Club News

Current Announcements

*Please help us to welcome our newest members, Valeria, Vanessa and Cesar! We look forward to supporting them as they develop and strengthen their public speaking and leadership skills!

*We are now holding in-person/hybrid meetings at the Southwest Regional Library in the first floor Everglades Room.  We are offering online access with the same Zoom connection.  Please let us know if you have IT/hybrid meeting expertise and could assist with the weekly hybrid pre-meeting set-up.     

*The next Membership renewal period for the October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 period is now open.  Club officers, please renew your membership in Club Central by 9/30/22.  Other Members, please renew  electronically on the club website under Member Info/Renew Membership or with a check payable to West Pines Toastmasters to Arlene by 9/30/22.  

*Toastmasters International’s Smedley membership-building campaign is underway from August 1 to September 30.   If our club adds 5 new members during August and September, we will earn a Smedley ribbon for our banner and count towards earning Goals 7 & 8 in the Distinguished Club Program.   

*Our bi-monthly, optional Saturday Speech marathon is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m and November 2, 2022 at the same time. if 3 or more members sign up to present speeches. Please register on the club website. Please reserve a slot using the Role Reservation feature on the club website.  You will have to read your own Speaker Intro Form and speech objective and evaluate another speaker’s speech. 

*District 47’s annual Speech Contest Season is approaching with a major change. There will be no Humorous Speech Contest this year.  We will hold the Table Topics, International Speech and Evaluations Contests between October 1, 2022 and January 15, 2023. Please volunteer to participate as a Contestant or Functionary!

*If you have served one year as a Club Officer and would like to serve as a Club Coach for at least 6 months and help a club to reach 20 members in addition to achieving Distinguished club status,  you can be exempted  from an additional Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) requirement.      

*If you would like to serve as a Coordinator of a Youth Leadership Program or Speechcraft for 4 to 8 weeks towards earning the prestigious Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) credential and helping our club to earn the Diamonds of the District award, please let me know.  It must be completed by approximately April 10, 2023.     
*Please help us to make the transition to online speech and role reservations on our club website (westpinestoastmasters.toastmost.org). Please let Arlene know if you need instructions or the invitation email to be re-sent again.   

*Congratulations to Jesus for earning first place in the Area 14 Humorous Speech Contest on Saturday, October 2, 2021!

*Congratulations to Julia for earning first place in the Area 14 Table Topics Contest on February 26, 2022 and 2nd place in the Division A Table Topics Contest on March 18, 2022!  

*Congratulations to Julia for winning the Club’s Winter 2021-2021 Shooting Star Award in February 2022 and also for winning Area 14’s Winter 2021-2022 Shooting Star Award on February 26, 2022! The Shooting Star Award is given to a new member who embraced the Toastmasters International program within her first 12 months by completing 5 speeches, attending TLI Training, competing as a contestant and serving as a functionary in 3 speech contests within her first 12 months of membership at the club, Area, Division and District level.

*Also, congratulations to Juana for winning the Club’s Fall 2021-2022 Shooting Star Award in October 2021 and the Area’s International Speech Contest on February 26, 2022!

*Congratulations to Torah for completing Level 5 of her third path, Alejandro for completing his first path, Sean for completing his first path and Arlene for completing her first path!

*In addition, Amir completed Level 4 of his first path! In addition, Oscar, Carol and Sean completed Level 2 of their second path; Harold and Arlene completed Level 1 of their second path; Anabel, Charbel, Hillery and Herberson completed Level 1of their first paths and Jeena, Sandie, Maribel, Ernesto, Julia, and Maribel completed Level 2 of their first paths and Juana completed Level 3 of her first path.!  

Congratulations to Arlene, Sean and Torah for earning Triple Crown Award pins by completing 2 Pathways Lecels in the current 2021-2022 year. They will receive Triple Crown pins at the 2021-2022 Hall of Fame Award Ceremony that will take place in the Summer or Fall of 2022.

*Congratulations to Torah for earning a Pathways Proficiency Award by completing 5 Pathways Levels in the first 6 months of the 2021-2022 year. She received a Pathways Proficiency pin in May 2022.

 *If you would like to present an Educational Tip of the Day at the beginning of our meeting for 1 minute, please send a brief summary of your tip about public speaking, communication or leadership to the VP of Education in advance to ensure that it doesn’t conflict with Toastmasters International techniques. Please plan to explain and /or demonstrate your tip during the 1-minute presentation.  

*Due to lower demand for speaking slots, we are reducing our speech marathons.   Instead of our monthly speech marathons held during the last week of the month, we will have regular meetings until further notice.   In addition, our Saturday speech marathons will be held every other month until further notice.      

