Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Friday, December 09, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
|Brenda - Public Relations of the Year|
|Mona - Advanced Communicator Silver|
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
|Area Director Kathy presented awards to Igniters for individual contributions and Igniters accomplishments in 2015-2016. President Marion accepted the club ribbons for Open House and Go Getter awards.|
|Malcolm - Humorous Speech Contest|
|Anne - Rookie of the Year|
|Diane - Competent Communicator|
|Marion - Competent Leadership|
|Glen - Crown Pin for Sponsorship|
|Marvin - Crown Pin for Sponsorship|
|Mona's stunt double - Advanced Communicator Silver|
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ripple one - you say: life is challenging however I trust my abilities I can get through them
Ripple two - this comment tells the brain, life is manageable and will be okay - stress free
Ripple three - positive thoughts to family, friends and others will have them wanting to engage
This example gives you one idea of how your communication can effect you and others. I am not naive about life having difficult conversations. Real conversations test you. How you handle them will tell you what outcomes you will have whether negative or positive. When dealing with a difficult situations, ask the question - What is happening? This allows the other person to say what they want and you respond using words that they said. This tells the other person you are paying attention and hear what they are saying. This is a gift when someone feels heard. This relaxes others and you can express your thoughts with less tension. How much time do you take to listen to someone or is your brain too busy thinking what to do next.
Igniters, we are in the business of communication. How are your communication skills? At Igniters, it is important we connect even if we are unable to be at the club. I know I am in this position as my business is demanding more of my time and I will be missing some Tuesdays. I am challenging myself and all Igniters to stay connected by sending a note to say I will be away for the month, or congratulating someone on their success or sharing what is happening in your life. We care and we want to hear from you. Stay connected by staying in touch with us. The Dali Lama has put a challenge out to the world. I am asking you to join me to "be a force for good for health, relationships and engaging with others..." Stay in touch and communicate with care and compassion.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The contestants were ready and excited to uncover the humour and provide thoughtful insight to Table Topic questions. Brenda, Malcolm and Ellen had practiced in the weeks leading up to the Area 41 Contest.
Igniters sent their cheering team for encouragement during the contest.
Igniters sent their cheering team for encouragement during the contest.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Ksenija, Heather and Jason were inducted into Igniters. We encourage their ongoing growth as public speakers in pursuit of their professional goals. Tonight's meeting theme was "Grab Bag" in which all of us had to be prepared for a surprise role...Public speaking can be "like a box of chocolates in which you never know which one you are going to get".
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
|Mona harvested a delicious salad from her garden for our meeting with a plethora of visual aids!|
|Marvin has been acquiring souvenirs and memorable collectibles for years.|
|Chinese versus Japanese: Similarities and Differences. JianLi enlightened us with informative research.|
|Yvonne is an avid sewer who enjoys finding beautiful silks and new patterns for her family and friends.|
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
The new members of Igniters Executive were inducted with enthusiastic commitment to uphold their responsibilities. From "Oh Henry, can you set up the room, Sergeant at Arms?" to "Mr Big, big shoes to fill, Madam President", Nandini sweetly inducted the new executive with chocolate to commemorate the beginning of the 2016-2017 term.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Left to right:
Marvin, Marion, Chris G, Brenda and Stephen. Missing from the picture - Clemens
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
PRESIDENT'S CHOICE AWARD
Chris choose Mona for the President's Choice Award because of her total involvement in Igniters. She worked tirelessly to start and maintain a Mentoring Program by arranging conference calls and organizing mentoring groups. This in turn helped encourage new members to set goals quickly. Mona was also able to achieve the ACS (Advanced Communicator Silver) while helping others succeed.
SPIRIT OF SUCCESS SPEECH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Chris said that Brenda recently completed her CC after giving several inspiring speeches. She competed in the Area contest in table topics and grew in many ways both inside and outside the club. This award is given to a member that continually encourages other members to improve and hone their skills.
Our mentoring team was congratulated and given Awards and Toastmaster Mentoring Pins for all the support they gave to Ignitor's throughout the year. Their guidance helped each of us work through our Competent Communication Manuals.
Thanks to Nandini, Chris G., Stephen, Mona (Mentor Leader), Marvin, Marion, Chris C., Glen and Diane for all the energy they have put into Igniter's and the time you have spent with our new members.
