Spirited Speech Masters and guests honor Dr. Farzana Chohan

Virtual Leadership Institute Saturday

Officer and non-officer members are invited to attend the first Leadership Institute of the season via Zoom this Saturday. For those who have not attended a TLI in the past, they are training sessions for those who find themselves in a leadership role ... or for those who might be thinking about volunteering or getting more involved in future. Certain portions of the meeting are conducted with all persons in one place, while each leadership role (VPPR, VPM, Treasurer, etc.) will have a breakout session facilitated by a Toastmaster member with considerable experience in that role.

Here is a video from Lola Pratt -- 2015 Division Director for District 57, Division D -- helping to explain the value of TLI:

One of the requirements for Presidents Distinguished is a minimum level of attendance by a program's leadership within a six-month period. This is a fantastic opportunity to attend a TLI that doesn't require you to drive across town (although the free coffee and donuts will certainly be missed).

You can register here for this event.

Jonathan Aguilar Awarded Heart of MD Anderson

Jonathan Aguilar - Heart of MD Anderson

Former member and previous Vice President of Public Relations for Spirited Speech Masters, Jonathan Aguilar was recently chosen as the Heart of MD Anderson for the month of June! Jonathan is a Senior Research Quality Coordinator in Protocol Support and Management. Employees of MD Anderson can read more about his evolving career as well as how he and other educators are navigating the challenges presented by COVID-19 on the MD Anderson intranet site.

2020-2021 Leadership Committee

Spirited Speech Masters is happy to announce new officers for the 2020-2021 year:

  • President: Loni Huff
  • Vice President of Education: Sally Boyd
    • Associate VPE: Usamah Zagaar
  • Vice President of Membership: Monica Goudeau
  • Vice President of Public Relations: Sara Gilheart
  • Treasurer: Usamah Zagaar
  • Secretary: Allison Powers
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Lucas Ramsey
  • Immediate Past President: Joann Hester

Thank you to the 2019-2020 leadership committee for all your hard work this past year and for setting a great example for the incoming (or transitioning) officers! Despite the necessary changes to our meeting format, we are looking forward to an exciting and productive year in Toastmasters!

2020-2021 Leadership Opportunities

Did you know there is a project in Pathways for taking an officer’s role?  This project is in Level 5 and expects that you have worked through most of your other levels.  However, the requirement is to be an officer in Toastmasters (or another volunteer organization) for at least 6 months.  Toastmasters allows us to look ahead.  Those in leadership might want to look at this project now and understand the requirements to work towards in the coming months.

Those of you just getting started have a wonderful opportunity to work towards this goal.  We will be having officer elections in early May – now is your opportunity!

Officer Nominations/Election

Nominations are now open for all positions, including a new (not for credit) role of Associate VPE. 

  • You may nominate yourself or someone else, though they will have to agree to the nomination.
  • You may continue in an existing role (except for President) if you wish.

We will elect from President to Sergeant-at-Arms, so if you run for a role and do not win, you may run for another office with a floor nomination.

If there are multiple candidates for a role, each candidate may present a 2-minute speech on their qualifications, or why they wish to have that role.

To be on the ballot, please send your nomination to Sally by 4pm, May 6th.  Elections will be held on May 14th.

What is Involved?

Officers manage and direct the functioning of the program and are known collectively as the Executive Committee.  This committee meets at the president’s discretion – usually monthly, though perhaps more often early in the Toastmasters year. 

Expectations for all officers include:

  • Attend the regular Executive Committee meetings
  • Attend two training sessions: one in July-Aug and another in Jan-Feb
  • Fulfill the requirements of their office, or find someone to fill-in in their absence

For more information on Officer Roles, see the Club Leadership Handbook.

You Can Count on (Them)

Today I decided to watch the video of the MDA Choir singing "Count on Me", and to my surprise, two of our members are there!  Can you find them?

Upon inquiring of Sally’s participation, she responded, “Yes, I participated!  It was a lot of fun.  Took 3 hours to record (several tries) and 3 hours to upload!  But still a great experience.”

Help me thank and congratulate Dawn and Sally for their integral participation in this effort.

Count on me… listening to it again… and again.

Click here to watch.

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