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!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Two for the price of ONE!

On June 27th, 2019, for the first time in years, we welcomed TWO Icebreaker Toastmaster speeches in one meeting!

Today, July 18th, as customary, our VP of Education, Alice Chen (right) awards our two newest members, Abigail Pelzer (left) and Teresa Hutchens (center) with their celebratory 1st speech awards!

Congratulations Abigail and Teresa!

Keep up the great efforts!

Monday, July 1, 2019

No Meeting - July 4th

As a reminder, there will be no meeting this Thursday, in observance of the July 4th holiday!

Our regular meeting will resume on July 11th!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Visitor Contest POWER RANKINGS - June 27th

As a reminder, the Crosswinds Visitor Contest is IN-MOTION! 

Here are your teams and current power rankings as of June 27th!:

**1st Place (1 point)
         Team Emerald: Teresa, Alice & Tom

**2nd Place Tie (0 points):

        Team Ruby:   Melissa & Abigail
Team Diamond:    Jade & Bill

1.             Each team has will compete to bring in as many visitors as possible!

2.             Each team will receive 1 point for each visitor* they bring. A bonus 3 points will be rewarded to that team if their visitor submits an application for membership!
3.             If your contest chair (me) brings in a visitor, that visitor will be randomly selected to fall into any of the 4 teams for extra points!**
4.             THAT’S IT.
The team with the most points by August 1st  wins!!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cancelled June 13

Lots of members out of town this week. See you next week!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Meeting Canceled - June 6th

Meeting Canceled Today!

Due to scheduling conflicts with a company event with Emerson, we will not be meeting Thursday, June 6th.. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Crosswinds Visitor Contest GOES LIVE

The 1st Annual Crosswinds Visitor Contest Begins on Thursday, May 30th 2019!

I, your Contest Chair, have randomly split the club into (3) Teams: Team Ruby, Team Emerald, and Team Diamond.

*Team Ruby:   Melissa & Abigail

*Team Emerald:      Teresa, Alice & Tom

*Team Diamond:    Jade & Bill

Ok, the rules are SIMPLE:
  1. Each team will compete to bring in as many visitors as possible!
  2. Each team will receive 1 point for each visitor* they bring. A bonus 3 points will be rewarded to that team if their visitor submits an application for membership!
  3. If your contest chair (me) brings in a visitor, that visitor will be randomly selected to fall into any of the 4 teams for extra points!**
  4. THAT’S IT.
The team with the most points by July 25th   wins!!

1st Place Team Prize Each member gets a choice between Toastmasters Gift Certificate, T-Shirt, Power Bank, Cap, USB Laser Pen, or Water Bottle
2nd Place Team Prize Each member gets a choice between Toastmasters Notebook, Padfolio, Key Ring, Travel or Ceramic Mug, or Sport Clinchback

Feel free to use any means at your disposal to invite visitors to the club! Good Luck!

Additional Rules
*Must be a first-time visitor to the club. Previous club members or recurring visitors do not earn points.  The entirety of the team does not have to physically attend the same meeting of their invited visitor(s).
**In the event of a tie for 1st place, a lightning 2-week extension will be honored between the top two teams to bring in the most number of visitors at the next two meetings.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Business Meeting / Potluck Event - May 23rd


On Thursday, May 23rd, our next meeting will be an all-business meeting and pre-Memorial Day weekend potluck!

Bring and share your favorite small dish, snack, or refreshment!

We'll use this business meeting to discuss a variety of topics such as but not limited to club officer elections, public outreach, membership growth, and yearly club goals!

This meeting can also become an informational event for visitors to attend and learn more about our club.

While bringing any visitors are welcome, a regular club meeting may be a better option for them to see Toastmasters in its full glory!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fort Dodge Armed Forces Speech Contest - May 16th

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Changing Winds Toastmasters International Club is presenting the Armed Forces Day Speech Contest on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Armed Forces Day celebrates and honors Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Armed Forces Speech Contest will include participants sharing their stories with us, at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF).

The event will take place on May 16th, 2019, in the Visting Room at 5:30 p.m., following Toastmasters protocols, and end at approximately 8:00 p.m.

All District 19 Toastmasters Clubs are invited to come and join Changing Winds at this unifying event!

RSVP before May 4th, 2019 via phone or email to Joan Johanson, PID, DTM:


Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Address:
1550 L St, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

To enter the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, you must pass the PREA Test

This is a piece of educational information regarding "dos and don'ts" in prisons. It includes 24 multiple questions and can be acquired by e-mailing Paula Addison at the Fort Dodge Facility: 

The quiz will be e-mailed to you for you to review. Complete the quiz and return to Paula. This quiz will be valid for one year

If you have questions about PREA, call Paula at 515-574-4743

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pathways Conference Call on Wednesday, May 1st

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District 19 Program Quality Director, Theresa Mickelson will be
leading a conference call tomorrow featuring a 30-minute chat on Pathways by Joshua Matthews.

Pathways rolled out in District 19 last year on May 3, 2018.

76% of our Club Executive Officers have on-boarded and are on their way to completing their Level 1 in their chosen Path, or they have completed their Level 1. Our Officers/Leaders/Members have given their Icebreaker; given another speech and received an evaluation; then gave the same speech utilizing the evaluation comments; evaluated a speech, and finally, they have given the Researching & Presenting Speech to complete Level 1, just like that.

Did you know that you could request and give feedback in Pathways for fun!?! 

Join us on a Conference Call this Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. for a 30 minute chat with Joshua Matthews. He will be our guest Presenter showing us some fun tools in Pathways that you should know about.

Below are the directions to join us on the call via phone or computer to view the screen. Please join 10 minutes prior to the call as we will be recording.

You have been invited to a join.me [district19.us7.list-manage.com] meeting :
Join the meeting: https://join.me/840-936-863 [district19.us7.list-manage.com]

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:00 PM  Central Time (US & Canada)
In my time zone? (https://join.me/timezone/1556758800000/1556760600000 [district19.us7.list-manage.com])

To dial in by phone:  United States - Denver, CO  -  +1.720.650.5050 

More phone numbers (https://join.me/intphone/840936863/0 [district19.us7.list-manage.com])

Conference ID:  840-936-863 # 

Download the app (https://join.me/app [district19.us7.list-manage.com]) 

Monday, March 25, 2019

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, March 12, 2019

Thomas Breaks the Ice!

Our newest Crosswinds member, Thomas Alumoottil gave his Icebreaker speech back in January; however, VP of Education, Alice Chen could no longer prolong giving him the honorary Icebreakers to commemorate him nailing his first speech!

Congrats Thomas!! 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Meeting Canceled - March 7th

Meeting Canceled Today!

Due to scheduling conflicts, we will not be meeting Thursday, March 7th. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Meeting Canceled - February 7th

Meeting Canceled Today!

Due to the weather conditions, we will not be meeting Thursday, February 7th. Image result for cold weather snow

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Meeting Canceled - January 31st

Meeting Canceled Today!

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Due to the weather conditions, we will not be meeting Thursday, January 31st

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January 3rd - Business Meeting Notice

Hi all!

For any possible visitors, this is an advance notice that our next Crosswinds meeting on Thursday, January 3rd will primarily be an internal business meeting with no scheduled speakers.