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, December 14, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Meeting Canceled - December 6th

Due to conflicts, we will not be meeting Thursday, December 6th!

Stay warm everyone! See you soon!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Meeting Canceled - November 29th

Due to the conflicts, we will not be meeting Thursday, November 29th!

See you next week!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Welcome new member, Thomas!

Thomas Alumoottil, not only a new resident of Iowa, has now become an official member of Crosswinds Toastmasters!

Crosswinds President, Leah Cox presents Thomas with his Official Toastmasters pin!

Be on the lookout soon for Thomas' full bio in our "Meet Our Members" section!

Welcome Aboard!!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Meeting Canceled - November 1st

Due to the conflicts, we will not be meeting Thursday, November 1st!

See you next week!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Governor declares October as Toastmasters Month in Iowa

Courtesy of our District 19 Public Relations Manager:

October is officially Toastmasters Month within the state of Iowa!

Thank you to our fellow Toastmasters who were able to visit the Iowa Capitol to witness the signing of the Governor’s Proclamation on October 4th announcing the news. 

More pictures are posted on our District 19 website at http://district19.me/news/toast-talk/

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Crosswinds Toastmasters - Radio Interview on Oct. 15!

Marshalltown's KFJB Radio is looking to conduct a short phone interview with Toastmasters Crosswinds!

The interview will take place on Monday, October 15th at 6:40am

Topics to include information about our organization, how to join, etc..

If anyone is interested in volunteering in the phone interview (other than myself), please let me know by the end of the day Thursday, October 11th!

This is a great opportunity for community outreach and exposure!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Meeting Canceled - October 4th

Due to the conflicts, we will not be meeting Thursday, October 4th!

See you next week!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Crosswinds now added to the Visitor's Bureau Calendar

Crosswinds Toastmasters has now been added to the official Visitors Bureau Event Calendar for the city of Marshalltown, at Marshalltown.org !!!

Visit Marshalltown.org for more!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Dues are DUE!

As a reminder, club dues are due NOW!

Club Officers can pay the $45 Membership dues online on the Toastmasters Club Central portal.

Club dues are $6. These have to be turned in separately.

Total dues to be collected from members is $51.

As always. you can also pay by check and submit dues personally to Club Treasurer, Melissa Niesen.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Thanks to our sponsor Hellberg's and our own dedicated Crosswinds Officers, we have moved our meeting location!

Address: 13 W Main St, Marshalltown, IA 50158 (Downstairs)

Why Are We Moving??

To better accommodate the non-Emerson employees, we have decided to move our club location from inside the Emerson Innovation Center Conference Center to a more central location in the heart of downtown Marshalltown.

What will the new location look like?

The new location is now locked-in and in-effect NOW!!

Stay tuned for more!

Friday, August 10, 2018

August 18th TLI and BBQ After-Party!

Hi all!

The Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) for Area 24 is coming to the Ames Public Library Auditorium on Saturday, August 18th 9:30am-12:30pm. 

The TLI is open to any Area 24 Club Members and not limited to Officers. Attending TLI's is a great opportunity to network with other Clubs, stay up to date with upcoming Area and District level events, and keeping your general Toastmaster skills sharp!

But after....

Our very own Melissa Niesen, Club Treasurer, would like to invite any (and all?) Crosswinds Club members for a BBQ Lunch following the TLI Training!

Contact Melissa if you're interested!

Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Wednesday, July 11, 2018



Crosswinds Toastmasters is having our Grand Open House Invitational at Emerson!

Thursday, July 12th  2018
11:45am-1:00pm – Doors (Open at 11:30am)

Food will be provided!

Emerson Innovation Center (Fisher Controls)
2nd Floor - Baar Conference Room
301 S. 1st Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158

For Visitors: Enter through the Security Door Entrance on S. 1st Avenue and Sign In. We will have a member escort you in.

Join Us on for a fun introduction on Toastmasters and Our Mission to help you shape your future.

  • Better Communication
  • Creating Leaders
  • Safe, Supportive Group Environment
  • Increased Confidence and Management Skills

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meeting Canceled - June 28th

Due to the conflicts, we will not be meeting Thursday, June 28th.

We shall meet again before the July 12th Open House.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Open House - July 12th

Crosswinds Toastmasters is having a Grand Open House Invitational!

Thursday, July 12th  2018
11:45am-1:00pm – Doors (Open at 11:30am)

Emerson Innovation Center (Fisher Controls)
Baar Conference Room
301 S. 1st Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158

For Visitors: Enter through the Security Door Entrance on S. 1st Avenue and Sign In. We will have a member escort you in.

All Visitors Welcome! 

Much More Information to Come!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pathways - How to Get Started!! (BEGIN NOW)

Hi all!

