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New Horizons Diamond Jubilee Dazzles

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James Wantz

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Phyllis Harmon, DTM, LGET

On October 12th New Horizons Toastmasters celebrated its 60th anniversary with a get-together of current and former members. The morning was kicked off with an inspirational speech by Dick Warren. Following him was an award presentation by current president, James Wantz, who acknowledged and recognized members who were instrumental in keeping the torch of New Horizons lit through the darker times of reduced membership and flagging commitment.

A special acknowledgement was given to Phyllis Harmon, LGET and New Horizons member, who put forth significant effort to help New Horizons rise to the strong and vibrant club it is today. The club’s history was presented by Robert Wells, VPE, in a humorous piece of storytelling where he took on the persona of New Horizons. He spoke about how he had started life with a different name, Beyond Basic (club #1360 chartered with that name but is now New Horizons), about the people that helped see him through a rough patch, and concluded by thanking everyone in attendance for helping him celebrate 60 years. Bill Maher, Table Topicsmaster, roused everyone with witty, engaging, and thought provoking questions for the remainder of the morning.

Cathy Harris oversaw the wonderful decorations: placards, ribbons, and diamonds that adorned the room. The Diamond Anniversary was both evident in color and festivity as food and sparkling cider were provided for attendees to toast the ongoing health of the club. The year ahead looks bright for New Horizons. If you are interested in seeing what the hubbub is all about, visit us on Saturday mornings @ PixelGigs (7504 SW Bridgeport Road) in Tualatin. We start promptly at 8 a.m. and end at 9:15 a.m.

Submitted by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             JamesWantz,  President                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Horizons Toastmasters Club

Conferences – Why Bother?

Week after week you go to your club meetings, listen to and perhaps give a speech, fill a role, give an evaluation, do whatever…  Are you finding club meetings becoming routine, with the same voices heard week after week?  Where is the spark? Where is the motivation to think differently? What new ideas are coursing through your brain that could take you and your club to the next level  (but you don’t quite have all the information you need to shepherd your ideas to fruition, and so you don’t)?

Does this sound like you? If so, then help is at your doorstep!

You can turn your passion into purpose by attending the District 7 Fall Conference: Passion to Purpose this Saturday, November 9th in Brooks, Oregon!  Use the conference as a touch point for collaborating with your peers on best practices, learn a thing or two about the secrets of successful leaders, find out why some leaders are just plain bad and how to cope with them, or simply go for the fun of venturing outside your club.

Conferences offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge base, improve your personal skills and network with others who may have found the answer to your particular issue or barrier to success. You’ll discover what your peers are doing in other parts of the District, and share what you know with members thirsty to learn from you. You’ll attend breakout sessions designed to help you improve your personal and professional leadership skills.  The workshops will help you increase your ability to step up as a leader, influence your peers, and help you develop your own leadership style.

Let’s not forget about the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contestants. They’ve worked extremely hard developing their presentations, fighting off all contenders, for the privilege of appearing on the big stage at the District 7 Fall conference. Table Topics contestants have been sharpening their wit and honing their ability to speak coherently under pressure. If you are considering competition, here’s your opportunity to connect with the best and ask one of them to be your competition coach.

You will have the current and past District leaders right there where you can ask them what keeps them working towards District success. You’ll learn what keeps them motivated to help members work towards their own successes. Through them, you’ll glean valuable insight into their journey to the top and apply it to your own destiny. The conference is your golden opportunity to connect, to learn, and to take away new ideas that you can apply in and out of Toastmasters.

Attending a conference is one of the most exciting, accessible opportunities for breathing new life into your career and a club life that’s beginning to feel like a habit. At the end of the day, you go home energized with a toolkit of ideas, solutions, and practical tips that you can immediately apply at your next meeting.

I assure you that attending the District 7 Fall Conference is not just another day of networking and contests. It’s the portal to a new, vibrant YOU!

