Welcome to Crosswinds Toastmasters

JOIN US!

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!



Monday, December 18, 2017

Wanna Fauna?

Congratulations are in order once again to another one of our newest Crosswinds members, Fauna Nord, for delivering her highly-anticipated Icebreaker speech, "The Missing Piece".




VP of Education, Curtis Conrad (left) presenting Fauna with the customary 'Icebreakers' as a reward for completing the Icebreaker Speech - Project #1 from the Competent Communicator manual!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Alice's Journey!

Congratulations to another one of our newest Crosswinds members, Alice Chen, for successfully achieving her highly entertaining Icebreaker speech this week, titled "My Journey so Far".


Alice Chen (left) receives the customary 'Icebreakers' as a reward for
completing the Icebreaker Speech - Project #1 from the Competent Communicator manual!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Reminder: Room Change Today!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!


This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be in the Baar Conference Room today, December 5th, 2017.



If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!

Charlie

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Reminder: Room Change Today!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!


This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be in the Singapore Conference Room today, November 28th, 2017.



If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!

Charlie

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today's Meeting Cancelled - Holiday Week

Hi All!


Due to a unanimous decision, today's club meeting for November 21st has been canceled 

The scheduled agenda and lineup for this week will be postponed until Tuesday, November 28th.


Thanks,
Charlie

Cancelled November 21!

Due to the holiday week, we will not be meeting Tuesday, November 21. Please join us next week on November 28th!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reminder: Room Change Today!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!


This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be in the Engineered Products Conference Room today, October 31st, 2017.



If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!

Charlie

Friday, October 20, 2017

Last Toastmasters Fall Conference - This Weekend!


District 19 Toastmasters 2017 Fall Conference

October 20 – 21, 2017 • Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville, IA



Scheduled Crosswinds Toastmasters Members That Will Be Attending:

-Zach Ray, Club President
-Curtis Conrad, VP Education
-Charlie Harris, VP Membership and VP Public Relations


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Food Truck Social @ Club Location 10/17



Starting at 11:30am (30 minutes prior to club meeting), Emerson will be hosting a Food Truck Social on the southeast side parking lot of the Innovation Center.

Tuesday, October 17th 

11:30am to 1:30pm

You can either arrive early and bring your food to our meeting room or you can check out the trucks after the meeting!


Note: This is NOT an Emerson/Toastmasters sponsored event, so lunch is on you.


Trucks Scheduled:
* The Flying Elbow - WWE Wrestling-Inspired Hot Dogs
* Karam's Mediterranean Grill - Gyros, Shawarma, Wraps
*Miss Molly's Jamaican Patty - Pork Belly Sliders, Tacos, Fritters, Patties

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reminder: Room Change Today!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!


This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be in the Baar Conference Room today, October 10th, 2017.

The Baar room is just three doors west from our regular Sorocaba Conference Room.


If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!

Charlie

Monday, September 11, 2017

District 19 Fall Conference is Almost Here!

Crosswinds!

The District 19 Fall Conference (October 20-21, Coralville IA) is less than 2 months away but registration rates will rise the longer you wait!


Register early for the best rate! Full conference registration rates:
§   
    • April 29 – May 14 $65.00
    • May 15 – July 15 $80.00
    • July 15 – August 31 $95.00
    • September 1 – October 19 $110.00
    • October 20 – October 21 $130.00

FIRST TIME ATTENDING A DISTRICT 19 TOASTMASTERS CONFERENCE?

Check out your FIRST TIMERS privileges!



Click here to view all a la carte registration rates.

Thanks!
Charlie

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Reminder: Room Change Today!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!


This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be in the Marshalltown Conference Room today, September 5th, 2017.

The Marshalltown room is just one door west from our regular Sorocaba Conference Room.


If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!

Charlie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Club Contest Today!

Club Contest Today!!

Crosswinds will be hosting a Club Contest today, Tuesday, August 29th! This is an important Toastmasters tradition. Winners of the club contest will be able to compete through the area, division, and district levels. The Contest Chair and Chief Judge will be Charlie Harris.

