We are club 6003592, located in the West Pembroke Pines/Southwest Ranches/West Miramar area in Florida, USA! Within the Toastmasters International organization, we are in Area 14, Division A, District 47, and Region 8!
Our club was officially chartered by Toastmasters International on June 25, 2018, after our Club Sponsor/Founder, Alejandro, built the membership to the minimum requirement of 20 members beginning in January 2017.
We are a diverse group of approximately 30 to 40 members who meet to practice public speaking skills and leadership skills in a supportive and positive environment.
Our primary methods to strengthen public speaking skills are through regular practice and peer feedback. Our club fosters a relaxed atmosphere and a non-judgmental approach to developing our members into confident speakers. Our members present prepared speeches for approximately 4 to 6 minutes or 5 to 7 minutes (sometimes varies), answer impromptu questions (Table Topics) for 1 to 2 minutes and give peer feedback for 2 to 3 minutes. Although it is challenging at first, we have fun in the process. We also hold semi-annual speech contests and attend semi-annual Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) training sessions.
We also have opportunities to learn and strengthen leadership skills by performing various meeting roles (such as meeting host, timer, grammarian, body language monitor, vote counter and presenter of a Tip of the Day) and serving as elected club officers (President, Vice President Education, Vice President Membership, Vice President Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms). Additionally, there are regional and international leadership opportunities in our District and all the way up to Toastmasters International.
During 2018-2019, our club earned the Toastmasters International Select Distinguished Club Award by earning 7 out of 10 goals in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
During 2019-2020, our club earned the Toastmasters International President’s Distinguished Club Award by earning the maximum 10 DCP goals, the Smedley membership building Award, and the Talk Up Toastmasters membership building Award for adding 5 new members each during the 2-month campaigns.
During 2020-2021, our club again earned the Toastmasters International President’s Distinguished Club Award by earning the maximum 10 DCP goals, and the Talk Up Toastmasters membership building award for adding 5 new members within a 2-month campaign. In addition, we earned 2 incentives for having all 7 club officers trained twice during the year and for completing 5 DCP goals by 12/31/20.
During 2021-2022, our club again earned the Toastmasters International President’s Distinguished Club Award by earning the maximum 10 DCP goals, and the Talk Up Toastmasters membership building award for adding 5 new members within a 2-month campaign. In addition, we earned the DCP Pathblazer’s Award and our President earned the Golden Flame President’s Award, In addition, we earned 3 incentives for having all 7 club officers trained twice during the year, for being a top-earning club for DCP goals in the first 6 months of the fiscal year and for holding an online Open House in February 2022.
Twice is nicer! Proudly, we are the only club in Division A’s 28 clubs and one of only four clubs in District 47’s 168 clubs to earn District 47’s 2020-2021 Golden Gavel Award! In addition, we were one of two clubs in Division A’s 26 clubs and one of only four clubs in District 47’s 149 clubs to earn District 47’s 2021-2022 Golden Gavel Award! Our club had to meet various criteria including having all 7 club officers trained in both semi-annual Club Officer Trainings, having 4 members trained on Pathways at TLI training or by the District’s Pathways Team or having all 3 Base Camp Managers trained, earning the Smedley membership building award or Talk up Toastmasters membership building award, conducting a Moment of Truth evaluation of our club meetings, having a member who earned a Triple Crown award, having a member who completed a Youth Leadership Program or Speechcraft, sending a contestant to all Area level contests, achieving 10 goals in the Distinguished Club Program and having at least 20 members.
Due to the pandemic, our meetings are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. on Zoom until further notice. Please visit us at https://zoom.us/j/209608706 or email us at Westpinestoastmasters@gmail.com with any questions.
Outside of the pandemic, our meetings would be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm until approximately 7:50 p.m in the Everglades Room of the Southwest Regional Library, located at: 16835 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331.
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The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcomed and valued – from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you will practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations, known as Table Topics. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.
Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving – and giving – such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.
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Anyone who is a strong leader has to first be an effective communicator. In Toastmasters you will hone your speaking skills, and you will develop leadership abilities – through evaluations, listening, mentoring, serving as club officers and filling roles in club meetings. You will take those leadership skills out into the world, running businesses, mentoring youth, organizing fund-raisers, coaching teams and heading families.