*  We held our Annual Elections for our 7 elected club officer positions (President, VP of Education, VP of Membership, VP of Public Relations, Treasurer, Secretary & Sargeant At Arms) on Wednesday May 11, 2022 for the 2022-2023 year that begins on July 1!  Our new club officers for the next year are:

Sargeant at Arms Gabriela

Treasurer Arlene

Secretary Sean

VP of Public Relations Torah

VP of Membership Jacelyn

VPE Alejandro

President Amir

*For the second year in a row, our club earned the prestigious Golden Gavel Club Award for club excellence from District 47 in April 2022! We will receive a beautiful plaque!

*Our club also earned the Talk Up Toastmasters Award, our 10th DCP goal/the President’s Distinguished Club Award, the DCP Pathblazer’s Award, the Golden Flame President’s Award, the 100% Officers Trained Incentive and the Open House Incentive during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.Tada  We will receive a $25 gift certificate to the TI shop for the President’s Distinguished Award.   We will receive a Talk Up Toastmasters ribbon for our club banner and a 10% expiring discount to the TI shop for the Talk Up Toastmasters Award.   We will receive a Pathways Achievement Tracker for the DCP Pathblazer’s Award.   We will earn a plaque/trophy and receive special recognition at the Annual Spring Conference for the Golden Flame Award. We will receive a $25 gift certificate to the TI Shop for the 100% Officers Trained incentive.  We received a $14.99 incentive for holding an Open House in February 2022. “All We Do is Win! Hands Up!”

 *To earn the DTM credential, you must serve 12 months as a Club Officer, serve 1 year as a District Officer, complete 2 paths in Pathways (approx 30 speeches), serve as a Club Mentor or Club Coach*,  serve as a Club Sponsor or conduct a Youth Leadership Program or a Speechcraft Program and complete a DTM Project.  You do not have to complete your 2 speech paths before starting on your Club Officer, District Officer, YLP/Speechcraft/Club Sponsor/Club Coach/Club Mentor roles.  

*If you have questions about how to use Pathways, District 47 has office hours to answer your questions by appointment on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ( contact lindaelietmd47@gmail.com or Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ( contact bkasser@toastmastersd47.org).  

*Please remember that the old Level 1 in all paths in Pathways selected before November 2021 requires 4 speeches and a speech evaluation although there are only 3 projects because the second project of Level 1, Evaluation and Feedback, requires 2 speeches and a speech evaluation.     

*Pathways Level 1,  for all new paths selected in November 2021 or later, has changed.  As a result, there will be 4 projects requiring 5 speeches and a speech evaluation in the new Level 1 instead of 3 projects requiring 4 speeches and a speech evaluation,  The Icebreaker project and Evaluation & Feedback project will remain.  A Vocal Variety & Body Language project and a Writing a Speech with Purpose Project will replace the Researching and Presenting Project.  However, the Researching and Presenting Project will be added to Level 3 as an Elective. 

*Toastmasters International is upgrading its website to allow members to pay their renewal dues directly in the next fiscal year.

*Please review available Member Awards and Incentives on our District’s website at Member Awards and Incentives – Toastmasters District 47 (toastmastersd47.org).  If you complete 3 levels in your path within the current fiscal year, you will earn a Triple Crown Award.  

*Please help us to make the transition to online speech and role reservations on this club website by responding to the emailed invitation to create your password, reserving roles and speeches for several meetings at the same time, saving the website in your Favorites or Bookmarks and using it regularly.          

DTM Awards

*Alejandro, our club’s Sponsor/Founder, is the first member to earn the prestigious Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award in June 2020! He recently participated in the District 47 DTM Walk/ceremony in May 2021. DTM award requirements must be completed by March 31 in order to participate in the DTM Walk at the annual Spring District 47 Conference at the end of April/beginning of May!

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*Torah, our VP of Public Relations, earned her prestigious Distinguished Toastmaters Award in August 2022!

Members’ Pathways Awards

*Torah completed her DTM award, Level 1 of her Engaging Humor Path, Level 3 of her Leadership Development Path, and Level 5 of her Persuasive Influence Path in Pathways, as well as the Competent Communicator award and the Competent Leader award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Alejandro completed Level 5 of his Dynamic Leadership path and his Traditional DTM award!

*Harold completed Level 4 of his Engaging Humor Path, Level 2 of Presentation Mastery and his ACB award in the Traditional Education program!

*Amir completed Level 4 of his Presentation Mastery Path in Pathways and his Competent Communicator award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Oscar completed Level 4 of his Motivational Strategies Path in Pathways and Level 3 of his Visionary Communications path!

*Jesus completed Level 4 of his Engaging Humor Path in Pathways!

*Sean completed Level 5 of his Presentation Mastery Path as well as his Advanced Communicator Bronze award and Competent Leader award in the Traditional Educational Program!

