24 Students to Participate in Youth Leadership Program

24 students from grades 10-12 will be taking part in the 8- week Toastmasters Youth Leadership program at Elphinstone beginning January 28th this year.

Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program
Teacher Ms. Sarah Mani preps student as chair

Public speaking was introduced to the Elphi Youth Leadership Program by teacher Ms. Sarah Mani in collaboration with Morningstars Toastmaster Kay Wotton in 2012. The program has evolved over the years to allow students to polish their speaking and listening skills. Meeting weekly over eight weeks, students present two prepared speeches as well as undertaking various meeting roles including the chair, general evaluator, word master, and table topics.

Telling Your Story
Telling Your Story

A key to the success of the program lies in many students taking part during all three years they are at Elphinstone. The older students jump right into making speeches and role models for younger students allowing for seamless, interactive learning.

By noticing strengths in each other’s speeches and suggesting areas for improvement, students soon develop skills in providing positive feedback while learning how to ensure a message comes across more effectively. The Table Topics exercise during each meeting creates an opportunity for students to pull together on-the-spot responses to a current topic, thus preparing them for job interviews, impromptu meetings, and conversations.

Convincing Others
Convincing Others

Graduates of the program say it has provided them with confidence as well as effective tools in public speaking. This year, Jessica Carroll was appointed as student trustee on the SD 46 School Board while Gravity Guignard was selected as a Youth Councilor of the Town of Gibsons.

This year Toastmasters Sandy Wrightman, Darcy Davis-Case, and Kay Wotton will be assisting with the program.

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 (weegoki@gmail.com).

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