Written by Megan Kettl
Behind every incredible Toastmasters club is a dedicated team of Club Officers. A Club officer serves a very important role within Toastmasters International. They provide leadership, support, and foster a positive and encouraging environment for members and guests.
On January 6th 2020 Career Builders commenced with a new board induction for the first term of 2020. A highlight of the evening was having Area Director Landon at the meeting to swear in the Club Officers. The current members and guests participated in viewing the ceremony as officers took their oaths and passed the gavel.
Notably, the club presented well deserved accolades to Jennifer Gaughran. Serving two terms as Club President in 2019, she served as an inspiration to everyone and exemplified dedication to the club. The Career Builders club presented her with an award. She will be serving in the 2020 term as VP of Education and passing the torch to the clubs new President Jana.
With the closing ceremony the Career Builders club welcomed four new officers and four returning officers with open arms. The club also received a high honor of Presidents Distinguished for an amazing start 2020.
We had a fantastic end of year party on December 16 with a potluck and improv!
One of our former members, Eugene came back to lead us through a fun improv workshop. It was a great way to let loose and celebrate the end of another great year for Career Builders Toastmasters!
Everyone had lots of fun! We also finished gathering our canned food for the St. Paul's food drive. Thank you St. Paul's for another great year letting us use the meeting space!
by Megan Kettl
The Career Builders Club celebrated in true Fall festivity with an Open House on November 18th. The warmth and cheer of refreshments, beside a table filled with hors d'oeuvres and desserts, welcomed new guests and members.
The theme that carried the evening was “Movember” which truly raised awareness and touched the hearts and minds of everyone in attendance. Our very own President and Toastmaster dawned Mustaches in tribute to the theme and Month. There was laughter and applause as our welcomed guests and members participated in Table Topics.
We had two incredible speeches for the evening. Our first speaker, Peter, carried us through his journey from the ice breaker, to stepping in as club secretary, and the lessons of Creativity, Consistency and Commitment that arose through his Pathway speeches. Next, Landon took us through two valuable lessons learned in his speech. The meaning of true leadership and delegation he experienced while successfully organizing the District 14 Area Speech Competition.
Both speeches were incredible examples of the lessons and growth that Toastmasters provides. And the final applause was for Peter who completed his 15th speech and received his certificate for completing his Pathway of Motivational Strategies. After the close of the meeting, guests and members mingled. The Fall Open House was a true celebration.
Hope you can join us at our next open house, or drop in any time for a regular meeting on Monday 6-7:30 pm
Our last Open House of the year encourages guests to sign up and get started early on their New Years self improvement goals. Join us for a fun evening of great speeches, food and drinks!
Shirley Doyle represented Career Builders Toastmasters in the Area 14 Speech Contest on October 26 and won the Table Topics division! Not only that, but she came in as runner-up in the International division as well. She will be representing our club at the upcoming Division Level contest. Way to go Shirley! :)
We'd like to give a huge "Thank You" to our Area Director and fellow club member Landon Alchikh for all of his work helping to organize such a successful speech contest this year. These contests are fun way for members to push themselves to become better public speakers by getting up in front of a larger audience to speak. Thank you Landon!
Shirley and Landon together on the stage
The winners and their supporters! The theme for this year's Table Topics competition was "Halloween"