Founder’s District, Memorial Day Outing at Angels Stadium

Last year we took a crowd of 50 people to Angels Stadium and we had a great time enjoying the game and the fireworks afterwards! If you would like to join us for a Founder’s District outing on Monday May 30, 2016, please let me know right away, tickets will be $22.00 each and they will most certainly go fast!

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Please register by submitting this form:

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Fifth Annual U.S. Bank Toastmaster of the Year

The Fifth Annual U.S. Bank Toastmaster of the Year is Sudhanwa Karmarkar!

Sudhanwa follows Bernardine “Bernie” Krupka of “Five Star Speakers” in Minneapolis, MN by winning this award.  Sudhanwa was nominated by his club for his tremendous efforts to charter a new club and its members.  Hear what fellow toastmasters had to say about our 1st place US Bank Toastmaster!

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Sudhanwa Karmarkar – US Bank Michelson Toastmasters Club Vice President, Wealth Mgmt & Securities Svcs, Irvine, CA

“Sudh took the initiative to start the US Bank Michelson Toastmasters Club.  He has served as the VP of Education and as President.  He has facilitated the meetings from the start, encouraged others to join and to speak, and has become an amazing speaker.  He has given guidance and advice to others from making sure the meetings flow with ease, explaining to others the responsibilities of their roles, to giving speech advice.  The club wouldn’t be where it’s at without Sudh.”

“Sudh chartered the new club at US Bank Michelson Building in Irvine, California.  Sudh coached all the new club members who had no Toastmasters experience.  Sudhanwa built and developed the club website and gave extensive presentations to club members to use it for club purposes (FreeToast Host Website).  Sudhanwa defined the meeting agenda at each meeting, contest structure and was instrumental in building a strong club culture.”

“Sudhanwa has been our strongest leader from the very beginning.  We were chartered in October 2014 and Sudhanwa was instrumental in recruiting our initial charter members.  Sudhanwa ran for office and was elected VP of Education.  In this role, he helped the entire club learn to be Toastmasters.  Other Toastmasters that visit our club regularly comment that our club is just as strong as many very seasoned clubs.  Sudhanwa’s leadership style is both strong and nurturing. Sudhanwa is not only very involved in every aspect of our club, but also has volunteered for an Area event.  Although we have only been a club for less than 1 year, I think Sudhanwa would be an excellent candidate for Toastmaster of the Year based on his activities listed above, his dedication and the tremendous growth that he has fostered in our club so far.”

A toast from the U.S. Bank Toastmaster of the Year. The U.S. Bank Toastmaster of the year award goes to… Tuesday, September 22, 2015

With 24 Toastmasters clubs at U.S. Bank, many employees participate in Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership skills, which can directly impact their lives. Every year, each club nominates one person for the U.S. Bank Toastmaster of the Year Award.

For 2014-2015, the winner of the U.S. Bank Toastmaster of the Year Award is… drumroll, please…Sudhanwa Karmarkar, an investor reporting analyst in Wealth Management & Securities Services.

Sudhanwa (Sudh) became a member of Toastmasters less than a year ago to improve his public speaking and leadership skills. In October 2014, he helped charter the Toastmasters club at the Michelson Building in California and was instrumental in building the club culture, recruiting initial members and coaching all new members. Additionally, he’s recognized as one of the strongest leaders of the club and was elected President of the club.

A toast from Sudh:

Receiving this award fills me with a sense of joy and accomplishment. It adds fuel to keep working harder and reinforces my passion and belief in the Toastmasters program.

I instantly realized the amazing potential of this program. Coming from a small town in India, growing up with English as not being my first or second language, I seriously lacked communication skills, successful communication skills.

With Toastmasters, I broke out of my comfort zone and have become a better people person and a better listener. I’m able to quickly formulate a comforting, nurturing response for my customers, which helps make any problem simple and easy to fix and ensures consistently high customer service results.

I was promoted to Vice President this year, and I believe my improved communication skills and ability to lead and manage many projects and tasks simultaneously has been the driver for this progress and it is all thanks to the gift of Toastmasters.

I wish to thank my fellow club members for a wonderful year of growth and development. A special thanks also goes to my managers, Brian Scheff and Thomas Helms, for giving me an opportunity to work on my development, and also to my mentor Marshall Northcott, DTM, who guided me every step of the way. This award is as much theirs as it is mine.

Congratulations, Sudh.

Visit the Toastmasters at U.S. Bank community on US Book to find out more about Toastmasters.

Other related articles:

Top Ten Reasons to Charter a Toastmasters Club

Self-Generated New Club Leads

Tips for Chartering Corporate Toastmasters Clubs

Division G – Youth Leadership Program

Think of the successful leaders you know.  They probably have one trait in common, the ability to communicate effectively.  Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed.  Young people need the Youth Leadership program so they can grow to meet the challenges of adulthood and leadership successfully.

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What is the Youth Leadership Program?

