Dear members and guests: 
Please note that for the St-Lawrence Toastmasters Montreal meeting of November 20, we will be organizing it in a slightly different format that our regular meetings. If you are familiar with the typical Toastmasters meeting format, there are three components to the educational portion: Table Topics (to help members to think on their feet), Prepared Speeches (to help members to hone in on their speaking skills), and Speech Evaluations (to help members improve their listening and feedback-giving skills).  At the November 20 meeting, we will be have a triple Table Topics session and shall therefore drop out the Prepared Speeches portion that evening.

Interested in visiting us? Here is the Saint-Lawrence Toastmasters programme for the evening of November 20, 2012.

Félicitations aux membres des autres clubs Toastmasters qui ont gagné les concours en français qui ont eu lieu lors de la Conférence d’automne 2012 du district 61 Toastmasters, aussi connue sous “Ça va brasser”.

Voici les gagnants :

Concours de discours humoristique en français

– 1ère place : Jean Bourque

– 2e place : Benoit Ménard

– 3e place : Diane Lanteigne

Concours d’évaluation de discours en français

– 1ère place : Jean Bourque

– 2e place : Paul Bourgeault

– 3e place : Stephen Gagné

Des photos suivront sous peu.

We would like to congratulate our fellow members from other clubs who won in the English contests that took place at the the Toastmasters District 61 Fall Conference 2012, aka “ROCK YOUR WORLD”.

Here were the winners:

English Humorous Speech Contest

– 1st place: Vitaly Terekhov

– 2nd place: Paul Baker

– 3rd place: Phil Method

English Speech Evaluation Contest

– 1st place: Stephen Gagné

– 2nd place: Craig Senior

– 3rd place: Leona Hamel

And big congratulations to our member Nicholas Kepper, who participated in the the English Speech Evaluation Contest.  Unfortunately there were some microphone problems (i.e. microphone did not work) that made it hard for the audience (and judges) at the back of the large conference room to hear.  Nicholas humbly told us that this was a great learning experience nonetheless.  We look forward to you competing next year!

Photos to follow shortly!

We would like to welcome our new members Ilya, Monica, and Carlo (shown left-to-right in the picture below with our club president Martina).

Monica Ilya Carlo

Monica would like to get a better grasp of public speaking, and also learn to not be shy when giving presentations.

Ilya thinks that public speaking is tremendously important (for example, he saw the value that public speaking can have during the recent US elections).

Carlo is already very keen to get started in the Toastmasters adventure.  He already received his Toastmasters New Member Kit.  (This includes, among others, the Competent Communication manual, a workbook of 10 speech projects, to help members develop their Public Speaking Skills.  Also included is the Competent Leadership manual, with projects to help members develop their Leadership Skills.)

As a matter of fact, all three members will be giving their Ice Breaker speeches at our next meeting. 

Are you interested in Toastmasters?  Find out more by coming to one of our meetings.  Here is the evening programme for our Toastmasters meeting of November 13, 2012.