Welcome to Crosswinds Toastmasters


Crosswinds Toastmasters is a fun, supportive atmosphere to develop and practice your public speaking, listening, and leadership skills. Each week there are chances to give prepared and impromptu speeches as well as receive feedback from fellow members on ways to improve.

Guests are always welcome, so please stop by and visit us!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Meeting Cancellations

Because of the upcoming holiday festivities Crosswinds will not have meetings on Wednesday, December 12, and Wednesday, December 26.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tall Tale Winners


Winners of the Crosswind Tall Tale special meeting are listed from left to right.

"Most Unbelievable Tale" - Melissa Niesen
"Most Likely to be Made Into a Movie" - David Arnold
"Most Believable Tale" - Rachel Kenney
"Creepiest Tale" - Jamie Hosek
"Cutest Tale" - Cyndi Barber
"Laughed so Hard my Side Hurt" - Clyde Eisenbeis

Friday, November 16, 2012

Education Awards

We have people to recognize for completion of Education Awards this year!
Melissa – CL Manual
Deb – AC Manual
Nick – CC Manual
David – CC Manual
Adin – CC Manual
With the additional completion of any of the above mentioned manuals we will reach Distinguished Club status. 
Thanks for all the hard work and can’t wait to see who brings us to #6 for the year!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Loney Earns CC Award

Congratulations to Nick Loney for completing his Competent Communicator Award!  Nick became Crosswind's unofficial club comedian with his speeches that were filled with plenty of laughs but always had a moral included.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Ghostmasters

Members celebrated their October 31st meeting by dressing in costume and hearing a "ghastly" speech from a deceased 1920s flapper.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Club Contest Winners

Nick Loney, left, placed 1st in the Humorous Speech Contest and Adin Mann, right, placed 1st in the Evaluation Contest.  Contest Chair Rachel Kenney presented them with their certificates.  The next round of competition is the Area 51 Speech Contest on September 27th.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Niesen Earns CL Award

Congratulations to Melissa Niesen for completing her Competent Leader Award!  Melissa was presented this award by President Mann at the "What Color is Your Flag" themed meeting.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

District Leaders Visit

Area 51 governor Adam Jacobs and Division C governor Claude Hartman visited Crosswinds Toastmasters during our regular meeting this week. 

Thanks for joining us!

Friday, August 10, 2012

We're moving!

Starting next week our new meeting location will be at RACOM at 201 West State Street.  Enter the doors on the south side of the building and a receptionist will direct you to the conference room.

Monday, July 2, 2012

No Meeting July 4th

Crosswinds Toastmasters will not be meeting Wednesday, July 4th. See you July 11th!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Crosswinds featured on 1230AM KFJB.

Our own Melissa Niesen was featured on The KFJB Morning Show with Kyle Martin on May 23, 2012. She promoted Toastmasters and did a great job on a very public speaking gig! You can listen to the interview here.

  • Thanks to Kyle Martin for doing the interview. 
  • Thanks to our our VP of PR, Mike Donahey, for arranging this opportunity.

The KFJB Morning Show airs M-F from 6-9AM on 1230AM KFJB. Learn about KFJB here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Weekly Meetings Moved to Wednesday


Meeting time has been moved to Wednesdays from 12 to 1PM.

New meeting time starts May 2.

Meeting is in the same location as before.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pie for a Profile Winner

Congratulations to David Arnold for winning this contest and receiving a homemade pie baked by contest organizer Melissa Niesen.

Thanks to Jamie for the photograph of this historic event!

Winners Note: Melissa is an excellent pie baker. Any contest with baked goods on the line from Melissa should have many entrants!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Please vote on a new meeting time at the link below.

Meeting Time Poll


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Seth Braun Visits Crosswinds on February 9th

During the week of February 9, our club meeting returns to Trinity Lutheran Church for a special presentation. In place of our regular Toastmasters meeting, we will welcome Seth Braun as a guest speaker. Seth's biography is below. Thank you to Leah Cox who contacted Seth to speak to our club!

Seth Braun, Past President of Golden Speakers and President of the new advanced club, Speaker's Trust, is booking speaking engagements over the next 12 months. His tour is called "The Next Greatest Version of America Challenge." Seth will be doing a 20-stop portion of his tour at clubs in district 19 to promote the distinguished club program, our "Next Greatest Version". He will bring his latest book, Indestructible Success along for interested Toastmasters (and hopefully to pay for gas money!) To book Seth as a guest at your club, please contact him at Seth@SethBraun.com or telephone him at 303-443-6543. Seth is a lively speaker and you know you want to have him visit.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Meeting at RACOM

Crosswinds Toastmasters will be on the road again! Please note that the February 2nd meeting will be hosted at RACOM, 201 West State Street at noon. Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Parliamentary Procedure Workshop Links

Thank you to everyone who participated in today's Parliamentary Procedure Workshop!

I wanted to share a few links you might find helpful.

Jim Slaughter has a site dedicated to parliamentary procedure with a lot of helpful articles, including those I used in the workshop. The Handling of a Motion file might be useful to guide you through the steps of what to do with a motion.

The two main organizations of parliamentarians are:
Within Iowa, Toastmasters has a club dedicated to learning parliamentary procedure: Five Seasons Parliamentarians in Cedar Rapids.

There are many books available to guide you in parliamentary procedure. Two are:
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

We are hosting Parliamentary Procedure Workshop!

Crosswinds Toastmasters Club #7858 announces a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop using Robert’s Rules of Order will be held Thursday, January 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St., room B.

The public is invited to attend the free-of-charge workshop, according to David Arnold, Crosswinds Club president. Veteran Toastmaster Melissa Niesen will conduct the training program.

Niesen will explain basic Parliamentary Procedure rules for conducting meetings and making decisions effectively. The one hour training session is ideal for local elected officials and citizens serving as officers or board members, explained Niesen. “Parliamentary procedure reduces or eliminates conflicts that might otherwise occur by following basic rules or order,” she said.

Basic principals of parliamentary procedure will also be reviewed.

Niesen will explain how all votes are counted equally, the right of the minority to protest, the right of the majority to decide, and that business transactions are characterized by fairness and good faith. “The workshop will be of value to both parliamentary procedure novices and veterans,” she said..

For additional information about the workshop, contact Niesen at 641-754-3011 or via Internet at melissa.niesen@emersonprocess.com