Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Congratulations Igniters: Division E Contest

Igniters at the Division E Contest supporting Margaret in the Evaluation contest. A terrific evening of homemade chili (including Pres Yvonne), hot choc, fun, and learning.

Congrats! Igniters ware recognized by District 42, winning a medal for 3rd place in summer membership. Also celebrating our retention of members certificate. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Congratulations to Igniters!

Margaret won the Evaluation Speech Contest and Ksenija did a good job and placed third in the Table Topics Contest at the Area Contest on Tuesday.  

Yvonne won Toastmaster of the Year and Malcom won Public Relations of the Year

Thank you to the many Igniters who volunteered and cheered on the participants and award winners.  

Come cheer Margaret on and support Igniters at the Division Contest.

Division E Fall Contest  (click link to register)

Table Topics and Evaluation Speech Contest 

November 16, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:pm

Registration at 6pm, contest begins at 6:45pm
National Energy Board

517 – 10th Avenue SW, 2nd Floor 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Table Topics & Evaluation Contest - District 42 - Tuesday October 16th 6:00 to 9:30 PM

Table Topics & Evaluation Contest
The general public is invited to attend and watch our best speakers compete against each other
What: Table Topics & Evaluation Contest
When: Tuesday October 16, 2018
Time: 6 to 9:30 PM
Where: Brentwood Co-op Calgary
Why: To Hear the Best Speakers
Cost: FREE
Refreshments & Light Snacks Provided

The event above is a small part of what Toastmasters does – come visit one of our exciting clubs, where members practice giving speeches, evaluate speeches, practise impromptu speaking as well as giving and receiving valuable feedback.
Our meetings are about YOU building your confidence and becoming a better speaker – becoming a better leader. All members take part in a fun, supportive and safe environment following our Pathways educational program.
Guests are always welcome – it’s free to try a meeting.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Toastmasters has more than 357,000 members, in 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. The best way for YOU to discover what Toastmasters is all about is to Find a Club near you ! Go to Toastmasters International to find a date, time and location that suits you best. You must be 18 years of age to join – a membership fee applies upon joining

Igniters are Treated

Igniters were in for a treat! Lots of smiles at this tasty meeting on Oct 9 where desserts were given. Nandini organized an easy as 123 Contest to encourage members to pick a Path, give speeches in Pathways or DTM 2020, and participate in the Club Contest. Thanks to her team Yvonne, Marvin and Mmm Mentoring Coordinator Mona who baked up a storm! Great to see the enthusiasm!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Club Contest September 25

Congratulations to Igniters for having a amazing club contest. We had over 20 members and guests participating and volunteering. Delicious potluck and we appreciate other Toastmasters coming from other clubs

Thanks to Yvonne for chairing and being a leader. Our test speaker Lina gave an inspiring speech on Education and the School system. Our contestants gave valuable feedback in the Evaluation Contest and inspiring answers in the Table Topics contest.

 Evaluation Contest

 Toastmaster: Nandini

  1. Margaret 
  2. Ksenija 

Table Topics Contest

Toastmaster: Marion

  1. Casey 
  2. Ksenija 
  3. Vicky

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday September 11 Highlights

Yvonne and Nandini both gave inspiring and motivating Pathways Ice Breaker speeches. Members were able to practice new Pathways evaluation sheets. 

James from Persuasive Speaking Manual taught us some lessons on sales in a speech about the persuasive sales process and he demonstrated the process in a (hilarious) role play exercise where he sold a hat (from a startup he is working on) to another toastmaster. Thanks for playing along Glen! 

James, Chris, and Gil celebrate their Sept birthday with cookies.

Great having guests join us and learn more about Toastmasters.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

August 21st Meeting Highlights: Full House to Celebrate our August Birthdays

Full house! We had a fun evening with three inspiring speakers. We learned lots! 

Casey shared about her trip to Sierra Leonne, Gil shared powerful stories about determination and Mona shared about leadership and her High Performance Leadership about families and Mental Health. Leaders shared their skills and ideas in the business meeting. Evaluators gave specific feedback highlighting their strengths and suggestions to take their speaking to the next level.

We also celebrated August birthdays with delicious cakes and and delicious treats! 
Happy Birthday to Marvin, Yvonne, Mona and Sherry

Looking for a friendly place to grow?! Develop your skills? Challenge yourself? Come for a visit!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Member Induction - Vicky

On Tuesday July 24th, 2018 Ksenija our VP Membership led the Induction Ceremony for Vicky. 

Vicky is from Vietnam and has been in Canada for 3 years. 

Vicky is currently a Project Coordinator and working on figuring out her life purpose and education and career plans. She has a BBA Diploma in Automotive Management. She may pursue a career in project management and seek the PMP certification or she is also considering an MBA in Japan. Vicky would love to bring her parents to Canada.

Vicky loves hiking in the mountains. She speaks 6 languages including Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien (Chinese dialect), Japanese and English.

The Induction Ceremony celebrates the beginning of a new Toastmaster's journey with the new member committing to the Toastmasters' Pledge (or Promise) and our club members commit to support the new member.

Please join me in welcoming Vicky to Igniters!

