Arthur Storer



The Arthur Storer Toastmasters Club


July 14th, 2007

Meeting theme: On Your Mark. Get Ready to Set Goals





Topics Covered in this Newsletter:


        Let us Set Goals
































































This newsletter will be different. Instead of recapping the meeting, this newsletter will focus on us, our personal goals, and plans.


This month marks the beginning of a new Toastmaster Year, and a new year is an excellent time to evaluate where we are and where we want to be. In other words, it is the perfect time for us to set goals.


In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. 

~ Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, US science fiction author)


We all came into Toastmasters with the same goal: to become better speakers. Let us go for it! Let us step outside our comfort zone and set new goals this year.


To those of us who are more advanced speakers:


Sign up to speak! There are more areas to grow and improve, and we want to hear from you! There are 15 advanced speech manuals to choose from. I bet you have not done all of them:


  • The Entertaining Speaker
  • Speaking to Inform
  • Public Relations
  • The Discussion Leader
  • Specialty Speeches
  • Speeches by Management
  • The Professional Speaker
  • Technical Presentations
  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Communicating on Television
  • Storytelling
  • Interpretive Reading
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Special Occasion Speeches
  • Humorously Speaking


You can order books online at the Toastmasters Online Store or contact our Treasurer, Lark, to order books (5 speeches in each). At $4.00 a book, it's such a deal!


To those who are new to our club:


Pick a date to deliver your first (or second, or third, etc.) speech. It's amazing how much the simple act of commitment will motivate you. Sign up on the Duty Roster online. Email me, Mary, if you have any question on how to do this.


We have all been in your shoes and understand your fear. So we will not bite! We are here to support you all the way.


To our newer members:


There is no pressure to complete any speeches. Some of us, myself included, have taken years to finish their first 10 speeches. But having a target, and actively working towards it, will help you succeed and enjoy benefits sooner. So why not set a goal for completing your first ten speeches? For those of you who have already started the Competent Communicator manual, June 30, 2008 is a reasonable target to complete it.


Note: Improved communication skills is not the only benefit we gain from Toastmasters. Leadership is another.


Today, our President, Debi, gave us a presentation on the Distinguished Club Program Goals, and everyone present committed to a goal - a speaking or leadership goal. Here is a list of the Club Goals, and who has committed to what:


Club and Personal Goals (to be completed by June 30th, 2008)


1.  Two CCs: Jaime, Dawn, Martha, Bill, and Mario said they'd like to finish

     their CC (Two Competent Communicator Awards–completing the 1st 10


2.  Two more CCs

3.  One ACB, ACS or ACG: Lark (One Advanced Communicator Award,

     whether Bronze, Silver, or Gold)

4.  One more ACB, ACS, or ACG: Jeff

5.  One CL, ALB, ALS or DTM: Steve M., DTM

     (One Competent Leader, or Advanced Leader - Bronze, Silver,

     or Distinguished Toastmaster Award)

6.  One more CL, ALB, ALS or DTM: Deb, ALS

7.  Four new members (We already have two new members:

     Mark and Josie)

8.  Four more new members

9.  Minimum of four club officers trained during each of two

     training periods: Debi, Rich, Mary, Dennis, Lark, Jaime,


10. Dues Renewal Report (Lark) and Club Officer list (Steve M.)

     submitted on time.


If you were absent and wish to include your personal goal to this list, please contact Debi.


Did you know: You can post your goals, privately or for other members to view, on our website?


Last but not least, to quote our Illustrious President Debi from her presentation, On Your Mark. Get Ready and Set Goals:


I want the ASTM club to shoot for the moon (President's Distinguished Club status) and if we fall amongst the stars (Select Distinguished or Distinguish Club status) then that is all right with me. Most importantly, I want us have fun, learn and grow.




We had seven guests attend our meeting today. Woo hoo!

Mark and Josie are joining us this month, pushing our membership level to 24. Let's get our membership up to 30 members this year.


The next newsletter will begin a series of articles that feature the Advanced Speech projects. I'd like to interview members who have completed any one of the 16 advanced manuals. Please contact me, Mary, with the project(s) you've completed.


The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

~Denis Watley (author of The Psychology of Winning)