 

High Achievers Award Presented to Fortunate 500

group picture copyLeanna Lindquist, District Public Relations Officer, and I attended Fortunate 500’s club meeting on October 29th. This high energy club followed a Halloween theme throughout the meeting. The evening was balanced with an ice breaker, where we took a journey from third grade spelling bee champion to a calling as a Salvation Army Pastor, followed by an inspirational project 10 where we experienced the angst of job loss and how Toastmasters played  a role in helping the presenter find their next job. In Table Topics we spoke with ghoulies, ghosts, and witches. Everyone participated in the meeting, making it a lot of fun. Club president, Bob Kerr, accepted the 1st Quarter High Achievers award for the club, and agreed that Fortunate 500 is very fortunate indeed to have such loyal and hard working members. He wasn’t a bit surprised that the club achieved first place in the competition, as he believes they are Number 1 in all their endeavors!

Second quarter High Achievers award will be presented in January to the club whose members submit the largest percentage of educational awards in October, November, and December based on active membership at the end of the quarter. For October Servetus, Grants Pass, and Molalla Toastmasters were the front runners in the contest.  With two more months to go, every club has the opportunity to walk home with the trophy.

Billboards Coming to Salem

Billboard Salem Rotating-finalBecome a more confident speaker and leader. Find a club near you. 1-877-778-5730. www.toastmasters.org.

For the next three months this message, along with the Toastmasters logo and “Where leaders are made” tagline, will be displayed on one of seven electronic billboards in Salem. The Toastmasters ad will be shown every 5-7 minutes, one location each week. The 10 ft x 30 ft electronic billboards are located at 12th St/Vista, Lancaster/Market St, Market St/32nd, Commercial/Kuebler, Commercial/Vista, N. River Road, and Mission/17th.

Snap photos of our Toastmasters ad and post them on your Facebook page. Share the link on the District 7 Facebook Group Page  for a chance to win a SPEAK DVD. Remember to park safely and watch for vehicular traffic while taking photos. Safety first.

 

How to Be a Speaker North America Tour

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John Rodke, Ryan Avery, Amber Hull

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After his winning speech “Trust is a Must”, have you wondered about District 7’s 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ryan Avery? Do you know about and have you followed his North America Tour?On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Ryan stopped in Eugene, Oregon and was excited to see some familiar faces at the University of Oregon Lawrence Hall for his How to be a Speaker tour.

With three weeks to recruit volunteers, find a venue, and promote the event, there were almost 100 attendees, including Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike. What resulted can be summed up in what Ryan wrote, “An amazing event.”

Each attendee had a workbook for notes and gleaned details on the formula for engaging the audience during a speech or presentation. Ryan engrossed the audience, encouraged participation, and gave away raffle items.

Attendee, Kati Newcomb, drove 2.5 hours to attend and wrote on Facebook, “It’s all GrayV baby. Love love love seeing friends! Annd learned John Rodke, Ryan Avery, Amber Hullhow to make a great speech. So really, what more could I ask for?”

During the picture and networking after the speaking event, a fire ensued in Lawrence Hall at 9:18 p.m. Ryan and others evacuated the building after hearing the sirens and seeing smoke fill the lobby. By 9:38 p.m. the fire had been extinguished.

This was one stop that was not only successful, but also eventful for Ryan and Chelsea. To follow the tour and obtain tips, go to How to Be a Speaker and Facebook

by Gladys Boutwell, DTMer

Dec 7th Future Stars Speech Contest

Future StarsTwenty four middle and high school students, under the leadership of Toastmaster Tahseen Mohammad, make up the membership of the Future Stars Club. Many of them have completed six speeches from the Competent Communicator Manual. They are preparing for their Annual Speech Contest. It will be held at the Beaverton Library (Rooms A&B )12375 SW 5th Street on Saturday, December 7th. The contest begins at 1:30 pm. Following the contest attendees will walk across the street to the Community Center to enjoy refreshments and socializing.

