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Communicate Oregon – Friday night, May 4th

Register today ($25) for Friday night, May 4th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear World Champion of Public Speaking, Dana LaMon’s special presentation and hear the Tall Tales Exhibition – stories that will leave you pondering how can anyone exaggerate so effectively and sound so convincing at the same time?

Tall Tales – Storytellers needed for Friday night, May 4th

Do you like to exaggerate about characters? Are you a master of telling Tall Tales about people, either fictional or based on a real person who have exaggerated adventures  and perform exaggerated feats of daring strength, courage and/or intelligence?

If you would like to participate in our Tall Tales Exhibition, please email today for all the details and help make our Friday night event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel memorable.

Save a few dollars and gain so much more by clearing your calendar for the weekend (Friday night, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th) and taking the time to participate in the two-day Communicate Oregon conference.


Will you be able to communicate in this 21st Century?

Register now for Communicate Oregon!  District 7’s spring (May 5th) conference featuring Dana LaMon, World Champion of Public Speaking, will sell out – only 350 seats available.  Save a few dollars and gain so much more when you register for both Friday night and Saturday  (May 4th and 5th).


Leadership ’10 Contest Winners!

Leadership ’10 was an incredible conference packed with great sessions, keynotes, networking, and contests! Both the Humorous Speech and the Table Topics Contests were packed with some of the best speeches ever seen at the district level. Check out the videos from the winners.

Humorous Speech Contest

1st place: Curt Short
2nd place: Jeanne Corello
3rd place: Chris Swanson

Table Topics Contest

1st place: Marc Delphine
2nd place: Alexis Mason
3rd place: Nathan Pylate


Events Outside of Your Toastmasters Club!

There are events going on outside of your Toastmasters club… In fact, there are 3 different events for you to attend at the district level. They are:

•  D7 Networking Events
•  TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute)
•  District Conferences

Did you know that your Toastmasters membership allows you to attend these events? Did you know that attending these events are the best way to get the most out of your Toastmasters membership? You get the opportunity to meet new people, learn new ideas and apply them to your Toastmasters experience and to your own life.

So, what are these events and what goes on at each of them?

D7 Networking Events

Purpose: An event where District 7 Toastmasters can get outside of their club and mingle with other Toastmasters to learn and share ideas.
Frequency: Quarterly
Time: Typically Saturday morning from 8am-noon
Cost: Free to all current District 7 Toastmasters
Format: There is a networking continental breakfast during the first hour. During the rest of the time there is an interactive, educational session with networking opportunities.
Educational topics: Geared towards networking and Toastmasters-related topics.


TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute)

Purpose: An event required by Toastmasters International geared toward training club officers in their positions. Also, non-club officers can attend if they would like to learn about becoming an officer, or to network and attend the non-club officer sessions.
Frequency: Twice per year. In June and January.
Time: Typically Saturday mornings from 8am-noon
Cost: Free to all current District 7 Toastmasters
Format: There is a networking continental breakfast, an opening general session and then 2 educational sessions with multiple course offerings.
Educational topics: Training courses for current club officers and also general Toastmasters-related topics for members who are not club officers.

District Conferences

Purpose: An event required by Toastmasters International to host district speech contests and business meetings. Also, District 7’s mission is to hold professional grade conferences where Toastmasters can get the highest level of educational value. It’s also a place where non-Toastmasters can come and be exposed to Toastmasters.
Frequency: Twice per year. In November and May.
Time: All day. Typically 8am-6pm
Cost: Fee based. Typically between $50-$100. Free to participate in the speech contest and to attend the business meeting.
Format: 2 contests (humorous speech and table topics in the fall and international speech and evaluation in the spring), educational sessions, 2 keynote speeches and District 7 business meeting.
Educational topics: A wide range of personal and professional development topics that are general enough to appeal to anyone.

If you would like to get the most out of your Toastmasters membership and build a better you, head to the district-sponsored events where you can meet new people and learn new ideas!


Are Our Brains Getting Reprogrammed?

