2014 Charter Party

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Save the Date! Wednesday June 11, 2014

O'Finns Irish Temper Bar 136 Church Street, Oakville (near Oakville Public Library) is the venue for the Glen Abbey Toastmasters 22nd Charter Party. The theme for the night is Great Celebrations in celebration of another great Toastmasters year. It all starts at 6.30 and promises to be a fun filled evening full of laughter, great food and great company. What will be getting up to I hear you ask? Plenty. Our current President will be welcoming everyone to the Party at the start of a packed evening. We will have the chance to welcome and pay tribute to Presidents from prior years, and have a toast and table topics based on the night's theme.

We will be acknowledging those who achieved education awards this year and helped maintain Glen Abbey's distinguished club status. We will have a guest speaker and award the Toastmaster of The Year prize for the Toastmaster who has contributed most to the huge success Glen Abbey Toastmasters has enjoyed this year.

A spectacular dinner will be followed by a special celebration cake so bring your appetite! Don't worry you can work off those calories on the dance floor afterwards as we dance the night away to the best in contemporary sounds.

Get Your Tickets Today

Tickets are available from Ross Cree, Paul Dubal or Heather Stuart-Obee at the next few meetings. Remember to give your food orders when you purchase tickets. Members are only $20 and non-members $33, which represents great value, so bring your partners and friends. The more the merrier! See you there!

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Toastmasters Club Officer Training

This training is for all Toastmasters interested in learning more about how to run clubs.  It is especially for ALL incoming Club Officers. You have your choice of two different dates at two different locations. 

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2014 Mary Heary Tall Tales Contest

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We're looking forward to another great Mary Heary Tall Tales contest. 

What's a Tall Tale?

According to Westside Toastmasters who have this great article about Tall Tales, a Tall Tale should Include the following features - delivered within 3-5 minutes:

  • A CHARACTER with extraordinary abilities and a specific goal. In the best tall tales these characters are also, for the most part, ordinary people with which the audience can easily identify.
  • A PROBLEM that is solved in a humorous way.
  • A CAREFUL BLEND OF EXAGGERATED AND CREDIBLE DETAILS. Don't exaggerate everything in your tale. Use some realistic details to hook your audience, because they can picture themselves in such a situation. Then blend in exaggerated details to amaze them with a tall tale. With this judicious combination of various details you can really set up your audience to laugh. For example, a story about an ordinary person walking into a cave and encountering a bat as big as a bear cub can be hilarious. A story about a ten-foot-tall man digging a tunnel to the center of the Earth, where he encounters dragons and dinosaurs, is more fantasy than funny.
  • A COMICAL ENDING. The last lines should make the audience chuckle and/or groan. Clever twists and puns can also be sprinkled throughout the story.

So what are you waiting for?  Get started with creating your own Tall Tale!

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Toastmaster and Product Manager Norkys Crespo

NorkysCrespoIn 2011 I arrived in Oakville, Ontario as a new immigrant. Originally from Venezuela, English was my third language after Spanish and French.

I decided to intensify my learning of the English language through a focused university program. Even though I finished the English program with great marks, I thought something was missing for me. I felt a lack of communication skill and was almost afraid to talk to others.  As a Pharmaceutical Product Manager, I needed to change that.

One day someone mentioned Toastmaster’s and I decided to investigate.  I’m really glad I did, and really glad I joined Glen Abbey Toastmasters in September 2012.

I thought the motivation for people to join Toastmasters was to become better public speakers and communicators by achieving their Competent Communicator designation at the end of 10 speeches. What surprised me was how many people focus on mastering public speaking and taking leadership roles - essentials skills for dealing with people anywhere. I learn a lot from people in our club that have been Toastmasters for over 10 years.

I’m also very happy that the club experience ties closely with my expectations and goals. Since joining Toastmasters, my communication and public speaking skills have improved considerably. It’s also changed my life for the better. At GATM I have found a very supportive environment and a friendly atmosphere. I have met very interesting people. I get powerful feedback each time I deliver a speech or take on a role. I get to take on leadership roles – this past year I was on the Club Executive as Club Secretary. I have a great time at every meeting.

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2014 Area 52 International Speech and Evaluation Contest Winners

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Congratulations To The 2014 Area 52 International Speech and Evaluation Contest Winners:

  • Tony Corrie (right) - International Speech Contest winner - Glen Abbey Toastmasters.  Tony also went on to win 3rd place at the Division L International Speech Contest.
  • Frederique Herel (left) - Evaluation Contest winner - Mighty Oaks Toastmasters.  Frederique is also a Glen Abbey Toastmaster.
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2014 International Speech and Evaluation Contest

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    Congratulations To Our International Speech Contest Winners (left to right) Tony Corrie (1st), Srini Kesavan (2nd), and Mike Kozak (3rd)
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    2-2014-International-Speech-and-Evaluation-ContestCongratulations To Our Evaluation Contest Winners (left to right) - Armando DeSousa (2nd) and Mike Kozak (1st)
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    3-2014-International-Speech-and-Evaluation-ContestHuge Thank You To Our Chief Judge - Sean Connor and Contest Chair - Chris Roode
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    International Speech Contest Participants (left to right) - Tony Corrie, Srini Kesavan, Frederique Herel, Mike Kozak, and Paul Dubal
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    Evaluation Contest Participants (left to right) - Pratap Reveru, Chris Czerwinski, Armando DeSousa, and Mike Kozak
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Congratulations to the International Speech and Evaluation Contest Winners! 

What a great contest.  Excellent speeches and evalautions by everyone.  We'll be cheering for our first place winners Tony Corrie at the Area International Speech Contest and Mike Kozak at the Area Evaluation Contest. 

A special thank you to all the contest participants and volunteers who made this contest a great success:

  • Contest Chair - Chris Roode
  • Chief Judge - Sean Connor
  • Target Speaker: Derek Donnan - TAIE Toastmasters
  • Sergents At Arms - Ross Cree and Miguel Yeara
  • Greeter - Loise Githinji
  • Counters - Eileen Bonnetti and Rachel Desouza
  • Timers - Abazar Nezafat and Sophie Yang
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