Dues – $48 for 6 months

Toastmasters dues are due October 1, 2014. The cost is $48 for members and it’s good for 6 months. You’ll even get the Toastmaster magazine in the mail once a month. New members please add $20 for books.

You may pay using the donate button on our website.

Thanks! See you at our next meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:30am.


19 September, 2014 13:26

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

September 17, 2014 Meeting Recap and opportunities!

Toastmasters Members,
We had a very nice open house yesterday!
Susanne opened our Open House meeting as the Toastmaster
Heather was our timer and Ritu was our Grammarian. Our word of the day was Higgledy-Piggledy. How fun!
We had two speeches. First Lori gave a speech about an inspiring movie she recently saw, which was evaluated by Chris.
Karry then gave his Icebreaker Speech, evaluated by Rich. Congratulations, Karry!
Mabel was our Table Topics Master and asked us to talk about our favorite fall activities. Ellen won Best Table Topic!

Thank you to all who came and to all who brought food (and guests!) for our potluck!


I also want to share some upcoming events and opportunities with all of you.

I received an invitation for this Toastmaster Open House coming up:

What: Professional Speakers Meeting- Open House and Tailgate Party
When: Monday, September 29th at 7:00pm
Where: GVSU University Club Room, 401 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Details: Speeches, Evaluations, and much more! All are welcome- feel free to invite a guest! FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED!


The Area 9 Speech Contest is also coming up. Steelcase Toastmasters Club is not planning to hold a club contest, which means we can appoint any one of our members to participate as a contestant at the Area Contest. If you are interested in participating, please let me know (you will need to fill out the attached Speakers Bio and Certification of Eligibility). See rulebook for more information.

All are welcome to attend and watch the contest.

What: Area 9 and 17 Humorous and Table Topics Contest
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm (5:30pm – Contestants and Helpers arrive for Briefing; 6:00 Contest Begins)
Where: Mercy Health Southwest Campus- 2373 64th Street, Byron Center, MI 49315
Cost: Free! – All are welcome to attend
Details: **Use the “East Entrance”. (Contest is in the Grand Conference Room, immediately to your left as you enter the building).


The District 62 Fall Conference is coming up in Mid-November in Midland, MI. The District is seeking presenters for the conference (see attached “2014 fallconfcallforproposals.docx”). If you are interested, please contact Gretchen Smith at blacklabone15322@att.net or (517) 896-4091.

If you would like to attend the conference, here are the details:

What: District 62 Fall Conference
When: November 14-16
Where: H Hotel- Midland, MI
Cost: $90 for early bird registration; $110 late registration; Hotel rooms at H Hotel are $99/room per night. (We are going to ask if Steelcase will cover part or all of this cost)
Details: Presenters, District Meetings, District Competition, and more will take place. More information will be available soon.


Be sure to “like” our club’s Facebook page- Steelcase Toastmasters- Grand Rapids!

Thanks, and we’ll see you all at our next meeting, Wednesday, October 1st!

Sept 3 2014 Meeting recap!

Hi Fellow Toastmasters,

We had a bittersweet meeting today; it was the last meeting with member, Amos. He is leaving us to move to Iowa as he has taken a position as pastor in a church there. We will miss him.

Ritu was unable to serve as Toastmaster today as work got the better of her, so Susanne acted as Toastmaster and did a wonderful job.

Our new member, Karry chose the word-of-the-day:

Indecisive behavior, state of agitation

Most of the members used the word-of-the-day today! Good choice, Karry!

Karry also was the Grammarian and Ah-Er Counter.

We had two speeches today. The first speech today was Susanne. She was very successful in roasting Amos. Amos was our second speech, and he gave a very moving, inspirational speech on how failure makes us stronger. We will miss his presence and are sad to see him go.

Lori was our Table Topics Master and Vote Counter. Her topic was to choose a slip of paper with an object on it. We then had to speak as if we were that object. Some of us were a credit card, chair, eyeglasses and a mirror. Amos won the Table Topics with his moving topic speaking as a mirror. Katie was our Timer today – her first time!

Susanne was also our general evaluator.

We closed our meeting by filling out forms asking about being a mentor for new and experienced members of the club. We also discussed our open house/potluck next meeting. A poster is attached and we ask that you please post in your company/department/work area. We will also ask that you sign up for a dish to bring to the potluck.

See you next time! Bring a Friend!