Wednesday, August 31, 2005

It is official. Dues increase starting Oct.1

I was just informed that there is a dues increase starting Oct.1 for Toastmasters International. You can read more about the details at:

or on the Toastmasters International Home page (scroll down for more info):

I'm still getting more information, so as soon as I have all the details I will let you know.

(Please keep in mind the value that Toastmasters provides compared to any other alternative... and remind others in your clubs when the dues increase is announced.)

More info soon,

Dave Wheeler

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Division A Officer Training Session - Fall 2005 !

Walter Beveridge displays club scheduler software after the Division A officer training session held August 24th in Carmel, NY. Posted by Picasa

Humorous Speech Contest - Rules & Judging

I've had some people ask about the rules for a Humorous Speech Contest, so I figured I would provide some links that I found useful. Let me know if there are any questions or if you see something that is incorrect.
Speak Up!
Dave Wheeler

Links for Humorous Speech Contest:

Sample Scoring Ballet for Humorous Speech (to give you some insight into how you will be judged):

District 53 Overview of the Contest Schedules & other details:

Checklists and other documents (useful for anyone running a contest):

LAST CHANCE Toastmasters Fall Officer Training (Area A4)

I spoke to Anne (President of Socially Speaking Toastmasters) and she has graciously agreed to host the "Last Chance" Fall Officers Training session tomorrow, Wed. August 31, at 8pm in the Brookfield Congregational Church*, Fellowship Hall. This is where Socially Speaking holds their regular meetings and they have agreed to a combined "officer training" / meeting format that should get everyone out by 9:30pm at the very latest.

This will also be an opportunity for some of us to visit another club and meet fellow toastmasters in the area while also picking up some ideas to make your club more fun and more interesting!

I'm looking forward to a great training session and I hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

Dave Wheeler

* Click HERE for a PDF document showing a MapQuest map of the meeting location. Free reader software can be downloaded at if needed. Please let me know if there are any questions.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Division A Officer Training session successful !

Area A4 was well represented at the Division A Officer Training session by 4 officers from Barnum Square and 2 from WestConn. There were lots of great ideas thrown out at this meeting (and unfortunately I wrote them down on the flip chart and did not take them with me to post here).

We have until August 31st to train at least 4 officers from each club and I will make myself available to train clubs early next week if needed.
Speak UP!
Dave Wheeler
Toastmasters Area A4 Governor, 2005-6

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Picture from TLI !

Bruce Cornwell with District 53 Governor Paul Young
at Toastmaster Leadership Institute
on Saturday, August 6, 2005

Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 15, 2005

Successful TLI and another opportunity for Training

Toastmasters Leadership Institute was a success for those who attended Saturday August 6th.

I saw Cynthia Slater from Diversity USA and Bruce Cornwell of WestConn Toastmasters there and they both seemed to be enjoying the experience. In fact, Bruce met Paul Young, District 53 Governor 2005-6 and I will upload the picture to this blog soon.

If you missed this training opportunity, there is another one on Wed., August 24th at Guideposts. Hope to see you there!

Dave Wheeler

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Free Web Site for Toastmaster clubs ....

If your club does not yet have a web site, you can get one for free through "" (see link below):

WestConn Toastmaster has had a website for a number of years and have found that it provides a good impression of the club so that guests feel more comfortable about visiting.

I highly encourage clubs to think about a web site (especially since it is free) and I would be happy to work with you to make something you can be proud of !

Speak UP with Toastmasters!

Dave Wheeler
Toastmasters Area A4 Governor, 2005-6

Fall Contest Schedules - Table Topics & Humorous

Fall Toastmasters Speech Contests:
Contests: Table Topics & Humorous

Club Contests: (club deadline:Sept.20)

  • WestConn, September 7
  • Barnum Square, September 13
  • Socially Speaking, TBD
  • Diversity USA, TBD

Area A4 Contest: Wed. Sept. 28

  • To be hosted by WestConn Toastmasters at the Wooster School in Danbury
  • Schedule: President's Council Meeting 6pm, Contest Briefings 6:45pm, Contest7:30pm
  • Combined with Area A2 since their clubs are in Danbury/Brewster area

Division A Contest: October 19

For planning purposes, here are some proposed dates for Spring contests as well as the deadlines for completion:
Spring Contests: Tall Tales & International
Club deadline: Mar.19
Area deadline: Apr. 8
Division deadline: Apr.29

This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for Toastmasters and I appreciate all the support I've been given !

