Message from the President
Welcome back Fellow First Oakville Toastmasters to the 2018-2019 season. One of the most humbling experiences so far as Club President has been to see how many members are returning for another awesome season. The new executive team is grateful for our members and has been very busy learning and growing into our new roles. In addition to meeting over the summer, we have been busy planning a very exciting year ahead. As the President of this club I want to share with you a little of what to expect for this upcoming year.
1. Club Culture One of our most important goals is to preserve our club’s culture. We have an awesome club with a number of special traditions (Christmas Party, Charter Party, Summer Party) and friendships that have been built over the years. As we prepare to celebrate our club’s 62 years we will do our best to protect this and to ensure that we help create synergy at our meetings together with our membership and guests.
2. Education This year we will continue what we do best as a club and that is to provide quality speaking and leadership opportunities in a fun and engaging way. As Ralph C. Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters believes, “We learn best in moments of enjoyment.” We have also organized a very special Gold Speaker Series featuring three very talented speakers in District 86 for our three open houses this Fall. Our first Gold Speaker was Hassan Wadi who shared his winning Humorous Speech and a workshop on “The Art of Storytelling- 10 keys to telling a great story.”
Our second Gold Speaker is Roger Caesar, DTM, three time Toastmasters District champion in public speaking and he represented District 86 at the World Championships of Public Speaking in Chicago, IL, on August 23, 2018. He will be joining us on October 25, 2018.
Our third Gold Speaker is Gregory C.N Smith, DTM author of the book, “Life’s loudest secrets” and he will be presenting a workshop on how to write a winning speech. He will be joining us on November 22, 2018. The Gold Speaker series is intended to provide our members with excellent workshops and to inspire our members to write their own winning speeches, whether they are considering entering the International Speech Contest, or completing their Competent Communicator designation, or maybe a persuasive sales pitch at work.
We are also very lucky to welcome back our good friend, Dennis Bartel, DTM who will be delivering a workshop on Parliamentary Procedure in order to help our members understand the proper procedure during the Business Session of our meetings. (October 4th , 2018).
3. Collaboration We have all the ingredients lined up to cook up an amazing new Toastmaster year. The executive looks forward to working collaboratively with all our members, to learn from all of you as we continue our journey of becoming better leaders, better listeners, and better speakers. As we begin this new year of growth, let’s support each other, let’s lift each other up. Use your mentors; if you don’t have one – get one! Let’s be patient with one another, let’s be understanding, let’s be positive and inspiring.
While I have only been a member since 2016, my journey with the club has been rich and rewarding on both a personal and professional level. While I have never had a fear of public speaking, as someone who works in sales it has been tremendously important for me to learn how to sharpen my skills. Toastmasters is not just for those who have a fear of public speaking. It is also for professionals who want to learn how to deliver concise messages, learn how to inspire and motivate your audience/team. While I recently completed my 10th speech earlier this year, I recognize that I have so much more to learn and I look forward to it.
It is an honour to serve as your FOTM Club President 2018-2019. I look forward to serving the club and to working collaboratively with our executive team, our members and our guests. To another successful year of growth, friendship and leadership. Cheers to good times ahead.
Alonso Mendizabal Club President 2018-2019