*Arlene completed Level 5 of her Presentation Mastery Path and Level 1 of Motivational Strategies path in Pathways as well as her Competent Communicator award and Competent Leadership award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Carol completed Level 2 of her Presentation Mastery Path, Level 2 of her Leadership Development path and her Competent Communicator Award and Competent Leadership award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Maribel completed Level 2 of her Visionary Communication path in Pathways, her Competent Communicator award and Competent Leadership award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Ernesto completed Level 2 of his Persuasive Influence Path in Pathways as well as his Advanced Communicator Bronze Award and Competent Leadership award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Hillery completed Level 1 of her Motivational Strategies path as well as her Competent Communicator Award and Competent Leadership award in the Traditional Education Program!

*Jeena completed Level 2 of her Innovative Planning Path!

*Sandie completed Level 1 of her Innovative Planning Path!

*David completed Level 1 of his Engaging Humor Path!

*Julia completed Level 3 of her Effective Coaching Path!

*Amanda completed Level 1 of her Team Collaboration Path!

*Juana completed Level 3 of her Motivational Strategies Path!

*Charbel completed Level 2 of his Innovative Planning Path!

Karen completed Level 1 of her Effective Coaching Path!

Our Members Around District 47

*Alejandro placed 2nd in the online District 47 Table Topics Contest during the online, annual 2021 District 47 Spring Conference in April 2021! Prior to that, he placed 1st in Division A’s Table Topics Contest in March 2021, 1st in the Area Table Topics Contest in February 2021, and 1st in our club’s Table Topics Contest in January 2021.

*Alejandro also placed 2nd in Division A’s Evaluation Contest in November 2020, 1st in Area 14’s Evaluation Contest in October 2020 and 1st in the Club Evaluation Contest in September 2020!

Julia placed 2nd in Division A’s Table Topics Contest in November 2021!

*Torah was given the honor to serve as District 47’s Contest Master for the International Speech Contest in April 2022, and Division A’s and Division F’s speech Contests in March 2022! She also served as Area 14’s Contest Master, Division A’s Contest Master, Division F’s Contest Master and District 47’s Contest Master for the Winter Speech Contests in February, March and April 2021! She also served as Contest Master for Area 14’s and Division A’s Fall Speech Contests in October and November 2021!

*Julia won Area 14’s 2021-2022 Shooting Star Award for a new member who embraced the Toastmasters International program by completing at least 6 speeches, attending TLI and demonstrating leadership skills within the first 12 months of membership!

*Madeline successfully completed her 8-week Youth Leadership Program in August 2020!

*Lori started a permanent Gavel club for teenagers in 2021!

*Aura and Madeline served as Area Directors for Areas 14 and 11, respectively, during 2020- 2021!

*Torah served as Club Coach to a struggling club in Division A in 2021-2022 to help them to increase membership and achieve the Distinguished Club Award.

*Torah also coordinated a Youth Leadership Program to help teenagers to learn about public speaking in the winter of 2022.

Arlene and Carol served as Club Coaches to struggling clubs n Division A during 2020-2021!

*Arlene served as Web Editor for District 47’s website and Program Quality Director for Division A in 2020-2021.

*Arlene served as Finance Manager for District 47 during 2021-2022.

Club Awards

*Our club earned the Talk Up Toastmasters Club Award for adding 5 new members between February 1 and March 31, 2021 and February 1 and March 31, 2022. As a result, the club will receive a Talk up Toastmasters award ribbon for our club banner and a 10% discount certificate to the Toastmasters International (TI) shop.

Our club completed the maximum of 10 goals in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) and earned the President’s Distinguished Club Award three years in a row (2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022).  The club will receive a President’s Distinguished Award ribbon for our club banner and a $25 gift certificate to use at the Toastmasters Int’l (TI) shop.

 The Club also received the prestigious Golden Gavel Club Award two years in a row that was announced during the annual District 47 Spring Conference (April 2021 and April 2022).   

The Club earned the President’s Distinguished Club Award for 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 and received $25 gift certificates to use in the Toastmasters International (TI) Shop.

*The club also earned several incentives during 2020-2021 for completing 5 Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals by December 31, Timely Renewals and for having all 7 club officers trained in both semi-annual Club Officer trainings.  We received $10 and $25 gift certificates to use in the TI Gift Shop and will receive a Youth Leadership Program Kit at the Hall of Fame Award ceremony on April 9, 2022.

The club also earned several incentives during 2021-2022 for including the DCP Pathblazers Award for earning 5 Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals and renewing 20 members by 3/15/22 and the Golden Flame President’s Award for earning 10 DCP goals and renewing 20 members by 3/31/22. We will receive Pathways Achievement Tracker for the DCP Pathblazer Award and a trophy/plaque for the Golden Flame Award.

Other Announcements

Members’ Professional Accomplishments

James was promoted from Regulatory Compliance Analyst to Regulatory Compliance Manager! While applying for this new position, James made sure to list his Toastmasters membership on his resume.

Hillery earned her PhD in Leadership & innovation in Education from St. Thomas University in September, 2021!

David passed his Florida Bar exam and has a new job as an Attorney in 2021!

Alejandro passed his Project Management certification exam in 2020!