The Youth Leadership Program is designed to help young people develop effective communication skills, leadership skills and self-confidence.  Participants are typically under 18 years old.

How much does it cost for the participants?

There is no fee to participants.  The sponsoring club provides all materials; such as the Participant’s Handbook.

What is the incentive for parents of the participants or the community at large?

The Youth Leadership Program gives parents an opportunity to provide their children the skills to meet the challenges in school and professional life.  The program fosters growth and teaches valuable skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders in industry and in the community.

Who can coordinate a Youth Leadership program?

Any experienced toastmaster that has completed six or more projects in the Competent Communication manual may conduct a Youth Leadership Program.  The program must be approved and sponsored by your Toastmaster club.  The club President appoints a program coordinator who, in turn, may appoint an assistant.

What is the benefit to the Youth Leadership Program coordinator?

The coordinator will enjoy time with the young leaders of tomorrow, learn and develop teaching skills and receive credit towards their Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award.  By sponsoring and coordinating a program, clubs and coordinators promote Toastmasters in the community.

Where do you find participants?

There are many sources to find young people: local civic clubs such as YMCA, religious groups, schools and the community at large.  Each program should have a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 25 participants. The ideal number is 15 to 20 participants.

What is the content of the program?

The program consists of eight sessions with each session lasting about 1–2 hours.  Participants learn to prepare an organized speech, present ideas logically, listen effectively, evaluate what they have heard, offer advice and to conduct effective business meetings.  Activities taking place in the eight sessions include the following:

  • Evaluation of present speaking ability
    Discussion of chairmanship principles
    Presentation of speeches
    Impromptu talks
    Group evaluation
    Discussion of speech organization
    Discussion and practice in listening
    Discussion of gestures in speaking
    Discussion of voice and vocabulary
    Exercise in chairmanship

Where can I find help?

Complete the form below to notify the Founder’s District, Division G, Youth Leadership Chair if you want a program in your area or are coordinating a program for your Club:

 

Introducing Wine On Wednesdays – WOW!

Ladies and Gentlemen

There is a void in South Orange County for an Advanced Toastmasters Club that serves the needs of Wine Connoisseurs and we will fill that void with a NEW ADVANCED CLUB that will charter in July 2015:

Wine On Wednesdays – WOW!

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This new advanced club has several purposes:

  • serve the needs of members to give advanced speeches
  • create additional leadership roles for club members
  • deliver educational training every month on our favorite topic = Wine
  • expand Toastmasters club membership in Division G (new members will flock to this club!)

Tell me more!!

  • Intended to be a specialty club for wine connoisseurs (non-wine drinkers are welcome)
  • Will meet once a month on the second Wednesday of the month
  • Meetings at the Rancho Capistrano Winery in San Juan Capistrano
  • There will be wine tasting at every meeting

There are 2 unique club meeting roles for this club:

  • Sommelier: at each meeting this individual will educate members on the wine selection of the month (information provided by the winery)
  • Designated Driver: assigned for each meeting, this role is required to be sure we travel safely after the meeting

Our next meeting is JULY 8th, 2015 @ 6:30pm at the Rancho Capistrano Winery, San Juan Capistrano.

PLEASE JOIN US!  ASK YOUR FRIENDS & CLUB MEMBERS TO JOIN US!

BE A PART OF THIS NEW AND EXCITING ADVENTURE IN COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP AND WINE TASTING!

We need roles filled for the meeting – tell me what role you can fill!!

What will this club do for YOU:

  • Each month we will learn about a specific wine and improve our wine knowledge
  • You have more opportunities to deliver your Competent Communicator and advanced speeches
  • You have more opportunities to complete your Competent Leader and other advanced leadership roles by serving in this club!

A few business items:

  • This is an Advanced Club
  • We need 20 members to charter; 17 of which must be Dual club members
  • One time Charter fee of $6.75 per person for Charter Members only
  • Dues to Toastmasters International are $6.00 per month
  • Club dues are $20 a month (to cover wine tasting and any food pairings you order – note than anything over $20 is on your tab)

We will use the standard Toastmaster meeting agenda with the following unique additions – The first 1/2 hour of the meeting will be wine tasting lead by the club Sommelier; wine notes will be provide by the winery

For more information, or to join in on this grand adventure please complete and submit the following:

 

REMEMBER the Club Challenge:

Bring a friend (or 2) to the next meeting. Our meeting room will hold 30 people – let’s go for it!!

See you on Wednesday July 8th!

Rancho Capistrano Winery
26755 Verdugo St. #100
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
P: (949) 481-6682

http://www.ranchocapistranowinery.com/

Exciting Things are Happening in Division G!

