Spirited Speech Masters and guests honor Dr. Farzana Chohan

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.

Dawn and Sally Take 1st Place at Area

Dawn and Sally competed at the Area Q54 speech contests this weekend, each winning first place in her contest type! Dawn won first place in the International Speech Contest with her heart-warming speech entitled “Pop,” while Sally placed first by spinning a yarn entitled “Go Texan Day” in the Tall Tales Speech Contest. Each will now go on to compete at Division Q in April. Congratulations to both members!

Sally and Dawn

The Moth Houston StorySLAM: Challenge

Tuesday March 10, 2020 5:00 PM
Due to the incidents of Coronavirus in the Houston area, this event has been canceled. You can email or call 212-742-0551 to request a refund.

If you love Table Topics or spectating it, come join your fellow Spirited Speech Masters for this special storytelling event on a Tuesday night!

Join us for dinner beforehand at Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet at 5:00 PM (8236 Kirby Dr.) or just come for the show.

Houston Public Media Presents

DOORS: 6:30 PM
SHOW: 7:30 PM
The Ballroom at Warehouse Live
813 Saint Emmanuel Street
Houston, Texas 77003

CHALLENGE: Prepare a five-minute story about a feat that tested your mettle, sanity or patience. Triumph or defeat. Inch-by-inch success or major overhaul. Defeating the cocky know-it-all or walking past the spider web without freaking out. Throwdowns, duels, unbearable ultimatums. Bring us your tales of defying the odds, confronting that fear, or with any luck, rising to the occasion.

Tickets for this event go on sale Tuesday, March 3rd. Any questions, contact Sara Gilheart. Hope to see you there and watch you onstage!

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