Pathways is upon us, and thanks to our Club Treasurer, Melissa Niesen, we've developed a really good way to help us all get started. 

This is a pretty straightforward walkthrough on enrolling into the Pathways Education Program for the first time. All it takes is 10-15 minutes!


To get to Pathways, it might look different, depending on screen size:

**OR** for a smaller screen/window:

2. You’ll see an option to choose your path, which will ask you ~15 questions and recommend three paths. Pick the one that sounds the best, or if you want to see the nitty-gritty details of all the paths, you can see the full program at many places on the web. 

3. This is a good reference on all of the paths and projects: http://d4tm.org/pathways/paths-and-projects.html 
It can help provide a better understanding of how the Paths are constructed. (NOT necessary if you just want to get going!)

4. After you have selected your path, you will receive an email confirmation. This may or may not take a while (an hour or two) to actually have access to the Path. When you do get access, it will look like this, with the middle box being the way to access the Path:

5. Then at the bottom of the page (you’re in Base Camp right now), you can access your Path curriculum:

  • You have two years to finish your existing manuals, so no rush if you like those. 
  • You can also work through your manuals side-by-side with Pathways. 
  • One big change will be remembering to print out the evaluation form ahead of time. (We’ll have to figure out exactly who will be responsible for these print-outs.)

When you start Pathways, share your experience with the rest of the club. Ask questions, etc. 

This is new and a change, but we can figure it out together!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reminder - Meeting will be on THURSDAY - 5/31

Hi all!

Per last week's business meeting, we have voted to change our meeting days from Tuesdays to Thursdays, starting this week!

We'll be meeting this Thursday, 5/31. 

See you there!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pathways is here!

Greetings Fellow Toastmasters!

An exciting new learning experience is on its way. Toastmasters PATHWAYS!

As some of you are already aware from the recent training received a few weeks ago, Pathways is a new and interactive structure to Toastmasters that aims to improve on the already familiar structure of our Toastmasters club.

We will begin transitioning into the Pathways program over the next several weeks.

In the meantime, please review the Pathways Website and spend some time this week exploring and navigating the website. To get started, I recommend scrolling to the bottom of the page and viewing the five videos on "How Pathways began".

Let me know if you have not already received the three-step process to prepare us in enrolling into the program!

More to come soon!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Raffle Basket Reminder!

Hey Crosswinds,

The deadline for raffle basket donation is tomorrowTuesday (4/24).  This is our club's contribution to the District 19 Spring Conference fundraising effort and I’d like for each of us to be represented.  

We’ve chosen a "Coffee Lovers" theme for our basket this year.  Anything coffee-themed or cash.  

We’re recommending a $10-15 value range per member!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Dues are DUE!

As a reminder, club dues are due NOW!

All members can pay the $45 Membership dues online on the Toastmasters Club Central portal.
Club dues are $6. These have to be turned in separately.

Total dues to be collected from members is $51.

As always. you can also pay by check and submit dues personally to Club Treasurer, Melissa Niesen.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Room Location for Today!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!

Our club meeting will be in the Baar Conference Room today, March 20th, 2018.

If there are any other questions, just contact me!

See you there!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cancelled March 6th!

Due to the conflicts and weather conditions, we will not be meeting Tuesday, March 6th. Please join us next week on March 13th!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Iowa Academic Decathlon Volunteering Opportunity!

Calling All Volunteer Judges!

This year's Iowa Academic Decathlon state championship will be held at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd. 

The competition is composed of 10 events, including a speech competition, which takes place on the evening of March 2. 

Event coordinator, Kim Olson, needs help lining up judges for this competition.  Fort Dodge does not have a high school which currently competes in Academic Decathlon, which should help ensure neutrality from local judges. 

Toastmasters are being reached out to because we have more experience than most the judges have with listening to speeches, the more they will bring to giving the students a fair and critical hearing!  

This is a volunteer opportunity, which will run from around 4:00 until about 9:00 p.m.  Judges will be given a brief orientation, during which an Academic Decathlon board member will explain the rubric used for evaluating speeches, and the general philosophy.  A break, with dinner included, will be provided for every judge.

Each team has up to 9 members, who will compete at the same time in
separate rooms.  Three judges in each room.   

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about the speech competition, please contact Kim by the end of the week (February 23):
Kim Olson   712-464-3289     kimeolson@gmail.com


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Reminder: Today's meeting has moved to Thursday 2/15!

Hello, fellow Toastmasters!

This is a reminder! Due to scheduling conflicts, our club meeting will be rescheduled this week to Thursday, February 15th, 2018.

See you there!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cancelled January 9, 2018!

Due to a number of members under the weather at the moment, we are cancelling the meeting for Tuesday, January 9th. See you next week!