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[Education and Youth] Meeting#45>>27th April 16<<19:15

Fellow Toastmasters, dear friends and guests,

We brought back to activity our Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters club for the fourth Wednesday of the April month; the word of the day was reborn: spring is in the town!!!
What a pleasure to meet all of you and have this lab experience together. Oh yes, Toastmasters is kind of a laboratory [lab] where you are empowered to become more effective communicator and leader.

Let’s give a round of applause to
Vito DC.
Alessandro T.
Chiara DC.
who joined the lab, as members, in March-April period.

A big THANK YOU is going also to our dear guests:

Simona, Imran, Samad, Javad, Stefano, Gianpaolo, Giulia, Roberto. Remember, you are always welcomed! If you have further questions, please do let me know membership@radiant-rhetoric.org

At Toastmasters “Education is our business. It has been so from the beginning.” Ralph Smedley, Toastmasters founder.

In our age of discontinuity, what does education mean to our younger members? 40% of our current club members are between the ages of 18 and 34. On his 80th birthday, on Febr.22, 19558, Dr. Smedley relied on the 19-th century English philosopher Herbert Spencer for the answer. Spencer held that “…education is a process of drawing out and putting into use the talents and abilities which are present in the person to be educated, rather than of pouring into his mind information from the exterior.”

Toastmasters is rolling out its largest and most important update to the education program since 1942, when the first basic training manual was developed (today we have the Competent Communication as a pillar manual). The revitalized education program stems from 2010 Strategic Plan and focuses on developing five core competencies:

  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leading and managing
  • Leading strategically
  • Building confidence

These competencies are learned throught experential education based on Dr. Smedley’s principle of “learning by doing and improving through practice and criticism.” From the confidence we gain through public speaking and interpersonal communication, we develop the habit of lifelong learning as well as the art of leadership.

By consciously performing our club and leadership roles, we have the opportunity to practice and internalize Toastmasters’ four core values: integrity, respect for individual, service to the member and dedication to excellence. These are also the four cornerstones of character and personality.

In this age where practically all knowledge is only a Google search away, our challenge is to train our young new members to reflect on this readily available information and practice the art of face-to-face communication to gain experience. This will empower them to achieve their full potential. More than ever, our youth need the service of Toastmasters as they venture into uncharted futures.

See you next meeting on May 11th, same place, same hour!!!

The Leader Letter October 2014

NEWS TO SHARE

 

 

Happy 90th Birthday Toastmasters International!

The first official Toastmasters meeting was held in October 1924 in Santa Ana, California. Why not celebrate the organization’s milestone with a themed club meeting devoted to Toastmasters’ history? Check out the 90th Anniversarywebpage for fun resources to use throughout the anniversary year.

Planning a Speech Contest?

Ensure your contest is a success and contestants are eligible to compete by using the most up-to-date documents. Download the latest speech contest materials for free, and consider purchasing and presenting awards to celebrate contest winners’ accomplishments.

Speech Contest Rulebook Update

New versions of the Speech Contest Rulebook will now coincide with the Toastmasters program year. The next version goes into effect July 1, 2015, and the 2014 version is valid until then. The rulebook will be included in the May club officer mailing; clubs will not receive one in October, as was done previously.

Coming Soon: The New Toastmasters.org

Stay tuned for announcements on the debut of our new, sleek website. The redesign will provide easier navigation, interactive multimedia, a resource library and a new online store.

New Accredited Speaker

Congratulations Barbara Khozam of Escondido, California, for achieving the Accredited Speakerdesignation at the International Convention in August. Accredited Speaker is an elite designation signifying mastery of professional speaking techniques. Applications for the 2015 program will be accepted between January 1 and February 1.

Read the Toastmaster Magazine on Your Tablet

Get instant access to the magazine on your iPad, Android or Kindle Fire tablet today to enjoy interactive extras such as videos and photos. Download the free app from the Apple, Google Play or Amazon app stores.

RADIANT RHETORIC

Happy 90th Birthday Toastmasters International!