SPIRIT OF SUCCESS NEW MEMBER AWARD
Margaret was an enthusiastic contributor to our meetings. She completed six speeches towards her CC and represented Igniter's in the Area contest. Chris talked about how her achievements, participation and enthusiasm represents the spirit of Igniter's club and defines our mission statement.
AND LEADERSHIP AWARD
Chris was excited to present Diane with this award for her upbeat and happy way of showing us what to do to become a "Distinguished Toastmaster". She achieved her DTM this year by working hard to succeed at her goal. Diane has actively promoted Igniters for several years by sharing her knowledge and joy of Toastmasters with us .
Chris presented Marion with this award for her constant support for Igniters. She planned many delicious potlucks. Marion spent many hours calling and e-mailing guests to encourage them to become a Toastmaster and once they joined she was always available to check on their progress and update them on upcoming events. Marion's contributions will be recognized on the District 42 website. Marion you really did make a difference to Igniters.
As usual our pot luck dinner was delicious right from the appetizers though the main course and including the deserts. I have concluded that our food options are as varied as our speech presentations.
We would like to thank Mona and Ted for their hospitality .
Igniters is excited to have reached the PRESIDENT'S DISTINGUISHED STATUS
We have many people to thank for helping us achieve the 10 goals set out by Toastmasters International.
1 & 2. Ellen and Julie successfully completed their 10 speeches and obtained their CC award
3. Nandini completed her ACB (Advanced Communicator Bronze)
4. Mona achieved her ACS (Advanced Communicator Silver)
5 & 6. Diane added our second ACS and her DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster)
7 & 8. This goal is to add 4 new members to our club twice. Our plans to get 8 members was almost tripled as we had a total of 22 new members joined Igniters'.
9. Required that we have 4 executive members trained in each of the two sessions
10. The last goal is administrative in nature and we completed it easily
GREAT YEAR FOR IGNITERS. Thanks to our President Chris G. for his guidance, for the executive for the work that was completed, to the founding members for everything they have taught us by allowing us to fill positions and learn through their experience and to all the members that helped us have fun while we shared the Toastmaster Experience.
Chris presented Brenda with this award for her contribution to Igniters in a variety of ways. She completed her CC, entered a speech contest and helped to plan Diane's DTM party.
As Rookie of the Year, Anne not only gets recognized at our club level but she moves on to Area . She completed many speeches as well, she also acted as a test speaker at a different clubs evaluation contest and a judge at a few contests. She also served on the executive and helped out in several of our contests. Chris presented Anne with a plaque.
Chris kept us in suspense as to who would be the Toastmaster of the Year and the last award he presented was to Nandini. During the year she completed her ACB (Advanced Communicator Bronze), spoke several times outside the club, helped with officer training, and mentored us. Nandini also found time to represent Igniters and win at the District 42 final for table topics. Her hard work is an inspiration to all of us and we thank her for all that she does for our club.
As VP of Public Relations, Brenda was nominated for this award. She worked on the blog to share Igniter's exciting special events and their meeting information. Chris mentioned that she also helped with special events and other areas of the club's life.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Our second speech, CC # 6, Vocal Variety was presented by JianLi and his passion was obvious in "A Little Girl - A Big Difference", as he shared the story of a young girl who worked to save children from getting malaria by supplying nets to their villages in Africa.
To conclude our trio of speeches a Julie presented her CC#10th, "Do Something Different- Make The Change", you could see the confidence she has gained completing the Competent Communicator.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
We are proud to announce our new executive: Left to Right
Juin Li --Treasurer
Marion -- President
Rob ------ VP Membership
Ellen ----- VP Education
Yvonne --- Secretary
Anne ----- VP Public Relations
Clemens-- Sargent At Arms
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Igniters celebrate with all of District 42 one last time. The Spring Convention in Red Deer celebrates the growth in District 42. Starting July 1, 2016 we will have two Districts 99 (N. Alberta and N. Sask) and District 42 (S. Alberta & S. Sask). The theme of the Convention was Looking Back, Moving Forward.
Keynote Mark Brown - World Champion of Speaking shared How to Make your Stories Come Alive. Tips: 1) Make your 1D speeches a 3D experience. 2) Give an experience - audience needs to see, feel, hear, taste, touch. Choose your words carefully. 3) Don't tell us story - take us into your story.
Friday - Retro night. Pink Ladies Rock!
Sat - Masquerade Ball, Igniters celebrate Diane achieving her DTM.
It was a memorable weekend enjoying the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest. Learning, networking, and growing as leaders.
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