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!

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