Good News and Bad News

We had a Job Fair at work today where different departments set up tables to let people know what they do.  Our club was allowed to have a table at the fair as well, which we shared with our sister club in the same company.  I worked the table between noon and 1PM and there was quite a bit of interest.  At the end of the day, we had 48 people sign up to be invited to meetings!  I’m very impressed and excited about the prospects of all the potential new members!  I give a large amount of the credit to our Vice-President Membership.  She did a wonderful job organizing this, as well as manning the table for most of the day.

On a sadder note, our Sergeant at Arms e-mailed me today to let me know that, because of work priorities, she’s going to have to step down from her post.  We’re going to need to hold an election to replace her.


Time Management Failure

Mentoring PresentationOur club had its New Member Meet and Greet meeting today.  We had some refreshments, which is out of the ordinary for us.

The agenda was a bit less structured than usual for today’s meeting.  We didn’t have any prepared speeches or evaluations, just a longer Table Topics session, which was nice in that it allowed more people to take part; and one of our new members won Best Table Topic Speech.

Of course, I also presented the Mentoring Presentation for my Advanced Leader Bronze.  It seemed to go well.  Unfortunately, I misjudged how much time it would take to present, so we ran out of time in the meeting and I wasn’t able to finish it.

My plan is to re-present it next month.  We’ve rearranged the schedules for some upcoming meetings and I will be trying again.  We’ll schedule the presentation before the Table Topics this time to make sure we don’t run over time.

I’ll be presenting my second AL Presentation in November.  It will be Moments of Truth, it involves breaking into groups and evaluation how the club is doing in a number of areas.

Update on our Member Renewals: They went out in the mail yesterday and are on their way to World Headquarters (WHQ).  They may not make it there by tomorrow.  But, good news, I double-checked the guidelines in the Distinguished Club Plan Manual and we actually have until October 10th to have them in, so we should make it easily.

Club Maintenance

Been following up with our Treasurer today about getting our membership renewal payments into World Headquarters by September 30th.  We need to beat that deadline to earn a point towards our club’s Distinguished Club Program.

We started planning early this month because we’ve had difficulties making the deadline before.  One of the disadvantages of having a corporate club is that getting the check cut in a timely manner can be a hassle, especially when we have members from several different departments.  Of course, one of the benefits is that the company pays for our membership and gives us a budget for club expenses.

This is only our second year and we’re already improving with this, so we’ll eventually figure it out.

I also spoke with our Vice President Education to discuss the menu for our New Member Meet and Greet on Wednesday, it should be a fun meeting.

Happy (belated) National Punctuation Day!

I’m a day behind, but yesterday was National Punctuation Day.

You can see the website here.

The Virginian-Pilot had an amusing editorial on it yesterday.  If you still have the paper or a Pilot-Online account, I encourage you to check it out.

Share your punctuation pet peeves or frustrations in comments.  Personally, it took me a long time to get the hang of the semi-colon (;) and I have to be mindful of my tendency to overuse the comma (,).  How about you?

Next Week

My plans for next week:

On Wednesday, we’re having our special 5th Wednesday meeting.

This time, we are going to have a new member meet and greet.  Along that theme, I will be presenting the Mentoring module from the Successful Club series so we can get our Mentor program going.  This is important for the club for a number of reasons: One, it encourages new members to be more active in the club, which will make it more likely they’ll keep coming.  Two, each member needs to serve as a mentor at least once to complete project 9 of their Competent Leader manual.

Presenting the module also gets me credit towards my Advanced Leader Bronze educational award.

After that, I need to review my Humorous Speech again to prepare for the Area Contest on the 2nd.  I’ve presented the speech twice already, so I know it well, but it’s been two and a half weeks since I gave it last and I want to make sure I still have it down and won’t need notes.

Contest Season

Our club recent held our Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests.  We are sending two of our members to the Area contests held on October 2nd at Regent University.  I will be competing in the Humorous Speech contest.  Wish me luck.


Welcome to my new blog.  I’ve started it to share my experiences as a Toastmaster.  Along the way, I’ll probably go off-topic and talk about other things too.  But discussing language and Toastmasters is my main reason for starting the blog.

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