Our club will organize a special event in Lombroso 16 next 24th October 2014. The evening will celebrate the history and the excellent values of Toastmasters. In this occasion important Corporate as E&Y, Loreal, CNH, will be invited.

A delicious aperitif will be offered to guests and members. More details will be available on our site and others channel.

 

During September our club happily joined a radiant meeting in Turin called Cool Languages.

The initiative started from an original idea of Amor Ben, traveler, mother, dreamer, whom was a distinguished guest of Radiant Rhetoric in the middle meeting of July. There were about fifty smiling people, and it was a really useful meeting. We will organize a new one very early.

 

The Official location is TAG Talent Garden Torino http://torino.talentgarden.org/. Via Carlo Allioni 3 10122 Torino. We started on last Thursday and we are going to meet there on the 13th November.

CLUB LEADERS  

Has Your Club Submitted Dues?

Your club can still earn Distinguished Club credit if you submit renewal dues through the Toastmasters website by October 10. Simply log in to Club Central and follow these steps:

  • Click on your club name and number.
  • Under Conduct Club Business, click “Pay dues.”
  • Select “in the future” and click “Submit.” All orders with a future membership end date will appear.
  • To submit payments, select the appropriate members and follow the prompts.

District Conferences Begin This Month

Do you know the mission of the district is to build new clubs and support existing clubs in achieving excellence? Attend a conference to get involved beyond your club, network with like-minded peers and gain valuable tips for your personal and professional development. Visit yourdistrict’s website for conference details.

Achieve an Award in October, Get a Free Decal

All eligible members who achieve an education award before the end of the month will receive a 90th anniversary decal with their certificate or plaque. Put it on your car to promote Toastmasters! Additional decals can be purchased at toastmasters.org/anniversaryproducts.

Promote Your Club with a Banner

Impress guests and give members a sense of pride with this customizable banner.

October special: Receive a 10-percent discount when you use promo code BANNER at checkout.

CLUB DISCTRICT LEADERS

VPPRs and PROs: Gain Attention with a News Release

The news release is one of the most important tools a vice president public relations (VPPR) or public relations officer (PRO) can use to generate publicity for a club or district. The PR Corneroffers sample news releases to help you gain media interest, spotlight a member or advertise an event. Be sure to include Toastmasters’ current boilerplate (a summary of the organization) at the end of every news release. The boilerplate is updated annually to reflect the latest membership statistics and should not be customized.

DISCTRICT LEADERS

District Treasurers: The Quarter One Treasurer’s Report Is Due

Please submit your Quarter 1 Treasurer’s Report to World Headquarters by October 31. To meet this deadline, complete these steps: (1) Enter all financial transactions through September 30 into the district accounting system; (2) reconcile bank accounts for each month through September 30; (3) notify World Headquarters to close the books; and (4) email the completed Monthly Narratives and Certification spreadsheet to districtfinancialreports@toastmasters.org.

Area Governors: Conduct an Effective Club Visit

Help your clubs grow and maintain quality through club visits. UseServing Clubs Through Visits: A Guide for Area Governors to navigate the varied environments you’ll encounter during your visits. Your support affects the future of clubs in your area and empowers club officers to help members achieve their goals.

Bookmark the Form Library Webpage

The Form Library links to the various forms and manuals district leaders need throughout the year, including the Area Governor’s Club Visit Report and the District Leadership Handbook.

Keep Your District on the Distinguished Track

Check the status of your district’s progress in the District Recognition Program (DRP) by reviewing the dashboard on the Distinguished Performance Reports webpage (see link on the left side of the page). Help your district meet its DRP goals by regularly checking the Reporting Requirementswebpage.

Honor Corporate Club Sponsors

District leaders, help your corporate clubs honor their sponsoring organizations with a Toastmasters corporate recognition award. Read the Guide to Corporate Visits for details. To ensure timely delivery of your recognition items, allow at least four weeks for processing and shipping.

