Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 21 meeting

Hello All,

We had a bit of a 'quagmire' for our meeting today. Thanks to all those members who did not give up and followed our direction. The university  was experiencing a power outage which caused many buildings to be closed. We had to make a quick decision in moving the meeting place. Thanks to Stephen for his quick suggestion in using the U of M Armes building close by.

In spite of the set back, the meeting went well. Helen as Toastmaster was calm, confident and professional in her leadership role.  She conducted  the meeting with ease from beginning to end, was efficient in updating the agenda by filling in the available roles. Congratulations to Sam for delivering a speech from the Competent Communicator manual about conflict resolution. Additionally, shout out to Ben as the Grammarian who chose the word of the day to be "Quagmire", a very fitting word. Stephen led the Table Topics Session and did an excellent job as well. Congratulations to our guest  Sherif, for stepping up to the plate  and taking part in the Table Topics session!

Overall, another wonderful meeting session for UMMasters group!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Nearing the end of the year

Nearing the end of the year

As the season changes and the temperature drops, it signals that we are getting that much closer to the holidays! UM Masters have accomplished many goals this year but we are still not done and going strong in this last portion of the year. For example, we recently conducted 2 speech-craft public speaking training programs for 20 students from the Department of Food and Human Nutrition Sciences at the University of Manitoba in the Fall 2017 term. Speech-craft training programs are an effective way for experienced members to present public speaking skills to non-members. The students who participated in our conducted training programs received a certificate and CCR designation. For more information on how you can help out with our next set of training programs or how to get your own CCR designations through Toastmasters, please feel free to ask one of the executive members at one of the meetings.

Additionally, we have been getting many new members and guests wanting a taste of what we have to offer! It is highly encouraged to bring friends so they can also  experience what we can offer. 

Finally, December 2017 is a big month for our club since it marks the 20th anniversary of conception of UM Masters! In twenty years, many things have changed but one thing that hasn't changed is the ability of our club to produce strong, capable leaders and communicators who have gone on to do amazing things. Stay tuned for information about the anniversary celebration. 


Kapilan Panchendrabose
Vice-President of Public Relations

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And the winner is...

A big congratulations goes to our club's two winners in last month's speech contest!

Humorous speech contest winner - Hermacksy Patel

Evaluation contest winner - Sam Demeke

Lastly, thank you to all the judges and audience for making this another round of great contests. Hope to see many faces at our 2018 club contests.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To a new a year!

With the summer wrapped up and behind us, comes the arrival of new beginnings for many of us. For others, it is a continuation of an endeavour we have been chasing. In other words, plenty of new opportunities to take initiative and present oneself in front of others. I would like to personally welcome back members and embrace prospective members with open arms. UM Masters is a decorated club that has thrived for the past 19 years and we are still going strong. As always, we will have various events and opportunities throughout the year to allow everyone affiliated with our club to take one step closer to their goals. 

As a reminder our club will be having our club contest on September 20, 2017. The theme is giving a humorous speech. So get ready for some good chuckles. This is a great way to put your skills to the test while having an enjoyable experience. Also, they say that some friendly competition never hurts! The winner of the club contest will have the chance to go on the area contest and compete with other clubs in our area. So let’s make UM Masters proud and do our best! 


Kapilan Panchendrabose
Vice President of Public Relations

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tall Tales Contest - March 23

UMMasters held it's Tall Tales contest on Wednesday March 23, with  Pouria Jabari facing off with Agnes Andrew.  Both presenters did an excellent job in their presentation, holding the attention of the audience  from beginning to end.  We were greatly entertained by both speakers.   Congratulations to Pouria  for winning the contest.  
Thanks to Area Director, Wayne Stanton  and Michelle Stanton from St. Amant  Toastmaster Club and all our other guests for attending and making the event an enjoyable one.

The winner of this contest will represent  UMMasters at the  Tall Tales Area contest on   April 8, at St Amant

Please note the Club International Contest will be on.
Date:  Wednesday March 30:
Time:  12 noon
Location: Room  204, St. John's College
University of Manitoba.

Blog by June Laronde

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UM Masters Meeting 18th November 2015 - Activity and Rest

Meeting today November 18, was well attended.  Our Toastmaster was June, who conducted the meeting with a  smooth flow starting and ending on time.  There was good participation by members who took the stage with confidence and skill.  There were two guests in attendance, Laureen and Adam. 
Congratulations to Vinicius who did his Ice Breaker speech Title: Driving your Life.  Vinicious gave a vivid picture of his journey from age 15 to present, decisions made and lessons learnt that has brought him where he is today.  An excellent presentation.  Another thought provoking Table Topics session was given by Pouria where participants were given the opportunity to answer a choice question 1,2 or 3.  Congratulations to our guest Adam who did not hesitate to accept the challege of a table topics question and to Sulaiman who told of how his father became his role model. 
Excellent Evaluations by both Mohsin and Matt, each using the sandwich method, and giving  specific grow points.  Ahn as General Evaluator presented the Gold Star to Vinicious.

Meeting Theme was  Activity and Rest  with the Word of the day being Exasperation  by Solomon. 
All in All  another excellent UM Masters meeting. 

Blog by June LaRonde

Thursday, September 10, 2015

UM Masters Meeting 9th September 2015 - Reconciliation

The meeting on Sep 9, 2015 had one guest from another toastmaster club. It was the first time, Daniel had the role of toastmaster and he did well on leading the meeting. Mouna , the treasurer also joined and participated in the table topic held by Pouria. The word of the day, narcissistic, and the theme reconciliation were used by members in different creative ways in their introduction. Sulaiman in first time attendance as a member served as table topic evaluator. The new members, Danial and Sulaiman have showed excellent participation with taking different roles in a short time. The speaker of the day canceled with short notice and Agnes filled the task by delivering a comic impromptu speech. Charith and Colin were, respectively the timer and grammarian and presented their final report elaborately. The next annual period of toastmaster is close and members were informed about the requirement for the membership renewal. The session was a great success and everyone could gain something new from the meeting.

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