in the upstairs boardroom. The bank is located just off of I-575. If coming from the interstate, turn east at the exit. Turn left at the first stoplight east of 575. The bank is right behind Mattress Unlimited, across the street from the Woodstock Post Office and near Goodwill.
Please park in the back of the building!
Meetings begin promptly at 12:00pm and end at 1:15pm every Wednesday. Feel free to bring your lunch if you like!
The picture collage you see below is our entry is for the first District 14 Toastmasters public relations contest of the year. Clubs were asked to submit creative, even wacky photos of their members in various settings. We voted with our stomachs, as you can see.
Scaring up some New Members
October 31st found us departing from our usual weekly meeting format, donning the Halloween gear,and blitzing downtown Woodstock in search of new members. We handed out candy and flyers at local businesses, and just to folks on the street. Here we are in all of our Halloween, um, glory.
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters is the leading organization devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.
Toastmasters helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
A message from Kene Iloenyosi, former District Governor
If you read the mission statement of a Toastmasters club, you’ll see that the goal of our program is to help you develop confidence and the habit of “Personal Growth.” Many people want to change their situations instead of changing themselves. Trust me, when you grow, your life situation will change. If you commit yourself to personal growth, your life situation will continue to improve. The key to continuous success in life is continuous growth. Coach John Wooden liked to say that “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Do you know it all? If yes, what else will you learn?
Ask yourself weekly, “what have I learned this week?” “How have I grown this week?” Read books, get a mentor or coach, and develop your communication skills. How can attending our club meetings regularly help you grow? Thought you’d never ask;
- Learn how to speak in front of an audience (speaker)
- Learn how to give constructive feedback (evaluator)
- Learn how to receive constructive feedback (speaker and meeting attendees)
- Learn how to think on your feet (Table Topics)
- Learn how to ask good questions (Table Topics master)
- Learn how to listen attentively (Grammarian and ah counter)
- Learn how to speak within a given time (Timer: Yes, not just the speaker)
- Learn how to run a meeting (Toastmaster of the Day)
- Learn how to eliminate filler words (Ah counter and attendees)
- Learn how to find and tell a joke (Joke Master)
Are you surprised at how much you can learn by just attending club meetings regularly? Guess what? This is not all. When you add planning special events, serving as an officer and more, can you see the growth potential available to you at every meeting?
So, I ask you again, “how are you growing?” May your life situation continue to improve as you grow, and may you be a catalyst for positive change everywhere you go.