The Leader Letter September 2014

Welcome to the second issue of The Leader Letter for the 2014-2015 program year at Toastmasters International.

NEWS TO SHARE

Congratulations to the New World Champion of Public Speaking!

The 2014 title was awarded to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi from Nawala Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, with his winning speech, “I See Something.” Watch video clips from Mr. Hettiarachchi’s speech. Second- and third-place winners were, respectively, Kwong Yue Yang from Guangzhou, China, with his speech, “Four Words” and Kelly Sargeant from Houston, Texas, with her speech, “Good Bye Wi-Fi.” View the full list of finalists at www.toastmasters.org/semifinals.

Watch Convention Events Online

Did you miss the 2014 International Convention? Or do you want to experience it all again? Sign up for Toastmasters On Demand, an easy-to-use website where you can pay to watch convention events instantly on any device with Internet. You can also buy a DVD of the World Championship of Public Speaking from the site.

Coming Soon: The New Toastmasters.org

The sleek, updated website will soon be ready for members to explore. The redesign will provide easier navigation, interactive multimedia, a resource library and a new online store. Stay tuned for updates.

Celebrate Toastmasters’ 90th Anniversary

In October, pay tribute to the rich history and legacy of Toastmasters International and celebrate in your club or district. Bookmark www.toastmasters.org/90thAnniversary to access fun resources and check it throughout the year for updates.

Meet Our New Board Members

New Board members were elected for the 2014-2015 term at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting.

RADIANT RHETORIC TOASTMASTERS CLUB

Thank you Sara

Sara, our Treasurer, is moving to another city for work and all of us want to say thank to Sara for her fantastic job in Toastmasters up to now. I’d like to quote Lumi’s words: You are a priceless member, a pragmatic Excomm and an honest friend.

Next Appointments

Dear members,  Keith Sheldrake, our Area Governor has already planned a Demo meeting in Avio on the 17th of October at 1.00 o’clock PM. Good luck to Keith to create a new Corporate Club!

21-23 November, 2014 The first Toastmasters Conference of the new District 59 will take place in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, this fall 2014! Don’t forget your registration: http://happy.lyontoastmasters.org/

24 September, 2014 The first Radiant Rhetoric & Cool-Languages Meeting! We will meet at Via Sant’Anselmo, 2, 10125 Torino at 7.30 PM to share languages and passion playing a multicultural Table Topic.

Radiant Rhetoric season begins the 9 of October in Talent Garden, Via Allione 3, at 7.30 PM.

Radiant Rhetoric will meet each second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Division News

Silvio Rossi is the first PR coordinator for Italy Division G. My congratulation to Silvio for this big opportunity.

Dermot Murphy, District PRO, has launched a PR campaign called Let’s Promote Toastmasters which you will discover more about on the District 59 website at http://www.district59.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Lets-Promote-Toastmasters.pdf .

Don’t forget that there is a wealth of information on PR on the official Toastmasters International website at http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/PRCorner.aspx .

All recent news are published on our web site : www.radiant-rhetoric.org

CLUB DEADLINES

Submit Dues Renewals Online

Club officers: Please submit dues renewals through Club Central by October 15.

CLUB INFORMATION  

Guest Packets Make a Great First Impression

Welcome club visitors by offering them guest packets with information about your club and the organization. This month, receive a 10-percent discount on guest packets when you use the promo code ADDFIVE at checkout.

ALL LEADERS 

Make Your Team Exceptional

As a leader, you have an extraordinary opportunity to build a strong team. The article “What Makes an Exceptional Team?” can help you build and manage a successful group.

Seeking International Officers and Directors

Toastmasters International relies on strong leaders who have the ability and foresight to support and grow our organization. If you are interested in becoming an international officer or director, consult the International  Officer and Director Candidates and Board of Directors Handbook to learn more about the attributes required for a successful Board member.

DISCTRICT DEADLINES

District Treasurer: Is Your Year-end Audit Report Filed?