Note: The Humorous Speech Competition has been cancelled.

Evaluation Competition
Confirmed Contestant(s): Melissa Niesen, Alex Anderson


Good Luck Everyone!



Monday, August 28, 2017

Club Contest Tomorrow!

Club Contest Tomorrow!!

Crosswinds will be hosting a Club Contest tomorrow on Tuesday, August 29th! This is an important Toastmasters tradition. Winners of the club contest will be able to compete through the area, division, and district levels. The Contest Chair and Chief Judge will be Charlie Harris.

For the Fall season, the club contest will be in two segments: 

Humorous Speech Competition
Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
Confirmed Contestant(s): George Trent, Carrie Klinge
Evaluation Competition

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Confirmed Contestant(s): Alex Anderson, TBD


IMPORTANTWHAT DO WE NEED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONTEST?
  • 1 or more eligible contestants to compete in the Evaluation competition
  • 3 or more volunteers interested to participate as Contest Judges, Counter, and Timer.


If you are interested in being a contestant or a volunteer for any of the above roles, please leave a message below or contact Charlie either through e-mail or on social media ASAP!


For information regarding the rules of the club contest or if you're eligible to participate in any role, please click here!

You can also watch a video tutorial here about the rules of conducting a Toastmaster speech contest!




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Club Contest Next Week!

 Contestants and Volunteers Needed!!

Crosswinds will be hosting a Club Contest on Tuesday, August 29th! This is an important Toastmasters tradition. Winners of the club contest will be able to compete through the area, division, and district levels. The Contest Chair and Chief Judge will be Charlie Harris.

For the Fall season, the club contest will be in two segments: 

Humorous Speech Competition
Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
Confirmed Contestant(s): George Trent, Carrie Klinge
Evaluation Competition

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Confirmed Contestant(s): Alex Anderson, TBD


IMPORTANT: WHAT DO WE NEED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONTEST?
  • 1 or more eligible contestants to compete in the Evaluation competition
  • 3 or more volunteers interested to participate as Contest Judges, Counter, and Timer.


If you are interested in being a contestant or a volunteer for any of the above roles, please leave a message below or contact Charlie either through e-mail or on social media no later than Friday, August 25th! 


For information regarding the rules of the club contest or if you're eligible to participate in any role, please click here!

You can also watch a video tutorial here about the rules of conducting a Toastmaster speech contest!



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alex "Defined"!

Congratulations to another one of our newest Crosswinds members, Alex Anderson, for successfully achieving his first Icebreaker speech this week, titled "What Defines me?".

Alex Anderson (left) receives the customary 'Icebreakers' as a reward for
completing the Icebreaker Speech - Project #1 from the Competent Communicator manual!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Temporary Room Change Reminder!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!


This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be in the Baar Conference Room today, August 8th, 2017.

The Baar room is just two doors west from our regular Sorocaba Conference Room.


If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!

Charlie

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Why? Tyler? Why?!!

Congratulations to one of our newest Crosswinds members, Tyler Peschong, for nailing his first Icebreaker speech this week, titled "Why".


Tyler Peschong (left) receives the customary 'Icebreakers' as a reward for
completing his very first speech!





Monday, July 24, 2017

Leah Cox earns Distinguished Toastmaster Award!

On July 18th, former Crosswinds club President, Leah Cox was awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award! Ten years in the making!


Leah Cox accepting her DTM award from Club President, Zach Ray

Earning the DTM is no small deal!  It represents the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Congratulations Leah for continuing to mentor and improve our club with your wealth of experience. This accomplishment also helps provide our club status in achieving its yearly goals! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Next Meeting Cancelled 7/25!

Hi All!


Due to scheduling conflicts with an Emerson event next Tuesday, our July 25th Toastmasters meeting will be canceled.

The scheduled agenda and lineup for next week will also be postponed until Tuesday, August 1st.


Thanks,
Charlie

Thursday, July 13, 2017

District 19 Fall Conference Registration Rates & Deadlines!

Crosswinds!

The District 19 Fall Conference (October 20-21, Coralville IA) is 3 months away but registration rates will rise the longer you wait!