You will be amazed and delighted at the speaking skills of these young people. If you wish to judge or serve in any other role to help create a stellar contest please contact Tahseen:  mxtahseen@gmail.com

New Membership Rules Effective 4/1/2014

AssistanceBeginning with the renewal period 4/1/2014 – 10/31/2014, clubs must have a membership base of 8 members, of which 3 must be from the prior renewal period, in order to maintain their standing at Toastmasters International. This is a change from the current rules, where clubs only needed to have 6 members with 3 from the prior renewal period.

There are currently 183 clubs in District 7. Forty-five clubs have eight or fewer active members. If your club is in danger of losing their active status because of low membership, now is the time to hold an open house, conduct that community speechcraft you’ve been discussing, and start ramping up your membership drives. If you want help with your campaigns, contact Michelle Alba-Lim, Lt. Governor Marketing at lgm@d7toastmasters.org. As a reminder, clubs with less that 12 members are eligible for the club coach program. Contact Leanna Lindquist, Club Coach Coordinator, clubcoach@d7toastmasters.org, for more information about how this program can help your club increase membership.

If your club isn’t affected by the upcoming rules change, please lend a hand as a club coach, part of  the marketing team, or as an unofficial club mentor. Together we can help our smaller clubs thrive by partnering with them on their return to charter strength. Contact Michelle and Leanna asap, your Toastmasters family needs you.

Congratulations to All Contestants

1st place trophySaturday, November 9th marks the culmination of three months of work for the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contestants. Starting last August, they worked their way through three levels of competition to earn their place on the District stage on November 9th at the District 7 Fall Conference: Passion to Purpose. It takes focus, multiple revisions, and hours upon hours of practice to prepare for 7 minutes under the big lights for the speech contestants. Table Topics might not require as much obvious preparation time, but preparing to be witty and spontaneous takes as much practice and time as a prepared speech. Samuel Clemens is credited with saying that it takes three weeks to prepare for an impromptu speech. Whether he actually spoke those words is unclear, but it is clear that the ability to pull thoughts together in a structured opening, body, and conclusion and actually say something relevant to the question posed requires skill, an agile mind, and the ability to stand and deliver.

Congratulations to every contestant who walks the stage this Saturday. As you stand before us, pausing to center yourself as you look out over the audience, take pride in your accomplishments and know that we applaud your success.

 

October eNews

Editor’s Corner
September Submit an Award, Earn a Reward!                                                     Congratulations to all members who chose to submit a Competent Leader award in September. The members listed have earned either a new manual or a Toastmasters pin. They should look for a personal letter from Phyllis Harmon,DTM, Lt. Governor Education/
Training containing a link to order their rewards. View list. .

Submit an Award, Earn a Reward Challenge Continues!

The August/September “Submit an Award, Earn a Reward” campaign was CC-CL-manuals-Copy-300x225 3tremendously successful. Forty-five members submitted Competent Leader awards during the period and earned either a free manual or Toastmasters pin.  The campaign continues, but with a new challenge!  For every Competent Communication award recorded on Toastmasters International records during October and November, members can choose to be rewarded with a free manual of their choice or Toastmasters pin.

Two Ways to Earn Your Advanced Leadership Silver Award. . . 

Do You Want to Be a Club Mentor?

New clubs are not the only beneficiaries of the mentoring relationship. Mentoring allows mentors to share their expertise, develop their capacity to translate values and strategies into productive actions, prove themselves as valuable leaders, invest in the future of Toastmasters, obtain fresh perspectives, build teamwork skills, expose themselves to new situations in which to apply their skills, and earn credit toward the Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) Award. 
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Help Wanted: Club Coaches

Do you have the desire to help a struggling club succeed? Will your Toastmaster skills inspire members to turn their club around? Is an Advanced Leadership Silver (ALS) Award in your future? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the role of club coach is for you. Read more. .


