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!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

All Meetings Now on Zoom!

As a reminder, all Club meetings will now be held virtually through Zoom Video Conferencing!

Meetings will be held Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm

Need the Zoom link for our calls?  Just reach out to me or contact info@cwtm.org!

Prior to the meeting, I recommend testing out the Zoom link on your computers and/or mobile devices to check your audio/video connection and to ensure sure you have all the necessary software or plug-ins needed!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Crosswinds - Virtual Meeting TONIGHT at 7pm!

Toastmasters is goin' Virtual!

Tonight will be our first of potentially many Virtual Toastmasters meeting!

Courtesy of our District and Division Directors, our club is now being given the opportunity to meet and conduct our club meetings completely virtually!

Division Director Tammy Dunn-Peterson will be joining us to help answer questions and guide us on the new format!

Prior to the meeting, I recommend testing out the Zoom link your computers and/or mobile devices to make sure you have all the necessary software or plug-ins needed to run Zoom. Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

All Meetings Postponed until April

As of Tuesday, March 17th 2020, all in-person Crosswinds Club meetings are postponed until April 2nd 2020.
The option for Crosswinds to utilize a video/online meeting format has already been approved at the District Level and is being tested among Area Directors.
This decision should come to no surprise following Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' issuance of a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency that just went into effect at noon today. As of now, this will last through March 31st.
As we know, it takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of COVID-19. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until the public health disaster is over.
More information to follow!

District 19 Spring Conference Update

Following an emergency District Meeting, the decision has been made by the Area Directors to cancel the upcoming Spring 2020 District 19 Toastmasters Conference. 

Registration fees have been refunded. All participants who have made hotel reservations are encouraged to contact the hotel directly for cancellation steps.

For any additional questions, please contact Division W Director, Tammy Dunn Peterson

Monday, March 16, 2020

Division W Speech Contest Announcement - March 21st

From Toastmasters International:

Toastmasters international is not allowing any area, division or district events until after June 1st.  

From this, the official direction from our Division W Director, Tammy Dunn-Peterson:

The Division W Speech contest will be held online via a zoom meeting this Saturday, March 21st. It will officially begin at 9:30 AM.  

Please Note: As it stands, due to our smaller size, Crosswinds will continue to meet in-person until a decision has been formally made to either postpone all meetings or convert our meetings to an online form.

More information to follow!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Crosswinds Toastmasters - KFJB Radio Interview on March 19th!

Marshalltown's KFJB Radio will be conducting a short phone interview with the Award-Winning Toastmasters Crosswinds Club!

The interview will take place on Thursday, March 19th at 6:40am

Topics include information about our organization, location, 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 Tuesday, March 17th!

This is a great opportunity for community outreach and exposure!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Crosswinds makes big wave at Area 22 Contest!

The 2020 Area 22 Toastmasters Contest Is Done!

Marshalltown's Crosswinds Toastmasters held its head up very high, with notable victories during both the International Speech Contest AND the Speech Evaluation Contest at the Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA.  The Contest was chaired by Peggy O'Neill, Area 22 Assistant Director.

The top 3 winners of the International Speech Contest on March 7th 2020. 3rd Place - Charlie Harris (Left-Crosswinds President), 2nd Place - Jade McCoy (Center-Crosswinds Secretary and Treasurer), 1st Place - Matthew Chavers (Right-Shibboleth)

Marshalltown's Crosswinds also took 1st Place victory in the Area 22 Evaluation Contest, won by Club President Charlie Harris. 

Charlie will now be eligible to move on to compete in the Division Level Evaluation Contest on Saturday, March 21st.

Jade is also eligible to move on to compete in the Division Level International Speech Contest as a contingent replacement for 1st place winner, Matt Chavers.

Friday, March 6, 2020

1st Annual Area 22 Membership Throw-Down Starts NOW!

The 1st Area 22 Membership Throw-Down Has BEGUN!

Our club is now in a membership race…against our own Area clubs!
We have engaged in a "membership throw-down" between our three Area clubs: 

  • Crosswinds 7858 in Marshalltown
  • Wright-On 2316 in Clarion and 
  • Shibboleth 386 in Mason City

Here Are the Rules:
The clubs will compete and challenge each other to meet the Distinguished membership goal of.

A Net Growth of 5 Members by June 30th

The club that does not meet this goal or has the lowest membership growth must buy lunch for the other clubs!!;

Membership is the most challenging hurdle as we strive to be Distinguished clubs. If we meet our requirements, all Area clubs could be Distinguished which would be a huge win for us all!