Get Social This Summer: Blogs, Facebook & Beyond

Get Social with Morningstars Toastmasters BCWritten by Weegee S.

“Keys? Check. Wallet? Accounted for. Sunglasses? On my face.” Well, something is missing this fine Wednesday morning . . . .

Is any one else out there going through Morningstar Toastmaster withdrawals? I know. I’ve only been a Morningstar for a few months, but the first skipped Wednesday threw mid-week a bit off balance. Where’s my TableTopics? What about the word of the day? Am I over my time limit?

While it may not be the same as listening to speeches while sipping coffee, I do have something to help bridge the connection gap between meetings: Toastmasters is getting social!

For those of you with Facebook and Twitter accounts, feel free to post, share or tweet to your hearts content. If you don’t have an account, you can still reap the benefits by visiting the pages, clicking on the links of shared content.



Want to help admin one of the social pages? Let me know! The more the merrier!

Get Your Morningstars Toastmasters FixPICTURES
Pictures are worth a thousand and three words. As we launch our new social media campaign and continue our blogging efforts, we are going to try and convey how much fun Toastmasters really is via images. If you are a bit camera shy or don’t want your mug posted on the blog or one of the social media channels, shoot me an email (

But that doesn’t mean I will just post your likeness willy nilly. If I use a photo of you, not in a crowd, I will specifically email/call/connect/ with you prior to hitting “post.”

Thank you! Have a great week . . . . and see you next week at 7am for the Wildrose Poetry Society , graciously hosted by Patricia.


Evolving Together – Shaping Our World

As  we move into the new Toastmaster year on Sept 4 our new club president PJ Reece has graciously accepted the arm twist to write a monthly dispatch. This is the first.

Rose Pointe Poet's Society (8)As a final tribute to the slogan that’s been hanging over our heads for the past year, I decided to “step up to my next level” and take on the President’s role.

Ironically, one of the first jobs as President is to devise a new slogan for the coming year, and “Evolving together” appeared immediately and out of nowhere.

I let it marinate in my doubt for a couple of weeks and then put it out to the rest of the executive.  The result is something more meaningful:

“Evolving together – shaping our world”

I’m sure it means something slightly different to every member, and I’m looking forward to hearing our many different interpretations.  In Inspirations and Speeches and maybe even Jokes, we should feel free to put our own twist on it.

For starters, here’s what it means to me:

There’s power in togetherness.  I know, I know, our North American culture loves its independence.  Look at me living the life of the solitary writer.  And I love it!  But what is independence all about?  It means freedom.  Well, it turns out that independence may be one of the greatest obstacles on the path to freedom.

I have come to see the truth of this by pondering what is it that we want freedom from?  Freedom from what?  What prison am I in?

Clearly, unanimously! I want freedom from the outmoded habits that prevent me from growing.  I need freedom from what I call my “small self”.  That’s why I joined Toastmasters—to bust out of my fear of public speaking.  My fear is a lazy old habit.  The good news is, I’m shedding that fear.  Frank told me as much after last week’s Poet’s Society meeting—thank you, F.C.

And, of course, I’m not doing this alone, am I?  And for that I thank you all.

So I’m glad that in some small way I’m evolving.  But what good is evolution if it doesn’t help nudge our culture toward more inclusivity?  I’m trying to do that in my writing, and more significantly in my public talks.  Perhaps I’m suffering delusions of grandeur, but I’ve been volunteering speeches all over the map.  And without Toastmasters I wouldn’t have known where to begin.

That’s the long answer to the question “what does our slogan mean to me?”  Here’s the Tweetable version:

“For us to evolve—as individuals and as a society—we need each other.”

NOTE:  Katherine Scott has suggested that this short dispatch serve as the first of a regular monthly feature from the club President on our Morningstars website.

Sounds good to me.

A la prochaine.

PJ Reece

Happenings in June

At Morningstars Toastmasters Club Blog we share our successes, challenges and fun!

Welcome to our two newest members Sue and John who attended for the first time on June 6 as a result of seeing our listing on  the Community Calendar in the Coast Reporter.

We like celebrations so we have some congratulations to pass on….

  • First to Joan Higgs for completing her Competent Communication Manual. That’s ten speeches in all. Well done Joan.
  • Congratulations also to our newly elected executive for the year 2012. Five positions are being filled by members who joined in the past year. Way to step up!
  • And finally, congratulations to Sandy, our former VP of Membership who now takes on the role of Area Governor.

Some celebrations bring on mixed feelings. We are sad to see Julie go but we know she is looking forward to her move to Kelowna. And we’re sure that any Toastmasters group there will welcome her with open arms. We’ll miss you Julie.