Navigating in a Virtual World

Practice and receive pointers during video conference calls! The River Speakers are conducting business as usual… in a virtual world. Every Thursday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. we come together to get familiar with video conferencing and receive tips and tricks to improve our video etiquette.

We welcome anyone and everyone to join the calls to see what the River Speakers are about and help yourself navigate in a virtual world. Please email the River Speakers for our Zoom login information at .

Hope to see you each Thursday!

Breaking the ice!

The River Speakers have recently had the joy of hearing two Icebreaker Speeches! The Icebreaker Speech is the first speech in one’s pathway, designed for new speakers/members to give a short speech on an easy subject- themselves! Additionally, the speech allows for fellow River Speakers to learn more about the new member!

Pictured below you will see the River Speakers’ newest member, Keith standing with the evaluator of his speech, Savannah. Along with long-time Toastmaster, Pete, beginning a new path and standing with his speech evaluator, Melanie. The speech evaluators are tasked to pay particular attention to the speech overall and are to offer praise where due as well as offer advice to improve speaking skills, organization, and more.

Curious about Toastmasters? Join us every Thursday at the Idaho DEQ from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (MT). For more information, click on the “About River Speakers” link on the lefthand dashboard.

Photographed: Keith with his speech evaluator, Savannah.
Photographed: Speech evaluator, Melanie with Pete.

The River Speakers’ First Distinguished Toastmaster

A huge congratulations goes to our club president, Melanie Palmer, for attaining her Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) award- the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters. Receiving this award entails earning your Competent Communicator award, Competent Leader award, serving as a club officer, completing one year as a district officer, serving as a club sponsor/mentor, participating in the preparation of a Club Success Plan, earning your Advanced Communicator Gold award, in addition to earning your Advanced Leader Silver award. Melanie set a goal to complete all the above tasks by the end of her 2018-2019 club presidency, and crushed her goal!

Melanie is a testament to hard work paying off and an inspiration to fellow Toastmasters. Four short years ago, she emarked on the journey to attain her DTM and did it with a smile on her face! Next time you see Melanie, be sure to give a deserving “Congratulations!”

Melanie, we are all proud of you!

Conference to Contest

Eric was playing his cards right. He was driven to get the most out of his time at a conference in Las Vegas by strategically picking his seat and ridding himself of distractions. It was a fool proof plan… until you account for humans being, well, human!

The reality of the situation and Eric’s vivid description of the scene kept the crowd laughing throughout the Humorous Speech Contest. There was no doubt his speech would take the River Speakers to the Area A3 Speech Contest.

Competing in the Evaluation Speech Contest, Andrew confidently stood in front of the club to deliver constructive criticism and complements for Eric to improve his speech before the next round. Andrew’s effective evaluation also won him a place at the Area A3 Speech Contest.

Come support our fellow Toastmasters! The Area A3 Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, March 16th at the Boise Bible College (8695 W. Marigold St., Boise, ID 83714). The briefing will begin at 9:00 a.m., contest begins at 9:30 a.m.

Left photo: Contest Chairman, Pete, with Humorous Contestant, Eric.
Right photo: Contest Chairman, Pete, with Evaluator Contestant, Andrew.

Tackling Table Topics

The River Speakers are happy to congratulate our very own member, Pam Bostic, for winning 2nd Place in Table Topics at the Area A2/A3 Speech Contest! We are always proud to see members succeed and crush their own dreams.

Pam is a shining example of a truly dedicated Toastmaster! In addition to her diligent work as the Vice President of Education, she always has a positive attitude and an impressive way with words that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Well done, Pam!

Pam (second from the right) standing with fellow Toastmasters, displaying their awards.