Celebration of Leadership Did Not Disappoint 
Each year in September we celebrate our members at the Celebration of Leadership. This is time when the STAFF looks back on all the hard work and commitment members put into making our District successful and celebrate your successes. See what the attendees had to say and enjoy the slide show. Read more. . 


District 7 Fall Conference:                   Passion to Purpose November 9th

Did you ever wonder why District 7 offers two conferences a year? It’s a way to bring world renowned speakers to all of us, to give our members the opportunity to utilize their presentation skills, to enrich our toastmaster experience through learning, sharing and networking. Register now. .

From the District Governor . . . . .

How Clear Is Your Vision?  

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Can you see it?

As I was walking out of the President’s Dinner at the Toastmasters International Convention I saw it instantly. In this picture is someone who not only has a vision, but is taking steps to turn that vision into reality. Click on the image and take another look if you don’t see it. In the center of the photograph standing in front of the Toastmasters International photo back drop is a man posing as though he had won the World Championship of Public Speaking.The only thing missing is the trophy. He created a photo of himself achieving his vision. His hands are exactly in the position they will be in when he wins. Read more. . 


Grants Pass Toastmasters Club Wins Spruce Up Your Website Contest

Grants-Pass-Toastmasters-Club-852-004-Crop-RV-300x151A website may be the first introduction a potential member has to a club. Many clubs don’t have websites, many do not have current Toastmasters International branding while other websites are not current. To encourage these clubs to update their websites the “Spruce Up Your Website” contest was offered. Grants Pass Toastmasters Clubs’ website is properly branded, displays photos of their members, acknowledges members educational awards and is current. The club was treated to homemade cookies and apple cider. Please visit Grants Pass Toastmasters Club website now. http://grantspass.toastmastersclubs.org/

To learn how did they did it Read more. . 


New Horizons Toastmasters Celebrates Diamond AnniversaryDiamond-final-2-490x323

On Tuesday 1st October, The New Horizon’s Toastmasters was exactly 60 years old. This sparkling heritage is being celebrated with style for  the club’s Diamond Anniversary Event.

The New Horizons Toastmasters Club’s Diamond Anniversary will be held at the PixelGigs 10800 SW Tualatin Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062 on October 12th at 8:00 a.m. Read more. .


Ryan Avery Comes to Eugene

District 7’s own 2012 World Champion of Pryanublic Speaking Ryan Avery will appear at the UofO campus at Lawrence Hall, room 177 on October 16th. Do you have a son or daughter attending the UofO? Encourage them to take advantage of this great opportunity. Hope to see you there. Read more. .


I Love my club the best 3

Tell us why your Toastmaster Club is #1 in District 7. Do it by creating a video for the I Love My Club Video Contest. Draw on your club’s talent and creativity to share why your club is the best. This is a good opportunity for a club member to conduct an HPLP, High Performance Leadership Project. Read more..


And the Winner Is. . .

The District 7 1st Quarter High Achievers Award was captured by Fortunate 500 Club. Congratulations!
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When You Are A Contest Judge

If you have been recruited to judge at an upcoming District Speech Contest take a moment to check out the minimum requirements set forth by Toastmasters International. 
Read more.


Your Feedback Is Needed

The purpose of the monthly eNews is to keep our members informed about the
latest and greatest news in the Toastmaster world, both locally and internationally.Your ideas, opinions and needs matter to us.
Please send your comments as to what you would like to see in future issues to:
Leanna Lindquist, DTM, PRO

New Horizons Toastmasters Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

New HorizonsMany Toastmasters Clubs enjoy traditions, but few have the history of the New Horizons Toastmasters.

On Tuesday 1st October, The New Horizon’s Toastmasters was exactly 60 years old.  This sparkling heritage is being celebrated with style the club’s Diamond Anniversary Event. New Horizons Toastmasters has experienced a boost in member numbers over the last   2-3 years; and current members wish to honor and connect with past members through our Diamond Anniversary Event.

 Networking, Breakfast and Refreshments, October 12 at 8:00 a.m.    

