March 2017 Newsletter

Message from the President
March is a wonderful month for us as a Toastmaster. The harsh storms of winter begin to recede the weather warms, birds begin to come back and its Speech Contest Season!

I want to welcome our newest members Jared and Kathleen to the club – we’re glad you’re here and hope that you enjoy your Toastmasters Journey. We are all able to support you and help you grow, so please ask questions, challenge yourself and us and we will grow together. Welcome!

Twice a year Toastmasters has a speech Contest which begins at the club level and progresses up to the International Speech Contest which is held every year at the Annual Toastmasters conference. Starting locally at our club is a great way to build your skills, learn new things and have fun! This years contest will be held on March 6. There will be two areas you can participate in – a traditional speech or in Table Topics. Either way I encourage you to try one or both. You can also participate as a Judge, Timer or Contest Organizer. Please plan to attend this interesting event.

March is a great time to bring a friend to Toastmasters. If you enjoy it there’s a good chance one of your friends will too. Why not bring them along and make a night of it? I encourage you to share your experience of Toastmasters with everyone!

See you at Toastmasters!


New Member Profiles
Meet Jared
I heard about Toastmasters when I was trying to find a way to get over my social anxiety and panic attacks when meeting new people.

It was suggested to me because it is a club that helps a person to self improve by being a safe place to mess up and learn.

It is also a place where people want you to be there, to see you grow, and be able to help you to become the best you possible.

This is why I joined Toastmasters, to have consistent and constant positive reinforcement  as well as constructive feedback which allows you build confidence and self esteem.

Meet Kathleen
My name is Kathleen Jagoe. I have a Business Administration diploma, as well as a Paralegal diploma and three years towards an English degree. I currently work at Cochrane’s Pharmasave in Wolfville. I enjoy reading, mostly fantasy novels, comic books and Japanese manga. I also sometimes enjoy writing and watching movies, as well as listening to music.

I joined Toastmasters because I hope it will help me become more confident in job interviews, as well as speaking in front of people I am not familiar with. I also joined, because I wanted a place where I could meet new people and maybe make a few friends.

Submitted by Rajeev Chowdhury, ACS, ALB
Area 18 Director

One very important fact to keep in mind is that Toastmasters is not like any other public speaking courses or leadership courses.   There are many courses out there in public speaking such as The Christopher Leadership Course or the Dale Carnegie Course in Public Speaking.  These other courses have one leader or an instructor who teaches speaking skills or leadership skills to the class or group.

In Toastmasters, we are all teachers and we are all leaders.  There is no one person who is the teacher, but rather all club members take on roles and we teach and learn from each other.  This is the benefit of being in Toastmasters.  We learn from each other and become better communicators and better leaders as we gain the confidence and skills from feedback from all members of our clubs.  

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes all club members to make the Toastmasters clubs a success as we work together for all to benefit.

March 6
International Speech Contest & Table Topics Contest Eastlink TV Filming

April 8
Area 18/Area 21 Speech Contest 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
St. Ignatius Church Hall
1288 Bedford Highway, Bedford

May 6
Division D and Division F Speech Contest 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Port Wallace Church Hall
263 Waverly Road, Dartmouth

May 20
District 45 Speech Contest To be held at the District Conference (May 19-21)
Sunday River, Maine, USA 

June 3 & 17
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Greenwood & Dartmouth

Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Emily Konrath, Vice President Public Relations at

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