What to expect
Visitors are welcome at any of our meetings. When you arrive, you should expect to be greeted by our Sergeant-at-Arms, who will ask you to sign a guest card. We will introduce you (by name only) to the club at the beginning of the meeting, and at the close we will offer you the chance to share your thoughts about the meeting, although your comments are purely optional. You are perfectly welcome to “pass” if you’d rather not speak.
You may visit as a guest as many times as you’d like, and there is absolutely no cost to visit. Feel free before the meeting, during the break, or after the meeting to talk to members or officers to learn more about our club, membership details and Toastmasters in general. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, supportive, welcoming group. Join us on a Thursday evening soon!
Dinner is available to order from a menu. About half of the people do eat dinner and half do not, so you’ll be in good company either way. In addition you may certainly order just an appetizer or dessert.
The meeting agenda includes four sections: Our Business Meeting (generally quite entertaining), Table Topics (impromptu speaking on our feet when called upon), Prepared Speeches (with the speech project selected from the Toastmasters manuals), and Evaluations (when speakers hear both praise for things done well, as well as one or two helpful tips from on-the-spot feedback). It’s all very well executed, and periodically, we will vary from the regular program to shake things up and keep stretching our speakers talents.
It’s customary to vote in each category, and guests are encouraged to join members in casting a vote for the best performance in each category. It’s fun to see the ribbon winners take pride in their efforts as they recieve a weekly round of encouragement and challenge.
You do not need to RSVP to attend a meeting. If you’re running late, do come in, but please do so quietly as we try to start promptly at 6:30pm.