 To celebrate our 60 Year Anniversary New Horizons Toastmasters is offering light breakfast items, refreshments, and of course cake! Led by esteemed Toastmaster Cleon Cox III, our Diamond Anniversary Event pays a tribute to the club’s history while keeping a focus on the clubs own “New Horizons”.

New Horizon’s members call upon any previous members of the club to come and join us and extend a hearty welcome to Guests, Fellow Toastmasters, Area and District Governors. The Anniversary Event will promote key elements of the Toastmaster’s experience through sharing, growing, participation, and building connections. Members will share with each other through extended table topics and the Word of the Day is CELEBRATE.

 Our Future

While New Horizons Celebrates its heritage, our very name implies a forward looking perspective – and New Horizons is well positioned to continue building its membership. “New Horizons extends a very warm welcome to meeting visitors. Our guests experience the supportive atmosphere we have; and many of them choose to join. We have a solid core of members including several DTMs and experienced members, and a growing membership of new Toastmasters. This gives us the solid foundation to see through the next 60 years”says the club’s current President James Wantz.

The New Horizons Toastmasters Club’s Diamond Anniversary will be held at the PixelGigs 10800 SW Tualatin Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062 at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The New Horizons Toastmasters Club’s Diamond Anniversary will be held at the 10800 SW Tualatin Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062 at 8.00am

Ryan Avery, World Champion of Public Speaking Comes to Eugene

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Learn from Ryan Avery, the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, how to maximize your potential by improving your speaking skills.

A year ago Ryan had no clue how to write, create and deliver a speech or presentation that kept his business associates and audiences engaged. With the 2004 World Champion, Randy Harvey, as his mentor and his coach/wife-Chelsea, Ryan found the formula that works. If he can do it, so can you!

Ryan will teach you his formula for how to make it a great speech and presentation and how you too can keep your audience hooked on your every word.

He will provide you with key secrets and strategies that are necessary to write, create and deliver speeches that engage, inspire and get your audience to take action. You will walk away with:

– How to speak with confidence
– How to write and deliver winning speeches and presentations
– How to be humors on stage

By attending this interactive workshop you will learn communication techniques guaranteed to help you advance in your career. The District is offering this event for FREE to the first 150 people registered. Sign up now and take your career to the next level and learn what Toastmasters can do for your personal and professional life. https://makeitagreatspeech-eugene.eventbrite.com

Grants Pass Toastmasters Club Wins Spruce Up Your Website Contest

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A website may be the first introduction a potential member has to a club. Many clubs don’t have websites, many do not have current Toastmasters International branding while other websites are not current. To encourage these clubs to update their websites the “Spruce Up Your Website” contest was offered. Grants Pass Toastmasters Clubs’ website is properly branded, displays photos of their members, acknowledges members educational awards and is current. The club was treated to homemade cookies and apple cider. Please visit Grants Pass Toastmasters Club website now.
http://grantspass.toastmastersclubs.org/

Club president Larry West shares the story of their website. transformation
Our club #852 had not addressed our website. Therefore we had a clean slate to begin with. Esther Stark was new to the Vice President Public Relations/ website administrator position and simply took on the opportunity to start anew on the website project. We wanted something that demonstrated the qualities of or club but projected individual accomplishments as well. We also wanted something to inspire anyone who accessed the site and that resulted in a visit to the club. Along the way we learned lessons that helped improve the site. We owe all accolades and debt to Esther Stark. Her unique and creative talents added to a dogged determination to advance the outcome to its highest level. She achieved that didn’t she?

We will keep perfecting the website and give careful attention to all suggestions for improvement. We view the site as something that if left alone would cause us to fall behind. We will continue to strive to improve to get ahead. That is the theme of our club in all that we do. We hope that it serves as a model for others to improve and take on the challenge of making their website a magnet for review and visitors as a result. The foundation of all our reviews are: does it identify and illustrate our members’ qualities and accomplishments as an inspirational source for others? Will it make an impact on the quality of our member recruitment needs? But most of all, does it represent the highest standards of the Toastmaster Organization as an educational institution and a safe place to achieve personal growth in leadership and public speaking. That will always be an open ended goal for the club that we never quite achieve….it keeps us growing.