Toastmaster’s Promise:

As a member of Toastmasters International and my club, I promise:  

·       To attend club meetings regularly
·       To prepare all my projects to the best of my ability, basing them on the Toastmasters education program
·       To prepare for and fulfill meeting assignments
·       To provide fellow members with helpful, constructive evaluations
·       To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow
·       To serve my club as an officer when called upon to do so
·       To treat my fellow club members and our guests with respect and courtesy
·       To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters’ membership offers
·       To adhere to the guidelines and rules for all Toastmasters education and recognition programs
·       To act within Toastmasters’ core values of integrity, respect, service and excellence during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

End of the Year Party Photos, Awards Winners, New Executive Induction and thank you

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our End of the Year Party on June 26th at Mona and Ted Cooley's.  For those who missed it here is a quick recap: 

 - Rookie of the Year - Diane Devonshire

 - Toastmaster of the Year - Yvonne Heerema

Igniting Spirits Club Awards:

 - Spirit of Success New Member: Sherry Wilson McEwen

 - Spirit of Success Speech Achievement: James Frail

 - Spirit of Success Communication & Leadership: Diane Fox

 - Spirit of Success President's Choice - Yvonne Heerema

  - Spirit of Success Igniting Spirits Award - Yvonne Heerema

  - Spirit of Success Mentor Award - Marion Butcher

For the new executive:

 - President: Yvonne Heerema

 - VP Education: Marvin Henry

 - VP Membership: Ksenija Crnogorac

 - VP Public Relations: James Frail

 - Secretary: Nandini Venkatesan

 - Treasurer: Anette Madsen

 - SAA: Henry Mattos

Additional thanks goes to Ksenija for helping present the awards and providing me with this list.

Good Luck to the next executive and having a fantastic year.

Chris Crooks

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

District Director Visits Igniters

John Bauer, District Director visited Igniters to give his speech to complete his High Performance Leadership. He shared his learnings and lesson. Diane F gave a management speech about praise and encouragement. James shared stories about his bicycles. His favourite bicycle was called orange crush! 

We had a full house with two guests and one joined!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Welcome & Farewell

Sherry and VP Membership, Marion during a formal induction of our new Member Casey. 
Igniters and guests can look forward to more exciting stories from Casey!

We also celebrated as Ayanna inspired us with her 10th speech for her Competent Communicator. 
Igniters will miss her as she moves to Ontario for a new adventure in her nutrition career. Best of luck Ayanna!

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Area Contest

Igniters had fun at the E6 Area Contest. Marion was a great Contest Chair. Chris as SAA, Anette timer, Somayeh ballot counter, Marvin Chief Judge and other Igniters cheering.  
Yvonne and Ksenija did us proud!

Next up is the Division Contest
Friday April 13 2018
Winston Mountain view Community Centre 520 27 Ave NE



Pathways Ambassador Darlene and Guide Andre, Ignited our spirits for the new Pathways education program. We all opened with our new beginnings and showed enthusiasm as this was theme and word of day. Lots of questions and a great evening of learning!

New Members 01/18

Welcome to New Members
Pictured here is an Igniters membership induction for James, Sherry, Anette and Judson facilitated by Marion the past club president

Friday, March 16, 2018

Congratulations to the winners of our club contest for both the International Speech Contest as well as the Evaluation Contest. Everyone who participated and competed are winners in our eyes. 
It takes a lot of courage to publicly put yourself out there, especially for the first time.  
Here were the results

Evaluation Contest
  1. Ksenija Crnogorac
  2. Chris Crooks

International Speech Contest
  1. Yvonne Heerema
  2. Diane Devonshire
Thanks again to all the volunteers, especially Margaret who spearheaded this all as Contest Chair. 
We want to thank you to everyone who brought food, and Sherry who coordinated this portion of the night. (Noteworthy mention goes to the Brazilian buns made out of cassava flour that Henry made).

You are invited to come to the next level of competition which is the Area contest, the evening of Thursday, March 29 to cheer on Igniters representatives: Yvonne in the International Speech contest and Ksenija in the Evaluation contest.
Area E6 International Speech and Evaluation Contests
Thursday, March 29
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Thanks again everyone for a fun night and everyone that helped put the event on by participating.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Igniters Welcomes 2 New Members

Welcome to the club - Henry & Somayeh

Marion, past club President and co-VP of Education, stands with our banner and new members Henry and Somayeh as they were inducted into the Igniters Toastmaster club.

Club Contest Time!

Club Contest Time!

Igniters will be hosting a club level contest for the International and Evaluation Club Speech contest. This will take place Tuesday, March 13 at the special start time of 6:30 pm for refreshments and contestant and volunteer briefings.  The actual contest will begin at 7:00 pm.  Winners will proceed on to the E6 Area contest on Thursday, March 29.

You are very welcome to join us to hear some great speeches and cheer on the participants!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Voice Lesson with Iris Talbot

Voice Lesson with Iris Talbot

Igniters were treated to a special presentation by Iris Talbot on how to improve and develop our voice.
We were given many great tips on how to properly project our voice as well as use and develop its full register.
See the hand-out she left with each Igniter member for more voice tips.
Thank you Iris!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Igniting Celebrations during the Holiday Season

As a Toastmaster club our bonds as a group extend beyond our weekly meeting and the support we provide to each other there.
Igniters got together over the December holidays to connect and celebrate the season with each other in a fun and festive way.
Here are a few pictures from the event
Than you to Glen & Diane for hosting, for everyone attended and especially organizers who made it a special evening!