Register early for the best rate! Full conference registration rates:
§   
    • April 29 – May 14 $65.00
    • May 15 – July 15 $80.00
    • July 15 – August 31 $95.00
    • September 1 – October 19 $110.00
    • October 20 – October 21 $130.00

FIRST TIME ATTENDING A DISTRICT 19 TOASTMASTERS CONFERENCE?

Check out your FIRST TIMERS privileges!



Click here to view all a la carte registration rates.

Thanks!
Charlie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Club Location! It's Officially Official!

This week, Crosswinds Toastmasters has officially voted to move its meeting location.  For the second time in a calendar year, our Club has a new permanent location:


Meeting LocationEmerson Innovation Center - Fisher (Formerly "Emerson Process Management"). 

Room: "Sorocaba"


Address: 301 S. 1st Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158 (Corner of S. 1st Avenue and Boone Streets)


Directions: For non-Emerson members: Enter through the Security Door entrance (see above) on S. 1st Avenue and sign in. We will have a member escort you in.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Farewell!

Crosswinds said farewell to past VP of Education and key member, Chrissy Bjorklund today as she makes her move to the Fargo/Moorhead area with her husband. Current president Zach Ray presented a signature Crosswinds painting created by George Trent, signed by the entire club.



Previous Toastmaster member, friend, and senior Emerson engineer Ray Micheel came as a guest speaker with a great send-off for her! 



Good luck Chrissy and we'll miss you! 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

LinkedIn Group Active!

Greetings from your VPM/VPPR!

I'm excited to announce the launch of our club's LinkedIn group page!  It's still new but is expected to grow more with content and news. In the meantime, bookmark this link, invite others to join, and spread the word about our club!


Charlie



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Club Officers Inducted! - June 14th 2017

Congratulations to our new officers!

Dierdre Taylor - Sergeant-at-Arms
Zach Ray - President
Melissa Niesen - Treasurer
Charlie Harris - Vice President Public Relations and Membership
Carrie Klinge - Secretary 
Curtis Austin - Vice President Education

Best of luck to all of you in your new leadership positions!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Comrade Conrad!

This week, Curtis Conrad finally received his Toastmasters pin AND his official "Icebreaker" congratulatory mints. Presented by our club president, Leah!

Congratulations Curtis!


Monday, April 24, 2017

New meeting day! TUESDAYS

Starting April 25, 2017, we will be meeting on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays. We will continue to meet at Fisher in the Caribbean room.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Meeting Cancelled - 4/5/2017

Hi all,


Today’s meeting will be postponed until next week due to the number of absentees.  Today’s meeting has been cancelled.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Welcome Curtis Conrad!

Crosswinds Toastmasters was proud to induct its newest member, Curtis Conrad into the group! The official induction was on Wednesday, March 8th.  He has already demonstrated a strong desire to improve and brings to the group an incredibly creative attitude! Welcome!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Club #7858 featured in Times Republican!

Times-Republican Staff Reporter Mike Donahey has posted a great article today featuring our club's new location at the Emerson/Fisher Main Office! Click the link below to read the article:

http://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2017/02/local-toastmasters-club-excited-about-new-location/


Toastmasters

Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Club Location



The new club location is official! 

Club meetings will now take place in the Caribbean room at the main office building of Emerson Automation Solutions' (Formerly Emerson Process Management) Fisher location. 




Address: 205 S. Center St. Marshalltown, IA 50158





Monday, January 30, 2017

CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE

After meeting for quite a while at the Iowa Valley Continuing Education facilities, we have decided to move to a more central location. We will now be meeting in central Marshalltown at the facilities of Emerson Automation Solutions' (Formerly Emerson Process Management) Fisher location. 205 S. Center St. Marshalltown, IA 50158 Many thanks to IVCE!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Successful Parliamentary Procedure Event


Great job to those who set up, participated, brought in food, and more importantly, learned in the parliamentary procedure workshop on December 7th.   

It was a very educational and informative session and thanks again to Melissa Niesen and her volunteers for presenting. Of course, a big thanks to our guests that attended!