Help Wanted: Club Coaches

Coach Do you have the desire to help a struggling club succeed? Will your Toastmaster skills inspire members to turn their club around? Is an Advanced Leadership Silver Award in your future? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the role of club coach is for you.

District 7 offers training, conference calls with other coaches and support to help you be successful as a club coach. The goal of a club coach is to help club members to help their club reach the goal of Distinguished. The term as a Club Coach can begin at any time. It ends on June 30th. Visit the District 7 Home Page and check out the resources under Club Coach at the top of the page.

For more information or to sign up to be a club coach contact Leanna Lindquist, DTM,  Club Coach Coordinator.    clubcoach@d7toastmasters.org

September Submit an Award, Earn a Reward Recognition

Sept CL winnersCongratulations to everyone who chose to submit a Competent Leader award in September. The members noted below have earned either a new manual or a Toastmasters pin.  Look for a personal letter from Phyllis Harmon, DTM, Lt. Governor Education/Training, containing a link to order their rewards.

During the first quarter (July 1 – September 30), members submitted 166 awards to Toastmasters International.  Congratulations to everyone working towards their personal goals in the areas of communication and leadership.  Here is a breakdown of the awards submitted so far this year.Ed awards submitted 1q13-landscape

“I’m excited to see so many members working towards their own success. By submitting their awards, they receive well-deserved recognition, and at the same time, help their clubs accomplish their Distinguished Club goals. Well Done!”  from Phyllis Harmon, DTM, Lt. Governor Education/Training

And the Winner Is…

1925A_black base fullsizeThe District 7 1st Quarter High Achievers Award was captured by Fortunate 500 Club. Close competitors were Siuslaw Talespinners and Tabula Rasa. In addition to winning the 1st quarter trophy, Fortunate 500’s group picture will be displayed on the large screen at the Fall Conference, an article about the club will appear in the November E-news, and notices about their achievement will be forwarded to the local community papers for publication.

Congratulations Fortunate 500 Toastmasters Club!

The District 7 High Achievers award will be presented each quarter to the club whose members have submitted the highest percentage of communication and leadership awards during the quarter. The winning club is based on awards submitted divided by club membership at the end of the quarter. 

Submit an Award, Earn a Reward Challenge Continues!

CC-CL-manuals-CopyThe August/September “Submit an Award, Earn a Reward” campaign was tremendously successful. Forty-five members submitted Competent Leader awards during the period and earned either a free manual or Toastmasters pin.  The campaign continues, but with a new challenge!  For every Competent Communication award recorded on Toastmasters International records during October and November, members can choose to be rewarded with a free manual of their choice or Toastmasters pin.

How Clear is Your Vision?

Before I write anything, Please take a moment and look at this picture from the 2013 Toastmasters International Convention.

This person knows exactly what they want!

This person knows exactly what he wants!

Can you see it?

As I was walking out of the President’s Dinner on Saturday night, I saw it instantly. In this picture is someone who not only has a vision, but is taking steps to turn that vision into reality. Click on the image and take another look if you don’t see it.

In the center of the photograph standing in front of the Toastmasters International photo back drop is a man posing as though he had won the World Championship of Public Speaking. The only thing missing is the trophy. He created a photo of himself achieving his vision. His hands are exactly in the position they will be in when he wins.

What’s your vision?

Have you written it down?  Have you shared it with others? This year I am constantly sharing my vision for every club in District 7 to be Presidents’ Distinguished. I have put it in writing. I tell everyone about it. I need your help to get us there. I need you sharing your Toastmasters success with your friends. I want you to achieve at least one educational award this year.

Most of all, I want you to create a vision of what your success looks like in Toastmasters this year. Share it with your club and ensure it is part of the Club Success Plan. Finally, create something that represents your vision and place it where you see it everyday to keep you focused and on track to accomplish your vision.