The 2013-2014 Year-end Audit Report and supporting documents were due August 31. If you have not submitted them to World Headquarters, please do so. Send your questions to districtfinancialquestions@toastmasters.org.

Meet Program Requirements by September 30

Ensure that your district is eligible for the Distinguished District Program. Complete the Division and Area Governors Training Report and District Success Plan, and submit them through District Central by September 30.

Submit Your District Budget

District treasurers, your 2014-2015 district budget is due to World Headquarters by September 30. Download the updated annual budget template from the District Finance Corner and review Webinar 5: Managing Budgets to learn how to complete the spreadsheet template. Please email your budget to districtfinancialreports@toastmasters.org. Submit questions to districtfinancialquestions@toastmasters.org.

Apply Now to Become a Region Advisor

The region advisor is instrumental in helping districts grow by providing marketing support, coaching, mentoring and training. If you are interested in becoming a region advisor, or would like to learn more, visit the region advisor information webpage. Applications for the 2015-2016 program year are due by September 30.

Appoint Your Nominating Committee Chair

As you know, the district nominating committee is responsible for nominating candidates for district office. District governors, please appoint a nominating committee chair no later than October 1 and the remaining committee members by November 1.

DISCTRICT INFORMATION

Grow Your District with a Club Extension Chair

Your district can assign a club extension chair to assist the district governor and lieutenant governor marketing with new club leads. A club extension chair is a great resource to help your district contact leads in a timely manner. To request this additional support, send an email to districts@toastmasters.org. After your request is received, lead information will be forwarded to your district governor, lieutenant governor marketing and club extension chair.

Purchase or Design Conference Supplies

Consider purchasing branded supplies for your October/November conference from the Toastmasters Online Store. This Grow Your District with a Club Extension Chair

Your district can assign a club extension chair to assist the district governor and lieutenant governor marketing with new club leads. A club extension chair is a great resource to help your district contact leads in a timely manner. To request this additional support, send an email to districts@toastmasters.org. After your request is received, lead information will be forwarded to your district governor, lieutenant governor marketing and club extension chair.

Purchase or Design Conference Supplies

Consider purchasing branded supplies for your October/November conference from the Toastmasters Online Store. This flier illustrates the range of customizable products available. If you plan to design a unique item, please follow the trademark and brand guidelines outlined in the Brand Portal and Brand Manual, and complete the Trademark Use Request Form.illustrates the range of customizable products available. If you plan to design a unique item, please follow the trademark and brand guidelines outlined in the Brand Portal and Brand Manual, and complete the Trademark Use Request Form.

The Leader Letter – Keeping you connected! – July 2014

Welcome to the Leader Letter, a monthly e-publication offering practical information to help our club leaders stay connected and promote educational growth, increase membership and keep informed on district news. 

 The Voice of Radiant Rhetoric Toastmasters Club 
Producing a newsletter is one of the primary club duties for a vice president public relations, and serving as editor counts as credit for the 10th project of the Competent Leadership manual. As a review, Toastmasters International states that a club newsletter serves three key purposes:

  • Document and publicize current events.
  • Inform with educational material.
  • Provide visitors with take-home information.

When these goals are satisfied, a newsletter provides a lot of information to readers. However, I feel that newsletters serve many other purposes, including:

  • Connecting new members with the club.
  • Encouraging communication among members.
  • Recognizing members’ accomplishments through published stories.
  • Inspiring all members to participate further in the Toastmasters program.

Finally, the overarching purpose of a club newsletter is:

  • To help the club to achieve its mission and vision.

Welcome to the first issue of The Leader Letter for the 2014-2015 program year at Toastmasters International Radiant Rhetoric club.

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Fantastic season opening with the officers team complete!

President Orlando Selenu;
Vice President Education Luminita Butuc;
Vice President Public Relations Katia Burdet;
Treasurer Sara Iuliano;
Vice President Membership & Sergent at Arms Gonzalo Alcaraz;
Secretary Monica Melniciuc;
IT Support Federico Pisanu.

 

Enjoy discovering Toastmasters International through our club newsletter!