Clubs are Holding Open Houses

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San Clemente Toastmasters

New Club Officer Teams are Being Inducted

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2015/ 2016 Club Officer Team at South Orange County Toastmasters – – From Left to Right – Jennifer Allert, Caryn Snodgrass, Tom Cawein, David Hilgendorf, Shelly Blair, John Foley, Noelle Hirneise

New Clubs are Being Celebrated

Charter Ceremonies

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Candid Speaking Superstars at Advance Sterilization Products – Far Left, Chester Ritchie, Club Mentor, Center, Rigo Guzman, Club Sponsor and President, Far Right, Nigel Blackwell, Club Mentor
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Lightly Toasted at Girls Scouts of Orange Couty – Far Left, John Barry, Division G New Clubs Chair, Center, Lori Cantley, Club Sponsor and President, Far Right, Marie-Noelle Palermo, Area G4 Governor and Division G Governor Elect

Announcing a New Advance Toastmasters Club – WOW (Wine on Wednesdays)

Ladies and Gentlemen

There is a void in South Orange County for an Advanced Toastmasters Club that serves the needs of Wine Connoisseurs and we will fill that void with a NEW ADVANCED CLUB that will charter in July 2015:

Wine On Wednesdays – WOW!

This new advanced club has several purposes:

  • serve the needs of members to give advanced speeches
  • create additional leadership roles for club members
  • deliver educational training every month on our favorite topic = Wine
  • expand Toastmasters club membership in Division G (new members will flock to this club!)

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Tell me more!!

  • Intended to be a specialty club for wine connoisseurs (non-wine drinkers are welcome)
  • Will meet once a month on the second Wednesday of the month
  • Meetings at the Rancho Capistrano Winery in San Juan Capistrano
  • There will be wine tasting at every meeting

There are 2 unique club meeting roles for this club:

  • Sommelier: at each meeting this individual will educate members on the wine selection of the month (information provided by the winery)
  • Designated Driver: assigned for each meeting, this role is required to be sure we travel safely after the meeting

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WHEN IS THE FIRST MEETING?

The first meeting is JUNE 10th, 2015 @ 6:30pm at the Rancho Capistrano Winery, San Juan Capistrano.

PLEASE JOIN US!  ASK YOUR FRIENDS & CLUB MEMBERS TO JOIN US!

BE A PART OF THIS NEW AND EXCITING ADVENTURE IN COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP AND WINE TASTING!

I am excited to see all of you at our fist WOW (Wine on Wednesdays) meeting Wednesday June 10th!

We need roles filled for the meeting – tell me what role you can fill!!

What will this club do for YOU:

  • Each month we will learn about a specific wine and improve our wine knowledge
  • You have more opportunities to deliver your Competent Communicator and advanced speeches
  • You have more opportunities to complete your Competent Leader and other advanced leadership roles by serving in this club!

A few business items:

  • This is an Advanced Club
  • We need 20 members to charter; 17 of which must be Dual club members
  • One time Charter fee of $6.75 per person for Charter Members only
  • Dues to Toastmasters International are $6.00 per month
  • Club dues are $20 a month (to cover wine tasting and any food pairings you order – note than anything over $20 is on your tab)
  • We will use the standard Toastmaster meeting agenda with the following unique additions – The first 1/2 hour of the meeting will be wine tasting lead by the club Sommelier; wine notes will be provide by the winery

We need the following roles filled for Wednesday June 10, 2015:

  • Toastmaster
  • Inspiration
  • Table Topics Master
  • Ah-Counter
  • Grammarian

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For more information, or to join in on this grand adventure please complete and submit the following:

 

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach Hosts Open House

At Susie Q Community Center on May 4

(Laguna Beach, CA)  Toastmasters of Laguna Beach Club is hosting an Open House at the Susie Q Community Center on Monday, May 4, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. including free parking, food and refreshments.  It is open to the public but reservations are requested.

At the event, the club will receive its new club charter from Toastmasters International, honoring Toastmasters of Laguna Beach as an official club in the worldwide organization.

Anyone who wants to learn how to improve their public speaking, communication and leadership skills is welcome to attend.

Reservations should be made with Club President, Alex Palermo at ajpalermo3@att.net or by calling Linda Robinson, (949) 370-1184. The Susie Q Center is located at 380 3d Street in Laguna Beach.

Toastmasters of Laguna Beach was formed in May, 2014 and has steadily grown to over 25 members today.  The club meets every Monday evening, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Public Library in Laguna Beach.  Guests and visitors are welcome.

By joining Toastmasters,  people can develop more confidence as public speakers and leaders.  At weekly meetings, club members give speeches, practice impromptu speaking and evaluate each other. And by serving as club officers, members also develop leadership skills.

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Officers, Laguna Beach Toastmasters, seated left to right, Dennis Bogle, Sgt. at Arms, Linda Robinson, Treasurer, Patricia Truman, Secretary, John Foley, Vice President Public Relations. Standing left to right Gwen Earle, Vice President, Alex Palermo, President. Not pictured, Ana Finkelstein, Vice President, Membership. Photo by Marshall Northcott