Lost Member Reactivation Campaign

imagesCA3FUGLISeptember is membership renewal month. A great source of potential new members lies in your former members. Compile your list and schedule a special even just for them. Welcome them back with open arms. They will remember all the fun they had as a toastmaster. Table Topics will make them feel like they are back home. Current and former members will have a chance to rekindle old friendships. Many people leave toastmasters because life and schedules get in the way. Times change, a warm reception by you may be all it takes to encourage a former member to rejoin. As a bonus a goal in the Competent Leader manual can be fulfilled when an event is planned.

September eNews

From the District Governor . . . . .

The 2013 Toastmasters International Convention 

What’s it like to attend an International Convention? Is it all work and no play? How can a Toastmasters International Convention be in your future? For the answers to these and more questions along with some “Kodak Moments” Read more

Save the Date! Celebration of Leadership September 21st!celebration-of-leadership-copy

Each year in September we celebrate our members at the Celebration of Leadership. This is time when the STAFF looks back on all the hard work and commitment you’ve put into making our District successful and celebrate your successes.

This year we will be gathering on Saturday, September 21st, under the trees at the Lake Oswego home of Deveny Bywaters, past District Governor. Scheduled for the day is a potluck, BBQ chicken, live, toe-tapping music, and a day filled with laughter and fun. The agenda is being completed and will appear on the District 7 calendar in the next week or so.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this once-a-year event. Be sure to mark your calendar for September 21st, and look for more information about the Celebration of Leadership in our District social pages.


Submit an Award, Earn a Reward! 

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In August, District 7 launched an educational incentive that benefits you the member. For every Competent Leader (CL) award submitted and recorded on the books at Toastmasters International in August or September, members earn either a manual or a Toastmasters pin. Congratulations to the following August recipients for submitting their Competent Leader awards:

Clarke, Kathleen               Rhodes, Vickie L.                          Dole, Kimberly A              Smith, Colleen Michelle
Gardner, Jamal                 Stahmer Demoss, Gretche          Glade,Syrena M.              Stevenson, Scott
Holdridge, Ronda M.        Stotler, Annamarie Rose             McCrea, Shaun S.             Tampkins, Alek J.
Rash, Sally                         Winger, Eric A.

Look for an email from Phyllis Harmon, LGET, with a form link to order your manual or pin. Congratulations to each of you on completing another manual and for contributing to your club’s Presidents Distinguished success.

Every Journey Begins with the Closing of a Door

This is a story from the heart written by Dennis Hills, Toastmaster and father of Ronda Holdridge, our District 7 International Speech Contest winner. Many of you had the pleasure of meeting Ronda and her father as they traveled through our district fine tuning Ronda’s speeches. Take a moment to read about their incredible journey. Read more

Welcome to the D7 Family

District 7 extends a warm welcome and hearty congratulations to our two newest clubs! Downtown Lunchbunch and Axium…um…ums. Read more

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We are off and running towards Presidents Distinguished. As of September 1, here is what we’ve accomplished together:
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Is Your Club Reaching for the Gold?

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With just two months of the 1st quarter completed, members are submitting their educational awards to Toastmasters International.  So far, 107 educational awards are on the records.  A quick check looks like the following clubs are in the running for the
1st quarter District 7 High Achievers Award:

Tabula Rasa Toastmasters
Sherwood Town Criers Club
Jefferson State Toastmasters
Servetus Toastmasters
Columbian Club
Southern Oregon Speechmasters     Insert YOUR Club’s Name Here!

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Did You Know? Renew

It’s time to renew our commitment to self improvement as a Toastmasters member. A minimum of six dues payments, three from renewing members, must be submitted to Toastmasters International by October 10th to qualify for credit towards the Distinguished Club program. Read more

Upcoming District 7 Events

September kicks off a very busy contest season. Area contests are popping up all over the District 7 calendar.  Area governors, if your contest is not listed on the calendar yet, please get it posted. If you need judges for your contest, you can access the judges contact list from the Contact Us link on the District 7 home page.