Are our brains getting reprogrammed? Are we losing our ability to think? And are we losing our ability to talk and communicate directly? These are questions that surfaced in the three-day “Talknology” articles of The Daily Couier Newspaper in Grants Pass on using digital texting and other virtual portable devices. While there is value in using the new portable devices, there are also many cautions that we seem to overlook: verbal and written communications the first among them.

Toastmasters International is an organization that has had great success addressing these issues and to improve the verbal development of communications. The Toastmaster speaking processes clearly assist in communicating in all of its aspects. There are two Toastmaster clubs in Josephine County and we are looking to form another one.

I have seen vast improvements in members who want to improve their speaking abilities. We even have colleges sending their Speech 101 students to visit Toastmasters. Today, many firms use Toastmasters to address the deficiencies of speaking and communicating in the business world. Many companies make Toastmasters membership a part of their management training programs because as your article points out, kids today do not get the opportunity to really interact in the art of verbal communications. Business today needs employees who can communicate in all customer facing experiences.

Yes, use of the new portable devices are growing but we cannot forget that at the end of the day its people to people directly communicating that is of the greatest value.

Written by Larry West, Southern Division Governor  
Toastmasters International – District 7


Welcome to District 7: Ilwaco Toastmasters!

2/3 of the D7 STAFF were at the Ilwaco Toastmasters Club to help celebrate the chartering of the club. Cathey and Rose came up the night before with their awesome crew and stayed in Long Beach, WA .

The brand new Ilwaco Toastmasters is a fabulous group! They alternate meeting at noon and then in the evening. It’s a nice set-up for the members of the club. Area Governor and Sponsor of the Club, Jenna Austin Nisbett has done a tremendous job organizing the club. Here is a list of the Club Officers:

President: Shelly Pollock
VP Education: Jenna Austin Nisbett
Secretary: Candace Carteen
Treasurer: Mark Scarborough
VP Public Relations: Karl Johnson
VP Membership: Kelly Jacobsen
Sgt. at Arms: Mike Karvia

While still in town, the D7 STAFF got the chance to get around the town. We had a blast playing in the local arcade. We drove on the beach (yes, it’s legal there!) and we got a chance to go to the lighthouse and see the beautiful scenery of the ocean from above. And the weather was incredibly nice. It was a little misty but not cold at all. 

If you’ve never been to Long Beach, WA, the worlds longest beach, make plans to go visit and while your there, visit the brand new Ilwaco Toastmasters Club!


Wanna be on TV? Come to TV Toastmasters!

Are you interested in taking your Toastmasters skills to the next level? Do you want to be part of a TV production and learn how it all comes together? How about coming to TV Toastmasters where you can give speeches, evaluations and table topics on TV! TV Toastmasters is an advanced club that meets monthly every 4th Saturday. The meetings are ran like a typical Toastmasters club with the exception that the meetings are taped live to broadcast on local TV station, TVCTV.

I visited TV Toastmasters for the first time last year and I had a blast! I hosted with Erick Rainey, our World Champion of Public Speaking finalist. We had so much fun and learned so much. We were writing notes to each other in between our stage appearances because we thought our mics were live. Turns out they turn them off, but we didn’t know and we wanted to make sure that our “whispers” didn’t make it on the TV show!

My Toastmasters skills were put to the ultimate test while being in front of the camera, and I’m so thankful for it. We have fun every show we produce. We do a complete run through before we tape so everyone knows when and where they have to enter the stage, which cameras to look at, and how to make sure your audio is working correctly. It’s more than just a Toastmasters meeting, it’s an experience.

In the last few meetings I’ve had the opportunity to co-host with Bill Hernandez, an awesome Toastmaster from West Beaverton Toastmasters. It’s been fun to work the stage, and handle different speaking situations, including live interviewing and a few impromptu situations.

Come check out TV Toastmasters. You’ll be glad you did. Even if you just want to come and be part of the audience the first time around.

To find out more about the club, including directions, please visit TV Toastmasters at:

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