Speak UP!

Dave Wheeler
Area A4 Governor

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Comments Encouraged !!!

I'm not sure if anyone noticed that you can add comments to this blog ... by simply clicking on the comments link below each post.

Your comments can be read by other visitors and this way more ideas / suggestions can be explored among the group !

Dave Wheeler
Toastmasters Area A4 Governor, 2005-6

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Re: Toastmasters Leadership Institute Tips


Thanks for the great ideas! I'm definitely looking forward to TLI on Saturday!

I've also posted your ideas on my Area A4 blog at so that other Toastmasters can benefit from your suggestions.

See you on Saturday!

Dave Wheeler
Toastmasters District 53
Area A4 Governor, 2005-6

In an email dated 4/8/2005, "Arnie Grot" writes:

One of the things a club officer registering for Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) said that would make her TLI experience a great one was "Leadership, Networking Examples and Opportunities."

Her request is one of the benefits of TLI on August 6 if you are open to it.

Toastmasters skills are built on practice. Training offers each member the opportunity to practice leading one very important person - yourself. I offer these two resources for your review to help you to build, practice and enhance your leadership and networking skills at TLI on Saturday.

Leadership -Prepare yourself to get the most from TLI by using this guide
Getting More Out of Toastmaster Conferences

Impromptu Networking (California Job Journal)
Tips on turning chance encounters into contacts.

It offers some networking tips that you can put to into practice networking at TLI.

A more in depth source on networking is "The Power of Meeting New People" by Debra Fine. I recommend reading it. There are many conversation leading questions that would make great Table Topics.

The best tip is to take the initiative and smile, say "Hi, my name is ___________" and extend your right hand in friendship and start conversations.


Minding the Gap to help train effective leaders in Toastmasters,

Arnie Grot, DTM
District 53 TLI Dean and Training Coordinator

Meeting Theme - PowerQuotes

Club 599's meeting theme on Wed., August 3rd, was "Power Quotes" and the following quotes were provided by the Toastmaster for the evening, Bala Krishnamurthy. They are also listed in the order of the meeting activities / roles so you can use the quotes as transitions for each part of the meeting.

Great work Bala !


Meeting Theme: The POWER QUOTE

Dr. Joyce Brothers:
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

'Flatter' guests

Role of the Timer:
Alan Lakein:
Time is equal to life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.

Role of the Aah counter:
Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Role of the Grammarian:
Mark Twain:
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightening bug.

Role of the Table Topics Master:
Eden Phillpotts:
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Role of the General Evaluator:
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Introduce the Table topics Master:
William Blake:
In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.

Rabindranath Tagore:
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Timer's report:
Josh Billings:
Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.

Aah counter's report:
Dale Carnegie:
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

Grammarian's report:
Ray Bradbury:
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

----------------------------------------- break ------------------------------------------

Speaker 1:
Andrew Jackson:
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

Speaker 2:
Lee Iacocca:
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.

Speaker 3:
Stephen King:
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.

Timer's report:
Michael Althsuler:
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.

Aah counter's report:
Larry King:
I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.

Grammarian's report:
Jim Rohn:
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.

Introduce the General Evaluator:
Winston Churchill:
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes:
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.


Meeting Conclusion:
H. Jackson Brown:
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein (and ToastMasters).

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Toastmasters Smedley Award... PR opportunity

Area A4 Club Officers...

The email below from District 53 looks like something that might be of interest for your VP of public relations.

Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help (or if you would like to coordinate some PR between all the area clubs to get more publicity).

Best regards,
Dave Wheeler
Your Toastmasters Area A4 Governor 2005-6

Subj: Day One: Toastmaster's Smedley Award
Date: 1/8/2005 2:40:40 pm GMT Daylight time
From: Roger Brown

Toastmasters Smedley Award.
The organization of the first Toastmasters club by Ralph C. Smedley in October 1924 did not make global – or even local – headlines. But your club can make Toastmasters’ anniversary a newsworthy event.

Commemorate the start of the first Toastmasters club by adding five new members to your club during the months of August and September, and your club will receive the commemorative Smedley Award banner ribbon to celebrate its success.

Then promote the occasion. Send a photo of your meeting (action shot, not staged) along with 250-500 words about your club and its upcoming events to local newspapers. Most community and business park newspapers welcome local news.

After the headlines, you’ll be surprised – guests will walk into your next meeting and apply for