Upcoming Events in September:

9/1-9/30: Smedley awards continue

9/1:  Begin dues renewal for the period 10/1/2013 – 3/31/2014

9/1-9/28: Area contests – check the District 7 calendar

9/21: Celebration of Leadership

9/28: Last day for Area contests

Lost Member Reactivation Campaign

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September is membership renewal month. A great source of potential new members lies in your former members. Compile your list and schedule a special even just for them. Welcome them back with open arms. They will remember all the fun they had as a toastmaster. Table Topics will make them feel like they are back home. Current and former members will have a chance to rekindle old friendships. Many people leave toastmasters because life and schedules get in the way. Times change, a warm reception by you may be all it takes to encourage a former member to rejoin. As a bonus a goal in the Competent Leader manual can be fulfilled when an event is planned.
Let us know what you did to bring former membes back to your club. emal: pro@d7toastmasters.org

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Tell us why your Toastmaster Club is #1 in District 7. Do it by creating a video for the I Love My Club Video Contest. Draw on your club’s talent and creativity to share why your club is the best. This is a good opportunity for a club member to conduct an HPLP, High Performnce Leadership Project. Read more

Upcoming Events

Jan
18
Thu
6:30 PM LEARN & EARN Division H Makeup C... @ Griffith DrIve Building
LEARN & EARN Division H Makeup C... @ Griffith DrIve Building
Jan 18 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
LEARN & EARN Division H Makeup Club Officer Training @ Griffith DrIve Building | Beaverton | Oregon | United States
Missed Toastmasters Leadership Institute on December 2nd? Join us for an evening of officers training, fun, and food. Not only will you get an opportunity to network with your fellow club officers, you will walk[...]
Feb
24
Sat
12:00 PM High Desert TLI @ Bend Library
High Desert TLI @ Bend Library
Feb 24 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Come join your fellow Toastmasters at the second, semi-annual High Desert TLI! We are bringing in an awesome cast of speakers from near and far to train on getting into Pathways, successful club leadership, and[...]
Feb
28
Wed
6:30 PM LEARN & EARN LAST CHANCE! Divisi... @ Griffith Drive Building
LEARN & EARN LAST CHANCE! Divisi... @ Griffith Drive Building
Feb 28 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
LEARN & EARN LAST CHANCE! Division H Makeup Club Officer Training @ Griffith Drive Building | Beaverton | Oregon | United States
Last chance to fulfill your club officer training requirement. LEARN best practices and EARN credit towards your club’s  year-end goals! Open to all club members who want to learn more about the club officer roles,[...]
Mar
2
Fri
all-day Complete Club Contests – Interna...
Complete Club Contests – Interna...
Mar 2 all-day
Club Contests can start as early as December 1st. You have until March 2nd to finish them. Have fun! They are an excellent opportunity to thrive and grow as a speaker and leader!
Mar
10
Sat
10:00 AM Area 32 & 33 Spring Speech Contest @ Oregon State University Kearney Hall 112
Area 32 & 33 Spring Speech Contest @ Oregon State University Kearney Hall 112
Mar 10 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Other than selecting the best speakers to represent our areas, our goal is to get this contest completed within 2 hours, or less. Given that we might have up to 16 contestants in total, to[...]
Apr
16
Mon
6:30 PM Division H Intl Speech & Speech ... @ Griffith Drive Building
Division H Intl Speech & Speech ... @ Griffith Drive Building
Apr 16 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Division H Intl Speech & Speech Evaluation Contests @ Griffith Drive Building | Beaverton | Oregon | United States
Areas 91 – 96 Speech & Speech Evaluation Champions compete for a place on the District stage at the Spring Conference.  Come join us for an evening of unforgettable speeches, networking, and wonderful potluck samplings![...]